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Crista Marie Haynes

Family Attorney at Redlands, CA

3.3   24 reviews

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About Crista

Learn Crista’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

    11 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    11 years, 150 cases

  3. Juvenile law

    11 years, 150 cases

Crista is the Managing Partner of The Haynes Law Firm, APLC located in Redlands, CA.  The Haynes Law Firm, APLC is a boutique law firm offering clients legal assistance in the areas of Family law, Criminal law, and Juvenile law.  Crista prides herself on offering empathetic, educated, and experienced legal services at affordable rates.  Crista is a proud member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Laverne, College of Law, where she attended law school, she is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Social Justice Advocacy Project, she volunteers her time with the San Bernardino County Youth Court and is a member of several bar associations in Southern California including the Western San Bernardino Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, Riverside County Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association.  Crista graduated from Law School in May 2011 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2011.    

Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Haynes Law Firm, APLC
631 West State Street
Suite B
Redlands, CA, 92373


3.3 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Posted by Amy | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands Down The Best!
My Family Law Case had been going on for 12 years before I found Crista. I wish I had found her sooner. Crista was able to achieve in one hearing what 10 other attorneys had not been able to achieve in that 12 year period. How did she do it? She knew the law and how to apply it to achieve the best outcome. Hands down, Crista is the very best! To add a cherry on top, her team supports her so that she can do the good work of protecting families. They are eager to help and her office is every bit as efficient as she. Don’t look any further, Crista is the best!
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Posted by Evelyna | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional focused strong attorney
I found myself desperate for an attorney after years of trying to take care of a bad divorce case and eventually cps case using public defenders. I found Crista after calling several attorneys who wanted an arm and a leg just to hear my case. Since the first time I spoke with her she was very compassionate and confident. Hiring her was the best choice I ever made. She fought for my rights always protecting me. She is very professional, smart and focused. I now have cps off my back as she was able to get case closed and children back in the home. I truly believe if I would have stayed with public defender this would not be the case. I highly recommend Crista and her firm they are all great to work with.
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Posted by Laura | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and kind. Kept my kids safe.
I had a very horrible case that traumatized me. My court appointed lawyer was literally laughing about it and then telling me I could not tell anyone what she says in private, or what I record her saying. I was terrified and called different lawyers. Most of them were rude but Krista was not. She had us come over to her office and pay her for her services and got to work right away. We paid her a fraction of what the other lawyers quoted her. She said there would be no more fees and she would stay until the conclusion of the case. The case dragged on and on and she stuck to her word. She is very calm and well spoken in court, and the judge respected her. She was calming to me as I haven't had a situation like this before and was scared. She told me when I should say nothing and when it was right to speak. My girls are safe. Crista has a good heart and volunteers her time often. We are very grateful to her and her assistants at the office.
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Posted by Tamra | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I can't say enough about Bristol, Haynes & Associates. Crista Haynes was my attorney and she has been caring and very honest with me through the process. I went to court for Grandparent rights and she was and still is excellent with my case. She knows her stuff and her associate Michael Fey is also a excellent Attorney he had to fill in a couple times and he was up on everything for my case and very professional. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking legal advice or representation they are hard working and honest and will do their very best for you in court. Tamra Hesperia CA
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Posted by Patrick | November 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
No Jail Time....Ye Haw
Crista said she could handle by case and that I would probably not do jail time. That is what happened. Have a lot of fines and hoops to jump through...but no jail time.
Posted by Amanda | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent understanding of the law and very efficient!
I hired Crista and her firm to finalize my divorce and figure out child support and custody. She was very efficient and new answers to all my questions. I felt comfortable with her and she was very patient and understanding. I will definitely refer her and her company to all my friends.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2015
Great attorney!
Crista assisted my son with his criminal case out of the Victorville Courthouse. She was very honest and caring with our situation. She made sure my son received the best possible deal. I appreciate all she has done for us. Thank you!
Posted by Steve | August 21, 2014
I want to say THANK YOU to Crista Haynes!! She was my “knight in shinny armor” She was very diligent & knowledgeable with her expertise in my Criminal & Divorce case. I have never been faced with a legal situation in my life! So I was very nervous with what I was going to be facing ahead! I was being falsely accused of Domestic Violence from my wife I married from out of this country (so she could get her residency with out staying in the marriage) LONG STORY! Luckily I had Crista & TRUTH on my side! Crista helped me keep my good name clean! This took almost 2 years with battling the D.A.! Myself & Crista were not going to just sit there and let my ex-wife destroy my name for a “Green Card”! This was the most frustrating time in my life because “My Life” was not in my control anymore! It was in everyone else’s control and hands! Crista took the bull by its horns and took it down for me! I hope to god I am never in another legal situation again, but if I am, I will be calling Crista weather she likes it of not!! I owe my life and good name to her. Thanks, Steve F.
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Posted by Nicholette | August 21, 2014
Highly Recommend
I was charged with a DUI over five years ago. When starting my professional career two years ago I decided that the best option for me was to have my charge be expunged from my records. Ms. Haynes handled the expungment for me so quickly and painlessly. The process was explained, executed, and then followed up with such professionalism.
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Posted by Diann | August 19, 2014
Very pleased with choosing Ms. Haynes
I had a Durable power of attorny written up for my Mother and I. I was very pleased with her and her office staff. They were very good about answering my question and concerns. I will use her services again when the need arises.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2014
Great Lawyer
Crista did an amazing job on my case, I was very happy with the outcome and would recommend her to anyone needing a professional to get the job done right.
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2014
My case mattered
Crista was very responsive and made me feel like my case mattered. She answered all my questions and emails in a timely matter. I would definitely use Crista again.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2012
Crista was AWESOME!
I used Crista and Taylor for my dissolution of marriage. Naturally, this was a hard time but I immediately felt confidence in Crista's abilities. She answered all my questions and was prompt with filing my paperwork. She went above and beyond by making it affordable for me and really saw me as a person. I loved how personable the whole firm was and how well taken care of I felt. I highly recommend her and Bristol, Haynes & Associates as a whole.
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Posted by Sarah | November 9, 2012
I hired Crista to take care of a traffic ticket issue. All I had to do was give her the citation number and she took care of everything. My case was dismissed and I got all my money back. She kept me informed every step of the way and made me feel calm about the whole thing. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Victoria | January 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad Representation, Not professional, Always late
