Skip to main content

James Rankin Gass

Criminal defense Attorney at Redlands, CA

4.8   34 reviews

also known as Jim Gass


Licensed for 31 years

Virtual consultation available

Free consultation

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    In the past 25 years, I've won more felony jury trials in San Bernardino County than any other attorney!

    32 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    32 years, 500 cases

  3. Federal crime
    15%

    26 years

  4. Sex crime
    2%

  5. Violent crime
    2%

  6. White collar crime
    2%

  7. Drug Crime
    1%

  8. Expungement
    1%

  9. Juvenile law
    1%

  10. Speeding and traffic ticket
    1%

IN THE PAST 25 YEARS, I'VE WON MORE FELONY JURY TRIALS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY THAN ANY OTHER ATTORNEY!

James R. Gass, Attorney At Law seeks to provide excellent, personalized service to those facing criminal investigation and prosecution throughout Southern California. In the last 25 years, Mr. Gass has won more felony jury trials than any other attorney in San Bernardino County. 

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice

Avvo

Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact James

Attorney at Law
1200 Nevada St Ste 101
Redlands, CA, 92374

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
5 Star
 
94%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
6%
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
James received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Tiffany Wallace | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Brother's Defense
Attorney Gass was hired by my family. My brother was looking at definite prison time. Attorney Gass was very honest with us and did everything in his power to fight my brothers case. Attorney Gass also took the time to meet with my Grandmother and explain situation to her where she was very comfortable and relieved she could understand what was going on. We appreciate Attorney Gass and would definitely hire him again and reccommend him to others.
Read less
Posted by Cathy | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A mother's savior.
James Gass keep my son out of jail for a mistake he truly regrets and has learned from. Spending time in jail with real criminals would not have been a good experience for him on any level. He's fee was something I could afford which I am again grateful for since I am only working part time right now. I can't thank you enough Mr Gass!
Read less
Posted by Celiza | August 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than just a hired attorney
I can only say that it was God that led us to Mr. Gass. I found myself in a situation I could have never imagined to be. I contacted Mr. Gass from a Google search and after one conversation I knew he was the man for the job. He was so knowledgeable and experienced that even while he offered hope, he also prepared me for what most likely would happen, and he was always spot on. He was able to negotiate a plea deal lowering a felony to a misdemeanor with no jail time. Had I been able to afford taking it to trial, I have no doubt he would have won there too. He negotiated the best possible outcome given the circumstances I was facing. But his work did not end there. 3 years later I have still been in contact with Mr. Gass and he has always been gracious enough to respond. All my questions and uncertainties. I feel truly honored to have been represented by him and would 10/10 recommend him to anyone. His reputation precedes him and there is no doubt as to why. He truly connects at a personal level with his clients and makes you feel protected and that he has your best interest at heart. Thank you again Mr. Gass! God bless you and the work you do.
Read less
Posted by Marcelina | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My son needed a great attorney
If I could give Mr. James Gass more stars I would. I highly recommend him as your attorney. Mr. Gass has a great presence, he is compassionate, caring and he knows his job very well. My son was in a lot of trouble Mr. Gass came highly recommended and he lived up to the referral and some. He was able to help my son with the best outcome possible and I am very happy. Don’t waste your money elsewhere you found your guy. Has a long history of experience and great outcomes. I can’t thank Mr. Gass enough, he’s the best.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What if a life-shattering situation could become a life-changing event?
What started with a life-shattering 5am phone call from our son, in Mr. Gass' hands, turned into a bigger-than-life event! We came to Mr. Gass recommended by one of his colleagues (who was too close to our family to comfortably represent us), as a mentor and one of the best attorney's in the area! We were so stunned to find ourselves needing an attorney that it made his job even harder -- First of all, we couldn't figure out what happened (being recorded in every phone call meant that we didn't hear the story from our son until many months into the arrest) and throughout the whole time, we were ALL trying to have a hand in the defense plan. Mr. Gass shared with us, all that he was legally able to share, so we could begin to comprehend the situation our son was in and then, he created safe, patient, and respectful spaces for us to try and figure out what to do about the charges. I am forever grateful for the conversation he allowed us in his office, after-hours and at our convenience. It was a nightmare of divorced parents, grandparent, siblings, blaming each other and yelling about what should be done. He is a SAINT if you ask me -- for mediating that insane conversation between all of us! Being represented by Mr. Gass allowed us all to understand the realities of our legal, moral, and ethical situations so we could make the best choices possible for our defense. He predicted exactly, the DA's moves and gave us advice that, if we had followed, allowed for the least possible consequences!
Read less
Posted by Daniel M. | November 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!
The felony case against me was dismissed, thanks to the hard work and dedication of James Gass. He guided me through this difficult time. He replied to my emails, texts, and phone calls usually within an hour. He kept me informed of updates. I highly recommend James Gass for legal representation.
Posted by Joseph | October 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James Gass will go to bat for you with a great batting average .990!
I would recommend Mr James Gass with full assurance that he will do what he can to get a good hearing in the court and representation based on his experience to ask you the right questions and plead your case clearly with all good evidence for you as he can. He represented me, jury found me not guilty, and his advise before, during, and after helped us come up on top to win the case!
