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Jonathan A Mendoza

Criminal defense Attorney at Riverside, CA

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Eager to expand his commitment to social justice and the protection of individuals' constitutional rights, Jonathan Mendoza formed Empire Law, Inc. As a former Public Defender, Jonathan is equipped with vast experience and, as a result, the confidence to help guide you through the legal process. Jonathan is fluent in Spanish. He continues to exemplify the hard lessons learned in his childhood, by providing services to others fighting through some of the struggles he is all too familiar with. Jonathan has made advocacy his central focus.

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Licensed for 12 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/02/2022

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Empire Law, Inc.
4240 Latham St, Ste. E
Riverside, CA, 92501

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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service.
Great level of professionalism and knowledge. Will forever be grateful to Mr. Mendoza and his team for their help on getting me through my naturalization process. Couldn’t have done it without them.
Posted by Vanessa | September 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Godsent!
Please read!! I would give Jonathan and his team ten stars if I could! Me and my husband started the visa process back in 2016. We trusted Rogelio Morales, who at the time was a reputable lawyer. Come to find out this man, did not care about me or my husband. He took our money and wasted our time. Years came and in 2019 we received an attempt to deny our application for insufficient evidence. I had less than three weeks to turn in more documentation, or they would deny and possibly deport my husband. Mind you this is during the holidays. My lawyer was arrested for fraud. I was in the worst place in my life. Me and my husband thankfully found Jonathan and his team, and let’s just say he took care of business! Staff is very organized and detailed with their packets. I felt like they truly cared about me and my family. They gave us the option to reach out to them personally at any time. Due to my husbands health circumstances, Jonathan was able to get my husbands case expedited to the consulate. Last week my husbands visa was finally approved!! Me and my husband can now finally breath, and live out our dreams for our family. Please do not look any further than Empire Law. You will be in good hands!
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Response from Jonathan Mendoza September 16, 2022
Thank you for the fantastic review Vanessa! We are grateful for the trust and confidence you had in our office. It was a long journey but we achieved the success.
Posted by Cecy | August 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
El mejor abogado. Atención especializada y todo en mi idioma . 100% recomendado.
El mejor abogado . Logro que mi caso se cerrara . Lo recomiendo ampliamente .
Response from Jonathan Mendoza August 29, 2022
¡Gracias por la reseña, Cecy!
Posted by Teresita | May 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
El mejor abogado
La intrevista con el abogado fue amable, fue cincera, y esplico nuestro caso con mucha satisfacción. Gracias al abogado Mendoza obtubimos nuestra recidencia satisfactoriamente.
Posted by Anna | April 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Jonathan was my immigration lawyer in 2021-2022. He’s very professional. Especially i love how he can explain everything with easy words! Thank you, Jonathan for my successful case!
Posted by Viviano | April 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI/ Immigration
Jonathan Mendoza and Empire Law staff were very helpful with my case. I was nervous and anxious of what the outcome would be. However, Attorney Jonathan Mendoza did a great job with my case and gave me great results. I definitely recommend him for Dui and immigration cases.
Posted by Cecilia | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
My experience with Attorney Mendoza has been great from the start. During consultation he was open and honest about our case and took the time to explain and ensured our understanding about any potential challenges we could face. He gave us an honest opinion about our case and I can say, after having gone through the whole process now, I am very happy with the honesty and transparency Attorney Mendoza showed to us. He made himself available when needed and his team were extremely pleasant and professional at all times. Lastly, unlike other lawyers, he truly cares for his clients and his integrity was something that we appreciated from the start. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Susana | March 22, 2022
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GRACIAS
muchas gracias a EMPIRE LAW y a su agradable equipo del abogado Jonathan A. Mendoza por su ayuda y dedicacion en el caso de residencia permanente de mi Madre con nuy buenos resultados gracias a dios.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer in California
Thank you GOD for allowing Mr.Mendoza into our lives he will now be my new immigration lawyer! I've spoke to several immigration attorneys and none of them are as passionate, respectful & KNOWLEDGABLE as Mr. Jonathan Mendoza. I had a consultation with him & I knew he was the perfect lawyer for my family as soon as he introduced himself. He allowed me to ask as many questions as needed with no judgement & no rush. I appreciate all of your time, knowledge, and help that you do for people. May God continue to bless you, your family and your beautiful business in helping humanity. Thank you again for all of the guidance. Respectfully -Andrea G
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Posted by Najia Ismail | August 18, 2021
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Jonathan Mendoza
He is the best lawyer he works on the case from his heart thank you so much for working hard in my case
Response from Jonathan Mendoza August 18, 2021
Thank you for the review, Najia! It was an absolute pleasure working with you.
Posted by Luz | July 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Jonathan and team make your dream of succeeding in helping get your citizenship
For a long time I struggled with trying to get my citizenship and I had gone to a lot of consultation and gone to get help filling out my paperwork for becoming a citizen and I had no lock it seemed that I was never going to succeed. Then I was told to reach out to Jonathan Mendoza so I did and him and his team made my dream come true and today I can say I am a citizen thank you so much for all your help and support all the way l will always be so grateful thankful for you and your team.
