I am one of the only California Bay Area private attorneys (Stanford B.A./Hastings J.D.) specializing in juvenile delinquency defense law. I am passionate about advocating for kids and during the past seventeen years, I have represented thousands of minors in cases involving nearly every offense listed in both the CA Penal Code and CA Welfare & Institutions Code, including, but not limited to the following: all types of theft and drug offenses, probation violations, DUI cases, first and second-degree burglary, auto theft, robbery, carjacking, assault, all types of sex offenses, attempted homicide and homicide.
While I continue to represent adults in criminal matters on a selective basis, I have developed an expertise in juvenile delinquency defense and it has certainly become the primary focus of my practice. I love working with kids and advocating for them and their parents to achieve the best possible result with respect to both the charge(s) and the sentence (what is known as the “disposition”). Prior to the first court appearance, I spend substantial time meeting with the minor and parent(s) to explain the court process and develop an understanding of the minor’s life and the circumstances surrounding the alleged offense(s). My goal is to make the process more understandable and less daunting, to reduce stress levels, and ultimately, to develop and execute a successful strategy to protect the minor’s record for the future and achieve the best possible case outcome.
Frequently, I am able to obtain a dismissal or reduction of some or all charged offenses by persuading the Court, the D.A. and the Probation Officer to allow a minor to participate in a court-sanctioned program (e.g., Informal Supervision, Deferred Entry of Judgment, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, etc.). Moreover, as a result of my intensive pre-court preparation and the strong working relationships I have developed over the years with local prosecutors, probation officers and judges in the juvenile system, I am often able to resolve matters favorably at the time of the first or second court hearing. This means you and your child will not have to come to court three or more times, the average in most cases, and miss valuable time from school and/or work.
I would be happy to discuss your son’s or daughter’s juvenile case and my reasonable fee structure with you at no charge. My office can be reached 24 hours/day and I return all telephone calls promptly – typically, within 2 hours. I am based in Redwood City and a significant number of my cases are in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. However, I accept cases in all California Bay Area counties and cities, including the following: Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Jose, San Mateo and Stanford.
I look forward to speaking with you and your son or daughter.
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