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Hector Jesus Tamayo

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Hector

Learn Hector’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Aggressive and thorough criminal defense representation in State and Federal Courts. Practice focuses on all types of crimes (Major Felonies and Misdemeanors including DUI). Trial experience and reasonable fees.

    18 years

  2. Civil rights
    Aggressive Advocacy for those that have fallen victim to civil rights abuses at the hands of law enforcement.

    11 years

My primary focus is criminal defense with a complimentary civil rights practice.  I am dedicated to and firmly believe in the rights guaranteed to us all by the United States Constitution thus I am zealous in the representation of my clients.   I have tried major felony cases, DUI's and misdemeanors with great success.  My background includes externing for a federal judge and having served my country in the United States Marine Corps.  Please feel free to call me for a free consultation.

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Law Office of Hector J. Tamayo
406 Ninth Avenue, Suite 311
San Diego, CA, 92101-____

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Posted by Danielle | July 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
Hector is one of best attorney you can have on your side. He has one thing in mind which is what the best outcome for you no matter what your case is about. He is friendly and always there for you will answer your calls and make you feel at comfortable no matter what time you need him. He was my best fighter throughout the whole case. He has helped so much I couldn’t ask for more. You are amazing thank you!
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Posted by James | October 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer, Great person
I've known Hector for 15 years, and his passion for civil rights has always stood out to me, along with his strong work ethic. If you want an attorney who is willing to go the extra mile, Hector is your man.
Posted by Joseph | March 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After meeting with several attorney's and being given the run around, we were so happy to connect with Mr. Tamayo. He is extremely professional and know the in's and outs of the court room. We were super impressed with his knowledge and intent to assist us with our case. We highly recommend him!
Posted by Lauren | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best and time efficient
Mr. Hector Tamayo received my case and within a week had it dismissed. He was quick and told me the two possible outcomes. We got the most favorable one. He wasted no time and didn't sugar coat it. He is a realist and I recommend him highly to whoever needs a criminal attorney. Also my case was out of county but was able to handle it with ease.
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Posted by ernesto | February 9, 2015
Mr Hector Tamayo is a execellent attorney
Mr .Hector Tamayo represented my family in a very professional manor .he was very knowledgeable and dependable he always kept communication with me and kept me informed. I was very impressed how he sought out the truth in our case and how he presented it to the court to bring true justice to a system that sometimes is not fair. Its nice to know that you can put your trust in an Attorney that cares for his client. I recommend this Attorney because he restored my trust that you can have true justice in the system today .
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Posted by DL | February 9, 2015
Excellent Lawyer!
As a former client of Mr. Tamayo’s, it was refreshing to know a lawyer that is honest and trustworthy in this day and age. Compassionate in seeking justice for those who are unjustly / falsely accused. The outcome would have differed if we did not have Mr. Tamayo as our Legal counsel. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to Mr. Tamayo, a lawyer for the people. I would highly recommend Mr. Tamayo.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Felony dismissed
Facing a felony robbery charge in El Cajon. He got my robbery dismissed at the preliminary examination. It was crazy seeing him talk in the courtroom because he is really convincing. He is streetwise, when you talk to him you know that he knows whats up with whats going on in the court and with the cops.I have a job and am doing well because I don't have a felony. He did a great work for me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judicial Extern for the Hon. Robert M. Takasugi
  • United States District Court, C.D. Cal.
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Nuclear Biological & Chemical Weapons Analyst
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • 1996 - 2004


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. S.H.
  • Not Guilty on all Counts
  • People v. A.A.
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. D.A.
  • Hung Jury
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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Justicia Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past-President
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • La Raza Lawyers
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2002
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Forum on Proposition 47
  • Proposition 47
  • 2014
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Overview of Criminal/Immigration Law Issues
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (34)
Endorse Hector
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector is an excellent attorney. He is well respected by his peers, opposing counsel, and the judges. He works hard for all his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hector is a very thoughtful and passionate attorney. I've known Hector for many years and he is a true professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Incredibly knowledgeable about the law and the ins and outs of the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector is an excellent attorney and I absolutely endorse him. He is dedicated to his clients and passionate about his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Hector, an attorney known and respected for the vigorous defense of his clients. A righteous advocate!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. During my twelve years as a prosecutor I had the opportunity to work against most of the criminal defense attorneys that regularly practice in San Diego County. During that time I handled several cases against Attorney Tamayo. I always found Attorney Tamayo to be knowledgeable of the law, prepared and aggressive. In addition, I observed that Mr. Tamayo was hardworking and dedicated to obtaining the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Hector is a knowledgeable, aggressive attorney who fights for his clients rights. I do not hesitate to recommend Hector to anyone in San Diego in need of a skilled, ethical, and talented criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Hector is the rare lawyer who combines a vigorous defense with a deep understanding of his client's situation. His reputation for upholding the utmost in professional integrity makes him a respected and effective advocate in front of all of the courts he practices in. I give my full endorsement for Mr. Tamayo without any reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tamayo is an incredibly aggressive and knowledgeable advocate for his clients. I have worked with him on a number of cases and have referred him matters when conflicts arise, knowing full well that the client will receive personal attention and a tremendous result. I wish Mr. Tamayo nothing but continued success in his practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tamayo is an excellent attorney who always puts his clients interests first. He is an excellent trial attorney who takes on difficult cases and achieves excellent results. He excels in difficult trials and obtains excellent results for his clients. I strongly endorse Mr. Tamayo."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector is an great criminal defense attorney. He is not afraid to take cases to trial and I have seen him do amazing things for his clients. I highly recommend him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector is a part of a very small group of attorney's who is not afraid to go to trial and is highly competent. He not only wins trials, but wins difficult trials. A true warrior for his client's and a terrific lawyer! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is rare that you come across a talented attorney like Mr. Tamayo. I have known Mr. Tamayo since our days in high school, through law school and as a fellow attorney in the community. I have been impressed with Mr. Tamayo's ability to command a court room and handle even the toughest cases. I would not hesitate to refer client's to Mr. Tamayo."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tamayo is a dedicated, intelligent attorney who labors tirelessly on behalf of his clients. He consistently improves the lives of all those with whom he works. Hector is the type of lawyer other lawyers go to for help with their own cases. Do not hesitate to contact him with your legal issue!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Hector is an incredibly knowledgeable attorney, with the experience to match. I have watched him in court zealously advocate on behalf of his clients to achieve excellent results. I highly recommend Hector Tamayo as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hector Tomayo is an exceptional trial attorney and advocate for his clients. He is well-known and well-respected in the San Diego legal community by judges, DA's, and defense attorneys. Hector is not afraid to try even the most difficult cases and he wins! I know him to be honest, hard-working, and very smart. I highly recommend Hector and I would not hesitate to endorse his work."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Hector Tamayo. He and I currently work together on civil rights cases. Hector is extremely knowledgeable and he is able to relate very effectively with clients. He is a sharp litigator and always has the client's goals in mind. He and I also attended the "White Collar Defense College" at Stetson University together in 2015."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally worked on both criminal and civil cases with Mr. Tamayo and he is very knowledgeable, always prepared and truly cares about his client's. A true trial lawyer who excels in the courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Hector Jesus Tamayo
Hector Jesus Tamayo
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 17 years
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