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Maria J Amaya

Maria J Amaya

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Family, Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury

About Me

I attended California State University , Chico and completed the Certified Paralegal Program. During this time I developed a love and passion for serving others and volunteered at Chico Legal Information Center and provided free voluntary services to those individuals in need.

I earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Cal Northern School of Law in Chico, California and became a member of the State Bar in November of 2002.

Prior to earning my Juris Doctor Degree I worked as a Paralegal for numerous Law Firms in Chico , Yuba City , Monterey and Santa Cruz California . In the 15 years employed as a Paralegal I acquired extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, Personal Injury, Family Law, and Workers Compensation, under the direct supervision of highly skilled attorneys.

In 2002 I was hired as an Associate Attorney with Law Offices of Matthew E. Williamson, a Firm based in Monterey and Pebble Beach, California . In 2003 I became a full partner of the Chico based office and in 2004 the sole proprietor of what is today “Amaya & Associates Attorneys at Law.”

Over the last five years, my office has handled hundreds of DUI, Criminal Defense, Family Law and Personal Injury Cases. Our mission is to consistently provide clients with the most aggressive representation and to obtain the best possible outcomes by dedicating ourselves to investigating facts with the most extensive commitment to detail.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 15%
  5. Personal Injury: 10%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Daniel Matthew Wigon

    This is the lawyer I send my Chico area criminal cases to. I only hear good things when I do.


    Daniel Wigon Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Geoff Alan Dulebohn

    Maria Amaya is an exceptional advocate. She is well-regarded in every Court in Northern California and she always fights for her clients. Anyone with a criminal, family, or personal injury matter should schedule a consultation with Maria Amaya.


    Geoff Dulebohn Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

383 Connors Ct. Suite E
Chico, CA, 95926



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Seminar CompletionCalirnoria Dui Lawyers AssociationN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Supervising Litigation AttorneyAmaya & Associates Attorneys At Law2003 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Cultivation of MarijuanaDismissed
Driving Under The InfluenceDismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Website ArticleCalifornia Criminal Record Expungement2012
State Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia State Bar Profile2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California St Univ ChicoN/AundergraduateN/A
CAL Northern SOLLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
KHHZ RadioCriminal Law2012
Fundraiser EventCriminal Convictions and Immigration Issues2012
OrientacionCriniminal Charges and Impact on Immigration Status2011