Author: aenriquez

The Criminal Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association has literally hundreds of members who specialize in criminal defense. If you have been charged with a crime in the San Diego area, you already know that your reputation, finances and possibly even your freedom may be at stake. You also understand that few decisions are more important than finding the right lawyer. But let's say you've done your homework, interviewed several candidates and have made a choice of representation. What traits should you be looking for in your lawyer to demonstrate as your case progresses? Here are a few suggestions.

The extended chase sequence in the 1971 William Freidkin film The French Connection is considered by many to be the best ever made. In the role of real-life NYPD detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, Gene Hackman chases a would-be assassin through a maze of New York streets, commandeering and smashing vehicles as he goes. Attempted murder aside, the perpetrator clearly was guilty of attempting to flee from a pursuing police officer. Now here's a much less dramatic scenario that can happen to even the most law-abiding citizen. You're driving home, tired after a long day at work and you are singing along to one of your favorite classic rock songs (it's okay - we all do it). You probably have the volume up just a little too loud. That's why until you parked you didn't realize there was a police cruiser trying to pull you over for the last two miles because you have a broken taillight. Now, however, he's annoyed. Despite your attempt to explain, he's planning to charge you with evading a peace officer.