ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN
SAN RAFAEL?

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in Marin county or elsewhere in the Bay Area – our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.


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Summit Defense
Phone: (415) 524-7717

4040 Civic Center Dr #200
San Rafael, CA 94903

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WE CAN HELP YOU WITH:

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW

Summit Defense is Marin County’s Premier Criminal Defense Firm.  We handle Felony and Misdemeanor charges arising any where in Marin county including, San Rafael, Novato, Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley and Sausalito.

 

 

Some of the more common types of cases we handle in San Rafael are:

 

  • Domestic Violence – While spousal battery is the most common type of domestic violence arrests, there are various other types of arrests and prosecution that fall under the umbrella of “domestic Violence.  These include, child abuse, elder abuse, criminal threats, and even vandalism.  The crime of Domestic violence is serious and can be life altering not only in terms of criminal penalties but in terms of collateral consequences.  Our San Rafael Domestic Violence lawyers will provide you with the most aggressive defense possible that will assure the ultimate resolution of your case.

 

  • DUI/Drunk Driving –  Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys are experts at fighting both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges.  Our attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of DUI charges in San Rafael and litigated many DUI trials.  There is not substitute for experience when it comes to picking a San Rafael DUI lawyer.  Our team relies on each other’s experience, motions and background to devise the best strategy for your DUI case.

 

  • Theft and Shoplifting – Theft is defined as the taking of another’s property without permission.  The classification of Grand theft (P.C. 487) versus )Petty Theft (PC 484)  has to do with the value of the item taken.  If you have been accused of or arrested for a theft crime, our San Rafael Theft lawyers will help you devise the best strategy to successfully resolve your case whether that involves counseling, civil compromise or other avenues to dismiss your case and keep your record clean.

 

  • Sex Offenses – The San Rafael office has a focus on sex crime defense and our attorneys have successfully defended clients accused of crimes such as possession of child pornography (Penal Code 311) , child molestation (Penal code 288), lewd conduct (penal code 647A), indecent exposure (penal code 314  rape as well as other sex offenses. These cases are often based on circumstantial evidence and are defensible. If they are not properly handled, they can result in serious repercussions which include lengthy sentences and lifetime sex crime registration. Our approach includes the use of professional psychological evaluations, in-depth investigation by our private investigator and expert trial attorneys.

 

  • Embezzlement – Over the years, Summit Defense has helped many clients resolve Embezzlement charges (penal code 503) either by out of court settlement, plea negotiation or court trial.  If you have been arrested or accused of embezzlement, it is imperative that you contact a San Rafael Embezzlement attorney immediately.  Don’t wait for the detective to contact you.  These cases require a pro active approach.

 

  • Hit and Run – If you are the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an accident which resulted in damage to another parties’ property and you did not immediately stop your car at the nearest possible location, and identify yourself to the other party or parties you may be charged with a hit and run. Our San Rafael Hit and Run attorney  include former prosecutors and a former police officer, so we know how to resolve these cases with civil compromise, diversion and dismissal. For both felonies and misdemeanors our goal will be to keep your driving privileges intact and to avoid a criminal record.

 

I’VE BEEN ARRESTED IN SAN RAFAEL. WHERE WILL MY COURT BE?

 

If you are charged with committing an offense in San Rafael, your case will be dealt with at the criminal court for Marin County. The Hall of Justice houses the Marin County Superior Court, at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. All criminal and traffic matters are dealt with at this courthouse.

Your attorney will inform you exactly which courtroom or department your case will be heard in, and whether you need to attend court at all. You can also contact the Criminal clerk’s office on (415) 444-7070 for more information. Finally, a list is posted at the court every day, detailing which courtroom and before which judge each case is.

 

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND COURT, OR CAN MY ATTORNEY GO FOR ME?

 

One of the main advantages of retaining an attorney is that they can often save you the hassle of going to court. Your attorney can attend court for you in all misdemeanor cases, except if you have been charged with a domestic violence offense.

If you have been accused of a domestic violence offense, or a felony, or if the judge orders you to appear, then you must attend court – even if you have hired an attorney.

 

CAN I LOOK UP THE SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY COURT CALENDAR ONLINE?

 

Yes, you can. You can search for matters in the court’s calendar by name, by date, or by case number. The online court calendar can be accessed on the Marin County Superior Court’s website, here.

 

WHERE IS THE JAIL FOR SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY?

 

People who are arrested in the San Rafael area are booked into the Marin County Jail. The Jail is located at the Civic Center, at 13 Peter Behr Drive in San Rafael. This is the single jail for Marin County, and this is where all inmates – male and female -are booked, processed, and held.

