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Dismissal & Defense


Dismissal & Defense Attorneys in Chico, California

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
  • 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

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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