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The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in California, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in California should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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Jason Scott Leiderman

Jason Scott Leiderman
Law Offices of Jay Leiderman
770 County Square Drive Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93003
Call 805-654-0200
When searching for the right attorney, it is often the worst time in your life. Finding a good one, and the right one for you, is a daunting... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Jason Scott Leiderman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Jason Scott Leiderman
Life Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jason Scott Leiderman
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jason Scott Leiderman
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Donald John Hensel

Donald John Hensel
Bartell, Hensel & Gressley
5053 La Mart Dr Suite 201
Riverside, CA 92507
Call 951-788-2230
Donald Hensel is a trial lawyer based in Riverside, California who for 36 years has handled both civil and criminal cases.... read more >
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California DUI Lawyers Association
Donald John Hensel
Member

Michael L Crowley

Michael L Crowley
Crowley Law Group
401 W "A" St Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 35 years, Michael L Crowley is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of South Florida... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Michael L Crowley
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Jean Kaloyanides

David Jean Kaloyanides
David J.P. Kaloyanides, A Professional Law Corporation
15338 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710
Licensed for 27 years, David Jean Kaloyanides is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
David Jean Kaloyanides
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Philip David Israels

Philip David Israels
Cron, Israels & Stark
11755 Wilshire Blvd 15th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90025
Licensed for 44 years, Philip David Israels is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended U of San Francisco School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Philip David Israels
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jeffrey Donald Kent

Jeffrey Donald Kent
McDonnell & Kent
418 East La Habra Boulevard
La Habra, CA 90631
Licensed for 27 years, Jeffrey Donald Kent is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State Univ College of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Jeffrey Donald Kent
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Ray Buenaventura

Ray Buenaventura
Buenaventura Law Firm
555 California Street Suite 4925
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 26 years, Ray Buenaventura is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Whittier Coll School Of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Ray Buenaventura
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kurt David Hermansen

Kurt David Hermansen
Law Office of Kurt David Hermansen
110 W "C" St Suite 1903
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 26 years, Kurt David Hermansen is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola of Los Angeles Law School... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Kurt David Hermansen
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Nafiz Ahmed

Nafiz Ahmed
Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys At Law
1922 The Alameda Ste 201
San Jose, CA 95126
Licensed for 14 years, Nafiz Ahmed is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Nafiz Ahmed
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Christopher Francis Morales

Christopher Francis Morales
The Morales Law Firm
1388 Sutter Street Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Licensed for 28 years, Christopher Francis Morales is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Santa Clara Law School... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Christopher Francis Morales
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Graham D Donath

Graham D Donath
Law Offices of Graham Donath, A.P.C.
4229 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 13 years, Graham D Donath is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Graham D Donath
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Douglas Diamond

David Douglas Diamond
Law Offices of David D. Diamond
1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1996
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 19 years, David Douglas Diamond is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Southwestern School of Law, SCAL... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
David Douglas Diamond
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Keith Howard Rutman

Keith Howard Rutman
501 West Broadway Ste 1650
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 30 years, Keith Howard Rutman is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Brandeis University... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Keith Howard Rutman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Matthew Garth Kaestner

Matthew Garth Kaestner
Long Beach criminal law specialist,attorney Matthew Kaestner
1 World Trade Center Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90831
Licensed for 33 years, Matthew Garth Kaestner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of the Pacific... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Matthew Garth Kaestner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Adam Laurence Pearlman

Adam Laurence Pearlman
5740 Ralston St Ste 302
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 26 years, Adam Laurence Pearlman is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended George Washington University Law Scho... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Adam Laurence Pearlman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Raymond Mugridge

David Raymond Mugridge
Law Offices of David R Mugridge
5767 E Park Cir Dr
Fresno, CA 93727
Licensed for 33 years, David Raymond Mugridge is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Joaquin College of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
David Raymond Mugridge
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Joseph Michael Tully

Joseph Michael Tully
Tully & Weiss
713 Main St
Martinez, CA 94553
Licensed for 20 years, Joseph Michael Tully is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate Univ School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Joseph Michael Tully
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Richard Alan Hutton

Richard Alan Hutton
1055 E Colorado Blvd Ste 225
Pasadena, CA 91106
Licensed for 48 years, Richard Alan Hutton is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Richard Alan Hutton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Michael Phillip Thorman

Michael Phillip Thorman
Bonjour, Thorman, Baray & Billingsley
24301 Southland Dr Suite 312
Hayward, CA 94545
Licensed for 45 years, Michael Phillip Thorman is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Dartmouth College iHanover, Ne... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Michael Phillip Thorman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Mario Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez
45841 Oasis St # 5
Indio, CA 92201
Licensed for 39 years, Mario Rodriguez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Mario Rodriguez
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Alan Eisner

Alan Eisner
Eisner Gorin LLP
14401 Sylvan St #112
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Alan Eisner is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Alan Eisner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Robert John Wilson

Robert John Wilson
1055 E Colorado Blvd Ste 225
Pasadena, CA 91106
Licensed for 31 years, Robert John Wilson is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy Un... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Robert John Wilson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

James Patrick Lambe

James Patrick Lambe
5132 North Palm Avenue, P.M.B. 240
Fresno, CA 93704
Licensed for 42 years, James Patrick Lambe is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended University of Illinois College ... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
James Patrick Lambe
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jacqueline Goodman

Jacqueline Goodman
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman
712 N. Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
Licensed for 25 years, Jacqueline Goodman is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argo... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Jacqueline Goodman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Michael Stephen Berg

