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Zachary James McCready

Criminal defense Attorney at Long Beach, CA

4.9   205 reviews

also known as Zack McCready

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    51%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. My goal is to get the case against you dismissed completely or reduced to a misdemeanor or an infraction. I have won many trials and gotten cases dismissed.

    17 years, 2,800 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    11%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I have handled hundreds of domestic violence cases. I have won domestic violence trials and gotten many domestic violence cases dismissed. Call me today.

    17 years, 1,800 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    9%
    I've gotten DUI cases dismissed simply by filing a motion. I've also taken DUI cases to trial and won. I will tell you up front whether or not trial would be a good idea in your case. I'll never charge you what most of my competitors charge for pre-trial or trial representation.

    17 years, 1,400 cases

  4. Gun Law
    8%
    I am of counsel for the USCCA and the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, both are leading gun owners' rights unions. I have gotten charges dismissed for possession of a loaded gun, possession of a concealed gun, felon in possession of a gun, etc.

    17 years, 700 cases

  5. Sex crime
    5%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I have never lost a rape trial. I am ready to help you.

    17 years, 800 cases

  6. Federal crime
    4%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I am licensed to practice before the Federal Central District Court of California, which covers LA County, Orange County, and Riverside County.

    15 years, 12 cases

  7. Litigation
    4%
    All kinds of civil litigation including real estate cases, landlord-tenant disputes and personal injury cases. I am licensed to practice before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and I have appealed cases to there before.

    17 years, 300 cases

  8. Personal injury
    2%
    We have done many personal injury cases in the past 15 years, resulting in great settlements.

    17 years, 20 cases

  9. Violent crime
    2%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I have handled over 1000 violent crime cases in the past 13 years. During that time, I have gotten many cases dismissed and won many trials. Call me.

    17 years, 1,100 cases

  10. White collar crime
    2%
    I am a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I have handled over 500 white collar crime cases in the past 13 years including embezzlement, insurance fraud, grand theft, and environmental crimes.

    17 years, 550 cases

  11. Juvenile law
    1%
    We have helped many juveniles and their parents in the past 15 years. We do juvenile deliquency and, on request, juvenile dependency

    13 years, 25 cases

  12. Sexual harassment
    1%
    We have helped high-profile defendants including doctors, lawyers, police officers, professional athletes, actors, financial planners, and professional pharmacists resolve their cases with settlements and dismissals. Top rating from Three Best Rated.

    12 years, 35 cases

I'm a criminal law specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 1% of attorneys in California have this designation. I'm a top-rated attorney in LA and Orange County as rated by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Listen: not all lawyers get great results for their clients. I do. Some lawyers charge outrageous prices. I do not. To put it bluntly: you want to win your case but you can't afford a $100,000 retainer. The big firms can't give you the responsive and affordable representation that I can. They have too much overhead. Some firms that quote rock-bottom prices will take whatever money you give them but they will not work hard to win your case.

Let's get real. You want to hire an experienced fighter who has both criminal trial experience and law enforcement experience. Eight years of experience as a cop have taught me how to deal with the police and beat them at their own game. I've read their play book and I know how to beat them.

I've gotten cases dismissed without my clients having to pay for trial or set foot inside a courthouse. I've won trials for my clients. What is more important is that I care about my clients, as my client reviews and professional endorsements attest.

Don't bet your entire future on an unprepared attorney or an expensive firm that doesn't care about you. Call me on my cell phone at for a free 90-minute consultation.

Call me today.