I hired Ms. Haynes for a child custody case I paid her $4500 and she also said she believed in my case but she lost that case than I hired her again to fight for my foster care license she said she believed in that case to so that was another $2500 she lost that case than she expected me to retain her for the Law Suit against the county of San Bernadino which she wanted a $3k down payment for. After I felt like a total failure in hiring the wrong Attorney who was never on time to court who was rarely available for calls who said she had a strategy and for me to not mess it up. I spent more time on the phone with her secretary than with her when she did show up to court in the custody hearing she didnt say a word and than advised me not to speak but she would later dismiss my case instead which was shocking totally shocking than she said she should have just request the detention of my God Grand kids dismissed initially so they could be returned to me but when they were in my care to begin with she said she cant do anything to protect them unless they were taken first but when thay were eventually taken she could not get them back and now there being put up for adoption by strangers after everything I have suffered My family found me a better Attorney with very excellent reviews so we hired them to review everything the child custody case and my foster care license case I gave all my paper work to and they said Ms. Haynes failed to file very important paper work in time that could have made the difference in the outcome in both situations and now he has to fix the damage that she has done but it will take time I was devastated I didnt half to take a settlement offer which was not to my benefit but to the opposition. Thay also agreed that due to lack of experience with Attorneys that they have clients come to them all the time to repair things like this. I also want to say that Ms. Haynes also in my case gave the opposing side information that I felt was not important to the case and they used that against me. I regret ever meeting Ms. Haynes I found the reviews later in the midst of already retaining her I told her I am praying for a better experience than those who wrote negative reviews she told me the reviews use to bother her but they dont anymore so this review shouldn't either. My life completely changed after losing both cases so I agree with all the 1 star post do your research and hire a more experienced Attorney it could make all the difference I have anxiety and countless sleepless nights because of my experience as well.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I half to be honest with my experiance It was a nightmare hellish infact. I lost everything I mean everything. Crista gave away unnecessary information to the other party in my case aswell so I really wish I would have read these reviews before I wasted 8 grand to retain her because it cost me big. She was always to busy but said she believed in my case but didnt believe in it enough to read over the response the other party provided nor did she keep her word with anything she said nor did she refund back my money owed me. In the court room the other party laughed at her incompetence and I knew I was screwed. Do not waste your money find another Attorney her performance is exactly as she appears in court with her Harlequin hair color a sad comedy show at our expense. I hope this helps. If she says this post is fake well it's not.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprepared for case and all about the money
I hired Haynes law firm to fight a restraining order against me and she took my case instantly and suggested I get one against my ex and increased my payment. From that time forward her secretaries were my lawyers. She was never available, she takes forever to reply emails, she talks to you in a very insensitive way as though your case should not be addressed thoroughly. A day to my court date she said we did have a review since this was my first case and only called for 30mins. . On my court date she was asking me questions that made me Know she was not prepared or read my declaration or Know the depth of my case. Suddenly, she couldn't fight... She told me she had another client and went for an agreement. I had tears in my eyes, because it was obvious I paid for nothing. She wants a cheap way out and go after another case as though my case never mattered. She ignored my calls and emails, but she never forgets to collect her payments. I would not recommend her to anyone. If you need a lawyer please look somewhere else. We are all humans and can tell when someone does not do right to us, but many of us don't have the voice to speak for ourselves. Please find another dmv lawyer not Haynes law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Silent representative in court because she was unprepared
I hired Crista to represent me in a child custody case where the other side was seeking to terminate joint custody and reunification therapy. She was hired approximately six weeks prior to the hearing. Her plan was to request a continuance and I was told not to appear. The judge rejected her request and despite the many documents I sent to her and conversations about the case, she told the judge she was not prepared to argue the merits. This is directly out of the transcript I obtained. Rather than be honest with me, she avoided the question. For the follow-up hearing where the case was re-presented, she did not properly serve the other side and two critical dates were transposed. For this, the judge dismissed the case. In addition, she sent an associate with whom I had not previously corresponded.
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Posted by Heather | December 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Working with Christa was the worst experience ever! My husband and I hired her to handle a custody issue. She was to file paperwork for jurisdiction to be made her in California. She lied about filing anything. Nothing was ever done or anything filed! We were working with a lawyer in Maine also who was trying to contact Christa. She never called him back or us back. We tried to get ahold of her for 2 months and we never got a response. The receptionist would tell us that they have relayed the message for her to contact us and she never does. The staff you can tell are sick of hearing from us. We went to court with no help from her because we were never Able to reach her. We were hung up on several times. After 2 months of not having any contact with her we decided to hire a new lawyer and pay ANOTHER retainer fee. We called her firm and told them we no longer needed Chirsta's services. We never received any information. We sent an email stating we wanted to end services and would like our refund back. It has been 3 weeks and we have received NOTHING. Not an invoice, refund, or even phone call. My husband continues to call and they tell us that we will have our invoice by Friday. Of course Friday passes and we receive nothing! We call Monday and they are rude to us on the phone stating Christa, as always, is not in the office so they have no information now. Our phone calls are not longer being answered and we have yet to receive our refund. We hired her ignoring the bad reviews she had already had written against her. Do not ignore them! They are the truth. Working with her was a complete waste of our time and money. Please don't put yourself through the same mistake we and other did.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mishandled our case
Crista was negligent in handling our case. The petitioner had no justification but fortunately for him, our lawyer Crista, volunteered unnecessary information that won the case for him (despite our MANY objections). She was ill prepared and seemed unfamiliar with our case. She did not counter any points made by the other lawyer even when prompted. We were not even given the chance to review paperwork submitted to the court on our behalf. After the judgment, she was not apologetic nor did she explain what our options were or what was going to happen. We had to ask the questions and her responses were curt. Extremely disappointed that our lawyer chose not to represent us effectively, failed to communicate with us, was unconcerned with learning our case, and as a result gave away our case but gladly took our money.
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Response from Crista Haynes June 27, 2016
I am very sorry that you feel like your case was mishandled, but I can assure you that I was never negligent in handling your case, I did not volunteer unnecessary information, I prepared vigorously for your case as I do all of my other cases, I made the necessary arguments at the time of the hearing and ensured that all necessary information was submitted to the court. While I understand that court cases are extremely stressful and at times judges make decisions that we do not agree with or even can understand from a legal standpoint. This is exactly what happened here, all of the necessary information was submitted to the court and the judge on his own notion made orders that we did not like and/or agree with. I was very empathetic after the hearing explaining that I did not agree with the ruling and gave you the options available as well as the prescribed timelines. I explained the necessity to act swiftly but also explained the pitfalls you may face while trying to get the judge to reconsider his ruling as he explained WHY he ruled in such a manner. I truly am sorry that you feel this way about the representation however, I would like to point out that every effort was made on your behalf, from communication, representation and consultation after the fact. I cannot apologize for what I cannot control, the judge made a decision that I cannot see a logical basis for and for that I am very truly sorry.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Haynes Law Firm, APLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bristol & Haynes, APLC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Bristol, Haynes & Associates
  • 2011 - 2016


