As a former police officer & detective as well as through my work with the Sacramento and Colusa County District Attorney’s Offices and The City of Sacramento’s Civil Service Board, I know how the other side works. It often IS the difference between conviction and dismissal.
I became a defense attorney because I saw the bias of the justice system firsthand—improper arrests, unfair treatments, and violation of rights. Now I fight for my clients to ensure that they receive a fair outcome and a second chance.
My extensive experience in law enforcement gives my clients a true advantage. I know how investigations need to be conducted and can anticipate potential mistakes. In pre-trial stage, I work to avoid any charges being filed. If we have to go to trial, I do everything possible to have the charges dismissed or have my client acquitted.
As a criminal defender, I represent clients in cases ranging from rape, arson, murder, to assault. I am also an expert in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) defense. As a police officer I was trained as a DUI instructor by the California Highway Patrol. This training is not usually available to defense attorneys. That insight helps me to have charges dismissed that might be procedural.
I know firearms and not just firearms law–I am a certified California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) firearms instructor with a federal firearm’s license with an in-depth knowledge of current law and upcoming legislative changes. A life time member of the NRA, I am a firearms enthusiast, successfully representing clients with felony possession, unregistered assault weapons, concealed weapon without permit, and concealed carry permit violations.
I grew up in Sacramento and was also educated here. I am a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association.