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Matthew Powell Fletcher

Criminal defense Attorney at Long Beach, CA

4.5   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined in 2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I handle all levels of criminal defense cases; except death penalty cases. We are very, very good at what we do. Especially if the client is actually innocent. I DO NOT HANDLE DIVORCE OR FAMILY LAW CASES!

  2. Personal injury
    We handle a limited number of personal injury cases. Generally the P.I. cases we handle are associated with or spring from our firm's criminal clients or their felony cases.

  3. Violent crime

  4. Federal crime

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Law Office of Matthew Fletcher
235 East Broadway Avenue.
Suite. #224
Long Beach, CA, 90802


4.5 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Posted by Hazel | September 29, 2020
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Murder charge
I hired Mathew for my ex husband. Before hiring him I felt no hope for his case, but Matt gave us hope that he would come home. He was extremely helpful and kept us in a positive state of mind. Every time I needed answers he was there to answer any of my questions with no hesitation. I am so thankful to Matt, with his help we was able to get him home.
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Posted by Bridget | July 14, 2020
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My son got out of jail
I hired Mr Fletcher , when I seen him in action I was like WOW!! I dont have the words to explain what I felt in that courtroom! I can say he knows what he is doing, no doubt about that!! I highly rerecommend Mr Fletcher f you really want a good outcome! Someone that will fight! I really appreciate Mr. Fletcher!!
Posted by Pedro | March 13, 2020
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Murder charge
We hired Mr. Matt Fletcher to help my son. My son was being charged with murder, Mr. Fletcher fought hard for my son and he never let up on the D.A to proof my son's innocence. Mr. Fletcher beat the murder charge and my son walked out of court that same day. Matt Fletcher is a great lawyer he will not stop fighting for his clients. I recommend Matt Fletcher 100 percent. We thank you for everything you did for my son and our family. BEST LAWYER EVER
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Posted by Roxana | September 7, 2019
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Absolutely the BEST Attorney!!
Excellent attorney. My experience with Mr. Fletcher has been amazing. I hired him twice and always from the start of the process I had confidence in him. My brother was in a difficult situation facing many years in jail in two occasions. Both times were were pleased with the outcomes; He got him out the first time without serving any time and the second time my brother served 90 days and was released. I am very very happy with Mr. Fletcher’s services. He is very professional, knowledgeable, communication is exceptional and cares about his clients. He is truly our hero. I thank him for the great work he did not only for my brother but for our family as well. You deserve all the stars Mr. Fletcher. May God bless you always.
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Posted by Robert | April 29, 2019
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Excellent Attorney, the Lord works through him
I hired Matthew Fletcher for my son's Fed case. My son was facing 12 counts of robbery which totaled up to a maximum 149 years with a minimum of 107 years. Mr. Fletcher got all but 2 counts dismissed. Those 2 convictions (22 years) are under appeal. He is currently scheduled to be released in 2034 (15 years) From 149 to 15 excellent job.
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Posted by Ellena minton | April 20, 2019
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Amazing is the only word to describe Mathew!
He took my case and was honest about the process. He is smart, confident and a very good lawyer. I have no regrets. I would hire him again in a second. He knows what he is doing. He fights for his clients 100 percent. He’s accessible to family. And explains everything. He is an all around a good guy, and great in his field.
Posted by Stephanie | July 28, 2018
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#1 attorney in California!
I hired Matthew after being accused of a crime I did not commit. He showed up to court and did not back down until he proved my innocence. Throughout my case, he reassured me and kept me updated of the progress and of his research. Matthew is such a nice man, but once he steps into a court room, he's there to fight for his client aggressively, and lays the law down. He does his job very very well and does not show any sign of intimidation. I would hire Matthew again if necessary, and I would 100000% recommend Matthew to anyone. If you want an honest attorney, that believes in you and will fight for you until the end Matthew is the attorney for you!
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Posted by Claudia | July 31, 2017
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By far the BEST attorney!
My husband was facing a life sentence for a crime that he did not commit. Mr. Fletcher is amazing in the courtroom. He fought aggressively and diligently for us. He was confident from day one that this would be something he could beat, even when our family had discouraging moments, he always remained positive , confident and focused. We are happy with the outcome and would definitely recommend this fine attorney! Thank you Mr. Fletcher!
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Posted by Richard | September 7, 2016
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney
Fletcher saved me from spending the rest of my natural life in jail. Thanks to his dedication and hard work I made it home on a murder case. I now have a wife and kids and was able to start a business of my own. Thanks Matt for the second chance my boy and am always grateful.
Posted by Kathleen | February 18, 2016
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Wrong Place At The Wrong Time - One Happy Momma
Attorney Fletcher saved my son from being incarcerated for something he didn't do. My son was identified by the victim, officers came to my home and took him into custody for assault. Attorney Fletcher proved my son was in fact purchasing tacos at a taco truck and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The criminals were found and my son was released thanks to our attorney!!! I highly recommend Attorney Fletcher to anyone in need of a professional. He will seek until he finds a way to prove your innocence. He was honest and stuck by his word, the cost was the same since beginning to end and there were no hidden surprises!!!
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Posted by Desiree | October 29, 2015
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Matt fought for me!
Im a young single mom with no idea which way to turn. It felt like I reached a low point in life & the judge didn't want to hear anything I had to say. I had an abusive ex boyfriend threatening my life & the judge was giving him everything he wanted. I went to Matt right before my trial started, at first Matt tried to see if my ex & I can mend any of our issues, talk it out, or come to some sort of agreement. Doing so he realized that there was no talking to the man. He pulled me aside & asked what result I wanted and after fighting, interrogation & convincing of the judge we finally won. The judge granted me with sole legal & physical custody with limited visitation for him to see our son. I couldn't have left feeling more content, at ease, and grateful for Matt. I never wanted things to be this way but it's how it had to be due to circumstances. You can tell Matt is a family orientated man and genuinely understood my pain. Since court he has checked in to see if I was doing okay with the visitation schedule. Such a nice man that I owe my life to! Nothing is more important than my son. Matt knew that & fought for us. We thank you so much Matt!!!!
