Palm Desert Criminal Lawyers

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Shaffer T. Cormell
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Shaffer T. Cormell

Free Consultation! Aggressive and Dedicated Representation for Criminal Defense!

I am an experienced and focused criminal defense attorney. You can rest assured that I will work hard to protect your rights! Visit my website to see case settlements and verdicts, or call now for a free consultation. Read More »
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Houman Fakhimi
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Houman Fakhimi

California Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years of experience

Houman Fakhimi, the founding partner of the Criminal Defense Team, has amassed deep expertise in the area of criminal defense law thanks to years of experience. He oversees all litigation carried out by the firm, and he... Read More »
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Parwana Anwar
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Parwana Anwar

Free Consultation! Skilled and Successful California Criminal Defense Lawyer!

I am dedicated to providing each and every client with a skilled and aggressive defense. I will fight to protect your rights and interests! Visit my website for testimonials and results. Call for a free consultation! Read More »
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Rebecca O'Kray-Murphy
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Rebecca O'Kray-Murphy

California Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience

Rebecca O’Kray-Murphy is an associate at Davis & Wojcik, APLC. Ms. O’Kray-Murphy’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University... Read More »
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Karen E. Lockhart
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Karen E. Lockhart

California Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years of experience

Because You Deserve The Best: Murrieta criminal defense attorney Karen E. Lockhart has one of the most widely recognized names in the Riverside County criminal justice system. She has devoted her practice to Criminal... Read More »
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Jennifer Jo Beerman
La Quinta, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(760) 863-8216 54225 Avenida Rubio
La Quinta, CA 92253
Criminal and DUI
California Western School of Law
James Silva
Indio, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years of experience
(760) 899-1110 82500 Us Highway 111 Ste 5
Indio, CA 92201
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
San Fernando Valley College of Law
Victoria Lynn Weiss
Indio, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years of experience
(760) 863-8216 82995 US Highway 111 Ste 101
Indio, CA 92201
Criminal and DUI
Univ of San Diego School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Michael Anthony Gulla
Indio, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 42 years of experience
(760) 863-4555 45-149 Smurr St Ste A
Indio, CA 92201
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
San Fernando Valley College of Law
Charles John Gianguzi Jr
La Quinta, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years of experience
(760) 863-8216 46260 Roadrunner Ln
La Quinta, CA 92253
Criminal
Irvine Univ
John Michael Downer
Rancho Mirage, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 52 years of experience
(760) 328-7661 355 Wimbledon Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Criminal, Business and DUI
Boston Univ School of Law and Boston University School of Law
Kristen Sue Caine
Palm Springs, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(909) 576-1215 2488 Miramonte Cir W Unit D
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Criminal
Clara Rose Levrault
Indio, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years of experience
(760) 863-8216 82995 US Highway 111 Ste 101
Indio, CA 92201-5677
Criminal
Rashid Shamim
Coachella, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years of experience
(760) 568-4755 51335 Cesar Chavez St Ste 105
Coachella, CA 92236
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Western State Univ
Ulrich Roy McNulty
Palm Springs, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years of experience
(760) 320-7161 801 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Ste 100
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Criminal
University of San Diego School of Law and Univ of San Diego School of Law
Robert A. Davis Jr.
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Robert A. Davis Jr.

Over 25 years of experience in criminal defense.

I am an experienced lawyer with a proven track record of aggressive criminal defense. With offices in Temecula and Hemet, I provide services in Riverside, Murrieta, Banning and Indio courthouses. Read More »
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Ambrosio E. Rodriguez
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Ambrosio E. Rodriguez

California Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years of experience

Ambrosio E. Rodriguez is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience. Prior to becoming a criminal lawyer, Ambrosio served as a prosecutor for 13 years. During his time as a prosecutor, he led the sex... Read More »
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Christopher Chevreaux Vader
Palm Springs, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years of experience
(760) 999-8999 801 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Ste 101
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Criminal, Civil Rights, Consumer and DUI
Univ of Arizona COL and James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Jeffrey Glen Gray
Palm Springs, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years of experience
(310) 320-1222 PO Box 1019
Palm Springs, CA 92263
Criminal
University of La Verne College of Law and Univ of LaVerne COL
Jack Hubert Burthe
Palm Springs, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years of experience
(760) 320-1492 1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Ste 121
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
California COL
Daniel A. Thompson
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Daniel A. Thompson
(951) 652-9000 1001 E Morton Pl
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Hemet, CA 92543
Free ConsultationHemet, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years of experience
Criminal, Business and Employment
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and Western Sierra Law School
Daniel Thompson is an employment lawyer at Davis & Wojcik, APLC. Mr. Thompson has a variety of legal experience and has represented corporations, public entities and individuals throughout Northern and Southern California. In addition to a Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Thompson holds an LL.M. in Public Law and Policy from McGeorge Law School. During law school, Mr. Thompson gained experience as an intern for the California State Senate and City of Folsom. Mr. Thompson has been admitted to practice law in the State of California since 2011.
Robert Louis Miller
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Robert Louis Miller
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years of experience
(877) 569-2977 41539 Winchester Road
Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Western State Univ COL
Attorney Robert Miller has a 10.0 Avvo rating, and has been designated a “Client’s Choice DUI Attorney.”

