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Richard Howard Layon

Criminal defense Attorney at Vista, CA

3.4   5 reviews

also known as Rick Layon

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Location

Law Offices of Richard H. Layon
217 Civic Center Drive,
Suite 6
Vista, CA, 92084

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Reviews

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Posted by Scott W | October 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rick has been great to deal with!!
I hired Rick to defend my son in a case relatively frivolous case alleging abuse of a cell phone, which was paid for by me and with insurance. Rick was and is great to work with, very responsive and helpful. I highly recommend Rick for any criminal legal situation you may be involved with.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Rick just represented us in a very complex and difficult case. He is an exceptional and extremely knowledgeable attorney. Rick’s trial skills are second to none. His tenacious cross examination left no stone unturned and was key to winning the case. Rick is honest, trustworthy to the core and spent countless hours on our case. Without a doubt we would highly recommend Rick if you need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2008
A true professional
This attorney was professional and thorough. He took time to explain and disucss my case; he seemed truly dedicated to resolving my case and made sure I was informed and that I understood every stage along the way. He has restored my faith in the law profession!
Posted by Kevin | November 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Do not hire this Attorney
I paid Rick 45,000 to help me with my case. This money we were told would be ALL that was needed to get through our trial.(Rick assured my wife that this would be it because we were really struggling with all of this court stuff lingering over us.) Well if going to trial wasn't enough stress, on day 2 of my trial Rick looks at me and says "well it looks like your trial MIGHT go another week, I'm gonna need an extra 17,500 by close of business Friday." When I told Rick I didn't have that money and I would need more time to sell some assets, he litterally flipped out on me. He stopped communicating during trial and CANCELLED 10 of my 13 witnesses that were drastically needed to win. (According to 4 other TOP criminal defense lawyers I spoke with to find out what to do) These other Attorneys ALL said the same thing. "It looks like your Attorney intentionally abandoned you during your trial." This should (to me) be enough to disbar an Attorney, but Layon is still taking money from clients and I get to live with my multiple convictions and loss of my family for the rest of my life. Do yourself a favor... Use another Attorney. Find one with pride in there work, they are out there. I met a few of them and they really tried hard to fix what Layon had destroyed, but it was just to late.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Spent $3500 and got nothing for it
All Rick did for me was ask for more money. Every time I went to court he set another date with court. It was postponed 5 times. Then he went and said he would not be my attorney if I did Not pay him more money.i agreed to pay him payments but he would not do that. I was then forced to have a public defender. I asked got my 3500 back he refused to give me any money back. Because of him I'm worse off. I gave him all the money I had to defend me. He just was trying to get as much money as he could from me then did not represent me. That's wrong what he did to me. I feel he owes me money back from the $3500.i gave him to represent me. He will not do that. Be carefully so this doesn't happen to you. I thought Rick would help me and I can make payments to h*m above the 3500 i already gave him. But he would not accept. He kept the 3500 and would not represent me. Wow.hope he doesn't do that to anyone else. Did not care at all about my situation at all .left me hanging. Had to get public defender. I wish he was honest with me from the beginning instead of accepting my $3,500 and then ask in for more and then not even helping.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Richard H. Layon
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Liberty Lawyers LLP.
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Layon & Holck LLP.
  • 1995 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Knoblock & Layon
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Legal Intern
  • San Diego County District Attorney
  • 1988 - 1990
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Education

  • Willamette University College of Law in Salem
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • California State University, San Diego
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2015 - 2018
  • San Diego North County Bar Association, Lawyer refereral Services
  • President
  • 2005 - 2005
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2002
  • San Diego North County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1998 - 1998
  • San Diego North County Bar Association, Lawyers Referal Service
  • Director
  • 1997 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers/Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • William R. Fletcher Award
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • 2015

Publications

  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • Editor
  • 2000
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • U.S. V. LOMBERA-CAMORLINGA; WILL THE FUTURE OF THE VIENNA CONVENTION FOLLOW THE GIRDLE OR GOLDBERG
  • 2000
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • ET TU BRUTON ”; THE VIABILITY OF
  • 1999
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • RUMINATIONS RE JIGS, FEATHERS AND THE SIXTH AMENDMENT, THE DEATH KNELL OF
  • 1998
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • ROJAS IN THE MIST, CLEARING THE AIR SURROUNDING CUSTODY CREDITS
  • 1998
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • DEFENSE DISCOVERY POST PROP. 115
  • 1997
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • GENERALLY INTENDING A SPECIFIC RESULT
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE
  • Litigating Protective Orders
  • 2012
  • MCLE
  • Litigating Contempt Cases
  • 2012
  • MCLE
  • Litigating Protective Orders
  • 2011
  • MCLE
  • Litigating Contempt Cases
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Administrative law Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Layon is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.An extremely motivated, honest, caring, and intelligent attorney who works hard for the clients rights. He keeps up with the law by attending law seminars on a regular basis. I wholeheartedly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick Layon is the consumate professional. He is knowledgable, helpful, and always willing to share his knowledge and experience. Moreover, he just a nice guy. I have watched him in the court room, and while he is respectful of other lawyers and judges, he nevers backs down from a fight. The difference is he will win his case with a smile if he can, but if that doesn't work, well, lets just say I would not want to be on the opposing side. Mr. Layon is deserving of my highest recommendation, and I am glad to offer it."
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Vista Criminal defense Lawyer Richard Howard Layon
Richard Howard Layon
Criminal defense Attorney
Vista, CA
Licensed for 32 years