“Before joining Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, I was a solo practitioner criminal defender – and that taught me to be fearless.”
Amanda Carter | Associate
Amanda Carter is a fearless advocate. Prior to joining Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, Amanda represented clients as a solo practitioner, primarily in state criminal matters. Because she frequently interacts with district attorneys, city attorneys, judicial officers and court personnel in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, Amanda can confidently provide competent and fierce representation for all clients.
During law school, Amanda worked as a Certified Legal Intern for the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, where she helped defend clients who were facing serious felony allegations. In her final year of law school Amanda worked as a Senior Clinician in the school’s Criminal Defense Clinic. This is when she realized her passion for the practice of criminal defense and the satisfaction she felt when she defended the constitutional rights of others.
Amanda is originally from Tampa, Florida and was admitted to practice law in Florida in 2014. Following the Florida Bar Exam, Amanda relocated to California and was admitted to the California Bar in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida where she competed and served on the board for the Trial Advocacy Team.
Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida | J.D. 2014 | J.D. Trial Advocacy Team 2012-2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 2010
- Amanda Carter’s client, a licensed commercial truck driver, was involved in a serious traffic accident that caused significant injuries to the other driver. At the time of the accident, the client had a small amount of alcohol left in his system from the night before and therefore, was arrested for DUI. He could have been charged with a felony due to the severity of the other driver’s injuries, but because of Amanda’s proactive involvement in the pre-filing investigation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office charged him with violating section 23152(d) of the California Vehicle Code: driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher. The client was facing up to six months in county jail and a $1,000.00 fine. After months of negotiations, Amanda convinced the District Attorney’s Office to reduce the DUI to a reckless driving violation, so that the client could avoid a devastating DUI conviction.
- Amanda Carter’s client was arrested and charged with a second lifetime DUI offense in San Bernardino County. He was facing up to a year in county jail, thousands of dollars in fines and court fees, and a one-year license suspension. After months of negotiations, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce the charge to a first-offense DUI and the client was sentenced to probation.
- At the time of the offense, Amanda Carter’s client was a young, pregnant mother who was quietly suffering from postpartum depression and alcoholism. While driving home from a child’s birthday party with her 1-year-old in the car, the client lost control of her vehicle and collided with a fire hydrant, which caused her vehicle to flip over. The client and her daughter were trapped, upside down, in the vehicle until emergency responders arrived.
The client had a BAC of 0.24% at the time, and she was arrested for driving under the influence with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, and felony child endangerment. Amanda arranged for her client to immediately enroll in a residential drug and alcohol treatment center, where she received individual counseling and participated in group therapy to treat her dependency issues.
Amanda resolved the case by convincing the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to allow the client to participate in a diversion program for one year. If the client remains alcohol-free and commits no criminal offenses for one year, the prosecutor will dismiss the felony child endangerment count and the DUI enhancement.
- Amanda Carter’s client, a college student with a promising future, was arrested and charged with committing three misdemeanor vandalism offenses. The client was facing up to one year in county jail and a fine of $1,000.00. Amanda presented the Long Beach Deputy City Prosecutor with mitigating evidence and convinced them to give her client a chance to earn a dismissal by participating in community service. Case dismissed.
- Amanda’s client, a small-business owner, was criminally charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney with misdemeanor hit and run and filing a false police report. Based on a complaint filed by the City Attorney, Amanda’s client faced more than a year in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines. Amanda aggressively fought the charges, and following an extensive legal and factual evaluation, exposed significant legal problems with the City Attorney’s case. After Amanda convinced the City Attorney that her client was innocent of the alleged crimes, the City Attorney dismissed all charges against his client. Proceedings terminated.
- Amanda Carter recently defended a college student facing serious DUI accusations. Because of Amanda's early, vigorous and tenacious representation, Amanda was able to convince the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office to reject a filing of criminal charges against her client. Case closed.
- In 2017, a successful owner of a national trucking company was accused of seven misdemeanor charges – all related to alleged hazardous material and other vehicle code violations. The charges were initially filed in 2008, but due to inadequate notice, the client was not apprised of the charges against him until more than ten years later. Client was facing up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. After meeting with Amanda and being presented with her arguments, the City Attorney dismissed all charges against her client. Proceedings terminated.
- Amanda Carter and Mark Werksman, managing partner of Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, represented a real estate broker who was accused of domestic violence. Before the client retained our firm, the alleged victim filed for a temporary restraining order, which was granted, and asked the court to issue a permanent restraining order against our client. After Amanda and Mark became involved, the case quickly deteriorated, and after an all-day "trial" on the matter, our client prevailed. Amanda prepared the pleadings, gathered the evidence, and created the strategy for the defense of the client. The court denied the petitioner’s request for a permanent restraining order against our client and ruled that the petitioner’s allegations were not credible, and the court was not convinced by a preponderance of the evidence that our client abused, harassed, threatened, or otherwise harmed the petitioner in any way. Because of Amanda and Mark’s aggressive advocacy, the court saw through the petitioner’s fallacies and rightfully sided with our client.
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - 2018
- US District Court for Central District of CA – 2017, CA – 2015, FL – 2014