Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN TRUST
A reputation for success is what we carry into the courtroom. Click here to see an example of what we mean by success. Philip Dunn is a criminal defense attorney with over 25 years of experience in winning cases in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  If you, a loved one or colleague has been arrested, we have the answers to your questions.  Knowledge is your first line of defense. Click here to see highlights of our most recent victories.

INTEGRITY AND COMMITMENT
Attorney at law Philip Dunn knows that two characteristics more than any others are responsible for the successful defense of a criminal matter: integrity and commitment.  The credibility that derives from honest representation and fair dealings with our clients, prosecutors, police officers and judges is the foundation for a successful result in any criminal case.  Of equal importance is the commitment to fight the hard case and not back down when you know you are right.  Too often criminal defense practitioners look for the easy resolution of a criminal case rather than fighting for the best result.  We pledge to tell you the truth about your case and not take advantage of your situation.  We are committed to providing quality legal representation at a cost that is both fair and equitable.

TRUTH NOT BRAVADO
Philip Dunn has a long history of achievement within the criminal justice system.  Philip Dunn was presented the Outstanding Trial Attorney Award upon leaving the Public Defender’s Office in Ventura County.  Philip Dunn has continued to enhance the firm’s reputation for legal excellence by vigorously defending their clients.  Unlike other firms, we are prepared to provide our clients with specific examples of legal victories achieved in every type of matter we handle. See the accounts of our most recent success stories provide below.

If you, a loved one or colleague has been arrested or are the target of a criminal investigation, we are the attorneys to help you.

If you are Arrested or are the Target of an Investigation

  • You have the right to an attorney – Use this right!
  • Anything you say will be used against you – Say Nothing without an attorney!
  • You have questions right now that need answers – Call for a free consultation!

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – These are often the most defensible charges, as the charges alleged are often greatly exaggerated, or entirely fabricated.  Early investigation and an aggressive defense can often make the difference in these cases.

DUI
–A hearing with the DMV must be demanded within ten (10) days of your arrest in order to keep your license.  DMV hearings are defensible given the right facts, and a restricted license may be granted after thirty (30) days of suspension in those cases where the suspension is upheld.

DRUGS & NARCOTICS – There is a major difference between a misdemeanor or felony for personal use and a felony possession for sale, sales or transportation.  The difference is often a judgment call made by the local prosecutor, which is why you should have vigorous defense by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

FELONY THREE STRIKES -
California has the most punitive "Three Strikes" law in the nation. There is no "wash out" period for a prior strike. Two prior strikes and any new felony charge may make the defendant eligible for a sentence of 25 years to life. Even one prior prior will double the potential sentence on the new felony charge, and make the defendant ineligible for probation, and require him to serve 80% of any sentence time. The aggressive defense of three stike cases is essential for avoiding
these draconian results.

OFFICE LOCATION – The Law Office of Dunn & Sanderson focuses its practice in criminal defense and is strategically placed in Westlake Village, California. We offer our criminal defense attorney services to clients from both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Our main office is within minutes of Calabasas, Malibu, Moorpark, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, and only a 20 minute drive from the San Fernando Valley.

VENTURA COURTHOUSE LOCATION – Clients arrested in Ventura County may also visit our Ventura office located across the street from the Ventura Courthouse and just a quick drive from Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Santa Barbara.

ALWAYS PUTTING CLIENTS FIRST –I believe everyone is entitled to the very best legal representation at an affordable price. My approach to the practice of law is to put the client first by standing up for the client's rights, no matter what the circumstances.

Accounts of Success

March 31 2015: Do you need a Ventura Criminal Defense attorney? Ventura Criminal Defense is what we do at the Law Offices of Philip Remington Dunn. The question comes up about apeals from time to time. We want to review People v. Lashley in 1991, 1 Cal.App.4th 938 rev. den. 1992, cert. den., (1992) (court held that Penal Code sections 422.6 and 422.7 require proof that the defendant possessed a specific intent to deprive an individual of a right secured by federal or state law. What was important is that the evidence supported the conclusion that defendant interfered with the victims in their exercise and enjoyment of the right to be free from violence.) Ventura Criminal Defense attorney Philip Remington Dunn wants you to remember If you are Arrested or are the target of an Investigation, You have the right to an attorney. WE ALSO STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU USE THIS RIGHT! Philip Remington Dunn wants you to remember that anything you say will be used against you. Say Nothing without an attorney! We know you have questions that need answers, Call us for a free consultation Philip Remington Dunn is your choice for a Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney.

