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Criminal Defense

CHICO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

If you have been accused of a crime, your future may be in jeopardy. Do not take chances. The defense lawyers at the Rooney Law Firm bring more than 30 years of experience and a high level of dedication to every criminal case they handle. Simply stated, we will make every effort to get your case dismissed, help you avoid jail and protect your future from the damaging consequences of a criminal conviction.

We are available to serve people in the Chico area and throughout California. We urge you to act quickly to protect your own rights. Call (800) TKO-4LAW or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Our lead attorney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

We Have a 95 Percent Success Rate in Criminal Trials

The Rooney Law Firm can represent you in cases involving all felony and misdemeanor charges. We can defend you against state or federal charges. If you need help in any of the following areas, we are here for you:

In addition to defending clients facing immediate charges, our lawyers also provide criminalexpungement and record sealing services.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our criminal defense team will work together to ensure that nothing gets overlooked with your defense. Here, at least two attorneys (including at least one lead attorney) will review all of the evidence and everything else connected with your case. Often, this will also involve working with professional investigators and experts, such as toxicologists, to sort through and challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Avoid Jail

AVOID JAIL IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

We Can Help You Avoid Jail

Have you been accused of a crime?

You have rights!

You do not have to talk to the prosecutor or the police officer. You do not have to accept any plea bargains. In fact, we encourage you not to until you have learned about your options from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you have accepted a plea bargain, you still have options that we can help with.

We can help you AVOID JAIL
E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people in Chico and throughout California avoid jail. We have a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. Our lead attorney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

From the second we start work on your criminal law case, we will put forth every effort to see that you avoid jail. We will scour your case for every possible option to effect your release. Our ability to dig deep and use all of our resources and experiences has allowed us to get countless cases dismissed before the prosecution even has a chance to get them off the ground.

Learn about the criminal charges we can defend you against.

At our law office, we are intense, skilled and creative when it comes to dismissal and defenses. You can be assured that you have put your future in the right hands when you choose us to help you avoid jail. We will stand by your side, pushing forward to get you the results you need to get past this and move on with your future.

Whether you have been charged with assault, domestic violence, drugs, or any other crime (felony or misdemeanor), we can help.

For a free initial consultation to discuss how we can help you avoid jail, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Dismissal & Defense

CALIFORNIA DISMISSAL AND DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

How Our Attorneys Defend You

When you choose the Rooney Law Firm as your criminal defense team, we want you to know that we will exhaust every option to get you the results you deserve. Our goal in every single case is to help you avoid jail. Our dedication has led to a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. We will bring that same level of dedication to your case.

We offer free initial consultations. E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

We have more than 30 years of experience defending people in Chico and throughout California against criminal charges. In addition to our team of trusted lawyers, we will work with investigators and experts to strengthen your legal defense.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we take great pride in thoroughly evaluating your case. The following is the checklist of potential defenses we will go through to determine a legal strategy for your case:

I. Affirmative Defenses

A. Defenses requiring only reasonable doubt about guilt:

  • Accident and misfortune
  • Alibi
  • Unconsciousness
  • Duress
  • Self defense
  • Defense of another
  • Mistake of fact
  • Medicinal marijuana
  • Lawful arrest (against charge of false imprisonment)
  • Any defense justifying, excusing or mitigating a homicide

B. Defenses requiring facts establishing the defense by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • Insanity
  • Necessity
  • Entrapment
  • Accident
II. Change of Venue
  • To change the county location of a court hearing to one more beneficial to your case
III. Exclusion of Confessions and Admissions
  • Miranda violations not based on free, voluntary and intelligent waivers will be challenged
IV. Continuances
V. Exclusion of Lineups and Show-ups
  • Contesting lineups (at station) and show-ups (in the field)
VI. Mental Disorders and Competency
  • Lack specific intent formation or diminished actuality
VII. Release: Own Recognizance and Bail Reductions
VIII. Immigration Issues
  • Examination of alternative dispositions to avoid deportation, exclusion or refusal of naturalization. We will work with your immigration attorney.
IX. Suppression Motions
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Failure to comply with discovery requirements
  • Evidence lost or destroyed
  • Quash subpoena
X. Discovery Motions
  • Initial and general
  • Pitchess (officer’s past misconduct)
  • Disclosure of confidential informant’s identity
  • Discriminatory enforcement
  • Ex parte (one party)
  • Appointment of experts
  • Obtain transcripts of prior trial or hearing
  • Compel production (fingerprints, blood, breath, urine, LEO tape)
XI. Motion to Dismiss
  • Demurrer
  • Dismiss all or part of information or indictment §995
  • Dismiss interest of justice §1385
  • Dismiss on basis of prosecution interference with right to counsel
  • Dismiss on basis of discriminatory enforcement
  • Dismiss on basis of failure to prevent deportation
  • Dismiss on basis of retaliatory prosecution
  • Dismiss on basis of denial of speedy trial
  • Prosecution’s failure to maintain contact with witness
XII. Miscellaneous Motions
  • Severance of joinder
  • Close courtroom
  • Seal records
  • Sequester jurors
  • Gag order
  • For interpreter
  • Enforce plea bargain
  • Contempt
  • Recusal of prosecutor
  • Challenge judge
  • Reduction of felony
  • Psychiatric examinations

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to learn about how we can design a legal strategy to defend you.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Defense Analysis

CHICO LAWYERS FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS

Mandatory Checklist of What Our Attorneys Do for You

All Rooney Law Firm attorneys are required to be “First Time Bar Passers”. This means that although one may take the California Bar Exam as many times as they desire, only about half of all California attorneys pass on their first attempt. Like parachuting, you only one chance to get your legal case right the first time.

We take great pride in evaluating every aspect of your case so that each criminal defense is thoroughly checked for application in your case. The following is a mandatory checklist of potential defenses for all criminal clients, exhaustively examined by firm attorney(s) during representation:

I. Affirmative Defenses
  1. Defenses requiring Defendant to raise only Reasonable Doubt about guilt:
    1. Accident and Misfortune
    2. Alibi
    3. Unconsciousness 4. Duress
    4. Self Defense 6. Defense of Another
    5. Mistake of Fact 8. Medicinal Marijuana
    6. Lawful Arrest (against charge of false imprisonment)
    7. Any defense justifying, excusing, or mitigating a homicide
  2. Defenses requiring Defendant to prove facts establishing the defense by a Preponderance of the Evidence:
    1. Insanity, Necessity, Entrapment, Accident
II. Change of Venue

To change the county location of a court hearing.

III. Confessions and Admissions (Exclusion)

Miranda violations; waivers: free, voluntary, & intelligent

IV. Continuances
V. Lineups and Showups (Exclusion if Improperly Conducted)

Contesting Lineups (at station) and Showups (in the field)

VI. Mental Disorders and Competency

Lack Specific Intent Formation; Diminished Actuality

VII. Release: Own Recognizance and Bail Reductions

Significant Savings: past successes include a $400,000 reduction (2006) and an OR release for thesecond largest embezzler in Butte County History.

VIII. Immigration Issues

Examination of alternative dispositions to avoid deportation, exclusion, and refusal of naturalization

IX. Suppression Motions
  1. Illegal Search & Seizure
  2. Failure to Comply with Discovery Requirements
  3. Evidence Lost or Destroyed
  4. Quash Subpoena
X. Discovery Motions
  1. Initial, General
  2. Pitchess-Officer’s past misconduct
  3. Disclose Informant’s Identity
  4. Discriminatory Enforcement
  5. Ex Parte (One Party)
  6. Appointment of Experts-in most cases at no additional cost to you
  7. Obtain Transcripts of prior trial or hearing
  8. Compel Production
    1. Fingerprints
    2. Blood, Breath, or Urine
    3. Preserve LEO* Tape (100 day deadline to Request Audio & Video Recordings or prosecution may destroy)
XI. Motion to Dismiss
  1. Demurrer
  2. Dismiss all/part of Information/Indictment §995
  3. Dismiss interest of justice §1385
  4. Dismiss on basis of prosecution interference with right to counsel
  5. Dismiss on basis of discriminatory enforcement
  6. Dismiss on basis of failure to prevent deportation
  7. Dismiss on basis of retaliatory prosecution
  8. Dismiss on basis of denial of speedy trial
  9. Prosecution’s failure to maintain contact with witness
XII. Miscellaneous Motions
  1. Severance of Joinder B. Close Courtroom
  2. Seal Records D. Sequester jurors
  3. “Gag” order F. For Interpreter
  4. Enforce plea bargain H. Contempt
  5. Recusal of prosecutor J. Challenge judge
  6. Reduction of Felony L. Psychiatric Examinations

A free initial consultation is offered to every potential client to discover which of the above defenses may apply. We offer these consultations for you to determine if hiring an attorney is a good choice for you in your situation.

We have built a team of professionals, including, besides our First Time Bar Passer attorneys, investigators, interpreters, paralegals, office staff and assistants, all knowledgeable of experts to retain in specialized fields, such as lie detector tests, sex cases, drugs and labs for methamphetamine and marijuana, and toxicologists.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Drunk Driving

CHICO DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

California DUI Defense Lawyers

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

If you have been accused of drunk driving, you are at risk.

  • You are at risk of losing your driving privileges
  • You are at risk of having a criminal record that can impact your ability to pursue your career, to follow educational opportunities and more.
  • You are at risk of damage to your driving record, including suspended license, hiked insurance rates and more.
  • You are at risk of hefty fines or imprisonment in jail or state prison.

We can help you avoid all of these consequences.

Right Attorney = Right Results

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation.

CHICO DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

The DUI defense attorneys at the Rooney Law Firm can represent you in your criminal case as well as your DMV hearing. We have more than 30 years of experience standing up for the rights of people in Chico and throughout California. That experience has resulted in a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials.

