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A criminal conviction WILL impact your ability to get a job. A criminal conviction WILL expose you to jail time and/or costly fines.

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Felonies are the most serious California offenses. They are punishable by imprisonment in a California state prison for a certain number of years. Some felonies that are considered less serious can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors. Whether your case is charged as a felony may depend on several factors including your criminal history, severity of any injuries inflicted, and the nature and strength of the evidence that has been collected by law enforcement.


Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies because the maximum punishment for a misdemeanor charge is one year in a local county jail. For certain less serious misdemeanors, a Defendant may be offered a plea agreement that results in a dismissal or a plea to an infraction. Infractions are not punishable with jail time and they typically result in a court ordered fine. It is important to consult with an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney in order to obtain the best possible resolution for your individual case.


Have you been arrested for DUI?

You need an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney on your side. A DUI arrest can have life-long consequences. You are looking at potential jail time, license suspension, fines, community service, and the stigma of a criminal record. Certain professional licenses that were earned with hard work and sacrifice can be placed in jeopardy with a DUI arrest. Hire an attorney who has handled tens of thousands of DUI cases. Hire an attorney who has trained DUI prosecutors and DUI police officers. Protect your driver’s license. Protect your current employment. Protect your future employment. Protect your freedom.

Only an experienced DUI attorney can point out the subtle flaws and mistakes in police reports that can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Moreover, a highly trained San Diego criminal defense lawyer can present evidence to a jury that can call into question the reliability of the breath and blood testing instruments used by police officers. No case is 100 percent solid. Every case has viable defenses. Call us and let us tell you how you can fight your DUI case!

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A DUI arrest causes an automatic license suspension. You or your attorney only have 10 days to request a DMV hearing in order to avoid the automatic license suspension. An experienced DUI attorney can present evidence at a DMV hearing that may result in your license suspension being set aside.


A domestic violence arrest and conviction can have long lasting consequences. Restraining orders are often ordered that prevent contact with a loved one or even a child. As a former domestic violence prosecutor, Andres T. Carnahan can effectively evaluate your case and provided you with the information necessary to fight your case. Many domestic violence cases involve credibility issues and potential defenses that can impact whether you are ordered to do jail time, attend and pay for a 52 week Domestic Violence Recovery Program, or ordered to have no contact with a spouse or significant other. Hire an attorney who has received specialized training in the area of domestic violence cases and has handled all types of domestic violence cases.


Being charged or investigated for a sex crime is cause for serious concern. In addition to possible jail time, certain sex crimes can result in registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life. The stigma associated with sex crimes often results in a rush to judgment by law enforcement. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled numerous sex crimes cases including several high-profile cases that received media attention. When faced with the possibility of lifelong sex offender registration, hire an attorney who has taken sex crimes cases to trial in front of juries here in San Diego. The following are examples of crimes that are typically considered sexual in nature:

• Indecent Exposure

• Lewd Act in Public

• Sexual Battery/Sexual Assault

• Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

• Peeping and/or Prowling

• Prostitution, Loitering With Intent to Commit Prostitution, Solicitation of Prostitution

• Rape (statutory rape, spousal rape, and date rape)

• Incest

• Stalking

• Lewd Acts with a Child and/or Molestation of a Child

• Possession of Child Pornography

• Internet Sex Crimes


Being charged with a theft related crime can have devastating consequences for your future employment. Many employers have zero tolerance policies that prevent them from hiring someone with a theft or fraud related conviction on their record. These types of charges can also prevent or significantly delay immigration/naturalization proceedings. The Carnahan Law Firm has experience handling and negotiating theft related offenses. It is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure that your future job prospects are not placed in jeopardy. The following are examples of crimes that are typically considered theft related:

• Petty Theft

• Grand Theft

• Burglary

• Robbery

• Receiving Stolen Property

• Misappropriation of Lost or Stolen Property

• Embezzlement

• Identity Theft

• Fraud

• Possession of Burglary Tools

• Theft of Utility Services

• Vehicle Theft and Vehicle Tampering


If you are investigated, arrested, or charged with a drug related offense it is important to contact the Carnahan Law Firm as soon as possible. Drug charges can be prosecuted at both the state and federal level and the sooner you speak with an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney, the better resolution you can hope to achieve.