Michael Stephen Berg
The Law Offices of Michael S. Berg
401 West A Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 37 years, Michael Stephen Berg is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Univ of San Diego School Of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Michael Stephen Berg
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Richard Thomas Dudek

Richard Thomas Dudek
901 H Street Ste 310
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 29 years, Richard Thomas Dudek is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Richard Thomas Dudek
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Errol Henry Stambler

Errol Henry Stambler
10880 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Licensed for 46 years, Errol Henry Stambler is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University go Georgia... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Errol Henry Stambler
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Virginia Louise Landry

Virginia Louise Landry
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
23046 Avenida De La Carlota Suite 125
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Licensed for 30 years, Virginia Louise Landry is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended National College for DUI Defense, Inc... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Virginia Louise Landry
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Edward Robinson

Edward Robinson
Robinson Kardon
21515 Hawthorne Boulevard Suite 730
Torrance, CA 90503
Licensed for 33 years, Edward Robinson is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Edward Robinson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Harland William Braun

Harland William Braun
Law Offices of Harland W. Braun
1880 Century Park E Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 51 years, Harland William Braun is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of California at Los Angeles, California... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Harland William Braun
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Dmitry Gorin

Dmitry Gorin
Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East #705
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 24 years, Dmitry Gorin is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Dmitry Gorin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Adam Garrard Gasner

Adam Garrard Gasner
Law Office of Adam G. Gasner
345 Franklin St Ste 200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Licensed for 20 years, Adam Garrard Gasner is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of La... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Adam Garrard Gasner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Paul Henry Neuharth Jr

Paul Henry Neuharth Jr
The Law Offices of Paul H. Neuharth, Jr.
402 West Broadway, Suite 720
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 29 years, Paul Henry Neuharth Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of San Diego School Of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Paul Henry Neuharth Jr
Life Member

Stephen Paul Levine

Stephen Paul Levine
Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP
323 W Court St Suite 402
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Licensed for 42 years, Stephen Paul Levine is a Criminal Defense and Child Custody / Visitation lawyer who attended Western State School of... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Stephen Paul Levine
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Rose Fay Arfa

Rose Fay Arfa
10100 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 38 years, Rose Fay Arfa is a Appellate Law and Sex Crimes lawyer who attended Southwestern University School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Rose Fay Arfa
Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Law

Kenneth Neil Hamilton

Kenneth Neil Hamilton
South Coast DUI Law Center
5740 Ralston Street Suite 300
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 17 years, Kenneth Neil Hamilton is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western Sierra Law School... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Kenneth Neil Hamilton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Vincent Michael Imhoff

Vincent Michael Imhoff
Imhoff & Associates, P.C.
12424 Wilshire Blvd Suite 770
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Licensed for 17 years, Vincent Michael Imhoff is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Illinois IT Chicago-Kent College of Law... read more >
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Vincent Michael Imhoff
Member

Michael Aaron Goldstein

Michael Aaron Goldstein
Goldstein Law Group
1645 Vine St #809
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Licensed for 23 years, Michael Aaron Goldstein is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of Law... read more >
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Michael Aaron Goldstein
Member

Joshua Mulligan

Joshua Mulligan
Wilkerson & Mulligan
78-060 Calle Estado Suite 21
La Quinta, CA 92253
Licensed for 15 years, Joshua Mulligan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cornell Univ... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Joshua Mulligan
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

James Raymond Homola

James Raymond Homola
2950 Mariposa St Ste 250
Fresno, CA 93721
Licensed for 45 years, James Raymond Homola is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
James Raymond Homola
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Barry Thomas Simons

Barry Thomas Simons
Law Offices of Barry T. Simons
260 St Ann's Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Licensed for 47 years, Barry Thomas Simons is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended New York Law School... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Barry Thomas Simons
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Peter Goodman

Peter Goodman
Law Office of Peter Goodman
819 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Licensed for 44 years, Peter Goodman is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA ... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Peter Goodman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Joseph Shemaria

Joseph Shemaria
9171 Wilshire Blvd Ste 500
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Licensed for 49 years, Joseph Shemaria is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Joseph Shemaria
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Samantha Greene

Samantha Greene
Sevens Legal, APC
3555 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Licensed for 17 years, Samantha Greene is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Univ of San Diego School Of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Samantha Greene
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kiarash Feyzjou

Kiarash Feyzjou
Kia Feyzjou Law Firm
4275 Main St
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 19 years, Kiarash Feyzjou is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Kiarash Feyzjou
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Robert Francis Landheer

Robert Francis Landheer
Robert Landheer & Assoc.
924 Anacapa St Suite 1-T
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Licensed for 38 years, Robert Francis Landheer is a Criminal Defense and Products Liability lawyer who attended New College School of Law o... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Robert Francis Landheer
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Daniel Lee Barton

Daniel Lee Barton
Nolan Barton & Olmos, LLP
600 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Licensed for 31 years, Daniel Lee Barton is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Daniel Lee Barton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Andrew Ging Liu

Andrew Ging Liu
307 Main Street Suite 330
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 24 years, Andrew Ging Liu is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Boston University School of Law... read more >
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Andrew Ging Liu
Member

Leonard B. Levine

Leonard B. Levine
Levine Flier and Flier, LLC
16133 Ventura Blvd Ste 1140
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Licensed for 47 years, Leonard B. Levine is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School Of Law... read more >
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Leonard B. Levine
Sustaining Member

Paul Takakjian

Paul Takakjian
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
11845 W Olympic Blvd Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Licensed for 40 years, Paul Takakjian is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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California Board of Legal Specialization
Paul Takakjian
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

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