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Posted by Ricardo | July 7, 2021
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Jonathan Mendoza was diligent, professional, and knowledgeable about the law. He kept us informed about our situation. His caring manner was appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
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Mr.
Very profesional and efficient! I Had to do an expungement and Lawyer Mendoza got it! Very happy!!
Posted by Sarah | June 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Sarah Lawson CADC
Jonathan Mendoza and Empire Law, Inc. saved my life and directly impacted the lives of my husband, children, parents, sister, and the community I live in. I was stopped while re-entering the country and told that I needed to appear in immigration court. I had charges from over 7 years ago for drug possession and shop lifting. In court my public defender never explained to me that pleading guilty would affect my immigration status as a permanent resident with a green card. I've lived in the USA since I was 2, I'm now 34. I have 2 children who are US citizens, along with a husband who is a US citizen, and since my arrests I've become a substance abuse counselor for parolees- I've literally dedicated my entire life to helping others and trying to stop of the process of substance abuse, untreated mental illness, and recidivism, so this was all a HUGE shock to me. I had no clue how pleading guilty to those charges seven years ago would mean me getting deported to a country I have no ties to. After obtaining an immigration attorney she referred me to Jonathan Mendoza and Empire Law, Inc. From the second I contacted them I was treated with the utmost respect and explained the entire process I would need to undergo to vacate my old charges so that I didn't get deported. Mr. Mendoza's staff were kind, courteous, and EXTREMELY knowledgeable and thorough. They answered all of my questions and helped me every single step of the way. Yesterday I finally went to court and the DA not only agreed to not contest the motions, but she actually SUPPORTED me having my charges vacated, thanks to the hard work and mountains of evidence Jonathan Mendoza and his team collected to support my motions. I sobbed throughout court because I am so grateful and relieved that Mr. Mendoza was able to get all of my charges vacated, which means I can stay in the country with my family and continue to work towards helping my community. I am forever grateful to Jonathan and his team. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for what they've done for me and my family. If I could give them 10000 stars on this review I would. Thank you to the whole team at Empire Law, Inc. You're truly a God-send.
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Response from Jonathan Mendoza June 28, 2021
Thank you for the heartwarming review, Sarah! It has been a pleasure to serve you. After our success in court, we had a team discussion about your case. It is stories like yours that emphasize our organization's vision. That is - to change people's lives for the better. Thank you for your trust. We look forward to hearing about your continued success.
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Posted by Francisco | April 27, 2021
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Empire Law Inc. Review
I was really impressed with Empire Law Inc. He was open to all my questions and was very straightforward and knowledgeable about what he was doing. I am glad I had them to represent me. I would 100% recommend them!!!
Posted by Fabiola | April 14, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Immigration case
Un abogado honesto que te hace sentir en confianza, te explica todo muy bien, nos hablo con la verdad no me quede con ninguna duda sobre mi caso de inmigración
Posted by Mayra | March 29, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
I would highly recommend Jonathan Mendoza for any of your criminal or immigration issues. He is very knowledgeable and clearly answers any questions you may have. I left his office with a peace of mind thanks to his guidance.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Empire Law firm did go above and beyond for us. Theyway we processed my husband's paper to this country had some mistakes which
Empire Law firm did go above and beyond for us. The way we processed my husband's paper to this country had some mistakes which led the Immigration office to send an " Intend to deny letter" to us. Upon receiving the letter we contacted Empire Law firm. They took on our case and within 2 months, my husband's waiver was approved. On behalf of our family, we say Thank you Empire Law. You're the BEST
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Posted by Danielle | January 5, 2021
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Highly Recommend!
I reached out to Jonathan to help me deal with an old and pending violation on my record. He was very upfront with what I should expect and was very reasonably priced (his rate was almost half of what some other lawyers had quoted me). The office was very helpful in making sure I understood what was needed from me and making it very convenient for me to get it to them. In the end Jonathan was able to get me a much easier and shorter sentencing that either of us expected.
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Posted by Jose | December 1, 2020
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Awesome did a case for us
We hired Empire Law because I was giving different number but when I spoke with Jonathan on the phoI just felt a calm feeling about him. We hired for a DUI and Drug charged and needed an immigration attorney. We were kept informed every step of the way he was able to get a lot reduced and done in a timely manner. They’re a very polite and respectful place and care about you as an individual I would highly recommend them there the best of the best.
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Response from Jonathan Mendoza December 1, 2020
Thank you Jodi for the wonderful review! It is an absolute pleasure to work with you. We are very pleased that your process has been a pleasant one. Welcome to the Empire Law, Inc. family.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Law Offices Of The Public Defender, Riverside County
  • 2011 - 2017

