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Areeg Akel

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Areeg

Learn Areeg’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    90%
    Criminal Defense of All Federal & State criminal cases. Our office handles all misdemeanor & Felony charges.

    25 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Immigration
    10%
    Immigration law practice pertaining to avoiding deportable criminal offenses/ charges &/or pleas that have deportable consequences. Our office also handles all types of family petitions to gain legal permenant residency in the U.S.

    25 years, 1,000 cases

Aggressive, Experienced & Proven Best Results Criminal Defense Attorney. Areeg Akel is a successful, aggressive, and effective attorney who focuses to resolve your case quickly while achieving the best winning possible results. Our office handles all Federal & State Criminal Defense cases. 

Location

Law Offices of Areeg Akel
C/O: 401 W. A Street
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Brad | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is the best
I Couldn’t have had a better experience, Areeg Akel does not give you false hope or expectations, she tells you what she has found about your case, what can happen and how she is going to help. She told me she is going to do her absolute best and she did that. I was so happy with my experience with her and i would recommend her to anyone. I can’t thank her enough!
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Response from Areeg Akel March 11, 2020
Thank you Brad. It was an absolute pleasure to have satisfied your highest expectations on your cases results. My goal is to always do my maximum best on every case.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Areeg Akel, the best of the best
Going through a mother’s worst fear was exactly what I went through, I felt like I had no chance to ever win the battle I was in until Attorney Areeg Akel was highly recommended to me. Not only she was extremely professional, hard working, and devoted but she was also caring about her clients. To find a lawyer who finds a connection with their clients is almost impossible but rest assure Areeg Akel will. She is devoted to her job and will give you results you want, I never had any doubt in her and she proved to me that justice will be served. I recommend her to anyone who is looking for real results to happen. I love Areeg and thanks to her my complicated case was dismissed & done the way I hoped. Areeg is a marvelous lawyer.
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Posted by Sarah | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Success on a very difficult and complicated case
Our case was complicated and had to be extremely on time sensitive to the current country’s chaos banning situations. Despite the country’s banning major crisis & issues, attorney Areeg Akel ensured us of all detailed and prompt Legal approaches to immediately satisfy our case process & we were always updated and prepared for the next phase. She has been an amazing lawyer and has helped us so much through the process. She has guided us on the best action to take and ensuring we supplied all the information we needed to provide. We would highly recommend attorney Areeg Akel to anyone in need of a lawyer and will continue to use her as our own.
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Posted by Nadim | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very Honest, Aggressive and Reliable Lawyer
I retained Ms. Akel for my criminal matter. She was very straightforward and honest with me from the beginning, she did not give me any high hopes or expectations about my case instead she told me like it was. She was dedicated to my case and very aggressive and she worked out a plea deal better than I had expected. I am very happy with her services and I recommend her to everyone.
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Response from Areeg Akel August 4, 2017
Thank you
Posted by William | August 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Areeg Akel Review
Areeg is an excellent attorney. She is thorough and knowledgeable. She communicates well in court and with her clients. She does not tell you what you want to hear, she tells you what reality is. I highly recommend her.
Response from Areeg Akel August 3, 2017
Thank you!
Posted by Shereen | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Areeg Akel is the best lawyer in San Diego
Areeg Akel is an amazing attorney. She was really helpful and was there for me and guided me through out the whole court process. Her response to my messages were very prompt and she was very professoonal. Would recommend her to any of my friends who ever need legal assistance. Thanks for everything Areeg Akel
Posted by David | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always a big help.
I had used Areeg's services in more than one occasion, and had recommended her to many others. Never heared a bad word back. I don't like to recommend people because it always gets back if things go sideways. Areej I will recommend ALWAYS!!!
Posted by Mo | April 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Criminal Defense Attorney, Truly the BEST
My name is Mo T. I’m currently a student, studying to eventually get my masters degree in engineering. I have grown into a thoughtful and exceptional individual. In the past, when I was younger and not at full potential, I had a couple of incidents with the Law. These incidents could of put my life towards a very bad direction that would of been hard to come back from. I'm just glad I had someone great and trustworthy to be there for me. My first incident took place right after I turned 18 years old. At this point it was very dangerous that I was charged with three serious felonies and two misdemeanors. The reason for that is I would be getting charged as an adult. I was very nervous during this time so I reached out to a very close friend of mine, for some help. My friend provided me with Attorney Akel’s information, so she could provide me with some legal services. After I got in contact with her, she immediately had me meet her at her office. From the start she was very helpful, and provided me with such good help that my mind was stress free after weeks of stressing over this matter. With most of the problem still ahead of us, she helped me and provided me with the best legal services, every step of the way. When everything was said and done, all my serious felony charges that would have included years in prison all had been dismissed and only had to plead to a simple one count of misdemeanor (Disturbing The Peace) with one year of informal probation. I was VERY satisfied with her work and always thought about where my life would have been if I had gone to prison for the three years that I was facing. Few years past from this incident where I was doing good and I had recovered from the financial hit that I got from my court fees, and probation fees from my last case. As I was living my regular everyday life, I happened to be part of a case of being at a wrong place, at the wrong time. I was with few friends that had illegal items in the vehicle. As we all went to jail, we all post bail. After a day, all my associates had gone out on bail except me. I found out that there was an INS hold on my bail because I was not a U.S. citizen. Thus, with such felony charges, I was facing jail time and deportation. I would have been deported to a country I never resided in. I was extremely terrified, hopeless, and at the lowest point of my life not knowing what to do. I immediately once again called Attorney Areeg Akel as soon as I got a chance to make a call. As soon as she was off the phone with me, she lifted the INS hold on my bail. Next she got me out of jail, and with in four weeks she had my U.S. Citizenship, thus making deportation no longer a threat or my worst fear. We attended court with me as an American Citizen, so the deportation was out of the picture. By the time the case was done she once again only got me a simple misdemeanor and one year of informal probation. No Jail, No Deportation, Obtained my U.S Citizenship, and NO Felony charges on my record. Attorney Areeg Akel’s absolute success in both of my serious criminal cases and prevented my deportation has allowed me another chance and a positive path to my future. Since then, I have changed my life around. I have learned not to do any activities that could put my loved ones and I in danger. I'm just glad that I had such big help and support of an amazing, passionate, aggressive, experienced, loyal and great lawyer to be able to help me immediately in a situation that most other Attorneys could not have done. Attorney Areeg Akel is by far the best Attorney I have ever encountered. Her caring and amazing work was obvious as all my cases and friends’ cases had the best outcome results possible. Her passion, and aggressive legal expertise as I’ve watched her in court proceedings fighting on my behalf as well as my other friends whom also were facing criminal charges ended up with successful outcome as well. I highly recommend Attorney Areeg Akel!
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Response from Areeg Akel August 10, 2017
I'm pleased to have represented you and met all your expectations.
Posted by Joel | April 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Results and Highly Recommend
I've hired Attorney Akel for over a 15 years period over every legal matter I've ever encountered from criminal cases, immigration issues, and my daily work related legal issues. She has handled all my legal problems as quickly as possible and accomplished the highest best results one can ever dream to get. Attorney Akel had responded to all my calls even the ones at 3 am and on many occasions. I've encountered major legal crises during that required her immediate attention and she had immediately dealt with it. She has handled cases for my wife, to my friends. She works very hard and is very kind and makes you feel comfortable, yet she is tough and honest to get the best result. I highly recommend Attorney Akel to all.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond perfect service!
At all hours, Attorney Akel answered my phone calls and questions right away via call and text. Attorney Akel made my future husband and I feel very comfortable, and she is very straight forward with her advice, and genuinely wants to help. Attorney Akel has given me great advice on my partner's immigration process, and in the future when we are ready will work on his fiancé visa, and on criminal matters. I will definitely continue to use Attorney Akel!
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING-NO JAIL TIME
Attorney Akel really goes out of her way to do above and beyond her job. She treats you like her own family member, and really gets you the best results that could ever be achieved! I had a very complicated case, and she was my fourth attorney. I was charged with felony charges with a strike, yet she was able to get all the felony charges and the strike dismissed and only had to plead to a simple misdemeanor. NO JAIL TIME. Just had anger management classes.
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Posted by John | September 7, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Ms Akel did a great job in getting me the best deal on criminal charges that I was accused of due to some business dealing. Ms Akel got me a deal with no jail time and a reasonable amount of restitution when two other lawyers I worked with wanted me to plea guilty and do 12 to 18 month of jail time with triple the amount of restitution.
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Response from Areeg Akel April 11, 2016
Hi John, Thank you for trusting me and I'm honored to have met all your expectations.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Areeg Akel
  • 2001 - Present

