I am a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law handling complex habeas capital litigation and capital trial work and other serious felonies and misdemeanors. (DUI)
I also represent and advise criminally charged clients who are collaterally involved in administrative proceedings re DMV License suspension hearings, Fish and Game license revocations and professional licensing board sanctions (doctors, dentists, attorneys).
I was appointed by the California Supreme Court in 1993 as habeas counsel in a capital appeal which is ongoing. Currently I am practicing criminal law in Santa Barbara County, with emphasis on serious felony representation including assisting the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office as Keenan counsel on 2 separate capital murder cases and most recently was privately retained in two capital cases, one through the grand jury indictment and an LWOP case through trial.
United States v. Michael Michaels 796 Fed.2nd 1112, 9th Cir. 1986; cert.denied 449 U.S., 1038 93 L.Ed. 2nd 845.
924 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara CA 93101
1/2 hour free initial consultation
The hourly rate is negotiable.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I am available by telephone after hours.
I chose criminal law because that is the one area where all of our constitutional rights are defined.
I believe in fully and candidly discussing all aspects of a client's case including the consequences of selecting different options as whether to go to trial, plea bargain, etc.
Absolutely. I insist that the client's prepare a narrative of what happened.
Depending upon the facts and circumstances of each individual case, the answer is yes.
Ukiah, California, 1981-1983
Santa Barbara, California, 1983-1985
Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office, 1985-1991
Chairperson, Legal Defense Center(Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
I was contracted by the Ventura County Public Defenders Office, 1996-1998 to litigate 3 strike convictions pursuant to the California Supreme Court's holding in People v. Romero (1995).
I have over 25 years experience as a criminal defense and personal injury attorney and prior to that time, I worked as a carpenter where I met people from all walks of life. I have observed the system from the inside and the outside.
My unique strength is that I never quit, and I am a fighter.
Reasonable, intelligent and compassionate representation of my clients.
I enjoy teaching Juris Prudence to law students, reading and writing poetry and surfing.
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