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San Diego Criminal Attorney

When You Need A Partner and Not Just A Lawyer

  • 26 years of Experience in both State and Federal Court focusing on Criminal Cases in San Diego.
  • Individual attention to your case, not a mill, will have attorneys personal contact information.
  • Dedicated team of paralegals, assistants, and private investigator.
  • Years of building relationships with the judges, city attorneys, and district attorneys.
  • Affordable and competitive flat fees.
  • Payment plans on approved cases.
  • Free consultation and case evaluation before we accept each case to make sure we can help.
  • Extensive background in immigration, family law and civil law which often ties into criminal cases.
  • Treating each client like our only client, with an emphasis on compassion and understanding to meet each clients individual goals in their case.
  • Award-winning criminal defense Top 10 Client Satisfaction Award by the American Association of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Facing a criminal charge can be one of the stressful, confusing, and frightening experiences of your life. You’ve been arrested or have received some paperwork in the mail saying that criminal charges have been filed against you. You have a million thoughts running through your mind. Will I lose my job? Will I be incarcerated? Will I have a criminal record that will pop up on background checks? When facing a criminal charge, your job, your family, your reputation, and your future are at stake.

At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we understand how you feel and are ready to help. We have 75 years of combined knowledge, understanding, and experience to win back your freedom. We know the ins and out of criminal law and take a team approach to ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. With every case we accept, we put ourselves in our clients’ positions. From that point of view, we provide the sort of representation we would expect if we were facing the same challenges.

Criminal defense is all we do – and we do it well. We believe that specialization matters. And regardless of the criminal charges you’re facing, you can rely on us to protect your rights and freedom. We have an in-house investigator and a network of criminologists, toxicologists, and other highly specialized experts we work with to build a compelling case. You can rest assured that you’ll receive the relentless and aggressive defense that you deserve.

Schedule an initial consultation by calling our office at 619-880-5474 or by completing our online contact form. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Ask the Tough Questions

When you’re facing a criminal charge, your situation may seem bleak. Finding the right San Diego criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. As such, it’s important to take the time to do your research and find an attorney who can get you a winning chance at having your charges dismissed or lowering your sentence. You need to find a criminal lawyer who is going to is going to listen to your story, show interest, talk your language, explain your options, give you the right advice, and work hard to win your case. You don’t want an attorney who just is just there to provide representation. You need an attorney who loves their work.

But with thousands of criminal defense attorneys to choose from, how do you know which one is best suited to handle your case, especially when you have a limited understanding of the legal process? Most criminal attorneys offer a free initial consultation, which you can use to learn more about a lawyer and determine if they’re right for you. For this reason, you need to have some thoughtful questions to ensure you get all the information you need to make an informed decision. Here is a list of important questions you need to ask before hiring a criminal defense attorney in San Diego.

  1. What specializations do you have?
  2. How long have you practiced law?
  3. How long have you been a criminal defense attorney?
  4. How much experience do you have with this type of case?
  5. What is your AVVO rating?
  6. How many cases have you handled?
  7. How many cases have you won?
  8. Will you be the one to actually handle my case?
  9. Who will be my main point of contact in the office?
  10. Who else in your office will be working on my case?
  11. What are your fees and do you offer payment plans?

Before retaining the attorney, you need to feel comfortable with their experience and ability to handle your case. You can also check their reviews and clients’ testimonials to see if their success applies to your case. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we stand ready to answer your questions and help you navigate the rough waters of California’s criminal justice system.

Our Intake Process

Navigating the murky waters of the criminal justice system can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to end up behind bars if you don’t have the right legal representation. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we never approach cases as routine. We take the time to listen to your story and the events leading up to the charges you’re facing. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your case, ask questions, and educate you about the criminal justice system. The initial consultation stage allows us to gather important information and guides our strategy for each client.

Each criminal case can have different implications on each person with regards to aspects such as their job, professional licensing, school applications, security clearance, possessing firearms, live-scans, and background checks. So, before determining if we can accept a client’s case, we take the time to sit down with them to understand what their unique needs and goals are. Some clients are risk-averse and want the best possible outcomes without going to trial. Others want to fight to the end even if it means having their cases tried before a jury or a judge. We provide the knowledge and skills to help each client to decide what course is best for them.

