If you have been charged with a crime in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters, or any other community in Yolo County, you need an attorney who knows how Yolo County works. I was a prosecutor in the Yolo County District Attorney's Office from 1993 to 2000 and have been a criminal defense lawyer since then. This experience helps me create an effective defense to fight for my clients' rights as a Yolo County defense attorney.
With twenty-five years practicing criminal law in the Sacramento region, I know what it takes to protect your livelihood, liberty, and reputation. I can provide you with the quality legal defense you need if you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drugs for personal use or sale, domestic violence, probation violation, burglary, assault, robbery, battery, vehicular violations, or other crimes.
Dealing with the criminal court system can be frustrating and confusing for defendants. I work to protect my clients and help them with the process of getting their lives back on track. Whenever possible, I will keep to a minimum the times that you need to appear in court, and in some instances I can make all your appearances on your behalf.
When I was with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, I served as a member of YoNet, a countywide task force charged with preventing and prosecuting drug use and trafficking. I was also the district attorney's representative on the child abuse and prevention task force, and I prosecuted numerous homicides, including gang-related murders. I use this experience and knowledge to defend my clients facing criminal charges in Yolo County.Personal Service for Each Client
Unlike some law firms that take on clients and then push them to junior lawyers with little experience, I represent my clients through every phase of the defense process. See the Testimonials page to read what past clients have to say about my effective legal counsel, determination to fight for my client's interests, and personal integrity. Also, my A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau shows my commitment to treating my clients fairly and honestly.Full Range of Criminal Defense Services
My 25 years of criminal law experience - and in particular my previous service in the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office - allows me to provide my clients with all the legal services needed to build a quality defense against the charges brought against them. I work with top private investigators in the region to allow me to have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the facts of each case. My investigator partners will interview witnesses and research the alleged crime scene to look for facts that will strengthen your defense. I also work with highly qualified and experienced drug and alcohol testing laboratories that can perform analyses of blood tests and serve as expert witnesses to challenge police findings.Drunk Driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a violation of California Vehicle Code 23152. Most DUI violations are charged as misdemeanors, though a person with multiple convictions within a 10 year period can face felony charges. A DUI that causes injury is a violation of 23153 and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending the circumstances of the incident. Penalties for DUI and DUI with injury are severe, especially for someone with previous convictions. Click here for a more detailed description of DUI in Yolo County.Drug Possession, Cultivation, and Sale
Even with the passage of Proposition 64 making possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal in California, there are still substantial risks of arrest and conviction relating to drugs in Yolo County. Possession and cultivation of large quantities of marijuana, possession with the intent to sell, as well as use of it in public areas are still considered criminal violations, and the laws regarding other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and pharmaceutical drugs like Vicodin and Xanax remain unchanged. As a former Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County who was in charge of drug case prosecution, I can effectively represent you if you are facing drug-related charges. Click here for more detailed information on drug crimes in Yolo County.Domestic Violence
If you have been involved in a domestic violence incident, you can be facing numerous criminal charges. Penal Code 273.5 pertains specifically to domestic violence and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Penal Code 243(e)(1) relates to incidents where there is a suspicion of domestic violence but no evidence of bodily injury, and is charged as a misdemeanor. Penal Code 422, which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, is used when someone makes verbal or written threats that cause another person to fear for their safety or the safety of their family. Click here for a detailed description of domestic violence charges.Defending University Of California, Davis Students
UC Davis students, if you find yourself on the other side of the law - facing charges of vandalism, underage drinking, DUI, drug possession or sale, sexual assault, or theft - I can step in immediately, represent you at any court hearings, advise you on the best options available, and fight to protect your future prospects.Call 916-442-1200 For A Free And Confidential Initial Consultation
If you have been charged with a crime in Yolo County, you need a quality Yolo County defense lawyer who knows the Yolo County system and can fight for your rights. Call me at (916) 442-1200 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.