He was named by clients as a top Orange County DUI Lawyer on Yelp, receiving Yelp’s highest rating award, based on reviews.

Mr. Miller has 23 years practicing law in Orange County, including at other criminal defense and DUI firms and practices with his own firm.

Robert Miller has been the author or co-author of three books on DUI defense and has appeared on television and radio as a legal commentator.

He has successfully handled thousands of cases and has many positive...
Bradley Corbett
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Bradley Corbett
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(951) 732-8611 41593 Winchester Rd
#200
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Our professional team is known for working tirelessly to win our clients’ cases. Let us prove it to you in a free consultation. We will take the time to listen to your situation and help you understand the possible challenges you will likely face. Best San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer and DUI Attorney.
Karen E. Lockhart
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Karen E. Lockhart
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years of experience
(951) 698-5191 38975 Sky Canyon Dr
#211
Murrieta, CA 92563
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Western State University College of Law
Because You Deserve The Best: Murrieta criminal defense attorney Karen E. Lockhart has one of the most widely recognized names in the Riverside County criminal justice system. She has devoted her practice to Criminal Law for more than 25 Years and has successfully represented OVER 1000 CRIMINAL CASES. Her practice is dedicated solely to the representation of individuals who have been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses. Her success rate in defending criminal cases is among the highest, from simple trespass to first degree murder. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, the prosecutor...
Christopher Whelton
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Christopher Whelton
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of experience
(951) 894-6321 30033 Technology Dr
Suite 105
Murrieta, CA 92563
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Hello, Please allow me to tell you about my law practice. I have been an attorney for over 23 years. Currently I practice criminal defense in all state courts in southern California including Murrieta, Riverside, Vista, San Diego, Indio, Rancho Cucamonga, Fullerton and others. I represent clients charged with all levels of misdemeanor and felony offenses including DUI, domestic violence, theft, assault, battery, drugs, violent crimes, sex crimes, gang allegations, homicides, and Violations of Probation. I also represent clients at the Department of Motor Vehicles. My fees are negotiable and we have a...
Nicolai Cocis
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Nicolai Cocis
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(951) 695-1400 25026 Las Brisas Rd.
Murrieta, CA 92562
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Voted as 2018 "Attorney of the Year" by the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association.

Since 1999, I have successfully represented several hundred people charged with Criminal Offenses including DUI and Juvenile Matters. Due to my reputation for integrity and straightforward, honest and ethical defense strategies, my negotiating tactics to dismiss or reduce charges are taken seriously by prosecutors and judges. I will do everything that is ethically possible to challenge probable cause and protect the best interests of my clients. My office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and I represent individuals from the surrounding cities of...
Joseph Vincent Camarata
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Joseph Vincent Camarata
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years of experience
(951) 225-1540 41951 Remington Ave.
Suite 110
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Joseph V. Camarata prides himself on providing more personalized, experienced representation to clients facing criminal charges and family law matters. Mr. Camarata is a former prosecutor with substantial trial experience. When you discuss your case with him, he provides only his honest assessments and carefully explores your options in detail with you. He is aggressive in seeking the best possible outcome yet compassionate when guiding you through the legal system. Mr. Camarata is highly respected by the legal community for his ethics and for his impressive results.
With over 15 years of legal experience, Attorney Joseph V. Camarata has spent the...
Shannon McDonald Goldstein
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Shannon McDonald Goldstein

Palm Desert, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years of experience

Shannon Goldstein is a dedicated Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI, and Traffic Ticket attorney. Her practice is based in Palm Desert, representing clients in Mono, Riverside, Sacramento and San Bernadino... Read More »
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Michael Bernard Goldstein
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Michael Bernard Goldstein

Palm Desert, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years of experience

