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  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%
  5. Appeals: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Raymond Joseph Wood

    I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Rhea. I worked alongside him in the Riverside County criminal courts (I was a public defender, he was a private attorney) and his knowledge and professionalism were top notch. Joe was also one of the premier civil rights attorneys in the area when I was still in the area. Joe will work with you and continue to fight for you throughout the process until he reaches a successful outcome for you. You are in good hands with him.


    Raymond Wood Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Romben Estrada Aquino

    I have referred Joe a number of clients where the criminal disposition would have serious ramifications on the ultimate immigration outcome. His knowledge and work ethic are impeccable. I recommend him without reservations.


    Romben Aquino Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea

777 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Suite 328
Palm Springs, CA, 92262


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Criminal Defense Lawyer of the YearPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
Criminal Defense Lawyer of the YearPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Criminal Defense Lawyer of the YearPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Criminal Defense and DUI Lawyer of the YearPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Criminal Defense and DUI Lawyer of the YearPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Joseph T. Rhea2004 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderLaw Office Of The Public Defender, Riverside County2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Andrew Jackson, Petitioner on Habeas CorpusJury Verdict Vacated, Sentence of Life Imprisonment Vacated
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Publication nameTitleDate
SAGE PublicationsMulticulturalism in the United States: Current Issues, Contemporary Voices2012
Harvard University PressRace and American Identity1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Harvard UniversityN/APhD - Doctorate1996
Harvard UniversityN/AA.M.1991
University of North CarolinaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California Bar Association MeetingMedical Marijuana Law in California2012

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