Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson Attorney Don Matson is an experienced Insurance Attorney and an Aggressive criminal defense for any crime in California by an attorney you can trust to zealously protect your rights.

Thorough representation, from the start of your case and beyond Donald J. Matson, simply “Don” to his clients, has been licensed in the State of California and a member of the California State Bar for over 10 years. Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, PC was started in 2005 to fill a serious void in the legal services field. Mr. Matson provides the personal touch that is missing in the lawyer-client relationship. Clients are not simply customers to Mr. Matson, they are friends. Matson takes each case and treats it as if it was his only case, guiding clients through the legal system every step of the way, from initial court appearance on through the completion of probation. As a client, you will not be abandoned when the court action ends, you will be able to have all your questions answered throughout the entire process, including beyond the completion of probation and possible expunging or dismissal of the charges against you. Matson is not like other attorneys, he’s like having a lawyer in the family that you can confide in and trust.

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Can I Fight My Breath Test Results?
12/07/2020
Can I Fight My Breath Test Results?

Can I Fight My Breath Test Results?

Sobriety Tests: What You Need To Know A breathalyzer test is used to detect the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream through their breath. Along with roadside sobriety tests, the results are used to determine if a person should be arrested for a DUI. But could the test be wrong? Here’s wh...

What Should You Do If You Have An Arrest Warrant In The State Of California?
10/10/2018
What Should You Do If You Have an Arrest Warrant in The State of California?

What Should You Do If You Have An Arrest Warrant In The State Of California?

Finding out that there is a warrant out for arrest is an unnerving situation, but it is not one that you can afford to ignore or simply hope for the best. If there is a warrant out for your arrest, you should know that in California, the police are able to arrest you for committing …

What Is A Probation Violation Hearing In California?
09/24/2018
What Is a Probation Violation Hearing in California?

What Is A Probation Violation Hearing In California?

Have you recently been accused of violating your probation? if so, you should be aware that there are many different consequences that could be associated with this issue. You need to be prepared to fully defend yourself if you are accused of violating your probation terms. If you violate your terms...

What Should You Know About Failure To Appear In Court In California?
08/13/2018
What Should You Know About Failure to Appear in California?

What Should You Know About Failure To Appear In Court In California?

If you are charged with failure to appear in addition to the original charges surrounding the reason that you were supposed to show up in court in the first place, you could be looking at significant consequences. Understanding the California crime of failure to appear begins with hiring an experien...

What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Money Laundering.
07/02/2018
What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Money Laundering

What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Money Laundering.

Any person who has allegedly been engaged in a financial transaction that was intended to take money obtained through criminal activities and to use it in any way that appears to be from a legitimate source could be accused of money laundering. If you have been accused of money laundering, it is imp...

Probation may be a preferred outcome of your criminal case if you cannot avoid conviction, but it’s important that you r...
06/22/2018
What Are the Penalties for Probation Violation in California?

Probation may be a preferred outcome of your criminal case if you cannot avoid conviction, but it’s important that you realize the stakes are higher if your probation officer believes that you, at any time, violate the terms of these conditions.

Probation Violation Penalties In California Probation may be a preferred outcome of your criminal case if you cannot avoid conviction, but it’s important that you realize the stakes are higher if your probation officer believes that you, at any time, violate the terms of these conditions. Your att...

FBI Research Indicates That Violent Crimes are Up in California.
06/22/2018
FBI Research Indicates That Violent Crimes are Up in California

FBI Research Indicates That Violent Crimes are Up in California.

Any violent crime carries high penalties upon a conviction, but if you have a criminal record or if extenuating circumstances apply, the conviction consequences might be severe. The best way to avoid being put behind bars and trying to cope with the impact of a criminal record is to exercise your ri...

California Legislators Intend to Keep Young Offenders Out of Adult Court.
05/09/2018
California Legislators Intend to Keep Young Offenders Out of Adult Court

California Legislators Intend to Keep Young Offenders Out of Adult Court.

A legislative hearing was recently packed with former youth offenders and criminal justice experts, but California legislators pushed back a bill that would keep minors who commit crimes out of those adult courts. Mandatory sentencing rules have long been a problem in California and in other states....

New Study Shows Problems with Criminal Justice System in Bay Area.
03/06/2018
New Study Shows Problems with Criminal Justice System in Bay Area

New Study Shows Problems with Criminal Justice System in Bay Area.

Being accused of a crime can trigger a whole series of events that can be confusing for the accused. Although everyone accused has certain rights under the constitution, a new study indicates that it can take a long period of time for someone accused of a crime to see their case completed in Califor...

New Crime Prevention Research Center Data Looks at Impact of Immigration and Crimes.
02/06/2018
New Crime Prevention Research Center Data Looks at Impact of Immigration and Crimes

New Crime Prevention Research Center Data Looks at Impact of Immigration and Crimes.

If you have special immigration status in the US, you already might know that being accused of a crime comes with higher stakes than a traditional US citizen. If you’re convicted of a crime, you could be deported. In addition, officials are now taking a much tighter look at the possibility of immi...

