El Dorado County

FORMER PROSECUTOR FIGHTING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTSWith 25 years in criminal law in the Sacramento region - including extensive experience in El Dorado County - I know how to defend my clients who are facing all types of criminal charges. If you have been arrested for DUI, assault, gun charges, possession or sale of drugs, battery, robbery, burglary, probation violation, domestic violence, or any other type of violation in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, or other communities of El Dorado County, I can step in immediately on your behalf as your El Dorado County criminal defense lawyer and protect your rights and interests and help you get your life back on track.

EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUSTAs a former prosecuting attorney in the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, I have the experience and expertise to devise an effective defense strategy for each client. Being arrested is scary, confusing, and intimidating so it is essential to have a criminal defense attorney who knows how the system works and can get you every possible advantage as your case proceeds. Since the majority of cases are settled by way of a negotiated plea bargain, my knowledge and excellent reputation in the legal community can help get you the right plea agreement. If circumstances dictate that the best option is for your case to go to trial, my experience and record of success at trial will allow us to create the most effective defense case possible.

COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL SERVICEYou can be confident that I will represent you throughout the criminal court process because of my commitment to providing every client with focused and personal service. Unlike some criminal defense law firms, I do not take on clients and then pass their cases to a less experienced attorney. I will represent you at each step of the defense process and keep you advised of developments as we proceed.

DUIThe El Dorado County sheriff and the police departments of Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, and other El Dorado County cities are aggressive in arresting for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the El Dorado County District Attorney is similarly aggressive in pressing charges and working for a conviction. If you have been arrested for DUI, then it is imperative that you call me immediately so we can begin the defense process for your case. Most often driving under the influenced is charged under California Vehicle Code section 23152. If injuries are involved then the incident will be charged under VC 23153 and be subject to more serious penalties. It is important to keep in mind that you can be charged with driving under the influence if you have taken any substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This applies for illegal drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin, as well as legal drugs like prescription medications. And with marijuana now legal in California for personal use, anyone who uses marijuana and drives a vehicle while impaired can be arrested for DUI.

Drug ChargesThough marijuana for personal use is now legal in California, police and sheriff departments will continue to be aggressive in going after people who have set up large scale growing facilities in their homes for the purpose of selling what they produce. In addition, people who are found to have large quantities of marijuana in their possession can be charged with possession with the intention to sell. These are serious charges that result in significant jail or prison time. And laws for other illegal drugs - like methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin - remain on the books. It is also possible to be charged for illegally trafficking in prescription drugs. If you are facing any type of drug related charge, call me immediately at (916) 442-1200 to discuss your case. When I was with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, I was the lead attorney prosecuting drug cases. This gives me unique knowledge and experience that allows me to provide my clients with a quality legal defense if they are facing drug charges.

Domestic ViolenceIf you have been arrested for domestic violence then you have most likely been charged under California Penal Code 273.5. All police and sheriff agencies are very aggressive in arresting people for incidents that appear in any way to meet the criteria for domestic violence. I represent many people involved in domestic violence incidents and am often able to work with the district attorney's office to get charges reduced or dropped altogether. But what is critical in these cases is to contact me immediately so I can gather information from witnesses and then present this information to the prosecuting attorney to work for a positive resolution. Early intervention is essential when domestic violence has been alleged.

CALL 916-442-1200 FOR A FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATIONIf you have been charged with a crime in El Dorado County, you need a quality El Dorado County defense attorney who will fight to protect you. Call me at (916) 442-1200 for a free consultation to discuss your case.