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Criminal Defense


Criminal Defense Information


Have you or a loved one been accused of a criminal act? If so, the choice that you make in who to represent you can have long lasting consequences or benefits. It is imperative as soon as you learn you are the subject of a criminal investigation, or if you have actually been arrested, that you immediately consult with experienced legal counsel that can properly advise you of the potential obstacles and pitfalls that probably lay ahead.

At The Law Offices of Benjamin Okin we proudly serve Humboldt County and its three surrounding counties utilizing close to two decades experience in criminal law. This law practice is solely focused on defending the rights of people accused of criminal wrongdoing. In taking the time to listen to you, and learn about you as a person and the facts surrounding the accusations in your case, we can begin to build plans to avoid the pitfalls and obstacles laid down by law enforcement and prosecutors.

Areas of Practice

Because we care about our clients, it is not difficult to understand why this office has one of the best reputations on the North Coast. Our offices provide representation on all criminal matters, including:

Felonies and Misdemeanors

Felonies are criminal charges that carry the potential of being incarcerated in state prison. Given that the potential penalties more severe than misdemeanor offenses, additional Constitutional and procedurals safeguards are put in place. Being convicted of a felony may have lifetime consequences including:

  • Imprisonment
  • Loss of gun rights
  • Loss of present and/or future employment
  • Registration as drug or sex offender
  • Loss of voting privileges
  • Permanent loss of driving privileges
  • And more

Misdemeanors are criminal charges the carry the potential of being incarcerated in county jail. You cannot be placed in state prison but misdemeanor offenses often have the potential of being sentenced to county jail for six months to one year. Depending on the specific allegations, you could also be facing loss of license, gun rights, registration with local law enforcement, and more. Whether a misdemeanor or a felony, our firm has a proven track record of helping persons avoid some or all of these consequences that occur if you are convicted of a criminal offense. If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, contact us to see how we can help.

Drug Crimes

Despite the Federal Government turning a blind eye to the medical benefits of marijuana, California became the first state to allow the use of medical marijuana under the recommendation of a licensed physician. California has gone even further to allow persons to form collectives and cooperatives so that California's citizens can have safe access to medical marijuana. Nonetheless, there is a loyal opposition movement to the use of marijuana and there can be severe penalties for straying outside the gray area of the law for medical use.

Drug Crimes

The war on drugs is alive and well and our criminal justice system continues to heavily penalize even non-violent drug crimes. What potential penalties lay ahead are heavily dependent on factors such as the type of drug possessed, the amount of the drug possessed, if law enforcement thinks its possessed for personal use or sales, your prior record and more. Drug convictions often lead to incarceration or imprisonment, loss of employment, loss of ability to get student loans and more.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence of alcohol is by far one of the most complicated offenses in the criminal justice system. The vast majority of criminal defense attorneys understand very little of the science and quasi-science surrounding DUI allegations (even if they've "handled thousands of DUI cases"). The consequences are getting more and more severe every year from jail time to loss of driver's license. If someone dies as a result of DUI driving, you can even be charged with 2nd-degree murder carrying a term of 15 years to life in prison. Our firm has invested in training and understanding the depth and complexities of DUI cases. We have won cases at trial that were considered 'unwinnable" including quadruple murder charges based on DUI driving. We are recognized for our DUI defense. You deserve to have best trained DUI attorneys in Humboldt review your case. Set up your consultation today.

Sex Crimes

After murder, sex crime charges are often the next most serious in nature in the criminal justice system. The allegation of sexual misconduct itself can have devastating personal consequences before you ever step foot into the courtroom. Depending on the specific allegation, the potential consequences can include lifetime imprisonment, lifetime registration as a sex offender, loss of employment, and even lifetime civil commitment is labeled a sexually violent predator by psychiatric doctors. Contact us today if you or a loved one is facing any such allegation.

Theft Crimes

Theft is divided into two major categories; grand theft and petty theft depending on the value of the item unlawfully taken. Theft crimes also include serious and violent felonies like burglary and robbery. Burglary is the entry into a building or enclosure with the intent to commit a crime inside that building or enclosure. Burglary of an inhabited dwelling is a felony strike offense and a person so convicted is presumed ineligible for probation (meaning the court should send that person to prison unless there is a legally recognized unusual circumstance not to). Robbery is taking personal property from another person by means of force or fear. Most robberies are strike offenses as well. Possession of stolen property, embezzlement, and fraudulently passing a bad check are other examples of theft related offenses. If you or a loved one has been charged with a burglary, robbery, or any theft related criminal offense, contact us today to see how we can help.

Probation / Parole Violations

If you were previously convicted of a criminal offense you may now be on probation or parole. Probation and parole often have strict rules and regulations that must be followed for you to avoid additional incarceration in county jail or state prison. Most judges and prosecutors will tell you that you were already given the benefit of the doubt by being placed on probation or parole so if you slipped and have violated a term of your probation or parole, jail time is a probable consequence. Avoiding or limiting your incarceration requires careful handling by experienced defense attorneys. If you are on probation, and a term or conditions of that probation is disproportionately affecting your family, livelihood, or other, you can return to court to seek relief from that specific probation condition. Contact us today to discuss how our firm might be able to help.


If you have already been convicted of a criminal offense, we understand how it may follow you in life, making it difficult to obtain jobs, housing and education. You may be eligible to eliminate these records by the process of expungement. Learn if you qualify by contacting our offices. If you were convicted of a felony wobbler offense and have completed all or at least half of your probation, you may be eligible to have your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor conviction. Our firm has an incredible track record of presenting circumstances that make it possible for the reduction to occur. Learn more by contacting our offices.

Federal Crimes

Federal Crimes are cases in which the courts of the United States have jurisdiction to prosecute. It is possible that your crime violates both State and Federal laws, but it is general practice that if the Federal authorities prosecute you, the State authorities will not. This is usually because Federal prosecutions carry more severe and heavier penalties (often with mandatory minimum periods of incarceration). If you or a loved one has been charged with a Federal crime, contact us today to see how we can help.

Attorney Benjamin Okin Will Fight to the End

If you are facing any of these charges it is in your best interest to retain strong, experienced legal counsel. Attorney Benjamin Okin is here to represent you! If your case cannot be dismissed or settled, we will go to trial for you. Trust your future in the hands of dedicated and successful lawyers.

Contact our offices today for a free case evaluation!

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