Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
I have made several thousand court appearances in federal, state and juvenile courts throughout southern California. I believe in vigorously representing my client’s rights through zealous advocacy in order to achieve an integrative solution that takes into account all of my client’s needs.
Criminal Defense Attorney Christopher J. McCann
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, etc.)
DMV Proceedings (Administrative Per Se ("APS") License Re-Examination Hearings, etc.)
Drug Crimes (Possession, Possession for Sale, Transportation, etc.)
Theft Crimes (Petty Theft, Grand Theft, Robbery, Embezzlement, etc.)
- California Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program
- Member, National College of DUI Defense
Admitted to Practice
- All State Courts in the State of California
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Juris Doctorate, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California.
- Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution, Malibu, California
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 2009 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Star” Young Lawyer of the Year
- 2007 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Star” Young Lawyer of the Year
- 2006 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Star” Young Lawyer of the Year
Please Call: (949) 596-0060
Please Call: (949) 596-0060AREAS OF LAWRESULTS
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON: NOT GUILTY
1) Mr. McCann was the second-chair attorney in a case where his client and two neighbors were charged with felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Penal Code § 245(a)(1)) with a special allegation that great bodily injury was inflicted thereby making the charge a "strike". The client had come home and found his girlfriend moving out and several strangers (one of whom included the complaining witness, a 300 lb. violent methamphetamine addict with a long rap sheet) removing the client’s property. The client, with the help of his two neighbors, asked the man to leave. When the man reacted violently, a scuffle ensued, leaving the man with serious facial lacerations and bruising.
Mr. McCann was able to locate, and bring into court, witnesses and victims from the complaining witness’s prior arrests to show his violent character and history of methamphetamine use. In addition, Mr. McCann brought in character witnesses and evidence to show his client was a peaceful, law-abiding person who acted in self-defense. The jury came back quickly and acquitted all three defendants.
MINOR WITH A DUI: CASE DISMISSED AND DMV LICENSE SUSPENSION SET ASIDE
2) Mr. McCann’s client was a 19 year-old who was pulled over for weaving within his lane and straddling between lanes. The client was found to have a blood alcohol level of .06%. The client was charged in court with being a minor driving with a blood alcohol level over .05%, and he had his license suspended by the DMV until a hearing was held for violating the DMV’s "zero tolerance" law of being a minor with a blood alcohol level of .01% or higher.
Mr. McCann filed a motion contesting the legality of the stop in court. Mr. McCann brought in witnesses to testify against the officer and show that the client was not weaving or straddling lanes and the judge dismissed the case.
Mr. McCann also brought in numerous witnesses to the DMV hearing and showed through calculating speed, distance and time, that the client was not weaving or straddling lanes and, under current case law, the period of time during which the officer’s observations occurred was insufficient to support the officer’s alleged observations of weaving and lane-straddling necessary to justify the stop. The DMV set aside the suspension order and re-instated the client’s driving privileges.
As a result of the dismissal by the court and the DMV, the client was able to keep his license and his job.
CRIMINAL THREAT: NOT GUILTY
3) Mr. McCann’s client was a 24 year-old man on juvenile probation for attempted murder when he was arrested for Criminal Threats (Penal Code § 422) against his neighbor. Just prior to the client’s arrest, the neighbor’s son had recently been stabbed by the client’s son during an altercation. After that incident, the neighbor had called the police but the client’s child was not been arrested. The neighbor, though she had previously been friends with the client’s wife, never liked the client, and she was particularly upset at him for what his child had done to her child.
Several days after the incident between their children, the neighbor alleged that the client approached her alone in a dark alley and said he would kill her for calling the police on his kid. The neighbor had the client arrested for allegedly threatening to kill her.
The client was charged with the criminal threat as well as violating his juvenile attempted murder probation. Despite the fact the judge allowed the jury to learn the client was on probation for attempted murder, Mr. McCann showed that the neighbor was convicted thief who could not be believed, particularly because of her anger at the client for the incident involving her children. Mr. McCann then called witnesses to show that the threat could not have happened when the neighbor alleged it happened because the client was reading to his children at the time.
