Pine Grove, California Criminal Lawyers

Robert Charles Schell
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(209) 223-9200 114 Main St
Jackson, CA 95642
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
April Scott
Claimed Lawyer Profile
San Andreas, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(209) 754-4321 265 West St. Charles Street, Suite 4
PO Box 725
San Andreas, CA 95249
Criminal, DUI and Family
Bradley Thomas Jones
Claimed Lawyer Profile
San Andreas, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(209) 754-6330 Calaveras County District Attorney's Office
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Criminal
Indiana Univ Bloomington School of Law
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(209) 223-6444 708 Court St
Jackson, CA 95642
Criminal and DUI
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(209) 223-0877 201 Clinton Rd
Ste 202
Jackson, CA 95642
Criminal
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(209) 223-0877 201 Clinton Rd Ste 202
Jackson, CA 95642-2678
Criminal
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(209) 223-6444 708 Court St
Jackson, CA 95642
Criminal
Jackson, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(209) 223-2311 836 North Highway 49/88
Jackson, CA 95642
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
San Andreas, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(209) 754-1891 37 N Main St #209
PO Box 1269
San Andreas, CA 95249
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
U of San Francisco School of Law
Christopher Parkhurst
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(916) 277-8299 3017 Douglas Blvd. #300
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Mr. Parkhurst earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He graduated from U.C. Davis with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Education. He became licensed to practice law in 1999. A skilled negotiator and private criminal practitioner, Mr, Parkhurst has defended hundreds of clients charged with crimes from misdemeanors to serious felonies in more than 30 of California's 58 counties. He is licensed to practice in all State courts and the United States District Court Northern and Eastern districts of California. He has obtained dismissals...
Joshua Kaizuka
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(916) 706-0678 2530 J Street, Ste 320
Sacramento, CA 95816
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
With over a decade of legal experience, Joshua Kaizuka started as a Deputy Public Defender in Yolo County, then a few years as civil rights attorney, and back to criminal defense as a private attorney. He has vigorously and successfully represented well over a thousand clients in adult and juvenile criminal defense cases from the most minor to serious strike cases from start to finish, including jury trials. His criminal defense work as a private criminal defense attorney for the past four years include a significant number of DUI cases, as well as many cases where clients are accused of...
Mark H. Sollitt
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Elk Grove, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(800) 420-5667 9281 Office Park Circle
Suite 158
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Humphrey's Coll School of Law
Mark Sollitt has been a specialist DUI and criminal defense attorney since 1994 and is licensed by the State Bar of California. He serves clients in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Solano, Yolo County, and San Joaquin Counties.

Mark Sollitt will aggressively litigate all issues that might lead to you avoiding a conviction. All defenses will be considered. Every attempt to reduce penalties will be taken. He will prepare your case, thoroughly investigate any evidence, and represent you in court.

He is dedicated to protecting the freedom, reputation, and constitutional rights of each of his clients. Schedule a consultation now.
Anthony C. Gonsalves
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial MediaResponsive Law
Stockton, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(209) 942-3276 2904 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Education and Personal Injury
Humphreys College
From FUN WORK to LEGAL WORK

After 30 years of creating FUN as a founder, shareholder, Director, Vice-President and General Manager of FUNWORKS! Family Fun Company in Modesto, CA, I sold my interest in FUNWORKS! at the age of 47 to achieve my childhood goal of becoming an Attorney. After graduating law school among the top grade earners, I passed the California Bar Exam and now practice law in the 209 Area Code including Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Tuolumne Counties.

Today, I represent clients in my firm, AG LAW, who have been physically injured by another person (Personal Injury Law);...
David Gregory Cohen
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Auburn, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(530) 823-7700 1515 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of California Hastings College of the Law
David G. Cohen founded the Cohen Defense Group in 2017 with the retirement of noted Placer County Criminal Defense Lawyer, Mark A. Berg. David had joined the Law Offices of Mark A. Berg in 1996. Mr. Cohen is a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization and has been involved in representing defendants in felony and misdemeanor cases in California for over 20 years. His current caseload in the firm includes felony cases, “three strike” cases, drug crimes, and homicides. Moreover, Mr. Cohen is the firm’s primary attorney driving under the influence cases...
Jason Robert Holley
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(916) 956-2876 2150 River Plaza Drive
Suite 164
Sacramento, CA 95833
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
What separates an excellent criminal defense attorney from the rest? The answer is simple, experience. Attorney Robert M. Holley has fought relentlessly for the rights of the accused for over 44 years. Notable cases include: Lynette Fromme (charged with attempting to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975), BALCO (Barry Bonds Steroid Scandal) and numerous others.

