Frequently Asked Questions

Honest Advice from a Santa Ana Defense Lawyer

For more than 20 years, The Law Offices of Elia A. Naqvi has advocated for the accused in northern Orange County. If you've been charged with a crime, our Santa Ana criminal defense attorney is here to answer all of your questions and concerns. Below, you will find answers to some of the most common questions we receive.

To learn more, call us today at (714) 863-8677. The initial consultation is free.


  • Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    Criminal defense lawyers spend all of their vocational lives within the criminal justice system, which can provide you with experience and knowledge that you lack. Though you aren't required to hire a criminal defense lawyer, it is almost always in your best interests to do so. The criminal justice system is hard to navigate on your own!

  • Will the Court Provide Me With a Free Lawyer?

    If you cannot afford to hire your own criminal defense lawyer, you may petition the court for a public defender. If you are financially eligible, the court will appoint one. However, it is unlikely that a public defender will have as much time, experience, or expertise as a private criminal defense attorney.

  • What if I Can't Afford to Pay You?

    The Law Offices of Elia Naqvi works with each client to arrive at a payment structure that will work for them. This might be a flat-rate model or an hourly fee. Payments plans are also available. Our Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer can work with you to get the representation you need.

  • What if I've Been Offered a Plea Deal?

    It is rarely advisable to accept a plea deal without first consulting a criminal defense lawyer. Without a working knowledge of the criminal justice system, you can easily be taken advantage of by an opportunistic prosecutor. They may be offering a plea deal because their case is against you is not as strong as they'd like.

  • Should I Cooperate With the Police if They Ask Me Questions?

    The right to remain silent is an important safeguard. It helps ensure that those accused of a crime do not say something to mistakenly incriminate themselves. It is generally in your best interest to refrain from answering police questions until you have first consulted with a criminal defense lawyer.

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