Palm Desert is an oasis of culture, wildlife, boutique shopping, and much more, set in the heart of the Coachella Valley and drawing tens of thousands of "snowbirds" every year.
Yet, Palm Desert is also the site of large numbers of DUI and other arrests, both of permanent residents and visitors alike. The Palm Desert County Sheriff Station is certainly active in enforcing state and local law, and there is no shortage of those arrested on false or exaggerated charges either.
If you or someone you love have recently been arrested in or around Palm Desert, CA, do not hesitate to secure experienced, local legal representation to help you secure a favorable outcome to your case.
Attorney David J. Givot and the whole legal team at Palm Desert Criminal Attorney are located right here in Palm Desert and serve the entire Coachella Valley Region.
Contact us anytime 24/7 for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 888-293-0396, and we will give immediate attention to your case.
Our Commitment to You
Our vision at Palm Desert Criminal Attorney is to defend the rights of every last one of our clients to fullest extent of the law and to serve the best interests of our clients in every single legal move or argument we make.
That applies to every case. No exceptions. We are unlike those numerous "law mill" firms that take on more clients than they can possibly handle and types of clients they are unable to adequately serve, and then farm them out to other lawyers of lesser experience. We give you personal attention and full time and effort on every single case, because that's the right thing to do by our clients.
We are also firmly committed to communicating with you every step of the way during the legal process. We take the time to patiently and accurately explain to you your legal situation and options. We let you know right away when any new developments occur in your case, and we always consult you and gain your consent before accepting a plea deal or making another major decision in your behalf.
Our Skills and Experience
Aside from client-focused approach and our undying tenacity in fighting for the best possible outcome for you in and out of court, what else separates Palm Desert Criminal Attorney from the competition?
In a word: experience. Attorney David J. Givot spent years building up a solid reputation in Long Beach and Orange County before expanding his practice eastward to the communities of the Coachella Valley.
Our law firm brings you deep-seated, hands-on knowledge of what it takes to win across a wide range of practice areas. We have an intricate knowledge of much of the California Penal and Vehicle Codes that extends to even the "legal minutia." But we combine that with years of practical experience and with detailed familiarity with local Palm Desert and Coachella Valley court processes.
In short, we have what it takes to successfully defend your case. We often challenge the evidence of the prosecution and get cases summarily dismissed before ever stepping foot in court, and we often win in the courtroom as well. And when the best possible outcome is a reduced charge and/or sentence, we know how to apply our well seasoned negotiation skills to gain you a favorable plea deal.
Our Practice Areas
While no lawyer can cover every practice in existence, David J. Givot has indeed gained extensive familiarity with a large number and wide range of practice areas. That comes with years of experience, helping clients day by day in all kinds of unique scenarios.
Here are some of the most common practice areas we typically handle, though this is not by any means a comprehensive list:
- DUI or DUID
In California, you can be charged with a DUI of alcohol if your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) it at .08% or higher. But you can still be charged with DUI even without a specific BAC test result, if you are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol such that your driving skills are at all impaired.
And if your driving is impaired by any drug, whether illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter, you can be charged with DUID, which is punished the same as a "regular" DUI.
There are many people who are stopped for DUI with out probable cause or arrested without being read their Miranda Rights. We know how to spot any kind of police misconduct or violations of your rights to get your DUI dismissed.
And we also know how to win DUI cases by challenging the blood test, breath test, field sobriety tests, or the testimony and evidence being used against you. You license is too important to let it go without a fight. At Palm Desert Criminal Attorney, we can employ a number of proven defense strategies to win your DUI or DUID case.
- Driving Crimes
Besides DUI crimes and aside from minor traffic infractions, there are a number of misdemeanor and felony level driving crimes. A conviction on any of these will both affect your driving record, your license, add other penalties, and create a permanent criminal record.
Some examples of "other" driving crimes cases we often handle are driving on a suspended license (often one suspended due to DUI), hit and run accidents, evading a pursuing police officer, wet or dry reckless driving, excessive speeding, and vehicular manslaughter.