  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Crista
Family Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Crista Haynes is a fighter and she is willing to go the distance for her clients. Regardless of the level of complexity, she has the expertise to handle the matter. Crista has the requisite professionalism, poise, and disposition to effectively advocate for her clients. I endorse Crista Haynes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have always known Ms. Haynes to be smart, well prepared and organized. She has a natural ability to be a leader and can take command of any room, even the Courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've heard nothing but positive things about Crista for the 7 years I've known her. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Crista. She is knowledgeable, hardworking and dedicated to her clients and work."
General practice Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Ms. Haynes has an excellent reputation in the legal community. When I have observed her in Court she continues to be exemplary in her litigation skills and case preparation. She is an excellent litigator and researcher. She is always knowledgeable of the latest cases and legal trends and changes in the law. She is as respected as anyone in the legal community by judges and colleagues."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Crista is a tough litigator and provides great service."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Crista has helped my firm on multiple matters, and I routinely seek her advice in multiple areas of the law including family law and criminal law. Crista's knowledge of the law and dedicated work ethic would be an asset to any potential client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Crista for about 4 years now. In the last 4 years, I have noticed Crista is organized, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her communication skills are excellent. Crista Haynes is an amazing lawyer. She truly cares about her clients and works hard for each individual. Crista continually educates herself about new and challenging areas of the law and does everything she can for each case."
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