Attorney Robert M. Holley was a Federal Public Defender in Sacramento for 17 years and is certified to practice law in both Federal and State Courts. He was a professor of Trial Advocacy at University of California, Davis, School of law. He is currently writing...
Benjamin Scarfe
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(916) 633-1255 705 F St. #3
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
CAL Northern School of Law
RECENT JURY AND COURT TRIAL SUCCESSES*
Domestic Violence: Penal Code 242, 243, 243, 273.5 + Great Bodily Injury enhancement: Not guilty on all Four counts. Client walked.
DUI Jury Trial--Hung Jury: .18, running red light: hung jury 4-12, case dismissed.
0.01 DUI Probation (court trial),
0.05 DUI-THC, Opiates, gore point violation, drifting: Hung Jury 6-6 case dismissed,
.22 DUI Hung Jury 6-6 case dismissed,
.20 DUI Hung Jury 11-1 case dismissed,
.20 DUI Stipulated Acquittal;...
Michael Thomas Lynch
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Auburn, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(530) 886-4006 1223 High Street Ste B6
Auburn, CA 95603
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Employment
Empire School of Law
I am Michael Thomas Lynch, Attorney at Law. For years, individuals across the region have turned to my law firm for help when they get arrested and need a criminal defense attorney or when they need civil litigation assistance. Bar Admissions: California, 2005 Education: Empire College Law School, Santa Rosa, California J.D. - 2004 Major: Litigation, Evidence, Trial. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California B.A. - 1986 Major: Zoology Professional Associations and Memberships: California State Bar, Placer...
Mr. Michael J. Wise Esq.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(916) 498-9473 455 Capitol Mall
#305
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
D. Michael Phillips
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial MediaResponsive Law
Roseville , CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(800) 978-0186 2408 Professional Dr.
Roseville , CA 95661
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
"Big City Experience, Small Town Service."

At the Phillips Law Offices, we represent real people, not claim numbers. Unlike some firms that represent both insurance companies and individuals, we represent only individuals and families. That's because we are always on your side, not just when it's in our interest.

Injury Law for the 21st century: Traditionally, a call to a lawyer meant making an appointment, driving to an office to meet in person, parking and waiting just to ask a few questions or sign papers. Today’s internet-connected consumers are no longer satisfied with face-to-face meetings as the sole way of doing business....
Lindsey K. Terry
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
sonora, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(209) 206-0543 P.O. Box 4986
sonora, CA 95370
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
Lindsey K. Terry was raised in Tuolumne County and graduated from Summerville High School. She attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Lindsey K. Terry graduated in the top 3% of her class and was awarded several academic honors for top marks, including the highest grades in Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy. She was also the winner of the Appellate Advocacy competition. Lindsey K. Terry is a member of the Jesse Carter Honor Society, a graduate of the Honors Lawyering Program, and graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate.

Lindsey K. Terry...
Kresta Nora Daly
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(916) 440-8600 431 I Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific
My clients receive an aggressive defense that only years of courtroom experience can deliver. No matter how challenging a client's case is, they can rest assured they have a powerful ally on their side. Increasingly individuals and businesses find themselves in contact with government agencies like the FBI or IRS. The consequences can be devastating, personally, professionally and financially. The government can and does form the wrong impression of targets and subjects. Correcting the government's impression requires an attorney’s involvement. Successful , self-made people have accomplished much on their own. Unfortunately, many of these useful business...
Scott Dale Mitchell
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Stockton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(209) 529-7406 20 North Sutter
Suite 202
Stockton, CA 95202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Humphrey's Coll School of Law
Scott Mitchell is highly experienced in a wide range of legal matters, including bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal defense, and divorce. He has handled thousands of cases, developing an in-depth knowledge and a nuanced understanding of many areas of the law. Nothing substitutes real-world experience and proven knowledge, and with Attorney Mitchell, you have access to a seasoned attorney who knows the ins and outs of many state and federal courts. He works hard for his clients in order to get the right results. If you would like to see how Attorney Mitchell can help you, call for a FREE consultation.
Michelle Trigger
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(916) 787-0260 2007 Opportunity Drive
Suite 12
Roseville, CA 95678
Free ConsultationCriminal and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Michelle Trigger is the owner/attorney of Trigger Law Office, located in Roseville, CA. Ms. Trigger's practice focuses on criminal defense and family law matters, including representation on all misdemeanor and felony offenses, divorce, child custody and visitation, and restraining orders. Ms. Trigger primarily serves Placer and Sacramento counties, but will accept matters in El Dorado, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Lake, and most bay area counties on a case-by-case basis.

