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CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW

In face of an arrest, you need the best!  This is a time in your life that you need to hire experience.  We have over 20 years of experience.   We know the law, we know how the system works and we will provide you with the best defense possible.  We defend adults, juveniles, professionals, college students, military personnel, public employees, and anyone else who faces serious charges in state or federal court. 

KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT ALONE

Law Offices of David L. Baker is prepared to litigate your case. During your legal proceedings, we will serve as your advocate and offer you ongoing support.  Our Law office will fight for you to receive a fair trial, challenge any evidence that is illegally obtained, and make certain that your defense is presented as strongly as possible.

We will provide the following services:

Investigative - we will contract with a criminal defense investigator who will carefully investigate your case to uncover evidence to support your defense.

Interview all parties involved, including police.

Interview, prepare and bring in witnesses, when appropriate, to testify on your behalf.

Thoroughly research and present you with defense options to help you combat your charges.  We only move forward with a defense that you approve and feel comfortable with.

Experience matters! We will negotiate with prosecutors to have your charges or sentence reduced, if possible.

The Law Offices of David L. Baker can handle all types of criminal law cases, including but not limited to:

 
 
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DRUG CRIME LAW

Many drug-related crimes carry extremely heavy jail sentences and fines. If you are ever convicted of a drug crime, that conviction may stay on your record for the rest of your life and could affect your ability to get a job, a loan, or even an apartment.

Drug crimes in California include drug possession, possession for sale or distribution, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, drug smuggling and importation.  It is unlawful to possess or distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, PCP, ecstasy, molly, heroin, ketamine, amphetamines, bath salts, ayahuasca, hashish, opium, MDMA, GHB, mescaline, steroids, methamphetamine, peyote and prescription drugs without a prescription.

The Law Offices of David Baker has extensive experience in handling all types of drug cases.  

We handle all drug possession, distribution and transportation charges, including:

  • Illegal possession of marijuana
  • Dispensary defense
  • Illegal possession of narcotics and other controlled substances
  • Transportation of drugs across the US/Mexico border
  • Illegal possession of prescription medications
  • Forged medication prescriptions
  • Drug possession for sales or distribution

Defense for Drug Possession Charges in San Diego

We have extensive experience defending clients charged with illegal drug possession, distribution and transportation. We closely examine the evidence in the prosecution’s possession and look for ways to exploit police and prosecution errors to our clients’ advantage.

  • Did the police seize drugs as a result of an illegal traffic stop?
  • Did the police violate the terms of a search warrant?
  • Did the police fail to instruct you of your right to remain silent or your right to legal counsel?

Treatment and Diversion Programs

We are also familiar with treatment options, diversion programs and other creative measures that may allow you to avoid a criminal conviction or minimize the penalties you may face. We care about our clients and work hard to protect their freedom, record and rights.

If you have been arrested for drug possession, you may be innocent, you may have made a mistake or you may have a chemical dependency issue. Regardless of your personal circumstances, we will be the strong and caring advocates you need. For people who do have a chemical dependency issue, incarceration is not the answer. We will do everything in our power and within the law to protect your freedom.

Contact Us

To schedule a free consultation, call 619-743-0121.

 

DUI CRIME LAW

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you owe it to yourself to get the advice of a knowledgeable DUI Attorney as soon as possible. The fines, license suspension and increased insurance rates that may result from a DUI arrest can together represent a much greater expense for you than an attorney’s fee.

THE RIGHT ATTORNEY MATTERS

Field sobriety tests and devices used to determine a person’s intoxication level at the time of arrest are not always accurate. A skilled attorney can review the results of your arrest to determine how to best challenge the DUI allegations.

The potential penalties for a conviction, even if it’s a first offense, can be extremely serious. Having the right attorney can make all the difference. There are a number of legal defenses and ways to defend DUI charges.  

We provide defense for:  

  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Under-aged DUI
  • Multiple DUI
  • DUI Penalties
  • Driving on a Suspended
  • Bench Warrants

You need a DUI Defense Attorney - do not go it alone!  Get legal representation!

 

 
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EXPUNGEMENT LAW

PUT YOUR MISTAKES BEHIND YOU

Everyone makes mistakes, but a mistake you made in the past shouldn’t prevent you from getting the jobs, loans, or housing you deserve now or in the future. If you’ve been convicted of a crime and have already faced the consequences, it may be possible to remove those charges from your criminal record (and from criminal background check databases) through a legal process called "expungement."  

