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Joni Kay Eisenstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Oceanside, CA

5.0   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joni

Learn Joni’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    55%
    Representation on all misdemeanor and felony cases from the law enforcement investigation stage all the way through trial. Pre and post filing representation.

    30 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    30 years

  3. Domestic violence
    15%

  4. Expungement
    5%

    30 years

Ms. Eisenstein has been a criminal defense attorney since joining the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office in 1993. In 2006, Ms. Eisenstein left public employment to start her own firm, focusing solely on criminal defense.

 

Ms. Eisenstein has 22 years of experience working with Judges, prosecutors, the probation department and other defense lawyers in the San Diego County Court system.

 

Ms. Eisenstein represents clients charged with offenses ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious felony charges. She has aggressively and effectively represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses. She has been successful in convincing the District Attorney’s office to not file charges against her clients, getting cases dismissed, obtaining lesser charges and reduced time in prison and jail, winning jury trials, convincing Judges to dismiss cases due to violation of her client’s constitutional rights, keeping people out of jail when in violation of probation, and expunging criminal records.

 

Ms. Eisenstein is an excellent, well-liked, effective, aggressive criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to do all that is necessary to fight for her client’s rights and freedom.

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Law Office of Joni Eisenstein
207 North Ditmar Street
Oceanside, CA, 92054

