Law School/Year: University of San Diego, 1973
College/Year: California State University, Fullerton, 1969
California, Central and Southern District of California, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court
Criminal Law, Drunk Driving, Family & Domestic Relations, Juvenile
Brotherhood of Eternal Love II in Orange County, international hashish distribution ring originating in Afghanistan. Not guilty due to exclusion of CIA agent’s testimony as a result of Russian invasion and therefore no authentication of defendant’s photographs in country.
State gang prosecution: three witnesses ID client as driver in drive-by shooting, my client was found not guilty by jury. I feel this case is the reason I became an attorney. It was a very moving emotional verdict for this truly innocent young man.
My client was charged with two bank robberies. Two separate witnesses positively ID’d him. Jury found him not guilty after forensics reduced bank photos showed actual robber had ear studs and my client did not.
I’ve been in private practice since 1973 graduation from law school. I maintain a countywide practice in criminal defense and family law. I’ve acted as judge pro tem, and presented seminars to San Diego Trial Lawyers, Bar Associations, as well as the police academy. My practice has taken me to several states to represent clients.
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; California Public Defenders Association; California State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club; San Diego County Bar Association; Foothills Bar Association
I’m a California native, born in Los Angeles. Married for 40 years to MaryAnita Terrazas. We have three daughters and two grandchildren. I’m an avid biker, fly fisherman, organic gardener and traveler.