Profile

Education

LL.M., Business and Corporate Law, University of San Diego, 2002

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1999

B.A., University of Southern California, 1994

 

Prior Law Enforcement Affiliations

California Narcotics Officer’s Association, 2005-2008

Narcotics Task Force 2005-2008

Computer and Technology Crime High Tech Task Force 2003-2005

U.S. Secret Service Fraud Task Force 2003-2005

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force 2002-2005

 

Experience

Rafael is an experienced criminal trial lawyer.  Before entering private practice he spent 8 years with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. 

 

As a prosecutor he gained tremendous insight into the best tactics to defend civilian criminal actions.  While working at the DA’s Office, Rafael prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases.  He was responsible for reviewing, issuing, and negotiating over 1500 cases ranging from petty theft to homicide. 

 

As a prosecutor in the Computer and Technology High-Tech Task Force he received valuable training in computer forensics and digital evidence.  Rafael handled complex cases involving identity theft, credit card theft, check washing, internet fraud, network intrusion, cellular phone cloning, webpage hijacking, and threats sent over e-mail.  In 2004, Rafael was invited to teach the principles of building and funding task forces to over 140 prosecutors from all over the country at the National District Attorney Association’s training facility in South Carolina.

 

As a prosecutor in the DA’s Narcotic Unit, Rafael worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the North County Gang Task Force, and the Joint Narcotic Task Force- Team 6 and Team 7.  Rafael litigated numerous search warrant issues.  He advised and coordinated several large-scale investigations and prosecutions of organized drug trafficking networks.

 

Representing You

 

Rafael now maintains an Of Counsel relationship with White & Meeks so that he can act as lead counsel on most civilian criminal prosecutions the firm defends.  This ensures White & Meeks’ clients receive aggressive representation and complete coverage in both military and civilian forums.

 

Rafael is a dedicated professional who will handle your case with the skill and expertise you deserve.