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Terrance Cheung

Criminal defense Attorney at Alhambra, CA

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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With more than twenty years of practice as a trial attorney, Mr. Cheung has acquired substantial criminal law defense expertise in trials, negotiations, case preparations, and investigations. He has handled thousands of cases in felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile delinquency law. Mr. Cheung's practice includes all aspects of criminal defense litigation.


Law Offices of Terrance Cheung
200 South Garfield Ave, Suite 103
Alhambra, CA, 91801

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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by JiaMin | January 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nothing more can one ask for! Immense gratification!
In September 2017, I was arrested for attempted murder. Though it was my ex colleague who first started the fight that left me humiliated and injured. A month later, I took the law into my own hands, as I tried to retaliate, without fully understanding the law in this country. Since I spoke little English, in haste, my husband contacted a very expensive lawyer firm, assuming we would be provided with a Mandarin speaking lawyer as they had advertised. To our dismay, with every court attendances, different lawyers who spoke no Mandarin showed up. They never returned our phone calls, nor had any prior consultations or sessions for discussions regarding my case; thus my case took a terrible turn for the worst in just a month’s time in their hands. Through some advice from my church sister, we unexpectedly found Terrance who volunteered at some community Asian Pacific Pro Bono service. As Terrance speaks only English, my church sisters did the translation for me throughout. When briefed of the severity of my case, Terrance rushed to meet us; he had only 15 minutes of consultation time to spare, as with other attorneys volunteering for such services. Nonetheless, he patiently and graciously answered all our questions which took up an hour of his time. Instead of taking on my case, he suggested I go with a public defender, as it would be more affordable for me. After 2 days, ultimately, at my earnest appeal, he accepted, and he even worked out a reasonable payment plan that I’m able to afford. After he took over my case, he immediately prepared a detailed analysis of the results given by the prosecutor. Every time he went to court, he took the trouble to diligently explain his strategic solutions, because my case was a very serious one. To further complicate the task for Terrance, I had naively erased any or had left no evidences that could have helped my case. However, he always returned our calls and emails promptly. When we were in doubts or confusions, he would thoroughly clarify and help us understand. Terrance even went the extra mile, to consult his immigration attorney friend, to help minimize the risk of my immigration status. Nonetheless, Terrace eventually won over the judge. Terrace had put up much time, thoughts, and effort to minimize the severity and damage to my case. Hence, I was given a fair sentence. I thank God for providing me with an exceptional lawyer. I am indeed ashamed of my foolish and reckless behaviour, as I failed to live out the spirit of Christianity. All in all, Terrance is an outstanding, compassionate and responsible lawyer. He goes the extra miles without being solicited. He has a soul with a heart of kindness, generosity and consideration. Immense and deep appreciation and admiration for lawyer Terrance Cheung.
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Posted by Jamie | May 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I highly recommend Mr. Cheung, he worked very hard to get my husband the best possible outcome that would benefit our family. My husband was looking to serve time for a huge misunderstanding and Mr. Cheung did everything he could to help us out. He's very skilled and very devoted to what he does. He's very honest and always keeps you informed. I have recommended him to a few people because I know they won't be disappointed. My family will forever be grateful to him for going out of his way to keep my husband from going to jail and missing out on our daughters upbringing.
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Posted by Sean | April 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Terrance is really good at what he's doing
Terrance is really reliable and responsible. He helped me to dismissed my case. He's knowledgeable and really capable of what he's doing. I really appreciate him to take good care of my case and help me get out of trouble.
Posted by Andrew | April 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
My lawyer Terrance cheung, was able to me he me the outcome which benefited me the most against the misunderstanding district attorney. My case was misinterpreted theft in which I wasn't convicted of anything because their case against me didn't make sense. Terrance made sure his facts set everyone straight.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good lawyer
Hes a very good lawyer, he would go out of his way to get information for you. He also helped prove my innocence when I thought the whole world was against me.
Posted by Christopher | February 10, 2015
Highly Recommended
This was my first time needing a lawyer so I did some online research and found that Terrance already had some great reviews. I decided to go with Terrance after I had met and spoke with him. He carried through with his words and my case was settled better than I ever imagined. With any other lawyer I would have been stuck with a felony but not with Terrance- he was able to get me a misdemeanor. I would highly recommend Terrance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
Domestic Violence
This was my first offense and I was glad to have Terrance guide me through the ordeal. He was very knowledgeable of the process and took his time to explain any concerns or questions that I had. Being in this situation, I was not aware of the magnitude or what to expect, his confidence and assurance made it less stressful. I would 100% recommend Terrance Cheung as a great criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by eric | February 2, 2015
excellent and affordable!
Terrance was very easy to deal with. I got a response from him within a few hours to get a quote and the rest is history. Two cases, Domestic violence and vandalism. He managed to get them both dismissed at a fraction of what other lawyers in the area quoted me. Try him, you wont regret it. Hes the best.
Posted by Michael | June 4, 2014
Accused of robbery
Last year in may of 2013 i was arrested for a robbery. Wrongfully accused and facing a third strike..Mr. Terrance Cheung represented me from begining until the case got dismissed. Mr Cheung is very knowledgable in his line of work. I am grateful for the hard work he did to prove my innocence... an excellent attorney and a confidentne. He left no stone unturned. I highly recommend Mr Cheung he is a dedicated professional and im thankful for him representing me.
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Posted by Eugene | March 2, 2012
Atty Terrance Cheung is a SUPER LAWYER. He handled my case with confident. When it seemed impossible, he made it Nothing is Impossible because he has his own strategy, own way & own techniques. He is very professional, courtesy, resourceful, tactful & trustworthiness. I absolutely will highly recommend him to all the people who need criminal lawyers. He is 100percent WIN WIN !!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2012
Probation Violation miracle
I was referred to Mr. Cheung from my regular attorney who does not know the LA County courts. My case was a very old, very complex probation violation whereas the judge wanted to make me a guest of the county for a few weeks. To make a long story short, I did 0 days and probation has been fully terminated. Thank you soo much Terrance!
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Posted by veronica | August 29, 2011
Terrance Cheung
My name is Veronica, I was arrested in 2010 for being involved in a bar fight.It was a very terrifying and long process, being this was my first time ever being in this situation,and being falsy accused.Terrance Cheung was appointed my lawyer.He is a great lawyer! He made me feel assured when I first met him that everything would be taken care of ,because of how knowledgeable he is.I felt very lucky having him represent me because he was very consistent, very good communication,very responsive when i had questions or concerns,he explained everything to me so i was aware, and he would go out of his way and make efforts to meet with me.I had a jury trial for 2 weeks,and Terrance did a wonderful job proving my innocence! He worked hard on my case he even went out of his way to make posters for his closing argument. In the end the jury concluded i was not guilty,and I owe it all on the great work Terrance did.He knows his work well, I would recommend him any day!
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Posted by Viviane | February 24, 2011
The best Lawyer in the world!
If i had to choose a word to say how Terrance Cheung is as a lawyer and as a person it would be "AWESOME!". From the very first day i met Terrance i felt extremely comfortable with him. He always makes you feel great no matter what the situation maybe. Terrance is very well educated and knows all there is to know in his profession of being a defense attorney. He did such a great job in my case that it makes me proud to have had him representing me. I hope I will never be in that kind of situation where i need a lawyer again but if any of my friends or family ever need someone to represent them the first and only person that will come to mind will be Terrance Cheung. Thanks to him my life is back to normal and the weight has finally been lifted off my shoulders. So if your reading this right now and you need someone to help you whatever the case may be i'm confident that Terrance can and will help you to the best of his ability.=]. Terrance if you ever read this I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME!
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2009
The Best Lawyer Money Can Buy - Terrance Cheung
Terrance is a tremendous criminal lawyer. He kept me informed about the whole court process and was able to help me get the best judgement I could have possibly imagined. An important factor was that he made me feel comfortable about my whole legal situation all along. His legal knowledge makes him an excellent and credible lawyer and I will recommend anybody I come across who needs a criminal lawyer to go to Terrance Cheung. The whole court process was done in a timely manner, considering the charges I was faced up against. Being that it was my first time ever being in any type of legal trouble, he was able to keep me calm and level headed, which helped me out tremendously because of the possible consequences that could have occured. I can't express my appreciation for Terrance, since the impact that he had on my case practically changed my life for the better.
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Posted by Kin | October 2, 2009
A Responsible Lawyer That Will Get Your Case Resolve!
Mr. Terrance Cheung was actually my first encounter with a Lawyer so I cannot compare him to others. However, the way Lawyer Terrance Cheung handle our case was spectacular! My nephew was a victim that got involve in a bullying case at a high school. He took us through the whole process step by step, from the first initial home meeting to making a deal with the District Attorney. He is responsible, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and is definitely one person that you would want to represent you in a court of law. By the way, his attorney fee's is as reasonable as it can be! I hope I will not need Lawyer Terrance Cheung's service again, but for anyone else that needs a legal representation, he is the one person I will always recommend! Simply superb!
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Violated my rights, worst attorney I ever met
misrepresented me, lied to the judge and violated penal code and constitution. He is ripping off the court system and his clients
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Castellan Law Group, LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Public Defender
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 2006


