California Criminal Defense Lawyer
for The State of California
Aggressive Criminal Defense
Harvard Trial Lawyer
You are not a criminal.
You are a good person; do not plead guilty without coming to me to evaulate your case. Every case is negotiable. Do not let your feelings of shame or embarrassment guide your decisions. Get rid of your dread. Stop feeling like a criminal. Being accused of a crime does not make you a criminal; poor judgment or mistakes do not make you a criminal. Anyone can be in your position, judges, governors, and even Presidents.
Pleading not guilty keeps options open; changing your mind later does not hurt you.
Once you plead guilty to charges, you are convicted of a crime. There is usually no going back to unring the bell; so, don't plead guilty unless and until you know all the consequences and defenses.
Police and District Attorneys don't know the whole truth.
An accusation does not mean you are guilty or that they can prove you are guilty of a crime. Initial accusations do not mean that you will be or can be convicted of that charge.
Drunk in Public sounds like if someone was drunk and in public they are guilty -- not true! They have to be so drunk that they could not care for themselves or the safety of others! That would be stumbling into traffic, passed out on the sidewalk... yet, people plead to this misdemeanor just because they had a few too many.
A man sets up a buy for drugs and is arrested by the undercover police he is buying from. He thinks he has to plead guilty. It turns out he did not take possession of the drugs, so he is not guilty!
The District Attorney alleges two strikes so that a small felony means prison for 50 years to life! The jury says that it is just a misdemeanor and the accused only does six months in jail!
The state has declared war on you.
A California judge complimented my client for being so civil and cooperative with the police. Then, the judge said my client told the police too much; that all he should have told them was his name, rank, and serial number. The judge recognized that this is war. The war started when you became the target of a detention and investigation by the police.
Honesty is a virtue until it hurts.
The world has changed; doing the right thing is not always rewarded.
Honesty and accountability may be virtues, but you will pay harsher penalties than you deserve. You do not heal the wrongs for stepping up. You have the right not to be a witness against yourself, that includes not admitting any wrong doing. It is un-American to surrender without a fight and it is plain stupid to admit to anything just because you feel the guilt of the accusation.
Just because the police and the DA work for the government does not make them right or morally superior.
Their idea of being fair when convicting you is to tell you that they will use anything you say against you. If it were not your Constitutional right and their duty to tell you that, they would not even tell you that. They get their power from the people; you are the people. If you feel you made mistakes and would like to be accountable, hold yourself accountable; sin no more and go out into the world and address those wrongs and give back to the community. You are not here to subsidize the state's burden of produciton or proof; you are not here to tie the noose for your hanging. Do not help anyone to convict you of a crime; there is no gain in that.
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