Experienced Defense for Paramedics in California

“Disturbing the Peace” is not the crime of the century, however violations of PC §415 account for more EMS provider arrests than you might imagine and it can have a devastating effect on your life.

This “little” conviction stays on your criminal record. It will show up in background checks. It might prevent you from getting a good job, staying in school, being accepted into graduate school or adopting a child.

For California Paramedics, the consequences can be even more devastating.

The State EMS Authority vigorously investigates and severely disciplines ALL criminal accusations and the rules are very different than criminal court.

When a Paramedic has to go up against the EMSA, there’s no attorney provided, the rules of evidence are relaxed, in fact the Authority is not automatically required to turn over certain evidence against you; the presumptions of innocence is not necessarily guaranteed and, even if you have and win an Administrative trial to defend your Paramedic license, the EMSA is not required to abide by the Judge’s ruling.

Why You Need The Legal Guardian

Without the proper representation, a Paramedic can be quickly hit with stiff fines, severe restrictions, EMT-P license suspension, and even outright revocation.

Paramedic turned defense attorney, David J Givot, knows what it means to be a Paramedic because he became one over 20 years ago. He has handled countless cases and knows what your license means to you and he knows how to protect it.  Mr. Givot is a noted EMS/Legal lecturer around the United States and continues to teach the Medical/Legal curriculum for Paramedic students at UCLA’s Center for Pre-hospital Care.

He has successfully defended clients charged with disturbing the peace. He understands how this type of charge can disrupt your family and threaten your reputation and your freedom.  Visit The Law Offices of David J. Givot.

Did You Also Know?

When a Paramedic in California is charged with any crime, at least two legal processes are set into motion:

  • A criminal case involving the state court system
  • An administrative process involving the State EMS Authority


Shortly after the arrest or arraignment, you will likely receive a notice from EMSA requesting information and details about the incident. However, providing such information could jeopardize your Constitutional rights to remain silent and have an attorney present. More importantly, the information you provide can and likely will be used against you in court and in other proceedings.

PC §415 “Disturbing the Peace”

Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than 90 days, a fine of not more than four hundred dollars ($400), or both such imprisonment and fine:

Any person who unlawfully fights in a public place or challenges another person in a public place to fight.

Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise.

Any person who uses offensive words in a public place which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.

For individuals arrested or cited for “Disturbing the Peace,” David J. Givot, of the Law Office of David J. Givot is The Legal Guardian and we will do more than just help you through.

We will carefully and methodically examine the charges and the evidence against you. If law enforcement has not done everything necessary to convict you in front of a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, then we will attack the charges from every available angle to achieve the best possible result. Even more importantly, we will vigilantly consider how any resolution will affect your professional, educational, and/or personal future.

With You Every Step of the Way

As your attorney, David Givot will give you an honest assessment of your case, inform you of your options, explain the legal process as it applies to you and aggressively fight for you at trial, at the EMSA, and even at your employer.

24Hour Access, No Hourly Fee

Your attorney is available to you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You never need to worry about racking up huge bills, because at the Law Offices of David J. Givot, there is never an hourly charge and the initial consultation is always free. With one flat fee*, your attorney will be by your side for every aspect of your case. Unlimited calls, unlimited court appearances, unlimited hours spent defending you!

We accept credit cards and remain available for weekend/evening appointments. We represent EMS clients throughout California.

*Does not include outside costs, such as expert witness, private investigator, or forensic toxicology.

What if you are arrested?


Other than to give basic identification information, like name, date of birth, and social security number, nobody in the United States can be forced to answer police questions intended to elicit an incriminating response.

The police will tell you that they just want to fill in blanks on the report or they just need some answers so they can let you go or they may ask you to perform sobriety tests – DON’T FALL FOR THE TRICKS! You cannot be compelled to incriminate yourself. Remain silent.

Every question they ask is intended to get an answer that will help convict you.

When asked ANY questions, simply tell the officer: “I am invoking my right to remain silent and I will not answer any questions without an attorney present.”


Being arrested and going to jail sucks. However, arguing, fighting with, or challenging law enforcement will only make it worse. Like Chinese finger-cuffs, the harder you fight, the more powerful the police become.

Always remember that respect will win the day. If they tell you to stand there, sit here, face this way, or look that way; you do it. And you do it quietly.


At the first opportunity, contact a license California attorney to protect your rights and guide you through the rest of the criminal justice process.