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Posted by Chris | February 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SO thankful for Joni defending me!
I had another lawyer briefly before hiring Joni, what a world of difference it made having her expertly defend me! She knew exactly how to proceed and who to contact throughout the process, was incredibly well-prepared before entering the courtroom, and her experience and management of the proceedings and false allegations by petitioner was an amazing example of veteran courtroom experience, with results! She was patient and calm when I needed it, and a bulldog when the case needed it, I can't imagine this case without her representation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great defense lawyer - highly recommended
Joni is an outstanding defense lawyer. I was arrested on trumped up charges for a DUI, but unfortunately for me there was not a lot lot of evidence to back up my side of the story. Joni knows every angle to approach a case from and successfully reduced it to a traffic violation. I thought my life was over, but Joni saved me. She is highly experienced and knows exactly how to handle a case to achieve favorable results for the client. She is outgoing and easy to talk to as well - my whole predicament was grim, with seemingly little hope, but she put me at ease right away. Additionally, her rates are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of her services as a defense attorney.
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Posted by Naomi | October 22, 2018
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Amazing lawyer
Joni was a breath of fresh air in a stressful situation. So thankful I chose her over the others consulted. It was definitely the right decision
Posted by Brian | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Like having a family member in my time of need
I recently found myself requiring an attorney. Joni was at all times professional, courteous, compassionate and very swift in her responses. She also shows up on time, is incredibly warm, jovial and knowledgeable. She is matter-of-fact, funny and kind. It was honestly like having a family member to walk me through the toughest time of my life. She is responsive, smart and engaging. Absolutely every contact with her, via email, phone and in person, was reassuring and hope-inspiring. It is not possible for me to recommend her more highly. She made available my options, discussed with me any ramifications related thereto. She went over what is normal, what is expected, she really went above and beyond, in emails, voice calls, texts, every means available to her. She is business-oriented and focused in all things. She is also incredibly swift and quick-witted. Absolutely a pleasure and a warm joy to interact with. Should I ever require services in one of her stated fields, she will absolutely be my first go-to. I cannot recommend her, or her attention to detail... her level of care for her clients... enough. I am better for having known her. She is the best I could have hoped for, and if you're reading this, please don't hesitate to make contact with her. You will see what I and others have seen. This woman is worth more than her weight in gold!
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Posted by Kevin | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great results. Thank you.
Had a car accident in Oceanside which led to 2nd dui arrest after initial occurred seven years prior. Received an offer for representation that was 25% less than next best price. 2nd Dui charge was dropped. Programs for a dui offender to complete were dropped. My fine was reduced by almost one third. Thanks, Joni- better results than I imagined!
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Posted by Louis Banks | August 13, 2016
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Very talented and caring...
Joni took my TRO case and took care of me every step of the way. Although I didn't have a ton of money she still worked with me and make me feel like everything was going to be okay. I will definitely recommend her to anyone and everyone. Joni Rocks! Thank you!
Posted by RC | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that cares
Friends and family of Rick Cerna praise Joni. She has worked with all of us time and time again. Joni has kept all of us out of jail. Whether it's DUI or domestic Joni is the only person in our family that takes care of legal business. I would recommend anyone to use Joni.
Posted by Albert Allen | June 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joni Eisenstein is one of the best criminal attorney in Southern California.
Joni Eisenstein is one of the best criminal attorney in Southern California. I highly recommend you hired her services in any legal situation you may have. I was very satisfy with her ability to handle my legal issue in a timely matter. *Excellent Services*.
Posted by Nicole | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt, professional and reliable!
Joni helped me recently with a traffic ticket and saved me from paying an obscene amount of money. She has been in constant contact with me. She is professional and reliable. I would recommend her to anyone I know in a heartbeat.
Posted by John | May 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Around!!!!
I hired Joni 6 months ago due to a false TRO allegations made against me by my former spouse whom also had CPS involved and on her side which in turn hindered me from being in contact with my son whom was only 4 months old at the time. During the last 6 months Joni made me feel as if I didn’t need to worry about anything and that she had my entire situation handled, although I wasn’t able to see my son and had the fear of possibly losing the ability to see him indefinitely I had the utmost confidence that Joni was going to make it so that I could see him once again. Watching Joni at work give me every bit of confidence that she would make this happen. Every need or question I had during this lengthy 6 months never went unmet or unanswered. Joni has definitely put in more work and time in my case than i could have asked any other lawyer to do, especially for what I paid her.(she definitely deserves more) During every meeting and every trial Joni made me feel unbelieveably comfortable with her sense of humor and positive outlook. She is unbelievably loyal and took the case as seriously as if the outcome directly effected her life. I have grown close to Joni and am actually saddened to not be able to see her as much as i have the past 6 months. I can’t say enough good things about her if you are shopping around for an attorney stop now and hire Joni because you will undoubtedly be hiring the best of the best as well as being as stress free as you could in any situation where you have to appear in court. Thank You so much Joni for everything you did for me and getting my son back to me. I can’t wait for you to finally meet him. P.S. she managed to win my case under extremely difficult circumstances
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Posted by Lucero | May 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Joni, represented my boyfriend David in a very complicate DUI case. She is an amazing attorney who is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Joni, cares about her clients. If you are unable to pay the full amount she is willing to work with you. She is very passionate, knowledgable, and kind person who gives excellent service. I’m glad that I found her because thanks to her my boyfriend sentence was reduce to a 1 month house arrest instead of 6 months in jail. She was also able to reduce his fines from 3,000 to 800. Thank You! Joni, for going above and beyond to assist us.
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Posted by George | May 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Restraining order,
Thanks Jony, you did a good job. You has demonstrated your experience as a attorney. God bless you.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TRO Full of False, Fraudulent Charges DISMISSED
A TRO was filed, full of heinous, false accusations against me. Joni took my case and was responsive in her communications. Like the others on here have said, it's evident she really cares about her clients. She's also surprisingly funny! On the day of the hearing, she cross examined the opposing party effectively, bringing all the holes in logic and truth to light. She also effectively objected to the torrent of lies spewing forth from the other side. At one point this person tried to involve my ex spouse, who was, by the judge's own words, "very motivated" to play along with the lies. The TRO was dismissed, along with the specter of criminal charges. Regardless of the outlandish claims made against me, Joni effectively handled them all. Definite recommend.
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Posted by Jonathan | April 20, 2016
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A real lifesaver and so easy to work with
Joni was so awesome since day 1. My wife and I had some pretty major violations. Mine in particular was driving with a suspended license, unregistered vehicle, and no insurance. She was able to help get my charges completely dismissed and help get my wife's fines reduced by more then 50%. Joni also helped me when I was subpoenaed for another case. Not only was she able to help me in all the cases, but she was able to do it on a days notice and really helped calm my nerves while defending me and making sure I was ok. I definitely recommend Joni as she is not only great at knowing the law, but she actually cares.
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Posted by Nicole | February 29, 2016
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Literally saved me!
One of the most down to earth, professional women I have ever met. She listened to may case and was able to not only meet but exceed my expectations. She probably has no idea the magnitude of the financial hardship she has lifted off of my family. But we will be forever grateful for her and her services. Thank you Joni!
Posted by Jack | January 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Choice I have made
When I found myself in an unfortunate situation, I was worried and did not know what to do or where to go. Upon visiting my bail bondsman, I discovered that I was issued a felony for my first DUI. He recommended speaking with multiple attorneys sooner than later to start planning my case. He gave me a referral on a reputable "Big Law Firm" attorney, who I set up a free consultation with later that day. This attorney "sqeezed me in" giving me approximately 15 minutes of his time while he packed his bags to head to court. While I appreciated him making time for me sooner than later, the gentleman did not give me 100% of his attention, disagreed with my comments regarding my accident, and continued to tell me I was wrongfully charged and he could fix it. He made me feel comfortable that I had a strong case, but he did not make me feel like I was anything more than just a number to him. I figured if he didn't have time to talk with me then how would he have time to represent me? I decided to seek a second opinion. That is when I scheduled a consultation with Joni. At first sight, her office wasn't as fancy as the gentleman that I initially met with and she did not have the stereotypical look with cliche decorations in her office as you may expect of an attorney. But then we began to speak. She looked me in the eye, listened to my story, took notes and let me speak. When she spoke back, she spoke to me like a human being and like a friend I have known for years. I was able to open up to Joni about everything and anything without fear of judgement or with the thought that she didn't believe what I was saying. Joni cares about results, but she cares even more about the people she represents. With Joni, I did not feel like just a number, I felt that she gave my 100% of what she had to offer, and helped me above and beyond my court hearings. At a time when life could not have been anymore stressful and frightening, Joni put me at ease and made things feel OK. Joni has lived up to her word and although I now live thousands of miles away, she still helps me with questions as I start to finalize this legal mess I got myself into. If you want to be represented by an intelligent, empathetic, hard-working attorney that will fight for you as if you are her own family, then look no further than Joni Eisenstein. She was able to take one of the darkest points of my life and not only help me see the light at the end of the tunnel, but also helped get me there.
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Posted by Edith | December 27, 2015
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Traffic Ticket Dismissed! - She CARES!
If one on one contact is important to you look no further! Ms. Eisenstein listens and makes sure you are never lost! SHE CARES! I received a traffic ticket back in October. I was driving down the road when I saw the yellow light turned red. I stepped on the breaks and came to a stop. However, there were two police officers on the sidewalk next to me arresting a homeless man. One of them came over knocked on my window and asked me to pull over for running a red light. The police officer said, "I know that only your front two wheels went over the white line, but I still have to give you a ticket for running a red light". I told him that the flashing on both of their police cars that distracted me. He responded, "yeah, I know that can be distracting, but most of the time when you see a lot of police cars on a sidewalk it's just a hobo, it's not a big deal." BUT HE STILL GAVE ME A TICKET! My boyfriend and I got online and started looking for traffic lawyers. That is when we found Joni. We called a dozen of other offices, but always received the same thing an automated voice machine or a secretary who would simply ask for us to fax over the ticket. In some places we couldn't even make an appointment or talk to the lawyer. When I called Joni it was a different experience. She answered and I was going to set up a meeting, but she took the time to explain everything to me over the phone (Which was awesome because I live in Hillcrest). The best trait about this lawyer is that she takes the time and effort to listen to her clients. She listened to my whole story and she then walked me step by step as to what was going to happen. She asked me to fax my ticket to her directly not an secretary! I received an confirmation email and call a few minutes after. I also received an email and call when she fax arraigned my ticket and when everything was resolved. I really felt fully aware as to what was going on with my ticket. This is the type of lawyer you want on your side! not only did she get my $350 dollar ticket dismissed, but made everything a stress free process! Call her NOW!
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Posted by Joan | December 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Today Joni was able to get our sons felonies reduced down to misdemeanors. She has been defending our son throughout the mistakes of his youth. We cannot say enough about Joni's expertise in the courtroom. She was able to show the judge how much our son has changed and learned from his mistakes. We highly recommend this attorney with confidence. She is smart, kind and a talented attorney. We are all so thankful for this outcome today.
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Posted by Mark | December 6, 2015
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Excellent Defense Lawyer!!
Joni has represented me on two occasions and has done an exceptional job both times. She is honest, dependable and up front about everything. I love the fact that she has a great sense of humor which helps when dealing with such a serious matter that can be such a difficult time in your life. I could not have asked for a better outcome on both cases and highly recommend her to anyone searching for a great defense lawyer.
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Posted by Kelli | December 5, 2015
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Truley the Best
Joni Eisenstein is by far the best and most ethical attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I would entrust her with my life if I needed to. She never judges, all you see sitting across from you is someone who truley cares and will take you by the hand and guide you. Court was less scary and less stressful with Joni by my side. Thank you so very much Joni for making a horrible situation into a completely doable one. K.S.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joni K. Eisenstein
  • 2006 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender San Diego County
  • 1993 - 2006

