Ryan L. Smith
Defending Your Rights
Ryan cares deeply about his client’s well-being, and is sensitive
to clients’ concerns, fears, and understanding of the proceedings
He strives to ensure no one feels left in the dark regarding their options,
the process, or what to expect moving forward.
Attorney Smith has successfully represented people accused of, but not
DUI, hit and run, reckless driving, evading, driving on a suspended license,
shoplifting, petty theft, grand theft, embezzlement, battery, assault,
domestic violence, brandishing a weapon, resisting arrest, disturbing
the peace, trespassing, drug possession for personal use, drug possession
for sale, under the influence of drugs, public intoxication, indecent
exposure, child abuse, child endangerment, child molestation, prostitution,
solicitation, exhibition of speed, street racing, joyriding, possession
of stolen property, driving a stolen vehicle, vandalism, and probation
Ryan Smith has successfully assisted people who are in jeopardy of losing
their right to drive in the State of California due to medical reasons,
age, drunk driving, and excess points on their license. He has appeared
many times before the Department of Motor Vehicles in Administrative Hearings
and helped many clients to retain or regain their privilege to drive.
He has also won appeals, petitions to expunge convictions, petitions to
terminate probation early, and petitions to seal arrest records.
Ryan L. Smith is an attorney who has been practicing law with Ivan Morse
for five years. He has studied criminal law for over 8 years. He has handled
more than 600 cases as of January 2018.
Attorney Smith has worked at:
- The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Trial Integrity Department
- The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Police Misconduct Unit
- The First District Appellate Project preparing appeals on behalf of the
One reason for Ryan’s success is his mentorship under Ivan Morse,
who has practiced law for more than 35 years. Another component to Ryan’s
success is his prior experience working in a District Attorney’s
Office. He knows what drives prosecutors; he understands their perspective
and how they reason; he anticipates their arguments and prepares a case
accordingly. Together with Ivan Morse, the two have first-hand experience
working from both the side of the police and the side of the prosecutor’s office.
Attorney Ryan L. Smith’s Methods
When he is contacted by someone who has been arrested and accused of committing
a crime, the first thing Ryan does is have the person provide a detailed
chronology of the events leading up to the arrest while it is fresh in
their mind. Ryan wants to know what transpired prior to, during, and after
an arrest. Ryan’s focus usually begins with whether an individual’s 4th Amendment rights were violated, that is, the right to be free from unreasonable
searches and seizures.
Then, he examines your case for other possible violations including;
- California statutory violations
Federal 5th Amendment violations (Miranda Rights)
Federal 8th Amendment violations (right to reasonable bail)
Federal 1st Amendment violations (freedom of speech)
A violation of law could result in suppression of evidence, or even outright
dismissal of the case.
If the court does not follow the law, Ryan is prepared to appeal to the
Appellate Division, the Court of Appeal, and even the State or Federal
Supreme Court. Ryan has had decisions of the Superior Court overturned
on appeal. If the case is not dismissed, Ryan will work hard to prepare
the case for criminal jury trial, or secure a favorable plea bargain offer.
Sometimes it is even possible to obtain a plea bargain offer where the
case is dismissed after certain conditions are met.
Ryan has successfully defended cases in trial. Whether or not you decide
to settle your case, or take it to trial, is ultimately your choice, but
Ryan will help you to understand all the pros and cons of either choice,
and will attempt to estimate the perceived likelihood of success at trial.
Come and meet with him for free, and see for yourself, that Ryan and Ivan
are the attorneys that you want defending you in court! Call Our Dublin
Criminal Defense Lawyers to
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