  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California at San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Legal Advisor
  • 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Governor
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award for Service and Commitment
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Trials Skills Symposium
  • Instructor/Judge
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (32)
Endorse Terrance
Juvenile law Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Cheung is a stellar attorney with a passion for his work. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Terrance is a highly skilled advocate. He is knowledgeable and passionate in his defense of clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Cheung. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance Cheung is a top-notch criminal defense attorney and highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cheung is an incredible attorney. He is knowledgeable on legal issues, is a miracle worker in the courtroom, and well respected. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance is the King of Alhambra Courthouse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance is one of the best attorneys in Alhambra, hands down. He has over ten years of experience and is extremely well versed in criminal law. He is intelligent, diligent and tough - an excellent criminal defense attorney. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance Cheung is an excellent criminal attorney. I endorse him!"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Terrance is well respected in the legal community and a highly skilled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Terrance. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Terrance was in the field of criminal law long before me, and he took the time to mentor me when I entered the profession. Since he entered private practice, I have made a number of referrals to Terrance, ranging from potential clients to attorneys with legal questions in the area of DUI practice. Each and every single person that I have referred to Terrance has made it a point to thank me via a phone call or email, detailing the excellent representation or helpful advice they received. I am confident referring potential clients to Terrance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Terrance for many years as coordinator of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association's monthly Pro Bono event held at the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel. Terrance is a tireless community advocate sharing his criminal defense expertise with litigants with questions in the related areas of family, immigration, business, employment, criminal, estate planning, and real estate law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance is an asset to the criminal defense community. He is professional, helpful and dedicated to his clients and to the protection of his client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrance Cheung is an extremely knowledgeable and well respected criminal defense attorney. He fights for his clients to obtain the best deal possible and won't hesitate to take a case to trial."
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Terrance Cheung
Criminal defense Attorney
Alhambra, CA
Licensed for 26 years