March 27, 2015: Ventura Criminal Defense is what we do at the Law Offices of Philip Remington Dunn. We are your number one choice for a Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney. We had a question about Penal Code section 11410. Penal Code section 11410 states that the urging of violence where harm is possible is conduct not protected by the California Constitution; in this section of Penal Code section 11410 the Legislature finds that it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or national origin to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals. Remember If you are Arrested or are the Target of an Investigation , You have the right to an attorney. We STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU USE THIS RIGHT! Anything you say will be used against you. Say Nothing without an attorney! We know you questions right now that need answers, Call us for a free consultation NOW!!!!!Philip Remington Dunn is your choice for a Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney.

March 24, 2015: The news is reporting violence and race riots all over the US. There are many questions to rights which are outlined in the law. We would like to review Penal Code section 1170.75.  Penal Code section 1170.75: Provides additional punishment for felonies committed because of a victim's race, color, religion, etc., or because the victim is perceived to have one or more of the above-mentioned characteristics unless already punished under Penal Code sections 422.75 or 1170.8. The law can be complicated at times and we are here to advise you properly. If you need a criminal attorney in Ventura the Law Offices of Philip Remington Dunn is your choice for a Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney.

March 16 2015: With all of the demonstrations in the news we thought we would talk about Penal Code section 11410. Penal Code section 11410: States that the urging of violence where harm is possible is conduct not protected by the California Constitution. Most peaceful demonstrations are just that, peaceful. Unfortunately there are always those who try to escalate the crowd into a aggressive state. In this section Penal Code section 11410 the Legislature finds that it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or national origin to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals.

March 9 2015: We would like to address Penal Code section 422.7. Penal Code section 422.7 provides that actions which are normally misdemeanors can become felonies. Penal Code section 422.7 states that if the committed action is based on bigotry, on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation or because the victim is perceived to have one or more of the above characteristics (with the exception of a person punished under section 422.6.) The Penalty: is stated of up to one year in jail or prison and/or a $10,000 fine. This is important as you need to know your rights and how Penal Code section 422.7 will impact your case. 

March 3, 2015: In Civil Code sections 51.7 or 52.1 we discuss Punitive Damages.The discussion always comes up about Punitive Damages and what the law outlines in Civil Code sections 51.7 or 52.1. This is what is stated Available for violations of Civil Code sections 51.7 or 52.1 Must prove that defendant acted with malice, fraud or oppression Courts will take into account how reprehensible the conduct was, the defendant's financial condition, and the amount of actual damages. Department of Fair Employment Housing complaints cannot seek punitive damages. So how does this affect your case. At the Law Firm of Phillip Reminington Dunn we will review your case and establish with you all of the parameters and options you have to execute in your case.  What we strongly suggest If you are Arrested or are the Target of an Investigation , You have the right to an attorney. We STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU USE THIS RIGHT! Anything you say will be used against you. Say Nothing without an attorney! We know you questions right now that need answers, Call us for a free consultation NOW!!!!!

February 24, 2015: At Phil Dunn attorney at law we go to great lengths to secure your rights as an individual. We would like to bring to your attention Penal Code section 186.21: Legislature finds and declares that it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or handicap, to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals. This section goes directly to the code that we follow for each and every person that we represent. This is part of the "California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act," enacted in 1988. Remember that when you are arrested you have the right to an attorney, we encourage you to Use this right! Anything you say will be used against you ? Say Nothing without an attorney! You have questions right now that need answers? Call us immediately for a free consultation!

February 23, 2015: The Law Firm Of Phil Remington Dunn is here to help you understand your rights. We will help you understand what you need to do when you are put in jail and accused of a crime. We would like to explain Penal Codes to you. Penal Code section 422.6(a): Provides it is a misdemeanor to interfere by force or threat of force with a person's state or federal statutory or constitutional rights because of his or her race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation or because the victim is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics. This misdemeanor has a penalty: up to one year in jail, or $5000, or both. Remember this You have the right to an attorney ? Use this right!We want to remind you anything you say will be used against you ? We ask you to say Nothing without an attorney! and lastly if you have questions right now that need answers call us for a free consultation!

