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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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Isaac William Choy Jr

Isaac William Choy Jr
Law Office of Isaac W. Choy, Jr.
816 H St #200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 12 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 20 years, Scott Ronald Spindel is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Eric J. Youngquist

Eric J. Youngquist
LAW OFFICES OF ERIC J YOUNGQUIST
7211 HAVEN AVE. E225
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Licensed for 12 years, Eric J. Youngquist is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Western State Univeristy College of ... read more >

John Nicholas Aquilina Jr Jr.

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

John Patrick Dolan

John Patrick Dolan
Dolan Law Offices, APC
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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Greg Hagopian

Greg Hagopian
Law Office of Greg Hagopian
115 S Church St
Visalia, CA 93291
Licensed for 13 years, Greg Hagopian is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >

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 >

Charles Bradford Smith

Charles Bradford Smith
Law Ofcs Charles B Smith
PO Box 619 430 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 >

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 >

Gary Melvyn Sirbu

Gary Melvyn Sirbu
Law Office of Gary M Sirbu
1999 Harrison St # 2210
Oakland, CA 94612
Licensed for 53 years, Gary Melvyn Sirbu is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Berkeley School of Law... read more >

Thomas Lewis Gill

Thomas Lewis Gill
Favaro Lavezzo Gill et al
300 Tuolumne St # A
Vallejo, CA 94590
Licensed for 45 years, Thomas Lewis Gill is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

William L. Jacobson

William L. Jacobson
2272 Colorado Blvd Ste 1226
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Licensed for 29 years, William L. Jacobson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Garrick Allen Byers

Garrick Allen Byers
54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Licensed for 37 years, Garrick Allen Byers is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Antioch School of Law... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Jessie Morris Jr Jr

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

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 >
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