My practice is dedicated to representing persons accused of crimes. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases represent about fifty percent of my practice and the other fifty percent are cases involving various misdemeanors and/or felony charges. Given my background in civil litigation, I occasionally defend persons in civil cases that have criminal implications such as civil embezzlement and intentional tort cases. After gaining valuable experience working at civil litigation firms, I opened my own practice in 2005.Example cases
People v. CONFIDENTIAL
Outcome: After litigating the case for an entire year, the case was dismissed on the day of jury trial.
Description: Client is a married professional. One night he hooks up with a group of acquaintances at a get together. Later the group separates and client unexpectedly ends up with a female who he had met only once before. The two decide to go to a nearby bar where they drink and dance together until the bar closes. The two decide to walk home. On the way home they hold hands, kiss and become intimate. A day and a half later she reports that Client attacked her and forced himself on her and tried to rape her. Client is charged with three felonies: 1) assault with intent to commit rape or other sex crime; 2) forced digital penetration; and 3) forced oral copulation. Client faced lifetime registration as a sex offender and over a decade in state prison if convicted. With my support and advice, the client rejected all DA offers of settlement including those that would have excluded state prison and sex registration.
People v. CONFIDENTIAL
Outcome: Wet Reckless on DUI + Accident while on Probation
Description: Client who is on probation avoids penalties of DUI + Accident and gets Wet Reckless. Client arrested on side of the road after motor vehicle collision. Independent witness calls 911 and describes driver. Client admits to driving at the time of crash. Client's Blood Alcohol Content according to Preliminary Alcohol Screening is 0.11. Client later blows .10 on Draeger. Client is ordered to complete 12 hour DUI School instead of 3 month DUI School which is customary for a first offense.
1112 Bryant Street 3rd Floor
San Francisco CA 94103
I offer a free one hour consultation. The free consultation can be by telephone or in person at my main office in San Francisco.
A fixed price is worked out for most cases. The price depends on the amount of estimated work necessary to achieve the client's goals. I am typically able to provide a price quote after a brief client interview. Clients always know how much the fixed rate will be before entering an attorney-client contract.
I offer clients the option of hourly rates on certain projects.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(Please call to schedule an appointment because I am often in court, in a meeting, or at a satellite office location.)
I chose to practice criminal defense because I wanted to be able to help people in their most vulnerable time. Unless you have direct experience with the Criminal Justice system, it is hard to fully appreciate how a single accusation or mistake can completely change someone's entire life. Even when the accused is guilty, he or she deserves to have a competent lawyer who will try to get the case dismissed, and if that is not possible, then one that will try to obtain the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
I think that any person with a legal issue should educate themselves about their situation. By doing so, clients gain a better understanding of what is really at stake in their case and can make informed decisions about how to best protect themselves. I further believe that clients can make better decisions about who to hire when they know more about the charges they face and the potential consequences. I also realize, however, that a lot of information on the internet is confusing and often times simply wrong and this is why I believe that all persons faced with a crime should seek the help of a professional.
I am happy to review anything that might help my clients with their cases. I personally review all case documents and review all important documents with my clients to make sure that we're on the same page.
I think that self-representation in criminal cases is a horrible idea, and therefore do not coach persons who chose to represent themselves. I hear from colleagues that coaching clients acting in pro per can work great in some civil cases.
I began my career at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley where I litigated hundreds of civil cases including auto collisions, embezzlement, and wrongful death. This civil background has proven useful in my criminal practice such as when defending people in criminal restitution proceedings, and DUI with Injury cases (VC 23153).
Being a good lawyer requires a lot of work and mental stamina. I believe that the self-discipline and work ethic that I learned in the Marine Corps makes me a better lawyer. I also believe that the experiences I had while studying Criminal Justice in college, such as an internship at the Fraud Unit of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, have helped me be a better criminal defense lawyer in that I have an understanding of what happens on the other side.
My strength comes from knowledge of the case, the law, the forum, the opposition, and most importantly my client. I gain this type of knowledge by studying and working my cases. This gives me the confidence to be the "velvet covered brick" that is approachable and willing to negotiate but who is still results driven and ready to fight when necessary.Personal interests:
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling and being outdoors with my wife and kids.
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