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Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney

Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney

As a criminal defense lawyer, I am frequently asked by friends or acquaintances what to expect when arrested or charged with a crime in California. My answer is always twofold: it depends on the crime, and it depends on where you are arrested and charged. Although the California state legislature writes and enacts criminal laws,


DUIs are unique among California misdemeanors in how expensive and disruptive a conviction can be on someone’s life. Even a first time conviction can result in fines over $2000, mandatory alcohol education, jail time, and a suspension of one’s driver’s license. As a collateral consequence, insurance companies penalize those convicted of DUI with significantly higher

Domestic Violence

Domestic offenses are vigorously prosecuted by district attorneys’ offices in California with the assistance and incentive of financial grants they receive from Sacramento. And while there are certainly reasons to be thankful for a cultural shift that has made domestic battery reporting and prosecutions more frequent in many contexts, in the fervor to eradicate domestic

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes make up a significant percentage of the cases filed by district attorneys throughout California. Although most people understand it is illegal to possess illegal narcotics like cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin, it often surprises people to hear that even simply being under the influence of an illegal drug, even in one’s own home or

Resisting Arrest

California penal code section 148 makes it illegal to intentionally resist or delay arrest, or obstruct an officer in the course of a lawful investigation. While in theory it may make sense to have a law making it illegal to resist or obstruct law enforcement officers, because the language of penal code section 148 is