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.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Seminar Completion||Calirnoria Dui Lawyers Association||2011|
|Supervising Litigation Attorney||Amaya & Associates Attorneys At Law||2003 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Mathew Williamson||2002 - 2003|
|Paralegal||Law Offices of Shirley M. Paiz||1995 - 2002|
|Paralegal||Access Legal Self Help||1993 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||member||2010 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California||Member||2002 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||N/A|
|Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges Association||Member||N/A|
|Cultivation of Marijuana||Dismissed|
|Driving Under The Influence||Dismissed|
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|CAL Northern School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|California State University, Chico||Political Science||Other - Bachelors||1992|
|Migrant Parents Club Meeting||Criminal Charges & Immigration Consequences||2015|
|KHHZ Radio||Criminal Law||2012|
|Fundraiser Event||Criminal Convictions and Immigration Issues||2012|
|Orientacion||Criniminal Charges and Impact on Immigration Status||2011|