Top-Rated Placer County Criminal
Defense Attorney Specializing in the
Sacramento Region and the Gold Country

My name is Michael Phillips, and I assume since you are researching
criminal defense attorneys, you or a family member has been arrested or
charged with a crime. Hopefully, you will notice right away some important
differences about my site. There are no pictures of handcuffs, flashing
police lights, jail bars or folks being arrested under the watchful eye of a
policeman. Frankly, you probably have enough stress already - and one of
my most important jobs as your criminal defense attorney, is to lower your
stress, not increase it.

What makes us different...

First, Mr. Phillips Will Personally Handle Your Case

At The Phillips Law Offices, your case is always personally handled by the
senior attorney in the firm name, unlike certain “state-wide” firms that once
retained, farm out their work to inexperienced junior attorneys. A lot of firms
on the internet talk about their “TV exposure” and “big city” expertise in
criminal and DUI defense, but in reality specialize more in marketing than
quality criminal representation. So the first question you should always ask
is, "Who is actually going to be my criminal defense lawyer?" You have the
right to know this information before you retain a criminal law firm’s services.

Mr. Phillips is dedicated to getting the best possible outcomes for his clients.
He listens to his clients at a time when few people stop to hear any side but
the prosecution. He understands that many clients do not have a lot of
money to pay for expensive lawyers with big ad budgets, but knows their
case is just as important. Mr. Phillips understands that being arrested or
charged with a crime is a frightening experience. Thats why The Phillips Law
Office mission is to ethically and tenaciously defend our clients, even before
the case reaches the courtroom. With years of experience in the criminal
justice system in Placer, Sacramento, Butte and Nevada County, he is able
to deliver a hard-hitting defense in a cost-effective manner. If you are
seeking an aggressive and tenacious Placer County criminal defense lawyer
who will work diligently and give you straight advice without any "legalese",
you are personally invited to call him.

Second, Close Personal Contact with Your Attorney

Facing criminal charges is a stressful situation and nothing compounds the
stress more than the inability to reach your attorney. At The Phillips Law
Offices, we put a premium on the accessibility of our Placer County criminal
defense lawyers and support staff. We are here to provide emotional
support as well as legal representation. To do this, every day we strive for
three policies:

  1. Every client phone call, email or text is returned the same day; and
  2. Every client gets the personal cell phone number of his/her attorney.
  3. We strive to have an “open door” philosophy informing clients each
    step of  the process

Not only does this provide you the assurance of knowing you can reach
your lawyer at critical times, it also helps us to do our job more effectively.
Working together on a case not only lowers stress your stress, but results in
a better outcome since our clients are the best resource for understanding
what happened. We want to hear from you, and you will definitely be hearing
from us. Working together, we map out the story and put together the best
defense possible for success.

Third, Local Criminal Defense Expertise...Who Actually Know the
Local Courts.

The Phillips Law Office brings knowledge of local courts’ culture and
practices to the defense of individuals who have been charged with felony,
misdemeanor, and DUI crimes in the greater Sacramento region and Gold
Country including: Placer County, Sacramento County, Nevada County and
Butte County.
The Phillips Law Offices is not a referral firm and we do not
make money splitting lawyers fees.  (There are enough of those on the
Internet.) We do not practice nationwide or even statewide (as if that were
truly possible).

I limit my practice to the local courts so I know the local judges and
prosecutors.  I have spent 20+ years asking tough questions from the
defense side of the table, not easy questions to police officers or experts
from the prosecution side. By working day in and day out in the same
places, we develop trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation
officers and court staff. Moreover, we know how things work in particular
courtrooms, and with particular prosecuting offices. Unlike criminal attorneys
who claim to practice statewide or who are seldom in the local court, we
know the little details that can make all the difference.

The Phillips Law Offices accepts cases in the greater Sacramento Area and
Gold Country including all of Placer County, Nevada County, Butte County
and El Dorado County.  

Fourth...We Take a Proactive Approach to All Cases

Some Placer County criminal defense lawyers take a "wait-and-see"
approach. They stall until the first court date, or until they receive the police
reports, before investigating and working with you on your case. At The
Phillips Law Offices, we believe there's no time to waste. The most critical
window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, or
even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately,
oftentimes we can persuade the prosecutor either not to file criminal
charges or less serious charges.

Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation

We like to start every case the same way: by listening. We sit down with you
(and your witnesses) to hear exactly what happened. The police and the
accusers are going to have their story. We will be presenting yours, so we
want to start by hearing and understanding your side of it. Call us at
(800) 978-0186.
If you call my office, my staff will put your call through to
me, not a salesperson. I invite you to read through this site or call me to
discuss your case free of charge. I will give you an honest appraisal of the
charges, your situation and the options you have. No legalese, just straight
talk. And if I am not the attorney for you, I will do my utmost to refer you to
the person who is.

Types of Cases We Handle.

Placer County Criminal Defense and DUI Defense Attorneys

When you have been arrested for a DUI and you don't think it's fair, you
need a Placer County DUI Attorney who can protect your rights...make sure
you're treated fairly...and who knows how to get results. You've just found
that law firm.

When looking for a Placer County DUI attorney, a general practice attorney
is not the answer. I do not handle every type of case under the sun. I do not
do family law, property law or any case that comes through the door.
Instead, I have chosen to apply my efforts with a focus on the crimes, laws
and defenses I know best: Criminal and DUI defense. When hiring a lawyer,
like a doctor, its best to hire one focusing on the problem you have.