If we accept your case, we want you to come into our office and have a one-on-one meeting with the attorney assigned to your case. This will give you a chance to meet our team and get to learn more about us as we learn more about you. What’s more, we will give you a step-by-step program to help you understand the procedural steps ahead of you. In this way, you’ll have peace of mind and be able to play an active role in your case.

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Not Just A Typical 9 To 5 Criminal Defense Law Firm

What happens when you’re arrested outside of normal operating hours, on a holiday, or over the weekend? Tragedy never waits to strike, and law enforcement does not make arrests based on personal schedules. So, when the unfortunate happens, you deserve immediate legal help. This is why we at San Diego Criminal Attorney feel that being available 24/7 is something we must do to help our clients. In addition, you will have the phone number and relevant contact info of the attorney assigned to your case. This guarantees that any time – night or day, you will have someone available to answer your call and handle any emergencies.

After an arrest, police immediately start keeping account of what the suspect says or does. This information will be submitted to the prosecutor and used as evidence to support a conviction. In addition, criminal cases in California are time-sensitive. The time between getting arrested and retaining a criminal lawyer can substantially affect the outcome of your case. The sooner you hire a defense attorney after an arrest, the better.  Waiting for too long, only lessens the time we have to investigate each detail. And as time passes without a defense attorney in your corner, the more likely valuable evidence may get lost, and key witnesses become unavailable. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we understand that a criminal arrest can be confusing, stressful, and emotionally draining, and that’s why we strive to accommodate clients at all times, not just when it is convenient. We’re available to offer a complimentary case review, regardless of the time. Feel free to call or text us.

At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we have a reputation for building for meeting our clients’ needs from the start and building solid working relations with them. We know there many great ways to handle a criminal defense case, so we focus on offering representation that’s tailored to each client’s unique needs while staying committed to seeking outstanding results. We maintain our commitment to the highest legal standards. From the moment of our first contact, we commit to:

  • Provide you with the best possible defense strategy and put our decades of experience to work in your favor.
  • Litigate your case with professionalism. We will negotiate faithfully and courteously, but never back down against your interest.
  • To exercise independent professional judgment and not be swayed by law enforcement agents and prosecutors.
  • Personally, handle your case and not pass it off to a paralegal or some unknown attorney.
  • Keep you informed regarding all relevant information concerning your case and provide you with copies of important papers.
  • Respond to telephone calls, text messages, and emails within the hour. We are on call 24/7 and always ready to address any questions and concerns that may arise during the course of representation.
  • Treat you and your family with respect and courtesy.
  • Charge a reasonable fee and be open about how that fee will be computed and billed.
  • Work to resolve your legal matter as quickly as the circumstances reasonably allow.

We limit the number of cases we take on to ensure that our clients receive the time and resources needed for satisfactory results. When you retain San Diego Criminal Attorney, you’ll get nothing but honest, firm guidance and representation.

Where Experience Meets Hard Work

Over the years, we have represented individuals facing criminal all sorts of criminal charges, from simple infractions to serious felonies. We appreciate the opportunity to defend the constitutional rights of the accused. This has driven us to provide high-quality legal representation to our clients. Through hard work and experience, we have earned the respect and trust of prosecutors, judges, jurors, and other legal professionals in San Diego. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we don’t retain clients aggressively and then delegate their case to some unknown attorney. We’ve invested significant time and resources to put together a team of highly skilled and experienced attorneys to handle our caseload. All our cases are handled internally. This is a promise we make to you.

With over 75 years of combined experience in state and federal courts, our attorneys have successfully defended thousands of criminal cases. We know how to win and will do everything necessary to fight for the rights of our clients. We’re not a “cookie-cutter” law firm. We take the time to research, investigate, and gather mitigating evidence in your favor. We relentlessly examine every possible outcome to make sure no options are left concealed. We build each defense from the ground up based on the specific details of each case. Our bold tactics are decisive, and our attorneys are devoted to delivering you from the charges against you. When you put us in your corner, you can feel confident that your chances of securing a beneficial outcome are high and that your future is bright.

