Long Beach Criminal Justice Attorney With Over 37 Years of
    Criminal Defense Experience in California

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    With more than three decades of experience handling criminal defense cases throughout southern California, Jerry Nicholson has the background, skills, judgment, and reputation he needs to provide clients with sound legal advice and high-quality, aggressive defense representation against criminal charges in Long Beach. Experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorney Jerry Nicholson has handled virtually every kind of criminal defense case, including DUI, sex crimes, white collar crimes, theft, drug possession charges, and assault and battery. If you face misdemeanor or felony charges in Long Beach, CA, let criminal defense lawyer Jerry Nicholson fight to keep a conviction off of your record.

    Keeping You Out of Jail

    If you or someone you love has been arrested in Long Beach, veteran criminal defense attorney Jerry Nicholson can help you with obtaining release on bail, having the bail amount reduced, or obtaining your release upon your promise to appear in court. Defense lawyer Jerry Nicholson routinely handles criminal cases, working to negotiate sentencing modifications and alternatives to jail including house arrest, work release, or alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He will use every available criminal law tool and service to defend your freedom, which is one of the reasons he is so highly sought after by people in the state of California. Long Beach courts are notoriously tough on crime, so you’ll need to hire a Long Beach criminal defense attorney who knows what it takes to keep you out of jail. Jerry Nicholson is that attorney who will fight for your rights. Here are some of the most common questions our criminal defense law firm receives:

    What is The Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney in The Justice System?

    Criminal defense attorneys play an important role in the U.S. justice system. These attorneys are trained to represent people who are accused of committing crimes, which are the defendants in a criminal case. They ensure that defendants are treated fairly by the justice system and that their constitutional rights are not violated. If defense attorneys were not around, the defendants in criminal cases would have to face skilled prosecutors on their own.

    What Are The Responsibilities of Criminal Defense Attorneys?

    A criminal defense attorney will take on a number of responsibilities when representing someone who is accused of committing a crime. An attorney will explain all of your legal options and make sure you understand how each will affect your future. Sometimes, a criminal defense attorney will take on the task of negotiating with the prosecution for a plea deal to save you from having to go to trial. But, if the case does go to trial, an attorney will fight for your freedom by poking holes in the prosecution’s case and presenting a convincing case to the jury. Basically, an attorney is responsible for protecting your best interests through every step of the criminal justice process. 

    What is The Difference Between A Criminal Defense Attorney and a Public Defender?

    Both criminal defense attorneys and public defenders represent criminal defendants, but that does not mean that these two types of legal professionals are the same. A criminal defense attorney works for a private law firm and is hired by the defendant, whereas a public defender works for the government and is appointed by the court. Public defenders are only appointed when the defendant cannot afford to hire a criminal defense attorney. These legal professionals typically take on many cases at once, so they may not have a lot of time to devote to your case. For this reason–and many others–it is best to hire a criminal defense attorney instead of working with a public defender.

    How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    A number of factors can affect the cost of legal representation, including the attorney’s experience and complexity of the case. For this reason, it is important to discuss fees with your attorney during the initial case evaluation. Having this conversation early on will ensure you know exactly what you are expected to pay in the future.

    A Free, Genuine Legal Consultation

    Jerry Nicholson’s phones lines are staffed by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring that you will always have access to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Many lawyers will promise you a free consultation, but they only deliver a 15-minute sales pitch. Not Jerry Nicholson. On your first visit to our law office, he will sit down with you for as long as you need to review your case fully and to consider all of your legal options. Our office is located in the Naples neighborhood in Long Beach near Mothers Beach and the Long Beach Sea Base Aquatics Center, approximately 8 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB). Make a right on N Lakewood Blvd as you leave the Long Beach Airport. Take the second exit in the traffic circle to continue onto CA-1 S for just under 3 miles. Turn right onto E 2nd Street, then make a left onto E Naples Plaza. Take an immediate left onto N Cordova Walk and an immediate right onto Appian Way. After turning right onto N Syracuse Walk, take the first right onto E Naples Plaza to arrive at our law firm. Merge onto I-5 S from Anaheim to travel to Long Beach. Take exit 107B to merge onto CA-22 W toward Garden Grove. Continue on this road for 9.4 miles before taking exit 22 toward Seal Beach Blvd. Merge onto I-405 N, and follow the signs for Long Beach. Take exit 1 toward Studebaker Road, and keep left to continue on this road. Turn right onto E 2nd Street, and make an immediate left onto E Naples Plaza. Then, turn left onto N Cordova Walk, right onto Appian Way, and right again on N Syracuse Walk. Our law firm is located on E Naples Plaza, which is on your right at the first cross street. If you’re facing any criminal charge in the Long Beach area, you need an experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorney who can address your concerns and provide you with a sound, aggressive legal defense. See what former clients have to say about working with Jerry by reading the Google Plus reviews of the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson, A Professional Corporation. Call the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson as quickly as possible or fill out the form on this website to speak with our Los Angeles County criminal defense attorneys.


