Downtown San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

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Downtown San Diego is a fun, vibrant place with many different communities within its borders.  Downtown San Diego includes the famed Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Columbia, The Core District, Little Italy, Cortez Hill, Marina and the East Village.  Within these diverse neighborhoods, there is night life, shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions, Petco Park, and more.  The 5, 163 and 94 freeways connect Downtown San Diego to other parts of the city and county of San Diego.  Downtown San Diego is served by various trolley lines to other regions of San Diego, as well as bus lines operated by the San Diego Metropolitan transit system, and the Coaster, a rail line serving the North County.

With a population of roughly 30,000, Downtown San Diego is not the most populated region in San Diego.  Still, it serves as the business and cultural center of a major US City, and is home to a thriving tourism industry, entertainment and sporting events.  This means that a lot of people pass through Downtown San Diego on a daily (and nightly basis).  Downtown San Diego is served by the San Diego Police Department, and crimes are prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office (Felonies) and City Attorney's Office (Misdemeanors).  Criminal matters are heard at the Central Courthouse, located at 220 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego.  The California Highway Patrol also maintains a presence on the freeways serving Downtown San Diego and surrounding areas, accounting for a large percentage of San Diego's DUI arrests.

Downtown San Diego sees just about every crime on the books in California.  From DUI, public intoxication and disturbing the peace charges, stemming from nights out in the Gaslamp, to crack sales in the East Village, to retail theft in Horton Plaza, there is a broad range of criminal offenses in Downtown San Diego.  Among the most common offenses are: DUI, Domestic Violence, Public Intoxication, Unlicensed Driver, Disturbing the Peace, Drug Crimes, Theft Crimes, Violent Crimes, Weapons Charges, and Prostitution/Solicitation.  If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in San Diego, you can expect harsh prosecution with the potential for serious consequences.  Having an experienced, knowledgeable, passionate criminal defense attorney on your side is absolutely essential.

SOME EXAMPLES OF DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL CHARGES:
1.  Rick, a Pacific Beach resident works downtown in the banking industry.  After work, he and his co-workers and friends will frequently meet for happy hour and have a few drinks to unwind from the day.  One day rick leaves happy hour after having consumed three drinks, and gets in his car to drive home.  On his way home, he is stopped by the California Highway Patrol for speeding.  The officer smells alcohol on Rick's breath and asks him to step out of the vehicle.  Rick is asked a series of questions and then asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests.  After approximately 25 minutes, he is asked to blow into the PAS, a handheld breathalyzer used at the scene of DUI investigations.  Rick blows a .09 and is arrested.  At the station, Rick elects to provide a breath sample, and the breathalyzer result comes back at .11.  What happened is that Rick drank very close in time to his driving, and while driving, still had un-absorbed alcohol in his body.  This means that his BAC could very well have been lower at the time of driving than the legal limit, even though he tested above the legal limit later on.  Rick's San Diego DUI Lawyer presents the case to a jury, who find Rick not guilty.  Additionally, the attorney uses the argument at the DMV hearing to get Rick's administrative suspension set aside.

2.  Robert is waiting for the trolley in Downtown San Diego, when he is approached by two San Diego Police officers.  The officers claim that they observed Robert engage in a suspicious encounter with another individual and that the other individual was arrested for drug possession.  The police decide to search Robert and find several bags of marijuana and one bag of cocaine in Robert's pockets.  Robert is charged with possession of marijuana for sale (HS 11359) and possession of a controlled substance for sale (HS 11351).  He hires a San Diego Criminal Lawyer to help with his defense.  The lawyer files a motion to suppress the evidence on the grounds of an unlawful search.  On the day of the preliminary hearing, the government is unable to meet their burden to show that the search was lawful under the circumstances.  The bag of cocaine found on the suspected buyer did not match the bag of cocaine in Roberts pocket, calling into question the officer's claim to have observed a transaction.  The evidence is suppressed and Robert's case is thrown out.

3.  Gina is stopped by store security on her way out of a shop in Horton Plaza.  She is accused of taking $150 worth of merchandise.  Store security calls the police, who come and arrest Gina for shoplifting.  She is promptly released with a citation to appear in court on petty theft charges.  Gina is a first time offender and hires a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney to represent her.  Before the court date, Gina's attorney is able to work out a deal with the City Attorney's office for a diversion program that will allow Gina to avoid a conviction.  She will not do any jail time or have to be on probation.  She must attend a one day anti-theft class and stay out of trouble for six months.  If she does that, the case will be dismissed.

We Represent Californians Charged With All of the Following Offenses:
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DRUG CRIMES,DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE,DUI WITH PRIOR, MARIJUANA / MEDICAL MARIJUANA, HOMICIDE, SEX CRIMES, FEDERAL CRIME, WHITE COLLAR CRIME, DRUG DUI, APPEALS, JUVENILE OFFENSES, PUBLIC INTOXICATION/UNDER THE INFLUENCE, ATTEMPTED MURDER, HIT & RUN, GANG OFFENSES,DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THEFT CRIMES, CARJACKING / AUTO THEFT, PROSTITUTION / SOLICITATION, WEAPONS OFFENSES,VIOLENT CRIMES, FELONY DUI, WATSON MURDER, VANDALISM, UNLICENSED DRIVER, TRAFFIC TICKETS, EXPUNGEMENT, DISTURBING THE PEACE, PROBATION VIOLATIONS, DMV HEARINGS

If you or a loved one has been arrested, charged with a crime or may be under investigation for a crime in San Diego, contact us now for a Free Consultation with a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney.  619-930-9515.

Nicholas M. Loncar, Esq.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
San Diego DUI Lawyer
www.iDefendSanDiego.com
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By Nicholas Loncar       
 


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