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Criminal Defense & DUI Defense

The seasoned litigators at Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC have successfully defended clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the North Bay Area and Napa Valley in the criminal courts of Napa, Solano, and Contra Costa counties. The firm’s criminal defense practice is headed by a board-certified specialist in Criminal Law who has handled over 100 jury trials and over 25 murder cases, including death penalty cases. Together with the firm’s other litigators, Mr. Gill provides a vigorous defense on behalf of individuals accused of violating the law.

Our firm is qualified and prepared to defend across the full range of felonies and misdemeanors, including:

  • White collar crimes, such as forgery, embezzlement, fraud, and pyramid and Ponzi schemes
  • Crimes against the person, including robbery, rape, assault, battery, violent crimes, and homicide ranging from charges of involuntary manslaughter to murder
  • Drug offenses, including possession, distribution, cultivation, manufacturing, and trafficking
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Domestic Violence, including physical abuse, threats and harassment, and stalking
  • Property crimes, such as burglary, larceny, theft, and vandalism

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

A DUI conviction can result in serious fines and penalties, including the suspension of your driver’s license and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Also, the penalties increase for subsequent convictions. The consequences of a DUI or any other criminal conviction can range beyond the fine or sentence imposed. For instance, a criminal conviction record can disqualify you from obtaining certain employment or government service, not to mention the social stigma, damage to your reputation, or disruption to your home life that can result. Any criminal charge should be taken seriously, and an attorney contacted as soon as possible.

Talented Attorneys Providing a Strong Defense

In any criminal case, the prosecutor is required to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed every element of the crime charged. While this may seem like a heavy burden, the prosecution has vast resources on its side to investigate, prepare and present a case, as well as a built-in preconception in most people’s minds that a person charged with a crime is guilty. Overcoming these challenges requires an effective courtroom advocate who understands the importance of investigation and can present a strong defense that challenges the prosecution’s case.

Our firm counts among its attorneys a team of distinguished courtroom lawyers who are capable of trying any case in any court. Whether the matter involves criminal defense or civil litigation, our litigators are at home in the courtroom, ready to protect our clients’ rights and defend or promote their interests skillfully and persuasively. If you are being questioned or investigated and have been arrested and charged with a crime, contact Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC to speak with one of our criminal defense attorneys.

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