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Gerald Nicholson

Criminal defense Attorney at Long Beach, CA

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Jerry Nicholson

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gerald

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Jerry Nicholson began his legal career in 1978 working as a Deputy District Attorney for Orange County. In that role, he prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases. Additionally, he was assigned to the county’s Narcotics Task Force, where he investigated and prosecuted major narcotics cases. As a Deputy District Attorney, Jerry Nicholson gained the considerable trial and courtroom experience that serves as a foundation for his criminal defense work today. Subsequently, Mr. Nicholson became a partner in the statewide law firm of Hunter, Nicholson, & Mason, where he supervised all of the firm’s criminal and litigation matters. In 1987, Mr. Nicholson launched his own practice exclusively focusing on criminal defense. That practice has now expanded to include all areas of criminal defense.

Location

Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson, APC
5855 E Naples Plz Ste 205
Long Beach, CA, 90803-5080

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Posted by Wakean | May 5, 2022
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ELITE ATTORNEY WITH GREAT EXPERIENCE? JERRY NICHOLSON IS THE MAN
I strongly recommend and can honestly say it with complete confidence that Jerry and Julissa are two Dynamic Duo of strategy and professionalism. They attacked and approach every detailed and key pointers in my case in hopes of Winning and guess what We Did. My case wasn't average and definitely wasn't easy to handle when you have a record the length of a football field also let's not forget two prior prison terms. Jerry and Julissa handled my gun charge with experience and knowledge Best Lawyer in Town is Jerry Nicholson..
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Posted by Sora | April 4, 2022
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Thank You Mr. Nicholson!!!
Thank You to the whole team at Mr. Nicholson law office. They are a life saver. Can't explain how happy I am. He told me I will not have to see court, meant it and thats exactly what happen. Great man to have on my side. Not just me he also helped my son. We are both greateful. We can't thank everyone at the office enough.
Posted by Jim | March 9, 2022
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One of the Best Lawyers in California!
Jerry did a magnificent job of defending my DUI case, which could have been MUCH worse without his assistance. I got arrested for my second DUI just short of ten years after my first offense, and my blood alcohol level was about 0.15—nearly double the legal limit of 0.08. This meant that I was facing added legal enhancements that usually require mandatory jail time. Jerry is a former Deputy District Attorney who has handled a wide range of legal cases, so he started attacking my case from several directions. He discovered, for example, that I was taking medications that can cause people to become dizzy and faint when consuming alcohol, a fact that would have enhanced my DUI symptoms. He also located an expert witness who estimated that my blood alcohol level was considerably less than 0.15, a fact that helped mitigate the worst enhancement. Jerry has many connections throughout the legal system, so he presented his collected evidence to the court. As a result, the second enhancement was dropped, and I pled “no contest” to a single charge as if it were my first DUI offense. I also paid a fine, served community service, and received unsupervised probation, but I served no jail time. Jerry came to my rescue in a big way, and he can come to your rescue as well. Thanks again Jerry…you da man!
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2021
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Best criminal defense lawyer
Jerry was always there for us through the whole process for my son. He was always straight forward , and worked with us. He was able to get the best result for him. I would definitely use him again!
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
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Best crimal later in socal
All I have to say is by far the best lawyer I could have had the pleasure of working with. Through out my court process Jerry has gone above and beyond with the help of his assistant. To make my court process easy as can be. Just be willing to hear him out and everything he needs from you. But truly thank him for everything. Recommend 100%.
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Posted by Carlos | June 22, 2021
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Grubhub alcohol delivery police sting
My wife was trying grubhub delivery for the first time, for income. She was two weeks into the job and got her first alcohol delivery after taking a very short online training course on it. Her first delivery ended with a swarm of police cars that accused her of delivering alcohol to their planted dummy minor. Its so awful, because the app requires an ID card scan to verify the age of the recipient of alcohol, otherwise, grubhub won't let her complete the delivery and she gets in trouble. Grubhub reports the incident to the police as well and so this police sting was pretty random and seemed to be very unwarranted. Anyway, my wife forgot to do the scan before handing the order over and the dummy minor took off so quick, that when she looked down to end the order on her phone and realized she had to scan ID, he was already out of sight. Thats when the cop cars swarmed her and cited her for a misdemeanor, before she even had a chance to report the incident herself to grubhub or anyone else. My wife is foreign