State Criminal Defense

Voluntary manslaughter – Is a killing that would otherwise be murder is reduced to voluntary manslaughter if the defendant killed someone because of a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion. It is up to the People of the State of California to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not kill as a result of a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion. Obtaining a defense attorney would be in your best interests. David A. Torres can help you affectively defend against this serious allegation and should be contacted immediately. Involuntary Manslaughter– is when a defendant acts in an unlawful manner with criminal negligence (recklessness to create high risk of death or great bodily injury) and the defendant’s acts caused the death of another person. In such cases it is important to have an experienced trial lawyer; David A. Torres has over 25 years of trial experience and would be an invaluable asset in your defense.

Vehicular Manslaughter—Can occur while intoxicated or due to reckless driving. A defendant is guilty of vehicular manslaughter with ordinary negligence when: while driving a vehicle, the defendant committed a misdemeanor, infraction or other lawful act in an unlawful manner, the misdemeanor, infraction, or otherwise lawful act was dangerous to human life under the circumstances of its commission, the defendant committed the misdemeanor, infraction or otherwise lawful act with ordinary negligence, and the misdemeanor, infraction, or otherwise lawful act caused the death of another person . If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter or vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated you should contact David A. Torres immediately.

DUI—There are two criminal charges common in DUI cases. One is driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs and the other is Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or higher. California takes DUI cases very seriously, so there are expensive fines and jail time associated with these charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, you need a qualified drunk driving lawyer to protect your rights; call our highly respected attorneys at David A. Torres today. Assault and Battery— Simple assault is trying to batter a person and being unsuccessful. Simple Battery is any unlawful and or offensive touching (a push, a punch, throwing something at someone). Both assault and battery are misdemeanor offenses. There are several defenses available to you if you are charged with an assault or battery. Domestic Violence— Domestic Violence occurs when one inflicts injury upon a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or the mother or father of his or her child. Domestic Violence offenses are very serious and the Prosecution can continue to pursue the case even if the allege victim wishes to drop all charges. Depending on the severity of the injuries domestic violence charges can be filed as felonies or misdemeanors. It is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. David A. Torres is a dedicated attorney, who is well versed in this area and can defend your rights.

Major Vendor Narcotics charge (all drugs)— Occurs when someone is in possession of multiple pounds or kilograms of illegal substances such as, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Sex crimes – David A. Torres has extensive experience with criminal charges involving sex crimes. Sex crimes may include, date rape, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, pandering, prostitution, sexual abuse, sexual battery, statutory rape, and unlawful possession of pornography. It is important to obtain an experienced attorney because sexual crimes may carry a societal stigma that never goes away. The punishment is also quite sever in these cases Robbery/Theft — A person can be charged with robbery when a person takes property that doesn’t belong to them from another person’s possession or immediate presence, against that persons will, by using force or threats and the person was significantly deprived of the value of or his or her enjoyment of the property. All robberies are felonies, but are divided into first degree robbery and second degree robbery. A defendant’s length of sentence depends on the degree of robbery for which they are convicted.

Petty Theft—Petty theft crimes occur when a defendant takes money or property that costs less than 950 dollars. The penalties for petty theft depends on the facts of the case specifically: the dollar amount, number of items, prior criminal convictions, and personal circumstances. We recommend you contact our team of attorneys as soon as possible. Kidnapping—when a person takes another person by force and without that person’s consent from one place to another, the crime is kidnapping. Common types of kidnapping are aggravated kidnapping, child kidnapping, kidnapping for ransom, parental kidnapping and simple kidnapping. These crimes carry extreme penalties. Our talented team of Attorneys can provide you with the legal defense that you need.

Gun charges— There are numerous crimes classified under gun charges. For example, possession of a concealed firearm, committing a crime using a gun, unlawfully discharging a firearm, bradishing a gun, carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle, unlawful sale of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm. Generally these offences are felonies, but some can be misdemeanors. There are three issues when dealing with gun charges. One is whether the defendant has a prior felony record, two, the nature in which the weapon was possessed, and three, the type of weapon possessed.

Terrorist– Penal Codes Section 11415-11419 outlines California’s terrorism crime. It is called the Kertzberg-Alarcon California Prevention of Terrorism Act. Under these codes the legislature has declares that the threat of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, inlducing, but not limited to, chemical, biological, nuclear, or radiological agents, is a significant

Expungement—In California a person is allowed to expunge some of his or her convictions. Convictions may be expunged if the person has complied with all of the terms of his or her probation and has not picked up any new law violations. If a conviction is expunged it is converted to a not guilty. Once an expungement is approved by a Judge the defendant is free to say that he or she has not been convicted of the particular violation to a non-government entity or individual. Major Narcotics Vendors—Consists of charges where defendants have been charges with the manufacture or sale of narcotics. It includes every step of the process; from illegally obtaining materials to manufacturing narcotics through the street dealer possession of narcotics for sale.