I have over ten years of experience defending individuals whose lives the government is seeking to affect. Let me apply my experience and compassion to your case. Fighting the government can be an intimidating experience. Don’t let it be.
I began my career in court, with the San Diego County Alternate Public Defender’s Office. I practiced dependency law, representing parents when Child Protective Services sought to remove their children from the home. I spent nearly two years there, receiving a Director’s Award for achievement for his efforts. I argued a key issue at trial that was the basis for reversal by the appellate court in Cheryl P. v. Superior Court (San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency), 139 Cal.App.4th 87 (2006). Then, from 2006 to 2009, I worked for a prominent civil firm in Oakland, California defending contractors in construction defect litigation.
In 2009, I began my own practice, focusing on criminal defense, juvenile and immigration matters so I could get back to helping people. In 2010, I joined the Law Offices of Robert J. Beles, one of the premier criminal defense firms in the East Bay. I specialized in the overlap between California criminal laws and Federal immigration laws, appearing in both state criminal and federal immigration courts regularly.
In the Federal immigration courts, I routinely represent clients in bond and removal proceedings, often initiated after ICE holds were placed. I’ve successfully filed applications for asylum, cancellation of removal as well as family based petitions and U-Visas. I’ve obtained citizenship for clients, including some who were citizens but didn’t know it. I’ve successfully obtained green cards for the spouses of U.S. Citizens and their children. I’ve successfully petitioned for conditional residents to become permanent ones where there were allegations of marriage fraud.
In state criminal court, I regularly appear in both felony and misdemeanor matters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties involving DUI, license suspension, hit & run, drugs, theft, assault & battery, weapons violations, domestic violence, probation violations and sex crimes requiring lifetime registration. I’m also experienced in miscellaneous matters such as petitions to seal and destroy adult arrest records, asset forfeiture and expungements under Penal Code 1203.4.
I’ve won motions vacating the guilty pleas of non-citizens on the grounds that their criminal lawyer didn’t advise them of the disastrous immigration consequences. I was able to modify the sentences of other clients to prevent their deportation and keep families together. I’ve represented clients who had to remain out of custody or risk being deported successfully on numerous occasions.
I’m active in the Alameda County Bar Association’s Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP). I also regularly volunteer, pro bono, at the San Francisco Immigration Court, particularly on the detained calendar as there are no public defenders available to these individuals and there is a shortage of volunteers.
Half-hour consultations are provided at no charge. Contact me now!