Walnut Creek, 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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James Thomas Reilly
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California 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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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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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.

As a former...
Justin Kirk Tabayoyon
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(925) 609-4003 1990 North California Blvd
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
John F. Kennedy University
Mr. Tabayoyon is a United States Army veteran that holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in Managerial Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law. He decided to practice in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury because of his own personal experiences in those areas of law. He is a zealous and aggressive advocate for his clients. He strongly believes in limited government, freedom, civil liberty, parental rights, and gender neutral application of the law. Mr. Tabayoyon is a highly experienced trial attorney....
Manjula Martin
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(415) 617-9375 1981 N. Broadway
Suite 440A
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
MANJULA MARTIN is a criminal defense attorney at Lamano Law Office. Prior to her work with LLO, she clerked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office where she worked on domestic violence cases, sexual assault crimes, and felony preliminary hearings. She received the Cali Excellence Award for Criminal Litigation in 2008 and helped draft a presentation that was used at an international conference on identifying and combatting Human Trafficking. It was during this tenure that she realized that her true passion in helping people.

Ms. Martin went on to represent low-income women seeking to leave abusive situations in...
Blackie Burak
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 47 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.
Thomas Murray Fleming
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(510) 502-0080 1255 Treat Blvd Ste 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Yale Law School
Attorney Thomas Fleming graduated from Yale Law School and UC Berkeley; taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Law School; taught criminal trial skills, in DUI and criminal cases, to future prosecutors and defense attorneys; and taught UC Berkeley undergraduate law classes about the U.S. Constitution, the courts and politics for over 20 years.

Thomas also served the community, in DUI and criminal cases, for over two decades as a Trial Attorney with the Public Defender. He successfully took many, many cases to jury trials, and developed a very special expertise in defending against DUI and criminal...
Thomas Martin O'Connor
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(925) 939-5600 1196 Boulevard Way, Suite 20
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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 Anthony Motta
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 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...
Alexander Cross
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 862-7677 1990 N. California Blvd.
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mr. Cross is an expert in the field of criminal law. Mr. Cross will fight more aggressively than anyone to bring you the best outcome possible. His name brings chills to prosecutors, as evidenced by never losing a trial out of over 1,500 cases. He passionately cares about defending his clients and does everything within his power to help them. Having attended the University of California, Berkeley for Undergraduate studies, he received a B.A. in Legal Studies. He subsequently attended the prestigious San Francisco Law School to receive his J.D. He is a member of many associations, including...
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
Richard Allen Madsen Jr
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(925) 974-0800 Civic Plaza
1655 North Main Street, Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Defense
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Criminal Defense and DUI attorney Richard A. Madsen, Jr. (a former Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney) has represented thousands of first-time offenders who have been arrested or charged with driving under the influence throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Mr. Madsen's impeccable reputation speaks for itself. Recognized as a highly skilled trial lawyer and negotiator, and well seasoned in the intricacies of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Mr. Madsen works tirelessly to protect his clients' rights and achieve superior results. Mr. Madsen knows the system. For nearly twenty years, Mr. Madsen has utilized his reputation and long-standing relationships...
Matthew James O'Connor
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(925) 357-9210 1277 Treat Blvd
Suite 850
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal and DUI
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Matthew J. O'Connor is a founding partner of the O'Connor Law, APC and currently focuses his practice on criminal defense. Mr. O'Connor regularly defends adults and juveniles in all types of criminal matters, including but not limited to: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Assault, Robbery, Three Strikes cases, Murder, Domestic Violence, Rape, Illegal Firearms, Theft and Drug crimes, Probation and Parole hearings. Mr. O'Connor graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1995 and graduated cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999. Upon graduating from law school Mr. O'Connor served as a deputy district attorney...
Michael Edmund Cardoza
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(925) 274-2900 1220 Oakland Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Richard Lewis Howard
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 50 years experience
(925) 939-8722 1806 Bonanza St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
San Francisco Law Sch
Christopher R. Varnell
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 472-6536 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
At the Law Offices of Christopher Varnell, we handle all types of criminal cases from DUI's to homicides. Our office has a reputation of being intelligent, skilled, and prepared in the courtroom, which has led to success both in trial and in negotiating settlements which were beneficial to our clients. Practice Areas: DUI Defense Theft Crimes Domestic Violence White Collar Crimes Drug Possession & Sales Murder & Manslaughter Juvenile Defense Sex Offenses
Mark W. Kelsey
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Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney
(925) 476-5761 877 Ygnacio Valley Rd #208
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal and Civil Rights
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
Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(925) 932-2468 1255 Treat Blvd Ste 600
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Criminal, Business and Employment
Boston University School of Law
Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(925) 262-8406 201 N Civic Dr Ste 225
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Animal, Business and DUI
University of California, Davis
Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(925) 938-6100 1470 Maria Ln Ste 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Elder
University of Oregon School of Law
Walnut Creek, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(925) 933-7500 201 N Civic Dr Ste 225
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Criminal, DUI and Stockbroker Fraud
John F. Kennedy
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....
Peter Tuann
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 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.
Oksana Tsykova
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Lafayette, CA Criminal Law Lawyer
(925) 299-6725 3650 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Suite 225
Lafayette, CA 94549
Criminal, Immigration and Juvenile
Golden Gate University School of Law
Michael Peter Semansky
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(925) 372-8766 3rd Floor
Martinez, CA 94553
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Claims
U of San Francisco School of Law
Attorney Michael P. Semansky has been representing clients in criminal defense and personal injury matters for over 36 years. He is dedicated to providing each client with personalized attention and strives to resolve every case efficiently and effectively. If you are in need of a settlement or recovery for your personal injury claim, or an aggressive criminal defense, he is an attorney you can trust to get results.
Guy Ellery Louie
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San Ramon, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 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
Laureen Bethards
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Laf, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(510) 525-1001 3650 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Laf, CA 94549
Criminal
Ghazal Sharif
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(925) 768-7718 1901 Harrison Street
Suite 1100
Oakland , CA 94612
Free ConsultationOakland , CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
WELCOME. For those seeking a DUI and criminal defense lawyer, welcome! I am the Founding Partner of the Law Office of Ghazal Sharif. I defend good people facing DUI and criminal charges. As a former prosecutor and passionate defense lawyer, I am results driven and client focused. I offer results, move for dismissals, fight for reduced charges and negotiate plea deals. I do what is best for my clients because my clients’ wins are my wins.

FIRM SPECIALITY. I aspire to be the go–to lawyer for the toughest cases. I am often hired by clients with make–or–break matters, including immigrants,...
Christopher A. Lamiero
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Dublin, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(925) 452-8214 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...
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 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...
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.
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...
Lynn Gorelick
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Pleasanton, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 36 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...
Seth Paul Chazin
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Albany, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 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.
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.
Stanley Dale Radtke
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San Leandro, CA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years 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
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...
Joseph Michael Tully
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Martinez, CA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 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,...
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...
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...
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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.