Our team at San Diego Criminal Attorney has vast resources and more than 75 years of combined experience. We have represented thousands of clients in San Diego and all of Southern California, and we have a long history of success. We have won many pre-trial motions and full acquittals in bench and jury trials. We’re also skilled negotiators who have been able to obtain favorable non-trial resolutions, including the dismissal of charges, negotiated pleas, and diversion programs.

When your constitutional rights and freedom are threatened, we know how to fight the charges you face. There’s a reason why we’ve been recognized and trusted by clients: we deliver excellent client satisfaction. We have a long track record of taking on cases that others turn down and winning where others couldn’t. Whereas some lawyers may work to avoid contested hearings or trial, our attorneys do not shy away from courtroom battles. We’re here to get you the best possible outcome and not to be at the mercy of the prosecutor. Our peers in the legal profession know that we fight to win.

We do not just rest on laurels; we bring the same level of relentless commitment to every single case. We know how to devise winning defense strategies and aggressively pursue our client’s best interests. Our team offers you full knowledge of relevant California laws as well as years of hands-on experience defending criminal charges such as yours in local San Diego courts. No matter how difficult your case is, you can’t count on San Diego Criminal Attorney to provide a top-tier criminal defense that will win you the best possible results.


At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we have the skills and experience needed to handle all misdemeanor and felony charges in San Diego. While we recognize that each case is unique, we do believe that being exposed to a wide array of case types provides us with a sound understanding of what to expect during the criminal process, the statutes that apply, techniques the prosecution may apply, and more. Whether you’re charged with a violent or non-violent offense, we work hard to obtain the best possible results. We fight to protect your freedom and reputation. Our criminal defense practice areas include:

Even a seemingly minor altercation or fight can have serious legal implications if you’re charged with Assault and Battery in California. While assault and battery are usually charged together, they’re actually separate crimes with different penalties. Assault is defined as an unlawful attempt to injure another person. “Attempt” is the main word here and basically involves the issuance of a threat and the aggressor possessing the ability to carry out the threat. Assault is committed even if no physical interaction occurs. But if the offender uses physical force after making the threat, the charges escalate to assault and battery.

At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we have the skills and experience in defending all types of assault & battery charges in California, including:

  • Simple Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Simple Battery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Battery on a Peace Officer

We can help tell your side of the story and provide the aggressive representation you need and deserve. If you were unfairly accused or you acted in self-defense, we can present evidence to prove that you lacked willful intent to do harm. We may be able to get the charges dropped or get an acquittal at trial.

Drug crimes in San Diego are aggressively prosecuted as they are usually viewed as a trigger for further criminal activities. Prosecutors impose harsh penalties to make an example of those convicted. Even if the law is becoming more relaxed about the use of marijuana, that does not mean that you will automatically get a slap on the wrist when arrested for a drug-related offense. Drug charges are determined by the type of drug obtained during the arrest, the quantity of the drug, and the location of the alleged crime (specifically if near a place where children assemble), and your criminal record.

Some of the most common types of drug crimes in San Diego and Southern California include:

  • Possession of a narcotic
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession for sale of a controlled substance
  • Manufacturing of a controlled substance
  • Transportation or distribution for sale of a controlled substance
  • Sale or transportation of a controlled substance

A conviction can result in imprisonment, probation, enormous fines, mandatory drug counseling, restitution to law enforcement, and driver’s license revocation. What’s more, a drug crime conviction will be used to enhance future sentencing. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we employ exceptional defense strategies for all types of drug crimes and are willing to challenge every part of the prosecutor’s case against you. We will use every resource at our disposal to have the charges dropped or reduced.