July 11, 2013:   The firm represented a client who was previously convicted of felony drunk driving.  On the motion of the firm, the court granted the client's request to terminate his probation early, reduce his charge to a misdemeanor, and ultimately to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea and dismiss the charges.  The case was thereby expunged from his record pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4.

July 11, 2013:   The firm secured the dismissal of Vandalism charges, after the client was arrested for felony vandalism by police investigators and later charged by the District Attorney for committing misdemeanor vandalism in the amount of $1,500.  The firm investigated the case, contacted the victim, and gained the victim's permission to seek a dismissal of charges after the victim was compensated for the damage caused to his property.

June 21, 2013:   On June 21, 2013, the firm convinced the Santa Barbara County District Attorney to reject a public intoxication misdemeanor case, Penal Code Section 647(f), after the firm forwarded its pre-trial investigation materials to the reviewing prosecutor and explained that the defendant could not be proven guilty according to the legal standard set forth in the California jury instructions.

June 17, 2013:   On June 17, 2013, a client was charged with possession of heroin, a felony violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11350, after officers seized a substance consistent with both heroin and concentrated cannabis.  After a challenge to the laboratory results, the District Attorney accepted a plea to a misdemeanor drug violation.  The Court granted the client diversion pursuant to Penal Code Section 1000 which will result in a DISMISSAL upon successful completion of drug treatment.

May 31, 2013:   The District Attorney charged our client with being under the influence of methamphetamine in violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11550, Resisting Arrest, in violation of Penal Code Section 148, and a probation violation.  The District Attorney demanded 120 days in jail at the time of filing.  On May 31, 2013, the firm secured the dismissal of the resisting arrest charge and obtained "drug treatment" with no jail time for the client.

May 10, 2013:    The firm filed a demurrer and obtained the dismissal of all charges filed against a client for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(a), Driving with a Blood Alcohol Level of .08% or greater, and a special allegation that client's measured blood alcohol level exceeded .15% pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 23578.

May 6, 2013:   The firm secured the dismissal of all charges in the middle of a contested preliminary hearing for a client charged with felony Auto Theft in violation of Vehicle Code Section 10851, felony Street Terrorism in violation of Penal Code Section 186.22 and a felony violation of Accessory After the Fact, a violation of Penal Code Section 32.  The client was also facing multiple strike and prison priors.

March 6, 2013:   Client arrested and convicted of Possession For Sale of more than 14.25 grams of heroin, a violation of Health & Safety Code 11351 with a special allegation pursuant to Penal Code 1203.07(a)(1) requiring at least two years in state prison.  Client sentenced to forty-six (46) days actual time served and one year inpatient rehabilitation program as part of a split sentence under Penal Code 1170(h).

February 28, 2013:   Client awarded over $320,000.00 in attorney fees and costs pursuant to a defense verdict after jury trial in a wrongful death action.  Judgment entered November 2, 2012, after a four week jury trial in Pasadena Superior Court.  Motion for attorney?s fees and costs granted February 28, 2013.

February 26, 2013:   Young man arrested for indecent exposure, a violation of Penal Code section 314.1, a charge requiring registration as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290.  Case dismissed upon completion of diversion program under Penal Code section 1001.21.

February 8, 2013:   Client arrested and prosecuted in largest Grand Jury Indictment in Ventura County history.  Indictment alleged two counts, a violation of Penal Code section 182(a)(1) Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics and Health and Safety Code section 11351  Possession of Cocaine For Sale, with a special allegation that the alleged crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang, a violation of Penal Code section 186.22(b)(1).  Both counts dismissed on motion of the District Attorney in exchange for an admission to transportation of cocaine for personal use allowing client to participate in a drug treatment program in lieu of jail, and upon successful completion of the program, dismissal of the case.

November 2, 2012:    Two week civil jury trial representing a man accused by his former spouse of sex crimes against her daughter which lead to the daughter's drug addiction ending in her suicide.  Plaintiff's counsel sought over twenty million dollars ($20,000,000.00) in damages for the alleged wrongful death of her daughter.  Verdict for the defense, awarding plaintiff's former spouse nothing, with a finding of no liability exonerating my client from the allegations made in plaintiff's civil complaint.