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Posted by Yolanda | September 16, 2015
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Excellent Criminal Lawyer
I highly recommend Matthew Fletcher as a criminal lawyer. He defended my husband very well. Any questions asked by myself or my husband were always answered in a timely matter. This is a lawyer who communicates well with his client and family. He’s very sympathetic and compassionate during the stressful time you’re loved one is going through, which made our situation less stressful. If you want a lawyer who is 100% committed and is going to do everything in his power to provide excellent representation, then go with Mr. Fletcher. He is a very vocal lawyer who fights for what he believes in. Once I hired him I was relieved, and at the end I was very satisfied with his outstanding performance.
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Posted by Emely | June 14, 2015
Great Criminal Defense Attorney
Mr. Fletcher has been a godsend to my family. As a criminal defense attorney well known in the Long Beach and South Bay area, I knew that he would be able to help my son with the charges he faced. Not only did Mr. Fletcher answer all of our questions, but he kept us up-to-date on what was going on during the court hearings. He made a very sensitive situation more understandable which kept not only myself, but my son at ease. And as was expected, Mr. Fletcher was able to get my son the justice he deserved. My family is very pleased with this attorney's performance in and out of court. I will definitely refer him to anyone that needs a great defense attorney.
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Posted by LaChelle | June 4, 2015
Helped Mother with mentally ill son
My son has a mental disorder and while off his medication got into some trouble and acquired an assault charge. I contacted Mr. Fletcher’s office and received a call back from him the same day. He promptly took over handling my son’s legal case and he was excellent in the handling of the case. Mr. Fletcher ensured that my son’s mental illness was addressed in court and assisted in facilitating him getting mental health care in an outpatient treatment program. I was very pleased with the legal assistance I obtained from Mr. Fletcher. I would recommend him to others for legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2015
Because of Matthew Fletcher
Recently my mother was accused of false charges for a crime she did not commit. My grandmother and i almost lost all hope, we went through six different incompetent lawyers who claimed they couldn't help us. My mother would have spent life in prison if it hadn't been for Matthew Fletcher. When i wet to go meet with him for the first time he was very professional. He was very willingly to take the case so many lawyers rejected, which brought hope to me and my family. Not only did he keep me and my family informed, but within four months my mother was back home and all charges were dropped. I highly recommend Matthew Fletcher.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2015
Matthew Fletcher is an Outstanding Lawyer
My family was referred to Matthew Fletcher when my sister was having legal problems that put her behind bars. We were worried up to the point to where my parents and I started feeling sick…but after a few court hearings my sister's legal problems were dismissed and the little bit of time my sister spent incarcerated did not affect how our lives continued to move forward once Mr. Fletcher stepped into the courtroom. We were so positive about the court hearings after that and it's because of Mr. Fletcher! Talk about a sign of relief…my family and I were unable to get help from other resources, we did not know who to turn to, plus no one would advise us on how to handle our situation or where we could find help until my father was introduced to Mr. Fletcher from a co-worker. Word of mouth can go a long way! Thank you Matthew Fletcher...
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2015
He saved my brothers life.
My brother was charged with murder..we spoke with ten other lawyers and without exception each of them told us that my brother would probably never get out of jail alive. Luckily, a lady from our church told me and my mother that we had to call Matthew. After speaking with his assistant Lisa, we felt hopeful that we had finally found a lawyer who could help or would atleast listen. WE WERE SO RIGHT!! We met with Matthew and from that moment until three months later when I saw my brother pick up his two year old son and watch the Tara fall I have never been more thankful that I was on that day. SIMPLY FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL and COMPLETELY UNAFRAID TO TAKE ON THE District Attorneys office. HE LITERALLY SAVED MY BROTHERS LIFE!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2014
My daughter was charged with murder and convicted of a crime we all knew she did not do. We hired another attorney who kept telling us all would be fine; until we heard the words guilty. Our lives felt like they ended. My daughter was suicidal and her kids were so depressed we had to put them on anti-depressants. Then she heard about Matt Fletcher from an inmate. We called and he met with us on a weekend and saved our lives. He was able to get a new trial for my daughter and then Matt got our little girl home. All charges dropped. She was innocent and only Matt would or could help. HE SAVED OUR LIVES.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2013
Murder Case
This Lawyer is the best in the business. When charged with murder facing life without the possibility of parole, Mathew took on the DA in Inglewood. When they sent the case to Torrance ( where you can rest assure there would be no African Americans on the Jury) Mathew was fabulous. I recommend him. I first saw him in action as a juror, never thinking, I would need him myself. Thank God for him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2015
Had problems with this attorney
This attorney did not follow any of my requests. He failed to file paperwork in a timely manner. He failed to read paperwork prior to court hearings and openly admitted to not having read the prosecutor's pleadings in court. He also spoke to many people concerning my case that he was not authorized to speak to.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Interim suspension after conviction issued in CA, 2022
updated on 10/26/2022

This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 2006
updated on 02/07/2010

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • People v. Mioses Arreola
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Antonio Santos
  • Plead Nolo Contendere to one Count of PC 30605 (A) and given probation.

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

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Long Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew Powell Fletcher
Matthew Powell Fletcher
Criminal defense Attorney
Long Beach, CA
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details