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Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford

Tara Kristen Haaland-Ford

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Juvenile

About Me

           Tara Haaland-Ford has been practicing Criminal Defense since November of 2000. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California Santa Barbara.  She attended the University of San Francisco School of Law where she graduated cum laude and was voted the Student of the Year by her graduating class.  While in law school she earned the Alexis J. Perillat Award for Excellence in Advocacy.  She also participated in teaching the Street Law Program at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall and representing clients through the Criminal law clinic.  She also interned with the Bayview Hunter’s Point Alternative Defender’s Office and the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office.


            Ms. Haaland-Ford is active in the Santa Barbara community.  She is currently the Secretary of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission and the President of the Santa Barbara Teen Legal Clinic.  Ms. Haaland-Ford does most of her pro bono work through the Teen Legal Clinic representing children and teens with school issues in their suspension and expulsion hearings.


            Ms. Haaland-Ford is a former President of the Barristers’ Club of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association Board of Directors. 


            Ms. Haaland-Ford is an active member of the California State Bar, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Association, the California Public Defender’s Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Barristers’ Club of Santa Barbara. 


            Ms. Haaland-Ford is an experienced and knowledgeable advocate in the area of criminal defense.  Ms. Haaland-Ford represents clients in all areas of criminal defense.  If you have a pending criminal case or there is a pending criminal investigation then you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible.  Ms. Haaland-Ford can be reached seven days a week at 805-962-3344 or haalandford@msn.com to answer your questions and assist you with your issues.  The initial consultation is free.        

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Juvenile: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Law Office of Tara Haaland-Ford

1215 De La Vina Street
Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200005/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesThe State Bar of California2010
Alexis J. Perillat Award for Excellence in AdvocacyIntensive Advocacy Program1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCriminal Defense Associates2007 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Tara Haaland-Ford2003 - Present
AttorneySanger & Swysen2000 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
City at PeaceBoard Member2010 - Present
JuvenileJustice Delinquency Prevention CommissionPresident2003 - Present
Santa Barbara Teen Legal ClinicPresident2001 - Present
Women LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commercial BurglaryInfraction
DUIInfraction and fine.
Conspiracy to Commit RobberyDismissal

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California at Santa BarbaraN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
What is LoveDomestic Violence2011
Youth Speak OutTeen Rights2010
YES FairTeen Rights2010
Children in the Legal SystemSanta Barbara Teen Legal Clinic2009
The Halloween Party Kids Should Never AttendJuvenile Rights2008