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     I grew up in Western New York watching my father help people accused of crimes. I was able to sit in with my father on jury trials while I served as his law clerk prior to going to law school.  That experience assured me that criminal law was something I was cut out to do. 

     I moved out to California in 2003 to attend law school and never looked back.  Over the past nine years, I have been dedicated exclusively to the practice of criminal defense law in Southern California.  With over 13 years of experience in the field, I have defended any and all types of criminal matters.  

     As a Partner at LAPINE & FORSSE, I defend clients facing criminal charges ranging from DUI to serious felonies and "life cases".  As your attorney, you can be assured that I will take the time to listen to you and work with you to create a strong defense strategy.   I will be honest with you throughout every step of your case so that you can make informed decisions.  I will never guarantee you a specific outcome, but will always guarantee that I will be prepared and will fight to get you the best possible result.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    9 years, 2.25 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 25%
    9 years, 825 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    9 years, 1.18 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dan Tudor Danet

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lapine is determined, skilled and personable. You won't regret hiring him.


    Dan Danet Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Adam Jackson

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lapine is an extraordinary attorney working in the criminal law field. He is one of the best attorney's in the Riverside area and one that you should certainly go to for any legal troubles. His intelligence is only complemented by his dedication and hard work for his clients. Hire him now.


    Adam Jackson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info


4075 Eleventh Street
Riverside, CA, 92501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Criminal Defense Notable MentionOrange County Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLAPINE & FORSSE2015 - Present
Senior AssociatePrivate Firm2007 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Courts- Ninth Judicial DistrictAttorney Member2010 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationAdmitted2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2009 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jury Found Client "Not Guilty" of Child Annoyance/Child MolestationClient Avoided a Criminal Conviction and Mandatory Registration as a Sex Offender for Life.
DMV Sets Aside Suspension of Client's Driver's License in DUI CaseClient was able to keep his license after being arrested for a DUI.
Lawyers Helping LawyersClient Avoids State Bar Discipline for Child Endangerment Charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
James Publishing publicationCriminal Defense2008
Orange County Bar JournalCriminal Defense Trial Defenses2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
College of CharlestonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Career DayThe Road to Becoming an Attorney2015
Legal SeminarOverview of Domestic Violence2014
Legal SeminarSentencing Guidelines in California2013
Legal SeminarUpdates in Domestic Violence Law in California2012
Legal SeminarLegal Ethics in Criminal Defense Practice2011
Legal SeminarSubstance Abuse in the Legal Profession2010
Legal SeminarUpdates in Domestic Violence Laws in California2009
Legal SeminarDUI Updates in California Law2008
Legal SeminarProfessional Responsibility in the Legal Profession2007