Richmond, California Criminal Lawyers

Givelle J. Lamano
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5-Star Rated Bay Area Criminal Defense Law & DUI Super Lawyer

I’m an experienced Bay Area criminal defense lawyer and represent individuals who have been charged with a crime. I will fight for your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system throughout your case. Read More »
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Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 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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James Thomas Reilly
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Richmond, CA 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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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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Elliot Silver
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 24 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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Leigh Ellen Johnson
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Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years 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...
Point Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(510) 232-4000 54 Railroad Ave
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
UC Hastings COL
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(510) 222-1185 3260 Blume Dr # 410
Richmond, CA 94806
Criminal, DUI and Family
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(510) 965-9505 54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
Antioch School of Law
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(510) 412-4900 3811 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Criminal
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(415) 625-7740 228 Lakeshore Ct
Richmond, CA 94804
Criminal
Univ of Wisconsin Law School
Point Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 50 years experience
(510) 232-5184 201 W Richmond Ave Ste 3
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal and DUI
UC Hastings COL
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(510) 388-0502 3150 Hilltop Mall Rd # 89
Richmond, CA 94806
Criminal and DUI
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(510) 412-4900 3811 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Criminal and DUI
Univ of Michigan Law Sch
Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(925) 646-2481 54 Railroad Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Criminal
New York Univ School of Law
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 31 years 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 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...
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...
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.
Tracy Barrett
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SAN RAFAEL, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years 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.
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
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
Sam Amin
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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 28 years 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)...
Pezhman Pakneshan
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(415) 293-8454 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, 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 and DUI 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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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 23 years 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.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Education
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
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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...
Adam Garrard Gasner
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(415) 782-6000 345 Franklin St
Law Chambers Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of San Francisco School of Law
GASNER CRIMINAL LAW is directed and managed by San Francisco native Adam G. Gasner. Mr. Gasner is board certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law – a distinction held by fewer than 400 of the more that 250,000 practicing lawyers in the State of California. Mr. Gasner holds an AV Preeminent® rating defense from Marindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that Adam Gasner's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. He also currently serves as the president and officer of the...
Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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(415) 770-0146 1000 Brannan St
#400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationSan Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
The Law Office of Matt Sullivan is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. The office defends individuals accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses throughout the Bay Area. The office has successfully defended many clients, including small business owners, tech workers, college students, nurses, firefighters, police officers, attorneys, and regular citizens.

Matt Sullivan is a University of San Francisco Law School graduate. Mr. Sullivan was selected to the 2018-2019 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...
Jonathan Charles Dunten
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 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...
John Michael Runfola
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(415) 391-4243 Pier 9 Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Juvenile
San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco School of Law
John Runfola is a highly experienced and effective criminal defense attorney. His cases have at times drawn international attention, and he has succeeded in winning favorable results for clients both at trial and through skillful pre-trial work. He is listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has earned the highest rating from the national lawyer registry Martindale Hubbell. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Runfola served as a Public Defender in San Francisco, where he gained invaluable courtroom experience. He is a seasoned trial lawyer, yet is equally adept at the behind-the-scenes work that often proves critical to a...
Aaron Spolin
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(310) 589-3793 1390 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Spolin Law P.C.’s founder, Aaron Spolin, is a former prosecutor and award-winning Los Angeles criminal appeals attorney. He has achieved successful outcomes on hundreds of criminal cases, including numerous dismissals of major felony cases; non-criminal resolutions to complex fraud and insurance fraud defense cases; dismissals of drug, DUI, violent-crime, and theft charges; successful appellate outcomes from the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court; and multiple not-guilty jury verdicts at trial.

Aaron is the recipient of various awards for his advocacy, including the American College of Trial Lawyer’s Medal for Excellence in Oral Advocacy as well as Princeton University’s Lynde...
Alexander Fredrick Harper
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 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.
Robert M. Amparan
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(855) 350-5005 861 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Golden Gate University School of Law
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
Kevin E Mitchell
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 581-0885 885 Bryant Street, 2d Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Golden Gate University School of Law
Mr. Mitchell is dedicated to defense by training and experience, familiar with the demands of protecting the interests of the criminally accused. He worked for 7 years as a Public Defender and handled thousands of cases before going into private practice. He has experience in representing individuals in cases involving Homicide, Domestic Violence, DUI, Drug Sales and Possession, Weapons, Elder Abuse, Assault and Battery, Burglary, Robbery, Evading, Gang, White Collar Crimes, Conspiracy and Probation Violations.

He also pursues Civil Right Violations, police misconduct cases, ensuring his clients are afforded their rights or compensation for the deprivation of the same.

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Sergio H. Benavides
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 867-5181 1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
I am a top rated Criminal Defense Lawyer and Certified Criminal Law Specialist- by State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Out of hundreds of Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Francisco--there are only 10 Certified Specialists. I am one of the top performers. I have 10 years of experience, having helped thousands of clients with every type of criminal charge, from petty theft, to drug possession, to attempted murder and sexual assault. I've handled DUIs, Domestic violence. I have taken over 30 cases to trial, and achieved excellent results. I am fluent...
Elliot Silver
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 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.
Lucy Stearns McAllister
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(877) 280-9944 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Criminal, Administrative, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister is a California-based administrative law, licensing law and criminal law practice providing legal services for clients in California. Attorney McAllister has successfully won over 250 Superior Court trials as a Defense Attorney.With 30+ years experience as a civil and criminal attorney.

She specializes in the following areas of law:

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

Criminal Law:
Restraining orders, DUI charges and convictions, Domestic Violence, Sex Charges, Strikes Charges, Assault and Battery, Theft and Fraud,...
Frank Scott Moore
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San Francisco, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(415) 292-6091 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 854
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime
U of San Francisco School of Law
When individuals or businesses are involved in any form of litigation, they want an attorney who offers face-to-face contact and provides valuable legal services at competitive and reasonable costs. The Law Offices of Frank S. Moore, APC in San Francisco and Healdsburg, California, has attorneys on staff and "of counsel" that are committed and dedicated to clients and have extensive experience in the following areas of practice: • Business Litigation • Appeals and Writs • Federal and White Collar Criminal Defense • Wrongful Death • Personal Injury • Civil Rights • Disability...
James Thomas Reilly
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(866) 251-4506 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.
Marc David Pelta
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(415) 963-1152 234 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationSan Francisco, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years 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.
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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.