Practice Areas

At the Law Offices of Scott M. Schlegel, APLC you will find experienced and aggressive legal representation for all types of state and federal criminal cases ranging from serious felonies to traffic tickets and other infractions. Our firm is devoted 100 percent to criminal defense, which gives us a very strong command of this legal field. If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with an offense in the greater San Diego area, we urge you to contact the firm for a free, initial consultation about the specifics of your case. Refrain from making any statements to law enforcement about your case until you have the legal protection of an attorney.

The following information provides further details on the various types of cases we represent. Click on the highlighted areas to be directed to additional pages concerning the topics. Learn more about each practice area and how our firm can assist you in your defense.

Assault & Battery

Assault and battery are two separate crimes involving threatened or actual physical harm against another. These types of charges can result in lengthy prison terms and “strikes” under California law if not handled properly. Additional penalties are involved where firearms or serious bodily injury has occurred.
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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a broad term which encompasses a wide array of harmful acts inflicted by one member of a household on another. Domestic violence charges may be filed on behalf of a spouse, ex-spouse, dating partner, person with whom you have a child whether you are married or not, domestic partner, co-habitant, child, parent, or other family members and are serious legal matters.
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Drug Crime

Drug crimes include possession, sales, cultivation, manufacture, trafficking, and conspiracy connected to illegal drugs and controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, club drugs, steroids, and unauthorized prescription medicines. Drug crimes may be filed at the state or federal level and require a tough, dedicated attorney who will help you obtain the best case results.
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DUI & DMV Hearings

Driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs is a serious offense in California. You face harsh penalties which can include jail time, heavy financial repercussions, loss of your driver’s license, community service, probation, and DUI school. Even if you think your case is hopeless, you should consult with an attorney who is experienced in DUI defense to get the best case results.
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Federal Crime

Federal criminal charges are among the most serious you can face. These crimes are offenses against federal law or which take place on federal property. They are often investigated by the FBI, DEA, and other tough federal law enforcement agencies who are persistent and determined to exact the full measure of the law against you.
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A felony charge is more serious than a misdemeanor and may result in a state prison term or county jail of one year or more, heavy fines, probation, and other court orders. Felony charges may stem from a wide range of offenses, such as drug trafficking, battery, robbery, sex crimes, and more. They may be prosecuted in either state or federal court and demand an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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Fraud involves using deception and misrepresentation to deprive others of assets or services. Many types of fraud exist which can be charged at either the state or federal level. Fraud charges demand the experienced attention and services of an attorney who can act on your behalf to defend your case with a viable legal strategy.
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Juvenile Crimes

A juvenile offender is a minor under the age of 18 who commits any act prohibited by law. These crimes can include theft crimes, drug offenses, underage DUI, and other violent crimes as well as offenses against laws pertaining specifically to juveniles, such as truancy, underage drinking, and curfew laws. The legal process for juveniles differs from that for adults and has its own separate court system.
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A misdemeanor is generally a less serious offense than a felony. These types of crimes may include drunk driving, shoplifting, trespassing, simple assault, and more. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in a county jail and / or fines. Some offenses may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the facts and circumstances as well as previous criminal history.
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Manslaughter and murder accusations are among the most serious you can face. You may be fighting for your life. These types of cases are among the most difficult and complex and require the skills and commitment of an experienced defense attorney who has handled such matters before. They will require intense investigation and legal maneuvers which will increase your chances for a favorable result.
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Sex Crimes

Rape and other sex crimes, such as lewd acts, indecent exposure, prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, sexual assault, child molestation, and the possession or distribution of child pornography are among the most disdained by the public and prosecutors. The mere accusation of such a crime can ruin careers and personal relationships. Getting experienced legal representation is crucial.
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Theft Crime

Stealing another’s property, assets, or services without permission can result in theft charges, ranging from minor shoplifting to felony thefts such as grand theft, burglary, and robbery. A theft crime conviction will give you a criminal record which may make future opportunities difficult, such as employment, career advances, professional state licenses, and more.
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Weapon Offenses

Laws concerning guns and other deadly weapons are very strict in California. These laws govern what type of weapons may be owned, who is allowed ownership, and the manner in which weapons may be carried. Those who use weapons in the commission of other crimes, such as robbery, will face additional sentencing for these offenses if convicted.
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Talk to an Experienced Defense Lawyer Today

If you are being investigated for criminal activity or have already been arrested and charged, it is in your best interests to enlist the aid of a legal professional as soon as possible. Our firm has successfully represented countless individuals throughout the San Diego area in all types of cases. Let us use our extensive experience and our commitment to excellence to serve you. Contact the firm to speak to an attorney in a free consultation about your case today.

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