Education

  • Univ of LaVerne COL
  • N/A
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Domestic violence charges
  • Not guilty of all charges.
  • Motion to Dismiss for Insufficiency of Evidence (PC 1181(6))
  • Motion granted after jury trial. Case dismissed.
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Hung Jury. District Attorney dismissed the DUI after trial.
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Associations

  • California Public Defenders Association
  • N/A
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • TODEC Legal Center
  • 2018

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Citizenship workshop and DACA renewal
  • Immigration
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan Mendoza is a great lawyer that does not mind sharing his knowledge and expertise in criminal law and immigration law with other lawyers. On multiple occasion I have reached out to Mr. Mendoza with legal questions and he is always responsive and willing to help. Thank you Jonathan for your support."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan Mendoza is a fantastic attorney and we are lucky to have him in our legal community. He is very knowledgable in both immigration and criminal defense. He is a mentor of mine. He has taken time out of his busy days, to help answer my questions. Thank you Jonathan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Back when I was a prosecutor, I had several cases wherein Jonathan was the defense attorney. We even did a trial together. Without a doubt, Jonathan is one of the best defense attorneys I had to go up against. You can tell that he cares about his clients and fights his hardest to see that their rights are protected. When you hire Jonathan as your lawyer, you have one of the best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mendoza is a fearless advocate for his clients. He goes above and beyond to obtain the best results on a consistent basis. He is well respected by court staff, prosecutors, judges and his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mendoza is knowledgeable, experienced and honest. I have seen his professionalism before the court, and I have seen him work behind the scenes to ensure that the case, the client, and the client's family is ready for trial. His ability to be compassionate but direct is a valuable asset to a client during a difficult time. He has been encouraging personally and professionally, and ready to lend a hand when asked."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan A. Mendoza is hard working, experienced, knowledgeable, and everything you are looking for in a criminal defense attorney. His previous experience with the public defender's office provides valuable insight and experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Friend
"I'm known Jonathan for several years now and can't think of anyone else I'd rather go into Court with when it matters. Jonathan is everything you want - charismatic, aggressive, experienced, and knows how to get the job done."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ive known Jonathan for over a decade. i have asked him countless questions about criminal law and he has always been able to lead me in the right direction. Ive also worked with him personally on cases and have seen how much he cares about getting the best results for his clients. Jonathan is also a trial attorney, he's not afraid to litigate a case and knows courtroom procedure. He also has excellent negotiation skills and is well known and liked in the legal community. If you want a good lawyer i recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.. I've known and worked closely with Mr Mendoza for a number of years. He's patient, dedicated, and gets the job done. If you need someone who understands the law especially in regards to immigration effects due to criminal legal issues, call Mendoza."
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Riverside Criminal defense Lawyer Jonathan A Mendoza
Jonathan A Mendoza
Criminal defense Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 12 years