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Decio Cedric Rangel Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Manhattan Beach, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
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  1. Criminal defense
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    The Law Offices of Decio Rangel, Jr., handles a range of criminal cases including sex crimes, Driving Under the Influence, white collar crimes and murder cases. As an instructor and writer on legal issues we bring our expertise to your individual case.

    28 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Mr. Rangel has handled Driving Under the Influence Cases throughout Southern California. We bring our experience and will to win to every case.

    28 years

  3. Domestic violence
    25%
    Mr. Rangel has handled countless cases involving domestic violence both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.

    28 years

  4. Sex crime
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    Mr. Rangel is an expert in handling all types of sex crimes. He not only specialized in sex offenses as a prosecutor, he is an educator and expert as a criminal defense attorney.

    28 years

Decio Rangel is an experienced Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach and Torrance criminal defense attorney. If you have been arrested for a DUI, internet crime, sex crime, or any other criminal offense, contact Decio Rangel today.

Decio Rangel, Jr. worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County for nine years.  During his tenure at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (LADA), he had the opportunity to work in two prestigious divisions.  First, for five years, he worked in the Victim Impact Program (VIP), specializing in crimes involving sexual assault and family violence.  Subsequently, he was given the opportunity to become a part of the Justice System Integrity Division (JSID), an elite and high profile trial unit.  JSID is part of the Bureau of Fraud & Corruption and is responsible for the prosecution of public officials including police officers, judges and Lawyers.  This LADA unit works directly with Internal Affairs for Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the State Bar of California.

Decio Rangel has appeared on Good Morning America and acted as an expert for ABC News.  He is in demand as an expert commentator for national publications including US Weekly and other local publications.  He is a member of the Criminal Law Executive Committee of the California State Bar where he speaks at legal seminars and is an editor of the Criminal Law Journal.

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Law Offices of Decio Rangel, Jr.
1600 Rosecrans Ave Suite 400A
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266

