Colleen O’Hara handles criminal justice and personal injury matters.
Colleen O’Hara is a former Deputy District Attorney in California who has also worked for the United States Department of Justice in the Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, Fugitive Unit. She has tried over 100 combined court and jury trials during the course of her career. In law school, Ms.O’Hara majored in Litigation and Trial Practice, and, with a Third-Year Practice Certificate, both defended and prosecuted individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses.
In addition to her traditional practice of criminal defense and personal injury,
Ms. O’Hara has established two sub-speciality practices.
O’Hara dedicates a significant portion of her practice to vacating or modifying convictions so that individuals may improve their lives. Believing in the importance of integrating immigrants into society, Ms. O’Hara understands that non-citizens may be deported or denied lawful immigration status if they have suffered convictions for crimes of moral turpitude or aggravated felonies, or even simple misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the nature of their immigration status. Ms. O’Hara knows what crimes must be vacated or modified based on a person’s immigration status. In addition to motions predicated on federal Constitutional law, there are several California laws that provide an avenue of relief to vacate convictions, including, but not limited to, Penal Code §1016.5, Penal Code §1473.3, and Penal Code §1170.18.
Ms. O’Hara has developed an interest in the effect of neurological (brain) injuries and disorders and their associated impact on criminal justice and personal injury cases. In any case in which brain injuries or disorders are suspected, Ms. O’Hara will refer the client for brain imaging, which may include an MRI, fMRI, or PET scan. Ms. O’Hara will also have the client evaluated by experts in the field, which may include a neurologist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, and psychopharmacologist. As it relates to a criminal case, neurological disabilities may establish a defense or mitigation to the offense. As it relates to a personal injury case, neurological injuries will often increase the value of the case to a significant degree.