September 20, 2012:    Highway construction worker is arrested for Driving Under the Influence, a violation of Vehicle Code 23152, shortly after leaving a restaurant at about midnight.  Four (4) breath test results all read alcohol level of .14 or .15.  Case dismissed by the prosecution when cross examination of the arresting officer reveals that officer was not certified to use new breath testing equipment.

August 29, 2012:    Restraining order dismissed by Judge after court trial where cross-examination of petitioner and his witness reveals history of violence, drug and alcohol abuse.

August 29, 2012:    Young man arrested and prosecuted for felony possession of heroin, a violation of Health and Safety Code 11350.  Case dismissed by District Attorney, cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at Early Disposition Conference

June 18, 2012:   Client pulled over for driving on the right shoulder, fails Field Sobriety Tests and give four breath tests with results of .13, .14, .13, and .14.  DMV sets aside Department action in Admin Per Se hearing to suspend driver's license after hearing officer concludes arresting officer's testimony was "untrue".

June 12, 2012:    Woman charged with felony violation of Penal Code section 273.5 for allegedly hitting her husband in the face.  Case rejected by District Attorney after investigation reveals husband's injuries were self inflicted.

 

Ventura DUI Criminal Defense Attorney

DUI Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney Philip Dunn is one of the co-founders of the law firm Dunn and Sanderson in Westlake Village, California.  Drugs and Narcotics expert Mandee Sanderson the other co-founder of the Ventura criminal attorney law firm with a law office across the street of the courthouse in Ventura County for the Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney team helping clients with domestic violence and bail hearings in Los Angeles County, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Moorpark, Conejo Valley, Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills.  Three strikes cases and expungements require an experienced Ventura criminal lawyer, especially representing clients from Encino, Oxnard, Malibu and Simi Valley.  To know that you are represented by a Ventura County Criminal Attorney when you are charged with assault and battery or a theft offense like Grand Theft Auto will give you peace of mind to know that when your bail hearing is up you are represented by an experienced attorney, a licensed member of the California Bar Association in the great State of California.

Update, June 11, 2008 from the law office: Remember that on July 1, 2008 the new California wireless law takes effect.  The Department of Motor Vehicles office from Sacramento, California has put on their website that the new law prohibits automobile drivers from using handheld wireless telephones while they are operating (driving) a motor vehicle (automobile/car).  However, the California law will permit a California (Ventura County) driver to use a cell phone to make an emergency phone call to the highway patrol, ambulance, fire department and other emergency people providing emergency services.

Calabasas criminal defense attorney has found from its experience that today’s  federal grand jury is a rubber stamp for the prosecutor which leads many defense attorneys to agree with the statement made many years ago that "a good prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich." House of Representative Congressman Henry Hyde, formerly Chairman of the Congressional House Judiciary Committee, noted that the federal grand jury, originally established by the United States Founding Fathers as a means of protecting American citizens against government excess, is today a captive of federal prosecutors. Calabasas criminal defense attorneys believe that the prosecutor today exercises enormous power, unrestrained by law or judicial supervision, with even the grand jury process itself being largely devoid of legal rules.  Calabasas criminal defense attorney implores the accused to understand that without experienced and aggressive legal representation the federal grand jury process has become one that wholly fails to protect ordinary American citizens.

Newbury Park criminal defense attorney is informing the public today, September 23, 2009 that this past Monday the military commissions judge at Guantanamo Bay granted a motion to halt all proceedings in the case against five alleged 9/11 conspirators until the current presidential administration headed by President Obama decides whether it will transfer the cases to the United States Federal Court. Newbury Park criminal defense attorney reports that the Obama administration says it will make its decision as to which court will have jurisdiction by November 16, 2009. The defendants, three of whom represent themselves, chose not to attend the Monday Commission judicial session; the two represented Guantanamo defendants were told that neither they nor their counsel were allowed to be in the Guantanamo court, although counsel for Ramzi bin al Shibh chose to attend the session nonetheless, it was reported by the Newbury Park criminal defense attorney.

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