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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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Eugene Gerald Iredale

Eugene Gerald Iredale
105 W F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 43 years, Eugene Gerald Iredale is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Harvard Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Eugene Gerald Iredale
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Lynne Marie Patterson

Lynne Marie Patterson
Law Offices of Lynne Patterson
14121 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Licensed for 30 years, Lynne Marie Patterson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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State Bar of California
Lynne Marie Patterson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Daniel R Perlman

Daniel R Perlman
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman
6464 W Sunset Blvd Suite 1030
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Licensed for 15 years, Daniel R Perlman is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Catholic University of America, Columbu... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Daniel R Perlman
Lifetime Member

Manuel Armando Rios

Manuel Armando Rios
The Rios Law Firm
239 Laurel St Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 30 years, Manuel Armando Rios is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State Univ... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Manuel Armando Rios
Member

Stephen Randolph Sweigart

Stephen Randolph Sweigart
Law Office of Stephen R Sweigart
28581 Old Town Front St Suite 102
Temecula, CA 92590
Licensed for 23 years, Stephen Randolph Sweigart is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Seton Hall University School Of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Stephen Randolph Sweigart
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Mara Willa Feiger

Mara Willa Feiger
1227 Arguello St Ste 209
Redwood City, CA 94063
Licensed for 31 years, Mara Willa Feiger is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >
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State Bar of California
Mara Willa Feiger
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Philip Allen Schnayerson

Philip Allen Schnayerson
225 W Winton Ave #208
Hayward, CA 94544
Licensed for 52 years, Philip Allen Schnayerson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended New York University School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Philip Allen Schnayerson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Eugene Jesus Martinez

Eugene Jesus Martinez
Martinez & Associates
146 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 42 years, Eugene Jesus Martinez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Eugene Jesus Martinez
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Dmitry Gorin

Dmitry Gorin
Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 25 years, Dmitry Gorin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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Eric Alan Berg

Eric Alan Berg
5000 Bechelli Ln #201
Redding, CA 96002
Licensed for 35 years, Eric Alan Berg is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Eric Alan Berg
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Suzanne M. Ferguson

Suzanne M. Ferguson
Suzanne M. Ferguson, Attorney at Law
27475 Ynez Road Suite 283
Temecula, CA 92591
Licensed for 14 years, Suzanne M. Ferguson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego, School of Law... read more >
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ncdd
National College for DUI Defense
Suzanne M. Ferguson
General Member

J. Lynn Gorelick

J. Lynn Gorelick
Gorelick Law Offices
24301 Southland Dr Suite 620
Hayward, CA 94545
Licensed for 37 years, J. Lynn Gorelick is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
J. Lynn Gorelick
Sustaining Member

Mark K Rosenfeld

Mark K Rosenfeld
Law Office of Mark Rosenfeld
8200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Licensed for 21 years, Mark K Rosenfeld is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Mark K Rosenfeld
Founding Member

Timothy Brian Rien

Timothy Brian Rien
39 S Livermore Ave #209
Livermore, CA 94550
Licensed for 43 years, Timothy Brian Rien is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >
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State Bar of California
Timothy Brian Rien
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Paul Bradley Tyler

Paul Bradley Tyler
Law Offices of Paul Tyler
300 W Esplanade Dr Suite 900
Oxnard, CA 93036
Licensed for 24 years, Paul Bradley Tyler is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

Seth Paul Chazin

Seth Paul Chazin
Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin
1604 Solano Ave Ste 205
Berkeley, CA 94706
Licensed for 32 years, Seth Paul Chazin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Seth Paul Chazin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Stephen Alan Munkelt

Stephen Alan Munkelt
Munkelt Law Office
356 Providence Mine Rd e
Nevada City, CA 95959
Licensed for 42 years, Stephen Alan Munkelt is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Stephen Alan Munkelt
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Robert Evans Boyce

Robert Evans Boyce
Boyce & Schaefer
934 23rd St
San Diego, CA 92102
Licensed for 42 years, Robert Evans Boyce is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Capital Univ Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Robert Evans Boyce
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Matt A. Sullivan

Matt A. Sullivan
Law Office of Matt Sullivan
1000 Brannan Street Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Licensed for 13 years, Matt A. Sullivan is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of San Francisco Law School... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Matt A. Sullivan
Member

Frank Clifford Carson

Frank Clifford Carson
811 15th St
Modesto, CA 95354
Licensed for 32 years, Frank Clifford Carson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Lincoln University Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Frank Clifford Carson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jared M Thompson

Jared M Thompson
Law Office of Kyle J Humphrey
1200 Truxtun Ave Suite 120
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Licensed for 11 years, Jared M Thompson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jared M Thompson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Meital Manzuri

Meital Manzuri
Manzuri Law Office
468 Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Licensed for 12 years, Meital Manzuri is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Buenos Aires... read more >

Michael G. McKneely

Michael G. McKneely
Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer
2300 Tulare Street Ste 115
Fresno, CA 93721
Licensed for 11 years, Michael G. McKneely is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law Universi... read more >
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ncdd
National College for DUI Defense
Michael G. McKneely
General Member

Chad Raymond Maddox

Chad Raymond Maddox
Law Offices of Chad R. Maddox
5120 E. La Palma #207
Anaheim, CA 92807
Licensed for 20 years, Chad Raymond Maddox is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy U... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Chad Raymond Maddox
Member

Judy Clare Clarke

Judy Clare Clarke
1010 2nd Ave Ste 1800
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 43 years, Judy Clare Clarke is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Judy Clare Clarke
Life Member,
Past President (1996-1997)