New Research Shows that Crime Rates are Up in LA County and Down in California Overall During Criminal Justice Reform Pe...
12/30/2017
New Research Shows that Crime Rates are Up in LA County and Down in California Overall During Criminal Justice Reform Period

New Research Shows that Crime Rates are Up in LA County and Down in California Overall During Criminal Justice Reform Period

Across 2010 to 2016, crime in Los Angeles county, including both violent and property crime, increased by 5% even as the rest of the state experienced a downturn in crime, according to a recent report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. They explored city crime trends throughout Califo...

What Are the Penalties for Probation Violation in California?
12/19/2017
What Are the Penalties for Probation Violation in California?

What Are the Penalties for Probation Violation in California?

Probation may be a preferred outcome of your criminal case if you cannot avoid conviction, but it’s important that you realize the stakes are higher if your probation officer believes that you, at any time, violate the terms of these conditions. Your attorney should sit down with you and walk thro...

What Happens If You Are Arrested in California And Have an Allegation of Police Brutality?#PoliceBrutality #PoliceBrutal...
11/28/2017
What Happens If You Are Arrested in California And Have an Allegation of Police Brutality?

What Happens If You Are Arrested in California And Have an Allegation of Police Brutality?
#PoliceBrutality #PoliceBrutalityHelp

It might go by like a blur- suddenly, you’re being handcuffed and shipping off to the police station. You’re not sure how things escalated or why you’re being charged, but you know things just got quite serious. This is a common occurrence for someone who has been arrested. Even when you are b...

While common, the white-collar crime of money laundering is a serious one. If you are charged with money laundering, you...
10/09/2017
3 Defenses for Money Laundering | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

While common, the white-collar crime of money laundering is a serious one. If you are charged with money laundering, you stand to incur significant fines, restitution, incarceration, and a permanent criminal record. Money laundering is charged as a felony and a conviction can affect your ability to get a job, rent a home, buy a home, or pursue additional education. It's important to launch a solid defense.

Money laundering is a serious charge that requires a serious defense. Get the help you need protecting your rights today.

Breathalyzer tests are notorious for being inaccurate. There are multiple factors that can cause a breathalyzer test to ...
09/03/2017
What Can Cause a False Positive on a Breathalyzer Test? | Better Call Don

Breathalyzer tests are notorious for being inaccurate. There are multiple factors that can cause a breathalyzer test to turn up positive, leading to an arrest and a DUI charge. If you've failed a breathalyzer test and were charged with drinking and driving, you may want to consider if the following may have caused your results to be inaccurate.

There are many things that can cause a false positive on a breathalyzer test. Learn how to defend your rights after a DUI arrest today.

PWID charges, or possession with intent to distribute, can be very serious drug crime charges. If convicted, you stand t...
08/13/2017
What You Need to Know About PWID Charges | Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, PC

PWID charges, or possession with intent to distribute, can be very serious drug crime charges. If convicted, you stand to face much harsher penalties than you do for simple drug possession charges, and the punishments become more severe the more drugs that are found to be in your possession. Here's what you should know about PWID charges and how to fight for your rights under California law.

Charged with possession with the intent to distribute? Defend your rights under the law today with the help of an experienced attorney.

While burglary is considered a wobbler crime and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, it is more often th...
07/16/2017
What You Need to Know About Burglary | Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, PC

While burglary is considered a wobbler crime and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, it is more often than not charged as a felony. This crime, if convicted, carries with it serious penalties and consequences that have the potential to change your life as you know it. Here's what you should understand about the crime of burglary and how a seasoned California criminal defense attorney can assist you in defending yourself against these charges.

Learn what burglary is and how an attorney can help you if you are facing felony charges that can potentially change your life as you know it. Call now.

Understanding assault and battery can be difficult because often they are charged as together and many people consider t...
06/30/2017
Assault and Battery 101 - Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

Understanding assault and battery can be difficult because often they are charged as together and many people consider them to be a single crime. The truth is, one can be charged with assault and battery separately; however, battery typically isn't charged without assault even though the reverse is not always true. Here's what you need to understand about assault and battery and how you can protect your rights after being charged with this crime.

Learn about assault and battery charges and what you should do if you were arrested for or accused of this crime. We can help -- call today.

Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by juveniles.  Whether for the thrill or because of peer pressure...
06/03/2017
The Surprising Truth About Juvenile Shoplifters | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by juveniles. Whether for the thrill or because of peer pressure, there aren’t many other minor crimes that are as “popular” among teens and young adults. Here you’ll not only find statistics reveal some alarming facts about juvenile shoplifters but also how to help if your child has been arrested for shoplifting.

Many teens today shoplift and there are some surprising facts about teen theft. Learn more today about juvenile shoplifters.

When you're facing criminal charges in California, your life can be turned upside down. Few things are as challenging as...
05/09/2017
Understanding Criminal Case Proceedings | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

When you're facing criminal charges in California, your life can be turned upside down. Few things are as challenging as fighting for your rights under the law, and it's important that you get help in order to protect yourself effectively during a criminal investigation and trial. Here's what you need to know about the different stages of criminal case proceedings and how a criminal defense attorney can assist you throughout the process.

