Moraga, 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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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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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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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....
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
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
Hon. John T. Nejedly
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 389-7023 PO Box 4962
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Criminal
Laureen Bethards
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Laf, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(510) 525-1001 3650 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Laf, CA 94549
Criminal
Givelle J. Lamano
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(510) 842-0750 505 14th Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Golden Gate University
GIVELLE LAMANO is an Oakland DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney who truly cares about her clients. She has represented people from all walks of life from gang members appealing their life sentences to corporate executives who have never been arrested. She is licensed in both state and federal courts and has served as a court appointed attorney for the Alameda County Bar Association, taking on cases when the public defenders office was unable to do so.

Ms. Lamano received the Super Lawyer Rising Star award in 2017 for her professional achievement and peer recognition. She ranks in the...
Elliot Silver
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(510) 281-0470 330 2nd St.
Suite 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.
Jonathan Charles Dunten
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(510) 645-5900 212 9th Street, Suite 316
Oakland, CA 94607
Criminal and Immigration
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I am licensed to practice law before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, California State Courts, the Federal District Court for Northern California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara with honors and my Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law, including certificates of specialization with distinction in international and business law.

I formerly served as a media liaison for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was a professor of immigration and criminal...
Alexander Fredrick Harper
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(510) 250-9477 420 Third Street
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Florida
With over 10 years, 2,000 cases and numerous jury verdicts under my belt, I stand by ready to help you. I was a Deputy District Attorney for several years, and will put that experience to work for you. I will keep you informed and confident throughout your case. You let me worry about the case while you get on with your life. I am a United States Navy veteran of Afghanistan and a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
David T Reagan
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 506-9061 725 Washington Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal
Santa Clara University School of Law
If you need skilled representation to expunge a conviction, terminate probation early, reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, or obtain any other clean record relief, the Law Office of David Reagan is here to assist your pursuit of justice.

The Law Office of David Reagan prides itself on being an experienced, client oriented clean record practice. Having worked in the criminal justice system for many years, we combine a toolbox of techniques with a dedicated focus on each of our clients to achieve a succesful outcome.

