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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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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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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Daniel Aaron Horowitz
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Heberto Avila Sala

Heberto Avila Sala
H.A. SALA LAW CORP
641 H St
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Licensed for 37 years, Heberto Avila Sala is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended UC Berkeley School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Heberto Avila Sala
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

John Timothy Philipsborn

John Timothy Philipsborn
507 Polk St Ste 350
San Francisco, CA 94102
Licensed for 41 years, John Timothy Philipsborn is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of California... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
John Timothy Philipsborn
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

R. J. Manuelian

R. J. Manuelian
Manuelian Law Firm
633 W 5th St, #2622
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Licensed for 17 years, R. J. Manuelian is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Massachusetts School of Law, Andover MA... read more >

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen
Ticket Crushers, A Law Corporation
5001 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
Licensed for 8 years, Adam Cohen is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Adam Cohen
Member

Andrew Bouvier-Brown

Andrew Bouvier-Brown
Law Office of Andrew Bouvier-Brown
21250 Hawthorne Blvd #500
Torrance, CA 90503
Licensed for 10 years, Andrew Bouvier-Brown is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of Law... read more >

John Paul Brennan

John Paul Brennan
Brennan Defense
901 H Street #200 Floor 2
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 25 years, John Paul Brennan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Ohio Northern U Claude W Pettit College of Law... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John Paul Brennan
Member

Ron S. Bamieh

Ron S. Bamieh
The Law Offices of Bamieh & Erickson, LLC
692 Thompson Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001
Licensed for 27 years, Ron S. Bamieh is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola University School Of Law... read more >

Mindy H. McQueen

Mindy H. McQueen
Law Offices of Mindy H. McQueen
840 County Square Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 21 years, Mindy H. McQueen is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Univ of Denver College of Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Mindy H. McQueen
Member

Elia A Naqvi

Elia A Naqvi
The Law Offices of Elia Naqvi
600 W Santa Ana Blvd Suite 910
Anaheim, CA 92701
Licensed for 19 years, Elia A Naqvi is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of Western Ontario... read more >

Erik Friis

Erik Friis
Superior Law Center
3160 Camino Del Rio S #300
San Diego, CA 92108
Licensed for 22 years, Erik Friis is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School Of Law... read more >

Jarrod Wilfert

Jarrod Wilfert
Wilfert Law P.C.
5700 Ralston Street Suite 309
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 15 years, Jarrod Wilfert is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >

Samuel Gordon

Samuel Gordon
The Gordon Law Group
18885 The Alameda Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95126
Licensed for 4 years, Samuel Gordon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law University of the Pacific... read more >

Dennis Kuntz

Dennis Kuntz
Law Office of Dennis Kuntz
165 W Hospitality Ln Suite 28
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Licensed for 9 years, Dennis Kuntz is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of LaVerne College of Law... read more >

John Nicholas Aquilina Jr

John Nicholas Aquilina Jr
Law Office of John N. Aquilina
5055 Canyon Crest Dr Ste 221
Riverside, CA 92507
Licensed for 38 years, John Nicholas Aquilina Jr is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Brooklyn Law School... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
John Nicholas Aquilina Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

John Patrick Dolan

John Patrick Dolan
Dolan Law Offices, APC
45-290 Fargo St
Indio, CA 92201
Licensed for 41 years, John Patrick Dolan is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy Un... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
John Patrick Dolan
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Terry Alan Wapner

Terry Alan Wapner
Wapner Jones, PC.
401 W Fallbrook Ave Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93711
Licensed for 32 years, Terry Alan Wapner is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended San Joaquin College of Law... read more >
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American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
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Terry Alan Wapner
American Chemical Society,
Chemistry and the Law Division

Todd Alan Landgren

Todd Alan Landgren
19782 MacArthur Blvd #225
Irvine, CA 92612
Licensed for 44 years, Todd Alan Landgren is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Todd Alan Landgren
Member

Ilan Mordechai Funke-Bilu

Ilan Mordechai Funke-Bilu
Law Ofc Ilan Funke-Bilu
1008 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Licensed for 40 years, Ilan Mordechai Funke-Bilu is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Western State College of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Ilan Mordechai Funke-Bilu
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Greg Hagopian

Greg Hagopian
Law Office of Greg Hagopian
4020 S Demaree St Suite A
Visalia, CA 93277
Licensed for 13 years, Greg Hagopian is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Greg Hagopian
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Douglas Lee Rappaport

Douglas Lee Rappaport
Law Ofc Douglas L Rappaport
260 California St Ste 1002
San Francisco, CA 94111
Licensed for 31 years, Douglas Lee Rappaport is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Douglas Lee Rappaport
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Charles Bradford Smith

Charles Bradford Smith
Law Ofcs Charles B Smith
430 Peninsula Ave Ste 3
San Mateo, CA 94401
Licensed for 32 years, Charles Bradford Smith is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Charles Bradford Smith
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Paul Martin Feuerwerker

Paul Martin Feuerwerker
Law Ofc Linda Fullerton
54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Licensed for 20 years, Paul Martin Feuerwerker is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Paul Martin Feuerwerker
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kenneth Alan Reed

Kenneth Alan Reed
Law Office of Kenneth Alan Reed
406 W 4th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Licensed for 8 years, Kenneth Alan Reed is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Kenneth Alan Reed
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Michael Lawrence Chastaine