For 30 years, I have successfully defended clients facing Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets, and Domestic Violence charges. An aggressive Criminal Defense attorney, I advocate for clients in the Palm Springs, Palm Desert,... Read More »
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Robert A. Davis Jr.
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Robert A. Davis Jr.
(951) 652-9000 1001 E Morton Pl
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Hemet, CA 92543
Hemet, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years of experience
Criminal, Business, DUI and Domestic Violence
Brigham Young University
As a founding partner at the firm of Davis Wojcik Duarte, APLC, Riverside County attorney Robert A. Davis works on both criminal and civil cases. He has over 22 years of experience in the legal field. Mr. Davis has been involved with the boards of the Hemet Hospital Foundation, the Exchange Club, and the Education Foundation. He is a member of the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, American Health Lawyers’ Association and Riverside County Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Education. Contact his firm for...
Parwana Anwar
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Parwana Anwar
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years of experience
(951) 698-1250 38975 Sky Canyon Drive
#211
Murrieta, CA 92563
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of San Diego School of Law and University of California - San Diego
The Law Offices of Parwana Anwar, PLC is a full-service criminal defense firm in the Temecula and Murrieta area of Riverside County and in San Diego, California. The firm handles criminal cases all over the Southern California area. The firm is lead by skilled trial attorney, Parwana Anwar, a former Riverside County prosecutor. As a Riverside County prosecutor, Ms. Anwar successfully prosecuted thousands of cases. With this knowledge and experience, she now successfully defends all types of criminal matters. Murrieta criminal attorney, Parwana Anwar will fight for you to ensure that every client is provided a vigorous...
Michael W. Donaldson
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Michael W. Donaldson
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years of experience
(951) 788-2230 43537 Ridge Park Drive
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law
Mike is an attorney with Bartell, Hensel & Gressley. BH&G is the premier DUI and criminal defense firm in Riverside County. We are the authors of the leading DUI defense practice and lecture across the country on DUI and criminal defense strategies.
Kirby Frederick Combs
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Kirby Frederick Combs
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years of experience
(951) 695-3366 28780 Single Oak Drive
Suite 230
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Univ of Miami School of Law
If you need someone who cares! 951-695-3366 Free consultation. No charge payment plans & great rates. Read our 85 reviews on Avvo.com and experience the difference! All Criminal Matters. Free case evaluation. Kirby F. Combs Local Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney. Avvo.com Client's Choice Criminal Defense Attorney 8 years in a row 2012 -2019!
John S. Pozza
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John S. Pozza
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(951) 461-7155 29995 Technology Dr
Suite 204
Murrieta, CA 92563
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
California Western School of Law
Mr. Pozza has practiced primarily in the fields of criminal defense and civil trial litigation, and now has devoted his entire practice to criminal defense and juvenile delinquency. As one of Southwest Riverside's most active trial attorneys, Mr. Pozza has accumulated a remarkably successful record of "wins" in the courtroom. He has litigated in the State Courts of California and the United States Distict Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.
Nancy Moffit
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Nancy Moffit
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years of experience
(951) 529-8836 43533 Ridge Park Dr. Ste E
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal and Bankruptcy
My goal is to provide each client with competent legal representation and honest advice. I will represent my clients in an aggressive, supportive and honest manner in order to achieve the results they deserve. My clients will discover that when they arrive at my office they are greeted by an Experienced, Competent and Caring Attorney who will provide personal attention to their case and answer the many questions they may have. I am a no-nonsense attorney who will tell my clients what they need to know. Call today for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION (951)529-8836 Special rates for our military...
John Karas
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John Karas
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years of experience
(951) 405-0555 43537 Ridge Park Dr., Suite 110
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law
Trial attorney (not merely a negotiator). Criminal defense (misdemeanors and felonies), Civil (personal injury) and Appellate (criminal and civil). Worked on the defense team for then San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock. Written successful briefs and oral argument in both Civil and Criminal Appeals.

Specialize in Criminal Defense cases up to and including trial.
Suzanne Marie Ferguson
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Suzanne Marie Ferguson
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years of experience
(949) 887-7036 27475 Ynez Road
Suite 283
Temecula, CA 92591
Free ConsultationCriminal
Univ of San Diego School of Law
At Suzanne M. Ferguson, Attorney at Law, we are focused on providing the highest quality services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to get the results you want. Ms. Ferguson graduated with a Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego, School of Law. While living in San Diego, Ms. Ferguson worked at the San Diego Public Defender's Office as well as a handful of private firms. Ms. Ferguson eventually joined the Orange County Public Defender's Office where she worked for almost six years. While at the Public Defender's Office...
Heather Kristine Gray
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Heather Kristine Gray
Murrieta, , CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years of experience
(951) 231-5819 26636 Margarita Suite 101
Murrieta, , CA 92563
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University and Arizona State Univ COL
A former prosecutor, Heather K. Gray spent thousands of hours in a courtroom. She is a powerful advocate in the courtroom and a voice of calm for the uncertainties that family law issues can bring. While a Deputy District Attorney, Heather handled all types and severity of cases from simple assault, domestic violence, child abuse to complicated drug trafficking cases. She founded both the Southwest Mental Health Court as well as the Southwest Drug Courts. Her years in the DA's office taught her the value of a case and the worth of her time. She is a tireless advocate for...
Matthew B. Duarte
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Matthew B. Duarte
Hemet, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(951) 667-7883 1001 E Morton Pl
Hemet, CA 92543
Criminal and Business
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Based in Hemet, California, the firm of Davis Wojcik Duarte, APLC handles a wide range of criminal defense and civil law cases including litigation, transactional law, and estate planning. Their friendly and knowledgeable team has over 50 years of experience interacting with California’s court system. They have work on many million-dollar civil cases and complex criminal cases. Regardless of your situation, they aim to provide each client with caring and personalized representation. Call their team today at (888) 282-6603 for a zero-charge consultation.
Gregory H. Comings
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Gregory H. Comings