In California, certain cases may be expunged from the official criminal records.  Depending on the case and Judge, we can write a motion to expunge and then other cases will require a full hearing before the court.  In some cases, the prosecutor will be objecting to giving you a clean record. It will be completely up to the judge whether you will have your record expunged or not, and being properly represented can make the difference between whether you are successful.

The cleaning of your record is important for helping you get gainful employment, allowing you to pursue or maintain most professional licenses, assisting in getting your right to vote back, and equally important, allowing you to move on with your life.

Law Offices Of David Baker has an in-depth understanding of the legal issues surrounding expungement.

Call today - 619-743-0121

 
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WHITE COLLAR CRIME

Have you been charged with a white collar crime? Have you become the target of a criminal investigation for a white collar crime?

You need a strong defense.  This is your life and your reputation.  We have solid experience in this area of law and can help you are face both state or federal charges, including:

White collar cases are highly complex and should be handled by a qualified defense lawyer. The evidence in such cases often involve financial documents and intercepted communications demonstrating some type of alleged financial fraud.

If you have not already been charged with a criminal offense but believe you are the target of an investigation, contact our office immediately. We may be able to help you avoid being charged with a crime.

If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, we may be able to negotiate a resolution to your case with the prosecution in which you pay restitution and either avoid a criminal conviction, plead guilty to a lesser offense, avoid incarceration or significantly limit any time you may be required to serve.  Attorney David Baker is highly adept at communicating with prosecutors and understands the critical importance of proactive case management.

 
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VIOLENT CRIME LAW

 If you are suspected or charged with a violent crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can secure your rights. A skilled lawyer will not only look for ways to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed but will also focus on developing an effective criminal defense trial strategy.

At the Law Offices of David Baker, we know the system and we know the right steps to take in developing a defense strategy and seeking to mitigate any potential damage.  Our ability to work with the facts in plea negotiations can turn a weak defense into a strong one. In our experience, a creative approach to your defense strategy can result in a sentence of probation or work release.

As a starting point for an effective defense strategy, we will evaluate the police report, witness statements and any physical evidence. Attorney David Baker takes this approach a step further through identifying creative solutions by focusing on the actual risk of punishment you are currently facing. 

Our firm handles cases involving all types of criminal allegations, including:

If the evidence against you makes a trial too risky, we will advise you and work with all parties — including prosecutors, probation officers, court services and community agencies — to show that you are an excellent candidate for favorable treatment.

 
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SEX CRIME LAW

SEX CRIME DEFENSE LAWYERS

Being accused of a sex crime can be extremely intimidating. You deserve to know that your lawyer is doing everything possible to protect your interests. Our office has extensive knowledge in this area of law.  Your case and your reputation matter to us!  Don't leave your case to chance, hire experience:

  • Forcible rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Simple or aggravated sexual assault
  • Date rape or acquaintance rape
  • Prostitution offenses
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Online solicitation of a minor for sex
  • Pandering
  • Child pornography possession, distribution or manufacture
  • Child Molestation
  • Child Pornography
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Exhibitionism

Is it possible to have your name removed from the sex offender registry?

Many people listed in the sex offender registry that have committed a non-violent crimes or offenses involving consensual adults may have their names removed. This would involve filing a claim with the state’s department of justice (DOJ). We can help guide you through the process.

Defense of Sex Crime Charges in San Diego

There are two main approaches to the defense of sex crimes. First, we can investigate the facts and review the evidence supporting the charges to see where weaknesses in the case against you can help us develop a trial defense and leverage for plea negotiations. Next, we can work toward a compromise with the prosecutor by emphasizing the facts that work in your favor.

Criminal defense attorney David Baker concentrates on the creative solutions that can take full advantage of the strengths of your legal position while protecting you from the most serious potential consequences of serious felony charges.

While we are developing and presenting your defense to the charges you are facing now, we also keep in mind the importance of protecting your long-range interests. Are you a foreign national at risk of deportation? Are you a licensed professional who might face discipline before your licensing board? If you accept a good plea offer, will you have to register as a sex offender anyway? We take all of these considerations into account for your defense strategy.

Whether you want to take your case to trial or negotiate a plea is up to you. We will give you the legal and practical advice necessary to guide a sound decision.  To discuss your case call David at 619-743-0121.