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Gregory Charles Garrison

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   36 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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About Gregory

Learn Gregory’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
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    San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Garrison is one of San Diego's most experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys. With over 27 years of experience as a former prosecutor and a former law enforcement officer, The Law Office of Gregory Garrison is uniquely equipped to effectively represent clients accused of all types of crimes. Mr. Garrison has handled criminal cases as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney ranging from simple DUIs to complex murder cases.

    17 years, 3,200 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    30%

  3. Violent crime
    30%

    17 years, 1,350 cases

  4. Sex crime
    10%

    17 years, 350 cases

Gregory Garrison, a San Diego criminal defense attorney, can assist you with your legal needs. When you are faced with losing your liberty, make sure you hire a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record.

Gregory Garrison is San Diego’s only criminal defense attorney with 27 years of combined experience as a criminal defense attorney, a former prosecutor, and a former law enforcement officer.

As a former law enforcement officer investigating crimes and a former District Attorney prosecuting crimes, Mr. Garrison understands what you are up against and how to obtain the best possible outcome.

When seeking a criminal defense lawyer, make sure you hire someone who knows the legal system. As a former District Attorney, Mr. Garrison prosecuted over 1000 cases, including several murder and criminal street gang trials.

As a former law enforcement officer, Mr. Garrison investigated over 500 crimes, including violent crimes and drug crimes. Mr. Garrison will use his skills and expertise to zealously represent you.

Experience You Can Trust

After you or a loved one has been arrested, the only question you’ll have is: “Whom can I turn to and trust that has the training, expertise and knowledge to fight and defend me or my loved one.”

With over 27 years of combined experience as a criminal defense attorney, a former prosecutor, and a former law enforcement officer, Gregory Garrison is the criminal defense attorney you turn to when everything is on the line. While at the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Garrison was part of the prestigious Criminal Street Gangs Unit prosecuting all types of violent crime cases including murder and attempted murder.

Mr. Garrison achieved an impressive record of wins in the courtroom and he knows how “the system” works. Having a criminal defense attorney who knows the system and how the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes its cases is vitally important to achieving the best possible outcome in your case.

After prosecuting over 1,000 cases Mr. Garrison knows how prosecutors and police investigate and put together a case against you. More importantly, he knows the mistakes that they usually make and the shortcuts that they take.

As your criminal defense attorney, Mr. Garrison will use his expertise and knowledge to your advantage either in negotiating a plea or taking your case to trial in front of a jury. Many times it is not the facts that may result in a great plea deal for your case, but the skill, expertise, and professionalism of your attorney when he presents your case to the prosecutor and the judge.

Mr. Garrison knows what prosecutors and judges are thinking and he knows what they need to hear in order to plea down or even dismiss your case.

