My mission is to ensure that every person charged with a crime is guaranteed due process of the law and afforded a fair trial. My belief is that jail or prison, especially for minor drug related offenses, is harmful to the offender and society as a whole. That is why I strive so hard on every single case. Our country’s high incarceration rate and the reasons it incarcerates people motivates me to work hard to protect the Constitutional rights of criminal defendants. I have a commitment to equal access to justice and have enjoyed serving all the clients whom I have represented.
I am driven to work hard by my commitment to the Constitution. The Founding Fathers were concerned with protecting individuals from the Government and that was the reasoning behind the Bill of Rights. The Constitution guarantees people certain rights any time the Government is acting to deprive them of life, liberty or property. My job is to protect those rights and hold the Government to the high burden of proof that is required for a deprivation of life, liberty or property.
My experience consists primarily of work in the field of criminal defense. Throughout law school I worked in various criminal defense offices, both public and private. After graduating law school in 2010, I spent a short time working in public defense in San Francisco. Shortly after, I relocated to South Lake Tahoe and opened my own practice in January 2011. Since then, I have appeared in several California Superior Courts and Nevada Justice and District Courts on numerous felony and misdemeanor cases. I have handed all aspects of criminal cases including evidentiary hearings, evidence suppression hearings, preliminary hearings, jury trials, court trials, asset forfeiture hearings and DMV license hearings. In my years practicing law, I have appeared in courts in the following California Counties: El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Alpine, Lassen, Sierra, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Alameda, Santa Clara, Colusa, Yolo and Orange. I have also appeared in Nevada in Douglas County Justice Court, Douglas County District Court and The Justice Court for Carson City.
In 2014, I began handling Juvenile Dependency Cases. That means working on cases brought to court by Child Protective Services. This work can be quite challenging, but the chance to help the local children in the community can be quite rewarding. I have also volunteered my time since 2012 as a Teen Court Mentor Attorney.
I attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. There I was awarded a Certificate of Concentration in Criminal Law. The University’s close proximity to a high number of courthouses and the amount of in-court experience its students receive drew me to Hastings. Following my graduation in 2010, I was admitted to the California State Bar after passing the Bar Examination. Soon after, I passed the Nevada Bar Examination and became licensed to practice law in Nevada as well as California.
My undergraduate education was at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. My focus was on the topic of economic justice. I find that this is highly relevant to my work in criminal justice. Throughout my whole life, including college and law school, I worked as a property manager. My experience handling all matters relating to both residential and commercial properties provided me with valuable knowledge for my practice and life in general.
I consider myself an avid outdoor enthusiast. My love of the mountains, skiing, snowboarding, camping, road cycling, and skydiving has brought me to South Lake Tahoe. These are the special things in life that should bring people together, not the threat of incarceration. So no matter how we meet, I hope to share some of these activities with you one day…
The Law Office of Adam T. Spicer offers an exceptional value for criminal defense in Lake Tahoe. I give every client and case the appropriate amount of time and attention. Every case is treated as extremely important no matter how large or small the charges you are facing. I strive hard to make sure my clients understand the criminal justice system and your rights as we work our way through a case. Though I can never guarantee any outcome to a case, I do guarantee that I will work hard on your case, review all the evidence, make all possible legal arguments on your behalf and try my very best to get you the outcome you are looking for.
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