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Helping Families

At the Orange County law office of criminal attorney Staycie R. Sena, we know that your family is the most important thing in the world to you. We know that you will do anything to protect your family and keep it together. There are times, however, when the government or prosecution, tries to break you apart. Contact Orange County criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena now for a free consultation and learn how to keep your loved ones in the same house and living as a family.

Reluctant Witnesses

Many times a loved one is subpoenaed by the prosecution to testify against a spouse, child, parent or other family or friend. The prosecution attempts to get testimony that will be used to convict the loved one, despite your desires to stop the prosecution. This is especially common in domestic violence and child abuse or neglect situations. If you have been subpoenaed by the prosecution or a loved one is facing a subpoena for a prosecution that she does not want to participate in, call Orange County criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena immediately for advice. We provide independent representation and work with existing legal counsel to make your desires known and stop the prosecution of an unwanted domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse or child neglect, theft or other criminal case. Because time is often of the essence in these cases, if you are being asked to participate in a case that you do not want prosecuted, you should call Orange County criminal attorney Staycie R. Sena at the earliest possible stage in the proceeding. In many cases, particularly domestic violence actions, we have been able to stop unwanted prosecutions before they even begin.

Modifying Restraining Orders

Temporary restraining orders, domestic violence restraining orders or criminal protective orders are often issued (particularly in Orange County) against a parties will. Your spouse or loved one does not need to give permission for an officer to get a protective order, which prohibits you from going home after an arrest or seeing your family. The officer need only determine that it's in your loved one's best interest that the two of you be separated. If you have had a restraining order issued against you or against a loved one and you do not want the restraining order in place, call Orange County criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena immediately for a consultation. We have gotten hundreds of restraining orders or criminal protective orders terminated or modified to allow your family to have contact with one another.

Family Reunification

At the Orange County criminal law firm of Staycie R. Sena, we are skilled in reuniting spouses, when one has been removed from the home because of domestic violence, child abuse or child neglect charges. We also work to reunite children who have been removed from their parents. These cases are referred to in the legal system as "Dependency or 300 cases" as they are governed by California Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 et. seq.

Children can be removed from a home for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons, however, arise when allegations are made of: improper supervision, failure to protect, substance abuse, physical or emotional abuse and psychiatric illness. Child Protective Services can move very quickly and can come in, swoop up your kids and place them in foster care and then up for adoption, often before you have time to counter their complaints.

If you are facing an investigation by Child Protective Services or the Department of Child and Family Services or other child welfare agency, you must act quickly to protect yourself and your future with your children. At the Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena, we are skilled in representing parents who are facing dependency or child welfare complaints and who have had their children removed and placed in foster care or with other family members. Every step of the process is critical in these cases and parents should seek competent representation at the first sign of a child welfare investigation.


Many criminal charges such as DUIs, drug possession and domestic violence cases stem from underlying substance abuse and addiction issues. At the Orange County criminal defense law firm of Staycie R. Sena we recognize that addiction affects an entire family and substance abuse rehabilitation is often needed. We have spent many years working to get clients in-patient or out-patient rehabilitative substance abuse services in lieu of jail or other punishment. We work closely with many Orange County substance abuse rehabilitation centers and have referrals for both in-patient residential, outpatient and sober living facilities. We spend time not only working with judges and prosecutors to see the merit of rehabilitation services in lieu of traditional sentencing, but in getting loved ones to understand the importance of sobriety and helping them gain the confidence to succeed in recovery.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges for a DUI, drug possession, domestic violence or other criminal case, contact the Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena to determine if rehab can help.


Warrants can be issued for many reasons. An "arrest warrant" is typically issued when charges have been filed against you and you will have to face a criminal prosecution. A "bench warrant" is typically issued by a judge if you have failed to fulfill some sort of obligation to a court, such as showing up for court, paying a fine, completing classes or completing community services. People are often afraid of going to jail when a warrant has been issued and may put off resolving the matter.

It is imperative that you contact an experienced Orange County criminal lawyer if an arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued against you or a loved one. At the Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena, we know how to present your case to a judge to explain your failure to appear or failure to perform certain obligations. We can often get warrants recalled without your having to appear in court and without additional penalties.

Call Orange County criminal defense attorney Staycie R. Sena (949) 477-8088 now for a free consultation.

Client Reviews
"Ms. Sena guided me through the dark ravages of domestic violence with scrupulous and empathetic support." Tammy S.
"I was charged with a crime that I did not commit. I feared that I would go to prison for a long time. Ms. Sena worked on my case around the clock. She met me at my home, met with my family and friends, and never gave up fighting for me. It took two years but I could not be happier with the outcome: she won the case. I am more thankful than words can say" Antonio F.