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J David Markham Attorney at Law

Put My Experience To Work For You
Local Lake County Attorney J.David Markham

J David Markham Attorney at LawYou should not have to face this difficult time alone. I will stand by your side every step of the way to provide
the highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation you deserve. I take time to listen to my clients, understand their objectives and put legal measures in place with their needs in mind.
If you are faced with a legal matter that will significantly impact your rights and your future, the attorney you choose is important. You want an attorney with the experience to vigorously protect your rights and the dedication to give your legal matter the time and attention it requires.

I am attorney J. David Markham, and you can rely on me for the quality legal representation you require. I am a skilled trial lawyer and negotiator who will protect your rights. My areas of practice include:

  • Criminal defense
  • Family law
  • Personal injury

I offer a free consultation to discuss your case. To schedule your consultation, contact my law office in Lakeport, California.

Experienced Representation

I bring a unique perspective to each case. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills.
Cost-Efficiency
My objective in each case is to obtain the best possible result for my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. I understand that legal costs are a concern for many of my clients.
I handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to me unless I obtain compensation for you. I handle criminal law cases on a flat fee basis. If I am representing you in a family law matter, I will spend your money as if I were spending my own money. I do not unnecessarily drag out cases to generate additional fees. I focus my efforts on matters that will move your case forward and protect your rights.

Personal Service

You should not have to face this difficult time alone. I will stand by your side every step of the way to provide the highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation you deserve. I take time to listen to my clients, understand their objective and put legal measures in place with their needs in mind.
Throughout your case, I will be responsive to your needs and concerns. I will take time to listen to you, understand the facts of your case, return your calls promptly and keep you informed about the status of your case. As a client of my firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side.
Contact A Lake County Divorce, Criminal Law And Personal Injury Lawyer
From my office in Lakeport, I represent clients throughout Lake County and Mendocino County. To schedule a free consultation with a Lakeport lawyer, contact my law office at 877-279-5170 or contact me by email.

Lakeport, California, Law Firm

My Commitment To You

If you are facing a difficult legal matter that may significantly impact your future, choosing the right attorney is your first step to securing the protection of your rights. I am attorney J. David Markham, and you can rely on me to protect your rights.
I am committed to making a positive difference in the lives of my clients. As a criminal law, family law and personal injury lawyer, I work daily on behalf of people who are often facing some of the most difficult times of their lives.
I understand that the work I do often has a profound impact on the lives of my clients and their families. When I choose to take a case, I do so with an understanding of what is at stake and with a deep sense of commitment to the client I serve.

Put My Experience To Work For You

I have more than a decade of legal experience. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I am a former prosecutor and former insurance defense lawyer. I have considerable trial experience, including almost 50 jury trials.

Put A Strong Advocate On Your Side

Whether you have been arrested, face the prospect of divorce or you have been injured in an accident, you can rely on me to provide the strong advocacy you require:

Criminal defense: I believe strongly that every person who is accused of a crime has a right to a zealous defense. I am committed to protecting your freedom, your record and your rights.
Family law: I am committed to protecting your parental rights and financial security. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have the trial experience and strong negotiation skills to protect your rights.
Personal injury: As a former insurance defense lawyer, I have a unique insight into the insurance claims process. I know how insurance companies value claims and the strategies they use to deny liability and minimize compensation that accident victims receive. I vigorously pursue maximum compensation on behalf of each client I serve.
You do not have to face this difficult time alone. Let my put my experience and knowledge of the law to work for you.
Contact A Lake County Divorce, Criminal Law And Personal Injury Lawyer
From my office in Lakeport, I represent clients throughout Lake County and Mendocino County. To schedule a free consultation with a Lakeport lawyer, contact my law office at 877-279-5170 or contact me by email.
* Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Attorney Profile

Experience That Makes A Difference
I am attorney J. David Markham. If you are facing criminal charges, a divorce or family law matter, or you have been injured due to the negligence of another, I encourage you to contact me at my law office in Lakeport, California.
As a client of my firm, you can be confident that your legal matter will be handled with a high degree of competence and care. I place a strong emphasis on results, service and cost-efficiency.
I have more than a decade of legal experience. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills.
If retained as your counsel, I will work diligently to provide the quality legal representation and superior service you deserve. To learn more about my experience and credentials, view my attorney profile below.
J. David Markham

Contact A Lake County Divorce, Criminal Law And Personal Injury Lawyer
From my office in Lakeport, I represent clients throughout Lake County and Mendocino County. To schedule a free consultation with a Lakeport lawyer, contact my law office at 877-279-5170 or contact me by email.
* Certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Criminal-Defense Practice Areas

  • Theft
  • Burglary and Robbery
  • Weapons and Firearms
  • Crimes Against the Elderly
  • Expungements and Sealing Records
  • Illegal Search and Seizures
  • What To Expect If You Are Charged With A Crime
  • Examples of How I Defend Criminal Cases
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Defense Attorney
  • Sex Crimes
  • Rape and Statutory Rape
  • Child Molestation
  • Drug Crimes
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Meth Possession and Sales
  • Violent Crimes
  • Domestic Violence and Criminal Threats
  • DUI
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Family Law Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Parental Relocation
  • Property Division
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Modifications of Court Orders
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Personal Injury Practice Areas
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Car Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

Theft

Defense Against Charges of Stealing

Have you been charged with grand theft related to accusations of stealing from another person? Perhaps you were accused of stealing from a parent, grandparent or other loved one. No matter what the situation, you are facing serious criminal charges. This is considered theft, and you could face misdemeanor or felony charges. Fight them.
I am attorney J. David Markham. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. As a Lakeport grand theft attorney and certified criminal law specialist, I have the experience to get results in cases involving grand theft charges. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation.

Grand Theft and Embezzlement Charges
Allegations of financial abuse that result in grand theft or embezzlement charges can come in many forms. Sometimes, the allegations are simple: You were accused of taking money from another person’s wallet. In other cases, the allegations are much more complex, involving coercion or diverting money from another person’s bank account into your own.
No matter how challenging a case may seem, I know how to handle it. I do not limit myself to the traditional paths taken by criminal defense lawyers. I am willing to consider one-of-a-kind approaches to cases that involve new and unique challenges. I will find a way to get results.

Misunderstandings Should Not Result in Criminal Charges
It is not unusual for these charges to be based on misunderstandings. Yes, money may have been taken, but that money may have been taken with the other person’s permission.
Sometimes, a thorough investigation is necessary, particularly when the allegations involve much more complex situations. I will work with investigators, forensic accountants and other experts to ensure that all relevant facts come to life. I will work with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced or eliminated based on weaknesses I find in his or her evidence and case.
Contact Me for a Free Consultation: Clearlake Identity Theft Lawyer
Tell me about your case. Find out about the steps I can take to defend you against the grand theft charges you are faced with.

Burglary and Robbery

Options for People Accused of Burglary and Robbery

By definition, robbery is taking money or property from someone using force or violence. Armed robbery involves the use of a gun or other object that could potentially cause bodily harm. Burglary is breaking into and entering a residence with the intent to commit theft or another felony. These are serious charges with serious consequences. You need a qualified local lawyer to fight these charges.
My name is attorney J. David Markham. I am a certified criminal law specialist Working out of my office in Lakeport. I serve people in those communities, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. I am a trial attorney. I will tenaciously fight to defend you against burglary or robbery charges.

These Are Serious Charges With Serious Penalties
A conviction for burglary or robbery can result in a strike against you. Three strikes equals life in prison. What does this mean to you? It means that fighting these charges is not just a matter of fighting fines; it is a matter of fighting for your life. You need an attorney on your side who will take care to look at all options, who can get creative in order to find a way to get you through this without putting your future in jeopardy. That’s what I do.

Is There Evidence Against You?
I will work with an investigator to gather all of the facts needed to build a strong defense strategy for you. The fact of the matter is that, particularly in burglary cases, the evidence against you might not be very strong. It is possible that there are no witnesses, fingerprints or physical evidence. Or, the evidence they do have against you may be completely circumstantial.
When I find that a case is built on circumstantial evidence, I push back. I will ask for the charge to be reduced, if not completely eliminated. I might ask for burglary or robbery to be reduced to grand theft or receiving stolen property, charges that are relatively minor and will not result in a strike against you. I want to see that your future is not spent in prison.

Contact Me for a Free Consultation
Tell me about your case. Find out about the steps I can take to defend you against the burglary or robbery charges you are faced with.

Weapons and Firearms

Defense for People Charged With Gun and Weapon Crimes

Have you been caught with an illegal weapon? Are you a convicted felon who has been caught with a firearm? Were you accused of another crime, to which a firearms or weapons charge was added? These are all serious matters. If convicted, you could face fines or prison time. I can defend you against these charges. My name is J. David Markham, Attorney at Law.
Working out of my office in Lakeport, I provide gun and weapons defense representation to people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County.

