National City Criminal Lawyers

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Benjamin I. Schiff
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Proven trial results in serious and violent felony cases! Spanish-speaking.

Quality. Creativity. Results. With years of criminal defense experience and a strong record of success, Ben will vigorously fight for your rights and provide you with comprehensive, personalized representation. Read More »
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David P. Shapiro
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years of 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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Sean F. Leslie
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years of 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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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. Attorney Vik Monder has handled several high profile criminal... Read More »
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Samantha Greene
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of 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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National City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(855) 529-7344 219 East 8th Street
Suite 100
National City, CA 91950
Criminal, Juvenile, Military and White Collar Crime
New York Law School
Daniel Smith
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of 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...
Patrick Griffin
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(619) 269-2131 180 Broadway Suite 1810
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSan Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years of experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Stetson University College of Law
Award winning San Diego Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney Patrick Griffin was raised in a large family in a rural Montana community where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. A true trial attorney who is dedicated to getting results in the courtroom, Mr. Griffin has done just that. He has won jury trials in every courthouse in San Diego County and has achieved hundreds of pre-trial victories for his clients.

Mr. Griffin has represented over 900 clients and successfully defended nearly every type of criminal case, from first degree murder to driving under the influence. His success is...
Renee N. Galente
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years of 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...
Saman Nasseri
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years of 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.

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Vikram Singh Monder
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(619) 405-0063 424 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal 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. Attorney Vik Monder has handled several high profile criminal cases throughout San Diego. He is continually achieving the highest results for his clients and has been named the Top Attorney with The Union Tribune and Superlawyers. These listings identify 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 both...
Bradley Patton
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years of experience
(760) 438-3636 424 F Street
Suite E
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
California Western School of Law
San Diego criminal attorney C. Bradley Patton, Esq. has over 35 years of experience in criminal law defense. In addition to maintaining his private practice, Mr. Patton serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association. He has been an active member of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Club since 1988. Mr. Patton is a past member of the Board of Directors of the North County Bar Association and a founding panel member of the North County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. In 1990, Mr. Patton was appointed to serve the California State Bar Committee on Professional...
Paul Neuharth Jr.
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years of experience
(619) 231-0401 Emerald Plaza, 402 West Broadway
Suite 720
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of San Diego School of Law
Paul Neuharth has been practicing criminal and administrative law exclusively for 25 years. Considered a top State, Federal Criminal defense and DUI attorney in San Diego, Mr. Neuharth has worked his way through College and Law School as a California State Law Enforcement Officer for almost 7 years. As an award winning trial attorney, he zealously fights for the best possible outcome for every client – regardless of the criminal charges. He has been recognized as a leading DUI and criminal defense lawyer in greater San Diego, by the legal community.
Joshua R. Bourne
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(619) 238-8242 185 W F St
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSan Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Mr. Bourne is a former San Diego criminal prosecutor who prosecuted various criminal offenses and also worked in the domestic violence unit (Family Justice Center) of the San Diego City Attorney's Office. After working for the San Diego City Attorney's office, Mr. Bourne joined a civil litigation firm where he gained extensive experience in various matters including corporate and partnership law and marital dissolution. This experience includes pre-trial discovery, valuation of community and corporate assets, and various legal motion and pleading work.

Mr. Bourne also devotes substantial time as conflict counsel. He represents indigent defendants who cannot afford an attorney...
Samantha Greene
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of 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...
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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Patrick Griffin
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Skilled and Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer! Call for a consultation!

I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a passion for advocating for the accused. I will help you through every step of your case and pursue the results you deserve. Call today for a consultation! Read More »
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Vincent Ronald Ross
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years of 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. ...
Kerry Lee Steigerwalt
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years of 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...
Matthew Springmeyer
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years of experience
(619) 493-3550 401 H St.
STE 8b
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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...
Mr. Leif Harrison Kleven
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years of experience
(619) 796-3680 1059 Tenth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
Mr. Kleven is a member of the State Bar of California, and also a member of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Prior to opening his own practice in 2013, Mr. Kleven was an associate attorney at Baughman & Associates. Mr. Kleven's practice focuses on criminal defense and immigration law. Mr. Kleven earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Brigham Young University.
James Rudolph
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years of experience
(619) 235-0010 419 19th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
Washington University School of Law
Rudolph Baker and Associates provides first class legal representation. Our attorneys specialize in immigration and criminal defense, although we also handle personal injury cases and other civil proceedings. In Federal and State courts our attorneys have helped countless satisfied clients achieve favorable results. Our office is located near downtown San Diego, in the Sherman Heights neighborhood. Street parking is readily available. Consultations are free for criminal defense; $60 for immigration. We also have two offices in Tijuana, Mexico.
Luis Macias Jr
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(619) 245-4106 642 3rd Ave Ste K
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of California Hastings College of the Law and University of California - San Diego
An experienced litigator and trial attorney, Luis’ practice includes immigration law, criminal defense, and personal injury matters. A graduate of the prestigious University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, Luis is a former clerk to the Honorable Stuart R. Pollak of the California Court of Appeal, and law clerk for the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. Following receipt of his law degree, Luis began his career at a well-known San Diego defense firm where he represented public entities and insurance companies in personal injury and civil litigation matters.

