Montara, California Criminal Lawyers

James Thomas Reilly
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 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... Read More »
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David Uthman
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - San FranciscoCalifornia
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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... Read More »
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John Stanko
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Free Consultation! Aggressive Representation for Criminal Charges! Get Help Now!

I am devoted to the defense of clients charged with criminal offenses. I help clients avoid jail and get on with their lives! Visit my website to see client testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation.
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Rabin Nabizadeh
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(650) 667-4141 370 Convention Way
Suite 316
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
Steven Michael Davidson
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Burlingame,, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(510) 412-8900 533 Airport Blvd, Suite 400
Burlingame,, CA 94010
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Shawn D. Mowry
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South San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(855) 350-5005 421 Grand Ave
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South San Francisco, CA 94080
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of San Diego School of Law
Hitasha Mowry
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South San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(855) 350-5005 421 Grand Ave #A
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
Paula Kay Canny
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Burlingame, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(650) 652-7862 840 Hinckley Road, Suite 101
Burlingame, CA 94010
Criminal, DUI and Probate
U of San Francisco School of Law
Paula Canny is one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in California. Paula has over 35 years experience. Paula practices criminal defense law in all county courts within the State of California. Although she focuses her practice primarily in California state court matters, she also handles cases in the federal criminal courts. In recent years, Paula has expanded her practice to include probate litigation, personal injury matters, and other civil litigation cases. Her trial advocacy skills have rendered a remarkable track record of success in both criminal and civil matters. Paula has had extensive experience...
Steven Chase
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(650) 589-6990 421 Grand Avenue, Suite A
San Francisco, CA 94080
Criminal
Christopher F. Morales
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(415) 552-1215 605 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
If you or your loved have been charged with a crime, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney right away. We defend clients against Federal and State charges, both felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to: Murder, Drug Crimes, Drunk Driving, Theft Crimes, Assault & Battery, Sex Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Three Strikes, Expungement of Records and White Collar Crimes. Why you need the Morales Law Firm at this critical time: * I am a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, which means I have the highest rating from judges and attorneys (only 1% of attorneys have this certification)...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Education
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Attorney Shahrestani offers intense, intelligent, and attentive legal representation to individual and business clients in high-stakes, high conflict, and time sensitive litigation, negotiation, and transactional matters. Call today to set a Phone Consultation to discuss your concerns: 800-510-3916.

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Farsi.

Serving: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles County, New York City Metro Area, Boston & Cambridge Metro Areas, Washington DC, Seattle.

(1) BUSINESS & CONTRACTS: Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal Compliance, Partnerships, Investments, Intellectual Property, Leases, Foreclosures

(2) CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Felony, Misdemeanors, Juvenile Matters, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, White Collar, Appeals

(3) DIVORCE & CUSTODY: High Conflict Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Restraining...
Sergio H. Benavides
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 867-5181 1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
I am a top rated Criminal Defense Lawyer and Certified Criminal Law Specialist- by State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Out of hundreds of Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Francisco--there are only 10 Certified Specialists. I am one of the top performers. I have 10 years of experience, having helped thousands of clients with every type of criminal charge, from petty theft, to drug possession, to attempted murder and sexual assault. I've handled DUIs, Domestic violence. I have taken over 30 cases to trial, and achieved excellent results. I am fluent...
Adam Garrard Gasner
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(415) 782-6000 345 Franklin St
Law Chambers Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of San Francisco School of Law
GASNER CRIMINAL LAW is directed and managed by San Francisco native Adam G. Gasner. Mr. Gasner is board certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law – a distinction held by fewer than 400 of the more that 250,000 practicing lawyers in the State of California. Mr. Gasner holds an AV Preeminent® rating defense from Marindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that Adam Gasner's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. He also currently serves as the president and officer of the...
Bethani L. Jackson
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience

Santa Clara University School of LawCalifornia
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Jeff Jackson
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience

I specialize in criminal defense. I handle all serious felonies, including sex crimes, drug cases, weapon charges, domestic violence, child abuse, gang cases, violent felonies, burglary, robbery, theft,... Read More »
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Michael Ross
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
505 Montgomery Street 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Southwestern Law School
Michael Ross is a California Native and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty-five years. Recently married, Mr. Ross and his new wife Susan both live and work in San Francisco. A former prosecutor, (Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division, and a Special Prosecutor), Mr. Ross has earned a reputation for unrelenting, aggressive representation of persons charged with a crime. Mr. Ross is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (Criminal Section Member), the Young Scandinavians Club, the Dolphin Club, and the San Francisco SPCA (as a "Patron"). Mr. Ross...
Kevin E Mitchell
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 581-0885 885 Bryant Street, 2d Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Golden Gate University School of Law
Mr. Mitchell is dedicated to defense by training and experience, familiar with the demands of protecting the interests of the criminally accused. He worked for 7 years as a Public Defender and handled thousands of cases before going into private practice. He has experience in representing individuals in cases involving Homicide, Domestic Violence, DUI, Drug Sales and Possession, Weapons, Elder Abuse, Assault and Battery, Burglary, Robbery, Evading, Gang, White Collar Crimes, Conspiracy and Probation Violations.

