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Terry Scott Allen

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.3   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 46 years
    Missouri - MO 54 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1995
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1969
    Good Standing, Active

About Terry

Learn Terry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Represent clients regarding felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and, military courts.

    45 years

  2. Military law
    Former Judge Advocate, USMC. Defended and prosecuted charges in special and general courts-martial.

    54 years


Golden State Law Group
591 Camino De La Reina
Suite 525
San Diego, CA, 92108
Terry Scott Allen
Po Box 2749
Oceanside, CA, 92051-2749
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Posted by Samuel | May 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation and Genuine Care
Thanks to Mr. Allen's deep legal knowledge and years of experience, I achieved the best possible outcome in my case. I am forever grateful for his outstanding representation. If you need a top-notch attorney who will fight tirelessly for your rights, look no further than Terry S. Allen. He has my highest recommendation.
Posted by Michael C. MD | February 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my Future!
Over a decade ago I found myself facing 22-felony counts and nearly 80+ years in prison. Previous to that, I had no criminal record. I hired Terry and together we were able to get the DA to drop the case after presenting evidence showing my innocence. In the 12-years since my case was resolved, I have accumulated five college degrees including finishing medical school. Terry save my life and future!! Without his help, I probably would never have been able to become a doctor. I highly recommend his services as he is very knowledgable and advocates well on behalf of his clients.
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Posted by James | July 1, 2016
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Life Sentence Avoided!!!
To the people of San Diego: Last year in the month of April, I really needed some legal advice and guidance for my son. As I proceeded for hours to find help on the internet, looking for a lawyer, I finally received a call from a gentleman named Mr. David Rodriguez. One of the nicest case managers at Golden State Law Group I have ever encountered. He was so caring and compassionate about my dilemma. As I began to explain to him about my son’s troubles, he was very confident that one of the lawyers there at Golden State would be able to help my son and I. Mr. Rodriguez set up an appointment to meet and discuss my son’s case and my financial obligations. They made the payment plans so easy to fit your budget. The rest is history…… The Lawyer’s name that assisted me was Mr. Terry Allen. What a guy. We talked about my son’s crime and violations. He was already on probation. But this time he was looking at life in prison. That was the probation and D.A. recommendations. With Mr. Allen’s 40+ years in criminal law, he used his knowledge and expertise and worked on my son’s case. I mean video tapes, questioning witnesses, visiting my son in jail and countless hours of filling out paperwork. He did this on top of his other entire case load. Now it was time to go to court. The probation Dept. made another recommendation of 15 years in prison. Mr. Allen said “NO”. We went back to court. D.A said “3-5 years in prison”. Mr. Allen said “NO” again. Then my son’s lawyer made a suggestion to the judge, D.A and probation. They all agreed for my son to serve 8 months in county jail and 3 years of probation, after he finished his sentencing. Wow!!!! It was so intense sometimes that I couldn’t breathe. What can I say if I perceive to write another word. I will start crying all over again. This review that I have written is so real because I have lived that nightmare and GOD sent Mr. Terry Allen to bring my son and me from this terrifying ordeal. P.S. Mr. Allen, I am so grateful to have met you. Sincerely, A client, James B
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Posted by Christine | April 5, 2016
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Terry Allen is the best, Attorney anyone could hope to find!
Terry Allen helped me get dissmised three unwarranted warrants, plus clear up some medical issues with OHS. I highly recommend his team who also walked me through a bankruptcy after a very nasty divorce. If you are in need of legal support, this is a team you want behind you.
Posted by bichrie | October 17, 2015
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excellent lawyer Terry Allenwww
he help me in my brother off some criminal record that we had and now we are safe for me he's the best lawyer I totally recommended. now all of my family especially my parents are very thankful with his lawyer thank you
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2024
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Who goes into preliminary without discovery?
No seriously. Why would you allow a preliminary hearing to move forward if you haven’t received discovery? And how are you supposedly making deals with the prosecution if again, you haven’t gotten discovery? Why waive time if you’re not going to use that time to actually get discovery, interview witnesses, subpoena medical records, speak to supposed victims. Get police reports. And if the district attorney doesn’t give you the discovery, wouldn’t you file a motion for it? Why just let it slide and move forward let alone let your client be held to answer. I thought you would be more aggressive as a defense attorney. But to be honest it’s almost like you didn’t show up at all.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995.

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 1995
updated on 02/07/2010

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Sole Proprietor
  • Terry S. Allen, Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consulting Attorney
  • Golden State Law Group
  • 2010 - Present
  • Trial Attorney, Head of Criminal Department
  • Pacific Law Center
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney/Sole Proprietor
  • Terry S. Allen, Attorney at Law
  • 1978 - 2005
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1970 - 1974
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  • US Naval Justice School
  • Judge Advocate
  • 1970
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1969
  • Baker University
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1966

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on cases with Terry Allen as opposing counsel for 25 years. I know him to be a smart, effective advocate for his clients. He works hard to present the prosecutor with evidence that puts the client in the best possible light. He is very effective in trial and recently won a high BA DUI by showing the client drank after driving. Over the years, we have become good friends which makes it a pleasure to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry is a compassionate, hardworking attorney that is dedicated to getting results for his clients. As a friend and colleague, I highly endorse Attorney Terry Allen, an experienced and respected criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Allen for a number of years and have worked together in the same law firm. Personally, not just as a lawyer, I would recommend Terry as a criminal defense lawyer 'of-choice.' His knowledge, experience and client results acheived are exceptional!"
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Terry Scott Allen
Terry Scott Allen
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 54 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995. See details