After an arrest in Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, or anywhere in the Morongo Basin, you will need a local attorney with experience in the Joshua Tree Superior Court and the Black Rock United States District Court (located in Joshua Tree National Park). Attorney Joseph Rhea has been working in the Joshua Tree Superior Court for more than ten years. The judges, district attorneys, and United States attorneys all know Attorney Rhea as an aggressive advocate for his clients.

Joseph T. Rhea is the only criminal defense trial attorney in the state of California with a doctorate from Harvard University. Mr. Rhea is a former Deputy Public Defender and his legal career has been devoted almost exclusively to criminal defense, including driving under the influence (DUI) and drug possession. Some of his recent successes can be viewed in Past Results. Every case is unique, and Mr. Rhea will work with you personally to mount the best possible defense.


Joshua Tree Superior Court
Black Rock Federal Court
Indio Superior Court
Banning Superior Court


DUI - Driving Under the Influence
Drug Possession and Sales
Domestic Violence
Federal Offenses
Felony Charges
Joshua Tree National Park
29 Palms Marine Corps Base


Attorney Rhea can usually appear in court without you having to be there. California law allows most criminal defendants to appear through their lawyer under Penal Code Section 977. In federal court (United States District Court), Attorney Rhea can appear for you pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 43.

Beware of hiring a Los Angles law firm to appear in Joshua Tree.

Los Angeles firms almost always subcontract with other attorneys to make Joshua Tree appearances. When you hire Joshua Tree Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph T. Rhea, Mr. Rhea will defend your Joshua Tree case (state or federal) personally. Attorney Rhea also promptly returns calls and emails, so you will not be forced to wait around with unanswered questions or concerns.

For any of the following situations and geographic areas, the Joshua Tree Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph Rhea is available to diligently represent you.

Call Joshua Tree Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney Joseph T. Rhea
at (760) 327-3711 to schedule a free consultation.