Episodes of domestic violence often unfold in seconds, but the physical and emotional implications on both parties are seemingly endless. California takes cases of domestic violence very seriously. In fact, there are special units set to exclusively prosecute domestic violence crimes and will pursue the cases even when the victim changes his/her story or decides not to press charges. The California Penal Code defines domestic violence as a criminal offense that involves the use of physical violence against a spouse or former spouse, partner or former partner, cohabitant in an intimate relationship, or a dating partner. The law also applies to parents who have children together. The charges of domestic violence can include:

  • Corporal Injury to a Spouse
  • Domestic Battery
  • Criminal Threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Intimate Partner Stalking
  • Violation of Restraining Order

Domestic violence charges on your record can significantly disrupt your personal and professional life, including the ability to successfully pass a background check or even find a spouse. Unfortunately, some domestic violence victims make false accusations to punish the alleged offense and have an advantage in a civil matter such as divorce or child custody dispute. San Diego Criminal Attorney makes an excellent choice of legal representation, thanks to our years of experience, in-depth understanding of the legal statues relevant to domestic violence crimes, and our commitment to leveraging all available evidence to defeat the charges. We’ll focus on protecting your rights and keeping you out of jail.

The San Diego area is well-known for its car culture and traffic jams, so it should not come as a surprise that there are many cases of driving offenses in the region. While many of these driving offenses are minor infractions, there are various misdemeanor and felony driving crimes. Some of the commonly charged driving crimes in San Diego include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Misdemeanor Hit and Run
  • Felony Hit and Run
  • Driving On a Suspended or Revoked License
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Negligent Operator Law

Penalties associated with driving offenses can be severe, including points on your driver’s license, suspension/revocation of your driver’s license, substantial fines, and incarceration. To avoid the harsh penalties, San Diego Criminal Attorney can help develop the most effective strategy to disprove the charges. As your driving crime attorney, we’ll thoroughly investigate your case and fight aggressively for your best outcome.

Not every offense requires physical harm to another person. Some offenses, such as fraud, cause financial harm to a victim. A fraud crime involves using deceit or artifice to deprive another person of money or property and enable you to obtain a benefit you don’t deserve. Fraud crimes involve the use of lies, omissions, and misinterpretation to obtain unfair financial gain. California law prohibits various types of fraud, including:

  • Insurance Fraud
  • Auto Insurance Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud
  • Worker’s Compensation Criminal Fraud
  • Check Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Foreclosure Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud

Fraud crimes are sometimes treated more harshly than common theft crimes because they involve a violation of trust. The consequences of a conviction are too great to ignore. You need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. San Diego Criminal Attorney law firm is here to help. Our attorneys have decades of experience in San Diego courts and have successfully handled many fraud cases. We take a comprehensive evaluation of your case, determine the best defense strategy, and aggressively fight for the best possible outcome.

Few crimes are stigmatized or as emotionally charged as those related to a person’s sexual conduct. While our legal system holds that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, that is not always the case with individuals charged with sex crimes as those around them may jump to conclusions based on allegations made against them. As such, anyone accused of a crime cannot afford to take chances with their defense. A sex crime conviction carries extreme legal consequences, and the evidence presented in court may be incredibly embarrassing ad could permanently harm the accused’s reputation. Furthermore, those convicted will be required to register as sex offenders for the remainder of their lives.

At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we take sex crimes charges seriously and never try to provide a one-size-fits-all defense strategy. Instead, we’re dedicated to developing a personalized defense strategy tailored to your case and goals. We will do everything to protect your rights and good name. We know the rules of evidence and forensic analysis that come to play in sex crime cases. We will know how to counter tactics employed by prosecutors and challenge evidence used against you. And if the evidence is strong, we can help by negotiating a plea deal with the prosecutor to secure a more lenient penalty. Some of the sex crimes we handle include:

  • Rape
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Obscenity
  • Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
  • Internet Sex Crimes
  • Sex Offender Registration Violation

Theft is generally defined as the illegal action of taking another person’s property and permanently depriving him/her of that property. With advances in technology, non-traditional forms of theft, such as card cloning and identity theft, are popping up everywhere. Common types of theft crimes include:

  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Identity theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Receiving stolen property

In many cases, the value of an item can determine whether the prosecutor files misdemeanor or felony charges. Also, more charges may apply if the defendant is accused of using threats, force, or a weapon in the commission of a theft crime. Penalties for a conviction can range from a slap on the wrist to years of incarceration A conviction will also severely limit your future employment or housing prospects as no employer or landlord will want to have a thief in their company or property. It could also disqualify you from procuring a loan or obtaining/renewing your professional license.

