If you are facing criminal charges in California, the future might feel very uncertain. No matter the nature of the alleged offense, the prospect of a criminal investigation, going through a trial and possibly even facing conviction can be extremely upsetting. Furthermore, it can put pressure on your family and even affect your employment status. Ideally, you want to get it all out of the way as soon as possible. However, if you are too hasty, you could make costly mistakes that could affect your chances in court.