Our experience includes over 20 years defending every type of offense, from minor misdemeanors, to more major types of charges. We have defended drug charges, sex charges, domestic violence charges, child molestation charges, white collar offenses, theft charges, burglary charges and all assaultive charges from minor assaults through death penalty homicide.
Most criminal cases do not go through jury trial but are settled before trial. There are many reasons for settlement, but most reasons concern the provable (or not) facts in the case , the surrounding circumstances of each situation, the surrounding circumstances of the person or people involved, and the wishes of the person charged.
Settlement can involve all aspects of a case, from getting a pretrial dismissal of all charges, through negotiating the charges, themselves (so that lesser or other more minor charges may be involved) to guarantees of lesser consequences. Settlement requires both sides to agree, and is not always possible.
For drug cases, many times alternative ways are available to get you out of the criminal justice system or to prevent criminal types of consequences from resulting. These ways include court allowed drug diversion programs, court ordered treatment programs or private treatment programs.
If you do not agree to a settlement, then you have the right to have a jury trial to make the prosecution prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of 12 citizens.
In the event that your case does proceed to a jury trial, we have in-depth jury trial experience.
Our firm serves all of Northern California and the Bay Area with particular emphasis in criminal defense for Palo Alto, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and Alameda County.