I opened my office in October of 2008.
I represent clients within the Central Valley who have been accused of a variety of criminal offenses ranging from traffic infractions to violent homicides.
Recent cases include:
• Client charged with a felony for being an accessory to a assault with a deadly weapon.
Case settled with client pleading guilty to a misdemeanor with no jail time.
• Client charged with felony gang allegation for making threats.
Case settled with client pleading to a misdemeanor with no jail time.
• Client charged with felony vehicle theft.
Charge dismissed at the preliminary hearing.
• Client charged with felony child abuse.
Charge dismissed at the preliminary hearing.
Like every other attorney, I must say that cost will depend on the complexity of the case. I offer a free initial consultation at the termination of which I will be able to quote you an exact figure as to what it would cost to have me represent you. That being said there are a few "general" guidelines for what most cases would cost.
For most misdemeanor cases, I charge roughly $1,000 to take the case pre-trial and then $500 a day in front of the jury.
For most felony cases I charge roughly $2,000 to take the case through pre-trial and the "preliminary hearing" (a mini trial in which the District Attorney is forced to call witnesses to show that there is enough evidence for the judge to send the case to a jury) and then $500 a day in front of the jury.
For reference sake, most misdemeanor trials take one to two days, and most felony trials take two to four days.
Most services are offered as a flat fee, however for limited areas I charge an hourly fee of $100.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When I was a child, I would question the rules, I would speak my mind when the "adults" said silly things. "This is not up for debate" they would say. So when I went to high school I joined the debate team. "You should be a lawyer" I was told. So when I got out of college I went to law school. "You should do something good," I thought, so I became a Deputy District Attorney. Over time I came to disagree with the things I was being asked to do as a prosecutor. "If that's the way you feel, you should be a defense attorney" my manager told me. I don't think he was serious, but he was right.
You should always educate yourself as much as possible about the law before deciding whether or not to speak to an attorney. If you have a legal issue that is simple, such as no fault divorce, or a simple will, it may be possible for you to take care of it without the need for an attorney. Even if you have a problem that does require you to hire an attorney to represent you, reading up on the law will allow you to ask the right questions, and achieve a greater peace of mind.
Being the client of a lawyer is, in many ways, like being the patient of a doctor. If you have a minor cold, or scratch, or burn, you can get along taking care of it yourself and reading up on how to treat your ailment. If, on the other hand, you need to have open heart surgery, you should still read up as much as you can, but you should do it with an eye towards asking the right questions, and volunteering the right information when you consult with the surgeon.
I would absolutely be willing to review anything that a client had to bring me.
For a criminal attorney, this would be completely unethical. It would be impossible for me, or any other criminal defense lawyer, to coach a layman well enough that he would stand a chance of a fair trial opposite a Deputy District Attorney who is a licensed attorney trained in criminal, constitutional and evidence law. It would be wrong for me to take a client's money and then set him up to fail like that.
If you cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you, I would strongly urge you to avail yourself of the services of your county's Public Defender's Office.
Before opening my own office I worked as a Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and as a Deputy District Attorney for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office.
I have handled hundreds of cases ranging from traffic infractions to violent felonies.
The largest advantage I have representing clients in criminal matters is the experience that I gained working as a Deputy District Attorney. Because I have sat at the other table, I have a better understanding of what weaknesses the prosecution suffers from and what they are willing to settle for in negotiations.Personal interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and playing chess.
* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.