Joseph A. Silvoso, III

Joseph A. Silvoso, III, Associate at Michel & Associates, P.C.

 

Admissions

California Public Defenders Association.
L.A. County Bar Association.

Degrees

Juris Doctorate, Whittier Law School, 2006.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Honors and Awards

 

Significant Cases

People v. Dominguez
Mr. Dominguez was stopped for a random inspection and searched at Los Angeles International Airport as he was driving into the airport to pick up a friend. Avid sport shooters, they inteded to go directly from the airport to a local shooting range. Airport police found the guns and seized the truck, 16 firearms, and about a thousand rounds of ammunition. Day after the search LAPD raided Dominguez’ home in the early morning hours, forcing his wife and daughters into the street in their pajamas. Mr. Dominguez was charged with eight felony and three misdemeanor violations. The case settled with a misdemeanor charge and fine, with no firearms restrictions nor jail time.

People v. Solis
The LAPD Gun Unit conducted a sting at the Glendale Gun Show and arrested Mr. Solis for participating in an illegal gun transaction. Charges were dismissed by the Court because the LAPD misinterpreted the law. LAPD then pushed the Ventura District Attorney’s office to file charges for illegally possessing an “unconventional pistol” which was in fact a tear gas dispensor. After three years of litigation the charges were finally dismissed.

People v. Corwin
Matthew Corwin was a decorated military police officer who was attending Los Angeles City College in 2007 while on injured reserve leave from the Army before being reactivated to serve in Iraq. An anonymous caller told police that numerous pictures of firearms, as well as videos of Mr. Corwin shooting, were posted on his Myspace page. Police mistakenly believed the depicted firearms were illegal “assault weapons,” and claimed they thought Mr. Corwin might be a “threat” to the school. A search of Mr. Corwin’s house turned up allegedly illegal firearms and other items. Twelve felony criminal charges were filed. After our law firm’s intervention established that the firearms were not illegal, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed all of the criminal charges. This case received significant media coverage:

Matt Corwin FREE! The Packing Rat (December 17, 2007)
Student Pleads Not Guilty in Weapons Case Los Angeles Times (May 30, 2007)
Student is Held on Weapon Charges Los Angeles Times (May 1, 2007)
Student Busted for Silly Stuff The Packing Rat (April 30, 2007)

Teachings and Presentations

California Firearms Law
Bass Pro Shop, Rancho Cucamonga; (May 15, 2010).

Women in the Outdoors
Apple Valley Gun Club; (Jun 26, 2010).

Firearms for Attorneys
MCLE class by Shooter’s Edge, Inc. Angeles Shooting Range; (July 23, 2011).

Firearms for Attorneys
MCLE class by Shooter’s Edge, Inc. Angeles Shooting Range; (March 31, 2012).

Women on Target
Ojai Valley Gun Club; (June 30, 2012).

Gun Law for Gun Owners
Second Amendment Rights and Litigation Updates, Lake View Terrace, CA;
(September 22, 2012).

Firearms for Attorneys
Second Amendment Rights and Litigation Updates, Lake View Terrace, CA;
(January 19, 2013).

Fred Hall Seminar
Second Amendment Rights and Litigation Updates, Long Beach, CA
(March 7-10 2013).

Oathkeepers Meeting
Know Your Rights (Contact with Law Enforcement), Huntington Beach, CA
(March 26, 2013).

Gun Law for Gun Owners
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrace, CA
(May 4, 2013).

NRA: Women on Target
Firearm Acquisition, Transportation and Storage, Saugus, CA
(May 12, 2013).

Gun Law for Gun Owners
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrace, CA
(January 4, 2014).

Women on Target
Ojai Valley Gun Club; (January 8, 2014).
MCLE

Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrace, CA
(January 26, 2014).

LEOSA Lecture for Retired FBI
Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach, CA
(January 29,2014).

MCLE
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrance, CA
(January 25, 2015).

California Firearms laws
U.S. Navy, Coranado, CA;
(March 19, 2015).

Gun Law for Gun Owners
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrance, CA
(May 2, 2015).

Carrying Firearms Concealed/Loaded Restrictions
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School
(June 3, 2015).

MCLE
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrance, CA;
(July 18, 2015).

Current California Firearm Laws
So. Ca. State Shoot Riverside Indoor Shooting Range
(August 29, 2015)

California Firearm Laws
Ventura Public Defender’s Office
(September 8, 2015)

How to Handle Interactions with Law Enforcement
Young Americans for Liberty California State University Dominguez Hills
(September 16, 2015)

Gun Law for Gun Owners
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrace, CA;
November 7, 2015

California Firearm Laws
Los Angeles County GOP
(January 16, 2016)

CLE
Angeles Shooting Range, Lake View Terrace, CA;
January 23, 2016

Pending California Firearm Laws
South Bay Rod and Gun Club
(February 20, 2016)

Guest Speaker on Criminal Law Issues
Young Americans for Liberty California State University Dominguez Hills
April 14, 2016

Facebook Chat on California Firearm Laws
Michel & Associates Facebook Page
June 8, 2016

Newly Signed Firearm laws
ACUSPORT Webinar
July 28, 2016

 

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