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Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict
Amanda Benedict

162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd, Ste F50
Encinitas CA 92024
(760) 942-0054

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LAW OFFICE OF AMANDA F. BENEDICT



CRIMINAL APPEALS & POST-CONVICTION RELIEF

A Superior Court judgment does not always mark the end of your case.  A misapplication of the law or the facts may be grounds to take your case up on appeal.   However, the practice of law before the Court of Appeal is very different than practicing in the trial courts. 


The appellate attorney must be able to objectively review the record, identify legal arguments, and carefully craft the arguments in a logical, well-written brief.  At the Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict, we have he knoweldge and experience to argue your case to the Court of Appeal. 
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Ms. Benedict has represented in excess of 200 clients on appeal and has argued cases at all levels of California's legal system, including the California Supreme Court.  Some of her published cases include:  People v. Vasquez (2005) Cal.Lexis 9007; In re Emiliano M  (2003) 1 Cal.4th 510; People v. Buttram (2002) 30 Cal.4th 773; In re Arturo D./People v. Hinger(2002) 27 Cal.4th 60;  People v. Martinez (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 400, In re Daniel W. (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 159; People v. Baker (2001) 98 Cal.App.4th 1217.

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Prior to opening her law office, Ms. Benedict worked as a staff attorney with Appellate Defenders, Inc.  Appellate Defenders, Inc., administers the appointed counsel program for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District.  As a staff attorney, Ms. Benedict received extensive training on how to effectively present arguments to California's Court of Appeal.  Additionally, while working at ADI, Ms. Benedict was responsible responsible for supervising the work of other appellate attorneys in addition to maintaining her own appointed appellate cases.   


Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Ste F50
Encinitas, CA  92024
phone: 760-942-0054
fax: 760-942-0055
amanda@amandabenedict.com

Please Call: 760-942-0054

Our Team


Ms. Benedict grew up in San Diego and participated in area athletics.  Ms. Benedict was a proud member of the Olympic Development Womens Soccer team from 1985 through 1988 and an eight letter varsity athlete at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego.  Ms. Benedict applied the discipline learned from her years in athletics towards her educational pursuits.  Ms. Benedict obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

1999-2005
Between 1999-2005, Ms. Benedict worked a staff attorney for
Appellate Defenders, Inc. (ADI).  ADI is a non-profit firm that administers the appointed counsel system in the Fourth Appellate District. While at ADI, Ms. Benedict represented in excess of 100 clients on appeal, presented numerous arguments at the Court of Appeal, and three appearances at the California Supreme Court.  Additionally, Ms. Benedict supervised the work of other appellate practitioners appointed to represent defendants on appeal.

2005-Present
In the summer of 2005, Ms. Benedict opened her independent law office and expanded her client base to encompass not only appellate representation, but also to assist litigators with their legal research and writing needs and to represent accident victims.

Affiliations:
American Bar Association (1999 - Present)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
California Bar Association (1999 - Present)
California Appellate Defense Counsel
         * San Diego Chapter Representative
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
San Diego County Bar Association
          * Member of the Appellate Court Committee
          * Delegate to the Conference of Delegates of California 
             Bar Associations
Triathlon Club of San Diego
            * Newsletter Editor (2002 - 2004)
            * Club Liason (2004-2007)

Recent Speaking Engagements
Running an Efficient and Profitable Appointed Appellate Practice, California Appointed Defense Counsel - San Diego Chapter, June 2009.
Dealing with Difficult Clients, Appellate Defenders, Inc., June 2005.
Recognizing and Addressing Bias In The Legal Profession, South Bay Bar Association, May 2005.
Using Technology To Work Efficiently, California Appointed Defense Counsel - San Diego Chapter, February 2005.
Ethics & the Use of Technology, Appellate Defenders, Inc.
Making A Record For the Appeal, North County Criminal Defense Bar Association, February 2005.


Ms. Delaney is the backbone of Ms. Benedict's office.  Ms. Delaney is a long-time resident of San Diego.  She graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 1993 and then went on to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis.

Ms. Delaney assists Ms. Benedict in communicating with clients regarding case updates, coordinating investivative services with outside contractors, obtaining and summarizing medical records, coordinating discovery, and facilitating communications with the office and the Courts.  Ms. Delaney also maintains our computerized records and case management and billing system. 


Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Ste F50
Encinitas, CA  92024
phone: 760-942-0054
fax: 760-942-0055
amanda@amandabenedict.com  

Accidents

Serious accidents often occur without warning and most people are unprepared when they or their loved ones suffer a personal injury. Following an accident, people are frequently confucsed regarding their rights and discouraged about getting a fair insurance settlement for the injuries.

Insurance companies aim to give you as little compensation as possible. That is why you need an attorney. We are there to represent your needs, not the insurers' bottom line. What if your injury is permanent? What if you don't have the same ability to earn income as you did before the accident? What if you are plagued by chronic pain after the accident, as so many people are?

The Law Office of Amanda Benedict in Encinitas, California, helps clients recover for their medical expenses, damaged property, and lost wages. We work on a contingency fee basis in bicycle accident and automobile accident cases. You do not pay any attorneys fees unless we recover damages for you.

Do not sign an insurance settlement document without consulting with an attorney. If you would like to talk about your accident with an automobile accident attorney, Contact Us and make arrangements for a free consultation.

What should you do if you are in an accident? 

1.  At the scene of the accident, contact the police and get the other driver's insurance and identification information

2.  If you even suspect injury, promptly seek medical attention.

3.  Order a copy of the accident report.

4.  Do not sign any insurance settlement offers without first consulting with a lawyer.

Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Ste F50
Encinitas, CA  92024
760-942-0054 - phone
760-942-0055 - fax
amanda@amandabenedict.com

Bicycle Accident

If you have been the victim of a California bicycle accident, as the result of a driver's negligence, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney immediately to protect your rights.

San Diego, California is known for its temperate climate and beautiful costal roads.  Due to the wonderful weather, cycling is an extremely popular form of exercise and transportation.  Unfortunately, each year more than 45,000 bicyclists are injured on our roadways.  The majority of those accidents are the result of inattentive motorists or motorists who are unaware of the cyclist's right to share of the road.  California has explicit laws detailing the rights and responsibilities of both cyclists and motorists.  Automobile drivers who disregard these laws pose a risk to all cyclists - from the professional cyclists to the recreational rider.  

The Law Offices of Amanda F. Benedict works hard to protect the rights of California cyclists.  Ms. Benedict is an avid cyclist and is passionate about protecting the rights of other cyclists who get hurt by inattentive/negligent motorists.  She is knows California's bicycle laws and and the impact a bicycle accident can have on a person's quality of life. Her passion for cycling and protecting cyclists led Ms. Benedict donate her time to cycling advocacy organizations, clubs, and races.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident in California, please contact a bicycle accident attorney right away.  The Law Offices of Amanda F. Benedict handles bicycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. 

Why Hire A Bike Accident Attorney?
Accidents and injuries can turn your life upside down. Worries about medical bills, your damaged bike, and your recovery can quickly become overwhelming.  Added to those worries is the stress of dealing with the insurance companies and their demands for a quick settlement.

The goal of the insurance companies is NOT to help you. Their goal is to pay you as little as you will take to settle your case. It is tough for someone who is not familiar with bicycle accident cases to know what a fair settlement amount is. An experienced bicycle accident attorney will be your advocate who can help you to negotiate a fair settlement. The insurance companies will not protect your rights.  The insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can. You need a bicycle accident attorney on your side who is knowledgable of the laws relating to cyclists and who is willing to fight for your rights.  

After an accident, your only focus should be on recovering from your injuries and resuming your life.  As your attorney, my job it to reduce the stress and hassle of dealing with the financial aspect of your bicycle accident. I will take care of the paperwork, phone calls, and questions relating to your claims.  I will also work with the insurance companies, doctors, and experts to help you obtain a fair settlement.  

Why Hire A Cyclist As Your Attorney?
As an avid cyclist, I have seen first hand the dangers caused by careless drivers. I have also seen how motorists and authorities try to blame cyclists for accidents even when the motorist was clearly at fault. 

I know the expenses involved in cycling and I understand the that athletes require more than the "basics" of medical care to get back to competitive condition.  I will fight to get you fairly compenstated for the damages to your gear and for the rehabilitation you need to resume your active lifestyle.   

California's Bicycle Laws 
Frequently Asked Questions - Bicycle Accident Attorneys
What To Do After A Crash? 
Bicycle Safety Articles
Bicycle Advocacy Resources


Law Office of Amanda F. Benedict
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Ste F50
Encinitas, CA  92024
phone: 760-942-0054
fax: 760-942-0055
Email:
amanda@amandabenedict.com  


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