Jess Raphael

Jess Raphael

  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • California
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Reviewed by Nucci M. September 3, 2020
A calming, competent influence
Jess did a very good job for me, and I really appreciate it. I was pulled over during the Christmas season for no reason at all except that it was 10:15pm. My driving record for 30+ years was perfect, but I was wearing a tuxedo so that when this CHP Officer pulled up next to me and looked into the car, I was clearly coming home from a party. I had never had any problems with police in the past, and in fact used to tell my girls when they were young to thank officers for their service whenever we saw them. I was shocked not only to be arrested, but to see how the police are willing to lie under oath to make their case. I was also surprised that the Napa County DA's office has no problem wasting taxpayer dollars in appealing the case two times after they lost. Jess guided me through the 18 month battle with the police, the courts and the DMV (who try very hard to screw you independently of the DA's Office). He made sure I knew my rights, always had me prepared for what to expect next and did a very good job in making it clear from the beginning that this CHP Officer had no reason at all to pull me over. I was fortunate that there was a dash-cam video to support my case-but you sure would not know that based on the officer's testimony. After two appeals by the Napa County DA's Office, my case was dismissed as an illegal stop. Then we won against the DMV for basically the same reason. All of this took 18 difficult months, but I did not have to go through it alone and I appreciate all that Jess did for me. Most people have no idea how damaging a DUI conviction can be, and I am fortunate that my case turned out as it did. Thank you very much, Jess.
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Biography

WHO I AM:  A reliable, trustworthy attorney who has exclusively practiced criminal defense in the Napa/Solano area for the past 25+ years. An experienced trial lawyer who has defended several hundred jury trials of all types, including murders, sex crimes, domestic violence, theft offenses, drug crimes, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  The right choice to evaluate, negotiate, and fight for the best possible outcome  when you or your loved one is under threat of jail or prison in Napa or Solano County.   A local practitioner with decades of experience with the same prosecutors, judges, probation officers, and law enforcement, who knows the best way to approach every kind of investigation and prosecution in the jurisdiction where your case is pending. WHO I AM NOT: I will not send letters to the home addresses of everyone who gets booked in jail, oblivious to the privacy of you and your family. I am not a journeyman who travels to a dozen counties, nor will I leave you standing next to an associate you've never met. You will never see my face on a billboard or a taxi cab, and I will never promise you unattainable results.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    White Collar Crime
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Attorney
Napa County Public Defender
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Senior Trial Attorney for the final eight years.
President
Napa County Bar Association - Criminal Defense section
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Education
Univ of California at Los Angeles
Undergraduate Degree
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Univ of Colorado School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 139861
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
845 Jefferson Street
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 394-5377
Cell: (707) 394-5377
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