Schwartz & Powell

Steven D. Powell, Esq.

Member, California State Bar since 1981. UCSB undergraduate, UCLA Law School graduate, former Deputy District Attorney Ventura County, presently defending those accused of crime and other misconduct. Mr. Powell has tried cases from simple assault to death penalty murder. One of the most distinguished and successful trial lawyers in Ventura County, Mr. Powell also litigates significant civil matters. Mr. Powell blogs about criminal law issues.

Mr. Powell  is peer review rated as  AV Preeminent, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a respected national resource for rating lawyers.

Steven D. Powell Partial Case Results:

NOT GUILTY: PC487 Grand Theft--Embezzlement.

by Schwartz and Powell Ventura Criminal Defense Attorneys

Business owner accuses client, his office manager, of unauthorized bank withdrawals from company account; defense showed business owner authorized client to make withdrawals for him so as to keep his Las Vegas money secret from his wife and others.

NOT GUILTY: PC69 Felony Resisting Police.

by Schwartz and Powell Ventura Criminal Defense Attorneys

At Seaward motel highly intoxicated client threatens officer's family and future; defense shows client did not have specific intent to attempt dissuading officer's performance of duties.

HUNG JURY AND PLEA BARGAIN: Federal Felonies.

by Schwartz and Powell Ventura Criminal Defense Attorneys

In Federal District Court, bank officer client charged with fraud, misuse of funds and false statements relating to collapse of bank. Jury hangs 6-6 and advantageous plea bargain reached between client and the Government before retrial.

PLEA BARGAIN FOR OSHA VIOLATIONS

by Schwartz and Powell Ventura Criminal Defense Attorneys

When corporate client's roofing worker fell through skylight at warehouse defense negotiated disposition and plea bargain for OSHA violations and minimal corporate fine. No criminal charges filed against corporate client's owners, employees or officers.