Carrying an Illegal Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
If you have been caught with an illegal weapon, such as a billy club, a switchblade or brass knuckles, you may be surprised to find that you are faced with serious charges, even if you had no intention of using the weapon. The same is true for convicted felons, whose restricted status makes it illegal to possess firearms.
My defense strategy in these cases often starts with a look at the issue of illegal search and seizure. As a lawyer and a certified criminal law specialist, I am well aware of the many flaws that may exist in the case against you. If you were stopped in the street for no reason, or even if you were pulled over for speeding and your car was searched for no reason, I will seek dismissal of the charges. Police have rules to follow, and when they do not follow them, their charges are worthless.

Use of a Firearm to Commit a Crime
If a firearm was used in the commission of another crime, the penalty will be enhanced. Common charges that gun crimes may be associated with are:

Drug crimes
Assault and violent crimes
Sex crimes
Burglary and robbery

Through negotiation, I will seek to have the enhanced charge stripped. Then I will fight the underlying charge, striving to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal defense case.
Contact Me for a Free Consultation
Tell me about your case. Find out about the steps I can take when representing you in your weapons defense case.

Crimes Against the Elderly

Defense for People Accused of Elder Abuse Crimes

Elder abuse charges can allege both physical abuse and financial abuse. If you have been charged with exploiting the elderly, either through a theft crime or inflicting physical harm, it is time to seek the help of a skilled and experienced Lakeport criminal defense attorney. These charges are often based on the alleged victim’s word against yours. It is not unusual for there to be a simple misunderstanding blown out of proportion.
Working out of my office in Lakeport, I can serve as a Lakeport crimes against the elderly lawyer for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.

Theft Crimes Against the Elderly
Criminal theft charges against the elderly often stem from an individual managing finances for an elderly person. This can include family and friends. An elderly person may have simply forgotten or misunderstood the actions of someone who is trying to take care of their finances for them. Theft crimes include larceny, grand theft and even embezzlement charges. The criminal penalties are serious and include possible misdemeanor and felony convictions. I will thoroughly analyze all paperwork involved in your case and determine the source of any miscommunications.

Elderly – Physical Abuse Crimes
Healthcare workers and other professionals in charge of the care and well-being of the elderly are sometimes accused of physical abuse. Also referred to as “nursing home abuse” when an elderly person is in an assisted living facility, allegations include neglect, physical abuse, assault and even sexual abuse. I am here to make sure you are properly defended against such serious charges and to dispute the prosecutor’s claim. With a decade of experience, I am more than prepared to represent you aggressively in court.

Contact a California Elder Abuse Attorney
Tell me about your case. Find out about the steps I can take to defend you against the elderly financial abuse or nursing home abuse charges you are faced with.

Expungements and Sealing Records

Clean Your Criminal Record

If you have been charged with a crime, even if you were not convicted, you have a record. Arrest records are recorded. Dismissed cases are recorded. Charges that resulted in probation are recorded. All of this can be seen by potential employers and other parties that may have a need to review your record. It can impact your ability to get a job and more.

Expungement
Penal Code Section 1203.4 offers some relief for people convicted of a crime. Most people refer to this relief as expungement. However, expungement is really a misnomer. Penal Code Section 1203.4 allows a person convicted of a crime to have their case dismissed. Although, you cannot have your record sealed or cleared pursuant to this section, getting your charges dismissed may prevent you from having to disclose your prior conviction to a prospective employer.
My name is attorney J. David Markham. I am a certified criminal law specialist. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. I can assist with the expungement process. If successful, potential employers and other parties will not be able to obtain information about your prior conviction.

Sealing Your Record
Under Penal Code Section 851.8, an innocent person arrested for or charged with a crime may be able to have his records sealed by proving to the court that he or she is factually innocent. This means no reasonable cause existed to believe he or she committed the offense. If relief is granted under this section, all records relating to the arrest and charges must be sealed for 3 years and subsequently destroyed. The arrest will be deemed to never have occurred.

Certificate of Rehabilitation
Expungement isn’t available to everyone. However, other options may be available. As your lawyer, I can assist you in applying for a certificate of rehabilitation. This is technically a type of pardon, rather than record sealing. However, it has similar benefits as expungement. Additionally, a certificate of rehabilitation may relieve a person of their duty to register as a sex offender.

Contact Me for a Free Consultation
Tell me about your case. If you are interested in cleaning your criminal record, I can quickly determine what options are available to you.

Illegal Search and Seizures

Attacking Criminal Charges From the Bottom Up

Police and prosecutors have steps that they need to follow when arresting and issuing criminal charges against a person. The accused has rights and those rights are outlined in the constitution. If those rights are violated, the criminal charges will be flawed. Those flaws can lead to reduced charges or even outright dismissal. It is the criminal defense attorney’s job to look for those flaws, to make certain that the accused’s constitutional rights were not violated.

My name is J. David Markham, a lawyer working out of my office in Lakeport. I provide criminal defense representation to people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. One of the first steps I take in criminal defense cases is to determine if an illegal search and seizure took place.

What is Illegal Search and Seizure?
An unconstitutional search and seizure is one that is conducted without reason. Often, illegal search and seizure takes place during a traffic stop. A police officer may make a stop for speeding or another minor violation. In some cases, the officer may not even have reason to make a stop. Without any evidence indicating any further criminal activity, the officer may search the car. Anything found and seized during this type of illegal search should be thrown out. It should not be used as evidence against you.

No Assumptions Can Be Made
A criminal defense lawyer who assumes that the police and prosecutors have done their jobs correctly is a criminal defense lawyer who misses opportunities to get positive results for clients. I make no assumptions. I carefully review every piece of information associated with your case, bringing in investigators to assist when necessary. If there is a flaw in the case against you, if an illegal search and seizure happened, I will find out.
Illegal search and seizure is a defense strategy I commonly use in cases involving:
Drug crimes
Medical marijuana
Meth possession and sales
Violent crimes
Domestic violence and criminal threats
Sex crimes
Burglary and robbery
Theft and elder abuse
Weapons and firearms

Contact Me for a Free Consultation

What To Expect If You Are Charged With A Crime

Being charged with a crime can be a stressful experience. However, understanding the court process can help make the experience less intimidating.
There are three classifications of crime in California. Crimes are classified as infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. Infractions carry a maximum penalty of a fine. Jail time cannot be imposed for committing an infraction. Infractions are the least serious of crimes and include common traffic violations such as speeding. Most misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of time in the county jail. The amount of time that can be imposed for a misdemeanor depends upon the crime. Up to a year in jail can be imposed for some misdemeanors. Misdemeanors include crimes such as petty theft and driving under the influence. Felonies are the most serious class of crimes. Felonies are punishable by time in the state prison. The amount of time that can be imposed for a felony depends upon the crime and the defendant’s prior criminal history. Crimes such as murder, robbery, and possession of drugs for sale are examples of felonies.

Some crimes can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. These crimes are referred to as wobblers. The level of the crime charged is determined by the prosecutor. However, for these crimes, a judge has the power to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor. Driving under the influence with injury, possession of methamphetamine, and domestic violence with injury are examples of wobblers. There are also crimes that can be charged as misdemeanors or infractions. Examples include driving without being licensed, and disturbing the peace.

If a person commits a criminal violation of a state law in Lake County, the agency responsible for the prosecution is the Lake County District Attorney’s Office. In Mendocino County, the agency responsible for prosecution is the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney will normally file a charging document called a complaint to charge a defendant with a misdemeanor or felony. The criminal court process begins with the arraignment. At the arraignment, a judge will read the complaint and formally advise a defendant of his or her rights.
Every defendant charged with a misdemeanor or felony has a constitutional right to be represented by an attorney. If a defendant cannot afford an attorney, the judge will appoint a public defender to represent the defendant subject to reimbursement at the conclusion of the case.
After a defendant has been arraigned and has either hired an attorney or been appointed an attorney, a defendant normally pleads not guilty to all charges.

Every person charged with a felony has a statutory right to a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary hearing, the District Attorney must establish probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crimes charged. If the judge finds there is sufficient evidence to support the charges, the judge will issue a holding order. In order to proceed with the case, the District Attorney must file a charging document called an information within 15 days of the holding order.
A defendant’s guilt is determined at a jury trial unless that right is waived. Most defendants waive this right and enter into plea bargains. A plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and the prosecution in which the defendant pleads guilty or no contest to a less serious offense and/or to fewer than all of the charges or allegations in exchange for a lesser sentence and/or dismissal of some of the charges or allegations. A plea bargain gives a defendant the opportunity to avoid sitting through a trial risking exposure to more time and/or conviction on the original more serious charges.

