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Attempted Homicide: A young mother tried to kill herself by driving her van into a freeway barrier. Fortunately her two young sons in the van were not seriously hurt. The State charged her with two counts of attempted murder. The client went quickly from the jail into a state hospital. A psychiatrist doing intake conferred with counsel. This immediate observation and consultation preserved evidence of the client's severe mental illness and led to an agreed disposition of not guilty by reason of insanity. The client was hospitalized and received mental health treatment. She was released to live with her family after a few years instead of being imprisoned for many years.

Arson: A young man was charged with setting a fire in the home he shared with his mother. The client had a long history of severe mental illness. His mother did not want him to go to prison. I coordinated with his psychiatrists to determine he was not competent to stand trial. He was hospitalized instead of prosecuted.

Threats to Kill: Parents retained me to represent their college-age son wanted in another state for emailing threats to kill. One visit to the jail revealed the client clearly was psychotic. Using a psychiatric expert, we persuaded the court to find him incompetent to extradite. The court sent him to a psychiatric hospital until he received appropriate medications and became competent.

Shoplifting: A woman "of a certain age" was arrested for shoplifting. She had never in her life been accused of wrongdoing. She had raised her children. She had financial resources. She didn't understand herself why she had stolen something she could have bought. I referred her to a counselor who diagnosed her with depression, based in part on her stage of life. She made amends with the victim. We negotiated a continuance on the condition she work with the counselor for a period of time, and the case would then be dismissed


Forgery/Identity Theft: Parents retained me to represent their adult son arrested for multiple counts of identity theft and forgery. It soon became clear the son had a serious drug addiction. We worked over a period of months to break his denial, to educate the parents, and to persuade him to enter a drug treatment program. Once we solved the underlying problem, the prosecutor let the case go with a single count of forgery and credit for jail time served. Many years later, the client remains drug-free, healthy, and has had his conviction vacated.

Child Sex Offense: A man retained me to represent his lifelong friend arrested for child sexual abuse. The client was in jail, clearly distraught and addicted to drugs. The State had photographic evidence. We got him transferred from jail into a drug treatment program. We obtained electronic home monitoring while he lived with a friend. We had him evaluated by a sex offender treatment professional, who found him to be an excellent candidate for out-patient treatment. At our request, and over the prosecutor's objection, the court granted him a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative: one year in jail and outpatient treatment for five years instead of 15 or more years in prison. Years later he has successfully completed treatment and remains clean and sober.

Theft/Identity Theft: A mother retained me to represent her adult daughter facing multiple state felony charges here after completing a sentence in federal prison. The client had completed long-term drug treatment. We persuaded the court to reinstate bail so she could travel on her own back to the state. Her family paid full restitution to the victim. The prosecution reduced the multiple felonies to a single misdemeanor and released the client to return to her home state to live with her family.

Practice Areas
Preserve Evidence of Innocence
Challenge the Law
Address Client's Underlying Problems
Plea Negotiations
Pretrial Motions
Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief
Motions for New Trial
Personal Restraint Petitions & Habeas Corpus
Clemency & Pardons
Other Representations
Victims & Witnesses
Non-Citizen Clients
"Hopeless" Cases

Child Sex Offenses
Child Abuse
CPS Investigations
Domestic Violence
Juvenile Sex Offenses
Threats to Kill
Identity Theft/Forgery
Criminal Trespass
Defense of Property
Property Destruction
Violating Anti-Harassment Order
Federal Prosecutions

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