Education

  • Lincoln Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 2 Felony Charges DEATH & RAPE Threats DISMISSED
  • Case Dismissed
  • Residential Burglary (Strike) & Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Case was settled to all felony charges Dismissed, No Strike, NO Jail, & client plead to a simple misdemeanor. NO JAIL, No Felony Charges, No Strike
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • No Jail, No Felony Charges, No Restitution, & No Deportation
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Associations

  • White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • FCPA Criminal Practice Group
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American DUI DWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • DUI Law
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Trial Technology
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • LRIS Lawyer Referral & Information Service of The San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • The State of California Bureau of Real Estate/ Broker's License California Real Estate Broker’s License: # 01719336 United States,
  • The State of California Bureau of Real Estate/ Broker's License
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Admitted in the U.S. District Court, United States, CA. 2001 9th Circuit Court
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Business in San Diego
  • Small Business Community Association
  • 2016
  • Best Of Business in San Diego
  • Small Business Community Association
  • 2015
  • Best Of Business in San Diego
  • Small Business Community Association
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Cases & Consequences of Immigration Deportation
  • Criminal Charges & Immigration Consequences
  • 2015
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Legal System in the U.S.
  • 2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity Speaker Event
  • What You Need to Do Once Stopped or Arrested by the Police
  • 2013
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2013
  • Education in the U.S.
  • Educational System in the U.S.
  • 2013
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity Speaker Event
  • Criminal Defense & Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2012
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense in the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Criminal Procedures in the U.S.
  • Comparative Law
  • 2011
  • U.S. Law
  • Basics of Criminal Law in the U.S.
  • 2010
  • Law Practice and Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • 2010
  • Basics of Criminal Cases and Court Appearances
  • Basics of Criminal Cases
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Endorse Areeg
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney for any and all of your criminal defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Areeg is an outstanding lawyer. Very competent and efficient! I endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Areeg is a highly skilled and knowledgable attorney. She truly cares about each and every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hard working. Experienced. Cares for her clients. Everything you would look for in an attorney. I readily endorse Areeg!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Areeg is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend her for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent lawyer and pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Areeg on a number of occasions with immigration cases which involve criminal issues. She is very thorough and has achieved some wonderful outcomes for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Akel exhibits a high degree of skill in the practice of Criminal Defense law and is very experienced. She has a winning approach when analyzing cases and she takes the necessary time to competently handle all criminal matters, specifically in the area of criminal defense. I have known her to take on very complex cases with winning outcomes for her clients including serious felony charges with a strike being dismissed to a simple misdemeanor charge. Above all, she has personal concern and a genuine desire to want to help her clients. She is a person with a high degree of integrity. She engenders trust in prosecutors, judges, and jurors. I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Areeg Akel
Areeg Akel
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 22 years
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