After an arrest in Yucca Valley or anywhere in the Morongo Basin such as Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Twenty-nine Palms, you will need a local attorney with experience in the Joshua Tree Superior Court and the Black Rock United States District Court (located in Joshua Tree National Park). Attorney Joseph Rhea has been working in the Joshua Tree Superior Court for ten years. The judges, district attorneys, and United States attorneys all know Attorney Rhea as a friendly and aggressive advocate for his clients.
Joseph T. Rhea is the only criminal defense trial attorney in the state of California with a doctorate from Harvard University. He is a former Deputy Public Defender and his legal career has been devoted almost exclusively to criminal defense. Some of his recent successes can be viewed here. Every case is unique, and you can rest assured that Attorney Rhea will work with you personally to mount the best possible defense.
Whether you are a visitor to the area, a resident of Yucca Valley or a member of the military, going to court is no fun, especially if you have other pressing personal, business or professional obligations.
Fortunately, Attorney Rhea can usually appear in court for you, so you don't need to be there. This is especially helpful if you are visiting from another state, for example. California law allows most criminal defendants to appear through their lawyer under Penal Code Section 977. In federal court (United States District Court), Attorney Rhea can appear for you pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 43.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Yucca Valley, beware of hiring a Los Angles law firm to appear in Joshua Tree Court. Los Angeles firms almost always subcontract with other attorneys to go to court in Joshua Tree and may bill you astronomical travel and other fees for such appearances. When you hire Attorney Joseph T. Rhea, will personally defend your Joshua Tree case (state or federal) diligently and with the attention to detail that your case deserves.
Over the course of his career, Attorney Joseph T. Rhea has personally defended thousands of criminal cases at the state and federal level, with a record of not guilty verdicts, dismissals and negotiated plea deals. In Yucca Valley and the greater Morongo Basin, he has garnered a reputation for being an aggressive 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.
Whether you're arrested in Yucca Valley 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 such as Ambien, for example).
Attorney Rhea has been named a top DUI and/or criminal defense lawyer 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%.
Individuals arrested for possession of a controlled substance on state or private land in California are often eligible for drug diversion or drug treatment. The exact same crimes, committed on federal land, can have vastly more severe consequences. Commonly diverted drugs in state court include peyote, mushrooms, MDMA (ecstasy), heroin, and cocaine. By contrast, in federal court, possession of these substances can easily result in a criminal conviction, jail time, and federal probation. Drug diversion following an arrest for possession is not an automatic right (as in state court), but rather something that must be negotiated with the United States Attorney. 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.
When you or a family member has been arrested and charged with a crime in Yucca Valley, there are immediate questions which require fast and decisive answers. First, although you have been detained, what can the police legally and constitutionally do or not do with you? As an American, you have specific 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 Yucca Valley 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 Yucca Valley 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 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.
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.
Contact a Yucca Valley criminal defense attorney for knowledgeable legal advice and representation if you have been charged with a criminal offense.
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 Yucca Valley 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