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Why I'm the right attorney for you...
Every good criminal defense lawyer must be a good, experienced, trial attorney. Every lawyer, like every doctor and every pilot, has his "first" trial, surgery or flight. Experience is the key to success and do you want to be the doctor's first surgery patient when your future may be determined by the results? Not likely.
Try to find the most experienced criminal defense lawyer. He is the one who will get the most respect from the prosecutor's office and your judge. He will be in a far superior position to advise you whether to go to trial or, if the case is not likely to result in a jury saying "Not Guilty," that attorney can do the investigation, pre-trial motion work necessary and usually obtain far superior results for you by knowing exactly when to strike a "plea-bargain" and obtain a far superior overall result.
My objective is to always fight aggressively, thoroughly and be on the offensive. Even when I know we cannot avoid a conviction, the prosecutor never knows what I am planning for the defense at trial. Usually, if I know the case must be "dealt-out," it happens at the last-minute, when the prosecutor is feeling the most stress and uncertainty about getting a conviction. For them, any "deal" is better than going to trial and risk losing.

Reasons why clients hire me:

  1. Years of experience, working "in the trenches" every day with federal and state criminal trial and appellate court experience.
  2. Not afraid to go to trial – in fact we have handled many jury trials from June, 1995 to the present.
  3. We have handled appeals (and petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus) in both state and federal courts.
  4. Member, Orange County County Bar Association
  5. Experienced, current to the day on the law of your criminal case; meticulous trial preparation, thorough investigation (using local, former law enforcement, experienced investigators).
  6. Aggressive, cutting-edge (a.k.a. "Pitbull") Criminal Defense Representation, with constant focus on results, guaranteed.

Legal Services
The Law Offices of Jeff Tatch can make the difference between jail and freedom in your criminal law case.   When you have been charged with a crime, you need someone who is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting your case.

We have experience dealing with virtually every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to murder.  Jeff Tatch and his team have appeared in almost every criminal court in Southern California and no case is too small or too big for our office.   Every client will be treated with respect and given professional and effective legal representation.  Call us now to speak with an attorney immediately.


These charges are often seen together and the penalty can range from as little as a fine and probation, to as much as multiple years in prison.  If you have been in any kind of altercation and the police are involved, you need a lawyer now.


Under California Penal Code Section 245, this crime can range from a misdemeanor with a county jail maximum, all the way to a violent felony carrying multiple years in prison and a "strike" prior.  If you are charged with this crime the details of your plea agreement or conviction are critical to determining your future.


Under the California Penal Code, any incident involving your "significant other" can be subject to the special rules and penalties of domestic violence law.  Even if no one was injured you can face penalties that include jail, the loss of your driver's license, and mandatory completion of a 52 week program.  These cases often involve restraining orders and other restrictions which will impact every aspect of your daily life.   You need a qualified and experienced attorney to help get you through this without additional penalties.


Drug charges include possession, sales, cultivation, trafficking, manufacturing and prescription fraud. California law provides many opportunities for treatment of drug offenders.   The law also provides severe penalties of incarceration for those who fail to comply with court ordered rehab.   You need a lawyer with the skills and knowledge to not only help get you into a rehab program but the experience to make sure you make it through to the other side.  If you have questions about Prop 36, PC1000, Drug Court, or any other type of drug case, call The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher now to get the answers.


Gang charges or enhancements are some of the most serious charges you can face in a California courtroom.   As defined under California Penal Code Section 186.22, gang membership itself is not a crime.   However, active participation in a criminal street gang, and/or committing a felony at the direction of, in furtherarnce of, or for the benefit of a criminal street gang IS a crime.  In fact these crimes are classified as "strikes" in California, and subject to the three strike sentencing scheme which provides for a life sentence after two serious or violent prior felonies.    

Gang crimes are agressively prosecuted in California by specifically funded units within the District Attorneys office.  The Deputy District Attorneys assigned to these units are chosen within the department based on their skill and trial experience.   Being a member of this team is an elite position within the District Attorney's office, reserved for the best of the best.   Gang cops are also specially funded, trained, and selected.   If you are facing any type of gang charge, do NOT face the system alone, the consequences could be permanent.     