When you choose us as your DUI defense team, we will carefully examine the evidence. We will determine if the Breathalyzer breath test or Intoxilyzer test was performed accurately with properly maintained equipment. We will verify whether or not the police officer had probable cause to stop you for drunk driving. As we move forward, we will consider the use of experts, such as toxicologists, to sort through and challenge the evidence.

Our commitment to the needs of our clients has earned our lead attorney the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review three years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. That is the level of service you will receive from us as your DUI defense team.

Whether you have been accused of a first offense of drunk driving, prior convictions, or you have been charged with an extreme DUI, we are here for you.

For a free initial consultation about DUI defense, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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CHICO FIELD SOBRIETY TEST LAWYER

Challenging the Validity of Field Sobriety Tests

Police or prosecutors may have already told you that the evidence against you cannot possibly be refuted and that your only hope for a positive outcome right now is to admit your guilt and move on.

Don’t believe it. Not for a second. Talk to an experienced DUI defense lawyer first.

California Breathalyzer Attorney

With more than 30 years of combined experience in California’s criminal courts, the attorneys at Rooney Law Firm know the law and how to get cases dismissed by challenging the results of field sobriety tests. Rest assured that we will take every appropriate step to help you avoid jail time,keep your license and minimize the consequences of your arrest as well.

Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Winning Without a Trial

Field sobriety tests are important because law enforcement officers often use a failed field sobriety test as the basis for their probable cause to arrest and give you a breathalyzer test. Fortunately, there are several ways to challenge field sobriety test results and cause the prosecution’s case to fall apart.

Our ability to dig deep and use all of our resources and experience has allowed us to get countlessDUI (DWI) cases dismissed before the prosecution even has a chance to get them off the ground. However, if for some reason we are not able to obtain a dismissal before trial, we will be more than ready to defend you in a court of law.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

The sooner you talk to an attorney about your DUI charge, the better. We’re here to help. For a free consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CALIFORNIA INTOXILYZER BREATH TEST LAWYER

Challenging the Results of Intoxilyzer Breath Tests

If you were recently arrested for drunk driving and failed a breath test, you might believe that there’s simply no way to avoid being convicted. It is understandable that you feel this way. But it is also not an accurate belief.

Chico Breathalyzer Attorney

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people in Chico and throughout California to avoid jail, keep their drivers’ licenses and protect their futures from the damaging consequences of a DUI conviction. We are confident in our ability to help you too — no matter how strong the breathalyzer evidence might look right now.

Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

An Imperfect Way to Measure Blood-Alcohol Content

The Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machines used by California law enforcement officers do not always provide accurate results. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is the fact that California law only requires the machines to be accurate within 10 percent.

At this law firm, Intoxilyzer breath test results that are close enough simply aren’t good enough — especially not in cases where a 10 percent difference in accuracy can mean all the difference in the world to our clients.

As your defense attorneys, we will carefully examine whether the Intoxilyzer breath test was performed accurately with properly maintained equipment and whether the officers had probable cause to stop you. As we move forward, we will also consider the use of experts, such as toxicologists, to sort through and challenge the evidence.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

To discuss your DUI case during a free consultation with an attorney, not a paralegal or staff member — call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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LAWYERS FOR KEEPING YOUR DRIVERS’ LICENSE IN CHICO

Act Now to Save Your Drivers’ License

Every DUI arrest sets two cases in motion. The first is the criminal case. The second is an administrative action to suspend your driver’s license. The most important fact to know is that after a DUI arrest, you have only 10 days in which to request a hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles or your driver’s license will automatically be suspended.

California Suspended License Attorney

At the Rooney Law Firm, we understand the importance of keeping your driver’s license has on your life. We can put more than 30 years of experience helping people in Chico and throughout California to avoid or minimize the amount of time their drivers’ licenses get suspended. If you or a loved one has been arrested on DUI charges, dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Administrative License Suspension Hearings

The laws that apply to administrative license suspension hearings are not the same as the laws that apply in criminal court. The procedural rules are different as well. Our lawyers are just as comfortable and skilled in suspended license hearings as they are in criminal court hearings. In fact, they have won many such hearings and can even use the drivers’ license suspension hearing to lay the groundwork for successful results in your criminal case.

In addition to preventing your license from being suspended, our firm also provides high quality, skilled legal representation in drivers’ license reinstatement hearings.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For experienced, skilled DUI defense in the Chico area or anywhere in the state of California — call our attorneys at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CALIFORNIA DRUG-RELATED DUI CHARGE LAWYER

Chico DUI Arrest Attorney

Did you know that in California, you can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) even if the drugs have been legally prescribed for you? It’s true. It’s also a very serious criminal charge. At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of combined legal experience as well as the resources it will take to help you avoid jail, keep your driver’s license and minimize the consequences of your arrest.

Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance with your drug-related DUI charges, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Helping You Avoid Jail, Keep Your Driver’s License

The .08 blood-alcohol content number used in drunk driving cases doesn’t relate to drug-relatedDUI charges. The test in drug DUI cases is whether you were operating the vehicle with the same care and caution that a sober person of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances. In other words, the question is “was your ability to drive impaired?”

This is a fairly low burden of proof for the prosecution.

Fortunately, our lawyers know how to challenge the state’s claims and will work hard to keep you out of jail and minimize the consequences of your arrest. This means pursuing every possible option to devise legal strategies that protect your rights from start to finish — in administrative license suspension hearings, in plea discussions and in the courtroom. This level of dedication has consistently produced outstanding results and has won our firm the thanks of many former clients and the respect of our peers in California’s legal communities.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

If you or a loved one is facing drug-related charges in a DUI case, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CHICO UNDERAGE DRINKING AND DRIVING DEFENSE LAWYER

Under the Age of 21? Your DUI Defense Starts Here

When it comes to drunk driving, California has “zero tolerance” for anyone who is under the age of 21. In fact, you can be convicted of underage drinking and driving even if your blood-alcohol concentration was only .01 percent.

California Drunk Driving Attorney

At the Rooney Law Firm, we know what you or your child is up against and are here to stand by you. More importantly, we can provide the experience, skill and resources needed to minimize the consequences of any DUI arrest. To learn more about our lawyers or the many outstanding results we’ve achieved in underage drinking and driving cases — call us directly at (800) TKO-4LAW orcontact us online for a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Getting It Right the First Time

When it comes to the law, you rarely get a second chance to get the right results. At the Rooney Law Firm, we understand this principle and work as a team to ensure that no aspect of building or presenting our clients’ cases gets overlooked.

We are also sensitive to the long-term repercussions that a criminal conviction can have on a young person’s life and work especially hard to obtain dismissals, acquittals, reduced charges and alternative sentences that keep our clients out of jail and their lives on track.

Here, at least two attorneys (including at least one lead attorney) will review everything that gets done with regard to your case, and that your case will be staffed appropriately from start to finish. We also believe that you deserve to know your options. And we will be here to provide you with clear guidance on the legal issues and different choices that will have to be made along the way.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

We handle underage drinking and driving matters in juvenile court, in adult criminal cases and in administrative drivers’ license suspension hearings.

For answers to other questions you have about underage drinking and driving charges or how our lawyers can help you or your child, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CALIFORNIA MULTIPLE DUI OFFENSE ATTORNEY

Help for People With Multiple DUI Offenses

If you have any DUI convictions that are less than 10 years old and you have recently been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs again — don’t make another mistake. You need to hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible if you want to avoid severe criminal penalties and longer drivers’ license suspensions.

Chico Repeat Offender Attorney

At the Rooney Law Firm, we provide aggressive legal representation on behalf of people with prior DUI convictions facing new DUI charges in the Chico area or anywhere else in the state of California. We offer more than 30 years of experience and have had a great deal of success in defending people with multiple DUI offenses.

Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Exploring Every Possible Defense

Our primary goals in a repeat offender case are always to obtain a dismissal or to gain an acquittal at trial. At a minimum, we seek alternative sentencing options that keep our clients out of jail. Helping our clients avoid drivers’ license suspensions, to obtain restricted licenses or to secure shorter suspension periods are also our priorities.

Accomplishing any of these goals means careful examination of both the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and of the evidence and testimony the state plans to use against you. Did the police officer have probable cause to stop you for drunk driving? Were the field sobriety tests given correctly? Was the Intoxilyzer machine in good working order? Are there alternative explanations for your blood-alcohol test results?

Simply put, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to dealing with multiple DUI offenses.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

Multiple DUI offenses on your record? We will stand by your side. For a free consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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WHY YOU NEED TO HIRE A DUI ATTORNEY

Chico, California DUI Defense Lawyers

The days when a drunk driving offense was treated as a traffic ticket are long gone in California and nationwide. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), you are facing a serious criminal charge that can impact your freedom, your driving privilege and criminal record, your financial stability and your overall career or educational prospects.

Whether you are accused of a basic first-offense DUI, an extreme or enhanced charge, or you haveprior DUI convictions, you have a lot on the line. Facing this problem on your own or with an inexperienced lawyer is a decision you might regret for many years. Instead, we encourage you tocontact our proven DUI defense attorneys now to discuss all available options for beating the charge or avoiding the worst consequences.

Determination to Identify and Pursue Your Best Legal Options

At the Rooney Law Firm, our experienced, trial-proven lawyers will:

  • Ensure you have a solid understanding of all the potential costs and consequences of a DUI conviction in your case
  • Counsel and represent you in both your DUI court case and DMV proceedings involving your driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Thoroughly analyze all aspects of your arrest to determine whether there are problems with the prosecution’s case that may enable us to achieve an acquittal or dismissal
  • Proceed according to your direction with the best available courtroom defense or negotiations with prosecutors to minimize the damage to your life

Attorney Michael Rooney, recognized seven consecutive years as Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in the Consumer Business Review contained in the Chico News and Review, has led our team in building a track record of success for our clients, including numerous DUI dismissals and acquittals. Our team includes a full-time investigator who is admitted as a DUI expert in California state courts.

