El Cajon, California Criminal Lawyers

David P. Shapiro
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience

Arrested for a crime he, admittedly, did commit in 2004, David P. Shapiro experienced firsthand the same fear, uncertainty, and concern for his future and freedom so many of his clients undergo when arrested or under... Read More »
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Vikram Singh Monder
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San Diego's Award-Winning Criminal & DUI Defense

Vik Monder has put together a team of experienced trial lawyers with a legal focus in the area of Criminal & DUI Defense throughout San Diego County. After being nominated for the Top Young Attorney List within the... Read More »
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Anna Reese Yum
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience

Attorney Anna Yum is a former prosecutor and preeminent award-winning criminal defense attorney. Ms. Yum is a nationally recognized trial attorney who is regularly called upon and trusted by national television networks... Read More »
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Saman Nasseri
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California Criminal Law Attorney

Nasseri Legal is a full service criminal defense and immigration law firm. We handle all State and Federal misdemeanor and felony cases, DUI's, and post conviction relief work. We also handle all immigration related... Read More »
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Tate R. Lounsbery
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El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(619) 792-1451 270 E Douglas Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
Free ConsultationCriminal, Administrative, Appeals and Juvenile
University of San Diego School of Law
Tate represents clients in Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) grievance proceedings throughout California.
Paul A. Hefley Jr.
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El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(619) 831-1223 270 E. Douglas Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Attorney Paul A. Hefley, Jr. is a San Diego criminal defense attorney who prides himself on providing aggressive, effective, and affordable representation for a wide range of criminal charges and post-conviction relief.
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(800) 383-5002 13465 Camino Canada #106-103
El Cajon, CA 92021
Criminal
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(800) 383-5002 13465 Camino Canada #106-103
El Cajon, CA 92021
Criminal and DUI
Western State Univ
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(619) 588-2828 275 E Douglas Ave Ste 103
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, Bankruptcy and DUI
California Western School of Law
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(619) 579-2727 275 E Douglas #116
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(619) 588-2064 275 E Douglas Ave Ste 114
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Ohio State Univ COL
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(619) 441-4871 250 E Main St 8th Fl
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Univ of San Diego School of Law
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 49 years experience
(619) 588-8483 800 Vista Grande Rd
El Cajon, CA 92019
Criminal and DUI
Univ of San Diego School of Law
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(619) 444-5525 152 W Park Ave Ste 150
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, DUI and Education
David M. Boertje Esq.
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Get help now! Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

I’m an experienced San Diego criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case. Read More »
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Vikas Bajaj
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Free consultation, aggressive representation in all types of criminal cases.

I’m an experienced California criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will fight to protect your rights throughout your case. Read More »
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El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
157 Dawn View Way
El Cajon, CA 92021
Criminal
Loyola Law School
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(619) 440-5242 222 W Madison Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
Western State Univ
El Cajon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(619) 579-6617 275 E Douglas Ave Ste 106
El Cajon, CA 92020
Criminal
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Christopher Yturralde
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La Mesa, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(760) 235-4480 3755 Avocado Blvd.
#434
La Mesa, CA 91941
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of California - San Diego
Mr. Yturralde has practiced law for over twenty years. He has tried both civil and criminal case before juries including personal injury, wrongful death, white collar criminal, large scale drug cases and murder. He is a former Deputy District Attorney for the County of Imperial and a former Special Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Yturralde offers legal services in both the Imperial and San Diego counties. He is fluent in Spanish. El abogado se habla Espanol.
Sheryl Susan Graf
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Lakeside, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(619) 607-0831 9562 Wintergardens Blvd Ste 154
Lakeside, CA 92040
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Michael Scott Martin
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Santee, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(619) 270-8844 9550 Cuyamaca Street, Suite 103
Santee, CA 92071
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...
Michael David Kern
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La Mesa, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(619) 200-2808 5360 Jackson Drive, Ste 218
La Mesa, CA 91942
Criminal
California Western School of Law
Holly S. Hanover
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(619) 295-1264 San Diego and El Centro areas
San Diego, CA 91977
Criminal
California Western School of Law
Ernest Joe Lee Sr
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La Mesa, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(619) 806-8017 8515 Chloe Ave
Apt 229
La Mesa, CA 91942
Criminal, Consumer, DUI and Personal Injury
Univ of Missouri School of Law
Samuel E Spital
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(619) 583-0350 8880 Rio San Diego Dr., #800 San Diego 92108
Downtown Offices: 110 West C Street, Suite 1300 San Diego 92101
San Diego, CA
Free ConsultationCriminal, Administrative, DUI and White Collar Crime
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Samuel Spital is the Managing Attorney at Spital and Associates. He is committed to personal service; his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness are only surpassed by his exceptionally high level of concern for his client. The law firm serves individuals and businesses in a wide array of administrative law, criminal defense and civil litigation. Sam Spital began his legal career as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice (serving from 1970 - 1978, in both the Criminal and Civil Law Divisions). As a Deputy Attorney General, he handled over 50 appeals, in all State and Federal...
Sean F. Leslie
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience

I am a successful criminal lawyer and DUI attorney with over 28 years of experience in the courtroom and experience as a former law enforcement police officer. I am proud to represent those individuals prosecuted by... Read More »
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Samantha Greene
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Samantha Greene is an attorney for the criminal department of Sevens Legal, APC. Mrs. Greene brings over 10 years of experience as a criminal attorney to the benefit of her clients. Mrs. Greene began her legal career... Read More »
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Bradley Corbett
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(619) 800-4449 7676 Hazard Center Drive
5th Floor
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Our professional team is known for working tirelessly to win our clients’ cases. Let us prove it to you in a free consultation. We will take the time to listen to your situation and help you understand the possible challenges you will likely face.
Mark L. Deniz
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(858) 751-4384 2831 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 307
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
John F. Kennedy University
Look no further than San Diego's Premier Criminal Defense Firm. Award-Winning Former Deputy District Attorney & Former Deputy City Attorney. His firm takes pride in handling his clients cases with efficiency and discretion. Free Case evaluation. Serving All San Diego County. Be Proactive and call now.
Saman Nasseri
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(619) 610-9595 925 B Street
#402
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Immigration
California Western School of Law
Nasseri Legal is a full service criminal defense and immigration law firm. We handle all State and Federal misdemeanor and felony cases, DUI's, and post conviction relief work. We also handle all immigration related cases, such as deportation defense and family immigration cases.

Contact us now for a FREE consultation.
Aaron Spolin
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(310) 589-3793 501 W. Broadway, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Spolin Law P.C.’s founder, Aaron Spolin, is a former prosecutor and award-winning Los Angeles criminal appeals attorney. He has achieved successful outcomes on hundreds of criminal cases, including numerous dismissals of major felony cases; non-criminal resolutions to complex fraud and insurance fraud defense cases; dismissals of drug, DUI, violent-crime, and theft charges; successful appellate outcomes from the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court; and multiple not-guilty jury verdicts at trial.

Aaron is the recipient of various awards for his advocacy, including the American College of Trial Lawyer’s Medal for Excellence in Oral Advocacy as well as Princeton University’s Lynde...
Daniel Smith
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(619) 233-6900 585 Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Free ConsultationCriminal
California Western School of Law
Practicing exclusively criminal defense since 1990. I started my career with Federal Defenders of San Diego and continued on to state criminal defense. I was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1992 and have handled both state and federal matters in Arizona. Our firm is kept organized by our Spanish speaking certified paralegal, Layla Smith. We have an accomplished DUI attorney in Jon Pettis who teams up with Dan Smith on every DUI case. Mr. Smith takes the lead on all felony cases and federal cases which makes for a well balanced office located across the street from the...
David M. Boertje Esq.
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(888) 476-0901 501 W Broadway
#800
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of San Diego School of Law
David M. Boertje, Esq., has dedicated his professional life to defending those accused of crimes and has personally handled hundreds of criminal cases. Mr. Boertje is experienced in handling all misdemeanor and felony cases including DUI defense, domestic violence, theft crimes, white collar crimes, drug crimes, probation violations, violent crimes, strike cases, and murder. Mr. Boertje has obtained successful results for many of his clients including case dismissals, not guilty verdicts, reduced charges, and favorable plea bargains. Mr. Boertje has received some very impressive results for his clients.

