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DUI and Drug Charges
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25 Years of Local Experience



If you are searching for an experienced Santa Cruz DUI defense attorney who knows how to aggressively challenge the case against you, call the Law Office of John W. Thornton. Over the last several decades, DUI defense Attorney John W. Thornton has helped people just like you avoid the most severe penalties...

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If you need a Santa Cruz domestic violence lawyer, experienced Defense Lawyer John W. Thornton is on your side. This is not the time to put your future in the hands of anyone but an extremely skilled and accomplished criminal defense lawyer. District attorneys in California take domestic violence charges very seriously...

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Burglary or robbery charges must be taken very seriously. In California, many types of convictions for burglary or robbery are considered strikes under California's Three Strikes law. California theft crimes attorney John W. Thornton has more than 25 years of experience defending thousands of people in...

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John W. Thornton, Attorney at Law


John W. Thornton, Attorney at Law

If you are searching for a Santa Cruz criminal defense lawyer, call Santa Cruz Criminal Defense Lawyer John W. Thornton. The office of John W. Thornton, Attorney at Law, is a Santa Cruz law firm that deals exclusively with criminal defense with a particular focus on driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and all drug crimes. With over 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney John W. Thornton has represented thousands of people accused of violating the law. He is prepared to defend you against any criminal charges you face.

Call 831-426-5800 or 831-566-4357 for a free phone consultation with Santa Cruz Criminal Defense Attorney John W. Thornton.

Santa Cruz DUI, Drugs, Theft, Violent Crimes

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Mr. Thornton will aggressively defend your rights and use his decades of experience for your benefit:

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.

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Changes in California Criminal Laws in 2019

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Santa Cruz County residents should be aware of three changes in California criminal law that took effect on January 1, 2019. These changes affect people with past marijuana convictions, juvenile offenders under...

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