Richmond Criminal Lawyers

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James Thomas Reilly
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Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years of 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 13 years of 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
PREMIUM

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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Elliot Silver
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years of 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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Leigh Ellen Johnson
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Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years of experience
(510) 245-2468 3150 Hilltop Mall Road
#63
Richmond, CA 94806
Criminal, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Leigh E. Johnson is a practicing trial lawyer, and principal of “Trial Whisperer” Trial Consulting. Leigh is dedicated to assisting lawyers preparing for trial in both civil and criminal arenas. Her expertise is in developing an effective storyline that serves as the vortex for opposing counsel. She accurately identifies issues and reconstructs them to achieve positive outcomes within a variety of legal forums from arbitration to trial. Leigh’s philosophy is that in order to obtain the best results regardless of forum, you should always prepare your case as if it were going to trial. Leigh’s passion and primary focus...
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years of experience
(510) 388-0502 3150 Hilltop Mall Rd # 89
Richmond, CA 94806
Criminal and DUI
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall and University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years of experience
(510) 222-1185 3260 Blume Dr # 410
Richmond, CA 94806
Criminal, DUI and Family
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years of experience
(510) 965-9505 54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
Antioch School of Law
Point Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(510) 232-4000 54 Railroad Ave
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
University of California Hastings College of the Law and UC Hastings COL
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience
(510) 412-4900 3811 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Criminal
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Point Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 51 years of experience
(510) 232-5184 201 W Richmond Ave Ste 3
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal and DUI
University of California Hastings College of the Law and UC Hastings COL
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years of experience
(510) 412-4900 3811 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Criminal and DUI
Univ of Michigan Law Sch and University of Michigan Law School
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of experience
(925) 646-2481 54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
New York Univ School of Law and New York University School of Law
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years of experience
(415) 625-7740 228 Lakeshore Ct
Richmond, CA 94804
Criminal
Univ of Wisconsin Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(415) 625-3541 PO Box 2844
Richmond, CA 94802
Criminal
Seth Paul Chazin
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Albany, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years of experience
(510) 507-8100 1164 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706
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.
Elena Condes
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years of experience
(510) 665-1792 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...
Joseph Odysseus Mastro
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years of 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...
Tracy Barrett
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SAN RAFAEL, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience
(415) 322-9220 1101 5TH AVE. STE. 150
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94920
Free ConsultationCriminal
Member of the California Bar Association for 17 years. The last twelve years of practice have been devoted exclusively to criminal defense, representing both adults and juveniles accused of crime. Practice includes defending all types of cases - from vehicle code violations to homicides. Additionally experienced with DUI, drug, domestic violence, theft and assault cases, as well as multiple other types of cases. Specialties:This office is solely dedicated to criminal defense.
Michael A. Coffino
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Sausalito, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years of experience
(415) 786-9703 3030 Bridgeway
#207
Sausalito, CA 94965
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Wisconsin Law School and University of Oregon
Elizabeth Grossman
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years of 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.
Katherine Parsons Dwight
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years of 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.
Alex Verbeck
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(415) 212-8253 2120 University Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Landlord Tenant
Lewis & Clark Law School
Thomas V. Roland
Claimed Lawyer Profile
BERKELEY, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years of experience
(510) 841-1500 1830 Berkeley Way
BERKELEY, CA 94703
Criminal, Appeals, Business and Divorce
U of San Francisco School of Law
John Stanko
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(877) 204-8900 4040 Civic Center Dr
#200
San Rafael, CA 94903
Free ConsultationSan Rafael, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years of experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
New College of California School of Law, San Francisco
I am an aggressive criminal defense lawyer dedicated solely to protecting people caught up in the turmoil of California's criminal justice system. I provide personal representation that gets results. I represent clients in Marin, Solano, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and every other Bay Area county. My practice areas include the defense of those charged with DUI, traffic tickets and all misdemeanor and felony crimes.
Sam Amin
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(415) 300-2037 75 Broadway Street
Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111
Criminal and DUI
John F. Kennedy University
As a San Francisco criminal defense lawyer, Haitham (Sam) Amin is a passionate and aggressive advocate for the criminally accused. He has represented clients facing both felony and misdemeanor level offenses. Mr. Amin started his legal career early on in the Office of the Public Defenders in Solano County. He continued on to become a Deputy Public Defender in Marin County, tackling DUI and domestic violence cases for clients. This experience helped him gain crucial courtroom skill and insight. Now handling Criminal & DUI cases for his own clients in the Bay Area, Mr. Amin crafts strong and strategic cases....
Christopher F. Morales
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of experience
(415) 552-1215 1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
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)...
Ghazal Sharif
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(925) 768-7718 66 Franklin Street
Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatOakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years of experience
Criminal and DUI
California Western School of Law
Ghazal Sharif of The G Law Firm defends those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland, Richmond and San Jose. Our goal is to help people maintain their ability to drive and have their court case dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. The time to call us is now because your driver’s license will be suspended unless a DMV hearing is requested within 10 days of an arrest. Call us for help to request a hearing and discuss the possibility of having criminal charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense....
Jonathan Charles Dunten
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years of 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...
Kevin E Mitchell
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years of 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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Pezhman Pakneshan
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years of experience
(415) 293-8454 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Domestic Violence
Univ of Pennsylvania LS
The Pakneshan Firm is dedicated to representing clients accused, investigated or charged in state and federal criminal and administrative matters. The Pakneshan Firm is a Bay Area criminal, DUI and Civil Rights law firm which has the experience, expertise and resources to handle all phases of your case. Our firm represents clients in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties. The Pakneshan Firm has established itself as one of the Bay Area’s premier criminal defense firms. We have a proven track record for getting the best possible results for our clients.

