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Juan Francisco Dotson

Family Attorney at South Gate, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Juan

Learn Juan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    divorce, child custody and visitation, support, property division, mediation

    13 years

  2. Criminal defense

    19 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    car accident or collision, work place accident, toxic substances, medical malpractice, prescription and implant recall

    11 years

  4. Immigration
    removals, deportations, family sponsored petitions, business petitions, U-visa

    17 years

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    debtor, chapter 7 liquidation, ch 13 reorganization, lien avoidance motions, cram down motions

    13 years

I am a English/Spanish speaking attorney that always fights for my clients, whether it is fighting against the prosecution in a criminal defense matter or battling against the auto insurance companies holding out on your fair accident settlement. Our firm will fight for you. 

Criminal & Immigration

Our firm does not back down against a fight against the District Attorney's office, US Attorney's office, or Immigration authorities (ICE).  We do what is best for our client, whether its through defending my client's rights through suppression motions or the right to be tried by a jury or the right to be sentenced fairly--I'm relentless.  I won't let you plead to a charge that is going to make you deportable or inadmissible--you got to fight your case or face deporation.  Hiring an immigration attorney after you are on probation is worthless and a waste of money; tackle the issues in criminal court in order to get the best result. 


I'm not one of the actors you see on tv; I don't yell at the judges or have fits with the DAs to get what my client needs; I have a reputation to uphold and at the end of the day, that carries a lot of weight with judges and prosecutors.  I've mastered camoflouging, spinning and diluting the bad facts from every type of case--facts don't disappear, so I present them in a different light. Don't take my word--please check out the prior cases I have handled.  I recommend you review cases of all the attorneys you consider employing.


Call my office for a consultation.  May you have a blessed 2017.

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Contact Juan

Osuna & Dotson Law Firm
13333 Paramount Blvd.
South Gate, CA, 90280


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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Matthew K | September 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest GREAT attorney!
Juan did what he said he would do. Went to court repeatedly , fought for what was right and won the case for me. Best lawyer I've ever dealt with. Highly recommend him!
Posted by Real Estate Office in So Cal | June 23, 2012
Excellent attorney!
Very few times do you find an attorney like Mr. Dotson. He is very caring and knowledgeable. As a real estate office we deal with various situations ourselves but also have clients in need of an attorney. He has not failed us nor the clients we have recommended. He is extremely thorough and very responsive - we deal directly with him and no matter how busy he seems to be, he will always respond. He is highly recommended!
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Posted by Wayne | September 21, 2010
Review - Marijuana Possession Case Dismissed
Mr. Dotson, throughout the whole time he was helping me, was tremendously friendly and helpful. I received a ticket for marijuana possession and Mr. Dotson managed to have it dismissed with 25 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Mr. Dotson also helped me with immigration issues regarding exiting/entering the United States. I am truly grateful for his service.
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Posted by Phil | March 9, 2010
I highly recomend Attorney Juan Dotson
I would highly recomend Attorney Juan Dotson to my family and friends. He is very professional and at the same time very personable. He kept me informed and saved me significant amounts in fines via dismissal and fine reduction's. If you need a very good Lawyer call Attorney Juan Dotson, thank you, Phil [last name removed]
Posted by Daniel | February 11, 2010
My family is together in the US because of Juan
I met Juan when he answered a Craig’s list ad to sublet my house for two months while I was to be out of the country. He didn’t end up staying at my place, but in our short meeting together I learned two important things. First, that he was an immigration lawyer. Second, and more importantly, that he could be trusted. Juan is one of those people who wears his goodness and responsibility on the outside. One month later, when I was waiting at the airport for a flight to Denmark, I remembered that Juan had said to call him anytime, so I did. I was about to get married in Lithuania and realized that I just might need his help, soon. But more than that, what I needed at that moment was his calming reassurance that he could handle every curve that the immigration process was sure to present. For the next ten months, Juan was my lawyer and security blanket. He was almost always available when I called or Emailed and if he wasn’t he got back to me soon. He never let me down and he was always there. He made me feel like I was the most important client he had. He even called me during a trial recess, more than one, which reassured me that my faith in him was well placed. For those of you who have had a relative immigrate to the US, you know how stressful the whole process can be. It can be overwhelming. Juan kept my anxiety in check. His “bedside” manner was faultless. For those of you who are considering bringing a relative to the US or anyone through immigration, I recommend Juan Dotson completely, because I trust him completely. Juan gives lawyers a good name. In fact he gives humanity a good name. And I don’t think I can emphasize that enough. Juan is a knowledgeable lawyer who gets the job done, but most of all, he truly cares. And he does his best to never let you forget it. If this sounds like a love letter, it is. Because of Juan, I am now married to the love of my life. My new wife, her ten-year-old twins and I are living in the same house, where I first met Juan. And I can say with all honesty, it wouldn’t have happened without him… although my wife did have a bit to do with it. Thank you Juan. And I promise that the barbeque, that I have been promising for six months is coming soon with the warm weather. I can’t wait for you to officially meet the (your) family. Warmest regards, Daniel Akin (with Inara, Greta, Jonny and the cats – Lu Lu and Lee Lee)
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Posted by Xavier Tellez | February 2, 2010
I was charged with marijuana possession. The gang cops got into my car without my permission. He believed in me, investigated the case, and got my case dismissed after he filed a motion. Thank you for the help.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense & Immigration attorney
  • Law Office of Juan F. Dotson
  • 2008 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Riverside County Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2008


  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • law
  • 2004
  • Univ of Southern Calif
  • undergraduate
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • People v. Khaled Hassan
  • vacated gun conviction; eligible for cancellation
  • People v. Khaled Hassan
  • post-conviction work eliminated aggravated felony
  • People v. S.O.(1); S. Mendiola (2)
  • not guilty, all counts
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  • LA County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2005 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Scholarship Honor Roll
  • California State Bar
  • 2003


Speaking Engagements

  • Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court - Team Jury
  • Voir Dire - Do's and Don'ts
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Juan
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Juan for many years and he is a fantastic lawyer. He will definitely provide his clients with superior service!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Juan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Juan is an excellent defense attorney who I highly endorse. I have personally seen him obtain tremendous results for his clients, even when faced with bad facts. Truly a problem solver and passionate advocate for his client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Juan is an excellent attorney. In the years that I have known him I have seen him take on some of the most challenging cases and receive successful outcomes. He is a strong advocate of people's rights and fights hard for each of his clients."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense