Notice to those affected by the Paradise Camp Fire

Butte County has been inundated with attorneys from out-of-state seeking to “collect” cases. Please be advised that in almost every situation, you have plenty of time to research your legal options. Learn more on the fire information page.

WHY CHOOSE THE LAW OFFICES OF KEVIN A. SEARS?

Schedule a free consultation - (530) 345-0885

EXPERIENCE

I have been practicing law since 1997 and in that time have handled a wide range of cases from misdemeanors to felonies. Lawyers who practice in this area must have the skills to successfully defend a case at jury trial, even if it doesn't end up progressing to that stage. My ability to win cases at trial have played a role in many of my other clients being offered favorable settlements.

PASSION

I have practiced exclusively in the field of criminal defense for 20 years. My entire career has been focused on helping people through their most difficult times. I strive to help my clients not only successfully negotiate their way through their current trouble with the justice system, but to also avoid continuing difficulties. I often tell people "I like to leave my clients better off than when they came to me."

RESULTS

Some lawyers will advertise "no jail" without even meeting with a potential client to review their case. Be wary of anyone who tries to guarantee a specific outcome. I have learned over the last two decades of practice that every case and client is unique. Sitting down with clients for a meaningful discussion about their case has allowed me to successfully negotiate positive outcomes for a significant number of my cases.

SERVICES

FELONIES

I handle all types of felonies from drug crimes up to the most serious charges of assault, robbery, sexual crimes and murder. It's important to speak to a lawyer before you say anything to the police. The free consultation will allow us to sit down and discuss your case so we can go over your options. The hour or so of time you invest in this process will allow you to get many of your questions answered and my goal is to inform you of your options and rights regardless of whether or not you retain me.

MISDEMEANORS

Although these are lesser charges they can still have a noticeable impact on your life. I try to make the process as smooth as possible for my clients and the ideal outcome is a favorable settlement before trial, although we will discuss the option of taking that next step if necessary. Although you may need to appear in court from time-to-time I will be making most of the appearances on your behalf, saving you the hassle of having to go to court.

CLEANING UP YOUR RECORD

A criminal record can affect your life years after a case is over. Employment can be difficult to find if employers focus on your record rather than your qualifications. Depending on your case, you may be eligible for either an Expungement or a Certificate of Rehabilitation. The processes are similar, but will depend on your situation. Both can help you move forward into your future.

JUVENILE CRIMES

Being charged with a criminal offense as a juvenile can be particularly frightening. There are times when a juvenile case can follow a young person into adulthood, making it difficult to break free from the justice system and meet their potential. A juvenile charge can also present an opportunity to make better choices. I particularly enjoy working with teenagers who have found themselves in trouble with the law.