Here is a partial list of type of criminal charges that I handle
I serve clients located in the County of Santa Cruz, which include the communities of:
More About DUI Law
In California, it is illegal to drive a vehicle if your ability to be safe and prudent is impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication. This is sometimes erroneously referred to as “drunk driving.” It is also illegal to drive if you have .08% or more of alcohol in your blood system.
Once you are legally arrested (probable cause) you are required under California’s “implied consent” law to take either a breath or a blood test (even if you did a field breath test prior to being arrested). You also have the right to “refuse’ to take either of these tests, however, your license will be suspended by the DMV, and you will suffer greater consequences in your criminal case in court.
The pre-arrest breath test is optional, and I recommend that you decline to take this test. However, I do not recommend refusing to take or complete a post-arrest chemical test (breath or blood). Additionally, I would advise one to decline to perform the field sobriety tests (FST’s).
Frequently Asked Questions During DUI Case Evaluation
DUI cases are not always open and shut situations because they usually involve very technical and complex legal issues. Criminal defense attorneys who specialize in DUI cases ask the following questions to find potential legal and scientific issues with the charges against you.
California DUI Fines and Penalties
First DUI Conviction
Second DUI Conviction (Within 10 Years of Previous Conviction)
Evidence Used by the Prosecution to Prove DUI Charges
The most critical evidence, other than the reasons for stopping the driver, is the result of the breath or blood test. A person is presumed to be under the influence (DUI) if their blood-alcohol level is .08% or greater. This, however, is a rebuttal presumption, and reasonable doubt that one is guilty may exist.
DUI Lawyer Consultation
Many DUI cases are subject to plea negotiations with the prosecution which may result in dispositions for lesser offenses or lesser penalties. Arrestees should consult with a DUI lawyer before entering a guilty or no-contest plea.
DUI is a serious offense, so you will need a defense attorney who will protect your rights. Contact Me to Schedule a Free DUI Consultation.
More About Criminal Law
Assault and Battery Crimes
Assault is an act of violence against another individual. While the specific meaning of assault varies among countries, it can refer to any act that causes another to fear immediate and personal violence. In a more limited sense, it can also mean a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force.
Battery in some jurisdictions is still defined more broadly as any intentional physical contact with another person without their consent.
Additionally, there are jurisdictions that have incorporated the definition of civil assault into the definition of the crime. This makes it a criminal assault to intentionally place another person in “fear” of harmful or offensive contact. Fear, in this context, only refers to their awareness of the violent action rather than a particular emotional state.
Legal Counsel for Assault and Battery Charges
Being charged with an assault or battery are serious matters, so you will need an attorney to fight for your rights. Contact me today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Assaults
Domestic violence can also be referred to as abuse, spousal abuse, family violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV). This crime can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship. This can involve spouses, people who are dating, family members, friends, or cohabitating partners.
Instances of domestic violence can come in different forms, such as:
Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be comorbid with abuse and add challenges when present alongside patterns of abuse.
Being Accused of Domestic Violence
I am aware of how difficult, and often emotional, being accused of this crime can be. I fully understand the great emotional impact that domestic violence and the long-term repercussions associated with a criminal record have on families and loved ones.
Domestic Violence Attorney Consultation
If you have been accused of domestic violence you can count on me to fight for your legal rights. Call my office today to schedule a free consultation.
Have you been charged with a drug offense? If so, then you already know that you are possibly facing jail time. Additionally, the punishment may include financial penalties, the suspension of your driver’s license, forfeiture of property, and more.
Drug crimes can include:
Being Accused of Drug Crimes
You need to talk to an experience defense attorney if you want to learn about your drug charges and the possible ways you can fight them. I will represent you in the same manner I would like to be represented.
As a former prosecutor and judge, I know how the system works and how to help you. Call my office today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Theft is defined as the illegal taking of another person’s property without their consent. It is also an informal term for some property crimes, such as burglary, embezzlement, credit card fraud, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, fraud, and even criminal conversion.
Consult Me to Learn More About Your Theft Offense
Are you currently facing theft charges? If so, I can provide expert criminal defense services at every stage.
Call my office today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.