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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Ms. Roe is an impressive attorney to watch in action. She commands attention and respect in the courtroom, and uses her experience to deftly navigate her cases to advantageous results. I endorse Ms. Roe without hesitation.
Shaun Sullivan Criminal Defense Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Named a TOP LAWYER in Criminal Defense for the Coachella Valley||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2013|
|Named One of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Criminal Defense in CA||National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2012||Avvo.com||2012|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Numerous Golden Spike Awards for Acquittals (2000-2006)||Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County||2000|
|Numerous "Le Hung" awards for hung trials (2000-2006)||Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County||2000|
|Defense Attorney||Melanie Roe For The Defense, A Private Law Firm||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Ledger & Kennedy||2007 - 2007|
|General Partner||Law Offices of Kennedy & Roe||2006 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Law Offices Of The Public Defender, Riverside County||2000 - 2007|
|Associate||Ward Kroll & Jampol||1997 - 1998|
|General Partner||Berman & Roe||1995 - 2000|
|Associate||Stone & Hiles||1988 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Womens Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2012 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|FAMOUS EAGLE MOUNTAIN DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES TRIAL: NOT GUILTY ON ALL MURDER COUNTS||ACQUITTED on not one, but TWO murder counts. Client RELEASED from custody!|
|CHUCKAWALLA 5 MURDER CONVICTION REVERSED ON APPEAL||2nd Degree Murder Conviction REVERSED|
|SALACIOUS SEX TRIAL AGAINST DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S CNA ENDS IN NOT GUILTY VERDICTS ON ALL FELONY SEX COUNTS||The jury ACQUITTED the accused of all 6 felony counts brought by the D.A.|
|The Desert Sun||Weekly Legal Nuggets||2008|
|The Desert Sun||Weekly Legal Nuggets||2007|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Quarterly Conference||Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Issues of Misconduct in Our Profession||2012|