We fight for our clients in each and every case we take on. We pride ourselves in giving our clients hope and peace of mind, knowing their case is getting the care, attention, and expertise it deserves.
We don’t spend much on advertising; most of our clients come from referrals. Thus, the only way to ensure our office prospers, is to treat each and every client as the ultra VIP they truly are. We are able to do this because we limit the number of cases we take on, and we refer cases away after we reach our capacity.
Each case is given the optimal amount of time to do everything possible. This includes a possible pre filing discussion with the filing prosecutor, a thorough investigation of evidence, consultations with experts, motions, and trial.
By doing so, we often get charges reduced or dismissed pre filing, during negotiations, after motions, or after trial.
HOW WE DO IT
We personalize the defense for every clients case. The key is that we take the time to listen to our clients. We discuss their background, personal issues pertaining to substance abuse, as well as the facts and legal issues of their case. We get to know every client on a personal level, which helps us both properly advise them and zealously advocate for them. We know the importance of explaining every step of the process, and leaving clients feeling that they were well taken care of. We truly care for our clients and their situations, and this pushes us to get them the best results possible.
We try to get the case “dismissed” before charges are filed. We begin advising our clients immediately upon our initial consultation. Sometimes it can be very helpful to take steps right away to help the case. We always attempt to intervene with the filing prosecutor before charges are filed. This has resulted in many informal agreements with prosecutors to not file charges. Informal office hearings are sometimes help, instead of any formal prosecution. When we can, we try to persuade prosecutors to reject cases before charges are filed.
We investigate all of the evidence in your case, and then we consult with experts to prepare your defense. If charges are filed, we conduct a thorough investigation of the evidence in your case. We immediately request additional discovery from the prosecutor, and generally subpoena documents and officers for administrative hearings.
In DUI cases, we investigate any weaknesses in the chemical evidence by obtaining the maintenance and calibration records of the devices used, or we do an independent laboratory blood analysis in certain cases. Also, we always try to get any video or audio recordings, along with any dispatch and usage logs.
Another critical step in the investigation process is consulting with experts in the field. We often bring in experts to assist in our clients cases. We consult with forensic toxicologists, drug recognition experts, law enforcement trainers, former DMV hearing officers, experts in accident reconstruction, private investigators, and certified addiction specialists depending on the case.
A proper investigation often uncovers problems with proof in the prosecutor’s case. We use these issues to leverage reduced offers, informal diversion agreements, and formal deferred entry of judgments. Sometimes we’re even able to convince prosecutors that they can’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and that they must ethically dismiss the charges.
Skilled and Polite Negotiations
Our goal is to prevent our clients from ever do any jail, and to never have a client convicted of an offense they are not guilty of committing. When negotiating a plea bargain, there are some cases that require “damage control”, and other cases that have problem with proof. Each requires a specific skill when dealing with a prosecutor. Even experienced attorneys may be over aggressive with prosecutors, which actually hurts their clients. However, an attorney that is too passive may get stepped on by prosecutors, and forced into bad deals. We have always worked on building a mutual respect and good rapport with deputy prosecutors and their supervisors.
In damage control cases, we work with certified addiction specialists, prosecutors, and judges to work out alternative sentencing agreements. We do this by utilizing the progress and commitment to rehab, which our clients exhibit by immediately getting help, usually based on our advice.
In triable cases, prosecutors know that we will not hesitate to go to trial. We commonly resolve cases with amazing deals, simply because the prosecutor’s office prefers to avoid the battle they can expect from us in trial.
Unlike most DUI attorneys, we want to take your case to trial because that is the way to get the best result. When an individual has a case that has a reasonable doubt, that client is not guilty of the offense they are being charged with. These wrongfully accused individuals deserve an attorney that is willing and capable of taking a case to a jury, and educating 12 jurors as to why that person is not guilty. That is what we pride ourselves in being great at. This skill requires a strong foundation in criminal procedures, substantive criminal law, rules of evidence, and most importantly in “charisma”. Our talent and skills in these areas separates us from the rest.