San Ramon, California Criminal Lawyers

James Thomas Reilly
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 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... Read More »
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Elliot Silver
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California Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Attorney Elliot Silver is a seasoned and experienced veteran criminal defense attorney. Since the age of five, Elliot always knew he wanted to be in court fighting for justice. Elliot is a graduate of the... Read More »
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Matt A. Sullivan Esq.
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California Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

The Law Office of Matt Sullivan is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. The office defends individuals accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses throughout the Bay Area. The office has successfully... 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... Read More »
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Chris Feasel
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(925) 605-8747 11040 Bollinger Canyon Rd
Suite E - 507
San Ramon, CA 94582
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University School of Law
The Law Office of Christopher J. Feasel offers professional criminal defense for a wide range of criminal charges. The firm is committed to defending the rights of the accused. Mr. Feasel handles felony and misdemeanor matters as well as traffic offenses in all counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Santa Clara University School of Law, Christopher J. Feasel began his career with the San Mateo County District Attorney's office. While there, he prosecuted every manner of case, including DUI/DWI, drug offences, identity theft, domestic violence, and attempted murder. An experienced...
Guy Ellery Louie
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(925) 234-1440 2010 Crow Canyon Place Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Peter Tuann
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(925) 831-4878 111 Deerwood Road
#200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
We aim to serve residents of the Tri-Valley area in litigation, landlord-tenant, real estate litigation, family law, and immigration.
San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
635 Canyon Crest Rd E
San Ramon, CA 94582
Criminal
San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(925) 277-3410 2010 Crow Canyon Place Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
Criminal
UC Hastings COL
Christopher A. Lamiero
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Dublin, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(510) 329-7676 11501 Dublin Blvd
Suite 200
Dublin, CA 94568
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of San Francisco School of Law
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 prosecutions. I was the trial prosecutor in the case of People v. Madison, Merel, and Cazares. The case involved the prosecution of three men for the murder of Gwen Araujo, a transgender, teenaged girl from Newark, California. The famous case became the subject of a Lifetime Network movie called, "A Girl Like Me."

There is no aspect of the...
Ivan O.B. Morse
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Dublin, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 828-5307 11700 Dublin Boulevard
Suite 240
Dublin, CA 94568
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
San Francisco Law School
Lynn Gorelick
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(925) 847-3006 4900 Hopyard Road, West Lobby
Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Stockbroker Fraud
University of CA, Hastings College of Law
Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for over 34 years. Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the Immediate Past President of the California DUI Lawyers Association. This is the only and most well respected legal organization for California Lawyers specializing in DUI defense. Ms. Gorelick has been a member of this organization since its inception and has served on the Board of Directors for over 15 years. She is committed to the protection your rights.

Ms. Gorelick is a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense. She has been a featured speaker at the...
Blackie Burak
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(866) 252-5384 .
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of San Francisco School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law and LaSalle University
Most experienced DUI lawyer in N. California. Over 44 years in practice. Co-founder and past president of the state-wide California Association of DUI Lawyers (CDLA). Received State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law designation in 1985. Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from CDLA in 2015.
Megan Therese Burns
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(925) 460-8484 2121 N. California Blvd.
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, 94596
Criminal and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Megan Burns fights for justice on behalf of her clients whether they are charged with a crime or seeking recovery after being injured through no fault of their own. While Ms. Burns has successfully negotiated hundreds of cases, she is also an aggressive and experienced trial attorney. With over ten years of litigation experience in private practice and as deputy public defender in San Francisco and Solano Counties, Ms. Burns possesses the skills necessary to secure the best outcome for her clients. In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Burns has worked on nearly every type of criminal case imaginable...
Leon J. Mezzetti Jr.
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(877) 791-1836 164 Main Street
Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara University School of Law
Rabin Nabizadeh
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(925) 218-4730 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd #300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
UC Hastings COL
John William Stovall III
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(209) 565-4050 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
Humphreys College
Frank Domenico Presto III
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(925) 846-4006 4900 Hopyard Rd., Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Civil Rights and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Michael Scott Martin
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 218-3944 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Criminal, Divorce, Family and White Collar Crime
Contact my office for a consultation at (888) 200-6526. As a former prosecutor, I have handled an extensive and heavy caseload and spent countless hours negotiating with other attorneys and preparing for and taking cases to trial. As a prosecutor I handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials, including a six week special circumstance homicide trial, as a second chair attorney. It is this experience that I will bring to your case. You can be assured, my office will communicate with you as your case develops and zealously represent...
Darryl J. Billups
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Hayward, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(510) 881-5212 1290 B Street, Ste. 307
Hayward, CA 94541
Criminal
Hon. John T. Nejedly
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 389-7023 PO Box 4962
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Criminal
Sergio H. Benavides
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Hayward, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(415) 867-5181 24301 Southland Drive
Suite 212 B
Hayward, CA 94545
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...
Jonathan Charles Dunten
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(510) 645-5900 212 9th Street, Suite 316
Oakland, CA 94607
Criminal and Immigration
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I am licensed to practice law before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, California State Courts, the Federal District Court for Northern California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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

