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Andrei Felix Lapine

Criminal defense Attorney at Murrieta, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 17 years
    Massachusetts - MA 13 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Andrei

Learn Andrei’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%

    18 years, 2,250 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    18 years, 1,175 cases

     I grew up in Western New York watching my father defend people accused of crimes. I was able to sit in with my father on jury trials while I served as his law clerk prior to going to law school. After helping him pick a jury on a homicide case, I knew I and as meant to be a criminal defense lawyer.

     I moved out to California in 2003 to attend law school and never looked back. Over the past fifteen years I have been dedicated to the practice of criminal defense law in Southern California. Although my practice is centered in Riverside County, I defend clients in every county in Southern California.

     I defend clients facing criminal charges ranging from DUI to serious felonies, and "life cases". As your attorney, you can be assured that I will take the time to listen to you and work with you to create a strong defense strategy. I will be honest with you throughout every step of your case so that you can make informed decisions.  I will never guarantee you a specific outcome, but will always guarantee that I will be prepared, and will fight to get you the best outcome in your case.

Location

Lapine Law
29970 Technology Drive
Suite 220D
Murrieta, CA, 92563

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Reviews

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Posted by Ben | December 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I will say this was my best experience I have had with a lawyer. I had hired a different lawyer originally for my case and after paying her and the first court appearance I could tell my best interest were not at hand and felt like I was being taken advantage of. I contacted Andre explaining how I felt and asked his advice. The previous lawyer told me there was no way my case would be dismissed and I should take the first deal which was horrible. Andre advised me of what his plan would be and that he believed he could get a much better deal or even a dismissal. From the start he made me feel like he actually cared about how this case affected my life and that he would try his best to get the best outcome for me. I never once felt taken advantage of or had to be wondering what was happening with my case. The end result was that my case was dismissed!!! It was worth every penny to hire him as a second lawyer and would highly recommend him to any that is looking for someone they can trust will have their best interest at hand. Thanks again Andre!
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Posted by Chris | June 1, 2022
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Highly recommend Andrei
Andrei got 2 of my cases dismissed out of 3. I walked out of court with a small fine and 1 year informal probation.
Posted by Eric | December 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding legal representation
Andre is a gem. He helped me regain custody of my children. I have watched many attorneys of other parents practicing law in the cases that preceded my own, and can say without a doubt that he was better than any of them. He is also a kind person that genuinely cares about his clients.
Posted by Jennifer | November 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Honest Attorney
Mr. Lapine is in the middle of handling my expungement. He is a straight forward, knowledgeable, and honest attorney. He is also empathetic and humanistic. Mr. Lapine worked on my case immediately. He answers phone calls and emails in a timely manner. I will continue to work with Mr. Lapine and it has been a great pleasure to have him as my attorney. Thank you Andrei.
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Posted by Lori | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust Your Gut and Hire Them
After a year and a half of being married to an an abusive narcissist who targeted me and my money because I was a widow, I found myself in bizzare situation a-kin to a Lifetime Television Movie. Andrei and his partner not only got to the truth of the matter, they were patient and concerned when I was having difficulty dealing with a situation I should never have been placed in. Don't go into court without them -- they shine and know just the write questions to ask and facts to present. My situation was completely turned around by them. I thank God every day that I called them out of the thousands of lawyers I could have called that day.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town!
I posted this review on another site but feel so strongly thought I'd post it here too. You can't go wrong hiring with Andrei Lapine! I was referred to this law office by the Bar Association, I was feeling pretty hopeless when I met with Andrei Lapine but he explained his expectations for my case and for the first time in years I felt like I was in good hands. Mr. Lapine is a force to be reckoned with and I can't thank him enough for all his hard work. His partner Matthew Forsse is just as good and I highly recommend either attorney. They worked very hard on my case and were very compassionate to my needs. I would not hesitate to hire him again should the need arise. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Matthew Burke | January 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Excellent Advice
Mr. Lapine helped me with a past legal case a few years ago related to my immigrant wife (now ex) facing deportation related to a domestic violence case. His advice was extremely valuable and helped me to get the DA to turn down the case. I would highly recommend Andrei for any areas related to his practice. He is a solid attorney!
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Posted by Terrie | October 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He is The Attonrney You Want
I hired Anthony to represent me in court in a guardianship case. Anthony really know his way around the courtroom and is very professional in the courtroom. Anthony had a way to make the situation work to our favor. Anthony is very experienced. After two years in court it was the decision I hoped for. Anthony is who you should consult with.
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Posted by JANICE | February 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best you can ask for