We will look hard at whether a strong defense case can be built around improper testing procedures used to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC), lack of probable cause for the traffic stop, or other factors.

Getting the Right Results Starts With Choosing the Right Legal Team

Please do not let anyone tell you the outcome of your DUI case will be the same whatever your decision about hiring a DUI lawyer. Now is the time to put a team of lawyers you trust on your side, and our firm has rewarded the trust of many clients in situations like yours. For a free consultationfocused on your case and needs, call (800) TKO-4-LAW now.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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DUI ATTORNEY FOR FIRST OFFENSE

Chico Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers With Decades of Experience

Most people coping with their first DUI offense are also facing their first-ever serious encounter with the legal system. Even with all the media attention given to drunk driving education and warnings about harsh penalties, it can still be a shock to realize that a first-offense DUI conviction can mean:

  • Substantial fines and costs
  • At least six months without a driver’s license
  • A criminal record, jail time and other life-altering consequences

If you hope to avoid conviction or protect yourself from the worst consequences, there is really only one option. As soon as possible, contact a California DUI defense attorney you can trust to focus on your case and work tenaciously to make a difference for you.

An Extensive Track Record of Dismissals, Acquittals and Other Positive Outcomes

At the Rooney Law Firm, we want to hear your side of the story, and we will dig in to examine all the evidence against you. You can count on our attorneys to consider every possible way to earn an acquittal or dismissal that will keep your record clean. If the prosecution’s case is strong and you decide negotiation for reduced consequences is the right path, you will have a proven negotiator on your side.

With decades of experience, our attorneys have successfully defended many people in all types of DUI cases, including underage drivers, people who have prior DUI convictions and others who were charged with drug-related DUI offenses. Our team also includes a full-time investigator who is an admitted DUI expert in California state courts. We know that the outcome of your first-offense DUI case will influence your life in profound ways, and we deliver maximum effort.

Getting the Right Results Starts With Choosing the Right Team of Attorneys, Investigators and Legal Support Staff

At this pivotal time, with so much at stake, you can turn to a firm led by the lawyer named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in the Consumer Business Review section of the Chico News and Review for seven consecutive years. At least two attorneys and multiple staff members will work together to review your case, explain your options and fight skillfully for the best outcome based on your needs and priorities.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

Your decision to get qualified legal counsel now could be critical for protecting your driver’s license and building the best possible defense case against this serious criminal charge. Call now for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Juvenile Defense

CHICO JUVENILE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

Preserving a Bright Future

We’ve all made mistakes at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, a criminal conviction can have a dramatic impact on a young person’s future opportunities for success.

At the Rooney Law Firm, our experience with California’s juvenile justice system can help your child to resolve today’s criminal charges without jeopardizing his or her future. Put more than 30 years of experience in your child’s corner today by calling (800) TKO-4LAW, or by contacting us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Our Juvenile Criminal Defense Practice

The juvenile criminal justice system is different than the adult criminal justice system. For instance, there is no right to a jury trial in a juvenile case. On a more positive note, the juvenile system also places a much greater emphasis on rehabilitating juveniles rather than punishing them.

In any case, if your underage son or daughter has been charged with a crime, he or she will need an attorney who understands the system and who has a proven ability to create out-of-the-box solutions that keep kids out of jail and on the right track.

This is exactly what we can do for your child.

We offer skilled juvenile criminal defense for all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses, including:

We can also help get your child’s criminal record expunged or sealed.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For your juvenile criminal defense needs, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

 

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Gang Related Crime

CHICO GANG-RELATED CRIME LAWYER

Charged With a Gang-Related Crime? We Can Help.

California Penal Code Section 186.22 defines a gang-related crime as any felony committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang, with the specific intent to promote, further, or assist in any criminal conduct by gang members.

California Gang Crimes Attorney

In real terms, being accused of a gang-related crime can mean up to an additional five years in prison and a felony strike record.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we defend and protect the rights of people who have been charged with committing gang-related crimes in the state of California. We offer more than 30 years of experience and are equally skilled as advocates in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Talk to us and see what we can do to help.

Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Chico Gang-Related Crime Lawyer

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Making the State Meet Its Burden of Proof

As far as we are concerned, every minute our clients spend in jail is one minute too long.

Our lawyers will do everything they possibly can to help you avoid jail time or, when that’s not possible — to get gang-related criminal charges and sentence enhancements taken off the table.

In practical terms, this means taking a long, hard look at the facts, at the witness testimony and evidence the state plans to use against you and at every potentially viable defense — and then challenging the state to meet its burden of proof at every available opportunity. This dedication has resulted in countless dismissals and has allowed us to achieve a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

>For answers to other questions, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

 

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FIGHTING FALSE CHARGES OF BEING IN A GANG

California Criminal Defense Lawyer for Gang-Related Charges

Section 186.22 of the California Penal Code contains an extensive, complex list of offenses and enhancements of penalties intended to address “participation in a criminal street gang.” This law is incredibly broad, using language that can be applied under a vast range of circumstances and listing nearly every category of crime involving drugs, violence or money.

The bottom line is that if police suspect or believe you are connected to a gang, any criminal charge can become instantly and dramatically more serious. You could be facing prison time for an offense that might not carry those consequences otherwise, or the addition of many years to your sentence if convicted.

It is essential to contact a skilled, experienced criminal defense lawyer who will investigate and contest all aspects of the charges against you. Our supervising litigation attorney has beaten gang charges in jury trials on behalf of our clients in the past.

Facing False Allegations of Gang Involvement?

With gang-related criminal activity high on the public radar, Chico, Sacramento and other Northern California cities devote substantial resources to gang units, task forces and “sweeps” targeting gang members. Their assumptions and mistakes may make it critical for your lawyer to challenge false gang charges by proving that, for example:

  • You were mistakenly arrested in a sweep targeting gang members.
  • You have gang associations in your past but are no longer involved in a gang.
  • Your constitutional rights were violated in connection with your arrest.

At the Rooney Law Firm, you can work with an attorney who will not judge you based on your appearance or your past. You will benefit from counsel and representation by a lawyer named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in the Consumer Review Section of the Chico News and Review for seven consecutive years — and one with experience across the spectrum of criminal law, from misdemeanor and felony drug charges to the most serious violent crimes.

Getting the Right Results Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

At our firm, at least two attorneys, a professional investigator and other staff members will examine all evidence and facts of your case. We will make the state meet the burden of proof for any charge against you, including any allegations of gang activity. This level of dedication has produced positive results for many of our clients, and it can make a real difference in your life and future.

To talk through your legal options with an experienced attorney at the Rooney Law Firm, call or e-mail us as soon as possible.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

>Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA
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FELONY GANG ENHANCEMENT CHARGES

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is important to contact a skilled defense attorney. California legislators have imposed sentence enhancements for crimes committed in affiliation with or for the benefit of gangs. Prosecutors will take an aggressive stance in seeking the maximum possible sentence. You need an experienced lawyer on your side who can effectively defend you against these charges.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

At Rooney Law Firm, our Chico defense lawyers fully understand the obstacles you face when up against gang enhancement charges. We have more than 30 combined years of experience guiding clients through even the most complex charges. Trust us to vigorously defend your rights and protect your freedom.

California Penal Code Section 186.22 defines a gang-related crime as any felony committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang, with the specific intent to promote, further, or assist in any criminal conduct by gang members.

Getting the Right Results Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Our firm provides legal defense to residents in communities throughout California who face a wide range of charges, including:

In these situations, it is common for the prosecutor and law enforcement to aggressively pursue gang-related sentencing enhancements. One of the most common defenses relates to the scene of the crime. The fact that a person is present or did not prevent the crime does not mean that an individual aided or abetted the actions of that particular gang. Trust us to investigate every aspect of your charge to develop a unique and effective strategy for your defense.

Contact a Knowledgeable California Gang Enhancement Laws Attorney

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a gang-related crime charge, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or >(800) 856-4529

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CHARGED WITH SHOOTING FROM OR AT OCCUPIED VEHICLES

Drive-by shooting charges are serious criminal offenses and you need an experienced attorney to protect you. The prosecution will pursue the maximum consequences and might even attempt to use gang affiliation to enhance sentencing. Our attorneys have the necessary knowledge and skill to aggressively defend you.

At Rooney Law Firm, we will fight to get your charges reduced based on a substitute charge that might carry lesser consequences upon conviction. Grossly negligent discharge of a firearm, for example, is a lesser charge that we might be able to negotiate based on the severity of the crime and the cooperation of the prosecution.

Experienced Gun Charges Attorney in Chico

Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience defending clients charged with criminal offenses involving:

  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm
  • Using a weapon in the commission of another crime
  • Possession of stolen weapons
  • Possession of illegally altered weapons
  • Concealed weapons

If you or a loved one is convicted of a gun crime, the consequences are serious. You might ultimately face the loss of your constitutional rights. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your charge to develop an effective defense. Our primary goal will be to keep you out of jail, and keep you informed about the progress of your case through each step of the litigation.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a gang-related crime charge, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

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CHICO CAR JACKING DEFENSE LAWYER

If you or a loved one has been charged with car jacking, it is crucial to contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible. The consequences of a conviction can be devastating and life altering. You need a lawyer who is experienced defending clients against a wide range of charges to aggressively fight on your behalf.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

At Rooney Law Firm, our attorneys have more than 30 combined years of experience defending clients when the stakes are the highest. Trust us to carefully examine every aspect of your charge from the police report, to witness statements to collected evidence. We have the expertise and resources necessary to develop a unique and effective case strategy that keeps you out of jail and minimizes your exposure to consequences.

