Our Criminal Defense Practice

Being charged with a crime often leaves many people confused, and this confusion often leads to poor choices. Some may worry about their futures, and make decisions that severely impact the status of their case. Others may try to talk their way out of trouble with police, not realizing that they are just making their situations much, much worse.

When you are arrested in California, you need to be sure that you understand all of your options before you make any statements or decisions. At The Law Offices of Melissa M. van der Vijver, P.C., we offer knowledgeable guidance to clients struggling with criminal charges. Our founding attorney, Melissa M. van der Vijver, has 15 years of experience in criminal cases. A former prosecutor, she knows how the other side will approach your case, and use this to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Offering You Peace Of Mind

Melissa will meet with you to help you understand the charges that you are facing, as well as the penalties that may result if convicted. You will know what the process is like before you go into the courtroom. She wants to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the case, and will answer your questions at any time.

We represent clients with a wide range of criminal defense needs, including:

  • Drunk driving and other alcohol-related driving offenses, including vehicular manslaughter
  • Gang crimes, including substantive gang offenses as well as sentencing enhancements added to other crimes for alleged gang members
  • Sex offenses, including sexual assault and child molestation
  • Drug charges, including possession and distribution of controlled substances
  • Strike offenses, including sexual assault and homicide, where the conviction of these crimes may result in life in prison
  • Property crimes, such as burglary and the possession of stolen property
  • Firearms offenses, including felon in possession of a weapon and unregistered or concealed weapons charges
  • Theft and fraud crimes, including identity theft
  • Expungement of records

Melissa appears in court nearly every day to advocate for her clients. You can trust her to work hard to help you obtain the results you need in your case.

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To schedule an appointment with our aggressive criminal defense lawyer, please call 530-298-6905 or send us an email. We have offices located in Sacramento and Diamond Springs. Se habla español.