I have extensive experience in the criminal justice field having been a prosecutor,... more
I have extensive experience in the criminal justice field having been a prosecutor, a public defender in the Federal and State court systems, a Judge and a private criminal defense practitioner. I have handled a wide variety of felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases. My current practice is limited to criminal law cases with an emphasis on the defense of those accused of drunk driving (driving un... view profile
John W. Thornton has been defending those accused of crime in Santa Cruz for over... more
John W. Thornton has been defending those accused of crime in Santa Cruz for over twenty years. Upon graduation from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1990, Mr. Thornton was hired as an attorney at at the biggest criminal defense firm in Santa Cruz County. Prior to graduation, Mr. Thornton had worked as both a defense investigator and law clerk for the same firm, Biggam, Christensen, and ... view profile
Since 1985, I have been representing individuals accused of crime fighting the... more
Since 1985, I have been representing individuals accused of crime fighting the government for the best possible result for each and every individual client. We're small; we're dedicated to individual freedoms. Call us if you have a problem. We can help.
John Coniglio grew up in Monterey and is the only true local DUI defense lawyer in... more
John Coniglio grew up in Monterey and is the only true local DUI defense lawyer in Monterey and on the central coast. John married a girl from Aptos and is raising his family here on the central coast. John Coniglio has been referred to as the best DUI defense lawyer at any price by a now retired Monterey County Prosecutor. One of the local judges refers to Mr. Coniglio as the local Dean ... view profile
My practice concentrates on all Driving Under the Influence cases that occur in... more
My practice concentrates on all Driving Under the Influence cases that occur in Monterey and Santa Cruz County. After handling a case load of 200 cases as a Deputy Public Defender, at one time, I decided to open a law practice that focuses on the individuals goals and concerns. Driving Under the Influence cases are unique, and are decided on a case by case analysis. If you need a FREE CONSULTAT... view profile
Besides being a legal nerd (I've been full time in the law since 1989, when I... more
Besides being a legal nerd (I've been full time in the law since 1989, when I decided it is what I loved) and read just about everything out there, I've also recently become a father...to a great puppy (you'll see him in my office under my desk if you ever stop by - one of the benefits of owning your own firm). I get asked, because of my background, what are my favorite areas of the law and th... view profile
Mary-Margaret Bierbaum has been in Private Practice since 1990 and established her... more
Mary-Margaret Bierbaum has been in Private Practice since 1990 and established her own firm in February 1992. Prior to that, she worked with the Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Benito District Attorneys' Offices as an Assistant DA, 1983-1990. Ms. Bierbaum has personally handled over 50 Jury Trials, numerous Court trials (to a Judge) as well as various and sundry Preliminary Hearings (Felonie... view profile
If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). Depending on the state, the specific crime is also called DWI (driving while intoxicated), OUI (operating under the influence), or OWI (operating while intoxicated). A DUI conviction has serious consequences (for example, losing your driving privileges); but an experienced DUI attorney can often get the charges dropped or reduced, or may be able to negotiate lesser penalties depending on your circumstances and your past history.
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