Sex cases include prostitution, internet crimes, child molest, rape, statutory rape, pimping, prowling, indecent exposure and lewd conduct.  Any time you are facing a sex charge the most important question is whether or not you will be required to register under Penal Code Section 290.   Registration as a sex offender is a LIFETIME penalty that includes public disclosure via Megan's Law.  

When you are facing charges for a sex offense, Courts will routinely request an investigation by the probation department to determine if you are suitable for treatment and probation.    Many sex crimes also require an evaluation performed by a psychiatrist pursuant to Penal code Section 288.1 before probation becomes a sentencing option.  

Navigating the maze of doctors, probation, police, and the court system requires skill and experience.  Do not attempt to represent yourself or wait and see what happens.   If you are facing a sex case, please call The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher immediately or call another lawyer, you need one.


From petty theft, to grand theft, from auto theft to robbery, Mr. Gallagher has successfully represented clients charged with all levels of theft crimes.  In a theft prosecution, the specific dollar amount or the method of theft can make a tremendous difference in the level of punishment.    


Probation violations can be based on any violation of the terms and conditions of your probation order.  Often times, law abiding citizens face probation violations for problems such as failure to pay fines or complete programs.   Health problems, transportation issues, and work commitments can trigger scheduling issues that make complying with a court order impossible.  If you are in violation or if a warrant has already been issued for your arrest, you need a lawyer immediately.   On most misdemeanor cases a qualified lawyer can have the warrant recalled and get an extension, reinstatement or modification to your probation. 

If you are facing a felony probation violation you likely are in custody or probation has issued a no bail warrant.  In this circumstance you need a good attorney to minimize the amount of custody time you will face.  Even on a felony probation violation, you are entitled to a hearing to determine whether or not you are in violation and whether or not you willfully violated the orders of probation.   With the potential for years in prison hanging over your head, knowing when to admit a violation and when to fight requires the assistance of experienced counsel. 


Many people think that it's ok to take a plea if all they have to complete is a little community service or an anger management class.    These people will often be heard saying things like, "I was facing two years, and all I got was probation!"  These are the same people that will be sitting in a jail cell in a few months claiming that their lawyer made them plead guilty.

While there are certainly times when it is a good idea to take a deal, it is critical to understand how probation operates.  If you were facing two years and you got probation, you didn't get probation instead of the two years, you got probation with two years hanging over your head!

The reason for this is that every probationary sentence includes either jail time or prison time hanging over you.  If you comply with probation, you never see the time.  But if you are found in violation, all or part of the sentence hanging over you can be imposed at the discretion of the sentencing judge.

Any time that you are on probation you face the risk of jail time.  People on probation also have limited rights.   Most grants of probation include a "search and seizure" clause, a "no weapons" clause and other similar restrictions.   If you are on felony probation, the situation is even worse.   Felony probationers face the potential for a prison term, and felony probationers are routinely held without bail (meaning you are stuck in jail) when a violation is pending.

Who wants jail or prison time hanging over their head?   Probation can often be ended early upon application of the probationer.  If you have completed all of your probation requirements, contact us today to see if we can get you off probation early.  Once you are off probation, the risk of seeing that sentence is gone.

There are also situations where a person wants to comply with probation but they simply can't.   Maybe you have had financial problems or medical problems.  Maybe your life has simply changed since you were placed on probation.   Maybe you are now married to a person the court ordered you to stay away from....maybe you have children with that person.  If there has been a change, it is essential to request a modification to your probation terms before you are find in violation and sent to jail.  If you need an extension or any other modification to your probation terms, contact our office today.


The term "expungement" is commonly used to refer to cleaning up your record.   This term is actually misused because expungement implies that your record is erased when the motion is granted.  Under California law it doesn’t work that way.

While it is not possible to erase or expunge your record, it is possible to have the conviction set aside or the plea of guilty withdrawn.   A new plea of not guilty is then entered and the case is ordered dismissed.  The procedure for accomplishing this is found in Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code.

While this will not completely erase your record, it will sure make it look better.  Once your motion is granted you will also be permitted to lawfully deny the existence of the conviction in applications for employment to private employers.   Some government jobs or state licensed positions will still require disclosure, but even in that case the motion is still a good idea.