If the case cannot be resolved by agreement, a defendant is entitled to a jury trial. In a felony case, a defendant has a statutory right to a jury trial within 60 days of arraignment on the information or entry of plea, whichever is later. In a misdemeanor case, if a defendant is in custody, he or she has a right to a jury trial within 30 days of arraignment on the complaint or entry of plea, whichever is later. If a defendant is out of custody, he or she has a right to a jury trial within 45 days of arraignment on the complaint or entry of plea, whichever is later.
At the trial, a defendant has certain constitutional rights including the following: right to confront and cross-examine witnesses; right to present evidence; right to remain silent; and the right to an attorney. Twelve members of the community are selected to serve as jurors in a trial. A defendant may not be convicted unless, after the presentation of all the evidence, all twelve jurors agree that the evidence proves the defendants guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

After a defendant is convicted of a crime, a judge sentences the defendant. As previously stated, a judge can impose jail time for misdemeanors and prison for felonies. However, in many situations, a defendant is granted probation in lieu of a harsher sentence such as a lengthy sentence in jail or prison. If a defendant is granted probation, he or she will have to comply with certain terms, which sometimes includes jail, during a probationary period. As long as the defendant complies with the terms of his or her probation, he or she will avoid the harsher penalty.
Although being charged with a crime can be stressful, having the assistance of an experienced criminal law attorney who can guide you through the process can help make the experience less intimidating.

Examples of How I Defend Criminal Cases

Jury Trial

On a routine traffic stop by law enforcement, the officer discovered a loaded rifle inside my client’s vehicle. The officer claimed the rifle was next to my client and when questioned about it, he took responsibility for it. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a loaded firearm in a prohibited place. He was also charged with 2 strikes and having served a prior prison term. He was facing a maximum sentence of 26 years to life. He was found not guilty on all counts by a jury after trial.

Motion for New Trial

My client was charged with possession of heroin for sale and several special allegations, including a prior strike. The case went to trial because the district attorney (DA) would not dismiss the strike. At trial, my client was found not guilty of the sales charge but he was convicted of the possession charge. It was later discovered that one of the jurors had pending charges against her that were not disclosed prior to trial. I filed a Motion for New Trial based on juror misconduct. The motion was granted. The DA later offered to dismiss the strike.

Motion to Dismiss for Delay in Prosecution

Law enforcement received a report of possible elder abuse. The case was investigated and filed more than 2 years later. Shortly thereafter, the victim and another witness passed away. However, the DA still refused to dismiss the case. They claimed they could prove the charges with other witnesses. I filed a Motion to Dismiss for Delay in Prosecution. The judge found the delay was unreasonable and prejudiced my client. He dismissed the case.

Motion to Suppress Evidence/Illegal Search

Officers stopped a vehicle occupied by my client after they received information that an occupant of that vehicle had discharged a firearm minutes earlier. My client was removed from the car and officers discovered methamphetamine in his possession. He was subsequently charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. I filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence asserting that the detention and search of my client were illegal. The judge agreed and dismissed the case.

Motion to Withdraw a Guilty Plea

My client pled guilty to a DUI after being represented by a public defender. My client later discovered that he had not received the bargain he believed he was supposed to have received. I filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, which was vehemently opposed by the DA. The motion was granted by the judge.

Pre-Trial Investigation

My client was pulled over in a vehicle that had been reported as carjacked. He was charged with several felonies, including carjacking and special allegations. He was facing more than 10 years in prison. After results of an investigation were presented to the District Attorney, the case was dismissed before trial.

Expert Witness Investigation

My client was involved in a DUI that resulted in the death of another person. After conducting an accident investigation, the trained law enforcement officer determined my client was traveling 57 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone. My client was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. That charge carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He was also charged with several other felonies and faced a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison. At my request one of the top accident investigators in the state conducted his own investigation and determined the officer made several errors in his calculations. My client was traveling just over 40 m.p.h. His reports were presented to the DA and the DA agreed errors were made by the investigating officer. He subsequently let my client plead to a lesser, related charge of Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, which carried a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison. The balance of the charges were dismissed.

Preliminary Hearing/Violation of Miranda

My client was contacted by a deputy sheriff at a casino. The deputy arrested him on an outstanding warrant. The deputy asked him how he arrived at the casino and my client stated he had arrived on a motorcycle in the parking lot. He identified the motorcycle, which turned out to be stolen. My client was charged with receiving stolen property as a felony. At the preliminary hearing, my client’s statement was kept out because the judge determined my client’s Miranda rights were violated. The felony charge was dismissed.

Preliminary Hearing

My client was contacted by officers. When asked who he was, my client provided the officers with his brother’s name and other identifying information. My client was charged with Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information, a felony. At the preliminary hearing, the judge dismissed the felony because the prosecution failed to prove all the elements of the crime.

Preliminary Hearing/Plea Negotiations

My client, who had a prior conviction for being an active member of a criminal street gang, was involved in a group fight. He and four others were facing felony charges of Assault With Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and Being an Active Member of a Criminal Street Gang. My client was facing a maximum penalty in excess of 12 years in state prison. After preliminary hearing the gang allegation was dismissed because the judge found the DA failed to meet his burden of proof. My client was then facing a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison on the remaining charges. After investigation was conducted and those reports were given to the DA, the DA let my client admit a violation of probation in exchange for dismissal of the remaining charges. My client received time in the county jail for the violation of probation.

Plea Negotiations/Sentencing

My client was on felony probation for a first degree burglary, a strike offense. While on probation he was charged with several felony crimes, including grand theft. Through plea negotiations, the DA agreed to dismiss the strike. At sentencing the judge indicated he was inclined to deny probation and send my client to prison because he committed the crime while on felony probation for a strike. After evidence was presented and argument, the judge changed his mind and gave my client another chance at probation.

Violation of Probation Sentencing

My client was on felony probation for theft-related charges. She admitted to violations of probation, for not reporting timely, not completing her work service, and not paying her fines. The probation office recommended her probation be permanently revoked and she be sent to prison based on her prior record and her unsuccessful performance on probation. The judge indicated that he was inclined to follow that recommendation and send my client to prison. In addition to my client, several witnesses testified at the sentencing hearing. After argument, the judge changed his mind, went against the probation recommendation, and gave my client another chance at probation.

Certified Criminal Law Specialist

J. David Markham has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified criminal law specialist. He is only one of three certified criminal law specialists in Lake and Mendocino counties.
The State Bar of California offers California lawyers the opportunity to become certified in nine areas of law practice, including criminal law. A certified specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. In order to be certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California, and attorney must:

Pass a written examination in their specialty field;
Demonstrate a high level of experience in the specialty field;
Fulfill ongoing education requirements; and
Be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

There are more than 160,000 active members of the California State Bar. J. David Markham is one of 358 attorneys who has been certified as a criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California.
By hiring a certified criminal law specialist, you will be hiring an attorney who has proven his proficiency in the area of criminal law.

