If the police have stopped you for suspicion of committing a misdemeanor offense, they may arrest you or issue a citation. If you are not arrested but given a citation, you must not make the mistake of assuming that a citation is not serious.
What is a Citation?
A citation is a directive, generally issued by a law enforcement officer, for a person to appear in court on a certain day to answer to a felony, misdemeanor, or infraction criminal charge. Citations are typically issued for non-violent offenses, such as driving on a suspended license or possession of a small amount of drugs. But even though you may receive a citation without being arrested, it is still a criminal charge which can lead to a conviction, jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. An experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney can help you determine your rights and options if you have received a criminal citation.
At The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian, we have successfully represented hundreds of clients who have received citations. We have an impressive track record of getting our client’s charges reduced or dismissed. Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today at 855-918-4253 for a confidential consultation about a citation that you or a loved one have received.
What Happens When a Citation is Issued?
If you receive a criminal citation, you may be:
- Fingerprinted and photographed by law enforcement,
- Subjected to a records search for outstanding warrants,
- Required to report for booking at the courthouse or jail, and/or
- Ordered to appear in court at a scheduled date.
When is a Physical Arrest More Likely to Occur?
Citations are generally issued for non-violent offenses. If any of the following factors are present, an arrest will likely occur.
- The officer reasonably believes that the individual will fail to appear in court.
- The individual poses a reasonable threat to the safety of others.
- The individual has outstanding warrants.
- Releasing the individual would likely jeopardize an investigation of the crime allegedly committed.
- Physical or mental health care is required for the individual’s own safety.
Whether you are cited to appear in court or arrested pending a court appearance, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible.
Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian Today
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, the skilled legal team at The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian can help. Whether you received a citation or were arrested, you have rights. Don’t go through this difficult, stressful process without the help of skilled legal counsel. Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today at 855-918-4253 for a confidential consultation about your case.