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Law Firm OverviewLaw Office of Amy Chapman is a criminal defense firm located in Santa Rosa, California and serving clients throughout Sonoma County and the North Bay region.
Attorney Amy Chapman has been practicing criminal defense for more than 15 years. Utilizing her experience and knowledge, she vigorously and compassionately represents clients. Ms. Chapman examines and criticizes each step and aspect of the prosecutionís case. She works with prosecutors and judges, striving to negotiate fair and reasonable dispositions and provides skilled representation in jury trials.
Amy Chapman is dedicated to offering personal attention and zealous advocacy on behalf of clients with legal counsel designed to protect their rights and achieve the best possible outcomes under the law.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: DUI Penalties; Felony DUI and DUI with Injury; DUI School; Child Molestation; Sexual Battery; Pimping; Indecent Exposure; Lewd Conduct; Internet Sex Crimes; Failing to Register as a Sex Offender; Kidnapping; Vehicular Manslaughter; Possession of Stolen Property; Check Fraud; Marijuana Charges; Reckless Driving; Hit and Run; Evading a Police Officer; Driving on a Suspended License; Probation Violations.
Areas of Law Description
At The Law Office of Amy Chapman, we provide aggressive representation in a wide variety of criminal charges including:
A conviction for any type of DUI will result in hefty fines, the loss of your license, and possibly jail time. You need an experienced DUI attorney to investigate your case, advocate for you in court, and possibly argue your case to a jury. The district attorney is not going to take your case lightly, and neither should you.
- Domestic Violence
In California, domestic violence means any criminal offense committed against a spouse, former spouse, person who you have a dating relationship with or formerly had a dating relationship with, or the parent of your child. Domestic violence can be battery, assault, threats, vandalism, kidnapping, sexual assault, false imprisonment, or stalking.
- Sex Crimes
The Law Office of Amy Chapman understands that not everyone accused of a sex offense is actually guilty. Everyone suspected of a sex crime deserves a full and vigorous defense. Your defense will start with a thorough investigation to examine the motivation of the accuser.
Robbery is a violation of California Penal Code section 211. Robbery does not need to involve a weapon. Taking money from a bank by pointing a gun at the teller is certainly a robbery. But taking money from a teller by using a fake gun or even a note is still robbery because the teller gave up the money because of fear.
Penal Code section 240 defines assault as an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Simple assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail. If during an assault a person commits great bodily injury on another person, the prosecution can charge an enhancement, which would add three additional years to any prison sentence.
A battery is the touching of someone in a harmful or offensive manner that is willful and unlawful. A simple battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail. The punishment can increase to one year in county jail if the battery is committed against a certain type of person, such as a peace officer, a custodial officer, emergency persons, a spouse, or person with whom you have a dating relationship. If the battery results in serious bodily injury on the victim, you could be charged with a felony.
Simple kidnapping is punishable by 3, 5, or 8 years in state prison. Kidnapping is a violent felony, so a person convicted of kidnapping would not be eligible for half time credits in prison and any state prison time would have to be served at 85%. Kidnapping a child under 14 years old is punishable by 5, 8, or 11 years in state prison. Kidnapping for ransom or extortion is punishable by 7 years to life in state prison.
Murder in California is a violation of Penal Code section 187. In California, there are two degrees of murder: 1st degree murder and 2nd degree murder. First degree murder is punishable by 25 years to life in state prison. If a firearm is used to commit a first degree murder, the punishment is 50 years to life in state prison.
- Firearms and Weapons Offenses
If you have a gun case or a weapons case, it is essential that you have an attorney who is knowledgeable about firearms and weapons laws. Amy Chapman has over a decade of experience fighting these cases in court. She will explore every possible legal and technical defense and fight your case all the way to jury trial if necessary.
- Theft Crimes
If you are accused of any type of theft related crime, you could face serious repercussions, even if no one was hurt or all of the property was returned. Some theft cases, such as identity theft, embezzlement, or fraud, can be incredibly complicated and require an experienced criminal defense lawyer to sift through the evidence and defend your rights in court.
- Drug Charges
Cases revolving around drugs are some of the most common in the criminal justice system. Amy Chapman represents individuals arrested or charged in Sonoma, Marin, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties for drug related offenses. If your case involves marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, crack, OxyContin, prescription drugs, ecstasy, designer drugs, or any other controlled substance, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who is experienced in defending drug cases.
- Marijuana Charges
Northern California is known worldwide for its production of marijuana. While attitudes about the personal use of marijuana may be gradually relaxing, law enforcement still wages an aggressive campaign against those that grow and sell marijuana. In Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, and Marin counties, the police, sheriffs, and prosecutors actively pursue marijuana growers and sellers.
- Traffic Violations
If you are accused of breaking the rules of the road, you could be facing more than just a traffic ticket. Many traffic offenses are misdemeanors or even felonies. A conviction for a traffic related offense could affect your employment and put points on your DMV record that raise your insurance rates. The Law Office of Amy Chapman has the experience and knowledge to represent you in a wide variety of traffic related offenses.
- Probation Violations
Violations of probations can be as serious as any new charge. If the court places you on any form of probation and you violate the terms of your probation, you could be brought back to court and could face up to the maximum sentence for the crime for which you are on probation.
Expungement is a common term for the dismissal of a case after probation or after a period of time has elapsed. You may have made mistakes in the past that resulted in a criminal conviction, but now youíve turned your life around and want to clean your record for a fresh start. In the age when information is so readily available to so many people, you need to take advantage of the laws that are in place to clear up your criminal history.
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