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Javier Demetrio Rios

Javier Demetrio Rios

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Sometimes, the police make a mistake. Sometimes, prosecutors make mistakes too. Sometimes an innocent person stands accused of horrible crimes. 


I am a very hard working criminal defense attorney with extensive trial experience in adult and juvenile court.  I also have years of experience in dealing with the mentally ill. 


When I address a jury, I believe in my cause, my case and I believe the jury will do the right thing.    


Most of my cases involve murder charges. All of my clients have serious cases. I understand this responsibility.  It is a high honor to represent someone in court and my work ethic reflects that.



Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    27 years

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Adrienne Sara Dell

    Javier Rios is one of the most dedicated lawyers that I know. He is always looking for creative solutions to the problems his clients face.


    Adrienne Dell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Nancy Lee Bucknell

    I've known Javier for nearly 20 years and, year after year, he distinguishes himself as a highly skilled, experienced attorney and a vigorous advocate for his clients. I have the utmost respect for him and endorse him wholeheartedly.


    Nancy Bucknell DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

120 W Mission St
San Jose, CA, 95110



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV- Distinguished - RATING (4.4 out of 5.0) Rating2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Client Review Rating: Preeminent 4.8 out of Rating2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Deputy Public DefenderSanta Clara County Public Defender1988 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
California Public Defender's AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. CONFIDENTIALMurder charge dismissed after jury trial.
People v. ConfidentialJury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty of Felony Assault
People v. ConfidentialJury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty of Felony Assault

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Univ of California BerkeleyRhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
PowerPoint for TrialTrial Techniques2004