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Liann Raquel Sabatini

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Liann

Learn Liann’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    93%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  3. Drug Crime
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  4. Expungement
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  5. Federal crime
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  6. Juvenile law
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  7. Sex crime
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

  8. Violent crime
    1%
    Exclusively Criminal Defense for 10+ years, tried over 50 cases to verdict, including both adult and juvenile offenses for first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, residential burglary, sex crimes, DUI, and all thefts

    12 years

 

Ho’oponopono (pronounced “ho-o-po-no-po-no” in Hawaiian) means to “make things right and just”. In Hawaii, ho’oponopono is a means of conflict resolution; where people come together peacefully and commit to healing through reconciliation and forgiveness.

Born and raised on the rural south side of the Big Island of Hawaii, Liann (or Li as her friends call her), was taught to practice ho’oponopono from early on in life. Even if it meant having to hug her hard-headed brother after a fight or having to wrestle her way to the top of the batting order on an all-boy’s baseball team, Liann always has had a strong sense of justice and commitment to doing whatever it takes to make things right.

This sense of justice was tested when she was just 9 years old, involving one of the direst situations a close-knit family can imagine: a family member being falsely accused, charged, and taken away based on a very serious crime that they did not commit. Even though it took a year, even though the system was stacked against them, Li’s loved one was cleared of all charges, returning home to their family and avoiding several years of prison in the process. It’s no surprise that exoneration might have sparked the idea for Li to want to pursue an eventual career in law, but it wasn’t the ultimate result that had the most impact on her, rather, it was the attorney who was appointed by the court because Li’s family could not afford to hire anyone. Although he was a stranger to her, having her loved one’s life in his hands, he inspired Li to become a Public Defender so that she could help other families make things right and just, the way he had helped hers.

Starting the summer of her first year of law school, Li interned at the Public Defender’s Office and stayed on as an intern, post-bar clerk, and ultimately became a Deputy Public Defender, proudly serving the San Diego community for over 10 years. During that time, she assisted in the litigation of more than 10,000 cases, and personally handled her own felony caseload for the majority of her career that included being lead counsel for more than 2,000 felony cases. Specializing in the art of trial, Li has tried over 50 cases to verdict, covering every imaginable alleged crime including murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, mayhem, domestic violence, sex crimes, weapons charges, drug offenses, and even thefts and DUIs.

Whether it was a serious felony that called for life in prison, or a misdemeanor that would not result in more than a fine, Li implemented ho’oponopono into every single case she handled, ensuring that her clients not only received exceptional legal representation, but also justice. Li is known in the legal community for her effective and zealous advocacy, her ability to command respect in any courtroom and negotiation she enters, and to obtain incredible results for her clients by ensuring that the prosecutors, judges and jurors see her clients as she does: human beings with deep and compelling histories deserving of reconciliation and forgiveness, not just another number and charge.

When she is not making her opponents work harder, Li loves to travel (far and often), see live music, try new restaurants, and attempt to maintain her composure every time her daughter asks her, with the utmost sincerity, whether she has shaved her beard that morning.

