Criminal defense, from investigation through trial.

Areas of Practice

Driving Under the Influence

You don't need to be drunk to get a DUI. Now that medical and recreational cannabis are moving further into the mainstream, the law is being forced to catch up to new enforcement concerns.  No matter what you are accused of, the consequences include costly fines, license suspension, and potential incarceration.  I have represented indviduals in cases ranging form first time misdemeanor DUI to felony DUI with priors and cases involving very unfortunate, very serious injuries.

Financial and insurance offenses

These charges can come on their own or can follow a civil matter.  Either way, they can be extremely complicated, expensive, and can result in harsh penalties.  I have represented individuals in state and federal courts for offenses including embezzlement, diversion, and various forms of fraud, including bank, mail, insurance, disability, welfare, and real estate.

Weapons Offenses

There are a number of ways in which you can run afoul of the laws governing the possession of weapons, including knives and firearms.  I have represented individuals accused of various weapons possessions offenses and enhancements, including felon in possession, weapons sales, and personal  use in the commission of a serious felony.

Controlled substances

In California, so-called simple possession is now a misdemeanor for most adults.  But there are still a number of ways that even personal users can find themselves accused of manufacturing, cultivate, and possession for sale.  I have represented people charged with offenses, including simple possession, being under the Influence, cultivation, manufacturing, possession for sale.

theft and property offenses

Whether you are charged with stealing, breaking into a home, or setting something on fire, there are a number of very complex and consequential implications.  I have experience representing individuals accused offenses ranging from petty theft, to burglary and arson.

violent offenses

These offenses range in seriousness from simple misdemeanors with minimal punishments to serious felonies with potential life sentences.  I have experience with a wide-range of violent offenses, including simple battery, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, kidnapping, mayhem, and homicide.  I have also represented individuals accused of making so-called "terrorist threats," in violation of Penal Code section 422.

gang offenses

You can be prosecuted for participating in a criminal street gang, but you can also have other felony charges trigger various enhancements, all of which are serious felonies and carry severe additional punishments.  I have worked on multiple complex gang cases, including a grand jury indictment involving forty eight defendants.  

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
— Thomas Jefferson