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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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Steven Michael Cron

Steven Michael Cron
Cron, Israels & Stark
1541 Ocean Ave Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Licensed for 45 years, Steven Michael Cron is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of Law... read more >

Bruce Martin Margolin

Bruce Martin Margolin
Law Office of Bruce M. Margolin
Licensed for 52 years, Bruce Martin Margolin is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern University School... read more >

Donald Charles Randolph

Donald Charles Randolph
Randolph & Associates
1717 4th St Ste 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Licensed for 45 years, Donald Charles Randolph is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended USC Gould School of Law... read more >

Edward Murray Robinson

Edward Murray Robinson
21515 Hawthorne Blvd # 665
Torrance, CA 90503
Licensed for 33 years, Edward Murray Robinson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >

Deborah Louise Levy

Deborah Louise Levy
360 Grand Ave Ste 197
Oakland, CA 94610
Licensed for 35 years, Deborah Louise Levy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State Univ College of Law... read more >

William C Makler

William C Makler
Law Offices of William C. Makler, P. C.
140 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Licensed for 23 years, William C Makler is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law University of the Pacific... read more >

Ezekiel E. Cortez

Ezekiel E. Cortez
550 C St Ste 790
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 35 years, Ezekiel E. Cortez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >

Allan H. Stokke

Allan H. Stokke
Ste 550
Licensed for 53 years, Allan H. Stokke is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Chicago Law School... read more >

Darren Todd Kavinoky

Darren Todd Kavinoky
The Kavinoky Law Firm
16255 Ventura Blvd Ste 200
Encino, CA 91436
Licensed for 25 years, Darren Todd Kavinoky is a Marijuana Defense and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of ... read more >

Thomas Allen Leupp

Thomas Allen Leupp
Leupp & Woodall
149 Court St
Auburn, CA 95603
Licensed for 41 years, Thomas Allen Leupp is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >

Kirk William McAllister

Kirk William McAllister
McAllister & McAllister
1012 11th St Suite 100
Modesto, CA 95354
Licensed for 49 years, Kirk William McAllister is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended USC Gould School of Law... read more >

Jan Edward Ronis

Jan Edward Ronis
Law Offices of Ronis and Ronis
105 W F St Ste 306
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 47 years, Jan Edward Ronis is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >

Daniel Jason Russo

Daniel Jason Russo
Morton & Russo LLP
521 Georgia St
Vallejo, CA 94590
Licensed for 42 years, Daniel Jason Russo is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended John F Kennedy Univ School of Law... read more >

Brian Jude White

Brian Jude White
Attorney at Law
4320 Iowa St
San Diego, CA 92104
Licensed for 28 years, Brian Jude White is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

Brian Michael Worthington

Brian Michael Worthington
The Worthington Law Centre
101 California St Ste 2710
San Francisco, CA 94111
Licensed for 10 years, Brian Michael Worthington is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of Law... read more >

Douglas Darby Maner

Douglas Darby Maner
The Law Office of Douglas D. Maner
1500 J St
Modesto, CA 95354
Licensed for 36 years, Douglas Darby Maner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

Anthony David Valente

Anthony David Valente
Dolan Law Offices
45915 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201
Licensed for 6 years, Anthony David Valente is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Concord Law School... read more >

Dennis Julian Roberts

Dennis Julian Roberts
370 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Licensed for 54 years, Dennis Julian Roberts is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended UC Berkeley School Of Law Boal... read more >

Michael Walsh Armstrong

Michael Walsh Armstrong
600 Allerton St Ste 200
Redwood City, CA 94063
Licensed for 40 years, Michael Walsh Armstrong is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Northwestern University School of Law... read more >

Brian Phillip Berson

Brian Phillip Berson
1000 Brannan St Ste 488
San Francisco, CA 94103
Licensed for 32 years, Brian Phillip Berson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >

Scott Nelson Cameron

Scott Nelson Cameron
1007 7th St Ste 319
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 16 years, Scott Nelson Cameron is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >

David Jonathan Cohen

David Jonathan Cohen
300 Montgomery St Ste 660
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 29 years, David Jonathan Cohen is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Chicago Law School... read more >

Jeremy Neil Goldman

Jeremy Neil Goldman
19200 Von Karman Ave Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92612
Licensed for 24 years, Jeremy Neil Goldman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >

Peter Frederick Goldscheider

Peter Frederick Goldscheider
PO Box 60550
Palo Alto, CA
Licensed for 47 years, Peter Frederick Goldscheider is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >

Stanley Irl Greenberg

Stanley Irl Greenberg
11845 W Olympic Blvd # 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Licensed for 47 years, Stanley Irl Greenberg is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Missouri School of Law... read more >

Brian Neal Gurwitz

Brian Neal Gurwitz
1422 Edinger Ave Ste 100
Tustin, CA 92780
Licensed for 25 years, Brian Neal Gurwitz is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... read more >