Car Jacking Charges With Gang Enhancement

Car jacking charges are serious, and a conviction can mean jail time. As soon as our firm accepts your case, we will perform a thorough investigation of your charge so we can properly defend you. Often, our clients are charged with a crime with a gang enhancement. In car jacking, the prosecution must prove that there was intent to take the vehicle rather than the simple circumstances. If you did not intend to take the car, car jacking did not exist. Another factor that must exist is that the vehicle’s original driver must be assaulted by force or fear in order for possession of the vehicle to change hands. If this assault did not occur, car jacking did not exist. Trust our attorneys to aggressively fight to defend you against the full force of the criminal justice system and minimize your consequences. Contact us immediately.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a car jacking charge in Chico, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

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DRUG TRAFFICKING AND GANG ENHANCEMENT CHARGES

By the time you are actually charged with drug trafficking, there is a good chance that state and federal prosecutors have devoted significant resources to building a case against you. You need a skilled attorney to be able to fight on your behalf and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the proceedings.

At Rooney Law Firm, we have built a successful track record defending clients charged with a wide range of crimes. We can draw upon our criminal defense experience and our thorough knowledge of the law to build an effective defense that protects you from potentially devastating consequences.E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a dedicated sex crimes attorney.

Experienced Chico Narcotics Trafficking Defense Firm

Through our three decades of practice, we have handled cases involving a wide range of narcotics, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Illegal prescription drugs

Most commonly, our defense centers on the suppression of evidence. It is not uncommon for law enforcement individuals to act too aggressively in the collection of evidence and violate an individual’s constitutional right against illegal search and seizure. We will carefully examine the police records and witness statements to ensure that any evidence was collected following the letter of the law. Evidence obtained illegally must be challenged. Using the facts of the case, our goal will be to get the charges lessened or dismissed altogether.

Often, the prosecutor’s office will attempt to argue that the drug trafficking is related to gang activity in an effort to increase the sentencing consequences. We have extensive experience defending clients against these charges, and we will place the burden of proof squarely on the prosecution’s shoulders. Trust us to vigorously fight to protect your rights throughout the duration. If you are facing drug trafficking charges with gang enhancement, contact our office immediately.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a drug trafficking charge in California, e-mail us or contact a lawyer toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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CHICO ROBBERY CHARGES DEFENSE ATTORNEY

There are several questions to be considered when you have been charged with robbery, including the value of the merchandise and if force or a weapon was used. Many prosecutors will also attempt to prove that the robbery occurred in affiliation with or for the benefit of a gang. If this can be proved, you face a harsher sentence than you would have otherwise. You need a skilled defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected and you are properly represented through litigation.

Robbery Charges With Gang Enhancement

The Chico attorneys at Rooney Law Firm have a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. We pride ourselves on determined defense, thorough preparation and a detailed understanding of the criminal justice system. Trust us to fight to get your charges reduced and minimize the consequences you might face if you are convicted.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a dedicated robbery defense attorney. (800) 856-4529.

In California, many individuals are accused of committing gang-related crimes in an effort to enhance the possible consequences of a conviction. If convicted of a gang-related robbery, it could mean an additional five years in prison and a felony strike on your criminal record. It is our goal to perform a detailed investigation of the facts of your case as well as witness testimony, police reports and any evidence the state plans to introduce while developing an effective defense that keeps you out of jail.

In many situations, the prosecutors will accuse an individual of robbery through fear or force. We will thoroughly examine the facts and challenge the prosecutors on their assertions. Perhaps there was incidental touching. Perhaps you were invoking a claim of right to the property. Whatever the state says, we will challenge it at every opportunity. Count on us for dedicated defense and professional litigation.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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CHICO GANG RELATED HOMICIDE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

Facing a murder charge can lead to even more devastating consequences if the prosecution attempts to use gang affiliation as a sentence enhancer. Our extensive experience handling a wide range of criminal defense has led to our 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. While every case is unique, we are confident in our ability to vigorously represent you against these charges.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

  • Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

At Rooney Law Firm, we understand that facing criminal charges can be a frightening, frustrating and confusing ordeal. It is important to contact a lawyer who is experienced in a wide range of practice areas. We will draw on our vast experience and diligently fight to shield you from the full brunt of the criminal justice system.

Chico Gang Involved Murder Charges Lawyers

Developing a unique and effective defense strategy against murder charges can be difficult. These cases tend to be complex, with the highest stakes possible. We will carefully look at all of the factors in your arrest and challenge the state on every aspect possible. Our Chico attorneys will aggressively challenge the validity of gang-enhancement on these charges and put the burden of proof squarely on the prosecution’s shoulders. It is our goal to not only keep you out of jail, but to minimize the consequences you face from probation to community service to court-ordered diversion programs. Count on us to fight to protect your rights and your future.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a gang-related murder charge in California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

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Drug Charges

CHICO DRUG CHARGE LAWYERS

California Drug Charge Defense Attorneys

95% Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

Have you been accused of a drug crime? You have the right to turn to an experienced defense lawyer. When you turn to the Rooney Law Firm, we will take action immediately. We will thoroughly examine your case for opportunities to have it dismissed completely. We will make every effort to help you avoid jail and protect your future from the consequences of a drug charge.

For a free initial consultation with a trusted drug charge lawyer, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have the experience to protect your rights. We have more than 30 years of experience standing up for the rights of people in Chico and throughout California. Our commitment to the needs of our clients has earned our lead attorney the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

CHICO DRUG CHARGE LAWYERS

We are available to aggressively fight for your dismissal in all drug cases, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug conspiracy
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug dealing/drug sale
  • Drug manufacturing/drug cultivation

Whether your charge is related to meth, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, prescription drugs or any other controlled substance, we can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience in these matters runs deep, including the fact that our lead attorney was previously appointed to defend all methamphetamine laboratories cases in Yuba County.

There are several methods to attack drug charge cases. We know how to look for reasons to have your case dismissed. We will review the admissibility of evidence and circumstances of any investigation. Police action and conduct will be challenged if unconstitutional.

Dismissal, jail avoidance, and reduction of charges are not the only outcomes in drug cases. Through Proposition 36, an alternative diversion program may be an option in your case. Mr. Rooney was appointed for the Prop 36 implementation in Butte County, and can explain your rights and options under this provision. Also, PC 1000 can result in the removal of all charges from your record.

While both Proposition 36 and PC 1000 offer opportunities for rehabilitation and probation, each individual case is different. It is essential to consult Mr. Rooney to learn what options are available to you.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to schedule a free initial consultation with a drug charge defense lawyer.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA CHARGE ATTORNEYS

Your Defense Against Marijuana Charges

Drug charges are always serious — even if the drug is only marijuana and even if you are authorized to use, grow or possess the drug for under California’s Medical Marijuana and Compassionate Use Act. We advise patients on California legal marijuana grows and know when the Federal laws apply.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we take pride in taking every possible step to obtain dismissals or drastic reductions in the consequences our clients face if convicted on marijuana charges. We are serious about protecting your rights and keeping you out of jail. Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our Chico marijuana charge lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in the Chico News and Review every year since 2004.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Minimizing the Damage

In California, a conviction for misdemeanor possession of marijuana is punishable by a $100 fine but not jail time. While this may be a relatively light penalty as compared to the penalties in other states, don’t be fooled. A conviction for any type of drug crime could prevent you from obtaining a job, loans for college and even a home — regardless of whether you received a jail sentence.

Our aggressive marijuana criminal defense law practice handles complex marijuana possession andsales cases involving a wide range of issues and defenses including the following:

We understand what a drug conviction means and from the second we start work on your defense — will put forth every effort to see that you remain out of jail, and that your criminal record stays free of a conviction on marijuana charges. In practical terms, we look long and hard at the facts, at the evidence the state plans to use against you and at every potentially viable defense. We may also work with professional investigators and highly-regarded experts to strengthen your legal case, if necessary.

In short, we will work to see that you get the results you need to move beyond today’s legal troubles and move forward with your life.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

To talk with an attorney about the marijuana charges you’re facing and learn more about your rights and defense options, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CALIFORNIA METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE LAWYER

Your Defense Against Meth Crime Attorney

Criminal convictions involving methamphetamines can have nightmarish consequences. In fact, prosecutors routinely turn what should be simple possession cases into felony cases with charges ranging from distribution to manufacturing. Additional charges involving conspiracy, child abuse and weapons are typically included as well.

In other words, now is not the time to take chances with your defense.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we take pride in taking every appropriate step to obtain dismissals or drastic reductions in the consequences our clients face if convicted on methamphetamine charges. We are serious about protecting your rights and keeping you out of jail. Dial (800) TKO-4LAW for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

These numbers tell some of our story. We tell yours.

  • Every one of our lawyers passed California’s rigorous bar exam on their first attempt.
  • We have a 95 percent success rate in criminal trials.
  • Founder Michael Rooney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Chico News and Review four years in a row: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Our sentencing reduction program is second to none.

Shifting the Focus to Damage Control

No matter how successful or highly skilled a criminal defense attorney is, no one wins every case. And especially not every drug case. It just won’t happen. Our attorneys know that and know when to shift the focus of a client’s defense from trying to get methamphetamine charges dismissed to minimizing the damage. More importantly, our attorneys have the practical skills and resources needed to help accomplish this goal.

We use all appropriate tools to help ensure that our clients spend little to no time in jail. This includes getting our clients placed in diversion programs, using the provisions of California’s Proposition 36 and convincing judges to impose lighter sentences.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

Our law firm provides aggressive meth crimes defense on behalf of people in the Chico area and throughout the state of California.

To learn more about our practice or to schedule a free consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this Web site.

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CHICO PRESCRIPTION DRUG CRIMES LAWYER

Prescription drug-related crimes are pervasive. Law enforcement investigators, courts and jails seem to face an uphill battle as they seek to bring offenders to justice. Aggressive investigations sometimes snag innocent people — and people who did not realize they were breaking the law. Did you know that storing and transporting prescription drugs outside of their original, labeled containers is against the law? Even one’s law-abiding grandmother could be charged with a crime for storing her pharmaceuticals in unlabeled, non-pharmacy-issued Monday-to-Sunday pill organizer containers.

