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About Me

John Bussman earned a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and studied political science at the University of Oregon.


He has extensive experience in defending against all types of criminal matters, including DUIs, drug crimes, sex offenses, domestic violence, probation / parole violations and 3-strikes cases.  His firm is also a leader in medical marijuana cases, including cultivation, distribution, and other issues facing dispensary operators.  


John Bussman currently practices criminal defense in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange County.  Free consultations and affordable payment plans available. 


Follow John's SoCal Law Blog for the latest legal news and analysis.  


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. General Practice: 10%



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
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  • Erin J Lee

    John is a great attorney. He is down to earth but is professional and will fight for your case. He is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend him.


    Erin Lee Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of John W. Bussman

1801 Parkcourt Pl.
Bldg. H
Santa Ana, CA, 92701



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Commendation for Pro Bono ServiceUniversity of San Diego2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner / AttorneyThe Law Offices of John W. Bussman2012 - Present
AssociateRizio & Nelson2009 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Public Defenders' Assn.N/A2012 - Present
ABAAdvisory Panelist2012 - Present
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)N/A2011 - Present
Nat'l Ass'n for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)N/A2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)N/AN/A
NORML Legal CommitteeN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Consumer Attorneys of Inland EmpireN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. R.R.Dismissed
People v. J.C.Dismissed
People v. J.E.Dismissed
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Publication NameTitleDate
SoCal Law BlogFounder / Administrator2011
The Criminal Justice Experience, by Professor Laura BerendAlternative Sentencing Options for Non-Violent Drug Offenders (article)2010
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2009
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts2006
USD Institute on International and Comparative LawInternational Negotiation and Comparative Intellectual PropertyCertificateN/A
American UniversityInternational RelationsCertificateN/A