As co-author of Marsy's Law, passed by the California voters in 2008, I am committed to ensuring victims receive their constitutional rights under California law. I legally represent crime victims in many ways, including, but not limited to:
- Meeting with the prosecuting agency in discussing the victim’s position prior to criminal charges being filed;
- Notifying victims prior to every court proceeding and appearing in court with them;
- Addressing the judge to present an argument on behalf of the victims regarding the amount of bail which would be most appropriate;
- Objecting to any delays in the proceedings, including the defendant’s request to continue the trial;
- Presenting a victim-impact statement along with the victim which the judge is mandated to consider prior to sentencing;
- Insuring that the victim’s voice is heard by the judge, the DA and the defense attorney in the event that “plea bargaining” is occurring;
- Attending and arguing against parole release at an Inmate’s parole hearing.
Please feel free to contact me at any time to understand your Constitutional Rights as a crime victim. I have assisted numerous crime victims in their pursuit of justice and I am here to help you, too.
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