In over ten years of working through thousands of criminal cases I have had a direct and profound impact on a many of my client's lives. I always tell prospective cleints when they first sit down that I work for them, not the other way around. There's two primary ways that I do so. First, I'm their counselor at law. As a counselor, I proactively spot legal issues and advise clients how to act accordingly. Furthermore, I'm there to answer their legal questions, no matter the complexiity, and to provide possible outcomes and cogent advice. Hope and certainty are powerful emotions and I try to couch my answers in manner that provides the client with greatest amount of hope and certainly, while still being 100% honest. Second, I'm their courtroom advocate. Many professions use tools, the tools of my profession are arguments. I truly believe that everyone in this country has the right to have someone make an argument on their behalf, no matter how unsavory the subject might be. In order for the best of us to enjoy protections guaranteed by the Constitution and other laws, those alleged to be the worse must also be afforded these same protections. Finally, as a counselor and advocate I am there to shield clients from being taken advantage of, whether it be an overly aggressive prosecutor, or judge who has misinterpreted the law.
Successfully defended a 25 year old young man who was charged with the crime of residential burglary, a strike in California. The prosecution's main evidence was my client's DNA evidence located at the point of entry into the home. At trial, I conceded the DNA belonged to my client, and argued that there was good reason for my client's DNA to be at the victim's house in that particular location given the close friendship the victim's grandson shared with my client. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in just over an hour, saving my client years in prison and a strike conviction that would have been a lifetime blight on his record.
Successfully defended 22 year old young man charged with raping in concert (sex with a young woman with other participants where the woman allegedly did not consent). As I reviewed the case and read the alleged victim's several statements, it became clear to me that this was actually a case of consensual sex where the female afterward felt remorse, self loathing and anger. During trial, I cross examined her for 2 days before a jury, confronting her with her nonsensical story and the significant contradictions within her own story. The DA had "carwashed" her prior to trial by attempting to hide her numerous body tattoos and coached her on how to behave and talk in front of the jury as they waited in the hall during breaks in the trial. In the end, the jury saw right through her as I did, and all defendants were acquitted of all sex crimes, saving them years in prison and lifetime sex registration.
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