I had a 3 year nightmare I got married to a man who had a restraining order against him based on lies. The other party stalked us and made false police reports weekly. We went though the court system to get modification so we could see our kids get awards or do anything at the school since she omitted the fact that they went to the only high school in town. Attorney Lapine helped us with the crimal part of restraining order with domestic violence issue. We can't thank him enought then after my husband passed they were there to help me with the Guardianship of my step daughter once again I didnt know were to even start and they were there. The office staff is awsome listened to my concerns and were always there to help
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Posted by Lechelle | October 11, 2015
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TRUSTWORTY, HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE, BRILLIANT, HIGH CLASS PROFESSIONAL
I was charged with assult, which was all based off lies. I hired Andrei Lapine and he believed in me. The DA wanted me to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. This would have ended my professional carreer. Andrei wouldn't back down to save my carreer and fight for what was right. The case ended in a dissmissal. And now I can move on with my life. ANDREI LAPINE IS AN AWESOME LAWYER.
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Posted by Robert | August 8, 2015
Great lawyer
I am a lawyer who was arrested and had bogus charges filed against me. The cops said all kinds of lies against me. I just wanted to plead guilty and make this thing go away. But Andrei told me he could beat this thing and that the DA would eventually cave once it realized how weak it's case was. It took a year but Andrei got the charges against me dismissed. He really cares and he is very good at what he does BTW he was the only lawyer who told me I was innocent. All the others said I was guilty even though I could not see how I was. Be careful of a lawyer who tells you you are guilty. They just want your money and want you to plead guilty.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2015
Early termination of probation and expungement
I hired Andrei to terminate probation early and expunge two DUI's. He was straight forward with his assessment of the situation and did not promise results. First go I was denied and told to approach the court when 2/3 probation was completed. Wasting no time we filed again and motions were granted. I was encouraged by Andrei to speak on my own behalf and he told me that my doing so was the difference. I was going through a very stressful period when the DUIs occurred and am so appreciative to Andrei for his support getting this behind me and now have a fresh start. Andrei does tell you straight up what your chances for success are and is professional and honest in his representation. I thank you Andrei for your representation.
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Posted by Christopher Velez | June 1, 2014
Amazing Lawyer
I was accused of 422 criminal threat due to an altercation I had with my own father. I hired law offices of Vincent W. Davis and didn't do a thing to help me fix this issue. I than started to investigate more and focused in how to get a good lawyer and I found the law offices of Wallin and Klarich. Paul the owner of the law firm spoke to me on a Sunday on midnight. He really cared about helping me and recommended me his employee Andrei Lapine. Andrei Lapine was very smart very helpful and very, very knowledgeable. He even made district attorney look like he wasn't prepared. Thanks to Andrei Lapine and his efforts. I got a disturbing the peace misdemeanor and was able to maintain my job at the school district. Thank you Andrei for all your help.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
Mr. Lapine knows his stuff.
I was accused of Delaying or obstructing an Officer in Fontana Court and hired the Law Offices of Wallin & Klarich. Attorney Andrei F. Lapine handled case. The District Attorney initially wanted me to plead guilty to the misdemeanor which I was not going to do. Mr. Lapine put the case on the trial calendar letting the DA know that we were ready to fight the case all the way if necessary. The DA finally agreed to reduce my charges to an infraction for disturbing the peace and I was able to keep my criminal record clean while avoiding the expense of paying trial fees and the risk of getting convicted of the misdemeanor. I would recommend Wallin & Klarich and Andrei Lapine to anyone facing criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2013
Awesome lawyer, smart guy!
I was charged with being Drunk in Public in San Bernardino and was worried because i'm under 21 and would have had a year suspension of my drivers license. I hired Wallin & Klarich to represent me in court. Attorney Andrei Lapine handled my case and he was able to get the charges completely dismissed! I avoided a criminal conviction and the suspension of my license.
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Posted by R.M. | May 30, 2012
Professional, Dedicated and Trustworthy Attorney
I got a DUI and was on active military duty, I live and travel out of state a lot and therefore needed someone to appear for me and take care of this matter. I hired Wallin & Klarich, and Attorney Andrei F. Lapine handled my case and I didn’t have to be present at all, which saved me tons of time and money. Attorney Lapine and Wallin & Klarich did a great job in handling this matter for me without me having to be present in court and I would recommend Andrei Lapine and Wallin & Klarich to anyone in need of a hard working and trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by Chris | May 25, 2012
Child Law
My son was falsely accused and arrested and Mr. Lupine and his staff cleared his record. Thank you for your hard work .
Posted by Damian | May 24, 2012
Attorney Lapine Saved Me From DUI Conviction! Thank You Mr. Lapine!
I was pulled over for speeding and was arrested for a DUI. My blood test results came back as .08, but my Attorney Andrei Lapine recommended that I hire a forensic expert to conduct a blood split, which I did, and my blood results came back lower than .08. Due to these results the DA offered me a wet reckless and this saved me from a DUI conviction, higher fees, and a longer DUI program. I was satisfied by the services and appreciated the hard and timely work given by Attorney Lapine and I would recommend him and Wallin & Klarich to my friends and family.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • LAPINE & FORSSE
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Private Firm
  • 2007 - 2015

