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Richard Vernon Swanson

Violent crime Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Violent crime
    Violent crimes are criminal case/trials involving a victim or victims. including but not limited to: MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER, ASSAULT AND BATTERY, BURGLARY, SEXUAL ASSAULT, MOLESTATION AND RAPE.

    27 years, 900 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Practice is confined to Riverside/San Bernardino County Courts. Doing Exclusively Criminal Law cases/trials. Everything from Capital murder trials (Death Penalty) to Dui. Criminal Law cases/trials included ASSAULT AND BATTERY, MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER, BURGLARY,VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDERS,DUI, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON, GANG CHARGES, DRUG CHARGES (POSSESSION, SALE OR MANUFACTURING) SEXUAL ASSAULT, MOLESTATION AND RAPE. Criminal Defense Attorney Swanson has done many THIRD STRIKE CASES/TRIALS

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    DUI's include alcohol and drug charges. DUI's have serious effects on you license, insurance, employment and finances. You need to get professional help to get your life back on track.

    27 years, 1,800 cases

  4. Child abuse

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Expungement

  7. Sex crime

Criminal Defense Attorney Swanson attended California Southern Law School, where he received the scholastic achievement award in Criminal Law, Graduated in 1996 passed the California State bar in 1997.  Worked for the San Bernardino district Attorney’s office for approximately 6 months then opened his own private practice office.  He has chosen to devote his entire practice to criminal law defense.

Attorney Swanson works hard to find the right defense for each client.  The defense that can achieve the best results to eliminate or minimize the consequences for his clients.

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Law Office of Richard V. Swanson
4480 Main St
Riverside, CA, 92501

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Posted by Trevor | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was facing 25 to life on a third strike. The R.P.D. , D.A. , and Judges in Riverside were trying to give me life in Prison by fabricating evidence, and trying to force witnesses to lie. I had the Public Defenders office at first and all I kept hearing was you need to take a plea and go to prison. I wasn't guilty and was not going to take a deal. I finally was able to get enough money to retain Mr.Swanson. I asked him if I should take a plea he asked " Did you do it? " I said " No " he then said" that's your answer. " Never once did he tell me to plea out ,he was always confident and kept telling me to be patient and not worry. I was facing life. On the day of Jury Trial the D.A. dismissed my two of three charges and gave me time served on another. I was charged with Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, and Terrorist Threats. He always took care of everything I asked him to do, even though he was going through surgery and in pain, he still showed up to court and always kept his word. I am very thankful for that man, he is a great lawyer and good at his job. He may not have time to explain and teach you law, but trust and believe he knows what he's doing, and one thing he does is listen to you and will visit you or meet with you or your family when asked to. He is the lawyer the D.A. doesn't want you to hire. He will work with you on the money. He doesn't play games or rippe you off like other lawyers who tell you what you want to hear for a paycheck, Mr. Swanson keeps it real !! My name is Trevor Adams this just took place August 24th, 2016. Look my case up.
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Posted by Jesse DeLeon | November 10, 2014
Great representation
I would highly recommend Richard as an attorney, who would give his all to you to work out the best deal for you. My case should have never happened; but it did. And with the help of Richard he was able to get the charges from being filed which saved me alot of money and time from having to go to court. I have worked with several attorneys in the past and I would have to say Richard is one of the best ones you can get. I was very happy for the recommendation to him.
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Posted by Cindy | September 5, 2013
If you are looking for an excellant criminal attorney Mr. Swanson of Riverside is the best one out there
If you are looking for an excellant criminal attorney, Mr. Swanson is the one to choose! From day one I felt like Mr. Swanson had my case under control and he only proved that to be true. I was looking at doing time and somehow he was able to get me off on only doing 30 days of house arrest. It was more than I could have asked for but I can't say I wasn't more than willing to take the deal! What I liked most was that his staff kept me in the know on everything that was going on with my case every step of the way. I was never in the dark. I couldn't recommend a better attorney!
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Posted by David Cullum | July 16, 2013
Mr.Sawnson keep me out of jail thus allowing me not too louse my job thus keeping an income to support my family ! This man will do everything with in the law to help any client! My name is David, and I stand behind every word !! Thank you Mr. Sawnson!
Posted by LUZ | July 15, 2013
When you need a real honest Attorney Mr. Swanson and he is so reasonable
I want to start by saying they wanted to give my son 6 years and he got him 25 days all i could say WOW he knows what he is doing. And then i had to hire him for my 17 year old hanging around with the the wrong people and he got him 180 days and he got out in 30 days. If you really need a attorney look no more he is your man i Recommend him to you. He will inform you of whats going on at all times and he will tell you the truth.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2013
Hire this guy!!!!
If the law is after you, you need to hire this guy. The public defender or should I say "the Public Pretender" told me I was looking at 20 years. Mr. Swanson got me 2 years. With the time I had already done in County jail I walked out 3 weeks later. I would kiss this guys feet if he would let me!!!!
Posted by David | June 19, 2013
The Best Criminal Law Attorney
This guy is the best!! I have had a few attorneys and this guy really worked for me. He explained everything to me. he is through. I am out today because of him
Posted by Joseph | June 5, 2013
Best Money I ever spent!!
This guy makes it look so simple; he really knows what he is doing. I think he knows every DA and Judge in the court. He knows the system and how to work it. Something I learned is you need to have an attorney who works every day in the court your case is in, not an attorney that does a little of everything in all the courts!!!
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Posted by jessie | February 25, 2011
Kept me out of Jail
i was looking at some serious charges, he worked with the DA and got me a sweet deal. Man he is the best, I tell everyone about him.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2010
Very professional, made me comfortble, intellegent.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Judge
  • Riverside Superior Court
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Richard V. Swanson
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • San Bernardino county District Attorney
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Jacobs and Gregory Attornys at Law
  • 1994 - 1996
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  • California Southern Law School
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Intent to kill or no intent to kill
  • Assault instead of Attempted Murder
  • Falsely charged with Felony Spousal Battery
  • Attempted Murder of a Police Office- 25 to life
  • Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter - 6 years
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  • Californai Attorny for Criminal Justice CACJ
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association CPDA
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Volunteers in Parole, Inc,
  • 2005
  • Criminal Law Scholastic Achevment aware
  • California Southern Law School
  • 1996


  • Crime Justice & America
  • Justice?
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Open House
  • Criminal Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Rick for 15 years and have seen his professionalism and skill inside and outside the courtroom. He is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and fellow criminal defense attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Swanon provides excellent answers to client concerns on Avvo and donates his time to this needed service."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have relied on Attorney Richard Swanson's legal knowledge with regard to criminal law aspects of my family law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Mr. Swanson for over twelve years practicing criminal defense. He has extensive experience with the entire range of criminal cases; from misdemeanors up to the most serious of felony cases including death penalty matters. He is well versed in all phases of criminal defense from arraignments to motion practice, conducting preliminary hearings and jury trials. What stands out about Richard is his willingness to pursue all avenues of defense for a client, whether that involves conducting a thorough investigation or bringing motions that could help achieve a positive outcome of the case. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. The reason is obvious. Mr. Swanson is "fearless and ever-searching" for the best possible case for his clients. We have tried numerous cases from robbery to capital murder together. Our successes have been notable amongst the court. Mr. Swanson is a diligent trial lawyer who I am proud to say is one of the best."
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