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Lafayette Criminal Defense

Lafayette Criminal Defense Lawyer

Navigate the Justice Process with Confidence 

Our commitment to defending the accused spans over 30 years at the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz. With a rich history of handling thousands of cases, including high-profile matters, we take pride in our seasoned prowess and the development of personalized legal strategies tailored to each client's situation.

Attorney Daniel Horowitz, a distinguished trial lawyer with a remarkable track record, is at the forefront of our legal team. His credentials include being a state-certified criminal law specialist, showcasing his proficiency in this field. With a wealth of experience, he deeply understands the intricacies of criminal defense, providing our clients with effective representation.

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. We understand the difficulties our clients face during such times. Our compassionate counsel provides support and guidance throughout the legal process. Whether in negotiations or at trial, we employ aggressive advocacy, tenaciously pursuing just results on behalf of our clients. This unwavering commitment to their well-being is what sets us apart.

Call the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz today at (925) 291-5388 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our criminal defense attorney in Lafayette!

Criminal Cases We Handle

At the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz, we specialize in various criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Our Lafayette criminal defense lawyers possess a wealth of experience and expertise to handle a diverse range of charges, including but not limited to:

  • Drug Offenses: Whether you are facing charges related to possession, distribution, or manufacturing of controlled substances, we have the knowledge to challenge evidence, explore procedural errors, and protect your rights.
  • Domestic Violence: Charges of domestic violence can have lasting implications on personal relationships and future opportunities. Our lawyers work diligently to protect your rights and provide a nuanced defense.
  • Federal Crimes: When facing charges under federal jurisdiction, including but not limited to drug trafficking, racketeering, or white-collar offenses on a grand scale, the stakes are exceptionally high. The Law Office of Daniel Horowitz is well-equipped to mount a formidable defense against federal charges, leveraging a deep understanding of federal laws and procedures.
  • Juvenile Offenses: When minors face legal challenges, our firm is dedicated to safeguarding their rights, guiding them through the juvenile justice system with expertise and care.
  • Serious Felonies: For individuals charged with serious felonies such as murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, or kidnapping, our firm provides an assertive defense. We understand the gravity of these charges and employ a meticulous approach to build a robust case for our clients.
  • Theft and Property Crimes: Whether you're facing charges of shoplifting, burglary, or other property crimes, we employ a meticulous approach to examine the evidence and challenge the prosecution's case.
  • White-Collar Crimes: Our legal team possesses the financial insight and knowledge to mount an effective defense for those accused of financial crimes, such as fraud or embezzlement.  

What Happens After an Arrest in Lafayette?

Being arrested can be an unnerving experience, and it's crucial for those accused to recognize that they have rights at every stage of the justice process. Our team is committed to guiding individuals through the intricate steps that follow an arrest.

Typically, the judicial process involves the following stages:

  • Probable cause for an arrest: If the police have probable cause to believe you have committed a crime, they can arrest you.
  • Miranda warning before interrogation: The police are supposed to read you your Miranda rights when you are arrested and before interrogation. The purpose of the Miranda warning is to inform you of your right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning.
  • Booking and police custody: The booking process involves taking your fingerprints and photographing you. The police will also ask you for your personal information. After booking, you may be held in police custody. You will have the opportunity to make a phone call.
  • Court hearings: You must appear in court after your arrest. The first court appearance is usually a brief hearing where the judge will read the charges against you and ask you to enter a plea. You can plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest.

We understand the anxiety and uncertainty that follow an arrest. Our commitment to client communication is unwavering. We actively involve our clients in their defense, informing them about case developments, legal strategies, and potential outcomes. By fostering an open line of communication, we empower our clients, creating an environment built on trust and understanding.

