San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal Defense Specialist Serving San Diego, Vista & North County
JD Law - Criminal Defense Specialists is one of the most successful and prestigious criminal defense firms in North San Diego County. Criminal defense attorney James Dicks is a Certified Criminal Defense Specialist and is a former police officer and narcotics investigator, widely recognized and highly respected within the legal community. If you have been arrested in San Diego, we may be able to help. We offer a
free consultation to discuss your case, taking an active step toward defending your rights and freedoms. Dealing exclusively with criminal defense, we have extensive experience in both state and
federal cases. It is our goal to provide a vigorous defense for our clients. When faced with such a life-altering situation such as this, it is absolutely vital that you take every step you can towards protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome for your future. If convicted of a crime, the emotional, legal and financial strain can shadow you for the rest of your life. Whether it is imprisonment, fines or just having a criminal record, your future will forever be altered. That is why getting the help of a skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney, and getting it early, is so important.
By putting your strongest defense forward, you can take steps from the very beginning towards protecting your best interests. Immediately after facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you not only remember your rights, but exercise them. Such rights as the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney can be the final push that helps you in your path towards a successful outcome. If you choose to ignore these rights, you can sometimes accidently incriminate yourself by saying something that seems perfectly safe at the time. The right criminal defense attorney will be able to shield you from such missteps and work towards putting together the strongest protection against whatever evidence might be held against you. By questioning every detail, looking at every angle, being aggressive and firm in all aspects of handling your case, we will do everything we can towards getting your penalty minimized or even getting your case dismissed entirely if possible. With a complete and thorough knowledge of the law and total dedication to your cause, you can be confident that your future is in capable, trustworthy hands when you choose to work with JD Law.
Former Police Officer on Your Side
Our firm has devoted itself entirely to the defense of individuals charged with crimes throughout San Diego and North County. We have handled thousands of criminal cases in all San Diego courts involving charges ranging from DUI and simple drug possession, all the way up to and including capital offenses such as murder and manslaughter. With such a vast, rich experience and thorough history of both sides of the law backing us up, you can trust that everything possible that can be done towards your desired results will be pursued to the fullest. If you or a loved one has been charged, please call our office today for a FREE, no obligation, absolutely confidential consultation to discuss your criminal case.
Our firm provides exceptional legal resources for all criminal offenses in San Diego, including DUI,
white collar crimes,
violent crimes, and much more. If you have been arrested and criminally charged in Southern California then you cannot afford to mess around with an incompetent or unqualified defense attorney. We know how detrimental the wrong defense lawyer can be to your case. Therefore, we have gone out of our way to ensure that your charges are expertly handled by a licensed, highly trained professional from our firm. Whether you are trying to combat allegations of
burglary, or anything else you can confidently turn to our firm knowing that we have the skills and expertise it takes to defend your case against even the most severe criminal accusations. From
pre-file investigations to
obstruction of justice we are prepared to handle it all and we will do so with aggressive legal tactics whenever necessary. As a former police officer, our lead attorney is more than aware of the tactics needed to fight the criminal charges against you, and this includes accusations related to
hit and run,
assault and battery,
restraining order violations, and even
aiding and abetting.
When it comes to protecting your future and preventing a conviction it would be unwise to entrust your case into the hands of anyone other than a qualified professional. Therefore, we have taken every measure possible to ensure that we are able to provide you with the steadfast legal representation you need when you need it most. Arrest warrants,
military crimes, and
three strikes crimes can all be attended to by an attorney from our firm. In fact, all of these crimes should be attended to by none other than an attorney from our firm as you will stand a far greater chance of reduced or dropped sentencing with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable defense lawyer on your side.
With experience as a former law enforcement officer, James Dicks has a multi-faceted point of view and valuable information about all sides of a criminal case. He understands what mistakes law enforcement may make, how this aspect of the criminal process works, and what strategies they may use to collect evidence or a confession. This is highly beneficial information that can help him in building a stronger and more effective defense strategy on his clients’ behalf. At times, a violation of constitutional rights by law enforcement (such as an unlawful or unreasonable search and seizure) may be grounds to have key evidence suppressed so it cannot be used against the defendant as direct evidence in court proceedings. This is just one example of how law enforcement experience can benefit a case.
Using his years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and drawing upon his specialized knowledge as a former police officer, you can count on him and his dedicated legal team to provide you with the personal attention and dedicated, aggressive representation you need in the face of your DUI, drug charges, theft allegations, sex crime accusations or any other criminal law matter.
Aggressive Defense Against Criminal Charges in San Diego, Vista, and North County
Punishment for a criminal offense in California can vary greatly depending upon what type of crime it is, whether it is a first or subsequent offense, and more. Criminal offenses are typically classified according to the punishment they may bring. A petty offense, such as a traffic ticket or similar minor offense does not require a jail sentence. A misdemeanor involves a sentence of less than one year in county jail, and a felony carries a state prison sentence of a minimum of at least one year. This is not including any fines, probation, counseling, community service, or more, that may be included in your sentence.
Throughout every point of the criminal process, it will be of the utmost importance to have skilled legal counsel. Even if law enforcement has not yet filed formal charges against you, there is much that a lawyer can do to help your case. For example, an investigation early on in the process may reveal that some of the evidence law enforcement collected against you should not be admissible in court. This may change the prosecuting attorney's decision to file charges altogether, helping you avoid this entire situation. The same applies when you are a suspect in an investigation or when you are called into the police station for "questioning." Your attorney can work to protect your interests every single step of the way - helping you avoid self-incrimination or a similar situation.
Attorney James Dicks has devoted his entire practice exclusively to criminal defense. While other lawyers make it a point to handle as many cases as possible, we have maintained that only the best defense can come when an attorney is entirely devoted to one specialty of law. Because criminal charges are the most damaging legal process that any individual can face in his or her lifetime, you need to hire a San Diego criminal attorney who knows the justice system and has the respect of prosecutors and judges from within San Diego and San Diego County to ensure that you receive the best criminal defense possible. If you have been accused of any crime in San Diego, including DUI (driving under the influence),
sex crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes, and more – our experienced attorneys can help. We are more than qualified to assist you with a dedicated and aggressive representation that has proven successful in both state and federal courts.
Cities and County Courts We Serve in San Diego, North County, and Vista:
The firm has two offices to serve you and our attorneys are prepared to travel to all San Diego,
North County courts. Here is a brief list of the cities and counties we serve throughout San Diego.
Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Coronado, Chula Vista, National City, Rancho del Rey, La Mesa, Mission Beach, Serra Mesa, North Park, Miramar, Mira Mesa, Santee, Spring Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Fallbrook, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Campa Pendleton Marine Base, Solana Beach, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Poway, Ramona, Barona, Bonsall, Murrieta, and throughout San Diego County.
In addition, we service courts through San Deigo County, including Vista Court (North County), San Diego Court, Chula Vista Court (South Bay), San Diego Juvenile Court, El Cajon Court.
San Diego Office:
Champions of the West Tower
11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130
Take this opportunity to learn more about your criminal charges and what an experienced lawyer can do to help you. The U.S. Constitution grants you the right to legal counsel, and ignoring this can have disastrous consequences on your future as you face maximum penalties - imprisonment, fines and much more. Your reputation and personal and professional relationships may also suffer, as well as your ability to obtain employment or certain loans.
Have you been arrested in San Diego? Contact criminal lawyer James N. Dicks today.