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Location

McCready Law Group
3701 Long Beach Boulevard
Suite 324
Long Beach, CA, 90807
McCready Law Group
2030 E Fourth St
Suite C-233
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
McCready Law Group
9042 Garfield Ave, #202
Huntington Beach, CA, 92646
McCready Law Group
13252 Garden Grove Bl, #204-D
Garden Grove, CA, 92843
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  205 customer reviews
Posted by Danny | March 15, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent help!
Zach gave excellent advice on a phone consultation regarding my gun ownership challenges with the state of CA. Just wanted to highly recommend his knowledge and expertise. Thank you!
Posted by Robert | February 21, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible team
Zack and his team were knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys who had great judgment on what elements were important to my case to ultimately be successful. I highly recommend them.
Response from Zachary McCready February 22, 2024
Thank you. We were happy when you got the result that you wanted after extensive preparations.
Posted by Jay | February 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed!
It's amazing how much of a fighter Zachary is in the court room, but do friendly to his clients and family. Almost made me forget about my worries how at ease I was. I definitely give high recommendation
Response from Zachary McCready February 22, 2024
Thank you. We were glad when your case was dismissed after a lot of work and planning.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best defense
Honest with me from the gate about my potential settlement. They really fought for me. Listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions and calls
Response from Zachary McCready February 22, 2024
Thank you. We were glad that you got what you wanted to accomplish.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MR
I recently sought legal assistance from Zachary McCready and was very impressed with the service provided. Zachary showed a ton of knowledge and professionalism throughout my case. He was attentive, responsive, and genuinely cared about my situation. His guidance and expertise were very helpful in a time of need, and he consistently went above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Zachary McCready to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate attorney. His commitment to his clients is evident in every interaction.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gave thorough advice
I called on a Saturday where most attorneys were not available to take my call or give me a consultation, but I was given great advice on how to proceed with my case even if I decided not to go with this attorney. Was straight to the point and helped guide me!
Posted by Jasmine | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
I am immensely grateful for the outstanding legal representation I received from McCready Law Group. I was facing three misdemeanor charges as a nurse, unjustly implicated in a situation by my abusive ex, I found myself in a daunting position. Mr. McCready demonstrated a mastery of criminal defense. He took on my case and then put me in the hands of one of his attorneys within his law firm (Mr. Skidelsky). This law firm exhibited a profound understanding of the complexities of my case. Their meticulous approach and strategic expertise led to a successful defense that vindicated me from these unjust charges. I wholeheartedly recommend this law firm to anyone seeking a skilled criminal defense lawyer. Thanks to their exceptional representation, I can now move forward with my life, free from the burden of false accusations. I am forever grateful. Special thanks to Mr. Skidelsky and Mr. McCready.
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Response from Zachary McCready December 13, 2023
Thank you, Jasmine! It was our pleasure to get your case dismissed so that you can move on with your life. I'm happy that you got the result that you wanted and I wish we could have sped up the process more for you. We hope you never need us again but we are there for you if you do!
Posted by Anthony | November 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent and Professional! (Restraining order case)
I caught a bogus Temporary Restraining order case from a vindictive Ex, causing my firearms to be taken and tarnishing my reputation. Zach and his team kept the pressure on for her to pony up evidence and “prove” her case. In the end she had been seeking a 5 year order solely to harm me personally and did not show up to the last court date causing the judge to dismiss with prejudice. Zach and his team went above and beyond to help me get this off my back and I’m grateful to them. They were all professional and responsive, Zach doesn’t throw sugar on things but gives it to you in facts and legal terms and precedents so you can make sense of the situation. I don’t expect to need a defense attorney ever again but if I do I will make only one call. Money well spent, thank you Zach and the team at Mccready Law.
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Posted by Mark | November 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing support and team work! Get's the job done!
The team from McCready Law Group are great lawyers. They really care about helping their community and about giving you the best possible representation. Everything from their communication to their skill in the courtroom is amazing. I don't think I would have gotten the same results with anyone else. I highly recommend this firm. They changed my life for the better.
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Posted by Toni | October 27, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Retain Zachary Now!
So thankful for Zachary! He fought for my case and it end up get dismissed! I’m literally in disbelief. During our initial consultation he was very friendly and really listened to my concerns and case as I went over it with him! If you are looking for someone who cares and will fight for you! Retain him ASAP
Posted by Jim Aceves | October 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Zachary James McCready was the best attorney ive ever had! He was able get my case dismissed! I was more than pleased with how hard he faught for me when others wouldn't. I felt alone at first but he was able to reassure me on how we could beat the case. Not only was he friendly but incredibly knowledgeable with my situation. I was able to meet him and explained my dilemma, and from the getco he was honest and listened to every detail from my scenario. Thank you for being there for me! Ill definitely use your services again when I come across anymore legal issues, if you want the best look no further
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered my questions
I consulted Zachary with questions about firearm laws in California and he was quick to answer the phone and give me advice. I am satisfied with his advice and will keep him in my contacts. I recommend this lawyer for consultation in this subject matter.
Posted by Kevin | September 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING!!!!!!!
Zach absolutely did everything that he said he would do for me. From the beginning he was very clear about what he was going to do to help me with multiple cases and expungements and he and his team did exactly that. They were always attentive and responsive when I had questions or concerns. I can’t thank Mcready Law group enough. I would highly recommend Zach and trust his process.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick to the point consultation
Was able to answer my questions and concerns and give resources to follow up with afterwards.
Posted by Kyle | August 1, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Mr McCready called me back right away after sending in a request for a consultation. He was able to give me all of the information I needed, as well as list all of the possibilities for my situation. He did not try to push me into something that was not needed, nor try to give me false hope. He was very knowledgeable and straight to the point. I will be calling him if I ever need representation.
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Posted by star | July 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lawyer
Gave me great help, I would definitely recommend him to others. Amazing work!
Posted by anish den | June 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I really can’t believe how smoothly my case went
McCready Law Group is really the best legal team I could have worked with. Having them on my side made all the difference in my case. I really can’t believe how smoothly my case went. If you need representation and you’re looking for the best, go with McCready Law Group. They will definitely fight for you. I’m so grateful.
Posted by willam sean | June 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They were so invested in me and my case
I’m very happy with the way McCready Law Group represented me. It was honestly like being represented by family. They were so invested in me and my case. I felt like someone had my back every step of the way. I don’t know what I would have done without them. I’m beyond grateful.
Posted by linn knight | June 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They were so helpful
I have so much gratitude for McCready Law Group. Their entire team was amazing. I don't want to get into details about how I got into the predicament that caused me to need a lawyer but I will say that finding McCready Law Group was the best thing I could have done for my situation. They were so helpful and did an amazing job representing me. If you need a defense lawyer you shoul definitely reach out to this firm. You'll be so happy with their work. I know I was!
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Posted by charles melon | May 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
This is a wonderful firm
I'm really thankful for all the kindness and assistance I receieved from McCready Law Group. This is a wonderful firm who had my best interests in mind. I hope I never have to deal with another situation where I need a lawyer again, however, if I do, I'm glad that I can reach out to this firm. Everyone on their staff cared so much about my well being and fought so hard for me. I cannot say enough great things about them. I'm so happy with the way things went.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/President
  • McCready Law Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lead Trial Counsel
  • Shouse Law Group
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Thomas K. McKnight
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Swainston Law Group
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Manager
  • DynCorp International
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Investigator/Police Officer
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • 1997 - 2006
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • AM vs BS
  • Trial win
  • AM vs Citibank
  • Client won settlement
  • People v. CC
  • Motion for diversion granted.
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Associations

