Clayton, California Criminal Lawyers

Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

The Law Office of Matt Sullivan is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. The office defends individuals accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses throughout the Bay Area. The office has successfully defended many... Read More »
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Elliot Silver
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Attorney Elliot Silver is a seasoned and experienced veteran criminal defense attorney. Since the age of five, Elliot always knew he wanted to be in court fighting for justice. Elliot is a graduate of the University of... Read More »
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Christopher A. Lamiero
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Former prosecutor with decades of experience ready to aggressively defend you!

I spent nearly 25 years as a state court prosecutor. The majority of those years were served in Alameda County, and a few years were served in Santa Clara County. I specialized in high profile, complex felony... Read More »
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James Thomas Reilly
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 44 years experience

Summit Defense is the Bay Area's premiere Criminal Defense Firm. We have gathered an experienced team of attorneys with over 120 years of combined and diverse experience and background that works together to get you the... Read More »
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Blackie Burak
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(866) 252-5384 .
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of San Francisco School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law and LaSalle University
Most experienced DUI lawyer in N. California. Over 44 years in practice. Co-founder and past president of the state-wide California Association of DUI Lawyers (CDLA). Received State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law designation in 1985. Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from CDLA in 2015.
Guy Ellery Louie
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(925) 234-1440 2010 Crow Canyon Place Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Chris Feasel
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(925) 605-8747 11040 Bollinger Canyon Rd
Suite E - 507
San Ramon, CA 94582
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law
The Law Office of Christopher J. Feasel offers professional criminal defense for a wide range of criminal charges. The firm is committed to defending the rights of the accused. Mr. Feasel handles felony and misdemeanor matters as well as traffic offenses in all counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Santa Clara University School of Law, Christopher J. Feasel began his career with the San Mateo County District Attorney's office. While there, he prosecuted every manner of case, including DUI/DWI, drug offences, identity theft, domestic violence, and attempted murder. An experienced...
Christopher A. Lamiero
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Dublin, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(925) 452-8214 11501 Dublin Blvd
Suite 200
Dublin, CA 94568
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of San Francisco School of Law
I spent nearly 25 years as a state court prosecutor. The majority of those years were served in Alameda County, and a few years were served in Santa Clara County. I specialized in high profile, complex felony prosecutions. I was the trial prosecutor in the case of People v. Madison, Merel, and Cazares. The case involved the prosecution of three men for the murder of Gwen Araujo, a transgender, teenaged girl from Newark, California. The famous case became the subject of a Lifetime Network movie called, "A Girl Like Me."

There is no aspect of the...
Kenneth Howard Krebs
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Livermore, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(925) 308-6861 487 South J Street
Livermore, CA 94550
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of San Francisco School of Law
As the founding partner of Karlstrom & Krebs, Alameda County lawyer Kenneth H. Krebs offers legal counsel to people accused of crimes, as well as a variety of civil legal matters. For over 31 years, Attorney Krebs has been practicing law in the state of California. His legal diligence over the years has earned him Martindale-Hubbell® BV Distinguished® recognition. He is a graduate of California State University Hayward and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Learn more by contacting his firm today.
Lynn Gorelick
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(925) 847-3006 4900 Hopyard Road, West Lobby
Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Stockbroker Fraud
University of CA, Hastings College of Law
Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for over 34 years. Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the Immediate Past President of the California DUI Lawyers Association. This is the only and most well respected legal organization for California Lawyers specializing in DUI defense. Ms. Gorelick has been a member of this organization since its inception and has served on the Board of Directors for over 15 years. She is committed to the protection your rights.

