My name is Gabrielle A. Tetreault. I am a lawyer.
My mission is to serve the children and adults of San Joaquin County, by providing quality legal services for those who are involved in adult or juvenile criminal, the mental health courts or who's children are involved in the juvenile dependency court because the children have been taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
Although I have a significant business background, my first love is Criminal Defense. I also do Juvenile Dependency and Juvenile Delinquency. Juvenile delinquency is an area of law that involves children who commit crimes. Juvenile Dependency is an area of law which involves children who are taken from their parents because the parents are accused of not properly caring for their children, or hurting their children in some way. In the Juvenile Dependency court, I sometimes represent one of the parents, or sometimes I represent the children. I adore working with the children and being a part of reunifying families that have been separated by unfortunate circumstance or finding new homes for children when reunification is not possible. Recently (2006), I have began accepting cases of person being held in State Hospitals because the government believes that they are mentally ill and dangerous to themselves and others. These are challenging cases and normally involve persons committed under the Sexually Violent Predator Law.
I also write and argue criminal appeals.
I am an active Member of the California State Bar. I belong to the San Joaquin County Bar Association and the California Public Defenders Association. In the past, I have been a member of the American Bar Association. I also serve on the following San Joaquin Bar Association legal panels: Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Adult Criminal Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor Appeals.
I graduated law school in June of 1998, and began practicing in December of 1998. I use the term law school loosely because in fact, I pretty much taught myself the law. I attended a traditional law school for my first year of law school (Lincoln Law School, in San Jose, California), and then studied on my own thereafter through a self study program with (Northwestern California University, "NCU" Sacramento, California). While studying the law (30 hours a week), I also worked a demanding job (60 hours per week) as a corporate executive. Ultimately, I received both a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate Degree from NCU. So if you learn nothing else about me, know that I am a very focused and determined person. I passed the bar (on the first try) and now I try to help other law students by acting as a mentor to law students. [See the Law Student Services section of this web site] My clients are generally happy with the services that I perform because I take the time to know the law, listen to the client's needs, understand the facts of their particular situation and shoot for the best possible resolution of their matter.
My office is small, just me, my husband (who keeps the books, does all the technical computer stuff and who performs factual investigations), and an awesome legal secretary who keeps me organized and efficient. What we lack in size, we make up in heart; God's Heart!