I've had my own criminal defense practice for over 23 years and routinely appear all over the state. During that 23 years I have been fortunate to be associated with and trained by one of the premier CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW FIRMS in the Bay Area, NICHOLSON & NICHOLSON (Please see Nicholsonlaw.com) out of San Francisco for about 14 years and counting. I continue to work with that fine firm to this day and interface with the founding partner, SEAN NICHOLSON on an almost daily basis concerning pursuit of our respective client's interests.
I have practiced law in California for about 24 years and focus on the Bay Area. I live, breathe and exist to practice law in this wonderful democracy called the United States of America and of course (being a transplant from Massachusetts and Florida) absolutely LOVE driving around Northern California on a daily basis. From S.F. Bay to the Sierra Mountains, from Wine Country to the oceans, rivers and forests of California, this state has it all and I feel bessed to live here. I am very proud of our court system here in California and the rest of the United States which is the best in the world, a light around the globe for humanity and as F. LEE BAILEY says-gives us the greatest gift in the world-JUSTICE WITHOUT VIOLENCE.
Nowhere else in the world can hard work pay off so well towards your success; nowhere else is the OPPORTUNITY to succeed so widespread; nowhere else in the world is the justice system so open, accountable and subject to review by a determined lawyer than in the United States. This was set up by the Founding Fathers of our country more than 200 years ago in a blinding flash of creativity and practicality that will resonate forever in the affairs of men everywhere.
A determined private lawyer can visit and communicate with his client almost at any time in custody and most court proceedings are open to the public and transcribed word for word on the record. If you are innocent of charges or deserve a reduction due to circumstances then doing the RESPONSIBLE thing and retaining a private lawyer is a right thing to do. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU ARE ARRESTED and DON'T SPEAK TO THE POLICE AT ALL IF YOU HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. RETAIN A PRIVATE LAWYER AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO JAIL and LISTEN to your lawyer and DON'T MAKE ANY STATEMENTS OVER THE PHONE, DURING JAIL VISITS BY FRIENDS/ FAMILY OR TO JAIL PERSONEL OR OTHER INMATES. These statements can and will be used against you. The police are not your friends under these circumstances since their job requires them to try to gather incriminating evidence agaist YOU since YOU are no longer free-YOU are the ACCUSED.
Ideally, you should have a lawyer visit you IMMEDIATELY upon arrest to remind you of these things, focus you on your defense and to start gathering evidence and taking statements while the case is fresh.
If I can be contacted I will visit a client in JAIL as soon as possible 24 hours a day but I must be retained in full first and of course this is always subject to my schedule since it is not uncommon for good lawyers to work upwards of 18 hours per day for weeks on end if necessary. A lawyer being present immedaitely can also save you THOUSANDS on bail and secure release WITHOUT BAIL or for minimal BAIL. A good lawyer will immediately contact the D.A. involved in the case and point out all the reasons why the case should NOT BE FILED or the charges IMMEDIATELY REDUCED which will also lower the initial bail amount. If you are charged with other co-defendants a good lawyer should contact those other persons' lawyers to help "coodinate" the legal position between the cases rather than have all parties panic and start pointing fingers at the other parties in an attempt to exonerate themselves and thus sinking the legal case for all parties involved.
I majored in political science in college and have studied many aspects of the state, federal and global justice system. I focus my practice on the Bay Area but also appear routinely up and down the San Joaquin Valley in California from Glenn County south to Stanislaus County. I also routinely accept cases around Lake Tahoe and in Nevada where I often "associate" with Nevada Counsel. I will fly to the L.A. area and beyond if the case makes it worth it.
I reside in Solano County where I have been appointed to the Private Conflict Panel. This position gives my office "political capital" within the Solano County Court system and I know most of the judges personally. When the judges in Solano find a conflict in a case they often appoint my office to represent one of the parties.
Client's often retain my office when they are charged with serious crimes in rural locations or places where they feel they are treated unfairly by the local court system. I usually charge clients a flat fee so they know in advance how much the entire case will cost before I start. I have connections with the local D.A.'s so they all know and respect me, but I have a statewide power base so I am not subject to their influence or control.