Ms. Gorelick is a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense. She has been a featured speaker at the...
Joseph Anthony Motta
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(925) 954-8983 1717 N California Blvd, Suite 3D
Suite 3D
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Joseph A. Motta was born and raised in the East Bay. He attended St. Mary’s College and graduated in 1984. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 1987. Joe’s legal career started as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County; from 1988 to 2004. There, he handled thousands of cases. He was a trial attorney on every team including Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Homicide. He supervised the Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Teams; as a supervisor, he maintained his own load of serious cases. As a deputy D.A., Joe prosecuted a number of high...
Alexander Cross
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(800) 862-7677 1990 N. California Blvd.
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mr. Cross is an expert in the field of criminal law. Mr. Cross will fight more aggressively than anyone to bring you the best outcome possible. His name brings chills to prosecutors, as evidenced by never losing a trial out of over 1,500 cases. He passionately cares about defending his clients and does everything within his power to help them. Having attended the University of California, Berkeley for Undergraduate studies, he received a B.A. in Legal Studies. He subsequently attended the prestigious San Francisco Law School to receive his J.D. He is a member of many associations, including...
Megan Therese Burns
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(925) 460-8484 2121 N. California Blvd.
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, 94596
Criminal and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Megan Burns fights for justice on behalf of her clients whether they are charged with a crime or seeking recovery after being injured through no fault of their own. While Ms. Burns has successfully negotiated hundreds of cases, she is also an aggressive and experienced trial attorney. With over ten years of litigation experience in private practice and as deputy public defender in San Francisco and Solano Counties, Ms. Burns possesses the skills necessary to secure the best outcome for her clients. In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Burns has worked on nearly every type of criminal case imaginable...
Thomas Martin O'Connor
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(925) 939-5600 1277 Treat Boulevard, Suite 810
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Thomas M. O'Connor is a founding partner of the firm and currently focuses his practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. As a partner in OâConnor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP, Mr. O'Connor regularly litigates personal injury and wrongful death actions and defends clients in all misdemeanor and felony matters. Mr. O'Connor is a 5th generation San Francisco native and comes from a long line of distinguished attorneys. His grandfather and namesake, Thomas Martin O'Connor, held the office of City Attorney of San Francisco from 1961 until he retired in 1977. His great-grandfather, also Thomas Martin O'Connor, was...
Daniel Horowitz
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Lafayette, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(925) 283-1863 P.O. Box 1547
Lafayette, CA 94549
Criminal and DUI
Southwestern Univ School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law
Courtroom trial lawyer and television legal commentator. Daniel Horowitz is a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" and a certified Specialist in criminal law. (See website for the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.) Daniel Horowitz has taught trial law as a law school professor and published in many legal journals on topics as broad as trial evidence, trial motions and real property law.

Horowitz is often retained as a trial lawyer in cases that were expected to resolve but instead reached the courtroom. The lawyers who are top guns in their specific areas (e.g....
Justin Kirk Tabayoyon
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 609-4003 1990 North California Blvd
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
John F. Kennedy University
Mr. Tabayoyon is a United States Army veteran that holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in Managerial Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law. He decided to practice in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury because of his own personal experiences in those areas of law. He is a zealous and aggressive advocate for his clients. He strongly believes in limited government, freedom, civil liberty, parental rights, and gender neutral application of the law. Mr. Tabayoyon is a highly experienced trial attorney....
James Phillip Vaughns
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(510) 583-9622 6114 La Salle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
Criminal, Entertainment & Sports and Immigration
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Leon J. Mezzetti Jr.
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(877) 791-1836 164 Main Street
Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara University School of Law
Jaye Lyn Ryan
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(925) 228-1900 701 Escobar Street
Suite D
Martinez, CA 94553
Free ConsultationCriminal
Univ of West Los Angeles
Jaye Ryan, is an aggressive and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Aside from being a skilled criminal defense lawyer, Ms. Ryan is trained as a scientist with experience in the fields of forensic, pathology, microbiology and general laboratory science. With her prior training and employment Jaye Ryan has an impressive record of winning cases by challenging, excluding and disproving forensic evidence and professional opinions that are often presented by the Prosecution in attempting to seek conviction of her clients. Attorney Jaye Ryan received her J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles in 1997. She is a member of the State...
Thomas Daly
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(925) 208-4801 2950 Buskirk Ave
Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
John F. Kennedy University and California State University - Chico
Joseph Michael Tully
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(925) 229-9700 713 Main Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Specializing exclusively in criminal law, Joseph and this team of attorneys have represented thousands of criminal defendants facing serious felony charges. He has extensive experience defending MMJ collectives, cooperatives, cultivators, and caregivers facing criminal charges for helping patients. Joseph Tully has over fifteen years experience practicing criminal law in California and has been certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, Mr. Tully has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in both 2013 and 2014. From Shasta to Oakland to Los Angeles,...
Alin D. Cintean
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(925) 335-6444 820 Alhambra Ave #10
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Matthew James O'Connor
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(925) 357-9210 1277 Treat Blvd
Suite 850
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal and DUI
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Matthew J. O'Connor is a founding partner of the O'Connor Law, APC and currently focuses his practice on criminal defense. Mr. O'Connor regularly defends adults and juveniles in all types of criminal matters, including but not limited to: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Assault, Robbery, Three Strikes cases, Murder, Domestic Violence, Rape, Illegal Firearms, Theft and Drug crimes, Probation and Parole hearings. Mr. O'Connor graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1995 and graduated cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999. Upon graduating from law school Mr. O'Connor served as a deputy district attorney...
Rabin Nabizadeh
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(925) 218-4730 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd #300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationPleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
Richard Allen Madsen Jr
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(925) 974-0800 Civic Plaza
1655 North Main Street, Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Defense
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Criminal Defense and DUI attorney Richard A. Madsen, Jr. (a former Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney) has represented thousands of first-time offenders who have been arrested or charged with driving under the influence throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Mr. Madsen's impeccable reputation speaks for itself. Recognized as a highly skilled trial lawyer and negotiator, and well seasoned in the intricacies of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Mr. Madsen works tirelessly to protect his clients' rights and achieve superior results. Mr. Madsen knows the system. For nearly twenty years, Mr. Madsen has utilized his reputation and long-standing relationships...
Pezhman Pakneshan
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(415) 293-8454 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Univ of Pennsylvania LS
Roberta Lee Brooks
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(925) 228-3400 823 Marina Vista Ave
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
I am an aggressive criminal defense attorney and have been for the past 14 years. Prior to becoming an attorney, I worked as a police officer and an investigator for the National Labor Relations Board. Both positions provided me with an insight into how charges are investigated, documented, charged, and prosecuted. In addition I have a background in computer forensics having completed hands-on training using Encase Software, the software of choice for many law enforcement agencies. Most of my clients will tell you that I listen, work hard for them, and am not afraid to settle...
G. Wright Morton
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 50 years experience
(925) 370-7700 706 Main Street, Suite A
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal
University of California - Berkeley
Howard L. Williams
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(925) 257-2946 535 Main Street
Suite 305
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Cate Beekman
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Benicia, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(707) 346-3060 940 Adams Street, Suite J
Benicia, CA 94510
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Cate Beekman has been defending people charged with crimes since being admitted to the California bar in 2006. She worked as a deputy public defender in Kern, Solano and Napa Counties, completing more than 40 jury trials. Cate is smart and friendly, which helps her connect with clients, jurors, and adversaries alike.