Penalties for Criminal Charges in California 

Understanding the potential consequences of criminal charges in California is crucial for anyone facing legal scrutiny. At the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz, we strive to provide clarity on the potential penalties associated with criminal offenses in the state: 

  • Fines: Depending on the severity of the crime, individuals may face substantial fines that can have long-lasting financial repercussions under California law.
  • Imprisonment: California enforces stringent sentences for criminal convictions, with imprisonment ranging from months to years, depending on the nature of the offense. It's essential to be aware of the state-specific sentencing guidelines.
  • Probation: In some cases, probation may be granted as an alternative to incarceration, subject to compliance with specified conditions outlined by California's probation system.
  • Restitution: Offenders may be required to compensate victims for damages or losses incurred due to criminal activity, adhering to California's restitution laws.
  • Mandatory Counseling or Treatment: Certain offenses may mandate participation in counseling or rehabilitation programs, addressing underlying issues contributing to criminal behavior as per California's regulations.
  • Community Service: Courts may impose community service obligations as part of a sentence, allowing individuals to give back to the California community while serving their punishment. Understanding the specific community service requirements outlined in the state's legal framework is crucial.

What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

A criminal defense lawyer is your steadfast ally in the face of legal challenges. Here at the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz, our criminal defense lawyers perform a variety of crucial roles to safeguard your rights and provide an effective defense:

  • Legal Expertise: Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of criminal law, ensuring that your defense is built on a solid legal knowledge and expertise foundation.
  • Investigation: Thoroughly investigating your case's facts, we strive to uncover any evidence favorable to your defense. This includes examining police reports, interviewing witnesses, and scrutinizing forensic evidence.
  • Negotiation: Our legal team engages in skillful negotiation with prosecutors to explore opportunities for reduced charges or alternative resolutions. This may involve plea bargains that mitigate potential penalties.
  • Courtroom Advocacy: If your case proceeds to trial, our seasoned litigators bring their courtroom experience to bear, advocating for your innocence and challenging the prosecution's case.
  • Protecting Your Rights: Throughout the legal process, we are unwavering in our commitment to protecting your constitutional rights. From ensuring proper police procedures were followed to challenging the admissibility of evidence, we leave no stone unturned in your defense. 

Contact Our Lafayette Criminal Defense Attorney Today

In the face of criminal charges, the stakes are high, and your choice of legal representation can make all the difference. The Law Office of Daniel Horowitz is dedicated to providing the residents of Lafayette, California, with a formidable defense against a wide array of criminal charges. With a track record of success and a commitment to justice, our legal team stands ready to champion your cause. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a robust defense tailored to your unique situation. 

Contact the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz today to schedule a meeting with our criminal defense lawyer in Lafayette!

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  • Public Service and Community

    Daniel Horowitz turned down many offers to join large law firms in their trial departments.  Staying in the Lafayette Community, participating in school activities, local music programs and local athletics was more important to him.   Dan is a long serving member of the Lafayette Crime Prevention Commission and a strong supporter of LPIE, Generations in Jazz, the Chamber of Commerce, Acalanes sports and many other Lafayette and Contra Costa County charities and community organizations.

  • Lawyers in Lafayette, Contra Costa County, New York, & Washington State

     Lawyers in Lafayette is located in Contra Costa County.  We have established relationships with lawyers throughout California and the United States.  Members include legendary New York based First Amendment Attorney Martin Garbus with whom we have worked on cases from Ukraine to New York and are presently litigating a case in Washington D.C. defending two journalists sued for “trespass” when they went undercover to unearth a major news story. 

    Other members  with separate practices who work on Daniel's custom teams include Vallejo, California Criminal Defense Specialist Dan Russo, a veteran of over 300 jury trials. 

    In New York we partner with the legendary lawyer, Martin Garbus. Martin Garbus is the author of six books and over 30 articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Shouting Fire is a documentary film about his life and career. He received the Fulbright Award for his work on International Human Rights in 2010.   Horowitz and Garbus are presently set for trial in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. defending two journalists being sued for uncovering the Hamas connections of a well known (self identified) “civil rights” organization.

    Our physician defense group in Washington State is led by the powerhouse attorney of Washington State, Anne Bremner.  

    Our physician lawyer Dr. Mark Ravis is headquartered in Calambas, California.   Mark Ravis and Daniel Horowitz recently won a major victory in a worker's compensation fraud criminal case in Orange County.  All charges against their clients were dismissed on demurrer and on due process (Fifth Amendment) grounds.

