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Colusa and Lake County Attorneys Skilled in Criminal, DUI, and Family Law Matters

At Hinely Law, we have assisted many people in Colusa, Lake, Sutter, and Yuba Counties with defending against a criminal investigation or charge. We handle a wide variety of matters, including drug offenses, DUIs, assault and battery, and marijuana crimes, and we have experience with misdemeanors as well as felonies. Our Colusa and Lake County criminal defense lawyers work as a team to ensure that you receive the vigorous representation that you deserve during this challenging and stressful time, while making sure that the authorities and the prosecution do not infringe upon your rights. Our experienced family law attorneys have assisted numerous people navigate, divorces, child custody, spousal support, and restraining order matters.

Criminal Defense

Many suspects or defendants find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, or falsely implicated. As frustrating as this can be, and as eager as you may be to work with the authorities to clear your name, it is essential that you engage an experienced attorney to ensure that you are taking the right approach to asserting your rights and defending yourself against the charges. The initial steps of a criminal investigation or criminal case can be extremely confusing, but they are also critical.

Understanding the procedural rules is important in these early stages, particularly when it comes to the seizure and use of evidence against you. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. If the police fail to obtain a warrant or lack probable cause to conduct a search or seizure, any evidence that results from that unlawful action cannot be used against you in court. There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as when exigent circumstances are involved or when the evidence is in plain sight.

In addition to ensuring that only admissible evidence is used against you, understanding the severity of the charges and ensuring that you are not unfairly or improperly charged can be critical at the outset of a criminal matter. At Hinely Law, our criminal defense attorneys have helped people in Colusa, Lake, Sutter, and Yuba counties handle a wide variety of criminal matters. Whether you are a suspect in a drug investigation or you are dealing with accusations of domestic violence or assault, we can provide you with the vigorous legal defense that you need.


DUI charges are some of the most common criminal matters that California residents face. According to California law, it is a crime to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more. Although most people assume that there is no hope in fighting a DUI charge, this is not true. For example, there are many medications, medical conditions, and substances that can lead to false test results during a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test. Also, DUI blood testing is not an error-proof system, and many charges have been dropped because of questionable test results. Finally, police are required to follow specific procedures when conducting a roadside DUI investigation. The officer must have a reasonable suspicion that the driver is intoxicated, and they must follow a certain protocol when administering each and every test. If you are facing a DUI charge, the professional and experienced DUI lawyers at Hinely Law are prepared to help you mount a robust defense.


California voters recently approved Proposition 64, which allows the possession and recreational use of marijuana, subject to some restrictions. This means that marijuana-related conduct that was formerly unlawful may now be legal. For example, California residents are allowed to grow up to six plants per residence if the occupants are each over the age of 21. Proposition 64 also allows individuals age 21 and older to purchase and use marijuana, as long as they possess no more than 28.5 grams at a time. Despite these reduced restrictions, there are still criminal penalties for possessing larger amounts of marijuana, possessing marijuana on school grounds, or engaging in other unlawful conduct. If you are facing a marijuana-related charge, it is essential that you retain a marijuana defense lawyer who understands the changing landscape of marijuana regulations in the state.

Family Law

Family law is an umbrella term used to encompass a wide variety of legal matters involving domestic relationships. It covers divorce proceedings, legal separations, child custody cases, domestic violence matters, and more. In each of these situations, there are specific procedural rules and requirements that people must follow, even when it comes to obtaining a relatively simple and streamlined divorce. For example, divorcing spouses must meet certain residency requirements and must file the divorce proceeding in a specific jurisdiction within the state. While many people think that they can navigate the family law system without legal representation, they may run into complex or contentious situations. Even if a divorcing couple has reached an agreement on the majority of the issues involved in their divorce, issues may arise during the proceeding that complicate its resolution. A family law attorney can ensure that your rights and interests are protected.

Retain a Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer with offices located in Lake or Colusa County

Facing a criminal charge or going through a divorce is stressful enough. Trying to ensure that you assert your rights, receive fair treatment, and obtain an appropriate resolution of the matter is even more challenging without a criminal defense lawyer or family law attorney. At Hinely Law, we have provided reliable legal counsel to people throughout Colusa, Lake, Sutter, and Yuba, Counties. Our attorneys maintain offices in Colusa and Lakeport to ensure that you receive convenient service. To schedule your free consultation, call us now at (530) 458-2950 or contact us online to get started.

Client Reviews
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.