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James Melvin Taylor

James Melvin Taylor

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence

About Me

As a former VW automotive technician I achieved the distinction of being the Youngest Volkswagen Master Mechanic in Volkswagen history before my life changed due to the actions of a drunk driver; I could no longer work in my profession due to career ending injuries.


I went to college, Cal Poly Pomona and then to Law School, Western State COL, and I was fortunate enough to pass the California State Bar Exam the first time. I opened the door's to my office in September of 2000 and they have been open ever since.


I am a criminal defense attorney through and through. I have been practicing law for well over a decade. During that time I have helped thousands of clients resolve their matters. I have trial experience with cases ranging from Petty Theft to Special Circumstance Murder. I am a successful trial attorney with several Not Guilty's in my career.


Since losing family members to cancer, I am a strong advocate for Medical Marijuana and as such, I have a niche' in the defense of Medical Marijuana cases as well as Consulting in the area of Medical Marijauna.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Thomas Murray Spivack

    I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from his many years of experience and his contributions that Mr. Taylor is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him.


    Thomas Spivack Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick John Silva

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Taylor has the unique ability to "pull a rabbit out of his hat". What does that mean? Well, when the cards are stacked against your client and everyone thinks that he is guilty, then BOOM! James Taylor walks his client out of the courtroom with a Not Guilty verdict. Mr. Taylor even got a Not Guilty verdict when his client made a taped confession to a murder charge. Mr. Taylor is the master during trial! Why is Mr. Taylor so successful? I believe that his success starts with the compassion that he has for his clients and the fact that he takes every case personally and vows to do his very best for every client.


    Patrick Silva DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

66 W Ramsey St
Banning, CA, 92220-4902




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Clients' ChoiceAVVO2014

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderLaw Office of James M. Taylor2000 - Present
Master Automotive TechnicianVW Dealerships1984 - 1989


Association NamePosition NameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsAttorney Member2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2004 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2002 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. J.M.Not Guilty all counts
People v. B.T.Case Dismissed. Client Not Held to Answer at Preliminary Hearing.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California St Polytechnic UnivN/Aundergraduate1995