Rudolph Ernst Loewenstein

Rudolph Ernst Loewenstein
5031 Birch St Ste 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Licensed for 41 years, Rudolph Ernst Loewenstein is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacif... read more >

Charles Michael Mesirow

Charles Michael Mesirow
125 S Market St Ste 1200
San Jose, CA 95113
Licensed for 47 years, Charles Michael Mesirow is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >

Richard Peyton Pointer

Richard Peyton Pointer
2007 W Hedding St Ste 100
San Jose, CA 95128
Licensed for 40 years, Richard Peyton Pointer is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of La Verne College of Law... read more >

Robert Armin Schwartz

Robert Armin Schwartz
11835 Olympic Blvd # 1235E
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Licensed for 43 years, Robert Armin Schwartz is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >

Gretchen Christine VonHelms

Gretchen Christine VonHelms
105 W F St Fl 3
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 28 years, Gretchen Christine VonHelms is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Harvard Law School... read more >

Jeremy D Warren

Jeremy D Warren
501 West Broadway Ste 240
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 24 years, Jeremy D Warren is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... read more >

Laura Michelle Petty

Laura Michelle Petty
711 Jefferson St Ste 101
Fairfield, CA 94533
Licensed for 23 years, Laura Michelle Petty is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >

Edward Marshall Hodgkins

Edward Marshall Hodgkins
1186 W Shaw Ave Ste 103
Fresno, CA 93711
Licensed for 42 years, Edward Marshall Hodgkins is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Joaquin College of Law... read more >

Brian Arnold Vogel

Brian Arnold Vogel
The Law Offices of Brian A. Vogel, P.C.
770 County Square Dr Suite 104
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 26 years, Brian Arnold Vogel is a Police Brutality and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >

Sam John Polverino

Sam John Polverino
1565 The Alameda ste 100
San Jose, CA 95126
Licensed for 40 years, Sam John Polverino is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of Law... read more >

Tina Marie Barberi

Tina Marie Barberi
Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, PC
7493 N Ingram Ave Ste 103
Fresno, CA 93711
Licensed for 18 years, Tina Marie Barberi is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended California Western School... read more >

Victoria Clemans

Victoria Clemans
Law Offices of Victoria Clemans
3550 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1280
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Licensed for 16 years, Victoria Clemans is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Univ of West Los Angeles... read more >

Manuel Jess Barba

Manuel Jess Barba
Law Offices of Manuel J Barba
3800 Orange St Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 20 years, Manuel Jess Barba is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Western State University C... read more >

Roger Jon Diamond

Roger Jon Diamond
Law Ofice of Roger Jon Diamond
1717 4th St Fl 3
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Licensed for 52 years, Roger Jon Diamond is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >

Robert Lee Forkner

Robert Lee Forkner
Law Ofc Robert L Forkner
722 13th St
Modesto, CA 95354
Licensed for 26 years, Robert Lee Forkner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >

Michael Norman Burt

Michael Norman Burt
Law Ofc Michael Burt
600 Townsend St # 329E
San Francisco, CA 94103
Licensed for 41 years, Michael Norman Burt is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended State Univ of New York School of Law... read more >

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 >

Matt A. Sullivan

Matt A. Sullivan
Law Office of Matt Sullivan
1000 Brannan Street Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Licensed for 12 years, Matt A. Sullivan is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended University of San Francisco... read more >

Frank William Dice

Frank William Dice
150 W Gabilan St Ste 3
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 51 years, Frank William Dice is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >

Paul Grech Jr Jr.

Paul Grech Jr Jr.
3685 Main St Ste 200
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 37 years, Paul Grech Jr Jr. is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >

Eugene Gerald Iredale

Eugene Gerald Iredale
105 W F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 42 years, Eugene Gerald Iredale is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Harvard Law School... read more >

Lynne Marie Patterson

Lynne Marie Patterson
Law Offices of Lynne Patterson
14121 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Licensed for 29 years, Lynne Marie Patterson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >

Daniel R Perlman

Daniel R Perlman
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman
6464 W Sunset Blvd Suite 1030
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Licensed for 14 years, Daniel R Perlman is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended Catholic University of America, Col... read more >

Stephen Randolph Sweigart

Stephen Randolph Sweigart
Law Office of Stephen R Sweigart
28581 Old Town Front St Suite 102
Temecula, CA 92590
Licensed for 22 years, Stephen Randolph Sweigart is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Seton Hall University School Of Law... read more >
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Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

CBLS Board Certification in Criminal Law - The California Board of Legal Specialization certifies lawyers as specialists in criminal law. Attorney must show substantial experience, completion of specific task requirements, pass an examination, submit to peer review, and show completion of continuing education requirements in criminal law.


Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.



Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

CACJ works to preserve due process and defend the rights of the accused while providing quality continuing legal education courses to criminal defense lawyers in the State of California.



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