I have always been dedicated to criminal defense. I have represented numerous people through the criminal justice system who were accused of offenses including catalytic converter theft, domestic violence, torture, police shootings, robbery, narcotics trafficking, and homicide. I have dedicated myself to studying the intricacies of California's STEP ACT and gang crimes. I have worked with some of the state's top experts in gang and organized crime allegations.
In addition to membership in the California State Bar and the California State Bar Criminal Law section, I am also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the California Public Defender's Association.
I studied both political science and psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and later at the University of San Diego, where I received by Bachelor of Arts degree. I focused my studies on argument, story-telling, cognitive psychology (which includes the study of unreliability of eye-witness testimony, the fallacies of light-bulb memories, the intricacies of memory, and perception.). I conducted the same independent research at Clark University, a private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, and at the University of San Diego, a Catholic University in San Diego, California, on jury behavior. Specifically, I studied the effect of race when jurors are deciding whether or not to impose the death penalty for felony murder. I studied the intricacies of DNA, civil rights, and philosophies behind race and society.
At McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, I focused on criminal law and graduated with a certificate in Criminal Law in May 2010. After interning with the Stanislaus County Public Defender's Office in my first year of law school, I became a certified law student and was able to take cases to trial. I interned at the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of California (2008-2009), the Stanislaus County Public Defender (2008-2010), the San Joaquin Public Defender (2009) and ultimately did my post-bar internship at the San Diego County Public Defender (2010).
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.