I formerly served as a media liaison for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was a professor of immigration and criminal...
Givelle J. Lamano
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Alameda, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(510) 842-0750 1101 Marina Village Parkway #201
Alameda, CA 94501
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...
Steven Edward Springer
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Fremont, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(888) 490-9852 39275 State Street
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Employment and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara University
Help small to medium size companies navigate through a wide variety of legal challenges: formation, funding, governmental impediments, operational legal planning, merger and acquisition, employee relations, and labor compliance. All with the goal of litigation avoidance. Litigation in all California state courts and the Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California.
David T Reagan
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(510) 506-9061 725 Washington Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal
Santa Clara University School of Law
If you need skilled representation to expunge a conviction, terminate probation early, reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, or obtain any other clean record relief, the Law Office of David Reagan is here to assist your pursuit of justice.

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

We know money is tight sometimes, particularly when dealing with criminal matters,...
Nabiel Ahmed
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(510) 907-6600 1330 Broadway
Suite 948
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Nabiel C. Ahmed is an attorney who has devoted his career to representing Oakland’s criminally accused. He is the founder of The Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, a practice solely devoted to handling criminal cases. Before establishing his private practice, Attorney Ahmed aided numerous Californians as a deputy public defender. He holds an Excellent 8.7 rating on Avvo. For more information, contact his firm today and receive a case evaluation at no cost.
Daniel Horowitz
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Lafayette, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(925) 283-1863 P.O. Box 1547
Lafayette, CA 94549
Criminal and DUI
Southwestern Univ School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law
Courtroom trial lawyer and television legal commentator. Daniel Horowitz is a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" and a certified Specialist in criminal law. (See website for the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.) Daniel Horowitz has taught trial law as a law school professor and published in many legal journals on topics as broad as trial evidence, trial motions and real property law.