and had never had an experience with a US officer before. She was not aware of her right to remain silent and her right to counsel. She proceeded to answer all the cops questions without legal counsel, thinking as long as she cooperated, she wouldn't be in trouble. She didn't realize they were building a case to charge her with a misdemeanor, because they constantly reassured her everything would be fine. They had as strong a case as any against my wife. We consulted with Jerry and Julissa and after meeting with them, we found them to be very knowledgeable and honest. Jerry broke it down for us and explained that his approach would involve negotiating with the DA to dismiss the charges on condition of attending a diversion program (like taking some educational alcohol serving courses). We went ahead and hired them. From that moment they took care of everything. My wife was even able to leave the country while they handled everything. They were also very quick to respond to our questions and I think it was very fortunate that Jerry had many years experience as a DA as he was able to predict, with great precision, what to expect. The end result was that Jerry was able to convince the DA to dismiss the case without any diversion program, like it never even happened. My broke down in tears of joy, literally, happy that this nightmarish charge was no longer hanging over us. Jerry and Julissa have our full recommendation as your criminal defense. Thank you Jerry and Julissa for everything you did for us. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Daniel | May 7, 2021
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Professional
Very professional, in communication with the latest updates of case, highly recommend the office of Jerry Nicholson, !!!
Posted by Jace | March 18, 2021
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Thank You Jerry!
Jerry and Julissa are the best in Long Beach! They took the weight off my shoulders, taking care of my entire legal matter without any assistance needed from me. Julissa is always available for questions and Jerry will update you along the entire process. Thank you Jerry!
Posted by Alex | October 12, 2020
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The only lawyer you should be calling
This man is somewhat of a miracle worker. I made a mistake last year that could have easily ruined my life and Jerry basically got the prosecution to completely wipe the whole case. The results were better than I could have imagined. He didn’t even worry me about the details because he took complete control of the situation. If I ever need help again, I will not be calling anyone else. Thank you Jerry.
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Posted by Bryce | September 2, 2020
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Thank you Jerry
Good law office, does solid work. Works to get best possible outcome and wants to win your case. Also great assistant in Julissa, thank you for all of your help as well. I appreciate everything and recommend them for anyone looking for lawyer.
Posted by Ashley | August 21, 2020
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Thank you Jerry!!
Jerry is your go to criminal lawyer!! I was charged with something that would have ruined my life. The first time I met him for our consultation, he explained everything to my mother and I in detail on what can happen and what he plans to do to help me. After meeting with him I left feeling at ease. I knew right then and there I picked the right lawyer to stand for my defense. Jerry is very professional and know how to communicate well in court. You can tell he’s respected as well. And he knows how it works the Long Beach Court. I was going to be charged with a felony and he was able to speak to the DA and drop it down to a misdemeanor. And he got me my daughter back. He believed in me and knew I needed his help and that’s exactly what he did for me. I can tell he worked very hard on my case. Ive has bad experience’s with lawyers, but Jerry made that insecurity go away. Jerry has an assistant, Julissa. Julissa thank you so much for keeping me informed about EVERYTHING! Any questions I had she always responded right away. It was never difficult to get ahold of Jerry because of Julissa. Thank you Julissa for all your hard work as well! Jerry thank you so so much!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2018
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Great lawyer that really cares.
He will work hard for your case. Will get you the best possible outcome. He is well respected and has lots of connection to working professional that can help with your case.
Posted by Valerie | July 14, 2018
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#1 CHOICE!!! BEST ATTORNEY
I never thought I would need an attorney!! So when my daughter needed a DUI attorney I had NO CLUE on who to hire. I did my all my research and was still confused. Thank goodness my best friend gave me Jerrys phone number to contact. From beginning to end I let Jerry proceed to handle all aspects of this case. I knew I was in the best hands I could hire. He explained everything so I knew what needed to be done. He knows the whole court system and got things done swiftly!! His service fee was very reasonable and I got every pennys worth in his outstanding service!! I got the best outcome for my daughter with Jerry's hard work. I couldnt have done this without him. Hopefully I wont need another attorney but if I do I have Jerry's phone number on speed dial!!
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Posted by Chris | June 29, 2018
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Amazing Attorney
