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Experience

experience

Mr. Schwartz, an Arcata Attorney, a NORML lawyer and a federal district court defense attorney throughout California, Montana, and Illinois. He is former senior Humboldt County prosecutor who knows his opponents very well.  This is a key element to a good defense.  He also has over 20 years of federal and local criminal defense experience. As a Humboldt County marijuana defense attorney, Northern California Drug Lawyer, DUI Attorney, Child Molestation Attorney, Mendocino Child Abuse Lawyer and California Three Strikes Law expert, Mr. Schwartz is a formidable California Criminal Defense Lawyer. He has successfully defended hundreds of state and federal clients in his twenty plus years of service. If you have been accused of a crime in San Francisco or Northern California and in need of a good  Federal District Court and California Criminal Defense Attorney, you have definitely come to the right place.

BATTERED WOMAN ACQUITTED OF KILLING HER HUSBAND

A woman battered by her husband for more than 12 years grabbed a gun and shot him in the face killing him instantly with the gun he bought her. She was acquitted of all charges and walked out of the courthouse with her attorney Mr. Schwartz a free woman.  

A MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE UNDER THE THREE-STRIKES LAW HAD HIS SENTENCE REDUCED TO NINE YEARS

A man convicted of felony drunk driving with three prior strikes and sentenced to 25 years to life had his sentence overturned after Mr. Schwartz filed a petition for habeas corpus.

DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES DISMISSED

Charges against a man accused of smuggling 16 pounds of cocaine from Mexico were dismissed when Mr. Schwartz challenged the prosecution’s evidence on technical grounds. 

TAXI DRIVER ACQUITTED OF MURDER

A  jury acquitted a taxi driver in just 30 minutes of all charges after hearing eyewitness testimony by his own daughter. Mr. Schwartz argued through expert testimony that the prosecution’s star witness was suffering from delusional visions when she thought she saw her father shoot the man.

NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL MEMBER RELEASED AFTER JURY DEADLOCKS IN HIS FAVOR AT HIS MURDER TRIAL

A court released a Native American man (who earlier had established sovereignty for tribal members on the reservation) after a jury deadlocked 9-3 in his favor where he was tried for murdering another man on the reservation. Mr. Schwartz showed the jury that the two prosecution eyewitnesses were drunk and unreliable.

A JURY DEADLOCKED IN A MAN’S FAVOR AFTER THE PROSECUTION ACCUSED HIM OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER 

A San Francisco Man facing 26 years to life accepted a 3-year term for allegedly killing another man in cold blood after a jury in his murder trial deadlocked in his favor. Mr. Schwartz attacked the four prosecution witnesses showing that they were drunk, drugged and unstable.



Education:
Columbia University, M.S., 1989
John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1979
California State University, B.A., 1974

Admissions to Federal and State Courts and other Organizations/Past and Present
Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Central, Eastern and Northern California Federal District Courts, and all other California state courts.

Member of the California Supreme Court Death Penalty Panel, the First, Second and Fourth District Courts of Appeal appellate panels.

Member of the California State Bar, Bar Association of San Francisco,

National Lawyers Guild,

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Board Member of the award winning Machen Community Center for Developing Minds in San Francisco.

Board Member of the Hollywood Bar Association, retired.

Committee Member of the Sierra Club legal defense committee, retired.

Member of the Murder/Death Trial Panel in San Francisco Superior Court, retired

Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, all California trial courts and the  Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Admitted to the following Federal District Courts: Northern District of California (San Francisco);Eastern District of California (Sacramento);
Central District of California (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino); Central District of Illinois (Springfield, Peoria, Quad Cities; Federal District Court of Montana.

Member of the California Supreme Court Death Penalty Panel, the First, Second and Fourth District Courts of Appeal appellate panels.

Member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Teaching:
Associate Professor and Law Instructor, Chapman University, Orange 1990-92. Taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Research & Writing and Business Law on an adjunct basis.

 

Licensed to Practice in the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, all state trial and appellate courts, the United States District Court of California, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts. Member of the California Supreme Court Death Penalty Appeals/Habeas panels.

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