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Defense Attorney

1. How long has the attorney practiced criminal law?
Your future is too important to hand over to a lawyer who has not been practicing criminal law for a significant period of time. Research has shown that it takes approximately 10 years to become an expert in any chosen field.[i] This is commonly referred to as the “10 year rule.” When hiring an attorney, you will want to look for an attorney who has spent at least 10 years practicing criminal law.
2. How many jury trials has the attorney been engaged in?
You will want a lawyer who is familiar and confident with the trial process and not afraid to go to trial. Many lawyers aren’t comfortable in trials, and even if it isn’t best for their client, they find a way to settle cases without going to trial. The prosecution can sense the fear of going to trial, which can have a detrimental effect on plea bargaining. Having an attorney who is ready and willing to go to trial can significantly improve the outcome of your case. You should look for an attorney who has handled at least 40 or 50 jury trials.[ii]
3. Is the attorney a certified criminal law specialist?
While you can ask a lawyer about his or her experience, a better way to determine the lawyer’s qualifications is to find out if the attorney has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Criminal Law Specialist. An attorney who is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist has proven his or her proficiency in the area of criminal law.
4. How much of the attorney’s practice is devoted to criminal law?
You should look for a lawyer who devotes a majority of their practice to criminal defense. You don’t want to hire an attorney who practices criminal defense once in a while or occasionally. A good rule of thumb is to hire an attorney who devotes at least 50% of his/her practice to criminal defense.
5. What kind of experience does the attorney have?
Many attorneys will open a private practice right out of law school without absorbing the invaluable experience that comes from working at either a District Attorney’s Office or Public Defender’s Office. You will want a lawyer who has cultivated his/her trial skills before opening up a practice. Prosecutors and public defenders spend their time in the courtroom on a daily basis. They are exposed to various types of cases and handle a wide range of criminal matters. A lawyer who has gained such invaluable training and experience before going into private practice is at an advantage.
6. Will the attorney you hire actually be the one handling your case?
Many law firms will have you initially talk to an experienced lawyer and then assign your case to a less experienced lawyer. If you are hiring a lawyer because of his or her experience and reputation you will want to make sure that attorney will be the one actually defending you.
7. Is the attorney local?
Many lawyers advertise in areas where they do not reside or have an office. They rarely go to some of the areas in which they advertise. A local attorney has the advantage of being familiar with local law enforcement, judges, prosecutors and practices of the courts which can significantly improve the outcome of your case. Before you hire a lawyer , it is important to find out how familiar he or she is with the county where your case is pending.
8. What is the attorney’s reputation?
The best way to determine if a lawyer is good, is by asking law enforcement officers, other attorneys, former clients of the lawyer, and others who are familiar with the lawyer’s reputation. A lawyer who has a good reputation has worked hard to earn it and will work even harder to keep it. As Warren Buffet said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”
9. Is the attorney making promises about the results of your case?
Although an experienced criminal defense lawyer can often accurately predict what may happen in your case, no attorney can honestly guarantee a particular result. A lawyer who informs you of all possible outcomes, including negative outcomes, has your best interests at heart. A lawyer who makes outrageous promises about what the future holds is more concerned about getting your business than providing you with the best representation possible.
10. How much will the attorney charge?
People often want to pay as little as possible when hiring somebody to perform a service for them. This may make sense when hiring a florist or plumber. But when you are charged with a crime you will want to hire the best lawyer for your case. A low fee can mean the lawyer is not experienced. It may also mean that he or she handles a high volume of cases. Often, “volume” attorneys quote minimal fees because they intend to plead out your case without exploring all possible alternatives such as motions or trial.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t necessarily hire the lawyer who charges the highest fee. The fee charged doesn’t necessarily correlate with the level of service provided by the lawyer. Many times, “high power, high price” attorneys devote the majority of their attention to only their most prominent clients. A criminal defense attorney should treat all their clients as priorities regardless of the fee received.

Sex Crimes

Effective Criminal Defense for People Charged With Sex Crimes
Have you been charged with a sex crime? If you understand the severity of the penalties you could face if convicted, you know that you need to fight these charges. I can help. I am attorney J. David Markham, a certified criminal law specialist. I can provide defense for people accused of:
Rape or sexual assault
Statutory rape
Sexual abuse
Child molestation
Child pornography
Lewd and lascivious conduct
Internet sex crimes
Working out of my office in Lakeport, I can serve as a Lakeport sex crimes attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.
Child Pornography
The penalties for child pornography are harsh. They include serious jail time as well as being a registered sex offender. If you think you are being investigated for child pornography, act now and seek legal help immediately. Child pornography charges can include:

Online solicitation of a minor
Distribution of child pornography
Possession of child pornography

Sex Crime Convictions Require Sex Offender Registration

While fines and incarceration are certainly serious penalties, the penalty that makes sex crime charges especially important to fight is mandatory sex offender registration. People convicted of a sex crime are branded as sex offenders, and that stigma stays with them for life. They have to keep the government informed of where they are. Neighbors will know, and they will react accordingly, as will potential employers and institutions of higher learning. Life may never be the same. I will work hard to prevent you from having to face these serious consequences.

Investigation of Sex Crimes and False Accusations

Immediately, I will begin your sex crime defense case by sending an investigator to talk with witnesses and gather every detail that could possibly prove critical to your case. I will review the videotape or audio recording of any statement made by the alleged victim. This is important, because there are details there that might not have translated to the police report. It will allow me to see how the questions were asked, how the victim was acting when responding and how they answered the questions specifically.
In cases involving false allegations, I will bring in psychiatrists, experts on false memories and other experts who may be able to help deconstruct the accusations made against you. I will see that no stone is unturned and no option is left unconsidered. I will work hard to get you through this.

Contact Me for a Free Consultation: Clearlake Child Pornography Lawyer
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Rape and Statutory Rape

Defending Against False Accusations of Rape and Sexual Assault

The facts surrounding allegations of rape or sexual assault are never cut and dry. There is always a different view of what happened according to each party. However, if you are the one being accused of rape, you deserve a strong legal defense by a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.
My name is J. David Markham. I am a criminal defense attorney and certified criminal law specialist in California. I will use my decade of experience in criminal law to aggressively and effectively defend you against any rape, statutory rape or sexual assault charges. I have an office in Lakeport and can serve as a Lake County rape attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Protect Your Future and Fight Against Rape Charges

There is a lot at stake if you are facing rape charges. Not only are there criminal penalties such as fines and jail time, but the possibility of registration as a sex offender. Once you are on the sex offender registry, it is almost always for life. This is public record to anyone and the social stigma from this is devastating. Your future employment and work opportunities will be negatively affected. I will do everything I can to help protect your future and fight off rape charges by aggressively advocating for your innocence as well as thoroughly combing through the evidence and all relevant facts.

Statutory Rape Charges

In California, having sex with a minor (someone under the age of 18) is considered statutory rape. This is regardless of whether the sexual act was consensual or not. Even if the minor lied about their age, this is not a defense. The larger the age difference the more severe the criminal penalties. If you are facing statutory rape charges, now is the time to seek out the appropriate legal representation.

Contact a Lakeport Statutory Rape Lawyer

If you have been charged with a rape, sexual assault or statutory rape you need immediate legal representation to start defending yourself. Contact me right away for a free consultation to discuss all of your options at J. David Markham, Attorney at Law.

Child Molestation

Nearly a Decade of Experience in Sex Crimes Criminal Defense

Child molestation charges are very serious. Those individuals who have been accused are potentially looking at lengthy jail time sentences and even worse, a lifetime as a registered sex offender. The sex offender registry is often equated by some as a lifetime in jail. No matter where a person goes, they are labeled a sex offender, face extreme social stigma, residential restrictions and often difficulty with career opportunities and employment.
As an experienced California criminal defense attorney and certified criminal law specialist, I can help you fight any allegations of child molestation. I have been able to get clients acquitted, while with others, I work hard to reduce charges and/or the consequences of conviction. Contact me for a free consultation at J. David Markham, Attorney at Law.

False Allegations of Child Molestation

In child molestation cases, children can be easily influenced by adults, parents, teachers, social workers and even police. This leads to misunderstandings and even false allegations. That is why it is so important you seek legal counsel as soon as possible in order to start building a strong defense.

Child molestation accusations can include:
Sexual abuse
Statutory rape
Inappropriate touching of a minor
Inappropriate touching over the clothes
Lewd or lascivious conduct
Indecent exposure to a minor
Child pornography
Solicitation of a minor

The penalties under California statute can vary and depend on any past criminal history and the age of the child. In order for the prosecution to convict you for child molestation, they must prove that the touch was willful with the specific intent to arouse or gratify your or the child’s sexual desires. I will aggressively argue against this by using the facts in your favor as well as any discrepancies in the child’s version of events.

Contact a California Child Sex Crimes Attorney

You are facing very serious allegations and charges. It is time to seek immediate assistance. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I can serve as a Lakeport child molestation lawyer for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Drug Crimes

If you are caught with drugs in California, there are a significant number of charges you may face.
You can be charged with the crime of “possession for sale” just for having a certain amount of a drug, even if you had no intention of selling anything. If you are pulled over with drugs in your car, you can be charged with “transportation.” Other allegations like manufacturing and conspiracy can ensnare defendants in serious consequences.

Whether you have been charged with a crime involving illegal drugs like marijuana or meth or a prescription drug crime involving OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Xanax® or some other substance, contact me for a free consultation and personal attention from a local attorney familiar with the Lake County and Mendocino County courts.

Explore Your Defenses to Avoid Conviction

There are a number of ways to defend you against drug crime charges. There may be constitutional “search and seizure” issues with regard to how the police got their hands on the evidence. You may not have known there were drugs in your car, or there may be other situations where you are charged with possessing drugs that weren’t yours.

In California, there may be a medical marijuana defense if you have a valid recommendation from a medical doctor. However, the state continues to try to crack down on people with valid recommendations who have more than a certain amount of marijuana. You need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the defenses and will address every issue that could possibly help you avoid conviction.
Contact me for a free consultation at my convenient location in Lakeport to discuss the charges against you, possible defenses, and your diversion and Prop 36 options.

Medical Marijuana

Defense Against Drug Charges Related to Medical Marijuana
Have you been accused with a drug charge because of your need to use medical marijuana? I am attorney J. David Markham, and I can provide defense for people charged under California Health and Safety Codes like:

11357: Possession of marijuana
11358: Cultivation of marijuana
11359: Possession for sale of marijuana
11360: Transportation of marijuana
11379.6: Manufacturing of a controlled substance, such as marijuana hash
Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties.

