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Defense Analysis


Defense Analysis Lawyers in Chico, California

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:

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

  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

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

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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