Horowitz is often retained as a trial lawyer in cases that were expected to resolve but instead reached the courtroom. The lawyers who are top guns in their specific areas (e.g....
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...
Kenneth Howard Krebs
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Livermore, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(925) 308-6861 487 South J Street
Livermore, CA 94550
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of San Francisco School of Law
As the founding partner of Karlstrom & Krebs, Alameda County lawyer Kenneth H. Krebs offers legal counsel to people accused of crimes, as well as a variety of civil legal matters. For over 31 years, Attorney Krebs has been practicing law in the state of California. His legal diligence over the years has earned him Martindale-Hubbell® BV Distinguished® recognition. He is a graduate of California State University Hayward and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Learn more by contacting his firm today.
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...
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
James Thomas Reilly
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Richmond, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(866) 251-4506 146 Washington Ave.
Suite D
Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationCriminal, 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.
Alexander Fredrick Harper
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(510) 250-9477 420 Third Street
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Florida
With over 10 years, 2,000 cases and numerous jury verdicts under my belt, I stand by ready to help you. I was a Deputy District Attorney for several years, and will put that experience to work for you. I will keep you informed and confident throughout your case. You let me worry about the case while you get on with your life. I am a United States Navy veteran of Afghanistan and a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Thomas Daly
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(925) 208-4801 2950 Buskirk Ave
Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
John F. Kennedy University and California State University - Chico
Howard L. Williams
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(925) 257-2946 535 Main Street
Suite 305
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Seth Paul Chazin
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Albany, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(800) 242-1514 1604 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Seth P. Chazin is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a Northern California Top 100 Lawyer. During his more than 20 years of experience, attorney Chazin has effectively defended thousands of clients accused of crimes in the Bay Area, California and in various places throughout the United States. Drawing upon his history of success, he will provide clients with the knowledge, skill and aggressiveness needed to secure the best possible results.
Robbi Abrams Cook
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(510) 208-5051 420 3rd Street
Suite #200
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Boston University School of Law
Have you been arrested or charged with a DUI or other crime? When you are accused of a crime, you face the risk of losing your liberty, livelihood and reputation. It is crucial that you have an experienced criminal defense and DUI lawyer at your side that is committed to providing you with a smart and aggressive defense. Robbi A. Cook is an experienced courtroom lawyer who has the knowledge and skills you need during this difficult time. She is fiercely dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each and every client, whether it is...
Katherine Parsons Dwight
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Berkeley, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(510) 666-0801 2001 Addison St
Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
Criminal and Immigration
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Katherine has 11 years experience practicing immigration law and vacating convictions for immigrants with criminal convictions. She is also a member of the public attorney panel for the Sixth District Court of Appeal, handling appeals for criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire attorneys for themselves. Katherine is a zeolous advocate for each and every one of her clients.
Joseph Anthony Motta
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(925) 954-8983 1717 N California Blvd, Suite 3D
Suite 3D
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Joseph A. Motta was born and raised in the East Bay. He attended St. Mary’s College and graduated in 1984. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 1987. Joe’s legal career started as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County; from 1988 to 2004. There, he handled thousands of cases. He was a trial attorney on every team including Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Homicide. He supervised the Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Teams; as a supervisor, he maintained his own load of serious cases. As a deputy D.A., Joe prosecuted a number of high...
Hugo Ernesto Castillo
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(510) 686-1555 725 Washington Street
Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94607
Criminal
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Have you been arrested with a criminal offense in Oakland? If so, it may be in your best interest to contact The Castillo Law Office. For nearly 15 years, Attorney Ernie Castillo has been representing the criminally accused in both state and federal courts. Mr. Castillo was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars? Edition of 2013, and he received the Client Distinction Award for 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell®. In addition, he is a former extern for a federal judge, where he had the opportunity to work behind the scenes and witness the thought processes behind a judge’s decision...
Francisco J. Rodriguez
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Oakland, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(510) 504-2030 524 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
New College of California SOL and California State University, Chico
"I am dedicated to my clients and work hard to achieve the results needed in every case" I have represented clients and continue to to serve the counties of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Napa, San Joaquin and all other Northern California Counties. No case is to big, and no case is to small. Each one has a certain value to the client and each deserves 110% effort. This is what I do! We Handle everything from: Traffic stop signs; to DMV suspensions; to DUI cases; to serious felonies.
Thomas Martin O'Connor
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(925) 939-5600 1277 Treat Boulevard, Suite 810
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Thomas M. O'Connor is a founding partner of the firm and currently focuses his practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. As a partner in OâConnor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP, Mr. O'Connor regularly litigates personal injury and wrongful death actions and defends clients in all misdemeanor and felony matters. Mr. O'Connor is a 5th generation San Francisco native and comes from a long line of distinguished attorneys. His grandfather and namesake, Thomas Martin O'Connor, held the office of City Attorney of San Francisco from 1961 until he retired in 1977. His great-grandfather, also Thomas Martin O'Connor, was...
Joseph Michael Tully
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(925) 229-9700 713 Main Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Specializing exclusively in criminal law, Joseph and this team of attorneys have represented thousands of criminal defendants facing serious felony charges. He has extensive experience defending MMJ collectives, cooperatives, cultivators, and caregivers facing criminal charges for helping patients. Joseph Tully has over fifteen years experience practicing criminal law in California and has been certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, Mr. Tully has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in both 2013 and 2014. From Shasta to Oakland to Los Angeles,...
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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.