With so much at stake, you need an experienced theft crime lawyer who can work hard to deliver solutions for your unique legal needs. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we know all statutes that apply to theft crimes as well as the best ways to prevent a conviction. We will start by reviewing the evidence against you to find weaknesses and violations of law. Depending on what we find, we may be able to get the evidence thrown out, get the charges dropped, or secure an acquittal.

California has some of the toughest penalties in the country for violent crimes, and individuals convicted of these offenses can face long prison sentences and enormous fines. And if you’re a repeat offender, you risk significant prison time due to sentence enhancement under California “Three Strikes” Law. If you’re found guilty, the conviction will have serious implications on your life. You’ll likely face social isolation, removal from your residence, difficulty finding a job, denial of loans, and more.

Some examples of violent crimes in California include:

  • Assault and battery
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Gang violence
  • Homicide
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Acts of terrorism or being involved in a terrorist organization

Many times, law enforcement officers rush to attempt to solve these offenses without a complete investigation. The outcome of this can be a case that is overly charged, or worse yet, resulting in the conviction of an innocent person. Many factors can cause this, including prosecutors and investigators who jump to wrong conclusions, unreliable witness statements, mistaken identity, and even racism. In some cases, it could be that the individual charged with a violent crime was acting in self-defense, which is allowed by the law.

Having an experienced criminal attorney is critical to protecting your freedom. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we know how to create a viable defense strategy to prove your innocence and why you deserve minimal or no punishment. We can also use our negotiation skills to bring your charges down to something less extreme. We can even use our legal prowess to have your charges thrown out completely. This will make your record clear and ensure that the events are behind you.

California has some of the stringent gun laws in the nation. It’s very easy for any firearm-related charge to turn into a serious offense. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you could face imprisonment and loss of the right to own a firearm. And if you use a weapon in the commission of another criminal offense, your sentence could be enhanced, and that means that the penalties will be much harsher. At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we understand California’s complicated firearm laws, and we can help build a strong defense to the charges against you. And if it’s not possible to discredit the evidence against you, we can negotiate for a favorable plea deal. We’re committed to ensuring that you stay out of jail whenever possible.

We defend clients against various weapon charges, including:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Illegal discharge of firearms
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Illegal sale of a firearm
  • Brandishing a firearm
  • Improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle
  • Dealing in assault weapons without a license
  • Using firearms in a restricted area
  • Making false statements to acquire firearms
  • Transfer of large-capacity magazines
  • Carrying a concealed handgun
  • Possession or manufacture of destructive devices

White-collar crimes refer to a wide variety of illegal actions committed for the purpose of financial gain, usually by public officials, entrepreneurs, business people, and other professionals. Simply put, white collar crimes are perpetrated by nonviolent individuals or those in positions of power through deceptive or fraudulent means. Here are some of the most common white collar crimes:

  • Bribery
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Extortion
  • Perjury
  • Identity theft
  • Money laundering
  • Tax offenses

Theft involving the abuse of another person’s trust or the abuse of a position of power can result in serious criminal penalties. This can include jail or prison time, huge fines, and being forced to pay restitution to the victims. Furthermore, a white collar crime can have a lasting negative impact on a person’s professional and personal life. As such, you need to fight back with the help of an experienced white collar crimes defense attorney.

At San Diego Criminal Attorney, we have the skills, tenacity, and experience required to conduct a complete investigation without being thrown off by complicated financial or complicated evidence. We will work diligently to poke holes into the prosecution’s case against you. We can be able to prevent formal charges from being filed by intervening early in the case. And if the evidence against you is problematic, we can negotiate with the prosecutor to ensure you get the most lenient penalty possible.

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