At Thompson • Garcia Law, we draw on more than 65 years of experience defending the rights of California residents in criminal court, working in the Bay Area from Pleasanton to Dublin. No matter what you have been charged with, you are innocent until proven guilty. Our confident trial attorneys will create a formidable defense on your behalf to fight the unfair charges brought against you.
We are respected as one of the premier criminal defense firms in the region. Put our experience and skill to work on your case; call Thompson • Garcia Law at (510) 757-1878 or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your case today.
“This is the best of the best law firms in the Bay Area.”- Shirley T.
“This is the firm to retain if, you or a loved one finds themselves in trouble with the law!”- Linda C.
“I am very grateful for the help and support and would recommend this law firm to anybody.”- Tom K.
“The staff is amazing and was extremely patient with us and the troubles that came with our case.”- Maricela G.
“They saved me years of prison time by proving that I was falsely accused of a crime.”- Becky H.
Our practice represents clients charged with both state and federal misdemeanors and felonies. Some types of cases we represent include those involving:
- Drug violations (possession, marijuana cultivation, prescription drug offenses)
- Violent crimes (assault, murder, attempted murder)
- Domestic violence (spousal or child abuse accusations)
- DUI (lawful or unlawful stops, arrests, tests)
- White collar charges (embezzlement, identity theft, fraud)
- Sexual misconduct (rape, child pornography, molestation)
- Theft crimes (larceny, robbery, shoplifting, burglary)
- Juvenile crimes
DUI and Vehicular Homicide
One important type of criminal charge in California is DUI and, in unfortunate circumstances, DUI involving death. Recall that anyone who drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% may be charged with DUI in California. The BAC threshold is lowered for commercial drivers to .04% and for underage drivers (under 21 years old) to .01%.
Upon conviction, an individual could face a range of penalties depending on how many prior convictions they have (California DUI convictions count as priors for 10 years):
- 1st offense – up to 6 months in jail; $390-$1,000 in fines; 6 months of license suspension; up to 6 months or 12 months of ignition interlock device (IID) use with a restricted license
- 2nd offense – minimum of 96 hours in jail up to 1 year in jail; $390-$1,000 in fines; 2 years of license suspension; 1 year of IID use
- 3rd offense – at least 120 days in jail and up to 1 year in jail; $1,800 in fines; 3 years of license suspension; 2 years of IID use
When ordering a sentence, a judge may decide to impose increased or decreased penalties, depending on the presence of aggravating or mitigating factors. To learn more about what these factors might be, take a look at our DUI page for the specific sentencing guidelines.
Note that Penal Code 192(c), which addresses vehicular manslaughter, also penalizes vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Visit our page on Vehicular Homicide to learn more.
Sex Crimes in California
California law has several legal statutes in place addressing sex crimes in the state, such as rape and child molestation. For instance, California Penal Code 261 PC defines rape as non-consensual sexual intercourse with another person by means of force, threats of force, or fraud. Rape is a felony in California, and the crime is typically punishable by up to 8 years in state prison and/or felony probation. Under aggravating circumstances, a person could also face an additional 3-13 years in prison.
Most sex crimes like rape and certain child molestation will require convicted individuals to register as sex offenders for life. This could have detrimental consequences to your ability to re-integrate into society, but our attorneys at Thompson • Garcia Law have experience helping clients seek deregistration and avoid further penalties like deportation, as sex offenses are crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT) that could penalize non-citizen defendants’ chances at citizenship.
Pursuing Defense Strategies Others Shy Away From
Being charged with a crime is understandably a difficult time, as you may face social exile from your loved ones and your coworkers, and even certain attorneys. When others are no longer listening to your side, you can turn to us at Thompson • Garcia Law. Our experienced defense attorneys provide skilled advocacy for all types of crimes, and no case is too challenging for us. Our attorneys are equipped with over 65 years of combined experience and are confident in the courtroom. We will explore every possible avenue of defense available to you and pursue ambitious defenses that other attorneys may shy away from. We will step in to defend you, helping you to avoid or minimize sentences by building a case based on facts and evidence.
Contact Thompson • Garcia Law for Compassionate Legal Support
The criminal justice system is a tough one to face, especially when you are balancing overwhelming feelings of confusion and uncertainty. Our team at Thompson • Garcia Law, A Law Corporation is passionate about helping unfairly accused individuals in Dublin, CA, and we will use our 65+ years of experience to your benefit as we defend you confidently in court. We will stand beside you and your family as we combat the charges against you, and you can trust our top-quality Dublin, CA law firm to protect your constitutional rights in the face of legal issues.