    In the years I have know Mr. Nicholson, I have yet to find another criminal defense attorney who fights as vigerously for their client as Mr. Nicholson. His dedication to his clients is second to none. I would highly recommend his office to anyone seeking legal representation.

    Samir Belani
    Long Beach, CA

    Criminal Defense Services


    Driving Under the Influence

    If you are charged with DUI, contact Long Beach DUI lawyer Jerry Nicholson for the legal help you’ll need. Jerry Nicholson can challenge the legality of the traffic stop, the results of DUI tests, and the testimony of the police. With your future at stake, don’t take unnecessary risks. Jerry Nicholson has the experience and the dedication you’ll need if you are arrested and charged with DUI. With the likelihood of fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time if you’re convicted, it’s imperative to have an experienced Long Beach DUI attorney working for you.

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    Domestic Violence

    If you’re accused of domestic violence, you’ll need to contact a Long Beach domestic violence defense attorney at once. The state will prosecute aggressively anyone charged with domestic violence. A domestic violence charge may be filed as either a misdemeanor or as a felony hinging on the seriousness of the alleged abusive behavior, but severe injuries will almost always generate a felony charge. The laws governing domestic violence are complicated and govern a variety of circumstances and behaviors. If you are charged with domestic violence in or near Long Beach, you must hire an experienced domestic violence defense attorney.

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    Sexual Offences

    If anyone accuses you of a sex crime, you’ll need to be represented by an aggressive, experienced Long Beach sex crimes attorney. Sex crimes can be some of the most serious offenses that the criminal justice system addresses. In California, sexual assault, rape, and statutory rape are punished without leniency. Attorney Jerry Nicholson handles cases ranging from physical child abuse charges to accusations of lewd conduct in public. Call the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson as quickly as possible after an arrest for any sex crime in the Long Beach area.

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    Arrest Warrants

    Typically, an arrest warrant will be issued after a grand jury indictment or when law enforcement officials reasonably suspect that criminal activity has occurred. In most cases, a person is not even aware that an arrest warrant exists until the arrest is made. Having the assistance of an experienced Long Beach arrest warrants attorney is beneficial. If you believe that an arrest warrant has been issued for you, you need the help of experienced Long Beach arrest warrants attorney Jerry Nicholson. He knows what the courts will require and in some cases can help you avoid time in jail. If there’s a warrant with your name on it, don’t wait to make the call.

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    Under California law, entering a building with the intent to commit a theft or another felony constitutes burglary. Burglary may be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor in California, but a conviction for even the misdemeanor charge can put you in jail for up to a year. You must retain aggressive defense representation immediately if you face burglary charges. Long Beach burglary attorney Jerry Nicholson has extensive experience successfully defending burglary suspects. If there was a misunderstanding or misidentification, Jerry Nicholson will see that your side of the case is fully understood. If you are accused of burglary, fight the charge and call attorney Jerry Nicholson without delay.

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    Drug Crimes

    If you’re charged with any drug crime or drug-related crime, contact experienced Long Beach drug crimes attorney Jerry Nicholson immediately. California’s drug laws are difficult to understand and almost always changing. However, while some drug laws are currently undergoing reforms, most drug charges in California still require at least some amount of time in custody if you’re convicted. If you are charged with a drug crime, let experienced Long Beach drug crimes attorney Jerry Nicholson fight aggressively for justice on your behalf.

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    Should You Post Bail After An Arrest?

    Even though bail is usually set pursuant to a fixed schedule for each crime, judges can sometimes deviate from these schedules & adjust the bail amounts. Any adjustments can, however, only be made during or after your first arraignment & unless you post the bail as quoted then you will remain in custody until you are arraigned. At your first arraignment, your attorneys can try to convince the judge to reduce the bail amount but there is a real risk that the prosecutors will also try to have it increased. The best way to beat the prosecution’s arguments, in this respect, is to prepare adequately & for that you need enough time. Posting bail as it is means that you do not have to appear for your first arraignment for up to 30 days instead of 3 & this time should be enough for your attorneys to craft the best arguments to get your bail reduced.