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Javier Demetrio Rios

Javier Demetrio Rios

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


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    27 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Alan Wingerden

    I without question endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to witness his work in the courtroom. I have found him to be hardworking and very well respected in the legal community.


    Richard Wingerden Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • 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
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Contact info

120 W Mission St
San Jose, CA, 95110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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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
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of California - BerkeleyRhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PowerPoint for TrialTrial Techniques2004