He also pursues Civil Right Violations, police misconduct cases, ensuring his clients are afforded their rights or compensation for the deprivation of the same.

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Elliot Silver
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(510) 281-0470 330 2nd St Ste 204
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Miami School of Law
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 Miami School of Law. Elliot has a reputation for getting his clients the results they want, whether it’s case dismissed, a fair and reasonable plea deal, or hearing a jury say “Not Guilty". Elliot has represented thousands of clients in various criminal matters and continues to provide inimitable dedication and unparalleled tenacity for his clients.
Mr. Nafiz M. Ahmed
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(650) 299-0500 600 Allerton Street
Suite 201
Redwood City, CA 94063
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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(415) 770-0146 1388 Sutter St
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San Francisco, CA 94109
Free ConsultationSan Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
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 clients, including small business owners, tech workers, college students, nurses, firefighters, police officers, attorneys, and regular citizens. Matt Sullivan is a University of San Francisco Law School graduate. Mr. Sullivan was selected to the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list in the practice area of criminal defense. Prior to opening his own office he was a trial attorney in the Marin Public Defender's Office, and he also worked...
Andrew Holley
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Daly City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(415) 737-0277 6801 Mission Street
Suite 200
Daly City, CA 94014
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Immigration
Santa Clara University School of Law
I studied law at Santa Clara University, an accredited, nationally ranked law school. While there I volunteered at a free immigration clinic in San Jose. I trained for three years in San Francisco with an immigration attorney who has over 30 years of experience. He trained me on court procedure and interview techniques and how to prepare clients for tough questions. I moved to downtown Los Angeles where I worked for a large immigration law firm. When I came to Chico I handled criminal defense cases for a busy law firm while starting my immigration law firm....
Seth Paul Chazin
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(415) 222-6188 360 Ritch Street Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Seth P. Chazin is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a Northern California Top 100 Lawyer. During his more than 20 years of experience, attorney Chazin has effectively defended thousands of clients accused of crimes in the Bay Area, California and in various places throughout the United States. Drawing upon his history of success, he will provide clients with the knowledge, skill and aggressiveness needed to secure the best possible results.
Kirsten Keith
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(650) 796-1009 1227 Arguello Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Criminal
Golden Gate University School of Law
John Michael Runfola
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(415) 391-4243 Pier 9 Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Juvenile
San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco School of Law
John Runfola is a highly experienced and effective criminal defense attorney. His cases have at times drawn international attention, and he has succeeded in winning favorable results for clients both at trial and through skillful pre-trial work. He is listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has earned the highest rating from the national lawyer registry Martindale Hubbell. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Runfola served as a Public Defender in San Francisco, where he gained invaluable courtroom experience. He is a seasoned trial lawyer, yet is equally adept at the behind-the-scenes work that often proves critical to a...
Jeffrey Brett Hayden
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(650) 368-5700 333 Bradford St
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Southern California: Gould School of Law and University of California at Santa Cruz
Lucy Stearns McAllister
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(877) 280-9944 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister is a California-based criminal, family and administrative law (licensing law) practice providing legal services for clients in California. McAllister has successfully won over 250 Superior Court trials as a Defense Attorney.With over 25+ years experience as a civil and criminal attorney I specialize in the following areas of Law: Licensing Law • Pre-hearing resolution of licensing issues • Administrative Hearings • Administrative Appeals • License Application Legal Advice • Handling License Disclosures (Applications, Renewals, Reinstatements) Family Law • Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements • Negotiation/Mediation/Litigation • Divorce/Separation • Custody • Domestic Violence • Restraining Orders • Paternity • Visitation Rights Criminal Law: • DUI • Domestic...
Stephen Moskowitz
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(415) 394-7200 180 Montgomery Street, Ste. 1950
San Francisco, CA 94104
Criminal and Tax
New York Law School and Golden Gate University School of Law
For over thirty years, Steve and his law firm have successfully helped tens of thousands of clients with tax representation and resolving all types of tax situations that can arise with federal and state taxes. Examples of his services include, but are not limited to: civil and criminal tax representation, including representation in the related non-tax case, such as money laundering, audits with the various federal and state taxing authorities, tax planning, preparation of current and delinquent tax returns, resolution of disputed amounts due or inability to pay balances that the client agrees are due, defense of investors and promoters...
Bethani L. Jackson
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(866) 985-4850 303 Twin Dolphin Dr
#600
Redwood City, CA 94065
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Santa Clara University School of Law
Brendan Hickey
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San Fransco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(415) 494-8444 Pier 9, Suite 100
The Embarcadero
San Fransco, CA 94111
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and White Collar Crime
Harvard Law School
Jeff Jackson
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(866) 985-4850 303 Twin Dolphin Dr
#600
Redwood City, CA 94065
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara University
