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My practice centers on criminal defense, juvenile delinquency defense, juvenile dependency cases and defending Landermann-Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorship cases. Much of my caseload is by court appointment for legally indigent defendants; the appointed counsel program assigns me mostly serious felony cases, juvenile delinquency cases, juvenile dependency cases, and LPS conservatorship cases. The balance of my practice consists of retained and Pro Bono cases. I take on civil and/or administrative cases, that are substantially related to my criminal defense practice, such as taking care of a traffic citation for a client facing criminal charges, defending civil contempt proceedings or opposing restraining orders. I have represented a local police agency in termination proceedings before the Police Commission and at arbitration. I pride myself not just on the results that I have achieved, but also:
My A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell,maintained for over ten years, and being listed in their “Bar Register,” limited to the top 5% of lawyers they have rated.
That I was named to Northern California Super Lawyers 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 and to San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers 2013.
My AVVO.com rating of 10.0/10.0.
Being certified as a criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California.
That, by appointment of the Board of Governors, I served on, and later chaired, the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. I now serve on the Board of Legal Specialization.
Providing a public service in that many of my cases are court appointed, and I defend additional cases either for free or for a greatly reduced rate while never compromising the quality of representation I provide.
Knowing that I defend the cases vigorously, yet ethically I have never had any court, co-counsel or opposing counsel question my word or my ethics.
• Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2009
Admitted: 1990, California
Professional Webpage: www.yourcriminaldefender.com/
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In the 1990s, a gruesome crime resulted in a backlash against the California justice system which spurred sentencing reform and the Three Strikes law. Today, it is not a concern over equity, but an expensive and overcrowded prison system that invites some to call for reforms.
Contrary to developing body of federal court caselaw, the California Supreme Court holds that no warrant is needed to access contents of a cell phone confiscated during an arrest, even if the search of that cell phone is not made at the time of arrest.
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