Michael Lawrence Chastaine
2377 Gold Meadow Way #100
Gold River, CA 95670
Licensed for 34 years, Michael Lawrence Chastaine is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School Of Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Michael Lawrence Chastaine
Member

Alan R Baum

Alan R Baum
Law Offices of Alan Baum
16501 Ventura Blvd Fl 4
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Licensed for 51 years, Alan R Baum is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Alan R Baum
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Antonio Jose Bestard

Antonio Jose Bestard
Law Ofc Antonio J Bestard
333 W Mission Blvd Ste 110
Pomona, CA 91766
Licensed for 40 years, Antonio Jose Bestard is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of La Verne College of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Antonio Jose Bestard
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Stephen Michael Defilippis

Stephen Michael Defilippis
Picone & Defilippis
625 N 1st St Ste 1
San Jose, CA 95112
Licensed for 34 years, Stephen Michael Defilippis is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Stephen Michael Defilippis
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Grant Bettencourt

Grant Bettencourt
The Law Offices of Grant Bettencourt
2230 West Chapman Ave, Suite #221
Orange, CA 92868
Licensed for 9 years, Grant Bettencourt is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Howard L. Williams

Howard L. Williams
LIEBER WILLIAMS & LABIN LLP
Lieber Williams & Labin LLP 535 Main Street | Suite 3
Martinez, CA 94553
Licensed for 19 years, Howard L. Williams is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Howard L. Williams
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Okorie C. Okorocha

Okorie C. Okorocha
California Legal Team
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Suite 1038
Los Angeles, CA 91604
Licensed for 16 years, Okorie C. Okorocha is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Whittier Law School... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Okorie C. Okorocha
Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy

Evan Aylette Jenness

Evan Aylette Jenness
Law Offices of Evan A. Jenness
777 S. Figueroa Street Suite 4900
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 31 years, Evan Aylette Jenness is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Columbia University Law School... read more >

James McNair Thompson

James McNair Thompson
PO Box 636
Los Gatos, CA 95031
Licensed for 44 years, James McNair Thompson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
James McNair Thompson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Allison Michelle Zuvela

Allison Michelle Zuvela
814 North St
Woodland, CA 95695
Licensed for 25 years, Allison Michelle Zuvela is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Allison Michelle Zuvela
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Bradley William Brunon

Bradley William Brunon
11601 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Licensed for 50 years, Bradley William Brunon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Bradley William Brunon
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Elizabeth Armena Missakian

Elizabeth Armena Missakian
PO Box 601879
San Diego, CA 92160
Licensed for 28 years, Elizabeth Armena Missakian is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Charles E Dederich School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Elizabeth Armena Missakian
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Garrick Allen Byers

Garrick Allen Byers
PO Box 150786
San Rafael, CA 94915
Licensed for 37 years, Garrick Allen Byers is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Antioch School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Garrick Allen Byers
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Denis Arthur Honeychurch

Denis Arthur Honeychurch
823 Jefferson St Ste C
Fairfield, CA 94533
Licensed for 47 years, Denis Arthur Honeychurch is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Denis Arthur Honeychurch
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Irene Aran Pai

Irene Aran Pai
801 W Civic Center Dr Suite 400
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Licensed for 24 years, Irene Aran Pai is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Irene Aran Pai
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

John Douglas Cahners

John Douglas Cahners
260 Sheridan Ave Ste 200
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Licensed for 48 years, John Douglas Cahners is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
John Douglas Cahners
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

John Dulken Tyre

John Dulken Tyre
5200 N Irwindale Ave Ste 170
Irwindale, CA 91706
Licensed for 37 years, John Dulken Tyre is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Northrop Univ School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
John Dulken Tyre
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Nancy Bryn Rosenfeld

Nancy Bryn Rosenfeld
444 W C St STE 210
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 38 years, Nancy Bryn Rosenfeld is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Nancy Bryn Rosenfeld
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Nina Marino

Nina Marino
9454 Wilshire Blvd Ste 902
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Licensed for 30 years, Nina Marino is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of La Verne College of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Nina Marino
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jessie Morris Jr

Jessie Morris Jr
700 H St Ste 0270
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 41 years, Jessie Morris Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Jessie Morris Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Mark R. McDonald

Mark R. McDonald
The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald
1100 Town and Country Road Suite 1250
Orange, CA 92868
Licensed for 29 years, Mark R. McDonald is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law University of the Pacific... read more >

Jacob Glucksman

Jacob Glucksman
Law Offices of Jacob Glucksman
10490 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Licensed for 13 years, Jacob Glucksman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School Of Law... read more >

Ronald D. McIver

Ronald D. McIver
Law Office of Ronald D. McIver
334 Washington St.
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Licensed for 39 years, Ronald D. McIver is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of Law... read more >

Jason R. Holley

Jason R. Holley
Holley Criminal Defense Law Offices
2150 River Plaza Drive Suite 164
Sacramento, CA 95833
Licensed for 3 years, Jason R. Holley is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law University of the Pacific... read more >

Fred G. Minassian

Fred G. Minassian
Law Offices of Fred G. Minassian
101 N. Brand Blvd. Suite 1970
Glendale, CA 91203
Licensed for 25 years, Fred G. Minassian is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of Law... read more >

Andrew Leventhal

Andrew Leventhal
THE LEVENTHAL FIRM
40 EAST COLORADO BLVVD. SUITE C
Pasadena, CA 91105
Licensed for 11 years, Andrew Leventhal is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School Of Law... read more >
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