Read less
Posted by Anthony | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Job Done.!
Best Lawyer hands down. On time. Reliable. And did the best work i can possibly ask for.
Posted by Scott | April 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not guilty!!!
Mr. Gass was hired due to san bernadino county was trying to give me 9 years prison. Mr. Gass got me a not guilty verdict from the jury never did he mislead me. Always advised me of what was going on. A truly great attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast And Efficient
I hired Mr. Gass to represent me on an old warrant that came up. He was fast vary affordable had it taken care of in less than 60 days which is fast if anyone knows San Bernardino court house. he was great and a true blessing in a situation that seemed hopeless at first. thank you James Gass.
Posted by Julie | September 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Gass gets results he promises at a reasonable price
I came to Mr. Gass on a $100,000 fta warrant for probation violation and he got it recalled and his probation reinstated as promised and at a price I could afford. His help was a blessing and has saved my husband from jail time. I cannot thank him enough. I'd highly recommend him anytime to anyone needing legal help.
Posted by Ryan B | August 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jim's been my attorney over 10 years, always went above and beyond!
My relationship with Jim started with getting a DUI. One of the two charges was dropped and I just had to pay a fine and go to the 4 month course. I've been an unlicensed driver since my DUI and was lazy about getting my license back. After my DUI I got into more trouble. Hit and run. Driving on a suspended license. Jim would always give me great advice and point me in the right direction! At the end of every conversation he would then stop and say "why haven't you got your license back?" Even though that would get him less business. =) In the end he found a way to get me a not guilty plea and get my case dismissed using the diversion program which I was very grateful. After that I finally got my license back and he helped keep my record as clean as possible in the meantime. I would recommend James "Jim" to anyone.
Read less
Posted by David | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best criminal defense lawyer
We hired James Gass as a defense lawyer in a felony case. He did everything he could for us in this case and I could not have been happier. I highly recommend James gas as a criminal defense attorney to anyone. he came very highly recommended from a personal friend of mine.
Posted by Precilla | December 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Humble Job Well Done
I've had James Gass represent me on everything from driving on a suspended license to a robbery case I fought for over a year, until he took my case. First court date saying he was representing me by the next court date I took a plea of verbal threats no jail time. He kept me informed , he was up front and i felt comfortable talking with him. In the worst situation its good to know you have someone on like him on your side.
Read less
Posted by Eduardo | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dismissed case
Had a driving while suspended license case dismissed, i would recommend him fairly priced as well.
Posted by Christina | July 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The bomb
James gass represented me in the pcp sting in 4-10-15 the ended up charging me wit solicitation to comitt murder for saying the word boom my bail was 1.1 million first time ever in jail and james came to my rescue and i walked away with 36 months of probation. If u need a lawyer in san bernardino county GASS is the person. Thanks Mr.James Gass MRS. CHRISTINA
Read less
Posted by Larry | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST CHOICE
I've known mr. James r. Gass since 2003. He is the best choice anyone who needs a lawyer can make. He is a good man, that actually cares! Very honest, affordable, and down to earth. He not only is THE BEST at what he does, but also a very caring person. I would recommend mr.gass above any lawyer I've seen. I trusted this man with my life, and you should too...
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Got no jail time. Probation only. Highly recommend him.
Posted by Denise | July 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful we hired him!
My son was arrested and facing a litany of serious charges. The first three Public Defenders, almost verbatim, informed me of the same which was “Lady (or Ma’am) your son is going to prison for a long time”. I remembered that a childhood friend of my son had had a couple DUIs and not spent any time incarcerated. I contacted that person who told me he thought Mr. Gass did a good job and was very satisfied with the representation provided. The friend then gave me Mr. Gass' office number and cell phone number. During my initial, free consultation, Mr. Gass took all the time necessary to fully understand the particulars of the case and all the mitigating factors. Mr. Gass did not in any way diminish the severity of the matter nor give any false hope. He simply informed me of what his “game plan” would be and what the best and worst case scenarios were. I fully expected Mr. Gass’ fees to far exceed what he charged. Mr. Gass was responsive to my every inquiry be it email, text, or phone call. He generated various strategies, fully explained the reason for each and allowed my son and I to make the decision as to which direction to proceed. He provided us invaluable advice and insight which proved to be completely accurate and the correct direction to take. Mr. Gass, in no uncertain terms, has restored my faith in his profession however, I remain fully convinced that he is the exception, not the rule. A plea agreement was reached and my son was released eight months after his arrest. Still unbelievable. Need I say......I cannot recommend Mr. Gass highly enough.
Read less
Posted by Bonnie | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney.
I have used Mr.Gass twice. He made it very simple for me, handled everything. He is extremely caring and gets great results. I started using him after my brother was on a jury where Mr. Gass was the defense attorney. My brother, who is not easily impressed, was very taken with Mr Gass' courtroom demeanor and representation of his client. You can relax knowing he is on your team!!!
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • James R. Gass, Attorney at Law
  • 1991 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Fontana County Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2007