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Binghamton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • People V. Brian Barron
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Mark McDougal
  • Suspension set aside
  • People v. Camilo Perez
  • Murder charge dismissed

Associations

  • Criminal Law Section North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Year Service Award
  • County of San Diego
  • 2003
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1990

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • High Tech High Debate Training
  • Cross Examination Skills
  • 2016
  • Mock Trial
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Mock Trial
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He years of Public Defender work, and Private practice show years of experience and competence. Been an attorney long enough to know the ropes, and still be vivacious and excited about fighting for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joanie is a tenacious fighter for her clients. Her knowledge, skill and experience make her a great advocate and excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joni is honest, committed and a zealous advocate for her clients. I'd recommend her to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Domestic violence Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Eisenstein is an excellent attorney, I had the pleasure of having her as opposing counsel in a domestic violence case and it was a battle to the finish as she passionately advocated for her client's interest. She was professional and an excellent adversary. Joni is one tough cookie!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Joni for over 25 years. She is highly intelligent, quick on her feet, highly ethical and has an outstanding reputation in the community. I would hire her in a heartbeat!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joni is very experienced San Diego attorney who is well respected by her peers."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I always enjoy seeing this lawyer in court. She is vibrant, personable, and an excellent advocate. I have witnessed her negotiating cases with the prosecutor and the judge. She is well respected by both and is great at humanizing her client and getting the best possible resolution on each case. She genuinely cares about her clients and spends the time to get to know everything about their lives. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joni Eisenstein is a fantastic attorney. She is extremely smart and capable. Her dedication to her clients is unwavering. They are treated with the highest degree of professionalism and care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has a great understanding of the law and criminal procedure."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an ethical and thoughtful counselor at law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joni Eisenstein is a terrific lawyer. I've known her for nearly 20 years and she is passionately committed to her clients. She expertly knows how to deal with prosecutors and judges to get the best results for her clients."
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Oceanside Criminal defense Lawyer Joni Kay Eisenstein
Joni Kay Eisenstein
Criminal defense Attorney
Oceanside, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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