Stephanie Rickard have more than 25 years of experience in the bay area criminal justice system. I was a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara county and have successfully defended clients in both simple and extremely complex situations including; domestic violence, drug crimes, fraud, sexual allegations and driving under the influence cases.
I treat my clients as I would like to be treated if I were in their situation; with honesty, compassion and respect. I have found that this approach also results in the best possible outcome for the client in court.
It is important for me to be aware of each clients unique issues because their background and situation often affect the case. If a client has a mental health or substance abuse issue I connect them with the resources they need.
If a client is from another country I educate them on the different methods employed by the courts in California as there is often a great disparity between California and other areas particularly in the areas of domestic violence and drug and alcohol cases.
Once the client has a better understanding of the issues they are more likely to have a successful outcome and improve their lives in the process.
My goal is to obtain the best possible result for each client, be it treatment, probation, negotiated settlement or trial. Each case and client are unique but no matter how difficult the situation is I do not stop until the client has reached their goal.