You Can Rely On Our Criminal Defense Experience

If you have been arrested for any criminal offense in California, it is vital that you obtain the counsel and representation of an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Waiting too long to retain legal counsel can cause irreversible damage to your chances of a successful defense.

At Ridley Defense, founding attorney Douglas H. Ridley has 20 years of experience, five of which were spent learning prosecution tactics as a deputy district attorney. Our firm is prepared to aggressively defend you and obtain the most favorable outcome possible for any charges you are facing. Call us 24/7 at 805.208.1866 or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

We Provide Comprehensive Criminal Defense Services In Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, And Southern California

Whether it's a misdemeanor or felony, we can assist you. You can come to our firm for defense in the following criminal cases:

  • DUI — Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could result in a jail or prison sentence, as well as a suspended license.
  • Drug crimes — Crimes involving drugs include manufacturing, possession, and trafficking of substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, steroids, and prescription drugs. These can be misdemeanors or felonies.
  • Juvenile crimes — Crimes committed by a person under 18 are juvenile offenses. Most cases involve milder sentencing and treatment in juvenile detention centers and homes, but aggravated cases could result in the child being tried and sentenced as an adult.
  • Major felonies — Felony offenses are penalized with prison sentences instead of jail or fines. Repeat offenses also compound the penalties and could result in a life sentence upon conviction of a third-strike offense.
  • Theft offenses — Theft offenses include shoplifting, robbery, burglary, property destruction, and grand theft. Some are misdemeanors, while others are felonies that result in prison sentences.
  • Sex crimes — Sex crime convictions can not only lead to jail time and fines, but also you may have to register as a sex offender. This can make getting into certain neighborhoods, jobs, or educational institutions nearly impossible.
  • Violent crimes — Offenses involving threats of harm or infliction of bodily injury are considered violent crimes. Examples include murder, manslaughter, assault, domestic violence, and battery, and they are treated very harshly under the law. If convicted, an individual could be facing years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
  • Domestic violence — Even if the alleged victim does not press charges, you can still be prosecuted. You need a strong defense.
  • White collar crimes — In general, white collar crimes are committed by businesspersons of high social standing and involve fraudulent behavior for the purpose of personal gain, such as fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, money laundering, perjury, and pyramid schemes.
  • Traffic offenses — These can be classified as infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. Types of traffic violations include reckless driving, driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter, and failure to yield.
  • Expungement — If a person who has been convicted with a crime successfully completes the terms of their probation or is granted early release, they could petition to have the record sealed as though they were never convicted.
  • Firearms offenses — Weapons crimes include unlawful possession, transportation, sale, purchase, or use of a handgun, shotgun, or rifle. Few are misdemeanors, and many are felonies that result in a prison sentence.
  • Third-strike charges — According to the California Penal Code §667(e)(2), if a person has two prior felonies on their record and they are convicted of a third, their penalties will include a prison sentence of 25 years to life.

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Call 805.208.1866 Today

Ridley Defense is prepared to defend you in any type of criminal case. When facing harsh consequences for criminal actions, you need the experience, skill, and reputation of Douglas H. Ridley. With 20 years of experience in the area of defense, he can skillfully study the circumstances of your arrest to fight your charges.

He also has a personal understanding of your opponents' tactics, since he is a former Ventura County district attorney. Call our offices at 805.208.1866 to discuss your case and find out what a skilled criminal attorney could do for you. We offer a complimentary consultation.