Montara, California Criminal Lawyers

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. 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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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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David Uthman
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - San FranciscoCalifornia
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Steven Michael Davidson
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Burlingame,, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 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
Rabin Nabizadeh
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(650) 667-4141 370 Convention Way
Suite 316
Redwood City, CA 94063
Free ConsultationRedwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
Shawn D. Mowry
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South San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(855) 350-5005 421 Grand Ave
#A
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 9 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 38 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 47 years experience
(650) 589-6990 421 Grand Avenue, Suite A
San Francisco, CA 94080
Criminal
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
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Divorce and Education
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
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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)...
Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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(415) 770-0146 1000 Brannan St
#400
San Francisco, CA 94103
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...
Sergio H. Benavides
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 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...
Bethani L. Jackson
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience

Santa Clara University School of LawCalifornia
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Jeff Jackson
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 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, fraud, and DUI... Read More »
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John Michael Runfola
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 39 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...
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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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...
Andrew Holley
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Daly City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 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....
Alexander Cross
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San Mateo, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(800) 862-7677 1900 S. Norfolk St.
Suite 350
San Mateo, CA 94403
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...
Robert M. Amparan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(855) 350-5005 861 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
Mr. Nafiz M. Ahmed
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 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
David Nick
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 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...
Stephen Moskowitz
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 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...
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
Lucy Stearns McAllister
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(877) 280-9944 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Criminal, Administrative, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister is a California-based administrative law, licensing law and criminal law practice providing legal services for clients in California. Attorney McAllister has successfully won over 250 Superior Court trials as a Defense Attorney.With 30+ years experience as a civil and criminal attorney.

She specializes in the following areas of law:

Licensing Law :
Pre-hearing resolution of licensing issues, Administrative Hearings, Administrative Appeals, License Applications, Legal Advice, Handling License Criminal Disclosures (Applications, Renewals, Reinstatements), criminal record expungement.

Criminal Law:
Restraining orders, DUI charges and convictions, Domestic Violence, Sex Charges, Strikes Charges, Assault and Battery, Theft and Fraud,...
Jeffrey Brett Hayden
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 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
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...
Seth Paul Chazin
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 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.
Bethani L. Jackson
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 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
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,...
Olga Kelley
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 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
David Uthman
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 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
Brendan Hickey
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San Fransco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 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
Frank Scott Moore
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 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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(866) 251-4506 533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 400
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationBurlingame, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
Criminal, 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.
Jeff Jackson
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 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,...
Kara Rachel Lavy
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(212) 321-0226 4 Embarcadero Center
#1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Immigration
California Western School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Rose Mishaan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 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
Deepti Shikha Sethi
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 666-2316 580 California Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
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.
Kirsten Keith
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Redwood City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(650) 796-1009 1227 Arguello Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Criminal
Golden Gate University School of Law
C. Zadik Shapiro
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(415) 336-7534 15 Boardman Pl
Suite Two
San Francisco, CA 94103
Criminal
Golden Gate University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 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.
Marc David Pelta
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(415) 963-1152 234 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
City University of New York School of Law
Experienced Trial attorney Marc Pelta gets the job done!

His state prosecutor background attracts lots of clients.

The courts trained Marc Pelta to prosecute the very people he protects today!

"I acquired years of valuable trial experience as a prosecutor.

Prosecution work gave me insight most lawyers lack.

I liked my job, but defending people is my passion!

The stakes are high when freedoms are easily lost.

Let's work together to avoid a harsh conviction.

I'll analyze your case like a prosecutor and build you an aggressive defense!
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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.