Here's what you'll need to know about your criminal case from start to finish, and who can help advocate for your rights after being charged with a crime.

In California, robbery is a serious charge that is usually met with jail time, fines, probation, a permanent criminal re...
04/10/2017
4 Potential Defenses to Robbery | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

In California, robbery is a serious charge that is usually met with jail time, fines, probation, a permanent criminal record, and more. If you've been charged with robbery, it's important that you work with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in order to ensure that your case is as strong as possible. Here are four potential defenses to robbery and how to take the next step in protecting your rights and your future.

Learn about 4 potential defenses for robbery and how an attorney can help you put together the strongest case possible. Call today for more information.

Traffic tickets are commonly issued for a variety of reasons, including parking violations, speeding, running a red ligh...
02/28/2017
Should You Pay That Ticket? | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

Traffic tickets are commonly issued for a variety of reasons, including parking violations, speeding, running a red light or stop sign, and more. Many people simply pay the fine on their ticket and consider the matter settled. However, paying a ticket is the same as pleading guilty. Is this something you should do?

Many people pay their traffic tickets because it's the simplest way to be rid of the matter. But is it really in your best interests? Find out now.

A criminal record of any kind — whether for a felony or a misdemeanor — can wreak havoc on your life. You may find it di...
01/16/2017
Can You Get Your Criminal Records Expunged? | Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Matson

A criminal record of any kind — whether for a felony or a misdemeanor — can wreak havoc on your life. You may find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a job, rent an apartment, apply for a loan, or even obtain higher education. In some cases, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged. Certain requirements must be met, but if you are successful with your expungement, your criminal record may no longer be available to employers, landlords, and more.

Is it possible to get your criminal records expunged, or wiped clean? In some cases, yes. Learn more about expungement today.

Federal crimes, sometimes called "white collar crimes," are non-violent crimes that tend to carry a hefty sentence. They...
12/21/2016

Federal crimes, sometimes called "white collar crimes," are non-violent crimes that tend to carry a hefty sentence. They are often, and if you are convicted of a federal crime, you face significant penalties. Here's what you need to know about federal crimes and how to get the legal help you need during this difficult time. https://bettercalldon.com/blog/federal-crimes/federal-crimes-101/

You may have been placed on probation after being convicted of a crime. When you are on probation, you are required to f...
11/19/2016
Did You Violate Your Probation? Get Legal Help Today | Donald J. Matson

You may have been placed on probation after being convicted of a crime. When you are on probation, you are required to follow strict rules, some of which can be quite difficult to adhere to. The violation of your probation could cause you to face additional penalties, so it’s vital that you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about what your next step should be.

Have you violated one or more conditions of your probation? Find out what your next step should be with the help of an experienced lawyer.

Many people assume that misdemeanor crimes are trivial and don’t require the assistance of an attorney. While it is true...
10/29/2016
Should You Hire a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor? | Law Offices of Donald J. Matson

Many people assume that misdemeanor crimes are trivial and don’t require the assistance of an attorney. While it is true that misdemeanor crimes result in less penalties than felonies if you are convicted, these crimes are still life changing. The short answer is yes, you absolutely still need a lawyer to represent you after an arrest for a misdemeanor crime.

Misdemeanor crimes are less serious than felonies, so should you hire a lawyer? Or can you skip the expense? Here's what you need to know.

Like many other states, California has adopted a “point system” that causes a driver to accumulate points against his or...
09/08/2016
What You Need to Know About California's DMV Point System | Donald J. Matson

Like many other states, California has adopted a “point system” that causes a driver to accumulate points against his or her license for certain driving offenses within a specified period of time. When too many points are accumulated, a loss of license may result. Losing your license can make life exceedingly difficult and may cause you to lose your job, your home, and your relationships may suffer. Here’s what you need to know about the DMV point system in California.

California has a DMV point system that can make it easier to lose your license if you commit certain traffic infractions. Learn more today.

Being searched by the police or being handed a warrant is a frightening prospect. However, it’s important to keep a leve...
08/18/2016
Search & Warrants Q&A | Law Offices of Donald J. Matson

Being searched by the police or being handed a warrant is a frightening prospect. However, it’s important to keep a level head and understand your rights when it comes to searches and warrants. Here are answers to the questions you want to know.

Learn more about what your rights are when it comes to searches and warrants. Contact the California Law Offices of Donald J. Matson today.

Being arrested for the possession of drugs in California can be a frightening and disconcerting experience. However, in ...
07/16/2016
Constructive Possession vs. Actual Possession of Drugs | Donald J. Matson

Being arrested for the possession of drugs in California can be a frightening and disconcerting experience. However, in order to properly defend yourself against these charges, it’s important that you understand the difference between the types of possession and how they can play a important role in your case.

Learn more about the different types of possession and how they can play a significant role in defending against drug charges in California.

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