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Los Angeles, CA

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310-988-2627

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Joseph Shemaria graduated from UCLA Law School in 1969, with the most prestigious academic honors. He was also a Senior Editor of UCLA Law Review and graduated "Order of the Coif," the highest academic award. Mr. Shemaria started specializing in criminal defense in June 1970 and has tried cases in both state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has also handled over 1,000 state and federal appeals and writs, 30 of which were published in the permanent, official law books.

Mr. Shemaria has spent virtually his entire professional life, on a daily basis, defending those accused of crimes. A wise judge said, and Mr. Shemaria believes, the criminal justice system can be like a fast-moving freight train — the only justice you can hope to get is the justice your attorney gets for you. You must pick your lawyer very carefully. There is no room for another error in judgment! Mr. Shemaria's entire focus will be to get you "off the train," with the least, or no, damage.

Areas Of Practice

  • White Collar Offenses
  • Child Pornography
  • Drug Crimes
  • Crimes of Violence
  • Sex Offense Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • United States Sentencing Guidelines
  • Criminal Defense, State and Federal, both Trial and Appellate

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1970

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1969
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Arizona
    • B.A. - 1966

Published Works

  • "Res Judicata in a Bifurcated Trial", 15 University of California at Los Angeles Law Review
  • Co-Author: “Harmless Error Review by the California Supreme Court in Capital Appeals”, 1990-1992, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice “Forum”

Representative Cases

  • In re Jackson, 3 Cal.4th 578, 583-584 , 1992
  • Crane v. State Bar, 30 Cal.3d 117, 119-120 , 1981, 1981145367
  • People v. Haskett, 30 Cal.3d 841, 847 , 1982, 1982107614
  • People v. Jackson, 28 Cal.3d 264, 281-282 , 1980, 1980143132
  • People v. Harris, 15 Cal.3d 384, 386 , 1975, 1975128224
  • People v. Humphries, 185 Cal.App.3d 1315, 1321 , 1986, 1986148916
  • LAX v. Board of Medical Quality Assurance, 116 Cal.App.3d 669, 671-672 , 1981, 1981110266
  • People v. Haybron, 108 Cal.App.3d 31, 34 , 1980, 1980117735
  • People v. Willis, 104 Cal.App.3d 433, 436 , 1980, 1980106570
  • People v. Hernandez, 96 Cal.App.3d 856, 858-859, 1979, 1979111697
  • People v. Hall, 95 Cal.App.3d 299, 302 , 1979, 1979111542
  • Community Release Bd. v. Superior Court, 91 Cal.App.3d 814, 815 , 1979, 1979101269
  • People v. Goodson, 80 Cal.App.3d 290, 291-292 , 1978, 1978101866
  • People v. Blair, 51 Cal. App. 3d 480, 481-482, 1975, 1975104531
  • People v. Lacey, 30 Cal.App.3d 170, 171-172 , 1973, 1973103243
  • People v. Rand, 23 Cal.App.3d 579, 581 , 1972, 1972102859
  • (Arizona) State v. Sardo & Mandell, 112 Ariz. 509, 543 P.2d 1138 , 1975, 1975129414
  • USA v. Kapperman, 764F.2d 786 , 1985, 11th Cir., 1985130231
  • Maxwell v. Sumner, 673 F.2d 1031 , 1981, 9th Cir., 1982106059
  • USA v. Gonzalez, 617 F.2d 1358 , 1980, 9th Cir., 1980112559
  • USA v. Montellano, 633 F.2d 1313 , 1980, 9th Cir., 1980150078
  • USA v. Jacobson, 578 F.2d 863 , 1978, 10th Cir., 1978119226
  • USA v. Palmer, 575 F.2d 721 , 1978, 9th Cir., 1978118509
  • USA v. Payseur, 501 F.2d 966 , 1974, 9th Cir., 1974111691
  • Tellez v. Chaffee, 467 F.2d 218 , 1972, 9th Cir., 1972112125

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Federal Indigent Defense Panel, Member, 1973 to 1979
  • State Bar of California

Languages

  • Spanish