The Marin County Jail is run by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. To find out if someone is in custody, or if they were booked within the last 48 hours, you can perform a search on the Marin County Sheriff’s Department website, here. You can also call the Jail on (415) 473-6655 and request inmate information.

You could also ring the Criminal Division of the court on (415) 444-7070, between 8am and 3pm, for calendar information. If an attorney from Summit Defense is representing you, however, we will keep you fully informed of your upcoming court date, and let you know if you need to attend.

 

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY?

 

To visit an inmate in the Marin County Jail, the inmate needs to book your visit 24 hours in advance. The inmate is responsible for letting you know the date and time of your scheduled visit. You are not allowed to attend the jail for a visit without it being booked in advance by the inmate.

Inmates are allowed one visit per day, and if the inmate is in POD or lockdown they are only allowed visits after 5.45pm each day. The visiting schedule is available at the Sheriff’s Department website, here.

Once the inmate tells you that they have booked your visit, you need to make sure that you arrive at the jail at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled visit time. This is to allow time for you to go through identification and security procedures. As with all jails, there are strict rules about what you can wear to a visit, and what items you can take into the visiting area. You can read the full list of rules on the Sheriff’s Department website, here. Be aware that a violation of the rules may prevent you from visiting the inmate at all.

 

WHERE IS THE JAIL FOR SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY?

 

People who are arrested in the San Rafael area are booked into the Marin County Jail. The Jail is located at the Civic Center, at 13 Peter Behr Drive in San Rafael. This is the single jail for Marin County, and this is where all inmates – male and female -are booked, processed, and held.

The Marin County Jail is run by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. To find out if someone is in custody, or if they were booked within the last 48 hours, you can perform a search on the Marin County Sheriff’s Department website, here. You can also call the Jail on (415) 473-6655 and request inmate information.

 

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY?

 

To visit an inmate in the Marin County Jail, the inmate needs to book your visit 24 hours in advance. The inmate is responsible for letting you know the date and time of your scheduled visit. You are not allowed to attend the jail for a visit without it being booked in advance by the inmate.

Inmates are allowed one visit per day, and if the inmate is in POD or lockdown they are only allowed visits after 5.45pm each day. The visiting schedule is available at the Sheriff’s Department website, here.

Once the inmate tells you that they have booked your visit, you need to make sure that you arrive at the jail at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled visit time. This is to allow time for you to go through identification and security procedures. As with all jails, there are strict rules about what you can wear to a visit, and what items you can take into the visiting area. You can read the full list of rules on the Sheriff’s Department website, here. Be aware that a violation of the rules may prevent you from visiting the inmate at all.

 

HOW DO I HELP MY FRIEND OR RELATIVE BAIL OUT IN MARIN COUNTY?

 

Your friend or relative’s bail will be set when they are booked, or after they have appeared in front of a judge in court. If they are released on their own recognizance, that means that no bail needs to be paid and they are free to leave custody. However, if bail is set, the amount will need to be posted before they can be released.

 

CAN I LOOK UP MY SAN RAFAEL OR MARIN COUNTY CRIMINAL RECORD ONLINE?

 

No, – official criminal records are not available online. You can, however, view criminal records at the courthouse. If you want to look at your criminal record, you need to make a request. First, you need to know the case number. If you don’t know the case number, you can look it up on the Court’s Public Index, here.

Once you know the case number, you need to request the file a day in advance, by 12.30pm. It is best to call the Court on  (415) 444-7070 and request the Record’s Management Office to make a request, or you can email your request to [email protected] (but note that email is only checked once a day).

After a file is requested, a staff member will call you back to confirm it is available. Once you have confirmed that the file is available, attend the Court’s Record Management Office in Room 113 to view the file. If you wish to make copies of the file, the cost is 50c per page. Copies may not be able to be made while you wait, instead, a staff member will make the copies for you and call you to collect them once they are done.

If you need a full and official copy of your criminal record, such as that required for expungement proceedings, you need to apply through the California Department of Justice. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, submission of a form, and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.

For clients of Summit Defense Attorneys who do not have access to the cash required to post bail, we can recommend a bail bond company that assists our clients by offering them a discount. Alternatively, a property bond may be able to be posted in some cases – if you wish to post a property bond, you should speak to your attorney to see if it’s possible in the particular case.

To post bail for someone being held in Marin County, you need to attend the Marin County Jail. The Jail accepts bail payments 24 hours a day. You can pay bail in either cash, a post or bank money order, or a bail bond.