Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorneys serving Colusa, Lake, Sutter and Yuba Counties

With Offices in Colusa and Lake County, Our Lawyers are there to Protect You

Being charged with a crime or being involved in a criminal investigation is a daunting experience for anyone, even if they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing. At Hinely Law, our goal is to ensure that you receive the vigorous and compassionate legal counsel that you deserve in these challenging times. Our Colusa and Lake County criminal defense lawyers also assist people in Sutter, Yuba, and surrounding counties. The attorneys at Hinely Law also provide caring and understanding guidance in family law matters, ensuring that your unique and personal interests are well represented.

Criminal Defense

If you are worried that you may be facing prosecution, you should refrain from speaking with the authorities until you have consulted an experienced attorney who has your best interests at heart. Criminal investigations may involve a wide variety of charges, such as drug crimes, theft, assault, domestic violence, and firearms offenses. Involving a criminal defense attorney in Colusa or Lake County or beyond sooner rather than later may have important implications for protecting your rights, including your right to ensure that any improperly obtained evidence is not admitted against you.

When it comes to a citizen’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures, for example, the police generally must obtain a warrant before they may conduct a search. There are some exceptions to this, such as when a person provides consent for a search, the police have probable cause to believe that illegal activity is underway, or the police are lawfully arresting a suspect while they are in their vehicle. If a proper warrant has not been obtained, and an exception to this rule does not apply, our Colusa and Lake County criminal defense lawyers can seek to have this evidence excluded from court. In some cases, tangible evidence obtained during a search may be the core of the prosecution’s case. Thus, if it is excluded, a defendant’s charges may be dropped or reduced.

DUI

One of the most common charges that California residents face is driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated. Under California law, it is unlawful for a person to operate a motor vehicle when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. Additionally, it is unlawful for any person under the influence of a controlled substance to operate a vehicle. The fines for DUIs often are costly, and a court may also impose a jail sentence, order that you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, or suspend or revoke your driver’s license, which would cause a serious inconvenience for you and your family. The potential penalties are more serious if someone was injured or killed because of the DUI or if this is not the driver’s first DUI. Retaining an experienced DUI lawyer can help you navigate the complex procedures involved with protecting your rights.

Marijuana Law

At Hinely Law, we assist Northern California residents with defending against criminal investigations or charges involving marijuana crimes. We are thoroughly qualified to help you understand California’s evolving marijuana laws. The state’s voters recently approved Proposition 64, which legalizes the possession and use of marijuana up to one ounce for personal use for those 21 or older. It allows residents to cultivate up to six plants per residence, as long as they are age 21 or older. The law also reduces the penalties for many incidences of sale, transportation, or cultivation of marijuana.

However, the laws are confusing and have different penalties for different persons. For example, while it is legal for a person over age 21 to possess not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana legally, someone between the ages of 18 and 21 in possession of not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana may be charged with an infraction. Further, anyone over 18 years of age in possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana faces a misdemeanor charge and up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $500. If the person is under 18 years of age, possession of more than 28.5 grams remains an infraction.

Since the passage of Proposition 64 prosecutors are seeking alternative ways to charge people found in possession of marijuana or cultivating marijuana in order to seek higher penalties. For example, the charges of maintaining a place for the purposes of sales, or conspiracy to cultivate marijuana remain felonies.

Family Law

Legal matters involving complex family dynamics and disputes may be complicated. At Hinely Law, we approach these sensitive matters with a compassionate and understanding mindset. We can help you with issues related to divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, adoption, spousal support, or domestic violence, among others. For each of these matters, obtaining a court order or completing some other legal action requires compliance with specific rules and procedures. An experienced family law attorney can help you ensure that you satisfy these requirements so that you build a stable future for your loved ones and you.

Juvenile Law

When a criminal investigation or charge involves a juvenile, California’s juvenile delinquency laws are implicated. In adjudicating a charge, the court will take into consideration a child’s age, the seriousness of the crime, and whether the child has a preexisting criminal record. The court may implement a wide range of measures, including court supervision, probation, or detention in the Division of Juvenile Justice.

Contact a Knowledgeable Family, Juvenile, or Criminal Defense Lawyer with Offices in Lake or Colusa County

Regardless of the legal matter that you are facing, the attorneys at Hinely Law are ready to assist you. Having provided dedicated legal counsel to people in Lake, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, we have substantial experience navigating California’s legal system and know what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome in a variety of matters. Our attorneys in our Colusa and Lake County offices offer a free consultation to help you learn about your rights and options. You can contact us online or in Colusa at (530) 458-2950 or Lakeport at (707) 995-7006 for an appointment if you need a Colusa or Lake County criminal defense attorney, a DUI lawyer, assistance with California marijuana laws, or representation in a family or juvenile matter.

Client Testimonials
  • I was very upset and felt I had no one to turn too. I went into John's office and was immediately comforted with an open heart. John and Susi took the time to listen to me. I felt I was be being bullied by the court system. They both had my charges dropped due to lack of evidence. I would highly recommend them for any one needing a friend to help you with your defense.

    - J.R.
  • This is a letter of appreciation for all of your diligence and hard work as an attorney, that you put forth in clearing my name. It is a weight lifted off of my shoulder. I can finally be a normal citizen without all the rumors flying around town about me. I would highly recommend you anytime. It is good to know that there is still justice without corruption. Thanks again.

    - A.F.
  • I was charged with Transportation/Sales of Marijuana, Cultivation, and Possession. Everything was dismissed outright!! I would like to thank John and his staff for all of the diligent work they provided in getting this case dropped. John’s expertise and knowledge of the law in our case was impeccable. We will definitely refer him as an attorney and your firm to others.

    - J.F.