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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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Lisa H. Mattern

Lisa H. Mattern
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Licensed for 24 years, Lisa H. Mattern is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount Uni... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lisa H. Mattern
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

Ronald Hedding

Ronald Hedding
Hedding Law Firm
16000 Ventura Blvd #1208
Encino, CA 91436
Licensed for 25 years, Ronald Hedding is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of Law... read more >
nlc
nlc
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Ronald Hedding
Member

E. Thomas Dunn Jr

E. Thomas Dunn Jr
Law Offices of E. Thomas Dunn, Jr.
1432 Edinger Avenue Suite 240
Tustin, CA 92780
Licensed for 34 years, E. Thomas Dunn Jr is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Southwestern University School Of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
E. Thomas Dunn Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Law

Jessica C. McElfresh

Jessica C. McElfresh
McElfresh Law, Inc.
531 Encinitas Boulevard Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024
Licensed for 10 years, Jessica C. McElfresh is a Real Estate Law and Business Law lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jessica C. McElfresh
Lifetime Member

Guadalupe Valencia

Guadalupe Valencia
105 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 21 years, Guadalupe Valencia 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
Guadalupe Valencia
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Peter Larkin

Peter Larkin
PO Box 1628
Lomita, CA 90717
Licensed for 43 years, Peter Larkin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Peter Larkin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Mark Wallin

David Mark Wallin
Law Ofc David M Wallin
41319 12th St W Ste 101
Palmdale, CA 93551
Licensed for 32 years, David Mark Wallin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of West Los Angeles... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
David Mark Wallin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Sam Israels

Sam Israels
Cron, Israels & Stark
11755 Wilshire Blvd 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Licensed for 14 years, Sam Israels is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School Of Law... read more >

Joan Kerry Bader

Joan Kerry Bader
964 Fifth Ave Ste 214
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 25 years, Joan Kerry Bader is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Joan Kerry Bader
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

James Farragher Campbell

James Farragher Campbell
Campbell & DeMetrick
155 Sansome St Suite 810
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 44 years, James Farragher Campbell is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Lincoln Law School... read more >
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ncdd-bc
National College for DUI Defense
James Farragher Campbell
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Kim C. Wollenberg Burgess

Kim C. Wollenberg Burgess
6990 Village Pkwy Suite 208
Dublin, CA 94568
Licensed for 35 years, Kim C. Wollenberg Burgess is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Kim C. Wollenberg Burgess
Member

David Martin Michael

David Martin Michael
Law Office of David M. Michael
One Sansome Street Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 42 years, David Martin Michael is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School ... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
David Martin Michael
Member

John Hamasaki

John Hamasaki
Hamasaki Law
1388 Sutter Street Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Licensed for 20 years, John Hamasaki is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Todd C. Anderson

Todd C. Anderson
John Anderson Law
105 E Mariposa
San Clemente, CA 92672
Licensed for 16 years, Todd C. Anderson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School Of Law... read more >

Sherman Ellison

Sherman Ellison
Law Offices of Sherman M. Ellison
15303 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Licensed for 49 years, Sherman Ellison is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Michael J. Ocampo

Michael J. Ocampo
Michael J. Ocampo, Attorney at Law
1432 Edinger Avenue 240
Tustin, CA 92780
Licensed for 7 years, Michael J. Ocampo is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Carlos Navarrete

Carlos Navarrete
Carlos Navarrete Law Firm
802 N. Irwin St. Ste 102
Hanford, CA 93230
Licensed for 19 years, Carlos Navarrete is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

David Steven Chesley

David Steven Chesley
Law Offices of David Chesley
433 North Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Licensed for 14 years, David Steven Chesley is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >
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ncdd-fr
National College for DUI Defense
David Steven Chesley
General Member

Robison Dooling Harley Jr

Robison Dooling Harley Jr
Law Office of Robison D Harley, Jr
825 N Ross St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Licensed for 43 years, Robison Dooling Harley Jr is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Beasley School of Law - Temp... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Robison Dooling Harley Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Darryl Wayne Genis

Darryl Wayne Genis
Law Office of Darryl W Genis
3 W. Carrillo Street Suite 20
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Licensed for 39 years, Darryl Wayne Genis is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >
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duidla-f
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Darryl Wayne Genis
Founding Member

Robert Stanley Ernenwein

Robert Stanley Ernenwein
The Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, PC
1405 Crenshaw Blvd Fl 2
Torrance, CA 90501
Licensed for 35 years, Robert Stanley Ernenwein is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Whittier Law School... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Robert Stanley Ernenwein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kyle Joseph Humphrey

Kyle Joseph Humphrey
Law Office of Kyle J Humphrey
2211 17th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Licensed for 34 years, Kyle Joseph Humphrey is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy ... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Kyle Joseph Humphrey
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David E. Wohl

David E. Wohl
Criminal Defense Attorney David Wohl
4255 Main St
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 30 years, David E. Wohl is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School Of Law... read more >

Patrick J. Silva

Patrick J. Silva
Silva & Silva Attorneys at Law
205 E State St
Redlands, CA 92373
Licensed for 18 years, Patrick J. Silva is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State University College of Law... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Patrick J. Silva
Member

Randy Sue Pollock

Randy Sue Pollock
Law Offices of Randy Sue Pollock
286 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Licensed for 44 years, Randy Sue Pollock is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Randy Sue Pollock
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

Gregory Lee Rael

Gregory Lee Rael
Greg Rael Law Offices
1026 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Licensed for 43 years, Gregory Lee Rael is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Gregory Lee Rael
Member

