In addition to my work in the appeals courts and juvenile courts, I often work in the regular criminal courts, for adults who are charged with crimes. This includes driving charges, shoplifting, assault, domestic violence, and many others. I get the police reports, go through them with you, and help you decide whether to go to trial or do a plea bargain. Although I help you understand what your options are, you are always the one who chooses which option to take. If you want a trial, I prepare thoroughly for the trial. This often involves hiring an investigator or other experts, tracking down witnesses, interviewing police officers, and bringing any legal motions that I think will help your case. It also includes doing the actual trial. If instead you want a plea bargain, I try to get the most favorable offer I can from the prosecutor and convince the judge to accept it at sentencing.
Also, if I am your lawyer, you will see that I treat clients as people, not problems. For some clients, being in court is a new experience. For others, it isn’t new at all. But either way, you might be stressed out, confused, angry, maybe frightened. I will listen your side, get to know who you are as a person, figure out what your legal options are, and then be with you in court as we try to get the resolution you want.