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Melanie Nell Roe

also known as "LEAD MARE"

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

With over two decades of trial experience, and being no stranger to a jury, Attorney Melanie Roe has successfully tried nearly every kind of case.  From simple assault to DUI's, possession for sale of controlled substances, meth labs, burglary, robbery, grand theft auto, receiving stolen property, sexual assault, domestic violence, sodomy, child molestation, rape, child abuse/endangerment, torture, home invasion robbery, vehicular manslaughter, murder and multiple murder/special circumstances, she has amassed an impressive list of courtroom victories, both historic and renown.


 


Attorney Melanie Roe strives to develop a strong attorney-client relationship with each client putting her loyalty to the client first.  Several years back, the father of a young client (who just happened  to also be a tribal elder for a Native American Indian tribe in Northern California) was so impressed watching Melanie Roe handle his daughter's case and convince the court to suppress evidence and dismiss it outright, that the tribal elder, immediately re-named the attorney "Lead Mare".  Such is the kind of respect and admiration she receives from her clients and their families.  This is just one ot the examples of why clients return to her when they, or a family member, find themselves in a crunch and need representation.   


 


Attorney Roe was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the year 2013 based on her performance as an exceptional trial lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense law.  The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers is a premier group of attorneys who practice criminal defense or civil plaintiff law in California. Members exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state or major geographical area.


 


In 2012, she was honored with the Avvo Clients' Choice Award for receiving 5 out of 5 stars on all client reviews and the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012 for having earned a Client Review Rating Score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5.  The latter award recognized her excellence in quality of service, communications ability, responsiveness and value for money.  Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.


 


Attorney Melanie Roe understands there can be no greater degradation to one's reputation, position and standing in a community than to be falsely accused of a crime.   In a civilized society, a false accusation of a crime is, perhaps, far more hideous that the crime itself.   And because the accusation is made public via a felony complaint filing, and depending on the charges, the accused often becomes stigmatized and alienated in all of his/her dealings at work, school, or in the family.   In all cases, the accused must be represented by counsel who understands this and is prepared to pull out all the stops and wage battle on the accuser.   Attorney Melanie Roe believes in, and will honor, your Constitutional right to a trial by jury and your right to confront and cross-examine your accuser.   She attributes much of her trial success not just to her ability to expose falsehoods and inconsistencies in testimony and evidence brought by the government via the "crucible of cross-examination", but also with her ability to connect with jurors.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Ross E. Mitchell

    I know Attorney Roe for over 20 years. I have never met an attorney who is more commited to her clients than she is. Not only does she seek the best result possible from a legal standpoint, but she is also concerned with how best to support her clients in avoiding legal trouble in the future. She sees clients as people with problems, not just as cases. I heartily recommend her.

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    Ross Mitchell General Practice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse Melanie Roe. I have been consistently impressed with her skill and presentation. Ms. Roe is very knowledgeable and experienced. She continuously and zealously advocates for her client's rights and interests. Ms. Roe is known, and well-respected by district attorneys, defense attorneys, and judges. She also has a kind heart, and is very pleasant to interact with.

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    Marty Miller Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Melanie Roe For The Defense

41-750 Rancho Las Palmas Drive,
Suite N-3
Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199102/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Named a TOP LAWYER in Criminal Defense for the Coachella ValleyPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Named One of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Criminal Defense in CANational Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers2013
Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2012Avvo.com2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Numerous Golden Spike Awards for Acquittals (2000-2006)Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County2000
Numerous "Le Hung" awards for hung trials (2000-2006)Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Defense AttorneyMelanie Roe For The Defense, A Private Law Firm2012 - Present
AssociateLedger & Kennedy2007 - 2007
General PartnerLaw Offices of Kennedy & Roe2006 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderLaw Offices Of The Public Defender, Riverside County2000 - 2007
AssociateWard Kroll & Jampol1997 - 1998
General PartnerBerman & Roe1995 - 2000
AssociateStone & Hiles1988 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial LawyersMember2013 - Present
National Womens Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2012 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
FAMOUS EAGLE MOUNTAIN DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES TRIAL: NOT GUILTY ON ALL MURDER COUNTSACQUITTED on not one, but TWO murder counts. Client RELEASED from custody!
CHUCKAWALLA 5 MURDER CONVICTION REVERSED ON APPEAL2nd Degree Murder Conviction REVERSED
SALACIOUS SEX TRIAL AGAINST DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S CNA ENDS IN NOT GUILTY VERDICTS ON ALL FELONY SEX COUNTSThe jury ACQUITTED the accused of all 6 felony counts brought by the D.A.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Desert SunWeekly Legal Nuggets2008
The Desert SunWeekly Legal Nuggets2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California, Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Quarterly ConferenceWhiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Issues of Misconduct in Our Profession2012