How Much is “Too Much” Medical Marijuana?

Police will find what they consider to be a large number of marijuana plants. They will charge the owner of those plants with a crime, saying that it is too much to be for personal medical marijuana use. They don’t understand how much usable marijuana each plant can produce. The truth is that the people who own these plants rarely have as much as they are perceived to have by the police, but that doesn’t stop them from being charged with serious drug crimes.
A similar problem arises even with harvested marijuana. A person may be pulled over by police and found to be in possession of five pounds. The police may consider this amount too much for personal use, and charge the person with possession for sale. In reality, this is simply a matter of perspective. I understand how to defend against these charges, including in cases that involve cooperative and collective medical marijuana growing groups.

Defense Strategies in Medical Marijuana Cases

As a certified criminal law specialist, I know the defenses available to people facing drug charges. I know that trial may be the necessary end to these challenging cases. My trial preparation strategies include enlisting experts, such as medical marijuana expert Chris Conrad, to educate juries about how the drug is used. I build cases on facts.
Of course, not every case needs to go to trial. In many cases, diversion programs are available that can create simple routes through the criminal justice system, routes that do not end with jail or a criminal record. As your lawyer, I will work with you to determine the path that makes the most sense in your case.

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Meth Possession and Sales

Defense Against Methamphetamine Charges

If you have been charged with meth possession or sale, you have the right to hire a dedicated criminal trial attorney. I am attorney J. David Markham, and I can provide defense for people charged under California Health and Safety Codes:
11377: Possession of meth
11378: Possession for sale of meth
11379: Transportation of meth
11379.6: Manufacturing of a controlled substance, such as meth
Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties.

The Fine Line Between Meth Possession and Sale

People who possess meth for personal use are often charged with possession for sale, simply because of the amount they have. There may be no other indication that the drug was going to be distributed. In reality, the person charged may have had no intention of distribution at all.

Regardless of intent, a person charged with possession for sale of meth faces much more serious penalties than a person charged with possession alone. My first challenge in these cases is to convince the opposition that the charge is inaccurate. This is a challenge that I have the experience to handle.

Treatment is an Option

As a certified criminal law specialist, I know the options available to people charged with possession of meth. In many situations, jail time can be avoided if the accused agrees to a drug treatment program. Not only does this option keep a person from harsh penalties, it can provide a path to a better future for people who may have become addicted to meth. As your lawyer, I will provide you careful guidance. I will help you find the option that is best for you.

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Violent Crimes

Skilled Criminal Law Attorney: A Decade of Experience

When you are charged with a violent crime, you face serious consequences. You should get help from a local lawyer who knows the local court system and will give personal attention to your case, not a big law firm based outside the area that takes on a lot of cases throughout the state all at once.
My name is J. David Markham. I have helped many Lake County and Mendocino County clients facing serious violent crime charges. In some cases, I am able to get clients acquitted, while in others, I work hard to reduce the charges and/or the consequences of conviction. Contact me for a free consultation to discuss the charges against you and what I can do to help.
Prepared to Deal With Any Criminal Charge, Including Violent Crimes
As a Lakeport violent crimes attorney, I handle the broad range of violent crime charges my clients face in Lakeport, Ukiah and throughout the region, including:

Assault
Assaulting a police officer
Aggravated assault
Domestic violence
Gang involvement
Gun enhancements added to violent crimes
Manslaughter
Vehicular manslaughter
Attempted murder
Murder

I have a background as a prosecutor and experience taking cases to trial, so whatever charges you face, you can be confident that I will have all the necessary skills to do whatever it takes to seek the best possible results for you.
Contact a Clearlake, California, Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you have been charged with a violent crime – especially if you are on your third strike, contact me right away for a free consultation to discuss all of your options.

Domestic Violence and Criminal Threats

Help for People Accused of Domestic Violence

If you have been accused of domestic violence or criminal threats, you probably know that you could face serious consequences if convicted. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge can have major repercussions. Conviction for a felony can be absolutely life-changing. You need to fight back to protect your reputation and your future.

My name is attorney J. David Markham. I am a certified criminal law specialist. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. I am a trial lawyer, ready to fight to see that your future is protected from the consequences of a domestic violence conviction.

Your Character is on Trial

One of the first strategies I employ in domestic violence cases is to have the charge or charges against you reduced. For example, if you were charged with a felony, I will ask for it to be reduced to a misdemeanor; if you were charged with a misdemeanor, I will ask for it to be reduced to disturbing the peace.
When the judge is considering whether or not to reduce the charges, your character will be examined. I may present character references to the judge, educate the judge about your background and the nature of the charges, and do everything possible to help the judge understand that this is a matter best reduced.

Does the Alleged Victim Have a Say?

Many domestic violence charges are based on misunderstandings. Often, no violence took place at all. Unfortunately, even if the victim asks that charges not be pressed, the prosecutor may still press them. The victim doesn’t necessarily have a say. Some allegations may be made in the context of a divorce, where one spouse is acting out of spite.
However, the victim’s statement will play a role. Witness statements may also play a role. The backgrounds of everyone involved may play a role. I will bring in an investigator when necessary to ensure that I am in possession of all the facts necessary to build a strong defense case for you.

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DUI

Help for People Accused of DUI and Multiple DUI/DWI

Whether you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) for the first time or you are a repeat offender, you face serious consequences. Those consequences are even more severe if you are accused of causing injury or death in a car accident. You can get help from a local lawyer who knows the courts that handle these matters and will give you personal attention. You do not need to turn to a big law firm from outside of the area that is more concerned with getting the case over with than they are with getting you through this.

My name is J. David Markham. I am a Lakeport DUI defense attorney, working out of my office in Lakeport. I provide DUI/DWI defense representation to people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Criminal Defense Against DUI and Drivers License Suspension

For many, the most damaging penalty associated with DUI/DWI is drivers’ license suspension. This is particularly true for truck drivers and other commercial drivers who rely on their ability to drive to do their job. Even the four-month suspension that happens automatically is long enough for a career to be lost.
I know how to defend you and your license. One of the strategies I may use is to negotiate a reduced charge. For example, wet reckless is an alcohol-related reckless driving charge that is less severe than DUI/DWI. This charge does not require license suspension.

Multiple DUI/DWI Charge

If you are facing a second, third or multiple DUI/DWI charge, potential criminal penalties are even more severe. You could face incarceration, increased fines and even felony charges. Now is the time to seek quality legal defense.

Contact Me for a Free Consultation: Clearlake DWI Lawyer

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Vehicular Manslaughter

Defense Against Serious DUI Accident Charges in California

Have you been charged with vehicular manslaughter/vehicular homicide? The consequences can be very serious, particularly if the individual was driving under the influence of alcohol. In some cases, a vehicular manslaughter conviction can mean life in prison. Obtain the experienced and quality criminal defense you need to successfully defend yourself against these charges.
My name is J. David Markham. As an experienced attorney and certified criminal law specialist, I serve as a Lakeport vehicular manslaughter attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Your freedom is at stake here. Don’t waste any time, and contact me for a free consultation to discuss the charges against you and what I can do to help.

Charges of Vehicular Manslaughter and DUI With Injury

When a person is killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, the drunk driver will be charged with vehicular manslaughter. If the accident results in an injury, the drunk driver will be charged with DUI with injury. These are both serious charges that could result in long-term incarceration.
I take great care to work with accident reconstruction experts, forensic toxicologists and other experts who can help me gather the facts necessary to build a strong defense case for you. I will also heavily scrutinize police reports and any eyewitness accounts.

In California, less aggravated forms of vehicular manslaughter are known as “wobbler” offenses. This is because they can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The distinction is very important because it can mean the difference between jail or no jail. I will help you get the best possible outcome for your particular case by aggressively defending you and providing intelligent and thorough criminal defense representation.

Contact a Lake County DUI Accident Lawyer

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Family Law Practice Areas

Divorce
Custody
Visitation
Parental Relocation
Property Division
Spousal Support
Child Support
Modifications of Court Orders
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Enforcement of Court Orders

Lakeport Divorce Attorney

The outcome of a divorce can have a significant impact on your parental rights and financial security. With so much at stake, it is critical that you have an experienced divorce lawyer on your side who is committed to protecting your rights.
If you are facing the prospect of divorce, I encourage you to contact me, attorney J. David Markham. I provide skilled and knowledgeable counsel to address these and other issues that may arise in your divorce:

Property division
Child custody
Visitation
Child support
Spousal support (alimony)
I am committed to providing each of my clients with quality legal representation and superior service. To schedule a free consultation, contact my law office in Lakeport, California.

