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Experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers

There is no such thing as a “minor” criminal charge. This is particularly true if you are a permanent immigrant, non-immigrant, or an undocumented alien. A criminal charge, whether it a misdemeanor or a felony, can create serious consequences.  The stakes can be high because a conviction will often include paying heavy fines, some local jail time or long term imprisonment. If you are not a US citizen, a misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction can lead to deportation and permanent seperation from your family.  At The Rodriguez Law Firm, we take every criminal charge seriously and will aggressively fight to protect your immigration status and constitutional rights from being taken away. Attorney John R. Rodriguez believes that everyone accused of a crime has the right to a vigorous and skilled legal defense. He and his selected team of criminal defense lawyers have successfully represented many immigrant and nonimmigrant clients in criminal court.  We have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases, such as: DUI, Domestic Violence, Shoplifting, Robbery, Burglary, Felon with a gun, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Hit and Run, any others. We have extensive experience handling all types of felonies and misdemeanor crimes.

If you’ve been accused of a crime and need an experienced criminal defense or immigration attorney, please call The Rodriguez Law Firm today at 619-296-6000 for a free consultation.

Cases We Handle

The Rodriguez Law Firm has handled many different types of felony or misdemeanor cases. Attorney John R. Rodriguez has over 20 years experience fighting for the immigrant and nonimmigrant defendant that could be removed or deported if he or she pleads guilty. We will always work hard at developing a defense strategy that avoids pleading guilty to a  crime (aggravated felony or crime of moral turpitude) that can be used to remove or deport our client. If neccessary we will go to trial in order to avoid a guilty plea that can be used by ICE to remove or deportation our client.

We’ve handled cases involving:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Hit & Run
  • Murder
  • Sexual Battery
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
  • DUI
  • Three Strike Cases
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Child molestation
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon

This list does not cover all the types of cases we have handled. If you are would like to talk with us about the charges you or a family member is charged with call us ad will answer all your questions.

How We Can Help

We understand that you place your trust in us and we accept that responsibility by providing the very best and most aggressive representation possible.  It’s also important to understand that no criminal defense lawyer can guarantee that you will win your trial or that the prosecutors will dismiss the case. Making such guarantees is unethical.

Attorney John R. Rodriguez and his team of criminal defense lawyers work hard to even the scales of justice or when even tip them in your favor. The prosecution and their list of police witnesses will never intimidate us or our efforts to negotiate the best outcome possible for your case.

Most cases are negotiated outside the courtroom with both sides finding a compromise that they can live with. An effective plea negotiation with favorable terms for the client can be a challenge and requires the skills and experience of your attorney. The Rodriguez Law Firm has handled thousands of negotiated plea deals where clients are often willing to accept and relieved that their case will resolve without a trial. Occasionally the serious circumstances of the case or the prosecutor’s offer is unreasonable and when that happens we are willing and prepared to take your case to the next level by making sure every fact of the case is investigated.  We will examine and find the flaws in the state’s theories and prepare you and your witnesses in preparation for trial.

If you need a criminal defense lawyer you can trust, then call us today for a free consultation.



Jury trials that we won

  1. Won ! DUI, Hit and Run with Injuries, vehicle crashed into multiple cars and into a backyard
  2. Won ! Felony vandalism – multiple counts of graffiti throughout the neighborhood
  3. Won ! Continuous Child Molestation (hired by an attorney as a trial consultant)
  4. Won ! Assault with a Deadly Weapon – with a pick axe (hired by an attorney as trial consultant) sexual assault
  5. Won ! Child Molestation (faced up to 16 years)
  6. Won ! 1st Degree Residential Burglary and Rape with Force (faced Life in prison)
  7. Won ! Assault with Deadly Weapon and Reckless Driving
  8. Won ! Attempted Murder of Police Officer (faced Life in prison)
  9. Won ! Criminal Threat (Accused of threatening to kill girlfriend about to move out with a Gun)
  10. Won ! DUI with Accident
  11. Won ! Gang Assault with Force and Serious Bodily Injury
  12. Won ! Residential Burglary and Rape
  13. Won ! Sexual Assault by Juvenile
  14. Won ! Four counts Possession for Sales and Transportation of Drugs
  15. Won ! Domestic Violence
  16. Won ! Hung Jury: Home Invasion Robbery and Attempted Murder by Strangulation (faced life with no parole Two trials, both ended in a hung jury)
  17. Won !  DUI.  This was the client’s first  DUI. The jury voted not guilty within 1 hour after a two day trial.

“Dismissed Cases” or “Reduced Plea Bargain”

“Cases Dismissed”

  1. Auto theft & Possession of stolen property – Dismissed.  The DA originally offered two years of state prison. The entire case was dismissed.
  2. Sexual Battery – Dismissed. (Would have been required to register as a sex offender).
  3. Domestic violence – Dismissed. Also alleged with Criminal threats and Harassment (Avoided the 52 week domestic violence classes).
  4. Felony Auto Burglary – We rejected an origianl prison offer and set the case for trial. The DA dismissed the case on the first day of trial.
  5. Possession for Sales of Controlled Substance & Cultivation – Five Counts Dismissed.
  6. Assault with Deadly Weapon – Dismissed (Charged with multiple stabbing of victim with a knife).
  7. Criminal threats – Dismissed
  8. Attempted Murder – Alleged to have shot six opposing gang members (was looking at life without parol in state prison)
  9. Attempted Murder – Alleged to have shot six opposing gang members (was looking at life without parol in state prison)
  10. Battery – Dismissed
  11. Illegal Dumping – Dismissed
  12. Vandalism of six vehicles – Dismissed
  13. Real Estate Fraud – Dismissed. Family dispute with allegations of altering title to property for the equity.
  14. Car Jacking – Dismissed. Accused of assaulting the victim in a parking lot and taking the car.
  15. Assault with Deadly Weapon – Dismissed. Accused of stabbing a guy in a street fight with a knife.
  16. Shooting/Premeditated Attempted Murder –  Dismissed. Accused of shooting ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend after being released from prison.
  17. Domestic Violence -Dismissed.  Ex-felon accused of domestic violence after female refused to have sex with client.
  18. Drunk Driving – Dismissed after setting case for trial.
  19. False Imprisonment and Sexual Assault – Dismissed before trial.

Reduced “Plea Bargain Cases”:

  1. DUI reduced to “wet-reckless” (Vehicle Code 23103.5). Client had two prior DUI convictions and an outstanding arrest warrant when he hired us. We convinced the judge to vacate the warrant and not take the client into custody.  We developed a strong defense that ultimately forced the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to a Wet-Reckless despite his extensive DUI record.
  2. Transportation for Sales of narcotics – Arrested trying to cross the border. Drugs found in hidden compartments in vehicle.  Case dismissed by judge after suppression hearing.
  3. WC Fraud – Employer cited for failure to obtain Workers Compensation insurance for 6 employees & $10,000 fine.
  4. Assault with a Deadly Weapon – by choking spouse in an alleged domestic violence agrument.
  5. Assault with Serious Bodily Injury (3 Strike Case) – Client originally faced life in prison due to his criminal history and great bodily enhancement. Settlesd as a nonstrike, and local jail time.
  6. Shooting into a Dwelling – Possession of stolen weapons and shooting with a Shotgun into a home.
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