As a member of The National College for DUI Defense, California DUI
Lawyers Association and in my 20+ years as a defense attorney I have
successfully helped hundreds of families and individuals through this difficult
time. Among the drunk driving cases we handle are Vehicle Code 23152(a)
(b), underage DUI, DUI causing injury, hit and run and gross vehicular

Placer County Violent Crime Attorneys

Prosecutors and judges take violent crimes the most seriously. California's
mandatory sentencing laws can lead to lengthy prison sentences. But many
people accused of violent offense are truly not guilty. Often the situation
arose out of self-defense, accident, misidentification, false accusations or
mental illness. Our Placer County criminal attorneys can help you explore
these defenses and fight the charges. We also defend clients prosecuted
under California's Three Strikes Law. Among the violent crime charges we
defend against are:

Penal Code 187 Murder

Penal Code 207 Kidnapping

Penal Code 211 Robbery

Penal Code 215 Carjacking

Penal Code 245 Assault

Penal Code 422 PC Criminal Threats

Penal Code 451 Arson

Placer County Sex Crimes Attorneys

The Phillips Law Offices provide premiere criminal defense on serious felony
and misdemeanor sex charges in the greater Sacramento region and Gold
Country including: Placer County, Sacramento County, Nevada County and
Butte County. We have extensive experience successfully defending the
most serious of sex charges. Mr. Phillips is one of the few sex crimes
attorneys in the state to win not guilty verdicts in several “sexual violent
predator” (SVP)  trials, the toughest sex cases there are.

Many of our cases are referred by other attorneys as we pride ourselves in
accepting and successfully defending tough cases other attorneys will not
take. The justice system is handing down overwhelmingly harsh sentences
for sex offenses at every level, including misdemeanor sex offenses. If an
individual is convicted, prison may only be the beginning. Sex offender
registration lasts a lifetime and is required for not only felony convictions but
misdemeanors as well. Moreover, if a person is labeled a “sexually
dangerous predator” (SVP) after they serve a prison sentence, they then
can be indefinitely committed to a mental institution in California.

And now, new laws require lifetime GPS monitoring and strict residence
requirements where a person can even live. However, many innocent
people get falsely accused of sex crimes, especially date rape, lewd acts
with a child, and sexual assault.

Sex crimes allegations can devastate a person's entire life even before
charges are filed. It has been said, "it is the deadliest accusation".  If you, or
a loved one, has been accused of sexual misconduct of any kind, you need
a Placer County sex crimes attorney who understands how these
accusations are made and how to defend them. If you want to find out what
can be done for your situation, I will be glad to talk with you. I know you will
find my staff incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help. I am
confident that you will be impressed with my firm and what we will be able to
do for you.

At The Phillips Law Offices, the goal is to prove innocence whenever
possible, to seek treatment when appropriate, and to maintain fairness and
balance in the system. We defend against all sex crimes charges, including

Penal Code 243.4  Sexual Battery

Penal Code 261.5  Statutory Rape

Penal Code 288  Lewd Acts with a Child

Penal Code 290  Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Penal Code 311  Child Pornography

Penal Code 314  Indecent Exposure

Penal Code 647(a)  Lewd Conduct in Public

Penal Code 647(b)  Prostitution Solicitation

Penal Code 261  Rape

Penal Code 262  Drug induced rape

Penal Code 289  Sex Penetration

Sex Computer crimes

Sexual Violent Predator civil commitments

Placer County Theft Crime Attorneys

Most people accused of theft or financial crimes are good citizens with
minimal records who simply took a wayward path, and some are factually
innocent. In any case, our Placer County criminal defense attorneys can
help you fight the charges, often times keeping the stigma of a criminal
conviction off your record.

We represent clients as to all financial and property crimes, such as

Penal Code 459 Burglary

Penal Code 487 Grand Theft

Penal Code 488 Petty Theft (Shoplifting)

Penal Code 496 Receiving Stolen Property

Penal Code 503 Embezzlement

Penal Code 666 Petty Theft with a Prior

Placer County Domestic Violence Attorneys

More people get wrongfully accused of domestic violence than any other
type of crime. Sometimes a person strikes his wife or girlfriend by accident
or in self-defense during a mutual struggle. Other times the accuser lies to
the police and makes up false allegations of abuse. Accusers fabricate
stories out of anger or jealousy, or to gain the upper hand in divorce or child
custody proceedings. Whatever the case, our Placer County criminal
attorneys can help you fight back.

We defend clients against any accusations of domestic violence, spousal
battery or spousal abuse, in particular

Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Battery

Penal Code 273 a Child Endangerment

Penal Code 273 d Child Abuse

Penal Code 273.5 Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant

Placer County Drug Crimes Attorneys

Police frequently use unreliable informants, defective warrants and other
illegal methods to make drug busts. Our Placer County criminal defense
lawyers can challenge these unconstitutional searches and search warrants,
in an effort to get evidence and cases thrown out of court. For clients
struggling with addiction problems, we can often help you get Proposition
36, PC 1000 drug diversion or other treatment programs as an alternative to

We represent clients in all misdemeanor or felony drug charges, including

Health & Safety Code 11350 Possession of a Controlled Substance

Health & Safety Code 11351  Possession for Sales,

Health & Safety Code 11352 Sales or Transportation of a Controlled

Health & Safety Code 11377  Possession of Methamphetamine.

Health & Safety Code 11357(a) Possession of concentrated Cannabis

Health & Safety Code 11357(b) Possession of under an ounce of

Health & Safety Code 11357(c) Possession of over one ounce of

Health & Safety Code 11358 Cultivation of Marijuana

Health & Safety Code 11359 Possession with Intent to Sell marijuana

Health & Safety Code 11360 Transportation of Marijuana

Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation

If you want to find out how you can be helped, I will be glad to talk with you. It
costs nothing to speak to our office. You will find our staff incredibly
knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help. I am confident that you will be
impressed with my firm and what we may be able to do for you. Please feel
to call my office toll free at
1-800-978-0186 to schedule a confidential no-
charge consultation or, if you prefer, e-mail me directly from the
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