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Christopher Carle Kingsley Parkhurst

also known as Avvo Clients' Choice Award Recipient

About me

     Hello. I am Chris Parkhurst. Choosing a criminal defense attorney can be difficult and stressful. My goal is to make you comfortable, and explain your options at no obligation. I am currently accepting new clients who need help from a skilled criminal defense attorney.


    I focus on criminal defense because I love to help people who are down on their luck. Moreover, it is scary to me how much power the police and the district attorneys have.  I believe it is important to have checks and balances in the system.  


     I have developed a sterling reputation in the Sacramento Court as well as the courts in the surrounding areas.  My clients appreaciate the personalized service I provide as part of my criminal defense respresentation of them.  Very few other attorneys work as closely with their clients as I do. Further I am one of the only criminal defense attorneys in the Sacramento Area to have received the coveted Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 designation.  This is Martindale-Hubell's most prestigous award reserved for only the very best attorneys in thier field of practice. I was also awarded the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award in 2014.  


   I serve Sacramento and other Northern California locations, from the Bay Area to the Sierras.  I am proud to have helped hundreds of clients achieve successful resolutions in difficult circumstances, and I will put my criminal defense experience to work for you for at a very affordable fee. 


     I am a skilled negotiatior as well as a proven trial attorney.  Some of my more recent trials have been covered by the medial and links to these articles can be found on my website. 

     Good luck. Please call 916-231-6007 to set up a free and confidential consultation. Thank you for viewing my profile. 






Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years, 900 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    11 years, 400 cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kelly Lynn Katherine Babineau

    Mr. Parkhust is an intelligent and dedicated attorney. I endorse him without reservation.


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Contact info

The Law Office of Christopher Parkhurst

3017 Douglas Blvd. #300
Roseville, CA, 95661



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Rated Attorney-Drunk Driving DefenseLead Counsel2014
Rated Attorney -Criminal LawLead Counsel2014
Certificate of AppreciationPlumas Unified School District1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Trial AttorneyThe Law Offices Of Christopher Parkhurst2014 - Present
AttorneyImhoff & Associates, PC2011 - Present
OwnerThe Law Offices of Christopher Parkhurst2010 - Present
Managing AttorneyEarl Carter and Associates2008 - 2010
Associate AttorneyLouder Law Group2006 - 2007
Senior AnalystContra Costa County1999 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Premier DUI AttorneysFounding Member2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights SectionMember2011 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Dickson (Case # P06CRM1799-1)Dismissal after opening argument
People v. Pannu (2009)Acquitted of 3rd DUI after jury trial
People v. Carter (Case # 08F08077)Dismissal of all charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chris Parkhurst Law BlogA Sacramento Attorney Explains Prior DUI's2015
Chris Parkhurst Law BlogSacramento Criminal Defense: More of an Art Than a Science2014
Chris Parkhurst Law BlogDUI Defense Takes a Hit From the Supreme Court2014 BlogWhat's All This Talk Around Sacramento About Prop 47?2014
News & ViewsContra Costa County Public Authority2003
News and Views (Newsletter)Contra Costa County Public Authority2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of California - DavisInternational Relations / Education MinorBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
University of California - RiversideN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI In the ClassroomDUI Sentencing2013
DUI in the ClassroomDUI Consequences2013
Discovery and Evidence in the Era of Social MediaObtaining Social Media Discovery and Evidence; and Using it in Court2011
Bidders ConferenceRequest for Proposals2004
Board of Supervisors MeetingContra Costa County Childrens Report Card2003