  • USCCA
  • Contract attorney (gun-owner rights)
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member, former chairman of criminal law section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Whittier Law School Alumni Association
  • Alumnus
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2018
  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2017
  • La Casa (Orangewood Children's Home)
  • Former Vice President
  • 2013 - 2020
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2019
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Long Beach
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2023
  • Client Champion Platinum
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Dean's List/Honor Roll 2002-2005
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Whittier Law School
  • Building a Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2016
  • Phelan Boy Scout Troop Meeting
  • Law Merit Badge
  • 2014
  • Surf City BNI Roundtable
  • Advance Healthcare Directives
  • 2013
  • Surf City BNI Roundtable
  • Aggressive DUI Defense Tactics
  • 2012
  • Surf City BNI Conference
  • Pre-Trial Strategy in Criminal Defense
  • 2012
  • Whittier Law School
  • Winning Domestic Violence Trials
  • 2011
  • Pierce College
  • Illegal Searches by Police Officers
  • 2011
  • Boy Scout Conference
  • The American Legal System
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (100)
Endorse Zachary
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach Mccready is one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know. He is an outstanding trial lawyer and is well respected by the Judges and prosecutors in the Los Angeles and Orange County courts. In addition, Zach demonstrates an immense compassion and respect towards his clients which many other lawyers do not. His legal intellect and high moral character make him the best criminal attorney in town!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zachary is a hard working and aggressive lawyer who is not afraid to go to trial and fight for his clients rights. His law enforcement backgound provides him with a unique set of skills and the ability to closely scrutnize police activity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Zach is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to criminal defense law. He is hardworking and creative. He really knows what he's doing and is great at instructing others on how to proceed on issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A very experienced and capable criminal defense attorney. My referrals to him have been highly satisfied with his demeanor and performance. Knowledgeable, professional and compassionate to client needs."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zachary is a State Bar-certified specialist in criminal law. Very few lawyers achieve this prominence. Highly recommended for criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zack is a great attorney! He is a fellow certified criminal specialist. He is very passionate advocate for his clients. Great person and great all around lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Zack for over 3 years, and I can say in all sincerity that there is no criminal defense attorney more knowledgable, sincere, hardworking, and hones than him. I routinely consult Zack on my cases. Each time, he gives me his undivided attention and outstanding advice. I have seen the way Zack handles his client. He treats every single one of his cases with utmost integrity, zealousness, and conscientiousness. I recommend Zack Mccready in the strongest terms possible!"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mccready is a true professional in his field and I am pleased to call him a colleague. I strongly endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach Mccready is a devoted attorney who is committed to assisting his clients. I have seen him zealously advocate for his clients. He is well respected in the community and among his peers. A client would be fortunate to have Zach Mccready as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a very honest and professional attorney and an excellent litigator. I have personally seen the way Zach in court and also how he works with his clients and wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zachary Mccready is an exceptional attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients. I have had to opportunity to observe Zachary in court and I am impressed with his skills. Clients are in good hands with Zachary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I frequently see Mr. Mccready in our courts and he has a solid reputation with prosecutors and judges. He is meticulous, personable and will fight for his clients. He is very well-liked by his peers and a respected lawyer in our community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Zachary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Mccready for a brief period in a small law office on Wilshire street. The overall impression about him is the combination of professionalism, integrity, and diligence."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McCready is an exceptional attorney. His unwavering dedication to his clients and the criminal defense profession is remarkable. He is knowledgeable, sharp and creative. I highly recommend Mr. McCready; you will be in great hands!"
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Long Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Zachary James McCready
Zachary James McCready
Criminal defense Attorney
Long Beach, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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