Whether or not you did possess or distribute prescription drugs without a prescription — or store prescription drugs in unlabeled containers — you should talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are under suspicion. For best results, contact Rooney Law Firm before you are arrested, when you have learned that you are under investigation. However, we help many clients who call after drug-related arrests, as well.

Zealous and Knowledgeable Chico Prescription Drug Crimes Attorney

Stakes are high when you have been charged with a drug crime. The fact that you are accused of possessing or trafficking in prescription drugs does not make the crime any less serious than a crime involving “street drugs.” Prescription narcotics obtained or distributed without a doctor’s prescription are also “illegal drugs.”

Do not take chances if you have been arrested for transporting controlled pharmaceuticals illegally. The defense lawyers at the Rooney Law Firm are ready to apply knowledge and skills developed through 30 years of experience along with zeal and dedication to your defense. Contact the law firm to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

Our lead attorney has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year every year since 2004 in the Chico News and Review.

You may have been charged with possession of a pharmaceutical product that you did not have a prescription for — or for trafficking when you allegedly distributed drugs such as the following:

  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Dilaudid

Anna Nicole Smith, a deceased celebrity, allegedly possessed thousands of pills, narcotics, before her death by overdose. Her boyfriend and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, 41, and doctors Sandeep Kapoor, 42, and Khristine Eroshevich, 62, were charged with multiple felonies in connection with providing drugs or assisting her in obtaining prescription narcotics.

While your prescription drug possession or trafficking charges may be less dramatic, you could be on a path potentially leading to prison and a criminal record. Seek the best criminal defense attorney you can find — one who will tenaciously defend you through all phases and aspects of the criminal justice system.

Our criminal defense team works together to review evidence that can help protect our clients’ freedom and futures after a prescription drug-related arrest. This may include reviewing police actions leading up the arrest and working with professional investigators and experts to verify the validity of the prosecutor’s case against you, the defendant in a prescription drug criminal case.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the briefe-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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CHICO PROPOSITION 215 DEFENSE LAWYER

If you were charged with a crime involving cultivation, growing, transportation or transfer* of marijuana in California, your charges may be dropped altogether if you can demonstrate that your actions fall within the scope of Proposition 215 which added 11362.5 to the California Health and Safety Code, as follows:
  • Exempts patients and defined caregivers from charges of possession or cultivation of marijuana recommended by a physician
  • Provides physicians who recommend use of marijuana for medical treatment area not to be punished or denied any right or privilege
  • Is not to supersede prohibitions of conduct endangering others or to condone diversion of marijuana

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

What Your Chico Proposition 215 Defense Attorney Can Do for You

The lead attorney at Rooney Law Firm has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year since 2010 in the Chico News and Review.

Your inquiry is welcome if you have been charged with a marijuana crime in California. If your criminal defense lawyer is able to demonstrate at your preliminary hearing that your activities fall within these descriptions, your marijuana-related criminal charges may be dismissed. Proof may include evidence of proper authorization from a licensed California physician.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our criminal defense team will work together to ensure that nothing gets overlooked with your marijuana crime case when Proposition 215 is your defense. If our law firm represents you, at least two attorneys will review all facts and evidence. We may bring forward testimony of professional investigators and experts as necessary to challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the briefe-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

*Note: It is never legal to sell marijuana at a profit, even when it is used for medicinal purposes. A supplier can only recoup costs.

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CHICO MARIJUANA COOPERATIVE DEFENSE LAWYER

Were you charged with selling marijuana in California? Contact an aggressive, accomplished criminal defense attorney who has ample experience defending people against these charges.

California’s Proposition 215 (the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996) exempts patients and their “primary caregivers” from criminal prosecution under state law on the basis of possession and cultivation of marijuana, but does not exempt people from criminal charges based on sale and distribution to others.

Therefore, many medical marijuana growers form cooperatives or collectives as defined by Senate Bill 420 (Health & Safety Code 11362.7-8) that provide a legal way for members to distribute and sell medical marijuana on a nonprofit basis to members. A vigorous defense of those charged with crimes of distribution of marijuana will demonstrate that the parties were engaged in growth of the drug in a cooperative agreement and were not making a profit, but “recouping costs.”

Defendants are well-advised to seek representation by a well-respected criminal defense lawyer who has helped other defendants in similar medicinal marijuana cases obtain favorable outcomes, including dismissal of charges, reduction of charges and reduction of penalties for those convicted.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

The lead attorney of Rooney Law Firm has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year every year since 2010 by the Chico News and Review.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

The Chico marijuana cooperative defense attorneys of Rooney Law Firm are prepared to work together to review evidence, work with professional investigators and experts, and challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court after you have been charged with marijuana sales and trafficking.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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CHICO PRIMARY CAREGIVER DEFENSE LAWYER

Were you charged with distribution of marijuana in California when, in fact, you believe you were operating as a caregiver, within the scope of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop. 215)? Or do you have reason to believe that you will soon be charged? Early intervention by an experienced medical marijuana defense attorney may prevent charges from ever being filed. If charges have already been filed, a vigorous defense may result in a deferred entry of judgment for a number of months — and ultimately, dropping of charges with presentation of a persuasive defense.

You may have been acting as a caregiver for a patient receiving medical marijuana if you can show that you were consistently attending to patients’ needs while providing marijuana for their personal use. You are advised to seek representation from a Chico primary caregiver defense attorney with ample experience handling similar cases, often resulting in favorable outcomes.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

The lead attorney of Rooney Law Firm has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year every year since 2010 by the Chico News and Review.

Our Approach and Resources Deliver a Vigorous Defense for Primary Caregivers

Our criminal defense team at Rooney Law Firm is ready to review all of the evidence and facts in your medical marijuana case and prepare to challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

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Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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CHICO DRUG TRAFFICKING ATTORNEY

Many clients of Rooney Law Firm have sought our representation and counsel after being charged with illegal sales of prescription drugs as well as with distribution of illegal “street” drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. As in any criminal defense case, the prosecutor must prove that a defendant is guilty as charged. Often, we are able to demonstrate that it cannot be proved that our client’s possession of a drug — whether a prescription narcotic or another type of controlled substance — was intended for distribution to others.

Prosecutors sometimes attempt to use quantity as evidence that a defendant was planning to sell or otherwise distribute drugs to buyers. Or they cite as evidence the fact that a defendant had scales and plastic bags in his or her possession. Our defense lawyers, however, have challenged such allegations in many cases on the premise that the possessor had other motives for possession of scales and plastic bags in connection with personal use.

You may be eligible for dismissal of your California drug trafficking charges through participation in the deferred entry of judgment program after a first offense. If you fail to defend yourself, however, you could end up with a prison sentence and a criminal record. Your future and your freedom should not be left to chance. Contact a criminal defense lawyer with the reputation and track record of results that will give you confidence that your constitutional rights are being protected at every step.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

The lead attorney of Rooney Law Firm has been named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year every year since 2010 by the Chico News and Review.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our Chico drug trafficking lawyers review all evidence connected with our clients’ cases. We may work with professional investigators and experts, such as toxicologists, to challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OVERVIEW

Northern California Marijuana Cultivation Defense Lawyer

Since the passage of Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act) in 1996, California marijuana laws have been continuously debated and challenged, resulting in uncertainty about what is legal, what laws can be enforced in various jurisdictions and the best ways to stay clear of criminal charges that can have very serious consequences.

Today, the intersection of federal laws prohibiting cultivation of marijuana with California state lawsand ordinances passed by individual California cities and counties (including Chico and Butte County) continues to create a serious quandary for people who want to fully understand their rights and avoid arrest and prosecution.

Arrested on a Marijuana Charge? Need Guidance to Comply With Current Marijuana Cultivation Laws?

In addition to delivering skilled criminal defense, attorneys at the Rooney Law Firm advise people how to be safe and legal with their marijuana gardens and grow operations. We are dedicated to staying up-to-date on specific county ordinances and policies on marijuana grow prosecution, enabling our clients to avoid raids, arrests, crop destruction, property seizures and other harsh consequences.

Our approach at the Rooney Law Firm is hands-on and proactive, as evidenced by our experience leading district attorneys and law enforcement personnel on tours of our clients’ grow operations. We provide:

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

Turn to a Dedicated Team of Lawyers for Protection of Your Marijuana Rights

We have helped many medical marijuana patients, primary caregivers and others involved with legal marijuana cultivation obtain dismissals, acquittals, reduced charges and manageable consequences. In many other situations, we have worked proactively to help marijuana growers protect their rights and gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are in compliance.

Led by a seven-time Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year as recognized in the Consumer Business Review section of the Chico News and Review, our firm can put extensive knowledge and resources to work for you. Whatever your current problem or concerns about marijuana cultivation in California, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation.

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Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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HOW MUCH MARIJUANA IS LEGAL TO GROW IN CALIFORNIA?

Chico, California, Attorney and Adviser for Marijuana Growers

Medical cannabis patients and caregivers are often uncertain about their cultivation rights. If you want to do all you can to verify that your grow is legal where you live — or if you have run into problems with law enforcement and need skilled, determined criminal defense in state or federal court, contact us at the Rooney Law Firm.

Legal Marijuana Growth Amounts Vary by City and County

While the text of Proposition 215 is extensive, and its passage has been followed by other bills and much debate, there is currently no state law that universally answers the question, “How much is legal?”

California Senate Bill 420, signed into law in 2003, set default limits of six mature plants or 12 immature plants per patient, and a limit of eight ounces of dried marijuana, but allowed for variation by local governments. Those default limits have since been challenged and ruled unconstitutional, but no one should interpret this as an elimination of grow limits or permission to “grow as much pot as you can.” Doing so can result in felony marijuana cultivation charges.

