Sacramento · Yolo · Placer · El DoradoThe Sacramento region is divided into four major counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado. Each county has its own superior court system, district attorney's office, and law enforcement agencies to handle criminal matters. If you've been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the people, polices, and procedures of each county. My twenty years as a criminal lawyer in the Sacramento region and surrounding communities allows me to fight for my clients' rights and protect their livelihoods and reputations. And my pledge to personally handle each of my clients' cases means that I won't pass you off to a less experience attorney.Each County is UniqueOur system of government - with authority distributed among the national, state, and local governments - gives each county its own superior court, judges, district attorneys, and police and sheriff departments. These entities have the authority to enforce state laws as well as local ordinances. These state and local statutes make it a crime to engage in behaviors such as drunk driving, drug possession and sale, theft, burglary, vandalism, speeding, spousal abuse, robbery, and assault. (Violations of federal law - such as mail fraud and terrorism - are handled in the federal courthouse in downtown Sacramento.) Though there are common rules and procedures in each county, different personnel and traditions lead to each county having its own approach to dealing with criminal violations. Standard Criminal ProceduresThough each county can have a distinct approach to dealing with criminal violations, California law does standardize many aspects of the legal process. Police are the law enforcement personnel for cities, while sheriffs work in unincorporated county areas and in the courthouses and jails. If sufficient evidence of a crime exists, a police or sheriff officer has the authority to make an arrest. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that the formal filing of charges is done by the county district attorney after review of the evidence gathered by the police or sheriff. There is a systematic process that must be followed as the D.A.’s office determines what will be done with each case. Finally, crimes are divided into misdemeanor and felony classifications, with felony charges being filed for severe violations or repeat offenses. Click on these links for extensive explanations of the misdemeanor and felony processes. The Importance of an Experienced Defense Attorney Who Knows Each CountyBecause of the different characteristics of each county, it’s critical to have a defense lawyer who knows and has the respect of the judges, the attorneys in the D.A.’s office, and police, sheriff, and CHP personnel. Each county has a different way of charging crimes, of negotiating, and of preparing for trial. My two decades of experience in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties allow me to build a quality and knowledgable defense for each of my clients. Click on the links below to learn more about my services in each of the Sacramento region counties.