I represent clients in all sorts of criminal cases, from misdemeanors, including DUI, to serious felonies, including sex offenses, drug trafficking and murder. I also represent juveniles charged with crimes.
After becoming a lawyer in 1999, I established a solo practice in Chico, and then decided to work as a Public Defender in Mendocino and Solano Counties. In 2007, I returned to Chico to reestablish my private practice.
• People v. Justice Lamar Alleyne: Not guilty verdict in three strikes assault case
• People v. R.B.: Thirteen year old residential burglary case dismissed
• People v. D.K: Child molestation case. Probation granted, 60 days jail. Probation report recommended six years prison.
16 Williamsburg Lane
Chico CA 95926
Yes. Free 30-minute initial consultation.
Most criminal cases can be handled on a flat-fee basis, with additional fees if the case actually proceeds to trial.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I want to help people. Most other areas of law deal with battles over money. My clients are fighting for their lives. That is far more rewarding to me.
I want to make sure my clients are fully informed about legal issues in their cases, and help them make the important decisions with my guidance. It is important to understand a client's situation and goals. For some people, even a conviction for a "minor" offense can be devastating.
My clients' input and feedback is always important, but I prefer to prepare documents myself. Even a minor mistake can make a huge difference, not to mention the fact that most courts will not accept documents filed by a defendant who has an attorney.
In some very simple matters, I can offer some general guidance, but there is no substitute for a skilled, experienced attorney, especially in a serious criminal case. I've spent several days in a jury trial where it all boils down to a single word. Years of experience are the only way to prepare for those situations, which can arise without warning.
I was the senior non-management lawyer in the Mendocino County Public Defender's Office, and walked many new lawyers through their first trials, in addition to handling serious felonies myself. Prior to becoming an attorney, I worked as a television news reporter, anchor, producer and editor in several California cities and a number of other states.
As a journalist, I learned to work under constant deadline pressure, and write clearly and accurately. As an on-camera reporter and anchor, I also developed the public speaking skills necessary to be an advocate for my clients in court.
As a journalist I learned to write and speak well, but it also made me a good listener, which is just as important. I love what I do, and it is a privilege to stand up to the government for my clients. I spent many hours studying and researching new legal issues, because my strength is being better prepared than the other side.Personal interests:
I love to go skiing in the winter. During the warmer months, I'm involved in motorcycle road racing as a race official, and I also spend some time riding on the track myself. In November, 2011, I will be joining current and former World Championship racers on a ride through Zambia to raise money for an organization that helps transport medical personnel to remote regions in Africa.
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