Experienced Representation

I have more than a decade of legal experience. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills. I have the experience necessary to help you resolve all issues that may arise in your divorce, including complex property division issues, child custody issues and other complex matters that require the attention of knowledgeable counsel.

Cost-Efficiency

My objective in each case is to obtain the best possible result for my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. I understand that legal costs are a concern for many people who are faced with the prospect of divorce. I will spend your money as if I were spending my own money. I do not unnecessarily drag out cases to generate additional fees. I focus my efforts on matters that will move your case forward and protect your rights.

Proactive Problem Solver And Skilled Trial Lawyer

I understand that disputes concerning property division, child custody, spousal support and other significant matters can easily become acrimonious. Rather than unnecessarily inflaming matters that are potentially contentious, I seek to find ways to resolve disputes as efficiently and amicably as possible while fully safeguarding the rights of my clients.
As a result of my creative and proactive approach to dispute resolution, I have been able to help many of my clients avoid protracted litigation, thus minimizing the emotional and financial costs of divorce. When disputes may not be resolved by negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, I have the trial experience to provide the strong advocacy my clients require in the courtroom.

Contact A Lake County Marriage Dissolution Lawyer
From my office in Lakeport, I represent clients throughout Lake County and Mendocino County. To schedule a free consultation with a Lakeport divorce lawyer, contact my law office at 877-279-5170 or contact me by email.

Lakeport Child Custody Attorney

Nothing is more important to parents than their children. If you are faced with the prospect of divorce or another family law matter that will affect your custody rights, it is critical that you have an experienced family law attorney on your side.
I am J. David Markham, a Lakeport family law attorney committed to providing the skilled and knowledgeable representation you require. I represent clients in a wide range of family law matters that impact the custody rights of parents, including:

Divorce
Child custody modifications
Paternity cases
Development and modification of parenting plans
Parental relocation disputes

If you need to speak with a family law attorney, I offer a free consultation. To schedule your consultation, contact my law office in Lakeport, California.

Protecting Your Rights And Your Family

I am sensitive to the impact of custody disputes on children. I seek to resolve custody disputes in the most efficient and amicable manner possible while fully safeguarding my clients’ rights. When custody disputes are not resolved through negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution matters, I have the trial experience to vigorously protect the rights of my clients in the courtroom.

Put An Experienced Advocate On Your Side

I have more than a decade of legal experience. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills.

Personal Attention To Your Legal Needs

I understand that each of my clients has unique needs. I take time to listen to my clients, understand their objectives and put legal measures in place that are tailored to meet their needs.
Throughout your case, I will take time to work closely with you, answer your questions, return your calls promptly and keep you informed about the status of your case. I am committed to providing each of my clients with quality legal representation and superior service.

Contact A Clearlake Child Custody Lawyer

From my office in Lakeport, I represent clients throughout Lake County and Mendocino County. To schedule a free consultation with a Lakeport child custody lawyer, contact my law office at 877-279-5170 or contact me by email.

Lake County Child Visitation Lawyer

California law favors the right of both parents to enjoy a strong and active relationship with their children after a divorce. Except in cases involving child abuse or other factors that adversely impact the welfare of children, courts are inclined to award both parents sufficient access to children to ensure that a strong parent-child bond is maintained.
If you are involved in a divorce or other family law matter that will affect your visitation rights, retaining a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney is critical. For the quality legal representation you require, I encourage you to contact me, attorney J. David Markham. I represent clients in a wide range of family law matters that impact the visitation rights of parents, including:

Divorce
visitation modifications
Paternity cases
Development and modification of parenting plans
Parental relocation disputes

If you need to speak with a family law attorney, I offer a free consultation. To schedule your consultation, contact my law office in Lakeport, California. I can assist with any visitation issue, including:

Concerns about alcohol or chemical dependency issues
Questions about parental fitness
Disputes over visitation schedules
Denial of visitation and violation of court orders
Physical or sexual abuse
False allegations of abuse
Allegations of parental alienation
Domestic violence, restraining orders and supervised visitation
Other key visitation issues
Put A Strong Advocate On Your Side

I have more than a decade of legal experience. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills.
I understand that custody and visitation disputes can have a significant impact on children. When possible, I seek to find ways to resolve disputes efficiently and amicably, while fully safeguarding my clients’ rights.
I also understand that parents may have such disparate views concerning the welfare of their children that some cases will have to be resolved in court. As a former prosecutor, I understand the critical value of trial preparation. When it is necessary to fight for my clients in the courtroom, I am fully prepared to provide the strong advocacy they require.
Contact A Lakeport Visitation Rights Attorney

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Wrongful Death
Car Accidents
Distracted Driving Accidents
Drunk Driving Accidents
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

Representing Accident Victims in Lake County and Mendocino County, California

An accident resulting in serious injuries can cause extreme financial hardship. Medical bills can pile up. Often, accident victims are left unable to work temporarily or long term, making it difficult or impossible to pay bills and support a family.

I am J. David Markham, a Lakeport personal injury lawyer committed to helping people dealing with the most serious accident-related injuries. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer following an accident can help you get through the tough physical, emotional and financial hardships you face. I invite you to contact my law offices to learn how I can help.

Personal Injury Representation in the Clearlake , California, Area

Individuals who have been injured in an accident caused by another person or party’s negligence may be eligible for significant compensation. From my law office in Lakeport, I represent individuals who have been injured in the following types of motor vehicle accidents:

Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, hit-and-run accidents, boating accidents and more.

I also represent the families of victims of accidents resulting in a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, I can help you understand your rights and legal options. Do not wait too long to speak to a personal injury attorney. The earlier you take action, the more options you may have for pursuing compensation for your loss.

Contact a Ukiah Accident Injuries Lawyer
If you are interested in learning about your legal options after personal injury accident has changed your life, please contact my law offices to schedule a free initial consultation.

Criminal Defense FAQ

When You Get Arrested Dos & Don’ts
The Dos
Do be polite and as courteous as possible to the police.
Do ask for the police officer’s name and badge number, or read it off of his or her badge. Try to remember it. Try to get a good look at the officer’s face so that you can identify him or her later by that method, if necessary.
Do, if you are arrested in your car, show the police officer your driver’s license and registration information. Note that in other situations where you are not stopped in your car, you cannot be arrested for the sole reason of refusing to provide information, including your name and address, to the police.
Do place your hands where the police can see them.
Do, if you are taken into custody, demand the right to have an attorney present before speaking to the police.
Do ask if you are under arrest. If you are, you have the right to be told why.
Do clearly inform the police that you will not speak to them about anything without an attorney being present.
Do, as soon as you can, write down everything that happened during the course of your arrest so that you can use that writing to refresh your memory at a later date.
Do, if you are physically injured by the police during the course of your arrest, seek medical attention and inform your medical providers of the cause of your injuries. Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible.
Do remember that you do not need to answer ANY question that the police ask of you. If you answer a question which at first seems harmless, be aware that it may come back to haunt you later.
The Don’ts
Don’t offer information to the police, no matter what tactics they use.
Don’t assume that the police have a search warrant just because they say that they do. If they say they have a search warrant, ask to see it.
Don’t get into an argument with the police, no matter how hard they may try to bait you into losing your temper.
Don’t initiate physical contact with the police, even if you mean them no harm.
Don’t give them any reason to find you threatening. Do not give them the impression that you are hard to deal with or irritating.
Don’t run away from a police officer if you see one (or more) approaching you. Running away may give the police reason to suspect that you are hiding something from them, even if you are totally innocent.
Don’t interfere with or obstruct the police. If you do, you can face additional criminal charges.
Don’t resist arrest. Even if you think you are innocent, the time to protest comes later. If you resist arrest, you may face additional charges.
Don’t allow the police to listen in on any telephone call that you make to your lawyer once you have been arrested. While the police may listen in on conversations to other individuals, they cannot listen to a conversation with your lawyer because it is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Don’t speak to the police about anything before your attorney arrives and talks to you first.
Don’t provide the police with any information other than your name and address if you are arrested unless your attorney is present and approves.
Don’t sign anything, no matter what it is, without an attorney being present.
Don’t say anything if your attorney instructs that you remain silent. Let your attorney do the talking for you, no matter how hard it may be to resist the urge to speak.
Don’t agree to participate in a line-up without your attorney being present.
Don’t lie to your attorney, or to the police if you choose to talk to them.
Can a person be guilty of drunk driving if he only had one drink?
What is the role of the federal government in criminal law?
Are grand jury proceedings secret?

