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
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