Experienced DUI Defense Representation in La Quinta
Whether you're arrested in La Quinta 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 (Ambien and other legal sleeping medications like Sonata, Lunesta and Rozerem, for example, are sedative-hypnotic products that can cause driving impairment).
Attorney Rhea has been ranked as one of the top DUI and/or Criminal Defense lawyers in the area every year since 2010 by Palm Springs Life magazine. Over the years he has successfully defended DUI cases with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels ranging anywhere from 0.08% to 0.41%.
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 La Quinta 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. 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 white collar crimes such as embezzlement, bank fraud, robbery, manslaughter and murder.
Along with DUI representation, Attorney Rhea frequently represents individuals who have been arrested on drug charges in La Quinta and other desert cities. 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.
In today's world, the use of the internet has opened up a new area of criminal offenses. Charges of an internet crime require a specific defense and a thorough understanding of the laws on computer crimes. The burden of proof in these cases rests with the prosecutor and there are many methods in which reasonable doubt can be effectively raised. Although you stand accused of a theft or sex crime or other serious criminal violation, it does not mean that you will be found guilty or have to face the maximum penalties provided by the law. Attorney Joseph Rhea has an excellent history of produced verdicts of "not-guilty" or negotiating settlements that bring about the best conclusion that can be reached in your case. His reputation is based solidly on a foundation of success for those who come to him for assistance.
Prosecutors tend to only take on those cases that they feel they can win. Starting when you were arrested, law enforcement and prosecutors will seek any advantage they can to make you appear guilty. You may be persuaded to make statements that can be used against you at trial if you do not have an accomplished attorney protecting your rights through the whole process. On the other hand, the Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea has represented individuals charged with DUI on federal land, felony drug charges, attempted murder and others and had these charges dismissed. Your future and freedoms can rest on what is done right now to defend your case.
To begin protecting your rights in the criminal process, contact La Quinta criminal defense lawyer Joseph T. Rhea for immediate assistance with your legal matter
Attorney Rhea has served the La Quinta and Coachella Valley community from his downtown office located in Palm Springs for nearly a decade, and previously served as a public defender in both Monterrey County and Indio. 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.
All potential clients are provided a free case evaluation to answer your questions and concerns and to give you the facts and guidance on how to handle your unique situation.
“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