While in law school, Joe was a law clerk for both the Civil Division and Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego. Joe worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Major Narcotics Unit of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. After graduation from law school, Joe was a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office until he became a Ventura County Deputy District Attorney in 1996.
In November of 1997, Joe became a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. Joe served as a prosecutor in the Long Beach, Norwalk, San Fernando, Van Nuys, Santa Monica (now Airport), Bellflower, Downey, Whittier, Huntington Park, East Los Angeles, El Monte, Alhambra, Santa Clarita, and Eastlake courthouses.
During his twelve years as a prosecutor, Joe tried sixty-six felony jury trials including seven homicides, seven attempted murders, and multiple robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, child molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence, witness intimidation, gang enhancement, firearms enhancement, three strikes, burglary, theft, felony driving under the influence, drug possession, and manufacture and sales trials. In addition, Joe tried numerous misdemeanor cases including driving under the influence and domestic violence, and conducted countless juvenile adjudications and preliminary hearings.
At various times in his career, Joe was assigned to the Victim Impact Program (V.I.P.) which vertically prosecuted sex crimes, felony domestic violence, and stalking. As a V.I.P. prosecutor, Joe was responsible for interviewing victims with law enforcement, determining whether a crime had occurred, filing charges in the case, and personally handling the case through jury trial, if necessary.
In one of Joe’s jury trials as a defense attorney, the client was one of four defendants charged by the Major Narcotics Unit with felony child abuse, and manufacturing and possession for sale of a large quantity of PCP. After Joe’s cross examination of the police officers and prosecution experts, and the presentation of a defense expert, the judge dismissed the case against the client before the jury had the opportunity to reach a decision.
Joe is regarded as an elite criminal defense attorney since leaving the District Attorney’s Office to pursue private practice in October of 2008 with his partner, Anthony Falangetti. Joe is a creative and critical thinker with a comforting bed-side manner who utilizes his knowledge of the prosecutor’s job, his trial skills, and his professional relationships to achieve the best possible result for his clients.
As a defense attorney, Joe has obtained several dismissals and reductions for his clients, and Joe’s peers often seek his advice on legal issues and jury trial tactics. Attorney Weimortz has recently been included in the list of California Super Lawyers® for 2014, an honor given to less than 5% of lawyers throughout the state.
Quick facts on Joe:
- DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Los Angeles County for 12 years
- SEX CRIMES EXPERTISE
- 66 FELONY JURY TRIALS
- 14 Murders & Attempted Murders