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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 11 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.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. DUI & DWI: 34%
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  2. Criminal Defense: 29%
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  3. Family: 14%
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  4. Divorce & Separation: 13%
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  5. Personal Injury: 10%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Burke Smith

    I worked with attorney Maria Amaya on a case which involved both bankruptcy (one of my main areas of practice) and DUI/DWI issues (which is one of several areas Ms. Amaya focuses on). I had heard a lot about her from a mutual acquaintance and from working with her confirmed that she definitely is one of the sharpest attorneys in her area of expertise. Maria is smart, focused and quick to find the important issues that will be the focus of the case and determine the legal outcome. I'm glad I know her and will be consulting with her in the future as regards both DUI and personal injury issues. I can tell she is both knowledgeable and a fierce advocate for her clients.

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    Burke Smith Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Daniel Matthew Wigon

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

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    Daniel Wigon Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

383 Connors Ct. Suite E
Chico, CA, 95926

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200208/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Seminar CompletionCalirnoria Dui Lawyers AssociationN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Supervising Litigation AttorneyAmaya & Associates Attorneys At Law2003 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Mathew Williamson2002 - 2003
ParalegalLaw Offices of Shirley M. Paiz1995 - 2002
ParalegalAccess Legal Self Help1993 - 1994

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
California DUI Lawyers Associationmember2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Cultivation of MarijuanaDismissed
BatteryDismissed
Driving Under The InfluenceDismissed

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Chico Family Law BlogDivorce & Family Law in California2015
Website ArticleCalifornia Criminal Record Expungement2012
State Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia State Bar Profile2011

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
CAL Northern SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
California St Univ ChicoPolitical Scienceundergraduate1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Migrant Parents Club MeetingCriminal Charges & Immigration Consequences2015
KHHZ RadioCriminal Law2012
Fundraiser EventCriminal Convictions and Immigration Issues2012
OrientacionCriniminal Charges and Impact on Immigration Status2011