North County Criminal Defense


We are North County criminal defense attorneys dedicated to protecting your civil rights. Everyone charged with a crime has a constitutional right to a fair trial and the State must prove its case against the accused beyond a reasonable doubt. We do everything we can to make sure that these constitutional rights are protected.

We handle every type of criminal case faced by residents of San Diego County, whether your charge is a misdemeanor or a serious felony, including the following:

Proposition 47
Proposition 47, in some cases, reduces the penalties for property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
Drug Crimes
Drug crimes can be either felonies or misdemeanors, and can result from allegations of conspiracy, cultivation, transportation, sales, labs, involving controlled substances like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, PCP and hashish.
DUI Charges (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
DUI criminal defense cases can include felony or misdemeanor charges, hit and run, injury accidents, cases involving prior convictions, and license revocations.
Violent Crimes
The types of crimes called violent crimes include murder, attempted murder, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and battery.
Sex Crimes
Rape, attempted rape, spousal rape, child molestation, resident child molester, rape by foreign object, statutory rape, lewd act in public, indecent exposure.
Theft Crimes
Convictions for theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, often depending on the value of the stolen property and the circumstances surrounding the theft. Types of theft charges include petty theft, robbery, burglary, embezzlement, grand theft, high tech theft.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are usually financial in nature, for example, embezzlement, securities fraud, insider trading, real estate fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, high tech or computer related thefts.
Other crimes
Domestic violence, suspended license violations, arson, weapons, and weapons possession, alcohol-related offenses by minors, cases involving prior “Strikes” expungements, and many more.

We Also Offer Help In These Special Areas

  • Illegal Search and Seizure
  • Sentencing, alternatives to jail
  • Bail reduction and O.R.releases
  • Professional investigative services
  • Appeals and writs
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • DMV and other administrative hearings
  • Experts for case preparation and testimony

Be Prepared

When in trouble you must take steps immediately to protect yourself. The Law Offices of Richard H. Layon can protect your interests, give you peace of mind and provide valuable assistance.

You are innocent until proven guilty! An experienced attorney should review your case to determine the strength of the evidence against you, whether your case is reasonably defensible, or whether a lesser charge may be appropriate.

It is critical to know your legal rights and prepare your case as soon as possible. Usually you will not have to appear in court.

We have handled thousands of cases, from traffic violations to murder, in both state and federal courts. The Law Offices of Richard H. Layon can provide immediate, highly qualified, experienced assistance to protect you.

What to do if you get busted.