The most common felonies are domestic violence, sexual assault, DUI with accident, drug sales, and theft charges. Attorney Rhea has defended hundreds of felony cases in the desert courts, everything from grand theft auto to first-degree murder. Attorney Rhea has over a decade of experience in the desert courts and will work tirelessly to help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a felony conviction.
Many felonies “wobble” – meaning that they can be charged either a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, domestic battery – Penal Code Section 273.5, can be charged either a state-prison felony offense or a misdemeanor. The goal in all criminal cases is to avoid a felony conviction because a felony conviction will result in either incarceration or formal, supervised probation, as well as the loss of a variety of constitutional rights (including the right to possess a firearm).
Felony cases require the utmost attention to detail, and Attorney Rhea will personally handle your case from arraignment. Attorney Rhea meets with every client individually and never, under any circumstance, makes a tactical decision in a criminal case without first explaining to the client what is happening. Attorney Rhea believes strongly that transparency is an important part of criminal defense representation. You, and your family, will never be left in the dark about what is going on in your case. If you have a loved one in jail, Attorney Rhea will go there promptly to start work on the case.
Mr. Rhea holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and is the only lawyer in California criminal practice to have been awarded a doctorate from Harvard University. He is the author of a book about American history, published by Harvard University Press. Before turning his full-time focus to defending the rights of the accused, Mr. Rhea taught at Harvard University and Arizona State University.
Fighting your case, by hiring a local lawyer, is always the best way to ensure the best outcome possible. Contact Attorney Joseph T. Rhea today if you are facing any felony accusation.
“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