Certified criminal law specialist for expertise with DUI defense and appeals in Santa Barbara, Ventura & the entire South Coast.
All of my education and experience has been constitutional criminal defense. I believe in protecting the innocent by providing zelous advocacy to all accused.
I've never been a cop or prosecutor. I've never arrested people or argued to send people to prison. I never had to work for the leviathan, and never wanted to. I've always represented the little guy--the defendant--against the enormous weight of the State. If you think you can work for the leviathan for 10 or 20 years arresting people and sending them to prison and then all of a sudden switch sides and effectively represent defendants like a seasoned defense lawyer, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
I was Valedictorian of my graduting class at law school. While in law school I interned with criminal attorneys for 3 years including a private firm and a public defender's office. I served as a public defender for Ventura County and Tulare County.
I regularly provide consultation to other criminal defense lawyers throughout California and trained public defenders and private lawyers on effectively defending clients accused of a DUI. I am qualified to administer standardized field sobriety tests after competing the IACP/NHTSA student course on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and understand their limitations.
With regard to appellate law, I have successfully written appeals for clients all throughout my time practicing law, and worked in the appellate division of the Ventura County Public Defender's Office. I am the attorney of record on multiple published opinions (addressing Second Amendment and Fourth Amendment law) and I am currently on the Appellate Panel for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Finally I have considerable experience pertaning to the intersection of mental health and criminal law. I represented clients detained at mental health hospitals, and defended them in LPS proceedings. I have also received special training to represent clients with mental illness in court and participated on the Ventura County Mental Health Board for over 2 years where I assisted the local behavioral health organizations in formulating and reforming programs and policies developed to assist individuals with mental illness.
When I'm not helping the innocent and wrongfully accused or helping my kids with homework I can be found sailing on the sea, shooting at the range, or brewing beer in my garage.
I am retained to represent clients throughout the South Coast of California but primarily work out of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Recognition||Ventura County Public Defender||2015|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year||Private Defenders of California||2014|
|Certificate of Commendation||Ventura County Mental Health Board||2013|
|Qualified to Administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests||La Pier & Associates||2013|
|Certified Specialist - Criminal Law||State Bar of California||2011|
|Mental Health Court Practitioner Certification||Ventura County Superior Court||2011|
|Certificate of Completion||NAMI Court Education Program on Mental Illness||2010|
|Juvenile Dependency Court Practitioner Certification||San Diego County Superior Court||2004|
|Valedictorian||Western Sierra Law School||2002|
|Founder||South Coast DUI Law Center||2015 - Present|
|Board Member||Ventura County Mental Health Board||2009 - 2011|
|Deputy Public Defender||Ventura County Public Defender||2008 - 2015|
|Deputy Public Defender||Tulare County Public Defender||2006 - 2008|
|lawyer||Kenneth N Hamilton Attorney at Law||2002 - 2006|
|Certified Law Student||San Diego County Public Defender||1999 - 2001|
|law clerk||Ross & Cotman||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles Superior Court Appellate Division Panel||Appellate Lawyer||2016 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||General Member||2015 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|US District Court for the Central District of California||Member||2005 - Present|
|US Tax Court||Member||2005 - Present|
|US District Court for the Southern District of California||Member||2004 - Present|
|US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit||Member||2004 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Admitted to Practice||2002 - Present|
|NORML Legal Committee||Member||2009 - 2014|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - 2006|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2003 - 2006|
|Ventura County Star||The trouble with detecting and proving marijuana DUI||2018|
|AVVO Legal Guides||DUI Arrest in Ventura County? You can Fight your Charge!||2016|
|AVVO Legal Guides||How do I Fix my Criminal Record when I was Convicted of a DUI or Other Crime in Ventura County?||2016|
|blog||When I am being investigated for a DUI in Ventura County, should I submit to a breath test?||2015|
|blog||Why should a DUI suspect voluntarily provide a cop with PC to make the arrest?||2015|
|Western Sierra Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Phoenix College||pursued Liberal Arts Degree||1996|
|Portland Community College||pursued Liberal Arts Degree||1995|
|Public Defender MCLE||Speeding but Staying in the Lanes: Effective DUI Representation without Waiving Time||2015|
|Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar||Challenging Seizure of Client's Blood, Breath and Urine Post-McNeely||2014|
|Ventura County Star||Defense attorneys say Ventura County DA's office misled them on malfunctioning breathalyzers||2011|
|Ventura County Public Defender||Strengthening Forensic Science||2011|
|Public Defender MCLE||Ten Issues to Address with the Jury in Every "Numbers" DUI Breath Case||2011|
|People v. PT||not guilty all sales charges, client got no jail and Prop. 36 probation|
|People v. AM||dismissed|
|People v. DE||Case dismissed two times. Client at home with wife and daughter.|
|People v. Burton||Appellate Court ruled in favor of the government.|
|People v. Liscotti||Court of Appeal decided case in favor of the government.|
|People v. WW||Case dismissed after 2 mistrials following 2 deadlocked juries|
|People v. TG||dismissal after court of appeal reversed trial court's decision denying suppression motion|
|People v. CN||not guilty|
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