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Central Valley Criminal Defense Attorney M. Richard Alvarez has been practicing criminal law for the past 10 years. He got his start in the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office before going exclusively into criminal defense. Having worked as a prosecutor allowed Attorney M. Richard Alvarez to understand the criminal justice system from the “other side’s” perspective. Knowing how the “other side” thinks and acts allows him to better represent his clients because Attorney M. Richard Alvarez can anticipate how the prosecution will proceed. 


Criminal Defense Attorney M. Richard Alvarez was born in the Central Valley, raised in Northern California and educated in Southern California. He has lived all his life in California and understands its people and way of life. Attorney M. Richard Alvarez uses this native knowledge to the benefit of his clients every time he walks into the courtroom.


Criminal Defense Attorney M. Richard Alvarez earned his Associate of Arts Degree from the College of the Sequoias, in 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Fresno, in 2002. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, in 2005.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 15%
    2 years, 100 cases
  2. Juvenile: 15%
    10 years, 100 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
    10 years, 50 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
    10 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 40%
  6. More 



Fixed (always)

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  • Christopher Robert Martens

    I endorse this lawyer. Knows his way around a court room.


    Christopher Martens Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

115 S Church St
Visalia, CA, 93291


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of M. Richard Alvarez2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2014 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. ChavezNot Guilty Verdict
People v. WalkerDA capitulated and accepted a Simple Possession Charge, which under Prop 47 was reduced to a misdemeanor.
People v. MoralesJudge granted the Serna Motion and Dismissed the Case against my client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California St Univ FresnoN/AundergraduateN/A
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