Attorney Joseph T. Rhea has served the Desert Hot Springs 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.
To begin protecting your rights in the criminal process, contact Desert Hot Springs criminal defense lawyer Joseph T. Rhea for immediate assistance with your legal matter. During your initial consultation, he will answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you need to best defend your case and protect your rights.
Over the course of his decade-long legal 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 Desert Hot Springs and the greater Coachella Valley area, he has garnered a reputation for being an honest and friendly attorney who is a tireless advocate for his criminal defense clients. He is a friendly and aggressive criminal lawyer who has earned 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 white collar 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 California is DUI, and this can involve driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal street drugs, or even lawfully prescribed medications (sleeping pills such as Ambien and Sonata, for example).
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.
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 Desert Hot Springs 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 may be serious as well. 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 is 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.
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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