Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents

Representing Semi-Truck Accident Victims

A car-truck collision can happen in a split second, but can change lives forever. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries to the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. If you have suffered a brain injury, back injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis or another serious injury – or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal semi accident – talk to a personal injury lawyer about your specific options.

I represent clients who have been injured in trucking accidents. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident, please contact my law office to schedule a free consultation.

Pursuing Compensation for California Truck Accident Victims

Determining the cause of a truck accident is the first step in pursuing compensation for accident victims. Often, truck accidents are caused by the negligence of a truck driver or of the trucking company:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Swerving into adjacent lanes
  • Improperly secured loads
  • Malfunctioning equipment

Once the cause of the truck accident is determined and liability is established, I will help you seek maximum compensation for all accident-related expenses. This may include compensation for medical and hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related costs.

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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.

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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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

If you are caught with drugs in California, there are a significant number of charges you may face.

You can be charged with the crime of “possession for sale” just for having a certain amount of a drug, even if you had no intention of selling anything. If you are pulled over with drugs in your car, you can be charged with “transportation.” Other allegations like manufacturing and conspiracy can ensnare defendants in serious consequences.

Whether you have been charged with a crime involving illegal drugs like marijuana or meth or a prescription drug crime involving OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Xanax® or some other substance, contact me for a free consultation and personal attention from a local attorney familiar with the Lake County and Mendocino County courts.

Explore Your Defenses to Avoid Conviction

There are a number of ways to defend you against drug crime charges. There may be constitutional “search and seizure” issues with regard to how the police got their hands on the evidence. You may not have known there were drugs in your car, or there may be other situations where you are charged with possessing drugs that weren’t yours.

In California, there may be a medical marijuana defense if you have a valid recommendation from a medical doctor. However, the state continues to try to crack down on people with valid recommendations who have more than a certain amount of marijuana. You need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the defenses and will address every issue that could possibly help you avoid conviction.

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