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • College of Charleston
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Peole v. JJ
  • DUI Charges Reduced to Simple Exhibition of Speed.
  • People v. JJ
  • Juvenile Client Not Tried As Adult in Rape & Molestation Case; Sentenced To Community Service.
  • Jury Found Client "Not Guilty" of Child Annoyance/Child Molestation
  • Client Avoided a Criminal Conviction and Mandatory Registration as a Sex Offender for Life.
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Associations

  • United States Courts- Ninth Judicial District
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Admitted
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Defense Notable Mention
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2009

Publications

  • James Publishing publication
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2008
  • Orange County Bar Journal
  • Criminal Defense Trial Defenses
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • The Road to Becoming an Attorney
  • 2015
  • Legal Seminar
  • Overview of Domestic Violence
  • 2014
  • Legal Seminar
  • Sentencing Guidelines in California
  • 2013
  • Legal Seminar
  • Updates in Domestic Violence Law in California
  • 2012
  • Legal Seminar
  • Legal Ethics in Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2011
  • Legal Seminar
  • Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
  • 2010
  • Legal Seminar
  • Updates in Domestic Violence Laws in California
  • 2009
  • Legal Seminar
  • DUI Updates in California Law
  • 2008
  • Legal Seminar
  • Professional Responsibility in the Legal Profession
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (32)
Endorse Andrei
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lapine is determined, skilled and personable. You won't regret hiring him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lapine is an extraordinary attorney working in the criminal law field. He is one of the best attorney's in the Riverside area and one that you should certainly go to for any legal troubles. His intelligence is only complemented by his dedication and hard work for his clients. Hire him now."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Genuine, caring, well respected in the legal community. A true advocate!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Andrei Lapine was born to be a criminal defense attorney. He is a bulldog in the courtroom and gets his clients outstanding results. I wholeheartedly endorse Andrei!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Andrei Lapine is an outstanding attorney with impeccable work ethic. He is trustworthy and extremely committed to his clients. Attorney Lapine is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Southern California."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrei. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Andrei is one of the greatest criminal defense lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His knowledge and passion for criminal defense are unparalleled, and he is a very strong advocate for all of his clients. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Andrei to any of my loved ones who find themselves in need of a criminal defense attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrei Lapine is a strong advocate and a great choice for a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Andrei's a fierce advocate for his clients who never gives up. I strongly endorse Andrei."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Lapine is an excellent attorney who is dedicated to his clients. Andrei is steadfast and unwavering both in and out of the courtroom. I endorse Mr. Lapine."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Andrei is an agressive lawyer who stops at nothing to get the best possible results for his clients. His name is frequently bantered about the courthouse as the guy to call when you find yourself charged with an alleged crime. When your case is called before a Judge, you can rest assured he'll be there, and he won't sit down until he gets what he wants from the Judge!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrei Lapine's knowledge and experience in the criminal judicial system in California is unmatched. he pays attention to what his clients want and to the details of every case he handles. I would highly recommend him for any criminal, dui or juvenile law matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lapine is a great defense attorney. He is a stellar advocate and able to achieve great results in court for all his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrei for the last five years. He is an excellent attorney and knows how to get the best results for his clients. Andrei has excellent negotiation skills and the trial skills to back them up. If you are looking for a good criminal defense attorney, I fully endorse Andrei Lapine."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent lawyer and consummate professional. Also a very personable colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of knowing Andrei for many years. He is an extremely knowledgeable and talented attorney. I certainly endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great all around lawyer, does superb work for all his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Andrei Lapine has a superb talent for finding creative legal arguments and shedding light on various legal issues that were in no way obvious to the opposing parties. Mr. Lapine is an excellent attorney, anyone would be lucky to have him."
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