Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney
Get 30 Years of Experience on Your Side
Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law has more than 30 years of proven legal experience, and his track record includes more than
5,000 misdemeanor and felony cases. Unlike many criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Tears works directly with his clients. When you call our firm, you will be able to speak with Thomas Tears, the attorney who will be handling your case and representing you in court. We are
available for contact 24/7, because we know that an arrest can happen at any time of day or night, and usually without warning. We are here when you need us, and we urge you to seek our help without delay.
Hiring a Santa Ana criminal defense attorney is without a doubt the most important action you can take in the aftermath of an arrest. As soon as you have been taken into custody, the state is working to develop its case against you. Police officers and investigators want to question you in hopes of drawing out self-incriminating statements or a confession. The prosecutor is investigating to find the necessary evidence to support the allegations, with the goal of having you convicted and punished. The odds are stacked against you. Let us stand by your side and fight to defend your rights and your freedom.
Will my criminal case go to trial?
Whenever it is possible, we seek to resolve our clients' cases without a trial. Sometimes this involves negotiating with the prosecutor for a favorable plea bargain that allows our client to stay out of jail in exchange for performing terms of probation. For example, it is often possible to avoid a conviction for marijuana possession through a Proposition 36 probationary sentence involving drug treatment in lieu of incarceration. In other cases, it is possible to avoid a trial by having the charges dismissed.
If, for example, you were arrested for DUI, we seek to have the evidence suppressed by demonstrating that the police officer violated your constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure in an
unlawful traffic stop. In the event that it is not possible to avoid a trial, however, we will be ready to defend your rights and make a compelling case before the judge and jury. During your initial consultation, Mr. Tears can review the situation and provide you with his best estimate of what to expect in your own case.
Santa Ana DUI Lawyer
Thomas Tears is known as an aggressive trial attorney who fights for his clients, and he has achieved success in handling a wide variety of criminal charges. A large percentage of our clients are people who come to us for help after an arrest for driving under the influence. We assist with every aspect of the case, including the
DMV hearing to contest the administrative driver's license suspension, as well as fighting to defend our clients against the criminal charges. Our team takes on first-time DUI cases, as well as cases involving a
repeat DUI offense,
DUI with injury or
Fighting Criminal Charges in Santa Ana
Although he is widely recognized as a leading Santa Ana DUI lawyer, Mr. Tears has earned a solid reputation among his former clients and his peers for his work on a variety of different types of criminal cases, including:
Whether you have never previously been involved in the criminal justice system or if you have prior convictions and are worried about the consequences of the Three Strikes law, contact us for help. In the mean time, reivew our
FAQ page to learn more about the criminal defense process, and visit our
case results page for examples of how we have helped clients in the past.
Confidential Consultation with a Santa Ana Criminal Defense Lawyer
Anything you say to Mr. Tears will be held in confidence under the attorney-client privilege. You can tell him your side of the story, you can explain the situation and how you are innocent, or you can even confess. We recognize that this may be one of the most stressful situations you have experienced, and you may not know what to expect next. Count on us to give you the support and dedicated advocacy you deserve. You are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, and we make it our duty to defend your right to receive fair treatment under law. Contact our office to schedule your initial consultation.
Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law serves clients in Santa Ana, Laguna Hills, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and throughout Orange County.
Arrested? Looking for help? Contact us!
250 North Golden Circle Drive #207
Santa Ana, California 92705