Criminal Defense

Redondo Beach criminal defense attorneyBeing charged with a crime, no matter how minor, can be upsetting.  Being convicted of a crime —even relatively minor ones—can  negatively affect a person’s ability to find work or even housing. And, depending on the severity of the charge, you can find yourself in jail.

How the right lawyer can help

Tom Moroney has spent many years working with clients who are facing criminal charges. He focuses this part of his legal practice on DUIs, minor drug possessions, other misdemeanors, and related assorted messes individuals sometimes find themselves caught up in. Earlier in his career he worked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, an experience which has provided him with a unique, first-hand insight into how low-level criminal matters are prosecuted.

DUI charges

California laws for DUI are particularly stringent. Individuals who are stopped and refuse to submit to a chemical test face automatic suspension of their driver’s licenses, even if they are not later convicted.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (California Vehicle Code § 23152(a));
  • With a BAC (blood alcohol content) 0.08% (CVC § 23152(b));
  • And if an injury occurs, DUI causing injury (§ 23153(a)), and DUI with a BAC of 0.08% or greater and causing injury (§ 23153(b)).

Your attorney can help you keep your license, as well as find the best way to develop a defense that best fits your case.  DUI cases can contain discrepancies or procedural issues.  Even if you believe that there is no way you can beat the charge, an attorney can help walk you through the rather complicated steps required by the court to successfully complete your probation and the California ABC to eventually clear your license.

Other Misdemeanors

Tom Moroney has handled many felonies, and on occasion, will still handle cases that have been “overcharged” as a felony.  Primarily, however, Tom Moroney currently handles misdemeanors, crimes punishable by up to one year in jail.  Those include petty theft, vandalism, hit and run, driving with a suspended license, and minor drug possession charges.  Your attorney can also assist you in expunging your record after you have completed your sentence and probation.

The California Superior Court gives a good overview of how a misdemeanor makes its way through the system.


A Redondo Beach criminal defense attorney with experience you can count on

If you are facing criminal charges for DUI, drug possession, or other minor offense, Tom Moroney has the breadth of legal knowledge and experience to help. Call today to arrange a consultation.

E. Thomas Moroney, Attorney
811 N. Catalina Ave., Ste. 2206
Redondo Beach, California 90277
(310) 318-1400

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