Criminal Defense

San Joaquin County

We Take a Proactive Approach to Our Cases

Many criminal defense attorneys in California take a reactive approach. They wait until the first court date, or even longer, before they get to work on your case. However, the most critical time in a case is often right after an arrest, BEFORE formal charges are filed by the District Attorney. An early investigation and intervention gives us a head-start that can reduce the seriousness of charges or end a case before it gets started.

Our Own Investigation

When you are suspected of a crime, cops are “investigating” to build a case against you. Once they’ve made up their mind, they are not open to alternative theories or suspects, and may ignore evidence that exonerates you. They are not looking for the truth, but are instead looking to get you convicted. They are not on your side.

It’s important in many cases to conduct our own investigation. Our private investigators are former cops, and they know what evidence will best help your case. They may need to re-interview witnesses, canvas neighborhoods to find new witnesses, collect surveillance footage, do background checks on witnesses against you, check phone logs, and find evidence to prove your side of the story. The sooner all this can be done, the bigger the impact can be on your case.

Intervention Before Charges Are Filed

After investigating a crime or arresting a suspect, law enforcement sends their reports to the District Attorney. The DA reviews the reports and decides about whether to file criminal charges, and what charges to file. With most cases, the decision is based only on the reports from law enforcement.

We make it a practice to meet with the DA before they review our clients’ cases and tell them your side of the story. If we can also provide them with evidence that corroborates your side of the story, it can make a very compelling argument. This influences how they read the police report, and can cause them to file lesser charges than they would have, or not files charges at all.

Representation Before Law Enforcement Contact

You may have been contacted by law enforcement, and they want you to come in for questioning. You may have been left the card of a detective who wants you to call. Maybe you haven’t yet been contacted, but you are expecting law enforcement to show up. It is always best to involve an attorney as early as possible.

Our advice is generally not to speak with law enforcement, but there are unique cases where it can be beneficial. If so, it is always better to have a buffer between you and law enforcement to protect you. Let us assess your case and help you deal with the cops.

You May Want a Second Opinion About Your Case

Just like a patient may want to visit another doctor for a second opinion, we often give our clients a legal second opinion about their case. Maybe your case has been dragging on for too long, or your attorney has advised you that you should take a deal, or wants you to go to trial. We can evaluate your case and offer an independent judgment about your options.

Help with Bail and Release

If your family or friend is currently in custody, we can often schedule a bail hearing to get their bail reduced or get them released on their own recognizance. Even if bail must be paid, we have close relationships with many local bail bond agents, who will give you a substantial discount if our office has been retained to represent your loved one.

We Have Local Court Knowledge

We practice nearly exclusively in the San Joaquin County Superior Court, and are in court almost every single day. This includes the courts of Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca. Doug, Blair, and Marisa have developed trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, court staff, and law enforcement in this area. More importantly, we know how things work in these courts. We’ve learned whom to talk to, who has discretion, and the most effective and efficient ways to get the job done for our clients.

We Keep You Updated

We know how stressful it is when you are facing the criminal justice system. Being in the dark about your case can make it even more stressful. That is why we put an emphasis on making sure to keep our clients in the loop. We’re here to do great work on your case, but also walk you through the process and provide you with support as your case progresses. We make sure to return every phone call, every email, every letter, even every fax as soon as possible to make sure our clients never feel lost or alone as they go through this process.

Types of Cases We Handle

We handle all types of California criminal cases including everything from infractions to misdemeanors to felonies. Here are a some of the types of cases we have experience handling:

Speeding Car Driving Crimes

Driving Crimes

Illegal Drugs Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

Couple Arguing Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes

  • Domestic Violence
  • Murder
  • Assault & Battery
Robbery at Gunpoint Theft Crimes

Theft Crimes

  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Grand Theft
No Trespassing Sign Property Crimes

Property Crimes

  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
Man In Handcuffs White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes

  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion & Blackmail
Three Strikes Sign Three Strikes Cases

Three Strikes Cases

  • Romero Motions
  • Prior Serious & Violent Felonies
  • Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor
Judges Gavel Legal Motions

Legal Motions

  • Suppress Evidence
  • Release or Reduce Bail
  • Dismiss Charges
Gang Members Gang Crimes

Gang Crimes

  • Gang Enhancements
  • Conspiracy
  • Aiding & Abetting
Rolls of Money Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture

  • State or Federal Seizures
  • Money or Property
  • Senate Bill 443

The Goal for Your Case

No matter what type of criminal charges you are facing, there is always one goal: to avoid or minimize the penalties you receive. The way to do this is to convince the prosecutor or the judge that there are problems with the case against you. Sometimes those problems are big, such as evidence being illegally gathered against you in violation of your Constitutional rights. Other times, there are smaller problems, such as the investigating officer not asking the right questions when they interviewed you. The goal is to leverage those problems and mistakes on your behalf to either convince the prosecutor that they will lose the case or convince the judge that the case should be dismissed.

The best way to get a positive outcome when charged with any crime is to have an attorney who the prosecutor will take seriously. Many attorneys are far too eager to settle cases even when the deal is bad for their client, and the prosecutors all know who those attorneys are. When an attorney is known to take cases to trial and win if they don’t get a good deal, they are far more likely to get a better offer from the prosecutor.

At the Law Office of Douglas A. Goss, we pride ourselves on fighting for our clients, and the prosecutors in San Joaquin County know we do. Every attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of San Joaquin County knows who Doug Goss is. We believe that our reputation greatly assists us in getting positive outcomes for our clients. Sometimes that means a deal that keeps our client out of jail, sometimes that means a reduced charge so our client keeps their job, and sometimes that means a complete dismissal of the charges. Every client is different, so we talk with you and find out what type of result will make you happy. Every case is different, so we look closely at each detail and put up the best defense possible to get that outcome.

Most cases resolve prior to trial. However, if a trial becomes necessary, we have a proven record of taking cases to trial and winning for our clients. We’ve won burglary trials, we’ve gotten acquittals on DUI trials, and we’ve had multiple Not Guilty verdicts on serious felonies including life cases and murder trials. Don’t fall into the trap of hiring a criminal defense attorney who doesn’t have experience winning at trial.

Free Consultation

Call us today at (209) 373-4680 or email us at to schedule a free consultation. Tell us about yourself and tell us what happened. We can answer any questions you have and give you more information about how your case might resolve.

We work on these types of cases for a flat fee; we don't bill hourly. That means you know how much you'll be paying before you hire us, and there are no surprise bills. If you decide to hire us, we can get to work right away to get you the best result possible.