Each county system is completely different. The trick is to know each county system inside and out so you can acheive the best result for your client. As Kenny Rogers says " know when to bluff, know when to fold, know when to run..." Often just the sight of an experienced silver-haired Bay Area attorney in their country courtoom will cause the DA to ask "what do you want to go away? ".
My practice is almost entirely criminal law at this point but I know a lot about real property, civil litigation, juvenile law, bankruptcy and family law /custody; as well appearing in other courts from Small Claims the to Federal Courts. I am admitted to all four of the District Courts in California, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Many criminal defense attorneys have never practiced any other type of law and thus have little practical expierence with the vast majority of litigation in California and beyond. I have also lived all over the United States which I believe gives me a broader perspective then those who have only lived in California.
My favorite lawyer is F. Lee Bailey and I actually attended the same Prep School as he did, Kimball Union Academy in Meridan New Hampshire. I like to travel, boat, fish, hunt and golf in that order. I like any activity (including the practice of law) which has to do with the water (lakes, ocean or rivers). I was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and grew up on Bass River there; I then lived on the beach in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico for many years and went to college in St. Petersburg, Florida. I currently live on the Napa River in Vallejo near Mare Island and am active in the Vallejo Yacht Club where I currently hold the office of Power Squadron Captain. I enjoy taking my 19 foot Boston Whaler Revenge, aptly named "The Son of a Son of a Sailor" out on the San Francisco Bay whenever possible. The ocean is in my blood and I love to take any case involving the Bay or ocean. My ancestor Ezra Weston out of Duxbury Massachusetts was one one the largest shipowners and builders in the world in the 1800's and my first name comes from the Bradford family and the Govenor Bradford line (first govenor of Massachusetts who came over on the Mayflower). My grandfather (Bradford Weston) was commadore of the Hignham Yacht Club and built by hand a 52 foot Ketch himself, aptly named after my grandmother, Zara. My father Bradford Weston, Jr. was an avid boater and was a C.B. in the Navy during WW II and first stationed in the Aleution Islands in Alaska and then later in Camp Parks in Pleasanton, California. He could sail and build a sailboat as well as my grandfather but instead chose a 16 foot Boston Whaler Montauk for me when I turned 10 which he promptly parked on our dock on Bass River in our front yard. He felt the upkeep of a sailboat took too much time away from actual boating time on the water so he was a big believer in Boston Whalers when they first came out. Both my grandfather and father loved the boating scene in Ft. Lauderdale Florida where we would go each winter as I was growing up as well as other great places in Florida like the Florida Keys and Sanibel Island.
I believe that I get along with my clients very well; I believe they like and respect me because I give them my cell phone number and I am easy to reach and talk with when I am not in court. If I am busy in court or with clients I ask that they just leave a message concerning their issue and I will return their calls as soon as I am available. My cell number is (916) 730-0348. I look foward to speaking with you. A review of my client's reviews will confirm the simple fact that I do a good job.
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I've worked as opposing counsel against Mr. Weston on a number of matters. He always obtained superior results for his clients, and as a "no nonsense" negotiator, he resolved his cases quickly and efficiently. Recommended.
Ryan Friedman Criminal defense Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Weston has vast experience handling all phases of criminal matters throughout all of Northern California. I have personal experience working with Mr. Weston for over 10 years and can attest to his professionalism.
Sean Nicholson Criminal defense Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client's Choice Review Star 2015||2015 AVVO Client's Choice Award||2015|
|Full membership rights||Vallejo Yacht Club||2011|
|Owner||WESTON LAW GROUP||1992 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|ABA, ATLA, Solano County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|People v. Graciano (Glenn County)||AQUITTED of ALL CHARGES after JURY TRIAL|
|Attempted Murder-People v. Johnny Lopez (Yolo County)||DISMISSED|
|People v. Billy Faga, et al (Vallejo-Solano County)||DISMISSED|
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|Kimball Union Quarterly||Prep School and survival in the Real World||2016|
|The Binnacle||The Son of a Son of a Sailor-a Lawyers Perspective||2011|
|Lincoln Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Eckerd College||Law||Other - Bachelors||1983|