FAQ-Questions

Wouldn’t longer sentences mean less overall crime?
Sentence length may or may not correlate with a decrease in crime. Criminal punishment has four basic goals: rehabilitate the offender; restrain the offender from committing further crimes; exact revenge against the offender; and deterring the offender and the general public from criminal behavior. It is unclear if longer sentences actually convince a particular offender not to commit another crime. However, recidivism rates are high, thereby suggesting that the average offender does not “learn his lesson” in prison and refrain from further criminal activity. One thing that does correlate positively with a reduction in criminal activity is increasing age; people under the age of thirty-five years commit most crimes. Therefore, it could be argued that sentences that keep offenders in prison until middle age will reduce overall crime rates.
In addition, more time in prison could allow for more complete rehabilitation because the offender could stay in treatment programs for a longer period of time. Batterers are more likely to change the controlling behavior that leads to domestic abuse if they participate in long-term intensive educational programs. Sex offenders may benefit from multi-level treatment plans spread out over a period of time. In prisons with educational programs, offenders who stay long enough may receive high school or college degrees or learn a trade, which will equip them to lead a productive, law-abiding life. However, some states do not provide adequate resources for these rehabilitation programs.
Longer sentences do not appear to deter the general public from criminal activity. Many times, it is the likelihood of getting caught that deters a person from criminal activity, not the length of the sentence. Many crimes are committed on impulse, and the threat of a lengthy sentence does not even enter the offender’s mind.
Finally, the cost of longer sentences in terms of tax dollars is very high. If sentences are lengthened, new prisons and jails will need to be built to accommodate offenders who would be incarcerated under sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences.
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Is there a way to punish a criminal before he actually commits the crime he is planning?
In some circumstances a “crime” can be punished before it occurs. Many jurisdictions have either a general “attempt” crime or individual statutes that make attempted murder or attempted robbery, or the like, a crime. The purpose of these statutes is to punish an individual who has shown himself or herself to be dangerously inclined to commit a crime without waiting until the criminal act is actually completed. In order to convict a person for an attempted crime, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person had the intent to commit an act or bring about certain consequences that would amount to a crime, and that he or she took some step beyond mere preparation toward that goal.
Whether the offender has the intent necessary to be convicted of attempt depends on the mental state required by the underlying crime. If a person’s actual intention at the time he or she attacked the victim was to cause bodily harm, he or she cannot be convicted of attempted murder if the victim does not die. (However, he could be convicted of the actual crime of murder if the victim died, even if his intention was only to cause bodily harm.) Likewise, a person whose plan to steal fails can be convicted of attempted theft, which requires the intention to deprive another of his or her property permanently, only if he or she had the same intention at the time the crime was attempted.
Like most crimes, attempt requires a “bad act” as well as a bad intention. Therefore, the government must prove the offender engaged in conduct that moved toward committing the crime. The exact nature of the act needed to meet this “preparation” requirement varies from case to case, depending on individual facts. For example, a person who checked in at the ticket counter of an airport and sat in the waiting area with a gun in his pocket could be convicted of the crime of attempting to board an airplane with a gun. A person who planned to rob a bank messenger and drove around looking for him on his regular route, but did not find him, and did nothing else would not necessarily be guilty of attempted robbery.
The punishment for the crime of attempt can be the same as the punishment for the completed crime. However, most jurisdictions make some distinction and provide for a lesser punishment for attempt. For instance, some states provide that the punishment for attempted first-degree theft will be the same as the crime of second-degree theft. The Model Penal Code, which is a source of many states’ criminal statutes, generally requires the same punishment for attempt as the punishment for the underlying crime on the rationale that a person who attempts a crime has shown himself to be just as much in need of corrective sanctions as the one who actually completes a crime.
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Are all illegal drugs treated equally when it comes to punishing drug dealers?
No, the punishment for drug crimes depends not only on the criminal conduct of the offender but also on the classification of the drug. Federal sentencing guidelines begin with forty-three base offense levels and add or subtract levels depending on certain specified criteria. The higher the offense level, the harsher the sentence.
The base offense level under the federal guidelines differs for different drugs and for different amounts of the same drug. For instance, if the conviction is for the crime of manufacturing 300 kilograms of heroin, the base offense level is forty-two. However, if the conviction is for manufacturing 300 kilograms of cocaine, the base offense level is thirty-eight. Crack is a form of cocaine and listed on the same schedule of controlled substances. However, the quantities of crack needed to impose a certain sentence are much less than the quantity of powdered cocaine. For example, a person convicted of the crime of delivering 5 grams of crack will receive a sentence in the federal system of five to forty years. To receive that same sentence, a person would have to be convicted of delivering 500 grams of powdered cocaine.
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Can a person be guilty of drunk driving if he only had one drink?
The crime of drunk driving is generally defined in two ways: (1) having a blood alcohol content above the limit set by law, or (2) driving under the influence of alcohol. To find a person guilty under the first definition, a jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeded a certain amount. In most states the legal limit is .08 (or 8 percent). Therefore, if it is proven that the person’s BAC at the time of the incident was .08 or greater, he or she can be convicted of drunk driving, regardless of how much alcohol was actually consumed.
In contrast, the second definition does not refer to any particular BAC; it focuses on the driving behavior of the person. If the person’s driving is impaired by the consumption of alcohol, he or she can be found guilty of drunk driving. Instead of presenting evidence of the BAC to a jury, the prosecution seeking a conviction under this definition generally presents testimony about the person’s driving and consumption of alcohol. A police officer will often describe the impaired driving that lead him to pull the person over and the person’s ability (or lack thereof) to perform field sobriety tests, such as walking a straight line. Evidence is also usually presented concerning the person’s consumption of alcohol. If the jury then concludes that the prosecution has met its burden of proof, it will convict the person of drunk driving. A susceptible person may exhibit impaired driving after one drink and therefore be convicted of drunk driving.
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What is the role of the federal government in criminal law?
Crime has long been considered the concern of state government. States are authorized to protect their citizens from criminal activity by prosecuting criminals. States are also authorized to determine what constitutes a crime statutorily (through the legislature) and through common law. The federal government, on the other hand, has limited jurisdiction and must link any crimes it prosecutes to its powers under the Constitution. The most commonly used powers to support federal criminal legislation are the commerce power, the taxing power, and the postal power. While Congress has used these powers all along to define crimes, there has been an explosion of federally created crimes in the last half of the 20th century. Most of the laws controlling white-collar crime, like the RICO Act and the Victims and Witnesses Protection Act have been passed since 1950.
In addition, Congress has become increasingly involved in the “war on drugs” with the creation of various drug statutes. Due to the severity of the penalties, often, local prosecutors prefer to have drug charges prosecuted in federal court rather than file state charges. Most federal laws have as their rationale that the particular crime addressed needs a uniform response nationwide, and due to the nature of drug crimes (particularly distribution), it is difficult to prosecute drug crimes on a state-by-state basis.
Examples of successful federal criminal legislation are the federal gun laws and federal computer laws. The federal gun laws provide uniformity and the federal computer laws make it possible to punish Internet crime.
The U.S. Constitution has always played a role in criminal law because it defines important individual rights that must be preserved even in a state prosecution involving a state crime. The Constitution guarantees a right to a trial by jury in open court, the right to cross-examine witnesses, the right to remain silent (on grounds of self-incrimination), the presumption of innocence, the right to be represented by a lawyer, and the right to be free of cruel or unusual punishment. States are required to pay for attorneys for indigent offenders, and federal agencies provide oversight to state prisons to ensure compliance with these constitutional requirements.
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Are grand jury proceedings secret?
Most courts have rules that prohibit disclosure of grand jury proceedings. The rules typically apply to the government attorneys, the grand jury members, and the court personnel. Violators of the rules can be held in contempt of court if a case against them is proven. However, proving that the leaked information came out of the grand jury proceeding and identifying exactly who made the prohibited disclosure is difficult in most cases.
Another challenge to keeping the proceedings secret arises because the prohibition against disclosure often does not apply to a person subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Witnesses are free to discuss their testimony with the media or with anyone else, unless the judge expressly orders them not to.
Persons who are the subject of a grand jury proceeding are not entitled to any notice regarding the scope of the investigation or the nature of the incidents under consideration. They are generally not allowed to have an attorney present with them in the grand jury room, but may be permitted to leave from time to time to consult with an attorney outside the grand jury room.
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Are there special crimes to control children’s behavior?
While there is a special court system to handle juvenile crime, there is usually not a special juvenile criminal code. Adult criminal codes are applied in the juvenile system, but the children are not generally accused of crimes. Instead, they are accused of committing delinquent acts. Sentences are designed to educate and rehabilitate children, rather than punish them. Children cannot be locked up in adult jails except for very limited periods of time. A child held in an adult jail must be out of sight and sound contact with the adult inmates.
In earlier days, special crimes that only applied to children did exist. These crimes were the so-called status offenses and punished behavior that would not be criminal if committed by an adult. Status offenses included running away from home, skipping school, disobeying parents, and breaking curfew. The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act made receipt of federal funds conditioned on eliminating status offenses, and most states have repealed any status offenses. However, these behaviors may still trigger an investigation by child protective services to determine if the child needs assistance from the court or social service agencies.
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What is the difference between probation and parole?
Probation is a criminal sentence; parole is one way of completing a criminal sentence of incarceration. In most jurisdictions, first-time offenders are considered for probation, particularly if their offense was nonviolent. A person placed on probation is typically given a jail or prison sentence that is suspended as long as the person abides by the terms and conditions of probation. Common terms require the person to contact a probation officer once a week and to work, go to school, or look for work. Other terms can include required attendance at alcohol treatment or narcotic-abuse programs and educational classes on such subjects as anger management or good driving. The length of probation and its terms are enumerated at the sentencing and once the person has completed the terms of probation, he or she is free of court supervision.
Typically, an offender has been sentenced to an indeterminate or range of years in prison. After the offender has served the minimum amount of time authorized, the parole board decides if the offender is ready to be released from incarceration to finish out the sentence on parole. Parole boards consider the nature and seriousness of the crime, the views of the victim, the progress the offender made in prison, how crowded the prison is, and whether the offender has a someplace to go in the community. If parole is granted, the offender will have to abide by terms and conditions similar to those for probation for a specified period of time. If he or she completes the parole period, the criminal sentence is discharged.
Both probation and parole can be revoked if the offender commits another crime or seriously violates one of the conditions of release. The revocation proceeding requires written notice to the offender, an opportunity to explain and call witnesses, an impartial decision-maker, and a written decision stating the reasons for revocation. If parole is revoked, the parolee goes back to prison and serves the remainder of his or her sentence in jail or prison.
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How does a district attorney decide which criminals to charge?
A district attorney or prosecutor has the discretion to decide which crimes should be charged. In a typical case, the police investigate a crime and send a report to the prosecutor. The prosecutor then must decide whether to bring criminal charges against the subject of the investigation. First, the prosecutor analyzes the case to determine if it is legally sound. The case must not have any obvious defects that will get it thrown out of court, such as violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights or destruction of evidence crucial to the defense. Next, the prosecutor decides if there is adequate and reliable evidence of the person’s guilt. The prosecutor must determine that the amount of evidence, and the quality of evidence, makes conviction probable. If offering a plea, such as an agreement by the defendant to undergo drug treatment in return for a suspended sentence, is appropriate, the prosecutor may prefer to dispose of the case in this manner. Additional factors which may influence the prosecutor’s decision include the defendant’s culpability, which may be lacking because he or she acted out of a worthy motive or has mental defects. Finally the prosecutor must decide if he has the resources to pursue the case or if it is a low priority for that particular office.
Many prosecutors are elected officials and as such can be voted out of office if the public does not like the emphasis of their office. Some prosecutors, for instance, may focus most of their efforts and the office’s resources combating property crime, while others may focus on domestic abuse. If the electorate does not like the particular goals of the prosecutor, it can end the practice by failing to reelect the individual or by seeking to have them removed from office.
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What is the difference between rape and sexual assault?
Rape is often used as a generic term for unwanted sexual acts. However, historically its common-law definition required the sexual act to be intercourse, the rapist to be a man, and the victim to be a woman, other than his wife. Furthermore, the act had to be committed as a result of force or the threat of force. Common-law rules often required the rape to be corroborated by independent witnesses to negate the offender’s defense of consent.
Many modern-day penal codes no longer use the term “rape”, but instead use sexual abuse or sexual assault to define the prohibited acts. Rape is covered by these statutes and may be designated as sexual abuse in the first degree. However, most sexual assault statutes cover intercourse as well as other sexual acts and apply to homosexuals as well as heterosexuals. Generally, husbands can be charged with sexual assault of their wives, although they may receive a lighter sentence than non-marital sexual assault. Lesser offenses, such as unwanted touching or lascivious acts may be included in the definition of sexual assault.

