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Rafael Acosta Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Vista, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
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Location

Rafael Acosta Jr
217 Civic Center Dr.
Suite 6
Vista, CA, 92084

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Posted by David | October 19, 2021
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The Best!!!!
Rafael Acosta saved my life. I made a huge mistake and was looking at a lot of prison time (High profile case). My family reached out to a lot of different lawyers, but my family choose Mr. Acosta who took my case at a fair price. He reassured my loved ones that he would do everything possible to get me the best and most fair deal. He always answered my phone calls while I was in county jail. I was very worried, scared, and confused but Mr. Acosta was always calm and told me that he had a strategy. He got me out of jail and from going to prison for 10+ years. I would recommend Rafael Acosta to anyone who needs a truly professional lawyer who cares. He took interest in my family and me. To this day we keep in touch with updates and just to say hello. Another happy client!!!!! David Lowe
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Posted by Connie | April 9, 2021
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Our Dream Team Lawyer
I would like to express our immense gratitude to Rafael Acosta for our entire family. He was helpful from day one sharing his expertise and assisted in getting a more than we could ever have hoped for solution to a very difficult case. In spite of the Covid 19 pandemic over the past year he was able to perform miracles and due to his persistence and knowledge of the law he was able to give our son a second chance in life. We owe everything to Rafael and we will never forget how he brought our family back together.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2021
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Rafael is an expert
Rafael knows how the criminal justice system operates. Throughout the entire lifetime of the case (~12 months) he assisted me throughout every stage of the process. The result was favorable despite the severity of the circumstances. Rafael isn't just an excellent lawyer - he's a great person as well. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat, but hopefully I won't need to!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2020
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Prompt and Efficient
Rafael helped me dismiss my DUI. From the very start, he was very efficient, kind and prompt. He responds quickly and communicates well. I highly recommend Rafael!
Posted by A | April 2, 2019
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Compassionate and Experienced Advocate
I was referred to Mr. Acosta by an attorney friend who I trust and respect. When she gave me his name, her exact words were, "He's the one I would trust if I was ever in trouble." I've never forgotten those words, and after over a year of working with him, I couldn't be any more grateful that she recommended him. Having no prior criminal history, I was completely intimidated and overwhelmed by the entire judicial process. Mr. Acosta answered all of my questions with extreme patience and with a wealth of knowledge. When it came time for court appearances, he did everything possible to ease my worry and concern about being in such an unfamiliar environment. He always answered my communications in a timely manner, often picking up the phone on the first ring. Messages and emails were usually answered within the hour, and never longer than 24 hours. I truly felt like I had an advocate, someone who sincerely wanted to help me in my predicament. Because of his prior experience as a prosecutor, he has positive, working relationships with the DAs and the judges. Those relationships really made a difference in the courtroom, and it is clear to me that we were able to come to a far better result in my case because of them. Not only was he able to get the result that I asked for, he even got the DA to agree to more that I hadn't even considered. I can't recommend Mr. Acosta enough. He will be your fiercest defender and will help you navigate your situation with absolute professionalism and care.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2018
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Mr.
Rafael Acosta is a phenomenal attorney and exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable. What stood out to me is that he kept my best interests in mind both in the present AND future. I had another (potentially more serious) legal issue brooding on the horizon. He took the initiative to think ahead and mitigate the damage even though it was a totally separate case than what I had hired him for. He didn't just focus on a quick win. He took into account how these circumstances would affect my future. I had a sense that he truly cared about my well being as his client. He listened carefully to my specific needs and took the time to create a personally designed strategy. The outcome of my case was exactly what we wanted and we couldn't be happier. He is unrelenting and tenacious, yet also thoughtful and professional. His credentials alone are more than enough of a reason to hire him, but the fact that he will never stop fighting for you until all options are exhausted is the real reason to trust him. I cannot possibly recommend him more emphatically. Pick Rafael Acosta to represent you and your case!
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Posted by Mike West | June 16, 2017
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Knowledgeable and Diligent Attorney
The first thing that come across when you first meet with Rafael Acosta is that his high level of knowledge and experience is clearly evident. He was incredibly professional, patient with all our questions and sensitive to our situation. We are extremely satisfied with his effort and diligence. Given the particulars of our situation we have no doubts whatsoever that he helped us achieve the best and most realistic outcome. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Mike | December 23, 2016
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Hard Working Attorney
Rafael Acosta is an affordable, hard working attorney. His thorough research, insights, attention to detail, arguments and presentation in court won me an acquittal.
Posted by jasmine | March 25, 2015
excellent lawyer and awesome person who actually cares
Rafael Acosta is an excellent lawyer he helped me reduce my felony to a misdeminor within a year. He is very professional in every aspect, thanks to him I went from being a felon to a successful person thanks to his help I was able to return to school. He will fight for you until the end. I would definitely recommend Mr. Acosta to all my friends and family.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Rafael Acosta Jr.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • San Diego District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2008

Education

  • University of San Diego
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2002
  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • North County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
  • Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • North County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2015
  • North County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Youth in Court
  • Cyber-Bullying
  • 2015
  • North County Bar Association
  • DUI Law and Expungement
  • 2015
  • Evidence...What Every Attorney Needs to Know
  • Laying Foundation
  • 2015
  • Youth in Court
  • Hazing and Criminal Threats
  • 2014
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2014
  • Youth in Court
  • Graffiti and Gangs
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rafael is a kick-butt attorney with a ton of experience. As a DA I found him very reasonable, and now as a defense attorney he is very well-respected in the community and does great work for his clients. I strongly endorse his skills, demeanor and knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rafael congratulations on becoming the President of the North County Bar Association. Now you are a leader, not only in court but of our Bar Association! Mark A. Chambers Attorney at Law"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rafael is an excellent litigator! Very knowledgable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rafael Acosta is an outstanding attorney who works hard to achieve the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud to endorse Mr. Acosta. He is an exceptional attorney with impeccable reputation amongst his colleagues. He is an active member and leader of the legal community and currently serving as President of the North County Bar Association. I recommend Mr. Acosta for all criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rafael for years. He is great attorney who is dedicated to getting results for his clients. Hardworking and well respected..I endorse Rafael Acosta."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Vista Criminal defense Lawyer Rafael Acosta Jr
Rafael Acosta Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Vista, CA
Licensed for 24 years
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