Ms. Trigger's primary talent is in the court room, as she is a zealous advocate in all motions and hearings, and never afraid to take a matter to trial.
Lance Daniel
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(916) 444-1400 1107 2nd St Suite 330
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Experienced, dedicated, and determined Sacramento DUI attorney.
Dan Koukol
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Auburn, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(530) 823-5400 11930 Heritage Oak Pl
#6
Auburn, CA 95603
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of the Pacific
The difference between an adequate defense and the best defense possible is the result of knowledge, experience and reputation.

All California defense attorneys have passed the bar exam and have some knowledge of the law. Because I was in the trenches handling serious felony cases in the Placer County Public Defender’s Office, I have the experience you can only get from this type of high-intensity legal defense work.

Combining this experience with the knowledge I acquired inventing and developing the CrimeTime criminal sentencing software and Crime Finder mobile applications gives me a clear advantage when it comes to designing case resolutions that...
Joseph Patrick Hougnon
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(916) 730-5251 901 H St Ste 301
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationCriminal, Administrative, DUI and Personal Injury
Lincoln Law School
top of my law school class and opened my own office in downtown Sacramento in 1997. I've been running my own law office for almost 20 years now. I handle DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury cases. I've won every case I’ve set for trial in the past 15 years. I offer a personal service and I have a passion for defending my clients - to protect them from the disruption and life changing aspects of criminal charges. I respect my clients and understand they are counting on me to do the best job possible, to...
Steve Schofield
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(916) 277-8299 3017 Douglas Blvd #300
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Steven Schofield is a rising star among DUI attorneys and criminal defense attorneys in Sacramento and the surrounding areas with multiple recent trial victories. If you are in need of an experienced and fearless DUI attorney or criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento and the surrounding areas you should meet Steve Schofield.
Douglas Alan Goss
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Stockton, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(209) 373-4680 3439 Brookside Road
Suite 205
Stockton, CA 95219
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Humphrey's Coll School of Law
I have been practicing law in San Joaquin county for over 28 years. Before becoming an attorney, I worked in San Joaquin County law enforcement for over 15 years. I have successfully resolved thousands of cases here. I know the area, and am familiar with the legal community. I provide legal representation and services ranging from major felony criminal defense, DUI defense, misdemeanor defense, personal injury, traffic tickets, expungements, and other forms of clearing your criminal record. If I don't practice in the area of law you need, I will make sure to find a high quality attorney who can...
Robert Juan Saria
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Gold River, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(916) 631-3553 11344 Coloma Rd
Suite 110
Gold River, CA 95670
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Environmental
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Practicing as a criminal trial attorney since 1987. Handles all serious and violent feloney cases. Has lengthy experience with special circumstance homicides, Three Strike Cases and mental defenses. Former Captain, Military Intelligence,United States Army Reserve
Derek J. King
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(916) 749-6445 2100 21st Street, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95818
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Mr. King began his legal career with the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office as a California State Bar Certified Law Student. He has defended juveniles during Sacramento County Juvenile Court detention hearings, assisted psychiatric patients placed on Conservatorship holds, and represented in-custody and out-of-custody clients during Sacramento Superior Court misdemeanor arraignments. Mr. King twice earned academic honors for his internship work at the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office. After graduation, Mr. King served as a Law Clerk and Deputy District Attorney in Del Norte County where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor juvenile cases. As a prosecutor, Mr. King...
Andrew Todd Kuhnen
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(916) 724-5333 915 Highland Pointe Drive
Suite 250
Roseville, CA 95678
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law
My goal in private practice is to provide each client with the most effective ethical representation possible, and to preserve and promote his or her legal rights in the criminal justice system. I have over 15 years of experience as a lawyer, and I am a former supervising deputy district attorney. This gives me a unique insight into how prosecutors approach cases, and depending on the jurisdiction, there is a real possibility that I trained the deputy district attorney who is handling the case. Throughout my career I have maintained a reputation among my peers as a...