We at Palm Desert Criminal Attorney have deep experience in building solid defenses for all of these types of cases and more. We will fight to protect your license and your future.
- Drunk in Public
Drunk in public, public intoxication, and drunk and disorderly are all different names for the same thing. And in California, it is a crime to be publicly intoxicated such that you are no longer able to exercise reasonable care for your own safety and that of others around you.
And if you block a public street or sidewalk while drunk, that is another ground for this charge. Most of these arrests take place because of citizen complaints, but some may also be spotted directly by police.
Don't take this charge lightly and forego to get a defense attorney: maximum penalties can include up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Drug Crimes
Some of the most commonly charged crimes in California are drug-related. David J. Givot understands the wide variety of specific offenses within this general category and will know how to build you a solid defense whatever may be your exact situation.
Drug crimes vary greatly in the severity of the possible sentencing, and a single element being disproved can lower your sentence greatly by moving you to a lesser charge. Simple possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale, and sale, transport, or distribution of drugs are some of the main drug offenses.
But you can also be arrested for being under the influence of an illegal drug, for possessing drug paraphernalia, or for manufacturing drugs.
At Palm Desert Criminal Attorney, we will fight to get your drug charge dismissed, acquitted, reduced, or to get you into a drug diversion program to at least prevent your having to spend actual time behind bars.
- Assault and/or Battery
While in the popular mind, "assault and battery" is such a fixed phrase that it seems to be but a single, indivisible crime; under California law, assault is one crime and battery another.
Battery is any physical touching of another person (however slight) that is done with intent to inflict physical harm or to offend (as in sexual battery.) Assault, on the other hand, is the attempt to commit an act of battery, but without any physical contact taking place.
If any injury, and especially a serious injury, was inflicted by the act of battery, then it will be "aggravated battery" and incur additional penalties.
Months in jail or years in prison, heavy fines, long probation, and other stiff penalties can apply to an assault or battery conviction. We know how to defeat these allegations and keep them off your criminal record.
- Domestic Violence
Domestic violence crimes are a distinct class of crimes only in regard to the persons against whom the offenses are committed. That is, it depends on the relationship between the perpetrator and victim.
Assault or battery against a spouse, former spouse, or romantic partner becomes a form of domestic violence and incurs stiffer penalties than "regular" assault or battery would. Other examples of domestic violence charges include: making annoying phone calls, inflicting corporal injury, issuing criminal threats, child endangerment, child neglect, and elder abuse.
At Palm Desert Criminal Attorney, we understand how often false accusations of domestic violence are made out of a desire for revenge or to win a child custody battle. We know how to effectively cross-examine witnesses and how to bring out the truth.
- Theft Crimes
In California, many theft crimes are divided into two general classes: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft is defined as unlawfully taking property not yours without the consent of the owner, when that property is valued at or below $950. If the value is over $950, it is grand theft.
Other common theft crimes include: burglary, robbery, shoplifting, grand theft auto, grand theft firearm, receiving stolen property, mail theft, fraud, and embezzlement.
Theft crime convictions can get you months or even years behind bars, subject you to high fines, and put you on probation for long periods of time. At Palm Desert Criminal Attorney, we know how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution's case and defeat or at least reduce the charge brought against you.
Finally, note again the David J. Givot and Palm Desert Criminal Attorney possess expertise in areas outside of the 7 examples listed above.
(These are but brief overviews: you can see our charge-specific pages for more information on each practice area listed here.)
We also possess extensive experience in winning juvenile cases, arguing in your behalf in regard to alleged probation violations, making appeals, pursuing expungements, and much more.
Contact Us Today For Immediate Assistance
At Palm Desert Criminal Attorney, we not only offer top-tier criminal defense services focused on particular practice areas and fully acclimated to the local legal landscape. We also offer those services on an anytime, 24/7 basis.
Contact us today, or anytime 24/7/365 for a free, no-obligation consultation on the details of your case simply by calling 888-293-0396.
We are located right here in Palm Desert, CA, and serve clients throughout the entire Coachella Valley Region and beyond.