San Diego criminal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss not only has sterling reviews from his past clients, he has also defended clients in high-profile cases featured on a number of top media outlets. On top of that, Mr. Liss is so well respected that he is also regularly contacted by the media regarding his opinion on legal matters. Here are a few of the many stories where this top San Diego defense attorney has been quoted:
Murrieta Protesters Charged With Lynching
California’s lynching laws were originally written to protect those in police custody from being captured by a mob wishing to exert their own justice on the suspect. Unfortunately, the wording of those laws have allowed them to be used against protesters trying to condemn government injustices. Last September, protesters fighting the deportation of Central Americans detained trying to enter Texas were arrested and charged with lynching, a felony crime. While he was not involved in the case, The Desert Sun contacted Peter M. Liss who commented that while he was familiar with the definition of the law, “I’ve never even seen a lynching case. It’s unheard of.” He went on to state that usually protesters are only charged with misdemeanors such as unlawful assembly or rioting.
California’s Victim-Impact Statements Decision
In 2001, California celebrated the 25th anniversary of the decision to allow courts to use “Victim-Impact Statements” when determining how to sentence a convicted individual. While crime victim rights advocates rejoiced to celebrate the anniversary, San Diego criminal lawyers were quick to point out that the law resulted in some people receiving a much more severe sentence than was warranted.
The Union Tribune contacted Peter Liss to hear what someone on the defendant’s rights side of the debate believed, he explained “I think what’s happened is the pendulum has swung. It used to be the court didn’t take into account enough the victim’s loss and what the victim suffered. I think the problem now is the pendulum has swung back the other way, and unfortunately in court, all we hear about is the victims’ rights. The defendant’s constitutional rights get short shrift in the process now.”
The Danielle van Dam Trial
Defense attorneys in San Diego’s famous Danielle van Dam trial tried to claim that child pornography on defendant David Westerfield’s computer was actually downloaded by his son, Neal. When Neal testified the materials were in fact his fathers, the Union Tribune questioned Peter Liss about the testimony. Even as a San Diego criminal lawyer, Liss saw the situation the same way most residents did, noting “This is a young man who clearly cares about his dad and has a good relationship with him, so he has no reason to say anything bad. He was just truthful.”
A Police Officer Performing A Drug Sting In High School
When the Union Tribune wrote of an adult police deputy posing as a high school student to investigate drug sales, they contacted Peter Liss to learn how a defense attorney in San Diego might see the situation. Mr. Liss explained that these types of sting operations are troubling as it is “like shooting fish in a barrel. You are dealing with an age group that’s responsive to peer pressure, they’re naive, vulnerable,” he continued, “If you act like their friend, which these undercover cops do, over time I think you can persuade nearly any kid to provide you with a small amount of drugs.”
As you can see, Peter M. Liss is a respected authority on legal issues. This expertise can benefit you if you have been accused of any criminal activity. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with this top San Diego defense lawyer.