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As a former VW automotive technician I achieved the distinction of being the Youngest Volkswagen Master Mechanic in Volkswagen history before my life changed due to the actions of a drunk driver; I could no longer work in my profession due to career ending injuries.


I went to college, Cal Poly Pomona and then to Law School, Western State COL, and I was fortunate enough to pass the California State Bar Exam the first time. I opened the door's to my office in September of 2000 and they have been open ever since.


I am a criminal defense attorney through and through. I have been practicing law for well over a decade. During that time I have helped thousands of clients resolve their matters. I have trial experience with cases ranging from Petty Theft to Special Circumstance Murder. I am a successful trial attorney with several Not Guilty's in my career.


Since losing family members to cancer, I am a strong advocate for Medical Marijuana and as such, I have a niche' in the defense of Medical Marijuana cases as well as Consulting in the area of Medical Marijauna.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Steven Desi Sanchez

    I highly recommend James Taylor. He is ethical, aggressive, and a true advocate for justice. James should be your attorney if you are charged with a crime.


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Contact info

66 W Ramsey St
Banning, CA, 92220-4902


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2015
Superb LawyerAVVO2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Clients' ChoiceAVVO2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Office of James M. Taylor2000 - Present
Master Automotive TechnicianVW Dealerships1984 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsAttorney Member2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2004 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2002 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. J.M.Not Guilty all counts
People v. B.T.Case Dismissed. Client Not Held to Answer at Preliminary Hearing.
People v. K.J.Pled to Accessory; Released on Probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaN/AUndergraduate1995