Motivated by a desire to represent...
Sanders Patton
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years of experience
(760) 438-3636 424 F Street
Suite E
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Criminal attorney Sanders B. Patton, Esq has successfully handled a wide variety of criminal law defense cases including grand theft, high-profile murder and juvenile delinquency matters. During his legal studies, Mr. Patton focused on criminal law and litigation. He participated in the Student Bar Association and the Criminal Law Society, received Honor Roll Status, and received a Pro Bono Honors Award for his commitment to non-profit efforts. Mr. Patton also had the opportunity to broaden his perspective on legal issues by studying the comparisons of international criminal and constitutional laws to those in the U.S., under Supreme Court Justice Anthony...
Michael Stephen Berg
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years of experience
(619) 239-2186 402 W Broadway
suite 1300
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Attorney Michael S. Berg has 35 years of criminal law experience. Michael has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. He has also been honored by Super Lawyers Magazine and Best Lawyers in America. You will not find a more experienced, ethical or hard working attorney to defend you. His defense record includes numerous high-profile cases, not only in San Diego, but throughout the United States and abroad. Michael has his own practice in San Diego and is well prepared to handle even the most complex criminal law matters. He has...
Lisa Jean Damiani
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SAN DIEGO, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years of experience
(619) 239-0170 1059 10th Avenue
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Employment and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law
Ms. Damiani, named a San Diego Super Lawyer since 2010, received her B.A. degree in 1983 from New York University and her J.D. degree in 1988 from California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she made Law Review. She became a practicing member of the California Bar in 1988 and started her own law practice, focusing on criminal cases. In 1993, a national law firm recruited her to join its white-collar crime practice group. There, she continued to represent people and entities in state and federal court, charged with a variety of crimes ranging from fraud and...
James L. Hassey
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(619) 745-5555 294 Shasta St.
Suite: A
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Anna Reese Yum
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years of 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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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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Douglas Holbrook
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years of experience
(619) 232-2020 850 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney, Douglas Holbrook, has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1980. He is a former member of the "California Attorney General's Task Force on Consumer Protection" and the "San Diego Crime Commission". He is also a former faculty member in the Departments of Political Science and Business Law at numerous universities and colleges, including "San Diego State University" and "University of San Diego" where his former students still recall Prof. Holbrook's inspiring classroom lectures and he formerly served on the Faculty Senate of the "San Diego Community Colleges". Listed in...
Jeremy Elias
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(619) 843-8546 600 B St Ste 1420
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
George Ramos Jr
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years of experience
(619) 231-1830 427 C St #306
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Southwestern Univ School of Law
George Ramos Jr. is a criminal defense attorney based in San Diego. George is a former prosecutor and now an aggressive attorney representing individuals who are facing criminal charges including DUI/DWI, domestic violence, sex offenses, theft and white collar crimes.
David Alexander Welch
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years of experience
(619) 232-8123 701 B Street
Suite 362
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
David A. Simon
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years of experience
(619) 356-8260 750 B St
Ste 2850
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
William Mathew Concidine
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years of experience
(619) 855-5157 852 Fifth Ave, #213
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Brian Eric Watkins
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(619) 255-5930 925 B Street, Suite 402
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationSan Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years of experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Insurance Claims
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Richard Brian Rodriguez
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years of experience
(619) 427-7622 815 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Immigration
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Jack Jay Boltax
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years of experience
(619) 233-5129 945 Fourth Avenue
Ste 304
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Univ of San Diego School of Law
I have practiced criminal law for approximately 36 cases. I have handled all sorts of felonies and misdemeanors. including charges of murder, mayhem , assault with a deadly weapon, robbery (armed and bank, DUI, criminal and terrorist threats,domestic violence, RICO (racketeering/criminal enterprise cases), gang related cases, drug smuggling importation, distribution and possession, smuggling drugs on the high seas, exotic bird smuggling, white collar crimes, fraud, car theft, grand theft, petty theft, vandalism, disturbing the peace and violations of the U.S. military code. I know that as a client, all charges you are facing are serious to you....
Brian Paul Funk
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years of experience
(619) 233-4076 964 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
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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Richard Frank Arroyo
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Chula Vista, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years of experience
(619) 370-9074 203 Church Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Criminal and DUI
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Victor A. Orsatti
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years of experience
(619) 933-4688 701 B Street
Suite 370
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal and DUI
Loyola Law School
Lisa Kay Baughman
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years of experience
(619) 696-9311 707 Broadway Suite 1150
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Jill Marie Cremeans
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years of experience
(619) 929-0851 707 Broadway Street, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Sami Haddad
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(619) 880-5474 33rd Floor
#3337
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal
Christian M. Ham
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(619) 236-1983 The Senator Building 105 W F Street
3rd Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Maria Jessica McHarrie
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years of experience
(619) 702-3226 424 F. Street, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
Michael Ryan Marrinan
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years of experience
(619) 238-6900 501 W. Broadway, Suite 1510
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal and Civil Rights
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Richard John Boesen
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 47 years of experience
(619) 233-5121 964 5th Ave Ste 335
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal and DUI
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Mark-Robert Bluemel
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San Diego, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years of experience
(619) 255-2222 964 5th Ave Ste 230
San Diego, CA 92101
Criminal and Personal Injury
California Western 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.

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