Though before the trial the judge stated, "Mr. McCann, I don’t see how you have a defense to this case," the jury came back and acquitted the defendant and the judge reinstated the client on probation.
CREDIT CARD FRAUD: CHARGES DISMISSED
4) Mr. McCann’s client was charged with multiple counts of fraud through the use of stolen credit cards. Due to the ineptitude of the federal investigator working the case, the case was not filed until 9 months after the incident, leaving the client with no memory of where she was the day the alleged fraud occurred.
After a thorough investigation, Mr. McCann uncovered how a merchant mistakenly connected the client’s computer records to one of the fraudulent purchases. In addition, Mr. McCann was able to show through medical and pharmacy records that the client had a doctor’s appointment for her sick baby, and thus had an airtight alibi for the times during which the fraudulent purchases were made.
After presenting this evidence to the district attorney, the case was dismissed.
TICKETS AND INFRACTIONS
3 Kinds of Citations
There are 3 kinds of citations where the police can give you a ticket:
1. Parking Tickets
Parking tickets are not filed with the court. A parking ticket shows the amount you must pay to the parking agency where the violation occurred. Fines for broken equipment (like your car's headlight) may be on your parking ticket. You can pay the amount on the ticket. Or if you think you shouldn't have gotten the ticket, contact the parking agency listed on the ticket and ask them what to do. The longer you wait to pay your ticket, the more you may have to pay. Read your ticket carefully to see when your fine will increase. If you don't pay your parking ticket at all, you won't be able to renew your car's registration.
2. Infraction Traffic Tickets
If the police stop you for driving too fast or running a red light, they can charge you with an infraction and give you a "Notice to Appear" ticket. If you don't have proof of your car insurance, you'll be charged with an infraction for driving without proof of insurance.
3. Misdemeanor Traffic Tickets
The police can give you a ticket for a more serious crime, like driving without a license. If the charges don't involve alcohol or drugs, the police officer can ask you to sign the ticket, also called the "Notice to Appear." Signing doesn't mean that you admit you're guilty. It just means that you promise to appear in court. If the police officer thinks that you're driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you'll be taken into custody.
What Happens When the Police Stop You
The police officer will ask for your driver's license, your car's registration, and your proof of insurance and may ask you to step outside your car. For infractions and some misdemeanors, the officer can write a ticket and ask you to sign it. The ticket is also called your "Notice to Appear" in court. The officer will give you a copy. Signing the ticket doesn't mean you admit that you're guilty. It just means that you promise to appear in court or pay the fine.
What to Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket
1. Infraction Traffic Tickets
If you have proper ID and promise to come to court by signing a "Notice to Appear" ticket, you probably won't have to go to jail.
The police officer will ask you to sign the ticket. Signing doesn't mean you're guilty. It just means you promise to go to court or pay the fine.
You could pay $340 or more for each infraction.
If you get a photo/red-light or photo/railroad-grade crossing ticket, you'll get a notice in the mail about how to handle the ticket.
If you don't want to go to court, ask the court if you can plead guilty and pay the fine by mail, pay to go to traffic school, or have a trial by mail (also called a "trial by written declaration"). If you plead guilty and pay the fine, you'll get points on your driving record and your car insurance may cost more.
If you don't go to court or pay the fine, your license can be suspended and the court can charge you with a misdemeanor and issue a warrant for your arrest.
2. Misdemeanor Traffic Tickets You must go to court on the date shown on your ticket unless the court sends a notice telling you a different date for your hearing. You can ask the court how much bail you have to pay and how to pay it. For more serious misdemeanors, like driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, you could pay up to $3,400 or more. You could also go to a city or county jail for up to 1 year. If you don't go to court, your license can be suspended and the court can charge you with another misdemeanor and issue a warrant for your arrest. If the ticket is not paid on time, the cost of paying the ticket may increase.
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Orange County Office
1720 E. Garry Ave., Ste. 221
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Los Angeles Office
5220 Clark Ave., Ste. 100-B
Lakewood, CA 90712
Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
Telephone: (949) 596-0060
Facsimile: (949) 474-0306