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Posted by Nathaniel | September 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Decio is the best! CASE DISMISSED!!
Not to knock my Public Defender, but she had already written me off after a 90 second conversation, and told me I should plead guilty to a deal without asking more than 3 questions. I almost just accepted this, but knew I wasn’t guilty and decided not to be a victim of the system built to protect me. I first called Decio to ask his opinion on my case, and I immediately felt he was invested in finding out the full details and did not jump to any conclusions. After our brief 10 minute phone discussion, he laid out a few ways he thought the case could go, but offered to meet in person the same day to provide a more in depth assessment. We met at his office, which is very warm and welcoming, and went to a private conference room where for about 30 mins he and I discussed the case, after which he told me how he thought he could best fight the case for me, and that all hope was not lost as the Public Defender had made me feel at my initial hearing. His confidence in me and what I was telling him convinced me he was going to be not only my best chance at a fair outcome, but to deal with someone who looked at me as an individual, not just another case number to get through. Throughout the case, Decio personally reached out to me at least a dozen times to keep me up to speed, to ask for meetings, info, etc.... I never once had to go looking for him. When he explained something over the phone that I just wasn’t sure or clear about, he always invited me to come meet at the office to work through things, always reassuring. The longer our relationship grew, the more I could feel him becoming personally attached to my outcome, and it really felt like I had someone on my team who wanted not only the best outcome for the case, but for my life moving forward in general. If you’re on the fence about whether to hire a private attorney, I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Decio, and am so very certain now making the call to him changed the path my life was headed. With the public defender, I’d be living the rest of my life with a conviction and the stigma and shame for something I wasn’t guilty of. With Decio, NO CONVICTION, CASE DISMISSED! And also, just as important, I don’t feel like a helpless civilian who can be railroaded into guilt, I know that if you have the right help, you can push back! Thank you again for everything Decio!
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Posted by Steve J | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Attorney!!
Beyond grateful for Decio Rangel’s legal help. When I initially called Decio, he was calming, professional, and was able to urgently schedule an appointment to see us. We retained both Decio and Mark for our case. Throughout the procedure Decio was always available and reachable upon any questions we had. He walks that extra mile for his clients and really shows that he genuinely cared. He took initiative to contact the law enforcement to handle all legal aspects of our case. Our case was dismissed thanks to Decio and Mark. Great attorneys and I would highly recommend this office for anyone in need of a attorney.
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Posted by Christine | March 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A pessoa certa, no lugar e na hora certa
Sou brasileira e estava com muita dificuldade em encontrar alguém para me esclarecer algumas coisas sobre o problema que estava enfrentando, já estava desistindo de procurar quando decidi tentar uma vez mais fiz uma pesquisa no Google e encontrei essa pessoa maravilhosa que é o advogado Décio. Fui ao seu escritório e para minha surpresa ele fala português o que facilitou muito para mim. Recomendo e muito seus serviços, um profissional sério, comprometido e honesto. Décio muito obrigada pela sua atenção. Cinco estrelas não são suficientes para avaliar Décio Rangel Jr.
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Posted by Asma | December 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best of the best lawyer
Decio Rangel Jr is one the best attorney in California! 5 stars aren't enough to justify the service and dedication Decio provided for me. He is the definition of a true lawyer! He keeps it 100% with you, answers all your questions In times of stress. I Highly recommended! If you're in need of a lawyer don't go anywhere else, victory is with Mr Decio Rangel Thanks for everything.
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Posted by Max | November 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional service and
Could not have asked for better service. Decio was incredibly responsive, helpful, and honest. He genuinely cared about getting my case dismissed and worked relentlessly until it eventually was. He returned all of my calls right away and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process- gladly answering all of my questions along the way. Other lawyers I talked to tried to trick me into spending more money, but Decio truly had my best interests in mind and it really showed. I would absolutely recommend Decio to anyone who needs a good lawyer- service doesn't get better than this!
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Posted by R. | July 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A fine, fine attorney
Decio is a fine attorney and I would recommend him in a heartbeat. Not only does he have a great understanding of criminal law, he is also a good person and he was there each step of the way for me when my family and I needed his help. I had never gotten into a situation like I did before and had never been to court other than being on a jury and Decio was there each time I appeared and it made all the difference. He handled every detail of my case personally including filling out and filing of documentation as opposed to handing it off to another attorney to do. He met with me off hours, weekends and I never felt not paid attention to. Despite our case taking over 16 months to conclude, he could still remember details of our first court date which is an impeccable and necessary skill for somebody who you would want to be on your side defending you in court. Decio took the time to understand the circumstances of my situation and tailored a defense that he felt would yield the best scenario for me as opposed to other attorneys I've heard about who either want the easiest least time consuming solution or the most fee generating ones. He approached our case with a sincere intent to do what's best for my family and I and that meant a lot in my book because I never felt pressured to accept something I would regret later. In times where I felt discouraged, he always reassured me and these were more than just words because he followed through with his efforts. My case resolved with almost the best possible outcome I could expect and his involvement played a huge part in this. Decio is a good family man. Have him on your side, you will be glad you did.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Assistance
Decio was thorough and willing to listen to the facts of the case. I am a resident of Arizona and Decio represented me in my absence. Ultimately he was able to get the charge dismissed. Thank you for everything you did. It is much appreciated.
Posted by Miguel | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Process
Before contacting Decio, I did my research online on good attorneys and the reviews were very accurate. I reached out to Decio during a difficult time and he guided me through every step of my case process. He was always very transparent and looked out for my best interest. Throughout my court hearings he always appeared on my behalf, and kept me informed of everything. Excellent work ethic and professionalism. My case was successfully dismissed, and I would gladly recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Attorney
Decio is a great attorney to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. As a former DA, he knows how the law system works. I was facing some serious charges. From the moment I called Decio, I felt comfortable and confident with him as my attorney. He worked hard and effectively communicated with the DA and law enforcement. With his help and efforts, I got the best outcome. I highly recommend Decio if you are in legal trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Put my mind at ease!
I made a consultation appointment with Mr. Rangel, and when I came in, it was clear that he had already given the case much thought. He is calm, confident, very informed and experienced. Even though it was just a consult, he stressed that should my situation change, I need not hesitate to call. I am very grateful, and would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Jay | March 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Big Burden Off
Similar to what I suspect most are reading this, I too was in total desperation for an attorney. I called around, some non chalantly recommended by officers themselves! I came upon Decio (pronounced Day-Say-O)Rangel thru my wife. She found him here at Yelp. What a pure joy and huge comfort in having Decio on your side. He returned all my texts same day! Emails never go unanswered more then a day! He is warm and compassionate and tells you upfront what you're in for. No hidden cost. No double talk. He got our case dismissed just him writing one letter to the city!!. I'm sure all cases are different..but he's done it all. Let me talk about affordability. He was flexible and fair. One Encino lawyer wanted 3 times more then what Decio charged. My only concern was I am in the valley and he s in Manhattan Beach. That's a commute for sure, but your 1st visit with Decio should put your mind at ease and that for me makes it all worthwhile.
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Posted by Scott | November 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best
I had retained Decio, based on recommendations just like this one. It was the best decision i had made and Decio was worth every penny. I was dealing with a situation much bigger than the case itself, as i could not lose, or i would lose my career. Decio guided me through the entire process, eased my fears, however set real life expectations. Decio knows the law and the system and will manage your case from different perspectives. Most importantly Decio made me really feel that he cared and would do whatever it takes to fight for my rights and civil protections. He is highly responsive and always returns calls and emails within a few hours. My advice, be completely and 100% honest with him, as he is only as good as the information and honesty you give to him. You are paying him to develop a winning strategy, so tell him everything, regardless if you think it is irrelevant. And yes, Decio was able to get my case dismissed.
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Posted by Ken | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Fantastic Lawyer!
I chose Decio as my representation because he seemed to best understand my situation and the possible legal concerns that it entailed. Decio proved to be quick and responsive to any questions that I had and made sure that I was kept fully informed throughout the entire process. His help and dedication resulted in the best possible outcome for my situation. I highly recommend Decio for anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Steve | July 16, 2015
Best Lawyer in California!!!
Decio has been by far the best lawyer I've ever used. Knows his stuff, always kept me informed. And best of all came back with a not guilty verdict. A+++
Posted by James | April 20, 2015
great lawyer
Decio is an outstanding attorney and person. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he achieved very good results on very difficult cases. I have now seen the same incredible success as a criminal defense attorney, achieving great results for his clients.
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Posted by Mike | April 13, 2015
Mr. Decio Rangel, "a knowledgeable and efficient lawyer!"
I found myself in a complicated situation dealing with baseless charges alleged against me by my family. Decio was very good in reassuring me he was going to make it simple. I did not have to waste hours of sleep thinking about going to court including any further repercussions. He has a rare quality for a lawyer, in that he is both knowledgeable and efficient. Decio is an amazing lawyer and I would highly recommend his expertise to others again and again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2015
No better lawyer
Decio helped me through a very difficult time. He and his colleague both worked very hard and did everything they could to help me. I believe that you will find no better professional than Decio.
Posted by Christopher | April 7, 2015
Don't Hire Anyone Else
Mr. Rangel helped me several years ago when I was in a very serious legal bind. His compassion, his attention to detail, and his steadfast courtroom demeanor led to an unbelievably great result for me. Mr. Rangel was able to help me put my life back together and move on from the awful situation I'd found myself in. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of Decio Rangel, Jr., A Professional Corporation
  • 2006 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2006
  • Contract Attorney
  • San Diego County District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1996
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Boston College
  • undergraduate
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Probation granted on 78 Counts of Fraud
  • Probation
  • Misdemeanor on a 4th Time DUI
  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Spousal Battery - Charges filed on Accuser
  • No charges filed on client. Charges filed on the accuser
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Associations

