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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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Philip Allen Schnayerson

Philip Allen Schnayerson
225 W Winton Ave #208
Hayward, CA 94544
Licensed for 51 years, Philip Allen Schnayerson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended New York University School of Law... read more >

Eugene Jesus Martinez

Eugene Jesus Martinez
Martinez & Associates
146 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
Licensed for 41 years, Eugene Jesus Martinez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >

Meital Manzuri

Meital Manzuri
Manzuri Law Office
468 Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Licensed for 11 years, Meital Manzuri is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Buenos Aires... read more >

Dmitry Gorin

Dmitry Gorin
Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 24 years, Dmitry Gorin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >

Michael G. McKneely

Michael G. McKneely
Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer
2300 Tulare Street Ste 115
Fresno, CA 93721
Licensed for 10 years, Michael G. McKneely is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law Universi... read more >

Eric Alan Berg

Eric Alan Berg
5000 Bechelli Ln #201
Redding, CA 96002
Licensed for 34 years, Eric Alan Berg is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >

J. Lynn Gorelick

J. Lynn Gorelick
Gorelick Law Offices
24301 Southland Dr Suite 620
Hayward, CA 94545
Licensed for 36 years, J. Lynn Gorelick is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hastings College of the Law... read more >

Joshua P. Visco

Joshua P. Visco
Criminal Defense Attorney Josh Visco
8333 Foothill Blvd Suite 100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Licensed for 13 years, Joshua P. Visco is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Thomas Jefferson School Of L... read more >

Mark K Rosenfeld

Mark K Rosenfeld
Law Office of Mark Rosenfeld
8200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Licensed for 20 years, Mark K Rosenfeld is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended California Western School o... read more >

Timothy Brian Rien

Timothy Brian Rien
39 S Livermore Ave #209
Livermore, CA 94550
Licensed for 42 years, Timothy Brian Rien is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy University... read more >

Craig Sturm

Craig Sturm
Law office of Craig Sturm
1010 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1415
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 17 years, Craig Sturm is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Axion Lab/American Chemical Soci... read more >

Jonathan Gonzales

Jonathan Gonzales
Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales
1510 J Street Suite 125
Sacramento, CA 95814
Licensed for 8 years, Jonathan Gonzales is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended California State University at Chico... read more >

Paul Bradley Tyler

Paul Bradley Tyler
Law Offices of Paul Tyler
300 W Esplanade Dr Suite 900
Oxnard, CA 93036
Licensed for 23 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 31 years, Seth Paul Chazin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >

Stephen Alan Munkelt

Stephen Alan Munkelt
Munkelt Law Office
PO Box 1568 356 Providence Mine Rd e
Nevada City, CA 95959
Licensed for 41 years, Stephen Alan Munkelt is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >

Robert Evans Boyce

Robert Evans Boyce
Boyce & Schaefer
934 23rd St
San Diego, CA 92102
Licensed for 41 years, Robert Evans Boyce is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Capital Univ Law School... 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 >

Scott Daniel Henry

Scott Daniel Henry
Law Offices of Scott D. Henry
17581 Irvine Blvd #100
Tustin, CA 92780
Licensed for 6 years, Scott Daniel Henry is a Criminal Defense lawyer... 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 >

Frank Clifford Carson

Frank Clifford Carson
811 15th St
Modesto, CA 95354
Licensed for 31 years, Frank Clifford Carson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Lincoln University Law School... read more >

Jared M Thompson

Jared M Thompson
Law Office of Kyle J Humphrey
2211 17th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Licensed for 10 years, Jared M Thompson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... 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 >

Cherie L. Brenner

Cherie L. Brenner
Law Office of Cherie L. Brenner
731 South Lincoln Street Suite 212
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Licensed for 29 years, Cherie L. Brenner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western State Univ... 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 >

Chad Raymond Maddox

Chad Raymond Maddox
Law Offices of Chad R. Maddox
5120 E. La Palma #207
Anaheim, CA 92807
Licensed for 19 years, Chad Raymond Maddox is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Western State College of... read more >

Judy Clare Clarke

Judy Clare Clarke
1010 2nd Ave Ste 1800
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 42 years, Judy Clare Clarke is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of Law... read more >

John George Cotsirilos

John George Cotsirilos
2442 Fourth Ave Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 43 years, John George Cotsirilos is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended DePaul University College of Law... read more >

Jack Michael Earley

Jack Michael Earley
20271 SW Birch St Ste 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Licensed for 45 years, Jack Michael Earley is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >

Dennis Rickard Santwier

Dennis Rickard Santwier
1055 E Colorado Blvd # 310
Pasadena, CA 91106
Licensed for 49 years, Dennis Rickard Santwier is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >

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 >

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 >

Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Margaret Forbes Mendoza
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive West Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Licensed for 31 years, Margaret Forbes Mendoza is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Southwestern Law Sch... read more >

Derek Paul Wisehart

Derek Paul Wisehart
Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart
2330 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Licensed for 24 years, Derek Paul Wisehart is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >

Amy Fryer Morton

Amy Fryer Morton
Morton & Russo LLP
521 Georgia St
Vallejo, CA 94590
Licensed for 36 years, Amy Fryer Morton is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... 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 >

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 >

Kian Magana

Kian Magana
Goldstein Law Group
1645 Vine St #809
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Licensed for 5 years, Kian Magana is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Davis School of Law... read more >

Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson

Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson
510 N 3rd St
San Jose, CA 95112
Licensed for 49 years, Guyton Nyseth Jinkerson is a White Collar Crime and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School ... read more >

Bruce Steven Kapsack

Bruce Steven Kapsack
Kapsack & Bair, LLP
2100 Embarcadero Ste 202
Oakland, CA 94606
Licensed for 26 years, Bruce Steven Kapsack is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer... read more >

Anne Catherine Beles

Anne Catherine Beles
1 Kaiser Plaza Ste 2300
Oakland, CA 94612
Licensed for 20 years, Anne Catherine Beles is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Francisco School of Law... read more >

Richard Thomas Dudek

Richard Thomas Dudek
1801 7th St Ste 125
Sacramento, CA 95811
Licensed for 29 years, Richard Thomas Dudek is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific... 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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