Provided a personal or cooperative grow operation does not violate other aspects of the law, whether it is legal likely depends on specific ordinances passed by individual California counties and cities — such as “Chapter 34A” in Butte County, where our law offices are located. Such ordinances vary widely and cover issues such as:

  • Specific quantity, weight, height and other limits governing plants, processed marijuana, seedlings and cannabis in other forms
  • Whether outdoor cultivation is legal at all, how large plots can be and where they can be located
  • Security, lighting, visibility and other requirements for grow operations

Helping Growers Stay Legal and Safe, Avoiding Raids, Arrests and Other Harsh Consequences

We are dedicated to staying up-to-date on specific county ordinances and policies on marijuana grow prosecution, enabling our clients to avoid raids, arrests, crop destruction, property seizures, possible jail time and other harsh consequences.

Wherever you live in Northern California or statewide, our lawyers are prepared to consult with you on which laws apply to your grow operation and how best to ensure compliance. Call or e-mail our law firm now to schedule a consultation or get proven legal help if you have been arrested or come under investigation.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA & DOCTOR PRESCRIPTIONS

Chico, California, Attorney for Medical Marijuana Users and Growers

The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, passed on the ballot as Proposition 215, led to the addition of certain protections for medical cannabis patients and caregivers to the California Health and Safety Code. Generally, these protections exempted authorized patients and caregivers from criminal charges for marijuana possession and cultivation and also prohibited punishment or persecution of physicians who recommend cannabis for medical purposes.

As with other aspects of California marijuana law, uncertainty and misinformation surround the issue of what a patient actually needs to avoid prosecution for marijuana cultivation or possession. Common, important questions include:

  • Do you need a prescription, a letter, a card or something else?
  • How can you determine whether you have a legal recommendation from a physician authorized to provide them?
  • How can you ensure your marijuana grow falls within the limits that apply in your specific California city or county?

By the letter of the law, you need a “recommendation” from a physician, rather than a script like you would get for a pharmaceutical medication, and this recommendation must document the medical condition being treated. However, many people who believe they have what is necessary run into problems with law enforcement over legal grow amounts and other issues.

We Provide Drug Crime Defense and Medical Marijuana Doctor’s “Script” Advice

At the Rooney Law Firm in Chico, we are well equipped to defend medical marijuana patients as well as caregivers and physicians accused of violating the law. We also provide counsel to individuals and cooperatives that want to stay compliant and proactively avoid arrest or prosecution for marijuana crimes.

Simply stated, having a doctor’s recommendation, “prescription” or “script” for marijuana does not make you legal. Doctors do not make the law, often do not know the law, and cannot defend you if allegations arise. We are dedicated to staying up to date on specific county ordinances and policies on marijuana grow prosecution, enabling our clients to avoid raids, arrests, crop destruction, property seizures and other harsh consequences.

Getting the Right Results and Real Protection Starts With Choosing the Right Legal Team

Please note that our law firm handles both state and federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

You can turn to our lawyers with questions about legal grow amounts, operation of your cooperative, and other marijuana issues — or for skilled, resourceful defense against any marijuana charge. To schedule a free consultation at our firm, led by a seven-time Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year as recognized in the Consumer Business Review section of the Chico News and Review, call (800) TKO-4-LAW or send us e-mail anytime.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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WHAT ARE CA LAWS FOR MARIJUANA GROWING?

Chico, California, Marijuana Cultivation Defense Lawyer

Throughout Northern California and statewide, federal, county and some local law enforcement authorities frequently conduct marijuana “sweeps” and arrest growers who believe their activities are in compliance with the law.

Unfortunately, having a doctor recommendation for medical cannabis use as described in the Compassionate Use Act and staying within grow limits and other local guidelines is not always sufficient protection against an arrest on felony marijuana charges such as marijuana cultivation, possession, sale or intent to distribute.

Arrested for Cultivation? Need Counsel on Compliance With California Marijuana Growth Laws?

In some cases, cultivation arrests are made by federal law enforcement and prosecuted under federal laws. In others, county sheriffs target growers and file state-level charges based on allegations such as:

  • Exceeding legal grow amounts
  • Violating other aspects of specific county and city ordinances and marijuana growth laws, some of which forbid outdoor grows altogether or contain very specific restrictions on plant height, location and other matters
  • Growing marijuana for illegal distribution or selling pot at a profit (rather than at a price that simply recoups costs), which is not protected by any state or local laws

Our legal team includes numerous attorneys, a full-time investigator and experienced paralegals to ensure all aspects of your case are examined thoroughly. We will offer legal advice and representation specific to your California county, city or town.

Decades of Successful Marijuana Crime Defense Experience

Applying decades of experience, our attorneys offer comprehensive defense against all marijuana charges. We will go the distance in the effort to help you avoid conviction, jail and other harsh consequences by proving you had a legal physician’s recommendation, did not exceed grow limits, and did not violate other laws.

Please note that our law firm handles federal marijuana-related criminal defense cases. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in any federal court.

We have obtained many case dismissals, acquittals and reductions in charges for our valued clients. We have also helped many legal marijuana growers work proactively and effectively with local law enforcement to avoid raids, arrests and seizure of their crops and cash.

Getting the Right Results Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney Team

At the Rooney Law Firm, we stay current on changes in marijuana laws throughout California and have the skills and resources to help you. To discuss your defense against marijuana charges or the legality of your marijuana grow with a caring, knowledgeable lawyer, call (800) TKO-4-LAW or send us e-mail anytime.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA
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Domestic Violence

CHICO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYERS

California Domestic Violence Attorneys

Have you been accused of domestic violence? Do you feel like:

  • The police decided that you were guilty before they even arrived?
  • You were the victim and you were only defending yourself?
  • You were innocent and the police arrested the wrong person?
  • You told the truth while the other person lied?

The Rooney Law Firm can help you. We will protect your rights. We are on your side.

Right Attorney = Right Results

For a free initial consultation with an experienced domestic violence lawyer, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience that we will bring to your domestic violence case. We are available to serve people in Chico and throughout California.

Getting to the truth in domestic violence cases can be a challenge. Our team knows how to dig for facts. We know how to review evidence and interview witnesses. We will put forth every effort to see that the truth comes to light. This dedication has allowed us to achieve a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials.

We know domestic violence cases. In his position as a public defender, our lead attorney was assigned to handle all felony domestic violence matters. We bring an attention to detail to these cases that we believe is critical to seeing that your rights are observed. We want to protect you from jail time, fines and all of the negative consequences of a conviction.

We can handle all aspects of spousal abuse and other domestic abuse cases, including protecting your rights in matters involving orders of protection, also known as restraining orders. We will strive to have your case dismissed or to seek alternative sentencing options to keep you out of jail. Our quest to meet the needs of our clients has earned our lead lawyer the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to schedule a free initial consultation with a domestic violence defense lawyer.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Assault & Violent Crimes

CHICO ASSAULT AND VIOLENT CRIME LAWYERS

California Violent Crime Defense Attorneys

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

Are you facing charges of assault or any other violent crime? The Rooney Law Firm is ready to design a defense for your case. We know that your future is in jeopardy. If convicted, you may face jail, large fines and a permanent criminal record. We also know how to protect your future against these consequences. Our lawyers know how to defend you against violent crime or assault charges.

For a free initial consultation with a trusted criminal defense lawyer, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

The team at the Rooney Law Firm is here for you. We bring more than 30 years of experience to every case we handle. That experience is available to help people facing a violent crime or assault charge in Chico or anywhere else in California. Our reputation for results has earned our lead lawyer the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

We are available to protect and assert your constitutional rights against any violent crime charge throughout California, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Domestic violence
  • Homicide
  • Rape and sex offenses
  • Abduction/kidnapping
  • Fighting
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Armed robbery, home invasion

We will work hard to see that you avoid jail. That hard work entails pursuing every possible option to construct a legal defense that is dedicated to protecting your rights, either through skilled plea bargaining or aggressive trial representation. This level of dedication has allowed us to get many assault charge and violent crime cases dismissed.

You can be certain that the prosecution will put forth every effort to see that you are found guilty. You have the right to an attorney who will put forth the same level of effort to see that you get through this with your reputation and your future intact. That is exactly what we will do for you.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW to schedule a free initial consultation to find out how we can put our skill, knowledge and experience to work for you.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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WHY YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU PROVE SELF-DEFENSE

Experienced Northern California Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with a crime such as assault, battery or domestic violence, your future may well depend on your defense attorney’s ability to prove you acted in self-defense. At the Rooney Law Firm, you can work with proven, resourceful attorneys with extensive experience building powerful defense cases and delivering clear, compelling jury instructions in cases that go all the way to trial.

Applying decades of experience proving self-defense in criminal hearings and trials across California, our respected attorneys are dedicated to finding the best way to help you avoid jail and other life-changing consequences of a criminal conviction.

Adept at Telling Your Side of the Story and Creating Reasonable Doubt

We know that many arrests for violent offenses are made based on only one side of the story or a police officer’s quick conclusions, and we will hear you out on what happened, investigate thoroughly and build the strongest possible case for you.

As part of an all-out effort to get positive results for each client, at least two attorneys and multiple staff members review every case we handle. We give every client a copy of the law enforcement report and perform further investigation as needed.

Self-defense and defense of another are “affirmative defenses” that require only reasonable doubt for jurors to acquit the accused. Deploying our own full-time investigators and highly qualified experts, we are adept at gathering, analyzing and presenting evidence showing that our client, for example:

  • Took action to protect himself or herself from bodily injury
  • Acted to prevent physical harm to someone else
  • Exercised reasonable force under the circumstances
  • Was threatened or provoked by an accuser motivated by a desire for revenge or to gain leverage in a child custody or other family law matter

Free Criminal Defense Consultation: Call (800) TKO-4-LAW

Your successful defense against a violent criminal charge may require bringing witness testimony, physical evidence and historical perspective to light. Your case may call for a lawyer who can vividly recreate the confrontation leading to your arrest. These and other capabilities are the assets that have led to our firm’s 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials.