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Law Office of Gregory Garrison
402 W Broadway, Suite 400
Emerald Plaza
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by Paul | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Amazing Attorney!
When I was arrested for narcotics trafficking and faced over 13 years in prison, I had absolutely no idea who to turn to. I knew I was innocent and fortunately Mr. Garrison did as well. He tirelessly negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office to convince them that I was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with narcotics trafficking. When the District Attorney dismissed all felony charges, I couldn’t believe my ears. It was clear that hiring a former prosecutor was the best decision I ever made. Mr. Garrison believed in my innocence and was fully prepared to go to trial. However, through his negotiating skills and finesse, he was successful in getting a dismissal of all the charges. Thank you again Mr. Garrison.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2015
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Greg Saved My Career!
Greg saved my career! It's that simple. I definitely would have lost my job had I been convicted. I was falsely accused of selling drugs. Greg knew I was innocent and through his diligence and further investigation, he proved it to the court. My felony charges were completely dismissed and I got my life back. When you see Greg in court you immediately recognize that he is the most professional and competent attorney in the room. I highly recommend Greg if you need a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Maryia | August 19, 2022
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Honored to be represented by the best attorney
I can’t express my gratitude for everything that attorney Gregory Garisson did for me. From the first moment we met, he was calm, knowledgeable and professional. He provided 1 hour free consultation and carefully evaluated my case. Attorney Garrison knew that I was innocent and agreed to fight for me. I knew that I can trust him to represent me. He promised to get the best possible outcome and he did!!! He was always honest and kind. After long and scary litigation process, my case was finally dismissed. I can’t express how many hours of hard work he puts in every case. In addition, his fees remain so reasonable! Attorney Garisson is the best criminal defense attorney you can have on your side!
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Posted by Robert | March 1, 2022
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Awesome Attorney don’t hesitate
Gregory is the man! Very very knowledgeable, I have spoken with multiple Attorney’s and none knew how to handle my case, they all gave me varying answers and not a single one was right except Greg! He was able to help me get my conceal carry permit after only wrongly recieving a 10year weapons ban 3 years ago! The ban was unenforceable and null. Now my kids and I can hunt again before they grow up and learn the past times and traditions growing many great memories! I cannot thank him enough! If anyone is thinking about hiring this firm stop and just do it.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2021
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Best Attorney in San diego
Very professional very straight forward and realistic I would highly recommend hiring him !
Posted by Rolando | February 4, 2019
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Great Defense Attorney
Mr. Garrison truly saved my career. I was charged with four felonies involving firearms and Mr. Garrison convinced the Judge to dismiss three of the four felonies. I was then able to plead out to just one misdemeanor. Mr. Garrison is a great attorney and the best criminal defense attorney I could have had on my case.
Posted by Sylvia | June 7, 2018
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Amazing!
Mr. Garrison is an amazing attorney! He was very professional, answered all of our questions, and is amazing at representing his clients. We are glad that we retained him! We felt well prepared before each court date. When he walks into the courtroom, you can tell that he is in his element and I would be afraid to be involved in a court case against whoever he represents. He commands the attention of the courtroom! and that is a great quality to have! Our case was small compared to the large cases he represents, but he was willing to take on our case and we are so very greatful to him! We are happy with the outcome of the case and would not hesitate to retain him again as our attorney should we require his services! We would also be happy to recommend him to our friends! Thank you so much!
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Posted by Robab | December 6, 2017
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Best attorney ever!!
Highly recommended !!Mr Garrison is AWESOME lawyer that you can count on your difficult time with criminal cases .. My son had GREAT outcome with his felony case!!
Posted by Evan | January 6, 2017
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I could not ask for more.
I can't say enough great things about Gregory. I interviewed several lawyers in order to pick one for my case. He brings the experience of being a former police officer of 14 years, and a former ADA of Riverside County for 10 years. Also, he has specialized in firearm law for 15 years, and has been in private practice here in San Diego for 5 years. He is a highly knowledgeable and effective attorney. We prevailed in the case we had against the California Superior Court in San Diego. I would confidently hire him again and recommend him to everyone that has a case involving firearms.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2016
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Review
Greg was reassuring and had great common sense about how to handle the situation. His expertise was a great comfort to our family during that stressful time.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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Gregory Charles Garrison
Conscientious, concerned, experienced and knowledgeable. Greg has been there and back. We knew he would do a great job and he did not disappoint.
Posted by Deanna | December 7, 2016
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Excellent Communication and Understanding
Greg recently handled a case for my son. Unfortunately, this was not the first time my son had a run in with the police. Our first experience with a different lawyer was confusing, I couldn't get direct answers, there was barely any communication, and we ended up accepting a plea that was not clearly explained to us. The experience with Greg was quite different to my amazement! My son, his father, and myself were kept up to speed every detail of my son's case. Greg's office provided case summaries to us via email and he personally called my son to discuss every negotiation with the district attorney. Greg was empathetic to our situation and understanding when negotiating a plea. As a mother, it was so difficult going through the court process and being so afraid of the outcome my 18 year old could have to face. Greg explained all the ramifications of the plea in plain English rather than 'attorney' and 'law' talk. We were thoroughly educated and clearly knew exactly what each part of the plea entailed. He was by my son's side every step of the way! I was and AM truly amazed by his services and HIGHLY recommend him if you have a criminal case you are facing.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2016
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Gregory Garrison's Legal Services Review