Mr. Boertje received his Juris Doctor degree at the University of San...
Renee N. Galente
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(760) 224-5226 401 B St., Ste. 2030
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Military and Personal Injury
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Renée N. G. Stackhouse offers robust representation to clients throughout the San Diego region in both criminal and civil matters. While Renee primarily heads the firm's civil litigation practice, taking on an array of matters ranging from business disputes to all manner of plaintiffs'? personal injury litigation, she is also a formidable criminal defense attorney. In particular, she is well-equipped to defend those accused of DUI, having been qualified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to administer field sobriety tests, detect impaired motorists and instruct police officers in these methods. Renee...
David P. Shapiro
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(619) 295-3555 3500 5th Ave, #304
San Diego, CA 92103
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Tulane University School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law and University of Toronto
Arrested for a crime he, admittedly, did commit in 2004, David P. Shapiro experienced firsthand the same fear, uncertainty, and concern for his future and freedom so many of his clients undergo when arrested or under investigation for allegedly committing a crime. That experience motivates him each and every day to provide the best representation possible to any and all who entrust his Firm to handle their criminal defense matter in their time of need.

David has dedicated his career to helping good people get through bad situations and regain control of their future when charged with a crime....
Samantha Greene
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(619) 762-3200 225 Broadway
STE 2220
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of San Diego School of Law
Samantha Greene is an attorney for the criminal department of Sevens Legal, APC. Mrs. Greene brings over 10 years of experience as a criminal attorney to the benefit of her clients. Mrs. Greene began her legal career working as a small criminal defense practice in San Diego. In 2011, Mrs.Greene went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney specializing in both felony and misdemeanor matters. Mrs. Greene is well respected in the San Diego legal community, including among Judges and Prosecutors for her experience and professionalism. Mrs. Greene earned her law degree from the University...
Omid Rejali
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(619) 887-4148 8880 Rio San Diego Dr
Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Immigration and Personal Injury
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Omid Rejali comes from a very dynamic background. As a first generation child of family of immigrants he spent 10 years of his life growing up in Tehran. Living in a third world country has given Omid the ability to appreciate the legal rights our wonderful but not perfect justice system has to offer. Omid has a passion for the court room and believes that every individual's rights should be fully vindicated no matter what the circumstances are. His struggles while growing up have made him a very strong person who is able...
Vincent Ronald Ross
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(858) 805-5772 750 B Street #3300
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of San Diego School of Law
Vincent R. Ross has over 25 years of DUI and criminal defense experience.. Mr. Ross began his legal career defending clients accused of crimes in Southern California. His first defense verdict, obtained only months after being admitted to the bar, was on behalf of a homeless man who had been accused of riding public transit without a ticket. This was a pro bono matter, referred to Mr. Ross by a local homeless shelter. Many other clients accused of more serious crimes, including drug smuggling, robbery and attempted murder, were successfully defended by Mr. Ross in his early career. ...
Kurt D. Hermansen
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(619) 236-8300 550 West C Street
Suite 580
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and White Collar Crime
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Mr. Hermansen focuses his law practice on state and federal criminal trials, appeals, and habeas corpus. He's been a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2009, and he's been recognized as a Super Lawyer in criminal law in San Diego every year from 2008 to the present. In addition to representing criminal defendants at state and federal felony jury trials, he frequently argues before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal. He's also argued before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and en...
Anna Reese Yum
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(619) 233-4433 501 West Broadway #700
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Attorney Anna Yum is a former prosecutor and preeminent award-winning criminal defense attorney. Ms. Yum is a nationally recognized trial attorney who is regularly called upon and trusted by national television networks such as Fox News, HLN/CNN, Investigation Discovery,and many more, to provide legal commentary on the nation's top headlines. For the past decade, Attorney Yum has successfully handled a wide gamut of cases ranging from murder, rape, child molestation, gang enhancements, domestic violence, drug sales and possession, DUI/DWI, and many more. Due to her highly respected reputation, Ms. Yum has garnered a number of...
Michaela Curran
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La Jolla, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(858) 242-5617 4225 Executive Square Suite 600
La Jolla, CA 92037
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of San Diego School of Law
Ms. Curran has been a licensed as an attorney for 32 years.

