Criminal Defense
isn't About Relationships

Contrary to popular belief, it is not personal relationships with the judge or the prosecutor, but detailed case preparation that secures the best plea results.

Unfortunately, it is not the relationships between the defense attorney and the judge and prosecutor--or even the good moral character of the first time offender that matters in plea negotiations.

Lawyers negotiating

What matters is the pre-trial preparation of the defense and submission to the prosecution of investigator reports and expert reports that results in "the best deal."

Criminal Defense and Official Misconduct

In 2011 three Antioch Police officers and two other law enforcement officials were central players in five illegal searches, according to news media reports.

Tim Pori filed a civil rights suit to protect the rights of the citizens involved and to help them recover their lives.

The ABC 7 news clip on the right details the allegations against former narcotics task force leader Noran Wielsh and 4 other officers and the video includes statements by Tim on behalf of his clients.

Back in 2010, the San Francisco Police drug lab scandal showed a truly massive breakdown in the handling of evidence.

SFPD black and whiteAccording the news reports at that time, thousands of criminal cases were tainted by the actions of a lab technician and by the lack of adequate safeguards. Defendants discovered that evidence brought into court was contaminated by the misconduct of a police department employee.

Thousands of drug charges and convictions will be dismissed and reversed.

Attorney Tim Pori Studies Official Procedures to Ensure Your Rights are Respected

Discovering videotaped evidence of police misconduct or that a police drug test technician is tampering with evidence to support her own drug habit are rare events.

Most times when police or prosecutors fail to follow procedure, their acts are still legal and may not even be obvious to judges or juries. You need a skilled defense attorney to uncover official sloppiness and weak, incomplete cases.

Riot PoliceThat's why attorney Tim Pori extensively studied California's Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) procedures. That's why Tim Pori obtains and reads police department procedure manuals. That's why you want Tim Pori representing you in court.

When Tim defends you, he knows what the police department itself says its officers should have done.

He examines police and prosecutor reports to discover discrepancies between what happened in your case and what was supposed to happen.

Tim is fearless in cross-examining police officials who claim to be expert investigators but who fail to follow their department's own guidelines.

Bad police work and bad acts by prosecutors can win outright dismissal of charges.

Good defense work that points out police errors in court helps juries understand that the authorities are interested in a conviction more than they are interested in the truth.

Make Sure You're Treated Fairly

You want a criminal defense attorney that will protect your rights and make sure that the case against you wasn't built by shortcuts, slights of hand, or tainted evidence.

You want an attorney who uncover questionable techniques and let the jury develop reasonable doubt about the prosecution's story.