We know money is tight sometimes, particularly when dealing with criminal matters,...
Francisco J. Rodriguez
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(510) 504-2030 524 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
New College of California SOL and California State University, Chico
"I am dedicated to my clients and work hard to achieve the results needed in every case" I have represented clients and continue to to serve the counties of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Napa, San Joaquin and all other Northern California Counties. No case is to big, and no case is to small. Each one has a certain value to the client and each deserves 110% effort. This is what I do! We Handle everything from: Traffic stop signs; to DMV suspensions; to DUI cases; to serious felonies.
Elena Condes
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(510) 525-4243 1010 Grayson Street
Suite Two
Berkeley, CA 94710
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Golden Gate University School of Law
Dedicated to Criminal Defense in the San Francisco Bay Area - I Can Help - I represent those accused of State and Federal felonies and misdemeanors. Including, Domestic Violence, Drug Offenses, Mortgage Fraud, Credit/Check Fraud, Embezzlement, Sexual Assault, Sex Offenses, Weapons Offenses, Burglary, Robbery and Theft, Probation Violations, Strike Offenses, Computer Crimes, White-collar Crimes, and Business and Professions Code violations. - Everyone Deserves Respect - Criminal accusations can be devastating to your personal and professional life - know and understand your rights. I provide aggressive and quality representation at every stage of the process. The criminal justice system is intimidating and...
Stanley Dale Radtke
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(510) 863-8058 3411 E. 12th St.
Ste. 122
Oakland, CA 94601
Criminal, Appeals, Immigration and Social Security Disability
University of San Francisco School of Law
Tel Cary-Sadler
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(510) 350-7751 1300 Clay St., Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Harvard Law School
Mr. Sadler represents clients in DUI and criminal cases throughout the Bay Area. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, with skills and experience in every area of criminal law, and a track record of getting the charges reduced or dismissed. At the Sadler Law Firm, our goal is to provide quality and affordable legal representation to every client, regardless of the situation. Call us 24/7 for a FREE consultation and we will answer all of your legal questions. We offer affordable rates and payment plans.
Nabiel Ahmed
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(510) 907-6600 1330 Broadway
Suite 948
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Nabiel C. Ahmed is an attorney who has devoted his career to representing Oakland’s criminally accused. He is the founder of The Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, a practice solely devoted to handling criminal cases. Before establishing his private practice, Attorney Ahmed aided numerous Californians as a deputy public defender. He holds an Excellent 8.7 rating on Avvo. For more information, contact his firm today and receive a case evaluation at no cost.
James Thomas Reilly
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(866) 251-4506 146 Washington Ave.
Suite D
Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationRichmond, 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.
Autumn HajMohammad
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(510) 832-1911 385 Grand Avenue
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94610
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Autumn HajMohammad is a California native. She completed her B.A. in Public Policy at California State University, Bakersfield, while working for a State Senator. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. She graduated with honors and was granted membership into the prestigious Traynor Honor Society. Prior to opening her own firm, Ms. HajMohammad worked for the Kern County Public Defender's Office where she defended clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. She also successfully represented clients convicted of homicide and sex offenses seeking habeas relief. Now accepting...
Dionne Choyce
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 734-3145 1300 Clay St.
6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
The Choyce Law Firm- Sacramento DUI Lawyer Dionne Choyce has acquired a great reputation for being a passionate and hardworking trial attorney. His courtroom development began at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he helped lead the McGeorge trial competition team to a Regional Championship in the American Trial Lawyers Association Competition (ATLA). After graduating from law school, Mr. Choyce went to work for the Alameda County District Attorneyâs Office (Oakland, CA), where he gained extensive courtroom experience prosecuting all phases of criminal cases, including jury trials, felony preliminary hearings, juvenile felony trials, as well as...
Seth Paul Chazin
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Albany, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(800) 242-1514 1604 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707
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.
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...
Joseph Odysseus Mastro
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(855) 529-4020 2625 Alcatraz Avenue
Suite 444
Berkeley, CA 94705
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Santa Clara University School of Law
Mr. Mastro was born in Oakland, grew up around the East Bay, and has spent his life living throughout the Bay Area, from San Francisco to San Jose. Mr. Mastro graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in May 2006. He then passed the California State Bar Examination in July 2006 on his first attempt. Thereafter, Mr. Mastro became a Deputy Public Defender in San Joaquin County, representing clients in all manner of criminal cases, in a high-volume capacity. In 2009, Joe decided to return home to open his own law firm. Since then...
Hugo Ernesto Castillo
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(510) 686-1555 725 Washington Street
Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94607
Criminal
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Have you been arrested with a criminal offense in Oakland? If so, it may be in your best interest to contact The Castillo Law Office. For nearly 15 years, Attorney Ernie Castillo has been representing the criminally accused in both state and federal courts. Mr. Castillo was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars? Edition of 2013, and he received the Client Distinction Award for 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell®. In addition, he is a former extern for a federal judge, where he had the opportunity to work behind the scenes and witness the thought processes behind a judge’s decision...
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...
Robbi Abrams Cook
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(510) 208-5051 420 3rd Street
Suite #200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Boston University School of Law
Have you been arrested or charged with a DUI or other crime? When you are accused of a crime, you face the risk of losing your liberty, livelihood and reputation. It is crucial that you have an experienced criminal defense and DUI lawyer at your side that is committed to providing you with a smart and aggressive defense. Robbi A. Cook is an experienced courtroom lawyer who has the knowledge and skills you need during this difficult time. She is fiercely dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each and every client, whether it is...
Katherine Parsons Dwight
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(510) 666-0801 2001 Addison St
Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
Criminal and Immigration
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Katherine has 11 years experience practicing immigration law and vacating convictions for immigrants with criminal convictions. She is also a member of the public attorney panel for the Sixth District Court of Appeal, handling appeals for criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire attorneys for themselves. Katherine is a zeolous advocate for each and every one of her clients.
Elizabeth Grossman
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(510) 548-5106 1010 Grayson St
Berkeley, CA 94710
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Grossman's mission as a criminal defense attorney is to ensure that the court and the prosecution perceive each client as the individual that they are — a person with a full life and background that separates them from the criminal charges that bring them before the court. Ms. Grossman works closely with her clients, as partners in their own defense, and strives to keep them fully informed as the case proceeds. Ms. Grossman represents her clients throughout California in felony, midemeanor, juvenile, traffic and professional discipline cases.
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...
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
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.
Michael J. Silveira
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(415) 795-3890 184 13th St
#2
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
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
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
Alex Verbeck
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(415) 212-8253 2120 University Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Landlord Tenant
Lewis & Clark Law School
John Thomas Bell
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 444-4638 610 16th St
Oakland, CA 94612
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
John T. Bell is a 1998 graduate of University of California-Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Bell practices in the following areas of law: criminal defense, personal injury, insurance disputes, civil rights, and special bus certificates. Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson prior to becoming an attorney.
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.
James E Dunn
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
505 14th Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Criminal and DUI
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Are you looking for a Redwood City criminal defense attorney? You have come to the right place! At Law Office of James Dunn, you can have confidence in the representation you can receive when you come to this firm. Attorney Dunn has dealt with a wide variety of criminal charges, and he has a thorough understanding of the criminal process. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and committed to fighting for you and the resolution that is in your best interests, and you can have confidence in the support you can receive when you come to this law firm. Whatever the specifics...
Eugene Illovsky
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(510) 394-5885 1611 Telegraph Avenue
Suite 806
Oakland, CA 94612
Criminal, Antitrust, Appeals and Business
Yale Law School
Jesse Clifford Adams Esq.
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(510) 846-1013 1244 E. 33rd Street
Oakland, CA 94610-4029
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Thomas V. Roland
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BERKELEY, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(510) 841-1500 1830 Berkeley Way
BERKELEY, CA 94703
Criminal, Appeals, Business and Divorce
U of San Francisco School of Law
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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.