Over the course of his career, Attorney Joseph T. Rhea has personally defended thousands of criminal cases on the state and federal level, with a record of not guilty verdicts, dismissals and negotiated plea deals. In Banning, Beaumont and the greater Palm Springs area, he has garnered a reputation for being an honest and friendly attorney who is a tireless advocate for his criminal defense clients. His reputation for being an articulate and meticulous criminal lawyer has earned him respect amongst judges, prosecutors and local law enforcement personnel alike.
Criminal acts can be prosecuted on the state or the federal level, with federal offenses being prosecuted under federal criminal law. While the majority of crimes are prosecuted on the state level, some crimes such as those involving certain white collar crimes and drug crimes, as well as violent crimes such as kidnapping can be prosecuted in federal court and incur harsh sentencing and penalties for the accused upon conviction. What's more, federal cases are often investigated by large government agencies such as the FBI, the ICE, the DEA, the IRS or the Secret Service. Attorney Rhea has extensive experience representing clients in minor misdemeanor cases involving everything from assault to serious felony cases and crimes such as embezzlement, bank fraud, robbery, manslaughter and murder.
Whether you're arrested for a lower level misdemeanor crime or a felony, it will certainly be a life-altering event due to the fact that a permanent criminal record can affect your ability to find employment, housing, certain educational loans and professional licenses. Perhaps one of the most common reasons for an arrest in California is DUI, and this can involve driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal street drugs, or even lawfully prescribed medications (sleeping pills DUI).
Attorney Rhea has consistently ranked as one of the top DUI lawyers in the area; for example, in 2011 Palm Springs Life magazine ranked him as the top DUI defense lawyer in the desert. Over the years he has successfully defended DUI cases with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels ranging anywhere from 0.08% to 0.41%.
Along with DUI representation, Attorney Rhea frequently represents individuals who have been arrested on drug charges. Whether you have been arrested for drug possession, sales, or for cultivating marijuana or a prescription drug-related crime, Attorney Rhea devotes a significant amount of his time to the field of drug defense.
Attorney Rhea is a longstanding member of the Legal Committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and has therefore devoted a considerable amount of time defending people against all types of drug charges. Each year a large number of young people are arrested while attending festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach. These arrests of high school and college students have the potential to result in life-altering consequences such as losing the right to vote, to bear arms, and the right to receive certain government benefits such as student aid.
Banning is situated alongside the Interstate 10 in the San Gorgonio Pass, which is also known as the Banning Pass. Banning shares its geographic and regional features with its neighbor Beaumont, both of which have seen rapid population growth since the 1990s. Banning and Beaumont are located about 80 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and 30 miles west of Palm Springs. Banning is served by its own police force, but it is also served by Beaumont, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Desert Hot Springs police departments in major emergency situations, as well as the California Highway Patrol out of the Beaumont regional station.
If your answer is yes to either question, then you would benefit dramatically by contacting the Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea for help. Whether you were arrested while passing through the area or if you are a resident of Banning, it's important to contact a local defense attorney who is intimately familiar with the local prosecutors, judges and courtroom personnel who will be working on your case. Attorney Rhea understands the predicament you are in as well as the high stress levels involved, and there is absolutely no reason why you should attempt to go it alone or hire an overburdened or inexperienced public defender that doesn't have the time to adequately defend your case.
Attorney Rhea has served the community from his downtown office located in Palm Springs for nearly a decade. He is a member of the Palm Springs DBA and a proud sponsor of many community events. Attorney Rhea is an active member of NORML and represents medical marijuana collectives and patients throughout Southern California.
He earned his juris doctor from the University of San Francisco and he is the only California criminal defense attorney to have been awarded a doctorate from Harvard University. Attorney Rhea authored a book about American history, published by the Harvard University Press, and he has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, Boston College, and Arizona State University.
His firm offers all potential clients a free case evaluation where they can get their questions answered and clear insight into the direction their case is headed. To begin protecting your rights in the criminal process, contact Banning criminal defense lawyer Joseph T. Rhea for immediate assistance with your legal matter.
“Mr. Rhea was extremely knowledgeable which, without a doubt, was the reason the Judge dismissed my case without any fines, probation, etc. Additionally, his vast knowledge helped lay out all the scenarios which helped relieve my anxieties. He was extremely prompt and reliable which made working with him a pleasure. I would highly recommend Mr. Rhea’s services to anyone and everyone.” – Former Federal Drug Possession Client