Jack Michael Earley

Jack Michael Earley
34 Executive Park # 210
Irvine, CA 92614
Licensed for 46 years, Jack Michael Earley is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jack Michael Earley
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Alec Scott Rose

Alec Scott Rose
Law Office of Alec Rose
2800 28th St Suite 305
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Alec Scott Rose is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law King Hall... read more >
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State Bar of California
Alec Scott Rose
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Margaret Forbes Mendoza
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive West Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Licensed for 32 years, Margaret Forbes Mendoza is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >
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California DUI Lawyers Association
Margaret Forbes Mendoza
Member

Derek Paul Wisehart

Derek Paul Wisehart
Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart
2330 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Licensed for 25 years, Derek Paul Wisehart is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Derek Paul Wisehart
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Amy Fryer Morton

Amy Fryer Morton
Morton & Russo LLP
521 Georgia St
Vallejo, CA 94590
Licensed for 37 years, Amy Fryer Morton is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Amy Fryer Morton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Craig Sturm

Craig Sturm
Law office of Craig Sturm
1010 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1415
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 18 years, Craig Sturm is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Axion Lab/American Chemical Society... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Craig Sturm
Founding Member

Zhao Liu

Zhao Liu
Law Offices of Lisa Z Liu, PC
200 S Garfield Ave Ste 103
Alhambra, CA 91801
Licensed for 9 years, Zhao Liu is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Michigan Law School - University of Michi... read more >
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State Bar of California
Zhao Liu
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jonathan Gonzales

Jonathan Gonzales
Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales
1510 J Street Suite 125
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 9 years, Jonathan Gonzales is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California State University at Chico... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Jonathan Gonzales
Member

Daryl D. Anthony

Daryl D. Anthony
Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Law Firm
515 South Harbor Blvd Suite #E
Anaheim, CA 92805
Licensed for 29 years, Daryl D. Anthony is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Beasley School of Law - Temple University... read more >

Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson

Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson
333 W Santa Clara St Ste 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Licensed for 50 years, Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson is a White Collar Crime and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School ... read more >
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State Bar of California
Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Bruce Steven Kapsack

Bruce Steven Kapsack
Kapsack & Bair, LLP
2100 Embarcadero Ste 202
Oakland, CA 94606
Licensed for 27 years, Bruce Steven Kapsack is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Bruce Steven Kapsack
Founding Member

Anne Catherine Beles

Anne Catherine Beles
1 Kaiser Plaza Ste 2300
Oakland, CA 94612
Licensed for 21 years, Anne Catherine Beles is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Anne Catherine Beles
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jeremy Ian Lessem

Jeremy Ian Lessem
3450 Cahuenga Blvd Ste 102
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Licensed for 19 years, Jeremy Ian Lessem is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Michigan Law School - University of Michi... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jeremy Ian Lessem
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Courtney Elizabeth Pilchman

Courtney Elizabeth Pilchman
2030 Main St Suite 1300
Irvine, CA 92614
Licensed for 20 years, Courtney Elizabeth Pilchman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Chapman Univ School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Courtney Elizabeth Pilchman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Julie Anne Swain

Julie Anne Swain
1432 Edinger Ave STE 240
Tustin, CA 92780
Licensed for 24 years, Julie Anne Swain is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >
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State Bar of California
Julie Anne Swain
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Joseph Francis Walsh

Joseph Francis Walsh
205 S Broadway Ste 606
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Licensed for 45 years, Joseph Francis Walsh is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Joseph Francis Walsh
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Gerritt Adrian Rutgers

Gerritt Adrian Rutgers
600 Allerton St Ste 200
Redwood City, CA 94063
Licensed for 30 years, Gerritt Adrian Rutgers is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Gerritt Adrian Rutgers
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jeffrey Brett Hayden

Jeffrey Brett Hayden
600 Allerton St Ste 201
Redwood City, CA 94063
Licensed for 30 years, Jeffrey Brett Hayden is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended USC Gould School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jeffrey Brett Hayden
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Thomas Stephen Worthington

Thomas Stephen Worthington
215 W Alisal St
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 50 years, Thomas Stephen Worthington is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Thomas Stephen Worthington
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Patrick Ewing Clancy

Patrick Ewing Clancy
3478 Buskirk Ave Ste 150
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Licensed for 46 years, Patrick Ewing Clancy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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State Bar of California
Patrick Ewing Clancy
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Eric Anthony Dumars

Eric Anthony Dumars
307 Main St Ste 130
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 17 years, Eric Anthony Dumars is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Denver Sturm College of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Eric Anthony Dumars
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Carl Bradley Patton

Carl Bradley Patton
5857 Owens Ave Ste 300
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Licensed for 45 years, Carl Bradley Patton is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Carl Bradley Patton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Isaac William Choy Jr

Isaac William Choy Jr
Law Office of Isaac W. Choy, Jr.
816 H St #200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 13 years, Isaac William Choy Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >

Scott Ronald Spindel

Scott Ronald Spindel
Law Office of R Spindel
16255 Ventura Blvd Suite 1018
Encino, CA 91436
Licensed for 21 years, Scott Ronald Spindel is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Scott Ronald Spindel
Founding Member

Daniel Aaron Horowitz

Daniel Aaron Horowitz
Law Office of Daniel Horowitz
PO Box 1547
Lafayette, CA 94549
Daniel Aaron Horowitz is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Daniel Aaron Horowitz
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

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