Criminal Defense Litigation
Protecting the Rights of the Wrongfully Convicted
As an adjunct to his extensive civil rights case experience, Attorney Brian Claypool has defended many criminal litigation matters. Many of his criminal cases have stemmed from underlying claims brought by clients for alleged civil rights violations. In turn, law enforcement often retaliates by generating questionable criminal charges that Mr. Claypool has challenged and defeated.
Cases the Claypool Law Firm has worked for the defense in the past include charges like:
- Assault or aggravated battery
- Domestic violence
- Evading police or reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Attempted murder
- Solicitation to commit murder
Mr. Claypool is zealous in his criminal advocacy and is unwavering in his mission to achieve justice for innocent clients. He has also reviewed many copious homicide investigations, which has given him a unique perspective on police practices, investigative techniques, and forensics. This allows him to implement innovative discovery and trial strategies in the search for justice.
Have you been wrongfully accused? Call (626) 602-1333 now. Our law firm in Pasadena, California helps clients nationwide.
What to Expect When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney
When you hire a defense attorney, you are hiring an ally. Some criminal cases become complex and can last for several months or more. It’s important to have an attorney on your side who you can trust. Your attorney will be with you through all phases of your trial, including helping you decide if you should take a plea bargain or move on to trial. If your case does go to trial, our attorney will support and advise you through each step of the trial proceedings including:
Selection of the jury (in some cases)
Presenting opening statements
Cross-examination of witnesses
Once both the plaintiff and defendant have made their case, the jury or judge will determine the verdict. In criminal cases in California, the jury must come to a unanimous verdict before the defendant can be convicted or found guilty. Our team at The Claypool Law Firm has the skill and experience to help educate you of each step in your case and the expertise to fight for what you deserve.
Taking Difficult Cases Other Law Firms Won’t
The Claypool Law Firm does not handle typical criminal defense cases. As an example, part of our practice focuses our talents and energy on complex criminal defense cases that may involve a wrongful conviction, due process violation, or a civil rights violation. In this situation, most other law firms back away because they know how difficult securing a victory can be. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to work straightforward criminal defense cases, it is simply not our way as recognizable champions for the people and society as a whole.
What you should know about the cases we handle:
Wrongful convictions: In order to convict a criminal defendant in most cases, there must be clear
and compelling evidence that convinces the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
When there is evidence to factually prove a defendant is innocent, but
a conviction is still reached, it could be considered a wrongful conviction
due to a gross misunderstanding of the evidence. Procedural issues in
court can also violate the defendant’s right, giving the prosecution
an unjust advantage. Including a case in Oakland, CA, in which an African
American man was convicted based on a lineup that violated his civil rights.
- The firm has partnered with the Innocence Project to champion the rights of the wrongful convicted, including a case in Oakland, CA, in which an African American man was convicted of murder based on an improper lineup that violated his civil rights.
- Due process violations: From the moment someone is suspected of committing a crime to their conviction, the criminal justice system and related agencies must follow strict rules of law. If the rules or guides are overstepped, changed, or ignored, then it can constitute a due process violation. We can fight to have a case against our client thrown out entirely if we can prove that due process violations have jeopardized the case’s integrity.
Civil rights violations: Your civil rights are as broad as they are important. There are simply
too many ways that your civil rights can be violated by a law enforcement
agency, prosecutor, or criminal court system to list. However, if you
are accused, charged, or convicted of a crime and you suspect your civil
rights were violated in at least one way, then we want to hear from you
to see if we can help set things right.
- Mr. Claypool conducted two high-profile jury trials in Palm Beach County, FL on behalf of Dalia Dippolito in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Both trials were streamed online and garnered national and international attention. Our defense in this case stemmed from Mrs. Dippolito being entrapped by the Boynton Beach Police Department, resulting in a violation of her civil rights. The television show, COPS, was filming during the entire investigation.
Fight for your rights as someone who has been accused of a crime. Dial (626) 602-1333 now.
$38 Million Recovery Child Sexual Abuse Case Against LAUSD
We recovered $38,000,000 on behalf of 19 children in the Miramonte child abuse case against Los Angeles Unified School District.
$16.6 Million Verdict Landmark Child Sexual Abuse Case
We recently represented 11 adult victims of child sexual abuse in a landmark case against the City of Santa Monica Police Activities League program, recovering $16.6 million and also bringing about fundamental structural changes to safeguard at-risk children.
$6.5 Million Settlement Abuse Case Against Foster Care Provider
On the eve of a jury trial, a $6,500,000 settlement on behalf of 5 children against a private foster care agency for physical and emotional abuse. (San Bernardino County Court).
$4.5 Million Recovery Hazing Case Against Local School District
We recovered $4.5 million dollars against La Puente / Hacienda Unified School District on behalf of 6 high school boys who were hazed by fellow soccer players
$4.5 Million Settlement Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed Man
We obtained a $4.5 million settlement in a Federal Civil Rights action on behalf of the wife and children of an unarmed young man named Michael Nidah who was shot in the back and killed by a City of Downey Police Officer. (Assisted by co-lead counsel Dale K. Galipo).
$4.5 Million Verdict Jury Verdict Against Long Beach PD
A Federal court jury awarded $4.5 million in a civil rights case against the Long Beach Police Department stemming from the shooting death of an unarmed man named Doug Zerby. (Assisted by co-counsel).
$2.5 Million Settlement Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
$2.5 million settlement in a Federal lawsuit against the Port Authority of San Diego Police Department in a fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed man named Steven Hirschfield. (Assisted by co-counsel).
$1.7 Million Settlement Sexual Assault Case Against School District
Claypool Law Firm secured a $1.7 million settlement against Los Alamitos Unified School District on behalf of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted by a wood-shop teacher.
A History of Success for Our Clients
The firm has an approximate 90% success rate. Mr. Claypool has conducted in excess of 100 jury trials in state and federal courts.
Undivided Attention on Your Case
Mr. Claypool is personally involved in every case and is committed to building strong personal connections with his clients.
To ensure that every client receives the attention and support he or she deserves, our firm maintains a select caseload and will not hesitate to partner with other upstanding lawyers in Southern California.
Dedicated to Social Change
Our firm is committed to helping victims of injustice break the code of silence that often permeates within private and government entities.
Brian Claypool Discusses Dropped Charges in the Gabriel Fernandez Wrongful Death Case
Brian Claypool Discusses the Civil Rights Investigation into the Killing of George Floyd on Fox
Brian Claypool Appears on Tucker Carlson to Discuss the 2017 Las Vegas Mass Shooting