Civil Rights & Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Keeping people out of cages

From simple misdemeanors to complex felonies 

Fighting for individuals overwhelmed by the legal system


When facing a criminal prosecution you want the best resolution possible, as quickly as possible. Mr. Darling aggressively pursues favorable outcomes at all stages of criminal proceedings. On countless occasions, his thorough investigation, forceful negotiation skills and relentless advocacy on behalf of his clients have resulted in a range of favorable results before trial, including dismissals and favorable plea bargains.


A criminal case may be resolved before trial if a strong motion is filed on behalf of a criminal defendant. Committed to an active motions practice, Mr. Darling brings both creativity and experience to exploring potential legal arguments. Mr. Darling's persuasive arguments have led to dismissals, favorable plea bargains and a range of other positive resolutions for clients.  


Most cases do not go to trial. But to optimize results, Mr. Darling prepares every case as if it will go to trial and relishes the opportunity to communicate his client's story to a jury. Having trained with some of the country's best trial lawyers, Mr. Darling has obtained significant trial experience and has achieved stellar results on behalf of his clients. Recent results include a "not guilty" in a prosecution for false statements to a government agency, a "not guilty" on a possession with intent to distribute, and a "not guilty" for a client charged with witness tampering. 


Resisting Arrest: Sometimes a person is roughed up by a police officer and ends up facing criminal charges. Typical resisting arrest charges include allegations that someone "resists, delays or obstructs" an officer (California Penal Code section 148), which is a misdemeanor, or the more serious "resisting an executive officer" (California Penal Code section 69), which can be a felony. Don't be intimidated and plead guilty to a crime you did not commit, talk to a lawyer ASAP.

Drug Charges: Typical charges include possession of drugs for sale (California Health & Safety Code section 11351), sale or transportation (California Health & Safety Code section 11352), and charges for particular drugs (California Health & Safety Code section 11379). 

Assault and Battery: The crimes of assault (California Penal Code sections 240-241) and battery (California Penal Code sections 242-243)are broadly defined, are often commonly charged, and can include a range of other conduct, such as assault with a deadly weapon (California Penal Code 245). There are a range of ways to fight the case, such as self-defense, that should be discussed with an attorney.