What was once little more than a beachfront vacation destination is now a thriving and important part of life in San Diego County. Much of what La Jolla is today comes from the generosity of writer and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, a successful author and partial heir to the Scripps media fortune, who lived in La Jolla from 1986 until the 1930s; many cornerstones of the community bear her name, like the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The city has also seen its share of controversy, such as the long-running fight over the Mount Soledad Cross, a protracted battle that an appeals court finally laid to rest in September 2016.
Drug abuse is another controversial issue in La Jolla and many other parts of San Diego County. Many times, patients develop addictions to powerful opioid pain relievers, like Oxycontin and Percocet, and for many, heroin and methamphetamines are the next level up. Some people blame pharmaceutical companies for making such powerful drugs widely available, while others insist that the individuals alone bear responsibility for their dependencies. Regardless of how these issues arose, police and prosecutors are very aggressive, with police officers arresting as many people as possible and prosecutors pressing serious felony charges at every opportunity.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC, we are very familiar with the zealousness, and often the over-zealousness, of investigators and police officers, especially when it comes to drug cases. Seemingly minute items, like a search warrant that is not quite specific enough or a tiny gap in the evidentiary chain of custody, can lead to the dismissal of charges. We provide the same attention to detail in:
- Drug Cases: Before officers even obtain search warrants or seize evidence in drug cases, they often rely on paid informants to provide the initial information, and courts scrutinize the reliability of these and other tips very closely.
- Military Cases: There is a special loophole in the California Penal Code that offers veterans suffering from a service-based mental disability who are charged with a crime to not only avoid prosecution but also receive expert treatment at little or no cost.
- Domestic Battery: This offense is normally a deportable crime, and it also has a game-changing impact on divorce and other family law proceedings. We engage prosecutors in pretrial negotiations for a lesser charged or reduced sentence, and aggressively stand up for your rights during trial.
- Burglary: This crime basically has the elements of two different offenses (robbery and battery), and prosecutors must prove all the elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
After the trial, we handle records expunctions and criminal appeals.
A successful criminal defense in San Diego County requires an aggressive approach. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in La Jolla, contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC. Home and jail visits are available.