Van Nuys Civil Litigation Lawyers
25 Years of Experience Serving the San Fernando Valley
Few attorneys have what it takes to be successful in civil court. Litigation takes research, strategy, and eloquence, but also persistence and integrity. If you have a civil litigation claim, you need a legal team that’s as tough and determined as you are.
Whether your legal matter is a liability case, antitrust, financial matter, or personal injury claim, call Williams And Seemen. Our Van Nuys civil litigation attorneys are the ones you want by your side throughout the court process.
The Civil Litigation Process
Unlike typical criminal cases, civil lawsuits can take more effort to prove that something illegal did or did not happen. If one side or the other does not have definitive proof for their position, the case is decided based on the quality of evidence for each side.
This means that civil litigation cases take extensive preparation before any proceedings occur in court. It can also be a lengthy process—though it is possible for cases to be resolved within a few months, you’re likely in it for the long haul.
The stages of a civil litigation suit are as follows:
- Filing a complaint and serving notice to the other party
- The discovery stage, where your legal team gathers evidence through interrogations, depositions, subpoenas, and other means
- Pre-trial hearings, where a judge determines whether the case should go on to trial
- Possible mediation, where the parties attempt to come to a settlement out of court. This process may be guided by an impartial mediator
- Possible arbitration, where an impartial judge makes a decision, but without going to a full trial
- The trial, where lawyers present arguments and evidence, and a decision is handed down by a judge or jury
If a matter can be decided through mediation, we’re willing to argue on your behalf, but we’re not afraid to stand firm if our clients’ best interests demand it. Our skilled negotiators know when to make a compromise and when to press on to trial.
Consult Williams And Seemen for a Free Consultation
If you’re considering legal action but don’t know if you have a case, an attorney is the best person to contact. Our extensive experience and legal knowledge are what you need to decide whether to wait or move forward.
We have a history of stepping into difficult situations and creating solutions. When you’re ready to start your case, we can be with you through it all, from the discovery stage all the way through a trial if necessary. Throughout the long court process, we work with you as a team, making sure you are apprised of our progress every step of the way.
Our Van Nuys civil litigation attorneys are the ones you want on your side. Act now to get a start on your civil litigation case. Reach us at (818) 536-7776.
I've been arrested, what should I do?
First, remain silent. Just because you are arrested, it does not automatically mean charges will be filed against you. Staying quiet, however, is the most important decision you can make If you are ever questioned by police, do not give a statement. Be polite, calm, and state, “I am choosing to remain silent, I want a lawyer.” Once any statements are made, those admissions can very well be enough to have the case filed. Do not consent to searches, this too allows officers to do anything they want to your property and you, and by giving them consent you make their jobs even easier. Once you are arrested, it is true the police no longer need your permission or a warrant to search–they are allowed to search your person and what is within your immediate control–however, they still will need your permission or a warrant to search certain things, for example a cell phone, so, never consent to a search when the officers ask for your permission. Never flee or run–this makes things worse–additional charges can be added, and worse you can be hurt–tased, shot, beat, you name it. Once in a holding cell, stay quiet as well. Anyone can be a snitch and the jail cell or even the backseat of the patrol car could be wired for sound–save the conversations with your lawyer, which are confidential and cannot hurt you. Also, once you are out, do not post about your case on social media. District Attorneys, City Attorneys and yes police monitor social media–and what you say or WRITE can and will be used against you.
How do I bail out of jail?
Once arrested and jailed, there is a process allowing the person arrested to get released from jail. The accused may be released from jail for exchange of money–hence BAIL. A promise of property also works as a promise you will return to Court for all hearings. You cannot miss a court date when released on bail. If you make all court dates your bail is refunded to you whether you are found innocent or guilty. The bail amount depends on the jurisdiction where you are arrested and the Judge. Other factors that decide how large the bail amount is is the seriousness of the crime, your record and previous or current bench warrants. A judge can also release the accused without the requirement of posting bail–called being released on your own recognizance (“OR.”) If you cannot afford bail–or have no property to post, you can hire a bail bonds agent. A bonds agent promises to pay the full amount of bail to the court if you do not show up to Court, thus the bonds agent will have to find someone responsible for paying any costs they have to incur to track you down. In exchange for posting the full bond, the bonds agent will ask you to pay about eight to ten percent of your bond which is NONREFUNDABLE. So why hire a bonds agent? Because you can get out of jail for far less then paying the full bail amount. Your attorney will have a trusted bonds agent, so do not forget to contact your attorney if you are interested in bonding out of jail.
I have my first court appearance--what should I expect?
The first Court date is called the arraignment. That is where an accused will enter a plea (not guilty, guilty or no contest), bail and release can be determined, and a future court date is set: either a pretrial or in a felony case, the preliminary hearing. You will also be advised of your Constitutional rights and know your specific charges. In most misdemeanor cases, your attorney can make the appearance on your behalf without you having to be present. If you are charged with a felony, there are essentially two arraignment hearings –one occurs at the very start of your case. The second occurs after the preliminary hearing. If you are in custody, you MUST be arraigned within 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays). Once you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the right to a speedy trial. In a misdemeanor trial, a speedy trial must be done within 45 days unless your defense requests a delay. If you are in custody, the trial must be done within 30 days, unless your defense requests a delay. In a felony case, you have the right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of your arraignment. After your preliminary hearing, you also have an “Information Arraignment,” in which case you have the right to trial within 60 days of this second arraignment.