To begin, I had a little run up with the law my senior year of high school. Six months later I got surprised with a letter in the mail regarding my arraignment date for a pretty severe felony, though the crime itself wasn't bad enough to be considered a felony, which would ruin my chances of obtaining a license to practice real estate. To be specific, it should have been an infraction rather than a felony. Anyway, I consulted with Gregory Garrison about the issue I was facing. Immediately he reassured me that everything will be sorted out in the best possible way, so I continued to hire him. He was there for every court case, on time, and provided a lot of support and empathy for me. The whole process of attempting to come to a reasonable negotiation with the DA lasted about three months time, ultimately to come to the best possible solution. He turned the would have been felony into a deserved misdemeanor and infraction, all while reducing infraction and misdemeanor fines! It was a huge success! And to that, I would like to say, Thank You Gregory Garrison! To anyone who has had a run up in the law and needs the best legal advice and representation, I would choose Gregory.
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Posted by James | December 1, 2016
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Gregory Charles Garrison
I found Mr. Garrison to be highly professional, very knowledgeable of the law, and very quick to get back to me or be available when needed. In addition, he is easy to talk to, and gave me the feeling that he was a friend helping me through a difficult time.
Posted by Ebrahim | December 1, 2016
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BEST criminal defence. Highly recommended!!
We found Garrison on the internet, the fact that he is a former District Attorney and has extensive knowledge in that arena showed me he had what it takes for my case. . He did exactly what he said he would do for me and got the job done. That is priceless. Excellent customer service and an very skilled attorney!I highly recommend Greg for any type of legal matter.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
I hired Att. Garrison to protect my minor brother who was accused of sexual battery. Att. Garrison carefully examined all the details of this sensitive situation, and proposed several options of handling the case. We worked closely with him to gather all the necessary documentations to file for informal probation, which was successfully granted. Att. Garrison helped my brother get the best possible outcome with the least amount of hassle, which is not common is such situations. During this process Att. Garrison was very clear and specific about the whole process, that made us confident in his abilities to handle the case well. Att. Garrison charges a fair price for his outstanding service. I would recommend Att. Garrison to everyone in need of a highly professional lawyer.
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Posted by Tom | November 30, 2016
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Ten Stars for Excellence
I found Garrison on the internet, the fact that he is a former District Attorney and has extensive knowledge in that arena showed me he had what it takes for my case. Additionally, he responded to my inquiry when other Attorneys in the area I visited in person did not. He did not hesitate in coming up with an action plan and kept me informed of his progress at each phase. He did exactly what he said he would do for me and got the job done. That is priceless. Excellent customer service and an very skilled attorney!
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Posted by Diana | November 30, 2016
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Legal Eagle
Greg is a competent professional with an outstanding team that helped my family and I during a challenging criminal allegations and trial. He is an experienced lawyer that shared and explained the criminal justice system. I felt informed throughout the process and he explained each possible outcome during each step. I am grateful for his valuable skills as a lawyer!
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Posted by Cheryl | May 2, 2016
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Gregory is fantastic and caring.
Our son was charged with attempted murder last year and we were sure his life would be served out in state prison. Gregory was able to investigate where the police refused to and was able to prove that our son could not have been the person shot the victim in the case. The attempted murder charge was dismissed and our son was let off with just a misdemeanor. We owe Gregory tremendously for what he and his office did for our son. Gregory was always calming and understanding which my husband and I really appreciated. Gregory is highly recommended.
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Posted by Maureen | May 2, 2016
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Greg is a Lifesaver.
I highly recommend Greg for any type of legal matter. He was my savior when I was going through a horrific divorce with my evil ex-husband. My ex accused me of stalking him and filed a restraining order putting my career in jeopardy. Greg came in and immediately put his investigator to work on my case. At the court hearing Greg destroyed my ex-husband and showed the Judge what a complete liar my ex is. Greg was also great at keeping me updated and informed about my case.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Office of Gregory Garrison
  • 2014 - Present
  • Panel Criminal Defense Attorney
  • San Diego Office of Assigned Counsel
  • 2013 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Riverside County District Attorneys Office
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Investigator
  • Law Enforcement / Police Officer
  • 1988 - 2005
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Regent University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Old Dominion University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • People v. Yalda
  • All charges dismissed!
  • People v. Reed
  • Felony charges dismissed!
  • People v. Cochran
  • All felony charges dismissed!
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Law Office of Gregory Garrison
  • Never Talk To The Police
  • 2015
  • Law Office of Gregory Garrison
  • How To Clean Up Your Record
  • 2014
  • North County News
  • California's Prop 47 & Unintended Consequences
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Careers in Law
  • Criminal Law Careers
  • 2013
  • Careers in Law
  • Criminal Law Careers
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gregory is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gregory Garrison is a former District Attorney who works tirelessly on each case he takes on. His ten plus years as a district attorney has given him valuable insight into the other side of criminal law. His experience and knowledge in criminal law is highly regarded by his clients who appreciate his caring and professional nature. I highly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gregory Garrison is a dedicated hard working attorney who gets the best results for his clients. I have seem him up close work tirelessly on behalf of a client to avoid very serious charges and consequences. Gregory keeps working until he gets the right result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Garrison since law school. We have both worked in criminal law for the past 10 years. Mr. Garrison was a highly respected, experienced, intense prosecutor and trial attorney. It is a huge win for criminal defense in San Diego that Mr. Garrison has opened up his own law practice. His extensive experience as a prosecutor and compassionate commitment to justice will be huge assets to his clients. Mr. Garrison is a passionate, brilliant legal advocate that any client would be lucky to hire."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Greg Garrison has experience in law enforcement, and is a former prosecutor. That experience gives him the ability to analyze cases from every perspective. Greg is well respected by prosecutors, judges, and his fellow criminal defense attorneys. I highly recommend Greg Garrison as a criminal defense attorney."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Gregory Charles Garrison
Gregory Charles Garrison
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation