Tijuana Criminal Defense Lawyer About State and Federal Criminal Charges
San Diego Defenders, a criminal defense law firm, is located in Chula Vista, CA which 10 minutes from Tijuana, Mexico via the Otay Mesa POE or the San Ysidro POE. Most of the State criminal charges, like a DUI, go to Chula Vista. San Diego Defenders law office is located across the street from the Chula Vista Court House also know as the Southern Division of the San Diego Superior Court. Lawyers, Dan Smith and Jon Pettis literally “jay walk” to get to the court when people are arrested by CBP when leaving Tijuana which cause you to lose SENTRI or Global Entry privileges besides the DUI charges alone. Since we are across the street from the court house, my staff speaks Spanish and I, Dan Smith (being one-half Puerto-Rican, and proud of it!) am considered a Spanish speaking lawyer to a certain extent, pretty much makes me a Tijuana criminal defense attorney, Chula Vista or San Diego DUI attorney. However, the criminal cases are in a Chula Vista or San Diego Court and we have decades of experience in both federal and state criminal cases.
Tijuana federal criminal defense cases, such as importation of a controlled substance into the United States 21 Section USC §§ 952, 21 USC Section §§ 960 which includes cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin go to the United States Federal District Court, Southern District of California. Attorneys Daniel Smith and Jon Pettis defend those type of drug cases and also defend the accused in federal court for alien smuggling also known as 18 USC § 1324. At San Diego Defenders we always say we are affordable with payment plans to help those who want to help themselves. We may not be the cheapest but we certainly are not the most expensive. We charge a flat rate fee for everything with no surprises which makes our clients happy during a rough patch in their lives.
In many ways we are considered one of the best Tijuana Criminal attorneys because so many of the case originate in the metropolitan Tijuana, Baja area. In fact if you cannot cross the border, you can call our associated offices and speak with Fabian Meneses in his Tijuana office.
It is very important to note that not all criminal defense lawyers are federal criminal defense lawyers. We are. And in fact, we recently secured “not guilty” or acquittal in a federal criminal jury trial before the soon to be Chief Judge Larry Alan Burns (he is set to begin his term as chief judge January 1, 2019). And it is important to know that there are only 13 judges in San Diego’s federal court at this time and each has his or her own personality and way of doing things. For that same reason it is important to know the different prosecutors known as Assistant United States Attorney “ AUSA” in your particular case. Our reputation at San Diego Defenders is also very important and we would like to think it is very good and we are well respected by our adversaries. Mutual respect is a good thing whether we are considered a Tijuana, Chula Vista, or San Diego criminal defense lawyer. Call us at (619) 258-8888 to be connected with supervising attorney Daniel Smith immediately and let us help get your life back to normal.