Types of Cases


Driving Under the Influence

A substantial portion of our practice is focused on defending and assisting individuals charged with multiple and repeat DUI’s as well as DUI manslaughter. We also accept a limited number of first offense DUI’s. Although aggravated DUI’s demand the most proficient and aggressive lawyering, we never lose sight to be supportive and compassionate during this difficult time. Often, a DUI involving serious injury is the first time the person has been arrested, and we recognize you never intended to hurt anyone. Rather, sometimes a single momentary lapse of good judgment results in a life-changing event. For that reason,we are committed to striving to provide the highest level of DUI defense while offering a thoughtful and non-judgmental legal defense.


Murder/ Manslaughter Charges

If you have a family member or loved one charged with murder in California, it is all too easy to lose hope about the future. While first degree murder is indeed a very serious charge, there are defense avenues to explore that might make all the difference in their case. Instead of giving up hope and giving in to their possible fate, consider talking with our lawyers and exploring your options.

James Granucci and Michael Phillips understand the specialized issues involved in the preparation and defense of a homicide charge and have the courtroom experience and skill to back it up, and stand up against the prosecution.

Combined, they have provided aggressive defense representation is serious criminal cases to clients throughout the state for over 50+ years. Our firm has successfully handled a number of high-profile murder cases

We are prepared to defend you against all types of murder charges, including:

Our defense team at NorCal Criminal Defense has not only the trial skills, but the courage to stand between your loved one and the prosecution. Whether it is convincing the prosecution to dismiss or reduced the charges, or delivering a successful defense at trial. We will leave no stone un-turned to defend and protect your family member’s rights to the full extent of the law.


criminal convictions and immigration issues

Even a minor criminal conviction can result in the deportation of an immigrant legally residing in the United States. That’s why it’s critical for non-citizens to be extremely careful when facing criminal charges. We know BOTH criminal law AND immigration law. Don’t plead guilty until you call us for free private consultation. Avoid immigration problems later. Serving all of northern California. Our criminal defense attorneys may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced to non-deportable offenses.



Marijuana Defense

We are experienced trial attorneys who can provide you with aggressive legal representation for all marijuana criminal offenses, including cultivation, possession for use, possession for sale and transportation. Every year hundreds of people are prosecuted for violating California’s marijuana laws, mostly because the individuals do not possess a current medical marijuana card or they have more marijuana than is legally allowed. Depending on the charge, a person convicted of a marijuana crime, is facing jail, prison, drug programs, fines, community work, community service, mandatory registration, and restitution. If convicted, you may be required to register as a “narcotics offender”.

From our offices in Sacramento and the Gold Country, we help clients in the greater Sacramento area from the Sierra foothills to the Oregon Border. Our combined experience of over 50+ years allows us to have a full and comprehensive understanding of how properly to defend our clients in marijuana cases.


“three Strike” and Violent Crimes

The criminal defense team you choose to represent you in this type of case will have a direct impact on how your case will ultimately be resolved. James Granucci and Michael Phillips have nearly 60 years combined experience successfully handing serious and complex felony cases and have tried hundreds of jury trials. However, one of the main qualities that sets our law firm apart from others, is our lawyers are truly passionate about defending clients' rights and protecting their freedom. If you have been accused of committing a violent crime, and your freedom is on the line, having our legal team on your side will make all the difference.


Domestic Violence Charges

Charged with a domestic abuse offense? We have years of experience successfully defending domestic violence allegations. Unfortunately, innocent people get wrongly accused of domestic violence all the time. Often times the accuser will make a false allegation of domestic violence to gain the upper hand in custody or divorce proceedings or out of anger and jealously. The key to successful defense in these situations is to act pro actively before charges are filed. A complete investigation of the facts to present your side of the story to the prosecutor may convince them not to pursue a criminal case at all.



Drug Charges

Our California drug crimes defense attorneys represent clients accused of drug and narcotics charges throughout the state, including the greater Sacramento area, Central Valley, North State and the Gold Country.

Whether you're charged with large-scale drug trafficking or simple possession of a controlled substance, our drug defense lawyers draw on years of experience successfully defending these types of charges. We know how to scrutinize the case for police mistakes and misconduct. In many cases, we can make a motion to suppress evidence...which, if granted, usually leads to the whole case being thrown out of court.

Also where appropriate, we can help secure an effective drug treatment program which can result in charges being reduced or dismissed.


SEx Offenses

We have extensive experience successfully defending the most serious of sex charges. Many of our cases are referred by other attorneys as we pride ourselves in accepting and successfully defending tough cases other attorneys won't take. Our primary goal in these difficult cases is to prove innocence whenever possible, to seek treatment when appropriate, and to maintain fairness and balance in the system. If you or a family member is suspected of committing a sex offense, it is critical you speak to an experienced sex crimes lawyer immediately. We offer no charge strictly confidential consultations.


Financial Offenses

Many people charged with theft crimes are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake...and deserve a second chance rather than a permanent criminal record and jail time. Moreover, sometimes innocent people get wrongly accused of theft crimes based on false allegations or misleading evidence.

We can help you fight the charges, often times keeping the stigma of a criminal conviction off your record. We represent clients as to all financial and property crimes, such as:

Penal Code 459 PC Burglary

Penal Code 487 Grand Theft

Penal Code 488 Petty Theft (Shoplifting)

Penal Code 496 Receiving Stolen Property

Penal Code 503 Embezzlement

Penal Code 666 Petty Theft with a Prior