Cate earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Before her law career, Cate worked as a policy analyst at the Center for Civil Justice, a nonprofit organization in Saginaw, Michigan, where her work focused on hunger policy and advocacy.

Cate also has a Master’s degree...
Michael Peter Semansky
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(925) 372-8766 3rd Floor
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Claims
U of San Francisco School of Law
Attorney Michael P. Semansky has been representing clients in criminal defense and personal injury matters for over 36 years. He is dedicated to providing each client with personalized attention and strives to resolve every case efficiently and effectively. If you are in need of a settlement or recovery for your personal injury claim, or an aggressive criminal defense, he is an attorney you can trust to get results.
Benjamin Hall
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Benicia, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(925) 335-6361 831 E 2nd St Ste 203
Benicia, CA 94510
Criminal and Immigration
Golden Gate University School of Law
Peter Tuann
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(925) 831-4878 111 Deerwood Road
#200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
We aim to serve residents of the Tri-Valley area in litigation, landlord-tenant, real estate litigation, family law, and immigration.
John William Stovall III
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(209) 565-4050 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
Humphreys College
Mary Ann Oaklund
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San Leandro, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(510) 483-6047 1120 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94577
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Brittany Hendrix-Smith
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 293-2013 535 Main Street
Suite 201
Martinez, CA 94553
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Oksana Tsykova
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Lafayette, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 299-6725 3650 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Suite 225
Lafayette, CA 94549
Criminal, Immigration and Juvenile
Golden Gate University School of Law
Mark W. Kelsey
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 476-5761 877 Ygnacio Valley Rd #208
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal and Civil Rights
Frank Domenico Presto III
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(925) 846-4006 4900 Hopyard Rd., Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Civil Rights and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Michael Scott Martin
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 218-3944 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Divorce, Family and White Collar Crime
Contact my office for a consultation at (888) 200-6526. As a former prosecutor, I have handled an extensive and heavy caseload and spent countless hours negotiating with other attorneys and preparing for and taking cases to trial. As a prosecutor I handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials, including a six week special circumstance homicide trial, as a second chair attorney. It is this experience that I will bring to your case. You can be assured, my office will communicate with you as your case develops and zealously represent...
Ivan O.B. Morse
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Dublin, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 828-5307 11700 Dublin Boulevard
Suite 240
Dublin, CA 94568
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
San Francisco Law School
Richard Lewis Howard
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 50 years experience
(925) 939-8722 1806 Bonanza St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Christopher R. Varnell
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 472-6536 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
At the Law Offices of Christopher Varnell, we handle all types of criminal cases from DUI's to homicides. Our office has a reputation of being intelligent, skilled, and prepared in the courtroom, which has led to success both in trial and in negotiating settlements which were beneficial to our clients. Practice Areas: DUI Defense Theft Crimes Domestic Violence White Collar Crimes Drug Possession & Sales Murder & Manslaughter Juvenile Defense Sex Offenses
Michael Edmund Cardoza
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(925) 274-2900 1220 Oakland Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.