Fearing that he was going to drive off without paying his fare, a taxi driver called the police on my client and reported that my client had not paid his fare, was in his car about to leave a parking lot, and was grossly intoxicated.  Police arrived and found my client in the driver’s seat…

Client was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself to a person on the street, and if convicted of indecent exposure my client would have been required to register as a sex offender (Penal Code 290) for the rest of his life.  Client had no prior criminal history, and suffered from mental health issues.  We had…

Client was sent to secondary inspection at a local Border Patrol checkpoint, where a subsequent search revealed two undocumented immigrants hiding in the trunk of her car.  Client was arrested and charged in federal court with alien smuggling.  My client — an 18 year-old college student — was facing up to 10 years in federal…

Client was skateboarding with some friends near a small shopping mall when they were confronted by a mall security guard.  The guard slaps my client on the head, then tries to snatch the skateboard from his hands.  A struggle ensues, the guard ends up with a bloodied nose and some minor scratches, and both my…

Client arrived at the border and presented a valid passport belonging to another person.  The inspecting officer noticed that the photograph in the passport did not resemble the client and ordered the client to the secondary inspection area.  At secondary, the client admitted to the officers that he was not the true owner of the passport.  The…

Client was involved in an argument with his girlfriend while sitting in their car in a dark parking lot.  The argument was observed from a distance by a witness who then called 911 and told the operator that the client had beaten the girlfriend.  Police responded and stopped client and girlfriend on the highway.  Client…

Client’s son, a juvenile who had been through the juvenile justice system for several serious offenses, was on probation and living at home. Eight officers arrived at my client’s home in the early morning hours and demanded entry for a probation search.  My client recognized this as odd because his son’s probation officer was not…

Client gathered with a group of friends at the San Diego County Administration Building to protest the county’s refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Client and eight others staged a peaceful protest (a sit-in) in the hallway outside the marriage license office.  Sheriff’s deputies were called and ordered the protesters to leave.  When…

Client was convicted in 1988 of having consensual sex with his 17 year-old girlfriend.  In 2010 he was informed that he needed to register as a sex offender.  If required to register, my client would not have been able to live at home with his own wife and children.  We filed a Hofsheier writ of…

Client lost control of his motorcycle and was involved in a single vehicle accident.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, and officers ordered the attending doctors to draw my client’s blood for DUI testing purposes.  Despite a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.12, we were able to negotiate the case with a plea bargain for a wet…

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