Mr. Nicholson did an incredible job of defending me. I had a complicated case across 2 counties consisting of multiple felony charges and he did not stop fighting for me until the prosecution was willing to let me stay out of jail. I truly believe that if I had chosen a different attorney I would be in jail right now for a long time. He was extremely straight forward and no bullshit about building my defense and his many years of practice as well as his connections made for a positive outcome that allowed me to remain a productive member of society. I am extremely grateful for everything he has done for me and highly recommend him for anyone looking to achieve the best possible outcome from their legal defense. I owe my freedom to him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2018
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He hit it out of the park!
I called Jerry's office and left a message. To my surprise not even an hour later I was speaking to the man himself. He was kind and patient with me as I was borderline panic mode after hearing that I had an old outstanding warrant out of Long Beach. A few days later I sat scared in his lovely office listening to him explain the court process to me- the whole thing frightened me but Jerry put me at ease. His team was professional and thorough. Jerry fought for me and the outcome was amazing. Because of his 30 years experience and relationships within the Long Beach court system he was able to get my case in front of the right people and had a deal struck before we entered court to go before the judge. To say that I am happy with Jerry is an understatement. He was a true blessing for me while dealing with the wreckage of my past. I fully intend to used Jerry again to represent me to try to alter a past case out of Orange County. I trust him and you should too!
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2018
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Best Attorney in Long Beach
Jerry was referred to me from a friend when I went into my case with very little hope for a positive outcome. Regardless of my frustration throughout the duration of my experience, Jerry and his staff were always kind and courteous. They kept me informed of the process every step of the way. In the end, I couldn't have asked for a more positive outcome! Jerry over-exceeded my expectations and I would refer his services to anyone in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Heather | February 4, 2018
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney!
I can't say enough great things about Jerry. He is professional, yet empathetic and the passion he has for his clients shines through. He thoroughly understands all the nuances of California criminal law, and walks you through what to expect every step of the way. Jerry was able to calm my nerves and left me feeling at peace and trusting him after every interaction. He is easy to get in touch with, and I never felt in the dark on where we were in the litigation process. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome, and while I hope to never need Jerry's services again... he will definitely be the first person I call if I do.
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Posted by eva | July 14, 2016
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Alternative Sentencing
I was involved in a contenious divorce with a vindictive ex-husband. It was a confusing and emotional time for me. Gerry Nicholson negotiated an alternative sentencing for me for violating a restraining order, which was non-violent. I didnt even realize I was in violation and Gerry explained everything to me until I understood what was happening. If you are not familiar with the law and you live in Long Beach, Gerry is the one to get you out of hot water and set things straight so you can get back on track.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Excellent!!
Jerry was extremely helpful and took on my case and got me the results I wanted! I recommend him 100% to anyone in need of legal services, he's the guy!
Posted by Robert Morales | February 5, 2010
Great 30 year sales pitch. Interview at least 5.
Wanted to hand my case off to a public defender after paying the balance due. I hired another attorney, and he had my case dismissed. Thanks for making me feel secure and legally stealing my money. Shows up late. Answering service is terrible. Good at initial visit. Great 30 year sales pitch. Explains what happens in 1 month 2 months and 3. Terrible at preparing you for court, especially for my first and last time ever being excused of a crime. Explained to me why my ex-wife tried to convict me of a DV charge, to get a green card after I asked for a divorce. I did not realize it. He pointed it out. It Should have been a easy case for him. Remember be calm, interview at least as many as you need to and then some. I got nervous and jumped on the first one I interviewed. My error. He's a Sharp Dresser!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • 1978 - 1981

Education

  • Western State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • California State University Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • California Gaming
  • Issues in Card Room Liability
  • 1992

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Mr. Nicholson for several years, I can honestly attest to his dedication and zealous advocacy to his clients. His 40 years of experience is evident in his straight forward approach to every case. I strongly endorse Mr. Nicholson."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Nicholson is a tough, experienced and hard working litigator. He is respected among his peers, Judges and prosecutors. Any client who has him on their side should feel very confident."
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Long Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Gerald Nicholson
Gerald Nicholson
Criminal defense Attorney
Long Beach, CA
Licensed for 45 years
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