I specialize in criminal defense. I handle all serious felonies, including sex crimes, drug cases, weapon charges, domestic violence, child abuse, gang cases, violent felonies, burglary, robbery, theft, fraud, and DUI cases. In addition, I handle all varieties of misdemeanor cases, including DUIs. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. I subsequently graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2001. I started my legal career as a prosecutor working in the District Attorney’s office in San Mateo County where I worked from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, I joined the prestigious law firm of Ropers,...
Robert M. Amparan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(855) 350-5005 861 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
Frank Scott Moore
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(415) 292-6091 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 854
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime
U of San Francisco School of Law
When individuals or businesses are involved in any form of litigation, they want an attorney who offers face-to-face contact and provides valuable legal services at competitive and reasonable costs. The Law Offices of Frank S. Moore, APC in San Francisco and Healdsburg, California, has attorneys on staff and "of counsel" that are committed and dedicated to clients and have extensive experience in the following areas of practice: • Business Litigation • Appeals and Writs • Federal and White Collar Criminal Defense • Wrongful Death • Personal Injury • Civil Rights • Disability...
James Thomas Reilly
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Burlingame, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(866) 251-4506 533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 400
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
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 best results. Call to speak with an attorney now.
John D Fitzpatrick
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(415) 857-4396 PO Box 471363
San Francisco, CA 94147
Criminal, Animal, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
CA General Practice Attorney dog dad history nerd outdoorsman huge "Settlers of Catan" fan
Michael J. Silveira
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(415) 795-3890 303 Twin Dolphin Dr
#600
Redwood City, CA 94065
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
David Uthman
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(415) 556-9200 855 Bryant St
#200
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - San Francisco
Rose Mishaan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(855) 350-5005 861 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Paul Nathan Puri
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 295-1670 524 Union Street
#244
San Francisco, CA 94133
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific
Puri Law successfully defends serious felony and misdemeanor cases in state and federal court. We are by far the most aggressive criminal defense attorneys, the best of the best.
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(415) 624-7602 582 Market, Suite 1007
San Francisco, CA 94104
Criminal, Business, Family and Personal Injury
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Jacob Harker is a San Francisco Bay Area attorney. Mr. Harker has set up and run his law practice in a cost-effective and practical manner. He has done so in an effort to pass on the savings to his clients. As an attorney, Mr. Harker sees his practice as taking the lead in a new era of legal services.
Olga Kelley
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(650) 283-5713 142 Stambaugh Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Thomas John Greenberg
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(650) 242-0021 605 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Ross Benjamin Green
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(650) 780-0707 Suite 300
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationCriminal
U of San Francisco School of Law
Ross Green has over ten years of criminal law experience. Formerly a prosecutor, Ross has an insider’s knowledge of how the district attorney will handle your case. This gives Ross an advantage over other attorneys who do not have similar experience. Ultimately, Ross’ experience could help you avoid jail time and expensive fines. Ross has an extensive understanding of a variety of criminal cases. Ross’ experience varies from felony cases involving the potential of life in prison to traffic matters. Ross has experience with driving under the influence cases (DUI), California’s Three Strikes laws, petty theft, burglary,...
David Nick
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(415) 552-4444 345 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Criminal, Appeals and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
California Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney, J. David Nick is dedicated to representing individuals charged with criminal offenses in both the California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Nick has been providing legal advice regarding California’s medical marijuana laws since their inception in 1996. Currently, he is litigating various aspects of California’s new recreational marijuana laws (Proposition 64), including business permitting, prior marijuana convictions record clearance and criminal defense. Mr. Nick accepts civil rights cases involving violation of state and federal rights, police brutality and violation of school aged children constitutional rights. Mr. Nick, a graduate of the...
Michael Thomas O'Flannigan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(415) 385-8223 P.O. Box 411413
San Francisco, CA 94141
Criminal, Administrative, Appeals and Business
Univ of Wyoming COL
Michael O'Flannigan is a San Francisco attorney with a proven track record in general litigation and appellate practice. He has appeared before both state and federal courts and is experienced with motions, writs, discovery, petitions, appellate briefing, and oral argument. Before entering private practice, Michael served as a law clerk in Federal District Court and at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Samuel Geller
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(415) 515-3545 75 Broadway Street
Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationCriminal
Sam is a Bay Area native. He went to college and law school in San Francisco. Sam is more than just a defense attorney and prides himself on helping his clients during difficult times. Sam is never afraid to take the unpopular position in court and will always fight hard for you. No matter what, he will do his best to get the job done and give your case the best result possible. He has represented clients dealing with minor misdemeanor offenses to serious felonious sex offenses. Sam began his defense attorney career as a public...
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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.