Christopher Michael Glew

Christopher Michael Glew
The Law Offices of Glew & Kim
1851 E 1st Street Suite 840
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Licensed for 19 years, Christopher Michael Glew is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Whittier Coll School Of Law... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Christopher Michael Glew
Lifetime Member

Gail R Shifman

Gail R Shifman
Law Office of Gail Shifman
44 Montgomery St Suite 3850
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 29 years, Gail R Shifman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Michigan State UNV College of Law... read more >
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nacdl-lm
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Gail R Shifman
Life Member

Vincent Ross

Vincent Ross
San Diego Criminal Attorney
750 B St. 33rd Floor #3337
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 32 years, Vincent Ross is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Tim Allen Pori

Tim Allen Pori
The Law Offices of Tim A. Pori
724 Texas St
Fairfield, CA 94533
Licensed for 22 years, Tim Allen Pori is a Criminal Defense and Insurance Law lawyer who attended New Coll of CA School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Tim Allen Pori
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Vincent John LaBarbera Jr

Vincent John LaBarbera Jr
Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, Jr.
4100 Newport Place Suite 620
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Licensed for 36 years, Vincent John LaBarbera Jr is a Administrative Law and Drug Crimes lawyer who attended Southwestern College of Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Vincent John LaBarbera Jr
Member

John Joseph VanDervoort

John Joseph VanDervoort
Vandervoort Law Office
1339 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
Licensed for 47 years, John Joseph VanDervoort is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of California Hastings Co... read more >
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cacj-l
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
John Joseph VanDervoort
Life Member

Jimmy Cha

Jimmy Cha
Law Office of Jimmy Cha
2271 W Malvern Ave Suite 107
Fullerton, CA 92833
Licensed for 11 years, Jimmy Cha is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >
cdla
cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Jimmy Cha
Member

EDWARD N AJLOUNY

EDWARD N AJLOUNY
EDWARD N. AJLOUNY ATTORNEY AT LAW
111 W. ST JOHN STREET Suite 555
San Jose, CA 95113
EDWARD N AJLOUNY is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Negin Yamini

Negin Yamini
Los Angeles Criminal Attorney
5670 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1860
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Licensed for 8 years, Negin Yamini is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended UCLA... read more >
cdla
cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Negin Yamini
Member

Ronald Neil Richards

Ronald Neil Richards
Ronald Richards and Associates, A.P.C.
PO Box 11480
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Licensed for 24 years, Ronald Neil Richards is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of LaVerne College of Law... read more >

Nick Oberheiden

Nick Oberheiden
550 W C St #1150
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 10 years, Nick Oberheiden is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Ambrosio Rodriguez

Ambrosio Rodriguez
The Rodriguez Law Group
626 Wilshire Blvd Suite 460
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 20 years, Ambrosio Rodriguez is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >
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ncdd
National College for DUI Defense
Ambrosio Rodriguez
General Member

Geoffrey William Newman

Geoffrey William Newman
Newman Law Group
10535 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Licensed for 12 years, Geoffrey William Newman is a Criminal Defense and Business Law lawyer who attended University of LaVerne College of ... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Geoffrey William Newman
Member

Blackie Burak

Blackie Burak
Blackie Burak, Attorney At Law
1701 N California Blvd # 8
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Licensed for 47 years, Blackie Burak is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of Law... read more >
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cacj-l
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Blackie Burak
Life Member

Jeffrey Craig Stotter

Jeffrey Craig Stotter
55 River St Ste 220
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Licensed for 29 years, Jeffrey Craig Stotter is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Syracuse Univ College of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Jeffrey Craig Stotter
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Correen Wiley Ferrentino

Correen Wiley Ferrentino
949 S Coast Dr #250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Licensed for 25 years, Correen Wiley Ferrentino is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymoun... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Correen Wiley Ferrentino
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Michael Jay Markowitz

Michael Jay Markowitz
630 San Ramon Valley Blvd suite 100
Danville, CA 94526
Licensed for 37 years, Michael Jay Markowitz is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Michael Jay Markowitz
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Ardalon Fakhimi

Ardalon Fakhimi
California Criminal Defense Center
10940 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Licensed for 18 years, Ardalon Fakhimi is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School Of Law... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Ardalon Fakhimi
Lifetime Member

Karren Melinda Kenney

Karren Melinda Kenney
Kenney Legal Defense Corporation
575 Anton Blvd. 3rd Floor
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Licensed for 25 years, Karren Melinda Kenney is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended California St Univ Fullerton;... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Karren Melinda Kenney
Member

Mark Alan Arnold

Mark Alan Arnold
Arnold Law Firm
45 E Julian St
San Jose, CA 95112
Licensed for 39 years, Mark Alan Arnold 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
Mark Alan Arnold
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Orchid Vaghti

Orchid Vaghti
Law Office of Orchid Vaghti
703 2nd Street Suite 212
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Licensed for 8 years, Orchid Vaghti is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Empire Coll School Of Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Orchid Vaghti
Board of Governors

Vincent John Tucci

Vincent John Tucci
Braden & Tucci
82 Discovery
Irvine, CA 92618
Licensed for 22 years, Vincent John Tucci is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Whittier Coll School Of Law... read more >
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cacj-s
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Vincent John Tucci
Sustaining Member

Thomas Joseph Nolan Jr

Thomas Joseph Nolan Jr
Nolan Barton & Olmos, LLP
600 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Licensed for 48 years, Thomas Joseph Nolan Jr is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Thomas Joseph Nolan Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Fredric Jon Gagliardini

Fredric Jon Gagliardini
Law Office of Fred Gagliardini
1227 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Licensed for 20 years, Fredric Jon Gagliardini is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Univ of West Los Angeles... read more >
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cbls
California Board of Legal Specialization
Fredric Jon Gagliardini
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

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