When people learn that I am a criminal defense attorney, the question that I usually get is: "How can you defend criminals?" My answer to this question has evolved over time. At first, it used to irritate me. With time, I realized that the problem isn't the question, but rather the misunderstanding that underlies it: That being accused of a crime makes you a criminal, or at minimum, a bad person.
I represent people who make mistakes. My job is to protect those people from making more mistakes and also to protect them against the mistakes that the government will inevitably make when prosecuting them. It is my job to hold the government and prosecuting agencies accountable. The Constitution says we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty and that we all enjoy certain important rights. I make sure those rights are respected.
I have successfully represented individuals accused of misdemeanors and felonies, including DUI, drug crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes, domestic violence, and more. Though I practice primarily in Orange County, I have successfully defended individuals in courts all over Southern California. When you come into my law office, what you see is what you get: a young, aggressive attorney who is honest and will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome given your circumstances.
I am usually in court every single day. On days that I am not in court, you will find me in my office – jeans, T-shirt, and Vans – researching and dissecting client cases. I have learned over the years that clients see past the suit and tie; clients look for someone they can relate to on some basic level; someone that can understand and address their issues. That's exactly what I do. Clients like the fact that I am easy to reach. You can reach me 24 hrs a day by cell phone, text, email, fax, facebook, etc.
I am Trojan (yes, I will represent you even if you are a Bruin). I obtained my B.A. from USC and my law degree from Whittier Law School. I passed the bar exam on my first try while planning a tour for my rock band and winning a championship with my soccer team. I have two beautiful daughters – Alissa and Melissa. They are natural born musicians – like their father.