Santa Cruz DUI, Drugs, Theft, Violent Crimes
Mr. Thornton will aggressively defend your rights and use his decades of experience for your benefit:
- DUI including Felony DUI
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Possession / Sales
- Firearm Possession
- Assault and Battery / Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Driving with a Suspended License
Many crimes throughout Santa Cruz have a drug or alcohol-related component. While Attorney John W. Thornton is prepared for any type of criminal defense case, he is particularly experienced in the realm of criminal defense related to drugs and alcohol including parole violations, violent crimes and theft.
Don't Wait to Call a Santa Cruz Criminal Defense Lawyer
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can guide you through the criminal justice system and minimize the penalties you may face. The extent of this will vary from case to case and is a fact-driven issue because there is no "one size fits all" defense for criminal cases. With Santa Cruz Defense Attorney John W. Thornton on your side, a defense strategy will be tailor-made for your circumstances. Criminal courts can become extremely complex to navigate and, depending on the type of charges you face, there may be other administrative bodies you must confront. In the case of a DUI arrest, for instance, there is a criminal component and a DMV administrative process. The interaction of the DMV case and the criminal case can become complicated. A local attorney with 25 plus years of experience knows how to handle these separate processes to avoid potential pitfalls. Additionally, when you call John W. Thornton, your case will be handled directly by Mr. Thornton who has handled more than 2,500 DUI cases in the Santa Cruz area. Some of the details he will consider when creating your defense:
- The reason the police stopped you may have been unlawful
- The police may not have read your rights or explained the sobriety test effectively
- A breathalyzer or other device to test BAC may have been faulty
- Prosecutors may not have the evidence needed to convict
- Your charges may be reduced significantly with the right legal defense
When you call for a free consultation, Santa Cruz DUI Lawyer and Criminal Defense Attorney John W. Thornton will offer an honest assessment of your case, carefully explaining the legal process and the steps required to resolve your Santa Cruz County legal matter. There is no substitute for having a legal ally who is deeply familiar with the criminal law process and the ways of navigating the courts effectively. He will work to educate you on the laws and your rights, helping you fight to keep your license, dealing with the police, and other matters relevant to your arrest. Knowing your options will help you determine which course of action is right for you.
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and fail to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of your citation, your driving privileges will be suspended. As an experienced Santa Cruz DUI Lawyer, John W. Thornton can assist you in getting your license back and defend you against a DUI charge or other criminal charges.