The Law Offices of Steven C. Sabbadini represents clients throughout Yolo County, Davis, Woodland, and West Sacramento who have suffered an injury or been charged with a crime. Below are some questions we commonly receive in our personal injury and criminal defense practices. For more information or a free telephone consultation, contact us today.
Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I do about my medical bills?
A: One of the most difficult aspects of being injured in an accident is facing the mounting medical bills. In addition to providing you with excellent legal representation, our attorneys work to assist you with bill collectors. In many cases, we can negotiate with your doctors and hospitals to arrange an agreement whereby you can pay your outstanding bills out of the proceeds of your personal injury claim.
Q: How long do I have to file my lawsuit?
A: California's Code of Civil Procedure allows you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the more difficult it can become to locate evidence and identify witnesses that may prove crucial to the success of your case.
Q: Why do I need a lawyer?
A: Most accident victims settle, either with their own insurance company or with the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. While people often believe insurance companies exist to help us, their goal is to pay out as little as possible in each claim. Our reputation as attorneys who will take cases to trial if that is what is necessary can help ensure that insurance adjusters offer a fair settlement in each case we take on.
Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I avoid going to jail?
A: In many cases, you can avoid going to jail, especially if it is your first offense. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the various Drug Court programs, such as Penal Code Section 1000 and Prop 36 probation, which allow drug and alcohol offenders to avoid jail time in certain situations, and we are familiar with local jail alternatives, such as work programs, home arrest, community service, and private home monitoring. We also have regular contact with local drug, alcohol, and mental health services. Utilizing these options can sometimes help reduce or limit a jail sentence, in addition to helping you avoid future arrests.
Q: Should I accept a plea bargain?
A: Depending on the facts of your case, accepting a plea bargain might be in your best interests. However, it is important to have an experienced lawyer negotiating with the District Attorney on your behalf, and advising you of the consequences of accepting a plea bargain. The D.A.s in Yolo County know that attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven C. Sabbadini will take your case to trial if their plea offer is not fair.