Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Have you been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in California? Are you facing a felony or misdemeanor charge? If so, do not attempt to navigate the legal system on your own.

The Law Office of Michael K. Moore is here to prove your innocence and make sure you or your family receive aggressive and efficient legal representation. Do not underestimate criminal charges.

DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence)

Do not underestimate a DUI/DWI charge. If found guilty, you might lose your driver’s license, end up in jail, or face a stiff fine. These penalties will decrease your quality of life in all sorts of ways. Do not assume that there won’t be any way to defend you in court, even if you have a breathalyzer or blood test result that is higher than 0.08% BAC. There are many potential issues in a DUI case that only an experienced lawyer can investigate and analyze.

At the Law Office of Michael K. Moore, we have handled hundreds of DUI cases over the years, and have won many jury trials and outright dismissal of charges. When that wasn’t possible, we have negotiated reduced charges in many cases.

When you are charged with a DUI, time is of the essence. Do not hesitate to call us today. Waiting for the court date to see what happens could result in the DMV suspending your license automatically and seeing your best possible options slip away. Call today for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We will give you the time and advice that you deserve.

3 Strikes Cases

Those who have a previous criminal record and face a new charge might end up spending two times as long in prison for the alleged crime. It does not matter if the convictions occurred months, years, or decades ago. A third conviction has the potential to put you in prison for life.

When you or a loved one is charged with a second or third strike, you need the best criminal defense attorney to handle the case – someone who knows what it takes to get strikes dismissed and make sure the system is fair. If you live anywhere near Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Modesto, or Sacramento, and are charged with a crime, meet with our legal team as soon as possible. Our assistance will prove especially helpful in preventing the dreaded third strike.

Gang Cases

California has its fair share of gangs and District Attorneys have made it a point to round up suspected gang members and charge them with crimes, sometimes on the flimsiest of evidence. Often times you or your loved one may not even be a gang member but wind up facing gang charges.

If authorities claim you are involved in a gang-related crime, the stakes are high. Getting convicted of a gang-related offense could mean a strike on your record, permanent documentation in the system as a gang member, and long prison sentences. Indeed, California law is especially harsh for gang members — do not assume the potential penalty will merely be a slap on the wrist. The consequences could last a lifetime.

Do not hire just any attorney or rely on the court to appoint you one. You need to be on top of these cases from the very beginning to ensure that system doesn’t railroad you or your loved ones.

Murder & Attempted Murder

Murder and attempted murder charges are as serious as it gets. Those charged with murder and attempted murder could spend an excessive amount of time in custody. In some cases, such suspects are not released and receive life sentences. At the Law Office of Michael K. Moore, we have represented a number of people charged with murder and attempted murder and have won jury trials and successfully negotiated these cases even though the stakes are as high as possible. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges, you cannot settle – you need the best attorney. Call the Law Office of Michael K. Moore today for a free consultation.

Our attorneys are here to explain the nuances of the law, build a convincing legal defense, and ultimately clear your name. If clearing your name is not feasible, we will do everything possible to reduce the charges or the proposed penalty. We know exactly what types of defense strategies work and the best methods to keep you out of jail.


If you are up against robbery charges, you will be subjected to the nuanced details of California’s laws, including the Three Strikes Law. There are often defenses in robbery cases. Many times the District Attorney has overcharged someone with robbery when no force or threats were used, or the person charged has a claim of right, or was acting in self-defense. Because a robbery conviction can mean a long prison sentence, you should not take it lightly if you or a family member is facing a robbery charge.

Let the lawyers at the Law Office of Michael K. Moore take a look at the case and explain the letter of the law in layman’s terms, fight to prove your innocence or at least reduce the penalty if you are found guilty. It is absolutely possible to fight a robbery charge, but it is imperative you act fast and provide our attorneys with all the facts. Meet with our team and explain the situation, and we will get the ball rolling on your defense.


We have successfully defended people in and around Stockton, Tracy, Modesto, Ceres, Manteca, Sacramento, and beyond against burglary charges. If you are charged with burglary and you live in or near these areas, meet with our attorneys as soon as possible. We have experience defending complex as well as simple burglary cases. Because a prison sentence is very possible when you are charged with residential burglary, you need to talk to an experienced, aggressive attorney today.

Our attorneys have the skills, experience, and insight necessary to achieve the optimal outcome. As an example, if it can be proven you did not have the specific intent to burglarize a home or other building, we will be able to have the charge tossed or reduced.

Sex Crimes

Those charged with sex crimes face potentially devastating consequences, like lifetime sex offender registration and having your name and information appear on a Megan’s Law public website.

At the Law Office of Michael K. Moore, we know that in many cases, the accusations are baseless. Some alleged victims blatantly lie while other such cases are best characterized as a misunderstanding. Regardless of the details of the situation, an individual found guilty of a sex crime will face harsh penalties.

Our legal team is here to keep you out of prison. Our legal defense will also reduce the chances of an exorbitant fine and additional sanctions such as being forced to register as a sex offender. Meet with us for an initial consultation so we can explain the legal process, develop a sound defense, and represent you all the way from the time of your arrest until the case is closed.

Juvenile Crimes

In California, a juvenile can be charged with a crime. Sometimes those juveniles are charged as adults and sent to prison. Sometimes they are placed in juvenile hall, group homes, and out of state camps. At the Law Office of Michael K. Moore, we have successfully and aggressively represented hundreds of kids charged with all manner of crimes as juveniles –  including murder, attempted murder, robbery, burglary, drug crimes, sex crimes, assault, and anything else.

The juvenile system in California can be quite complicated, and the consequences to your child can be severe and long-lasting. That’s why you should not trust your child’s fate to the system, but should call an aggressive and zealous advocate today. At the Law Office of Michael K. Moore, we can help explain the juvenile system and help you and your child navigate it safely, avoiding juvenile hall and prison. Call today for a free consultation.