     Lawyers in Lafayette is not a law firm.  It is a group of lawyers with independent practices.  Offices are in Lafayette, Napa, Vallejo and Calabasas.  Each lawyer on this website is an independent lawyer with a separate practice.   

  • Introducing Dr. Mark Ravis Physician - Lawyer / Medical Doctor

    Our physician lawyer Mark Ravis provides the highest quality medical license representation.  Chiropractor/paralegal Michael Yates and lead counsel Daniel Horowitz complete the trial portion of the medical defense legal team.  We protect doctors on MEC review issues, medical board matters, practice group disputes and hospital discipline.   Daniel's Youtube Channel features numerous videos of interest to medical doctors.  He also discusses what it was like to litigate against Vice President Harris when she was a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

  • Deeply Involved in Community Service

    Daniel Horowitz is an active community member serving for over eight years on the City of Lafayette, Crime Prevention Commission. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a major contributor to Lafayette Partners in Education. Daniel is a strong supporter of Acalanes High School sports as well as Generations In Jazz and the Lafayette artistic community.

Client Testimonials

Contra Costa County Location - National Reputation for Excellence
    “He believed in me and listened to what I had to say.”
    I can not say enough about Mr. Horowitz and his staff. Brook was amazing to myself and my family. My case was very unique. He believed in me and listened to what I had to say. I highly recommend him and his staff. Yvett Bline
    - Yvett Bline
    “I'm an Attorney and would highly recommend him to other professionals (and others alike) because he's the very BEST at what he does”
    Dan Horowitz handled my complex business issue with magnanimity, compassion, care, promptness, and utmost professionalism. I'm an Attorney and would highly recommend him to other professionals (and others alike) because he's the very BEST at what he does and has an uncanny knack at finding unique resolutions with unparalleled speed and efficiency. What is quite outatanding is that he treats each client with kindness and compassion as if a family member
    - Lovely K.
    “What impressed me most was his unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for me.”
    I cannot express enough gratitude for the outstanding legal services provided by Daniel Horowitz. He not only possesses an in-depth understanding of the law but also demonstrated a genuine commitment to me. He took the time to listen attentively to my concerns, providing clear and concise explanations of the legal processes involved in my case. He made me feel heard and supported during this tumultuous time. What impressed me most was his unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for me. The attention to detail and strategic approach to my case were evident at every stage. I am eternally grateful towards Daniel for what he has done for me and I wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking legal representation. Thank you Dan
    - Kento T.
    “Daniel and his team did an excellent job.”
    Daniel and his team did an excellent job. He was always readily available to take my call and provided peace of mind through a stressful situation.
    - Reid V.
    “I would highly recommend the Law Office Of Daniel Horowitz.”
    My experience with Dan was great. I appreciate the knowledge Dan has and the professionalism they exhibit. I would highly recommend the Law Office Of Daniel Horowitz. My family and I are truly grateful we worked with him.
    - Brandon D.
    “There are lawyers and then there are real lawyers. Dan Horowitz is a real lawyer in every since of the word.”
    There are lawyers and then there are real lawyers. Dan Horowitz is a real lawyer in every since of the word. Dan is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. You will not find very many attorneys having such recognition especially one that hits on all cylinders as Dan. In addition to his knowledge of the law and his experience, which I found to be unmatched, i appreciated the fact that he at all times is genuine, which for me says it all. Thank you Dan.
    - Cory N.
    “The Best Attorney I Could Have Asked For”
    “The Best Attorney I Could Have Asked For.”
    - Katherine Ryken
    “Dan Horowitz was the best attorney I could have asked for during a difficult time in my career.”
    Dan Horowitz was the best attorney I could have asked for during a difficult time in my career. From the moment I met him, I felt believed, respected, and safe. He and his team were endlessly responsive and empathetic to me and my family. He fought for my case day and night, always keeping my best interests at the forefront of his mind. As I learned from Dan, it is never a good time in one’s life to need legal representation - but if you need it, Dan is your person, your advocate, and your best friend. We are forever grateful for his tireless commitment to justice for the people.
    - Katherine R.

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