Philip Damian McCarthy
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(916) 442-8298 2270 Douglas Blvd. Ste. 200
Roseville, CA 95661
Criminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
Gonzaga Univ School of Law
Mr. McCarthy has represented individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in thousands of cases for over 24 years. Philip McCarthy has handled a broad range of charges including White Collar Crime, Professional License Defense, Computer Crimes, DUI, Drug Crimes and a variety of other charges.
Clemente Montano Jimenez
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(916) 443-8055 431 I Street
Suite 102
Sacramento, CA 95814
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and White Collar Crime
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
I have been practicing criminal defense for over 16 years. During that time, it has become clear that there is a tremendous need for immigration attorneys that are well-versed in the area of criminal law. I have substantial experience in both federal and state (county) courts, having defended clients accused of all types of offenses: federal drug trafficking, homicide, manslaughter, sex offenses, drug charges, gang offenses, three strikes, DUIs, robbery, burglary, misdemeanors, juvenile offenses, and more... I am a trial attorney. That means if you need to take your case to trial to safeguard your rights, you...
Matthew D. Roy
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearchSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(916) 361-6028 770 L St
#950
Sacramento, CA 95814
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Matthew Roy graduated with a degree in Government from CSU, Sacramento and his J.D. from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. While living in Sacramento, Matthew has participated in various community groups and organizations. He has served on the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges after his appointment by Governor Gray Davis as well as the Board of Directors for the Camellia Symphony Association of Sacramento. Mr. Roy volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Women Escaping a Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.), the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project, as well as oversees domestic violence prevention workshops...
John-Paul Brennan
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(916) 498-1776 901 H St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Ohio Northern U Claude W Pettit COL
Established in 2005, my practice is devoted solely to criminal defense and fighting for my clients. My clients are treated with respect and their cases are given the attention they deserve. I pride myself in communicating with my clients and provide them with aggressive representation. If you need help, please call for a free consultation. If you decide to retain my services, I will fight equally hard for you regardless of whether you are facing a traffic citation, misdemeanor or a felony. Your case will receive the investigation and attention it needs. I started off...
Candice Fields
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(916) 414-8050 520 Capitol Mall
Suite 750
Sacramento, CA 95814
Criminal, Business, DUI and White Collar Crime
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Kulvinder Singh
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Roseville, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(916) 939-5151 970 Reserve Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Univ of N. Calif/Lorenzo Patino School of Law and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Attorney Kulvinder Singh's law practice advocates for personal injury plaintiffs, business clients and people with family, criminal and immigration cases in the greater Sacramento area.
Mark Stephen Mayfield
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(916) 761-3043 8880 Cal Center Drive
Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95826
Free ConsultationCriminal and Juvenile
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
I have been representing juveniles in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Amador, San Joaquin, and Alameda counties since 1994. I only practice in one area: Juvenile Law. Never a prosecutor, I am focused on assisting my clients and nothing else. I have been doing so for twenty years.
Daniel Michael Karalash
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(916) 787-1234 3017 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95661
Criminal, DUI, Family and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
I am a former USAF Officer, this is where I honed my skills in hard work and determination. I was a B-52 crew member; that was where I learned the necessity of teamwork. For over 20 years I have done trials, in State Criminal Courts, Federal Civil Rights trials, Family Law Courts as well as many administrative hearings; this is where I learned how to win trials. In my office, my clients, my staff and I form a team that is ready to take on all adversaries.
Jon-Paul Valcarenghi
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Sacramento, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(916) 706-0678 2530 J Street, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95816
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Lawyer Rating
Years of Experience
Language
Fees
Profile Strength

Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.