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 Beaumont and the greater Riverside County 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service (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 may 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 Beaumont, California is DUI, and this can involve driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal street drugs, or even lawfully prescribed medications (such as sleeping pills like Ambien or pain medications).
Attorney Rhea has consistently ranked as one of the top DUI lawyers in the area; for example, since 2010 Palm Springs Life magazine has ranked him as a 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 marijuana and other drug charges. Each year a large number of young people are arrested while attending festivals such as the Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival. These arrests of high school and college students have the potential to result in life-altering consequences such as losing the right to vote and the right to receive certain government benefits such as student aid.
City leaders in Beaumont have worked hard over the past decade to reduce crime, and continue to aggressively work in the city to arrest and charge any person they believe is engaged in criminal activity. The numbers of aggravated assaults continue to rise, though, and rape, murder, robbery, and burglaries are at an all time high. This ongoing increase in crime is of great concern, and law enforcement has been given the task to patrol the high crime areas and to get results in reducing crime. This can lead to serious legal problems for you or your loved one.
When you or a family member has been arrested and charged with a crime, there are immediate questions which require fast and decisive answers. First, although you have been detained, what can the police do or not do with you? As an American, you have specific legal rights that are guaranteed to you, no matter what the charges against you may be.
When you were arrested, you should have been given your Miranda rights. If this was not done, or it was carried out in an improper manner, Attorney Rhea may be able to use this in your defense. The Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea has provided proven criminal defense to local Beaumont residents for nearly a decade. He has an established track record of success in obtaining not guilty verdicts, negotiated settlements and dismissals for clients.
To be maximally effective, however, the defense of your rights should start the moment you are arrested.
Charges of domestic violence can break apart your family and leave a black mark on your reputation. Attorney Rhea can provide the defense that you need to ensure that you keep your good reputation and do not have a conviction placed on your record.
It is important to know that law enforcement in Beaumont is focused on reducing the rate of violent crime, and you will have the full force of the justice system to deal with. Crimes of violence that include the use of a weapon have far heavier penalties, and crimes that are deemed to be gang-related also have enhanced penalties. No matter what the situation, the first step is to get legal protection from a defense lawyer with a record of success at trial.
If your case is related to internet crimes, the situation is serious. These crimes, whether fraud, pornography or other offense, will be based upon evidence pulled from your computer hard drive or phone; the burden of proof lies with the prosecuting attorney, and identifying others that could have had access to your system could be an important part of your defense, or proving the ability to plant evidence on a hard drive. Attorney Rhea has access to highly respected computer experts to bring to the table and present evidence for the defense. As the repercussions could be very serious, you need to ensure you have every possibility of fighting back successfully.
If your case involves white collar crimes, such as credit card fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, counterfeiting, computer or internet fraud, the threat to your future freedom may be significant. There is a great deal of focus at both the state and federal levels to identify, arrest and charge those who are committing financial crimes. How your case is managed by your defense attorney is the most critical issue with regard to the final case outcome. Attorney Rhea knows the law, fights for justice for all clients without prejudice, and knows how to defend a case in court. Call today for assistance in your case.
Attorney Rhea has served the Beaumont community for nearly a decade. 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 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 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 Beaumont criminal defense lawyer Joseph T. Rhea for immediate assistance with your legal matter.
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“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