When someone is looking at your record, what will be the last thing that they see?  If you do nothing, the bottom line says "convicted".  If you have this motion granted, the bottom line says "dismissed".   Which person would you hire?

If you need help getting an old charge dismissed or "expunged", contact our office today to see if we can help you put your past behind you.

DUI Cases

Why should I talk with an attorney?
The reason you are on this website is that you already aware of the need to speak with and possibly hire an experienced DUI attorney with a proven track record. It is possible that the police may have violated your rights or committed some error that could result in the charges against you being reduced or even dismissed. Therefore, it is very important that you speak with us as soon as possible after your arrest.

Why should you even hire an attorney?
Don't and you'll guarantee the result. Defending yourself in the criminal justice system will be almost impossible and very rarely successful. Some legal commentators call drunk driving the guilty until proven innocent exception to the Constitution. Drunk driving is a complex field of law. The politics and the odds are stacked against you. The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs can be very severe. The penalties may include the following: a jail sentence; a substantial fine; attendance in alcohol abuse classes; suspension, revocation or restriction of your driver's license; and/or other penalties. Further, pleading guilty to a DUI will result in your insurance premiums doubling and even tripling over the next several years. Often the fines are not as financially draining as the rise in insurance costs.
A drunk driving arrest triggers two separate legal actions against you. One is the criminal action. The other is the DMV civil action to automatically suspend your license. Often with skilled and aggressive representation, it may be possible to have the charges dropped or reduced without the expense of trial. However, we prepare EVERY case as if it were a trial case. Obviously, not every case is a trial case. But we prepare every case that way for two reasons:

  1. In case it is a situation where we are going to trial, we're ready.
  2. It is the best way to insure a possible reduction or dismissal of the charges before trial.

Either way the client has been afforded quality, aggressive representation which will in turn insure the best possible result. If your case is filed as a misdemeanor, the law permits me to attend all of the court appearances on your behalf. You won't have to miss time from work and you don't have to suffer the stress and anxiety of appearing in court. It is quite possible that I will be able to resolve your case to your satisfaction without you ever having to set foot in the courtroom. Remember the more experienced your attorney has with DUI cases, the better your outcome and the less chance you as the client will have a negative experience from the system.

Why should you hire Jeff Tatch for your DUI case and DMV Hearing?
Your choice of legal counsel is not a decision to take lightly. The attorney you choose can mean the difference between excellent results or real complications. If you want to be fully informed about your legal rights and you want attorneys who will fight for your rights, (and not a DUI broker/dump truck who is just going to take your money and plead you out), call us. We will aggressively represent you both in your court trial and at the Department of Motor Vehicles hearing.
Jeff Tatch will give your case the personal attention it needs. Your problem is our problem and we will handle your case as if it were our own. That is what we would expect and you shouldn't settle for anything less.
You may reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (949) 972-3733.
Evening and weekend appointments are available. We offer a free consultation, and there is never a charge to talk to either one of us. Our firm accepts checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card and we have convenient payment plans available.
If you do choose to seek the advice of another attorney, make sure you ask him or her the following questions:

  • What is the average burn off rate of alcohol per hour per person?
  • What is the percentage amount of preservative that should be in a blood sample?
  • What are the top three field sobriety tests recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
  • When does a person reach their peak absorption level?
  • What are three major defenses in a breath test case?

An attorney experienced in handling DUIs will know the answers to these questions. In addition, if you decide to consult with another attorney, ask them to show you a copy of the California Highway Patrol Enforcement Manual which details the procedures a CHP officer must follow with respect to a DUI investigation. If that attorney does not have this manual, you know he/she is not prepared for his/her current clients and will not be prepared for your case.
Higher standards which come from extensive legal experience set us apart from other law firms. As you consider our firm to represent you in this difficult time, you can rely on us to be there every step of the way making the process comfortable and successful.
Finally, please consider that with some firms, a lower fee comes at the expense of the representation to the client. But in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced DUI trial lawyer and DMV Hearing lawyer, your chances at a successful resolution are increased. When the subjects are your liberty and your license, you deserve the very best representation available. Good luck and we hope to be of service to you.

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Law Office of Jeff Tatch
8231 Westminister Blvd.
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Westminister, CA 92683