  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Prosecutor of the Month
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005

Publications

  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Community Service by Parents or Guardians of Convicted Minor
  • 1995
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Habitual Sexual Offenders – Elimination of Sentencing Credits
  • 1995
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Harassment of Children
  • 1995
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Rape – Lack of Consent
  • 1995
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Sentence Enhancement – Attempted Murder of Police Officers and Firefighters
  • 1995
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • Rewards – Offers by Governor for Information Leading to Arrest
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar Annual Conference
  • Ethics for Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Mock Trial
  • Trial Speaker and Participant
  • 2014
  • Mock Trial
  • Trial Speaker and Participant
  • 2012
  • Strategic Solutions for Lawyering and Business Management
  • Transitioning from Government Offices or Law Firms To Your own Small or Solo Practice
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Decio Rangel is a very experienced criminal defense lawyer who previously worked in the DA's office for many years. I've worked with Decio on criminal cases and he has always been extremely professional and knowledgeable when it comes to the right strategy and how best to represent the client. He has great courtroom presence, has earned the respect of many judges, and fights hard for his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone who finds him/herself in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A UOP McGeorge law graduate with 18 years of criminal law under his belt is what we refer to as experienced. 9 years as a prosecutor is a huge benefit over many other defense attorneys. "They know that he knows what they know". Knowledge of both criminal law and procedure is excellent and evident in his few but growing contributions here. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Endorsements from his peers are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation if you or a loved one is facing a criminal case. If you are lucky he might just agree to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Decio is a fine lawyer and a fine person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Rangel is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles. I have known him for nearly ten years and cannot recommend him highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Decio Rangel Jr. is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. With experience as a former prosecutor, he knows exactly how the opposition works. He is smart, attentive, and responsible. He is skilled in a wide array of criminal cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Decio. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Decio Rangel when we were both Deputy District Attorney with the County of Los Angeles. He is an experienced trial attorney and dedicated in insuring that his clients are adequately represented. He is a talented attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best!"
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Manhattan Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Decio Cedric Rangel Jr
Decio Cedric Rangel Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Manhattan Beach, CA
Licensed for 27 years