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Adam Garrard Gasner
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years of 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...
Carin Leanne Johnson
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years of experience
(925) 952-8900 2125 Oak Grove Rd Ste 315
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Carin Johnson is a passionate defender of parents’ rights and has practiced dependency and juvenile law for over 27 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Chico State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate University, School of Law, 1993.

In September 2010, Carin presented oral argument in the California First District Court of Appeal, involving a case where the dependency court denied her client reunification services and sought to terminate her parental rights. Carin fought hard for the mother and won a rare REVERSAL, of the lower court’s ruling. This changed California law.

Again, Carin argued a wrongfully-accused...
Givelle J. Lamano
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years of experience
(510) 842-0750 505 14th Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, 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...
Lucy Stearns McAllister
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years of 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,...
Marc David Pelta
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
(415) 963-1152 234 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationSan Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years of experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
City University of New York School of Law
Marc Pelta is a former prosecutor who now uses that experience to help defend his clients in DUI and criminal defense cases across California.

For proven results, some of his past clients, please look on Yelp, Avvo, and Google+.

There is no charge for the first meeting where I give a flat-fee quote and explain how I will defend you and what the best and worst case scenarios are for you.

I enjoy fighting for my clients and getting them positive results.

It is important to me.

My website is: www.peltalaw.com.

My phone number is: 415-963-1152.
Stanley Dale Radtke
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San Leandro, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(510) 863-8058 2450 Washington Ave.
Ste. 170
San Leandro, CA 94577
Criminal, Appeals, Immigration and Social Security Disability
University of San Francisco School of Law
Kevin Heaney
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San Rafael, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years of experience
(415) 302-9609 24 Professional Center Pkwy
Ste 240
San Rafael, CA 94903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of San Francisco
The Law Offices of Kevin Heaney specialize in criminal defense and personal injury matters. Over 25 years of experience with successful trial track record. Serving all Bay Area counties and beyond.
Stephen Moskowitz
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years of 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...
John Michael Runfola
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years of 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...
Andrew Holley
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Daly City, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years of experience
(530) 715-2300 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....
Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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(415) 770-0146 1000 Brannan St
#400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSan Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years of 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 2018-2019 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...
Elliot Silver
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years of experience
(510) 995-0000 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.
James Thomas Reilly
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII GoldSocial Media
(866) 251-4506 146 Washington Ave.
Suite D
Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationRichmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years of 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.

Richmond Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Prison Law Office
San Rafael, CA


Family Violence Law Center
(800) 947-8301
Oakland, CA

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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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