Location

Virtus Law Group, LLP
401 B Street
Suite 2010
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Phyllis | June 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A real legal powerhouse
Ms. Sabatini is a knowledgeable, kind, responsive attorney. She responded to me each and every time I reached out to her. She offered thorough advice in a caring manner. She was able to mitigate my case to my advantage. I would not hesitate to hire her again or to recommend her to anyone in need of legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Remarkable Attorney
Finding Liann Raquel Sabatini during one of the most frightening times of my life was a true blessing. I was apprehended for actions completely out of character, facing serious charges that could have altered my life irreversibly. Liann provided not only legal counsel but also became a crucial support system during this tumultuous period. Under her guidance, I began to regain a sense of control over the situation. Beyond handling the legal complexities, she emphasized the importance of prioritizing my mental health. Encouraging me to seek professional help was a pivotal moment, leading to the discovery of underlying PTSD. With ongoing therapy and Liann's expertise, we were able to navigate towards a Mental Health Diversion program, a lifeline that ultimately saved me from incarceration. Thanks to Liann's strategic approach and unwavering dedication, I've been able to reconstruct my life, emerging stronger and more resilient than ever before. I can't express enough gratitude for her compassion, professionalism, and commitment to securing the best possible outcome for her clients. Liann Sabatini isn't just a remarkable attorney; she's a beacon of hope in times of adversity.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2023
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Rockstar Lawyer
Is extremely professional and knowledgeable in criminal law and knew how to argue our case on the spot. Made me feel safe about the outcome and reassured me that we would win along every step of the way. Would recommend to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Marie | November 10, 2023
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Outstanding Attorney
Liann is an excellent attorney. She is thoroughly prepared and goes above and beyond to have the best outcome for the case. She really cares about her clients and did a wonderful job for us.
Posted by William | May 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Liann Sabatini is the gold standard of lawyers
I contacted the Law Office of David P. Shapiro because my 17 year old son had been arrested and was being detained at a juvenile detention facility. Ms. Sabatini visited my son the following day and reviewed his case. She was straight forward with me from the beginning. Ms. Sabatini told me what was the best possible outcome for my son, given his situation, and how she would get that outcome for him. Ms. Sabatini was more responsive than any lawyer I have ever come in contact with. She was both professional and genuine in court. She not only provided the best possible representation for my son, she helped me, as a parent, navigate the difficult, confusing and often scary road through the Juvenile Court. Ms. Sabatini achieved the best possible outcome for my son. I could not be more satisfied with how she represented him. Every person I dealt with at the Law Office of David P Shapiro was both kind and professional. I consider myself and my son very fortunate to have had Liann Sabatini as his lawyer.
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Posted by Denise | May 4, 2023
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Excellent juvenile defense attorney
Ms. Sabatini was excellent. She was so knowledgeable and we felt so comforted having such a caring and smart attorney helping us navigate some very confusing and scary territory. She was so easy to talk to and so responsive to our questions. I would highly recommend her, without reservation, if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation to need a juvenile defense attorney. I cannot thank her or say enough good things about our experience.
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Response from Liann Sabatini May 4, 2023
Thank you so much for these incredibly kind words. Beyond happy for you and truly grateful for the opportunity to help.
Posted by Paul | January 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Capable and Professional
Liann handled my case concerns with the utmost professionalism. She treated me with dignity and respect with a personal concern for my needs. Her willingness to communicate frequently and manage my requisites was impressive. At the conclusion of my requirement for an attorney, she was sure to make sure that I felt comfortable and well looked after. I will recommend Mr. Shaprio's firm and Liann to anyone that might need their specific expertise.
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Response from Liann Sabatini January 12, 2023
Thank you so very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure getting to know you and we wish you the absolute best!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Virtus Law Group
  • 2023 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • County of San Diego
  • 2012 - 2022

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Political Science
  • 2007

Associations

  • San Diego Lawyer's Club
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2022
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List Recipient
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2011
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Honors Award
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Liann is undoubtedly a phenomenal criminal defense lawyer thanks to her legal acumen, but it's her motivation for the job that makes her a true asset to her clients- she is genuinely invested in the person behind the charges. Over her illustrious career, she's been able to gain the respect of judges and prosecutors, and most importantly, everyone she has helped."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phenomenal attorney all around. I've had the pleasure of working on a few cases alongside Ms. Sabatini and continue to be impressed by her experience and knowledge in the field of criminal defense. Not only is she a fierce and passionate advocate in the courtroom, but she is also a personable, kind, and caring individual with her clients and colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Liann is regarded as one of San Diego's best criminal defense attorneys and I am honored she joined my firm in the summer of 2022. She has been an invaluable resource to myself and the other attorneys at the firm, but most of all to her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Liann for 8 years. She is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in San Diego."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Liann is a fierce and effective advocate. In the decade I have known her, I have personally seen her argue motions, trials, and other hearings--all with great success. You are in good hands with Liann."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Liann for nearly ten years. We worked side by side at the Public Defender's Office. She is caring, tenacious, smart, and full of integrity. She is a wonderful person and advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Being accused of a crime is a frightening experience. In those situations, you want to have an attorney that will speak truth to power and speak truth to you. You want some one that will stand up and fight with everything she has and Liann will do just that. She is one of the finest litigators I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I work with a group of the finest litigators one can find. She is passionate about her cases, she is dogged in her preparation, and she is a straight up beast in front of a jury. You would be in great hands if you hired her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Liann for about 10 years. She's tough, unafraid, cool to hang out with, and passionate in stopping injustice. Highest recommendation from me!"
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Liann Raquel Sabatini
Liann Raquel Sabatini
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 12 years
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