Your freedom, future and many privileges are on the line if you have been charged with a violent offense in the Chico area or elsewhere in California. For a free consultation to discuss self-defense and other defense strategies that may be relevant in your case, contact us at the Rooney Law Firm now.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA
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Sex Offenses

CHICO SEX OFFENSE ATTORNEYS

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

If you have been accused of any sex crime, your future is at risk. With recent media attention and sex registration requirements, there is a tremendous social stigma attached to sex crimes. All too often, the accused is seen as being guilty even before the case begins. This is a lot of weight to carry. You do not have to carry it alone. The attorneys at the Rooney Law Firm know how to fight these charges. We know how to protect your rights and your future.

We can help you AVOID JAIL and sex registration requirements

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

We bring more than 30 years of experience to every case we handle. Our commitment to defending the rights of people in Chico and throughout California has earned us a record of success. At theRooney Law Firm, we have a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials.

California Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

We are available to defend against all sex crime charges, including:

  • Lewd and lascivious conduct
  • Sexual molestation
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Child molestation
  • Solicitation of a minor over the Internet
  • Child pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Statutory rape
  • Indecent exposure

In sex crimes, the opposition tends to focus its attention in the wrong direction. It will focus its attention on you, rather than on the crime. Our lawyers know how to divert the opposition’s gaze in the right direction. We know how to protect your rights and get you the justice you deserve.

Whether you have been charged with a sex crime or you have been led to believe that you will be charged, we can help. Early intervention by one of our skilled attorneys may allow us to find critical options to protect you from even having charges filed against you. This commitment to doing what is right for our clients has earned our lead attorney the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year every year since 2004 in the Chico News and Review.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a sex crime charge, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

 

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CHICO INTERNET SEX CHARGES ATTORNEY

The danger of being charged with Internet sex crimes has steadily increased through the years due to the prevalence of computers and other Internet-enabled personal electronic devices. If charged, you face serious repercussions if you do not contact an experienced attorney at the earliest possible moment. The state or federal government will immediately allocate resources and aggressively attempt to prove your guilt. It is our job to zealously defend you and protect your rights.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

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Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

  • Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

The main defense against Internet sex charges is preparation. We will carefully examine all of the factors that led to your charge in order to develop an effective defense. Clients trust our thorough understanding of the law and technical expertise. We will strive to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether to limit your exposure to the devastating consequences that might follow a conviction.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right California Defense Lawyer

Most individuals charged with possession of child pornography are concerned about the possibility of lifetime registration as a sex offender. In many situations, we have focused our defense strategy around the avoidance, termination or reduction of registration requirement. Trust our success rate, the experience of our Chico attorneys and our detailed knowledge of criminal defense tactics to guide you through this process. We will vigorously defend your rights and protect your freedom.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a dedicated sex crimes attorney. (800) 856-4529.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a sex crime charge, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

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DEFENDING AGAINST DATE RAPE CHARGES

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

If you have been accused of date rape, it is crucial to contact a skilled defense attorney as early as possible. Once we have accepted your case, we can begin to develop an effective case strategy that protects your rights and minimizes your exposure to consequences.

Date Rape Lawyer in Chico

At Rooney Law Firm, our lawyers have more than 30 combined years of experience defending clients from date rape charges. Most often, accusations of sexual assault or rape follow parties or dates. In a college town with many bars, sporting events and parties, alcohol is usually in abundance. This free-flowing alcohol can cause perceptions to be colored or reactions to be dulled. If you or your child has been charged with date rape, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can carefully examine all the facts in the situation and provide effective legal defense that protects you from the full force of the criminal justice system.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a dedicated date rape defense attorney. (800) 856-4529.

Unfortunately, date rape charges are usually the result of a misunderstanding. In some drastic situations, the allegations can result from feelings of anger or retribution. Whatever the situation, our Chico attorneys will vigorously defend you and ensure that your rights are protected.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a date rape charge in California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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SEX WITH A MINOR DEFENSE LAWYER

In California, statutory rape is typically defined as consensual sex with an individual who is under the age of 18 but over the age of 14. A conviction can mean severe consequences including jail time and potential registration as a sex offender. Contact our firm and discuss your situation through a confidential, no-cost consultation. We can provide legal advice on the best course of action for your defense.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

At Rooney Law Firm, our lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against statutory rape charges. Clients benefit from our detailed legal knowledge and the thorough preparation that goes into developing a defense strategy. We understand that a sex crimes conviction can disrupt nearly every aspect of your personal and professional life. Registry as a sex offender can have dramatic consequences on where you can live or work. It is our goal to vigorously defend you against these charges and minimize your exposure to these devastating consequences.

Underage Sex Crimes Charges in Chico

Even though it is of little consequence to law enforcement if the individual lied about his or her age, this information can go a long way in your defense. If this person introduced themselves and maintained that they were over 18, we might be able to develop an effective defense for you. If a reasonable individual would believe that person to be over the age of consent, our Chico attorneys can challenge the prosecutor’s case. Trust us to vigorously fight to protect your freedom.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation with a dedicated sex crimes attorney. (800) 856-4529.

For a free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a sex crimes charge, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

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NON-CONSENSUAL SEX ALLEGATIONS IN CHICO

If you have been accused of rape or sexual assault, a conviction can bring severe consequences including jail time and registration as a sex offender. An experienced attorney can carefully examine the facts of your situation and vigorously defend you against your charges in an effort to limit your exposure to these devastating consequences. Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

  • Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

Defending Non-Consensual Sex Charges

At Rooney Law Firm, our Chico lawyers have more than 30 combined years of experience defending clients from a wide range of charges. These charges can be difficult for a less-experienced attorney to defend as they typically revolve around “he-said, she-said” allegations. Most often, nonconsensual sex charges amount to a misinterpretation of signals or a disagreement about intentions. Our firm has a trusted procedure in place to fight these charges based on our experience in this specific practice area. Clients trust our experience and our knowledge of the law to develop an effective case strategy.

95 Percent Success Rate in Contested Criminal Trials

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, or you have questions about consensual vs. non-consensual sex, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. A conviction and registration as a sex offender might ultimately limit your options for education, employment and residence. Count on us to protect you through every stage of your legal process.

For a >free initial consultation about how we can protect you from a sex crime charge in California, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW or (800) 856-4529.

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YUBA CITY CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Society takes crimes involving child pornography very seriously. Producing, distributing or even possessing child pornography can result in a very long prison sentence. Even looking at images of underage children in sexual poses or sexual acts is considered a serious crime. Creating such images or transferring files to other people is even more serious.Were you charged with a child pornography crime after taking your computer into a computer repair facility — and a technician discovered illegal images on your hard drive? Or have you been contacted by law enforcement agents who are requesting to inspect your computer? Did your teenager expose himself or herself and you to criminal charges by creating such images and saving them to your desktop or laptop computer — or e-mailing or sending them to others via instant messages on a cell phone or computer?Whatever stage your Internet porn case is at right now — and whatever the explanation as to how and why you have been accused of a “kiddie porn” offense — your legal situation is urgent. Your actions in the near future could mean the difference between freedom and long-term incarceration. Even after release from prison, you could be required to register for life as a sex offender. Your name, face, address and charges would be posted on the Internet for public access. You would be restricted as to where you could live and could expect other negative repercussions such as difficulty finding housing or employment.

If Rooney Law Firm represents you after you have been charged or are under investigation for a child pornography crime, our defense strategy may include some of the following:

  • Input from a computer forensic specialist
  • Investigation as to whether you had control of your computer when the images were saved onto it
  • Determination of whether law enforcement agents used a proper search warrant
  • If charges cannot be refuted, pursuit of alternative resolutions other than prison and sex offender registration
  • Request for bail reduction
  • Negotiations with prosecutors — often including discussion of alternative or reduced charges

Prosecutors and district attorneys are busy and handle many cases every day. They do not have the time or incentive to review a case with a fine-tooth comb the way an attorney dedicated to your defense will do. Our Chico and Yuba City child pornography defense lawyers are committed to aggressive defense on behalf of our clients, no matter what the criminal charges are or how challenging the case may be.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our criminal defense team will work together to ensure that nothing gets overlooked with your defense. Here, at least two attorneys (including at least one lead attorney) will review all of the evidence and everything else connected with your case. Often, this will also involve working with professional investigators and experts, such as toxicologists, to sort through and challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

 

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DEFENDING AGAINST MOLESTATION CHARGES

Criminal charges of child molestation may be legitimate accusations of wrongdoing. Society holds that children should not be sexually exploited. In many cases, however, when we represent defendants in child molestation cases, we find other factors at work, such as the following:
  • Parents involved in child custody battles making false accusations against each other
  • Child witnesses whose testimony has been tainted by suggestive coaching by counselors or other adults
  • Child or adult witnesses who have exaggerated the facts in an attempt to get revenge or pursue some ulterior motive
  • Misunderstanding in adult-child interactions

Do not underestimate the risk to your freedom and your future if you are charged with child sexual abuse. You may believe or know that the incident in question was not what it has been construed to be by prosecutors, police or complaining witnesses (the child or adults who relay a child’s report of improper exposure, touching or fondling). You may feel that you have been framed or backed into a corner.

Fair or unfair, if you have reached the point of being called a child molester in a legal context, you need knowledgeable counsel and representation.

Our lead attorney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

You need to take action to fight negative outcomes of a sex crime conviction such as the following:

  • Jail or prison sentence
  • Fines, fees and other penalties
  • Sex offender registry
  • A lifelong criminal record

Contact an experienced Yuba City child molestation defense attorney through this website by calling e-mailing us through our Contact page.

Rooney Law Firm: We Have the Right Approach and Resources

Our Chico criminal defense team pledges to review all evidence connected with your case if we represent you. We are likely to collaborate with professional investigators and experts, such as child psychologists, to prepare to challenge the evidence the state plans to use against you in court.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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Property Crimes

CHICO PROPERTY CRIME ATTORNEYS

California Property Crime and Theft Charge Lawyers

If you have been accused of a property crime, we are a group of attorneys who takes pride in taking every possible step to get you results. When we say results, we mean dismissal or drastic reduction of the consequences that you face if convicted of a theft charge or other property crime. We are serious about protecting your rights and keeping you out of jail.

Strong Legal Knowledge – Responsive Client Service

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

With more than 30 years of experience on our side, the Rooney Law Firm knows how to stand up for your rights. We are available to put our experience to work for people in Chico and throughout California. Our dedication to the needs of our clients has earned our lead lawyer the title ofCriminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

Our team can defend you against all property crime and theft charges, including:

  • Arson
  • Burglary, robbery, and home invasion
  • Fraud (health care fraud, mortgage fraud, check fraud — or writing bad checks — forgery, bank fraud, credit card fraud, welfare)
  • Embezzlement
  • White collar crimes
  • Larceny
  • Trespass
  • Vandalism/destruction of property
  • Sale or possession of stolen property
  • Grand theft
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Identity theft

We have achieved a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. Our attorneys go into every single case with one goal in mind: to keep you out of jail. We have had countless property crime and theft charge cases dismissed before they have even gotten off the ground. We will work to do the same for you.

Our team will work to keep your record clean. We know how to seek out details that will strengthen your case. We know how to design a legal strategy to help us get results in skillful plea negotiations or in aggressive trial work.

We offer free initial consultations in property crime and theft charge cases. E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

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Violent Crimes

YUBA CITY VIOLENT CRIMES LAWYER

If you have been charged with a violent crime in or near Chico, you have done well to come to this website looking for legal help. The sooner you take action, the greater the opportunities will be to protect your freedom and your future after an assault arrest. Talk to an experienced, proven-effective Chico and Yuba City violent crimes attorney for best results. Contact Rooney Law Firm by calling   to schedule a consultation.

Our lead attorney was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Chico News and Review.

Your immediate concern after a criminal arrest is to stay out of jail and protect your good name. Even more important is the long-term concern that you could end up with a criminal record that would follow you for many years. It is worth your while to do what is necessary to pursue the most favorable outcome attainable in your violent crime case.

Were your criminal charges the result of misidentification, exaggeration, false accusations or self defense? Defense lawyers of Rooney Law Firm often find that our clients have been caught in a web of complicated circumstances before being charged with a violent crime or related charges, such as the following:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Homicide
  • Forcible rape
  • Arson
  • Weapons charges

Mitigating factors in a strong defense may include extenuating circumstances such as substance abuse, threats from another person or uncertain identification. Who actually pulled the trigger? Determining the answer to this question is not always straightforward. To protect your future after a violent crime arrest, entrust your defense to an experienced lawyer.

No two cases are alike, and no lawyer can predict the outcome of your defense with certainty. But it may be useful to know that Rooney Law Firm has helped many defendants in violent crime cases obtain results such as the following:

  • Charges dismissed
  • Charges reduced
  • No jail time
  • Bail reduced
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Acquittal at trial
  • No criminal record

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our criminal defense team is ready to review the evidence and evaluate your case. We may bring in professional investigators and experts, such as toxicologists, to help us challenge the state’s charges against you.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

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Criminal Record Sealing

CHICO RECORD SEALING LAWYERS & CASE DISMISSAL ATTORNEYS

California Criminal Record Sealing

A criminal or juvenile record can have a lasting impact. Long after a mistake was made, the record can linger on. It can make a difference in your employment options and educational opportunities, among other things. You may continually have to face the embarrassment of having to explain a youthful indiscretion or a moment’s lapse of judgment for years to come. The Rooney Law Firm can change that through the sealing and expungement of criminal records.

Right Attorney = Right Results

Never report your criminal record to your next employer.

E-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW for a free initial consultation about expungement and criminal record sealing.

With more than 30 years of experience on our side, the Rooney Law Firm can help you. Mr. Rooney has handled hundreds of expungement cases. We are available to help people in Chico and throughout California. The attention and care we put forth in helping our clients has earned our lead lawyer the title of Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 by the Chico News and Review. We will bring that same level of attention and care to helping you remove the embarrassment of a criminal record through expungement and record sealing.

For a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney about expungement and criminal record sealing, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Expungement & Case Dismissals

CHICO EXPUNGEMENTS AND CASE DISMISSALS

Expungement and record sealing is process where you request that the court set aside a criminal conviction or arrest record, so that you would not suffer any penalties or disabilities from the conviction. You are not legally bound to disclose an expunged conviction or arrest record to a future employer. However, there are three instances where you are required to reveal such records, regardless of whether it was expunged:

  • Applying for a state license
  • Contracting with state lottery
  • Running for public office

In these instances, an expunged conviction can be reported as such.

For a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney about expungement and criminal record sealing, e-mail us or call us toll-free at (800) TKO-4LAW.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Case Results

CASE RESULTS

PC§136.1(c)(1)-Intimidation of Witness and Victim, Strike Offense Not Guilty by Jury Verdict
Pc§187-Murder, Strike Offense No Jail/ No Prison
PC§664/207(a)-Attempted Kidnapping Dismissed
PC§236-False Imprisonment Dismissed
PC§245(a)(1)-Assault with Deadly Weapon Reduced to Misdemeanor with Credit for Time Served
PC§273.5-Domestic Violence Not Guilty by Jury Verdict
PC§273a(b)-Cruelty to Child by Inflicting Injury Dismissed
PC§273.6(a)-Violation of Court Order to Prevent Harassment Dismissed
PC§288(a)-Child Molestation,Strike Offense Dismissed
PC§422-Criminal Threats,Strike offense Dismissed
PC§664/422-Criminal Threats,with Weapon Dismissed
PC§459-Burglary, 1st Degree, Strikes, 3 Counts (Judges’ only time a sentence has been recalled in 9 years) Prison sentence RECALLED
PC§12021-ex-pelon in possession of Firearm, reduced to misdemeanor Credit for Time Served
CVC§14601.2(a)-Driving on Suspended or Revoked License for DUI (drugs or alcohol) Dismissed
CVC§23152(a)-Driving Under the Influence, alcohol and/or drugs Dismissed
CVC§23152(b)-Driving Under the Influence, BAC> .08% Dismissed
DMV, Administrative Per Se hearings, 2 cases in one day, Both Driver’s Licenses – Not Suspended or Revoked
H&S§11350-Possession of Designated Controlled Substance (Oxycontin) Dismissed
H&S§11352- Transportation, Sale, Giving Away of Controlled Substance Dismissed
H&S§11364-Possession of Injection of Smoking Device/Pipe for Controlled Substance Dismissed
H&S§11378-Possession for Sale Controlled substance, with Weapon Dismissed
H&S§11379.6-Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 2 prior prison terms for Labs Probation and a Program

 

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Criminal Appeals

CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL APPEALS

Many people think that once a judge hands down a criminal conviction and sentence they are out of options. In reality, that may not be the case. If you were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you may have the right to appeal your conviction. At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience protecting the rights of individuals in Chico and throughout California.

When Can a Criminal Conviction Be Appealed?

There are typically two basic grounds for an appeal. First, if the weight of the evidence does not support the verdict, there may be grounds for an appeal. Second, if an individual can demonstrate that an error was made at the trial level, the case may be appealed. However, the error must be significant enough that it affected the defendant’s rights. “Harmless” errors, or things that wouldn’t affect the outcome of the case, cannot be used as grounds for reversing the judgment of a lower court.

What Types of Criminal Cases Can Be Appealed?

Just because individuals do not like the outcomes of their cases, that does not automatically grant them permission to appeal the outcome. If an individual can prove that a significant error was made or that the evidence does not support the verdict, then a case can be appealed. Assuming the individual can prove one of those factors, he or she can appeal most convictions, including criminal cases involving:

  • Drunk driving
  • Gang-related crimes
  • Drug charges
  • Violent crimes
  • Sex offenses
  • Property crimes

The Right Attorney Can Get the Right Results

You only get one more chance to receive the outcome you need in your criminal case. The right lawyer can make the difference between getting your name cleared and having a criminal record. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Complete our online contact form or call to get started.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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Felony Defense

FELONY DEFENSE

Understanding the Purpose of the Preliminary Examination in a Felony Defense

In California, the preliminary examination happens at the beginning of the pretrial criminal court process. There are two goals to the hearing:

  • Determine whether there is enough probable cause to believe that a crime was committed
  • Determine whether there is also enough probable cause to believe that the defendant is the person who committed the crime

Because the preliminary hearing can determine whether the prosecutor will continue building a case against you, it’s critical to work with an experienced, aggressive lawyer to protect your rights from the beginning.

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience defending the rights of individuals in Chico and throughout California, which has resulted in a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. We have the experience and tenacity to protect your rights from the beginning.

Benefits of a Preliminary Hearing

One of the biggest benefits of the preliminary hearing is the opportunity for the accused individual to present an affirmative defense. For example, if you are facing charges for marijuana possession, your attorney may argue that you were using medical marijuana.

If you are facing assault charges, your lawyer may present evidence that you were acting in self defense. If you were arrested on suspicion of prescription drug charges, is there evidence that shows the police officer made an improper traffic stop?

Another benefit of the preliminary hearing is the opportunity for the judge to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor.

Any of this evidence could be used to show that there is not enough probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. Additionally, the evidence could be used to lower the charges you are facing.

Your Legal Defense Starts by Choosing the Right Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges, hiring an experienced attorney to provide a strong defense from the beginning is essential. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can be reached by emailor by calling .

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

 

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From our office in Chico, CA the Rooney Law Firm represents people in Yuba City, Butte County, Northern California and the entire state of California