Schwartz & Powell

Ventura County Vehicular Crime Defense Attorneys

If you are under investigation for, or have been charged with, any vehicular crime, you must treat the allegations very seriously, as the charges usually carry the potential for a lengthy prison sentence. It is critical to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer that has a solid understanding of the dynamics involved in the investigation, prosecution, and defense of vehicular crimes. Many cases eventually turn on the ability of the defense to break down the State's evidence with respect to legal issues involving accident reconstruction, causation, and chemical testing of blood and breath samples for alcohol and drug concentrations. A car accident can result in serious criminal charges if alcohol or drugs are involved and if someone was injured or killed. If a driver leaves the scene of the accident, additional charges can be brought as well. If you have been arrested and charged with any vehicular crime, immediate action is necessary.


Schwartz & Powell Has More Not Guilty Verdicts Than
Any Other Law Firm in Ventura County. Schwartz & Powell serves Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego Counties.

Vehicular crimes usually arise from driving while intoxicated, but not always. Vehicle Code violations can result in serious felony charges if a person is injured or dies as result of the violation.  As with all misdemeanor and felony charges, a conviction could mean serious penalties including time in jail or prison.  If you have been charged with a vehicular crime, it is important to have a vehicular crimes defense attorney with extensive experience.  Schwartz & Powell has the experience you need. We serve the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Kern and San Diego.

Call us at 805-658-8955.

Schwartz & Powell

VPD Arrests Four at DUI Checkpoint: Friday Night In Jail

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

DUI defense requires knowledge and training your ordinary family lawyer may not have. For example, the validity of BAC tests is not necessarily shown by the results shown on breath testing devices. These individuals need the services of the best Ventura criminal defense lawyer they can find.

Architects of CA Death Penalty Say No To DP: Yes to Prop 34

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

California’s death penalty will be abolished by a Yes vote on Proposition 34 in November. Proposition 34 imposes life without parole for first degree murder. Those urging the abolition of the death penalty include social progressives but a growing number of fiscal conservatives joined the fight against the death penalty in favor of Proposition 34.


by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The dirty little truth about plea bargaining is this: innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are not actually guilty so as to avoid the risk of greater sentences should they be convicted at trial. People’s risk tolerance can trigger a surrender syndrome causing them to plead guilty merely to get out of jail in a reasonable time.

The Death Penalty- A Ventura Criminal Defense Lawyer's Thoughts

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Any Ventura County criminal defense lawyer knows it costs a fortune to prosecute death penalty cases. I knew this when I was a Deputy District Attorney for Ventura County prosecuting capital murder. Nothing defending death penalty cases has changed my mind.

What I would like you to think about today is the cost of the death penalty system in California. It costs a lot of money the State can't afford.

Keep Your Eyes On The Road, Your Hands Upon The Wheel

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Jim Morrison of the Doors would be the last person in the world to teach Driver Safety Classes but for all his issues his lyric perfectly states what a driver’s duty is--pay attention.

Inattentive driving will have you talking to a Ventura County criminal defense lawyer faster than you can say “reckless driving …driving under the influence . .. vehicular manslaughter or murder.”

Fourth Amendment Stripped Naked

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution used to prohibit unreasonable search and seizures. The present United States Supreme Court seems not to understand this fundamental principle of constitutional and procedural criminal law.

Police Officer Immunity for Violating Fourth Amendment: Can't I Sue?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

On February 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court in the case of Messerschmidt v. Millender granted civil lawsuit immunity to police officers executing an invalid search warrant.