My now more than 21 years experience defending clients in criminal cases in
federal, state and municipal courts make it apparent to me that our criminal
justice system is breaking down. The presence of "justice" in the
equation is under siege and we are in danger of creating nothing more than a
criminal processing system largely based upon class structure. My practice
continually reinforces my belief that the role of a defense lawyer in our
criminal justice system as a zealous advocate for the rights of those accused
of crimes by the government is critical and absolutely essential to not only
protect those rights we have left, but to advocate to create a truly more fair
and just system.
In order for your rights to be best protected it is imperative, should you
find yourself under investigation or accused of crimes, that you be represented
at the earliest possible moment. My experience has led me to believe that where
there is criminal exposure, or even potential exposure, it is rarely in a
person's best interests to answer police questions, beyond the few basic
questions required for identification, without the presence of an attorney.
This is particularly and universally true if you have been placed under arrest.
It is not easy to stand up to a police officer asking you why, if you have
nothing to hide, you won't talk to him or her. However, you can be sure that if
you are suspected of any involvement in criminal activity the government will
not be concerned with protecting your rights. I will.
I pledge to do my best to gather the facts, research the law and advocate
for you, as my client, to come to the best resolution possible for you in your
case. However, it is important to me that my clients understand I can make no
guarantees of any particular result. I believe attorneys who market themselves
with guaranteed results even though they occasionally may be able to produce
that outcome, disserve the client and the system. If it becomes necessary to go
to trial I will work diligently to see that all applicable pre-trial matters
and defenses are explored and presented and that the government is held to it's
constitutional obligation to prove all elements of it's case against you beyond
a reasonable doubt.
In addition to the area of criminal defense, my practice has developed into
the areas of small estate planning, probate and trust administration,
guardianships and conservatorships and other elder law matters. Hopefully early
planning and appropriate drafting will act to prevent the stress and cost of
later litigation, however, as a trial attorney I am able and willing to
litigate contested matters in all those areas.