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A conviction for a criminal offense can have a significant impact on your life and your future. This is especially true if you are a young student with a long future ahead or an immigrant in the United States on a work permit or visa, or if you are applying for U.S.citizenship.  A guilty plea to a seemingly insignificant charge could have severe adverse repercussions for your immigration status.

For that reason, if you are arrested for or accused of a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who not only understands criminal law and the legal process, but who understands that when we are young we make mistakes and we have to avoid permanent damage this might cause.

Located in Santa Barbara County, with an office in Goleta, Marysol C. Bretado has the background and experience to provide you with a strong, aggressive, ethical criminal defense.  She has several years of experience in Criminal Law and she fully understands the impact a conviction can have on your life.

To discuss your criminal charges and how they can affect your life with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney, please call us at (805) 692-4940.

What We Will Do To Fight for Your Case

1. Provide you with a free, initial, and confidential consultation and criminal case evaluation. We listen to what did and didn't happen, ask pertinent questions, and assess the potential strength and / or weaknesses of the case against you.  We will advise you of what actions to take, what not to do, what not to say, whom you should not speak with, how to protect yourself going forward, and identify potential strategies pending review of your police report, witness statements, and any other documents or evidence affecting your case. 

2. Obtain and review police reports pertaining to your arrest or criminal investigation.

3. Compile a list of all possible witnesses and statements concerning your case.  Interview and question all parties concerned. 

4. Visit the scene of the arrest or alleged crime with our investigator, combing for evidence and disproving factors while notating irregularities and any contradicting or conflicting statements cited in the police report.

5. Conduct a thorough background check of all potential witnesses and involved parties, looking for discrediting and a checkered past which may compromise their credibility

6. Employ an independent laboratory to test, document, and testify as to the reliability of evidence and/or samples related to your case.

7. Evaluate the chain of events leading up to and resulting in your arrest and detention, looking for improper adherence to procedure, collection and handling of evidence, equipment maintenance records, lack of probable cause, illegal search and seizure, and other criteria to potentially strengthen your defense.

A Criminal Law Firm Committed to Your Defense

As a former Deputy Public Defender, Marysol C. Bretado knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system, including prosecutorial guidelines, and how to negotiate most effectively with the other side.  In addition to personally handling your case from arraignment through trial, our criminal defense attorneys are available to you during every step of the criminal process.  The Law Offices of Marysol C. Bretado guarantees that you will receive the undivided, personal attention you deserve.