Learn More: Criminal Law
Our criminal law has its roots in medieval England. Under early common law, criminal behavior was considered a breach of the King’s peace, and therefore, considered harmful to society in general, which required governmental action. Only the major felonies, such as treason, rape, larceny, battery, kidnapping, murder, and arson were prosecuted and the only sentence was death. Today, criminal law is a vast and complex body of statutes, rules, and judicial decisions that touch nearly every aspect of our lives. State, federal, and municipal criminal codes have divided the old common-law felonies into many separate crimes and now provide an array of sentencing options. In addition, new crimes have been defined addressing drugs, automobiles, businesses, organized crime, computers and other modern situations.
A crime must be clearly defined in order to pass scrutiny under the federal Constitution, which prohibits the government from taking a person’s life, liberty, or property without due process of law. A vague description of the crime or a lack of specific elements or intent needed for committing the crime leaves a person without knowledge of exactly what is prohibited. In order to be a crime, the prohibited conduct must include both a “mens rea” or intent and an “actus reus” or bad act. Accidentally hitting somebody when you draw back the baseball bat to swing at a ball is not a crime because it lacks required intent. Wishing someone would drop dead is not a crime because it lacks the bad act. Examples of crimes and topics of interest in criminal law include:
Drug violations are criminalized in both federal and state criminal justice codes, which typically list controlled substances, which are prohibited under any circumstances or may not be used except under a doctor’s care. When a person uses one of these substances in violation of a criminal statute, he or she has committed a crime.
DWI/DUI means “driving while intoxicated” or “driving while under the influence” and refers to the crime of drunk driving. This crime usually includes driving while using drugs or alcohol and operating a car or other kind of motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle or boat. Drunk driving is defined by each state’s criminal code.
Federal jurisdiction refers to authority of a federal court to hear cases involving crimes charged under federal law. Crime has traditionally been the domain of individual states, but Congress is authorized through its powers under the commerce, postal, and taxing clauses in the Constitution to make criminal laws covering those areas. While a person can be prosecuted for the same incident under state and federal law, most often the choice of whether to bring an action in state or federal court is based upon resources available to investigate and prosecute the crime and on sentencing options.
Felonies are crimes punishable by over one year in prison. Most felonies are also punishable by a fine, but the critical determination for considering a crime a felony is the prison sentence.
Fraud is not a separate crime, but is an important part of property crimes such as embezzlement and false pretenses. The lawbreaker must knowingly and intentionally deceive the victim in some manner for the fraud element to be satisfied.
Grand jury proceedings are a method used by prosecutors to bring criminal charges against a criminal suspect. A prosecutor will often convene a grand jury when investigating complicated criminal matters.
Juvenile crimes are typically called delinquent acts and handled in the juvenile court system. The major purpose of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate the offender, and many sentences require counseling or other family intervention. Juvenile court jurisdiction typically ends when a person turns eighteen.
Misdemeanors are crimes with a punishment of less than one year in prison. Many crimes, such as theft, have degrees of seriousness with the most serious being felonies and the less serious being misdemeanors. Often, procedures used in misdemeanor prosecutions are abbreviated and in some cases, do not require a trial.
Parole and probation are used in the sentencing phase of the criminal-justice system. Parole refers to the condition of supervised release that occurs after an offender has spent time in prison. Probation is a sentence imposed instead of prison and is usually subject to terms and conditions designed to make the offender a law-abiding citizen.
Prosecution refers to the government’s case against the lawbreaker. A prosecutor – the lawyer presenting the government’s case – has complete discretion to decide whether to bring a charge against an alleged offender and must prove all charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
RICO refers to the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act passed in 1970 as part of a larger organized crime bill. The purpose of the act is to combat the infiltration of organized crime into legitimate businesses, but also it has been used to prosecute individuals other than just those associated with organized crime.
Sex offenses include much more than the common-law crime of rape, which historically was limited to unlawful sexual intercourse by a man against a woman through the use of force or the immediate threat of force. Most states prohibit lesser invasions, such as unwanted touching, as well as prosecution of spouses for sexual assault. In addition, sex offenses include crimes that are defined based on the status of the victim, such as a child or therapy patient.
Traffic violations may be crimes or may be classified as infractions, which are generally not considered part of the criminal law. In jurisdictions where they are crimes, they are typically considered the lowest level of misdemeanor and are only punished by a fine. However, some traffic violations can rise to the level of more serious crimes, such as vehicular homicide or leaving the scene of an accident.
Victims’ rights refers to a body of emerging law that focuses on the needs and concerns of crime victims. Victims now have rights, for example, to information about the prosecution of the crime committed against them, to receive counseling and compensation, and to participate in the sentencing process.
White collar crimes refer to the group of property crimes typically committed to gain a business or professional advantage. White collar crimes include mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, tax crimes, and environmental pollution.

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