Santa Rosa Trial and Criminal Defense Law Firm – Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY
Criminal Defense Attorney Peter Kuykendall is an experienced criminal jury trial attorney. He has extensive criminal defense experience in felony, misdemeanor, and prior strike cases. Peter Kuykendall only practices criminal law and only accepts criminal defense matters.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE SERVICES
Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney and active California Bar Association member Peter Kuykendall provides personal service to every client during the entire criminal justice process. If an attorney-client relationship is formed, Santa Rosa criminal attorney Peter Kuykendall will personally appear in the Superior Court in the County where the alleged criminal incident occurred (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, and Solano Counties) and assist you in making informed and knowledgeable decisions regarding the intricacies of defending your criminal defense matter. He has achieved successful results representing people charged and prosecuted with numerous types of felony and misdemeanor crimes, such as: property offenses including hit and run ; marijuana violations including transportation and sales ; DUI offenses including driving under the influence of marijuana ; battery offenses including domestic violence and resisting arrest ;sex offenses including lewd and lascivious contact with a minor ; theft allegations including grand theft, burglary and shoplifting; child endangerment ; Drug Possession Allegations including possession of methamphetamine ; Weapon Violations ; and many more (Every matter is unique and nothing is guaranteed). Santa Rosa criminal lawyer Peter Kuykendall has also been successful in achieving reductions and re-negotiated sentences under the newly enacted Proposition 47. Peter Kuykendall accepts payment plans and all major credit cards. He also offers an initial complimentary in-person consultation. Call today to schedule. Sonoma County Criminal defense attorney Peter Kuykendall earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law.
DISCOVERY IN CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL CASES
Discovery is obtaining information before trial through demands, or otherwise. Discovery includes information contained in police reports, audio / video recordings, documents, and photos. The police report is usually obtained at arraignment, which usually occurs during the first court appearance. Other discovery may need to be requested through informal requests from different governmental agencies or private entities. Obtaining discovery is an important part of the criminal justice system and critical to a case.
Soon after an arrest, the arresting Police Officer should memorialize the event by writing a police report or investigative report. Police reports are supposed to include the police officer’s observations, a list of evidence collected, witness statements, locations, descriptions, biographical information, contact information, and more. The false conception is that police reports are accurate. However, police officers are human and are prone to mistakes. For example, stress. Stress effects memory and can have an impact on the accuracy of police reports. Indeed, arrests can be stressful for everyone involved, including the police officer. Another example is as simple as sloppy police reporting. Whatever the reason, police reports can have inaccuracies and it is crucial to review them with a critical eye.
HOW LONG WILL MY CRIMINAL CASE TAKE TO RESOLVE?
The simple answer is every criminal matter is unique and the length of time a criminal matter takes to resolve will depend on many factors. Some of the factors that will effect how long your California criminal charges will take to resolve include the following:
1. Superior Court case load
2. The particular Superior Court Judge assigned to a case
3. The nature and complexity of the criminal charges
4. The District Attorney assigned to prosecute the matter
5. Discovery Issues
6. Availability of witnesses