Free Consultation! Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney! Aggressive Defense!

I am a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense lawyer. I fight for the best possible outcomes for those who are facing criminal charges! Visit my website to see case results or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Vikas Bajaj
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Vikas Bajaj

Get help now! Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

I’m an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases throughout southern California. I will fight for you and your rights and help you through every step of your case. Read More »
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Rebecca O'Kray-Murphy
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Rebecca O'Kray-Murphy
(951) 652-9000 1001 E Morton Pl
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Hemet, CA 92543
Hemet, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience
Criminal, Business and Employment
Wayne State University Law School
Rebecca O’Kray-Murphy is an associate at Davis & Wojcik, APLC.

Ms. O’Kray-Murphy’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University where she was the co-chair of the Student Trial Advocacy Program. As a student, she volunteered at the Free Legal Aid Clinic and served as a student research attorney with the Student Appellate Program.

Ms. Murphy is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, and Michigan and has experience representing clients in a board range of matters, including civil proceedings, criminal cases, due process proceedings, and domestic violence cases.
Julie Ann Baldwin
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Julie Ann Baldwin
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years of experience
(951) 973-0018 38975 Sky Canyon Dr
#211
Murrieta, CA 92563
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of San Diego School of Law and University of California - Riverside
Haig C. Gorian
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Haig C. Gorian
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years of experience
(951) 506-6654 25240 Hancock Avenue
Suite 110
Murrieta, CA 92562
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
In 2002, Haig Charles Gorian dedicated his work exclusively to the protection of the criminally accused in Riverside County. Now, more than a decade later, the attorney is recognized for his aggressive and unwavering defense of persons who have been accused of DUI, theft, drug crimes, homicide, and sexual offenses. Gorian practices in all civil and criminal courts in Southern California, and his practice extends to the federal court system as well. Admitted to practice in the California State Bar and the Central and Southern Districts of the Federal Court System, the attorney’s skillful legal defense can be utilized for...
Edgar Diaz
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Edgar Diaz
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(951) 776-6659 27780 Jefferson Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Stephen Auston Odom
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Stephen Auston Odom
Menifee, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience
(951) 679-1171 27851 Bradley Rd Ste 165
Menifee, CA 92586
Free ConsultationCriminal and Real Estate
California Southern LS
B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona, JD from Southern California Law School. 23 years experience helping people with the criminal defense and civil litigation problems.
John Lawrence Michels
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John Lawrence Michels
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years of experience
41593 Winchester Road Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92590
Criminal
Notre Dame Law School
John Michels is a Criminal Defense Attorney. He represents defense clients in both Riverside County and San Bernardino County. Areas of practice include assault & battery, drug crimes, DUI & driving offenses, theft crimes, domestic violence, probation violations and murder.
Babak Semnar
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Babak Semnar
Temecula, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years of experience
(858) 688-6598 43471 Ridge Park Drive
Suite A
Temecula, CA 92590-5526
Criminal and Business
Whittier Coll School of Law
Brad Jefferson Landon
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Brad Jefferson Landon
Murrieta, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years of experience
(951) 677-7774 29975 Technology Drive
Suite 101
Murrieta, CA 92563
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Civil Rights
Whittier Law School
James Melvin Taylor
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James Melvin Taylor
Banning, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(951) 849-2081 783 W Ramsey St
Suite G
Banning, CA 92220
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
Western State Univ COL
Andrew Michael Rosenfeld
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Andrew Michael Rosenfeld
Menifee, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years of experience
(800) 658-4510 30141 Antelope Road Suite D-139
Menifee, CA 92584
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and Consumer
Univ of Virginia School of Law

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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