Weapons and Firearms

Weapons and Firearms

Defense for People Charged With Gun and Weapon Crimes

Have you been caught with an illegal weapon? Are you a convicted felon who has been caught with a firearm? Were you accused of another crime, to which a firearms or weapons charge was added? These are all serious matters. If convicted, you could face fines or prison time. I can defend you against these charges. My name is J. David Markham, Attorney at Law.

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I provide gun and weapons defense representation to people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County.

Carrying an Illegal Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

If you have been caught with an illegal weapon, such as a billy club, a switchblade or brass knuckles, you may be surprised to find that you are faced with serious charges, even if you had no intention of using the weapon. The same is true for convicted felons, whose restricted status makes it illegal to possess firearms.

My defense strategy in these cases often starts with a look at the issue of illegal search and seizure. As a lawyer and a certified criminal law specialist, I am well aware of the many flaws that may exist in the case against you. If you were stopped in the street for no reason, or even if you were pulled over for speeding and your car was searched for no reason, I will seek dismissal of the charges. Police have rules to follow, and when they do not follow them, their charges are worthless.

Weapons and Firearms

Use of a Firearm to Commit a Crime

If a firearm was used in the commission of another crime, the penalty will be enhanced. Common charges that gun crimes may be associated with are:

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault and violent crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Burglary and robbery

Through negotiation, I will seek to have the enhanced charge stripped. Then I will fight the underlying charge, striving to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal defense case.

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Theft

Theft

Defense Against Charges of Stealing

Have you been charged with grand theft related to accusations of stealing from another person? Perhaps you were accused of stealing from a parent, grandparent or other loved one. No matter what the situation, you are facing serious criminal charges. This is considered theft, and you could face misdemeanor or felony charges. Fight them.

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. As a Lakeport grand theft attorney and certified criminal law specialist, I have the experience to get results in cases involving grand theft charges. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation.

Grand Theft and Embezzlement Charges

Allegations of financial abuse that result in grand theft or embezzlement charges can come in many forms. Sometimes, the charges/allegations are simple: You were accused of taking money from another person’s wallet. In other cases, the allegations are much more complex, involving coercion or diverting money from another person’s bank account into your own.

No matter how challenging a case may seem, I know how to handle it. I do not limit myself to the traditional paths taken by criminal defense lawyers. I am willing to consider one-of-a-kind approaches to cases that involve new and unique challenges. I will find a way to get results.

Misunderstandings Should Not Result in Criminal Charges

It is not unusual for these charges to be based on misunderstandings. Yes, money may have been taken, but that money may have been taken with the other person’s permission.

Sometimes, a thorough investigation is necessary, particularly when the allegations involve much more complex situations. I will work with investigators, forensic accountants and other experts to ensure that all relevant facts come to life. I will work with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced or eliminated based on weaknesses I find in his or her evidence and case.

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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Defense From a Certified Criminal Law Specialist

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you have the right to enlist a criminal defense lawyer to help you avoid jail, fines and all other negative impacts that a conviction could have on your life.

My name is J. David Markham, and I am not just a criminal defense attorney. I am a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. This is a hard-earned distinction, ensuring that you will be hiring an attorney who has proven his proficiency in the area of criminal law.

My Approach: From Straightforward to Creative

In many ways, my approach to criminal defense is straightforward. When you come to me, I take the time to educate you about the situation, including the unique details of the charge against you. I will tell you about your options and how I defend criminal cases. We will work together to determine the path to follow, and then we will move forward to get you through this.

Depending on the nature of your case, my approach may have to be less straightforward. The most common path may not be the most appropriate path. I take pride in getting creative, looking for loopholes and coming up with one-of-a-kind strategies to overcome new and unique obstacles that come up along the way.

Before you make your decision about enlisting me, I encourage you to review the 10 questions to ask when hiring a defense attorney.

Defense Against Major Crimes

Criminal Defense

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. My focus is on defending against major crimes and addressing serious criminal matters, including:

  • Drug charges including those related to medical marijuana and meth possession/sales
    Violent crimes involving domestic disputes or the elderly/vulnerable
  • Domestic violence and criminal threats
  • Sex crimes including rape and child pornography
  • Theft crimes such as burglary and robbery
  • Weapons and firearms
  • DUI charges as well as vehicular manslaughter
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Clearing your record through expungements and sealing records
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