2012 - she was rated among the top 4% of Attorneys in the U.S. by Martindale-Hubbell & Lawyers.com.

2016 - 2019 - named a Top 100 Lawyer in the U.S. by the National Trial Lawyers organization.

2014-2019 - named among the Top Lawyers in California.

Ms. Curran is a very experienced lawyer who has successfully tried, mediated, and appealed many hundreds of complex cases, including constitutional, civil, family, and criminal law cases, in both the state and federal courts.
At The Curran Law Firm, APC, she leads a top-notch team of lawyers,...
Vikram Singh Monder
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(619) 405-0063 424 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
California Western School of Law
Vik Monder has put together a team of experienced trial lawyers with a legal focus in the area of Criminal & DUI Defense throughout San Diego County. After being nominated for the Top Young Attorney List within the first few months of his practice, Vik Monder soon became a Finalist for the San Diego Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” List in the category of Criminal Defense. This listing identifies top-tier attorneys within San Diego County. Having achieved a Masters in Law (LL.M.) in the area of Criminal Trial Advocacy, Vik Monder has been able to obtain great results for his clients facing...
Matthew Springmeyer
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(619) 237-0384 2305 Historic Decatur Rd.
STE 100
San Diego, CA 92106
Criminal and Immigration
California Western School of Law
Matthew H. Springmeyer received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Literacy Studies (writing emphasis) from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2010. Mr. Springmeyer attended law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA. Mr. Springmeyer graduated in the top ten of his class with Magna Cum Laude Honors in 2013.

While in law school, Mr. Springmeyer was the Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, which focused on providing law students with volunteer opportunities. He was also on the Dean’s Honor List every trimester and received Pro Bono and Public Service...
Ryan James Tegnelia
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(619) 577-0868 2820 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
A former prosecutor, Mr. Tegnelia has handled a wide variety of criminal cases throughout southern and central California. Upon his return, he was recruited by the largest consumer and criminal law firm in southern California. Mr. Tegnelia has defended hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego counties, as well as Federal court. Mr. Tegnelia brings diverse experience having handled a wide variety of cases including drug posession and sales, violent crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing great bodily injury, assault with a firearm, attempted murder,murder and sexual assault....
Narciso Cruz
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(619) 717-2233 3200 4th Avenue
Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Immigration
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Our mission is simple: To provide you with the highest level of representation for all your immigration and criminal defense needs. Mr. Cruz built his practice primarily on word of mouth among clients and on trusted referrals within the legal profession. Deportation Defense Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Adjustment of Status (Family based Petitions) U-Visa and VAWA for Victims of Crime Investment Visas K1/K2 Fiance Visa Criminals Defense Representation (Avoid Immigration Consequences) INS Hold/bond Fingerprinting for FIOAS (Your file with Immigration) Attorney Cruz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. His family...
Vikas Bajaj
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(619) 525-7005 1230 Columbia Street Suite 565
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The University of Texas School of Law
Attorney Vikas Bajaj is a San Diego-based criminal defense attorney fighting for the rights of individuals and corporations who have been charged with a crime. Attorney Vikas Bajaj started his own defense firm, The Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC in 2002. Vikas prides himself in providing aggressive and effective representation to obtain favorable outcome for his clients.
Kerry Lee Steigerwalt
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(619) 762-3200 225 Broadway
STE 2220
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Western State Univ
Led by DUI defense attorney Kerry L. Steigerwalt, Sevens Legal, APC offers services to those in need of an aggressive DUI defense team. Our law firm has earned a reputation for helping clients rebuild their lives following a DUI related incident. We are dedicated to protecting our clients' legal rights, and we work tirelessly to ensure that our client's needs are taking care of. We bring over 30 years of experience to a wide range of legal practice areas to benefit our clients through every stage of the criminal justice process. If you are in need of a dui attorney...
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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.