Education

  • Simon Greenleaf School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Alaska - Fairbanks
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • San Bernardino Sun
  • 2018
  • Readers Choice Top Attorney
  • San Bernardino Sun
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Career in Law
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim Gass is a very experienced and excellent lawyer. We have done co-defendant cases together, and I have always found Jim to be very professional, trustworthy, hardworking and diligent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's very thorough and knowledgeable about criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I clerked for Mr. Gass in 1996 and he supervised my first Jury Trial. I additionally handled several dozen hearings (both Prelims and Trials) where Mr. Gass represented co-defendants. Mr. Gass has handled a number of matters for me through special appearances and, at a point where I was wrongly accused in a criminal case (that was ultimately dismissed), I was set to have Mr. Gass handle my own Jury Trial. Throughout the 18+ years that I have known him, I have found Mr. Gass to be extraordinarily professional. I believe that Jim's strongest asset is his ability to make jurors see him as being one of them...very down to earth. I cannot overemphasize the benefit of having your jurors identify with your lawyer. Jim comes across as someone that jurors can trust and his track record at trial shows that. Prosecutors know that Jim DELIVERS (so they respect him) but, he isn't arrogant so prosecutors feel comfortable dealing his cases. Jim Gass is a low-key ultra-competent hired-gun."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for decades and watched him in many trials, taking on difficult cases with vim and vigor. He know how to win! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gass is an excellent attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate. He is one of the best trial attorneys I've witnessed, and he makes time to communicate with his clients. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gass is likely the finest criminal defense attorney in the Inland Empire and (possibly) the whole of Southern California. His knowledge of the law is surpassed only by the personalized efforts he makes for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer!"
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Estate planning
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Redlands Criminal defense Lawyer James Rankin Gass
James Rankin Gass
Criminal defense Attorney
Redlands, CA
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available