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Criminal Defense

I Represent people charged with:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Is a designation of an offense that occurs between 'family or household' members. More specifically, it means that the actors involved in a criminal offense are spouses, former spouses, persons who have a child in common, adult persons related by blood or marriage, adult persons who reside or who have resided together, or persons that have a dating relationship. Domestic violence offenses are common. Domestic violence cuts across all social and economical barriers. If a person is convicted of a domestic violence offense, they must participate in a one year long anger management course, frequently a protective order will be issued to protect the complaining witness, and they lose their right to possess a firearm indefinitely. I have a great deal of success defending clients accused of domestic violence offenses.

DRUG OFFENSES FELONY/MISDEMEANOR: Drug offenses take many forms: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Transportation of a Controlled Substance. A successful defense of a criminal drug offense is commonly focused upon the constitutionality of the search and seizure by the government.

OTHER CRIMES: In addition to the previously described offenses, I have defended persons charged with probation violations, felony DUI's, felony injury DUI's, felony theft cases, felony fraud cases, assault cases, felony man slaughter, murder, and resisting arrest. I have developed an exceptional reputation for defending people accused of criminal misconduct by being tenacious and delivering exceptional results.

 

Motions

I file pre-trial motions to defend my clients when it is appropriate. A motion is a request for the court to do something. The most common motions are motions to suppress evidence, speedy trial motions, motions to challenge prior convictions, Pitchess motions, motions to compel discovery, motions to dismiss (AKA 995 motions), demurrers, and many more types depending on the case. Sometimes, a successful or even an unsuccessful pre-trial motion means the case gets dismissed or the offer becomes too good to resist.

Citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures conducted by the government by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. As a general rule, when a police officer or other government officials searches a person who has a reasonable expectation of privacy, the police officer must either have a search warrant, or the police officer must be acting consistently with an applicable exception to the warrant requirement. Absent a search warrant or an applicable exception to the warrant requirement , a search is unconstitutional. The remedy for an unconstitutional search or seizure is exclusion of evidence, which commonly results in the dismissal of the criminal allegation. Needless to say, these are not easy motions to win and success requires a great deal of preparation.

I fight to make sure that the court enforces the constitutional rights of my clients and I have successfully defended people accused of felony and misdemeanor drug offences by filing and winning suppression motions as well as other charges. If I think the court's ruling is in error; I will without hesitation appeal  the ruling.