Unique Approach & Experience
Jeffrey Merrick has been practicing law in California for over twenty (20) years, with large national law firm trial experience and several years of criminal defense experience. He specializes in alternative sentencing through the California courts. He is also a professional interventionist with years of experience in the addictions treatment industry, which often comes into play in advocating for client recovery and other alternatives to criminal punishment. The usual form of punishment for criminal defendants, and especially those with alcohol and drug-related charges, is often lengthy jail and even prison sentences.
Mr. Merrick works quickly for a client facing criminal charges and will partner with that client and often with his or her family as well, proactively analyzing all potential charges and preparing the best possible defense. He knows that these charges often can throw a client and family into fear and crisis, threatening your rights, freedom, reputation, your record, the ability to move forward in an otherwise promising academic and professional career. This is why every client’s goals, concerns and plan of action need to be discussed upfront, alongside the legal issues presented.
Underlying chemical dependency and mental health disorders are often characterized by a high degree of resistance to treatment. This is so even where successful resolution of an affected loved one’s criminal charges may call for treatment alternatives to jail time. Through the intervention process, Jeffrey Merrick often helps families and friends reach loved ones who are extremely resistant to getting necessary help for themselves. Very few experienced attorneys are also professional interventionists and Mr. Merrick’s assistance often, to be most effective, draws on both areas of expertise and experience.
Having worked in and with the treatment and addictions professionals communities helps Jeffrey Merrick create solutions – known as alternative sentences – that are not solely designed to meet court approval but are equally well focused on achieving solid, long-term success for his clients entering recovery. He stays invested in the success of the clients and families he works with, and not only coordinates client care but establishes clear lines of communication with the treatment center, the prosecutor, the court and with probation.
Mr. Merrick is known for very skilled court liaison and care advocacy in the California courts and works with some of the best treatment professionals and recovery programs in the country. He brings to this work the spark of his personal long-term recovery and dedicates himself to helping families and clients transform crisis into health and wellness. Contact