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Please allow me to tell you about my law practice. I have been an attorney for over 25 years. Currently I practice criminal defense in all state courts in southern California including Murrieta, Riverside, Vista, San Diego, Indio, Rancho Cucamonga, Fullerton and others. I represent clients charged with all levels of misdemeanor and felony offenses including DUI, domestic violence, theft, assault, battery, drugs, violent crimes, sex crimes, gang allegations, homicides, and  Violations of Probation. I also represent clients at the Department of Motor Vehicles. My fees are negotiable and we have a payment plan. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, and DISCOVER credit cards. I treat all of my clients with respect and patience and my office prides itself on personal service and courtesy. Please feel free to call my office at (951) 894 6321 to schedule a free in person consultation with myself to discuss your situation and options.


Special Programs: Attorney Whelton regularly represents criminal defendants in Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Drug Court.  He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Courts which administer each of these programs in the Superior Court system. 


Trial Experience:


Recent Criminal trials


State v. Butler, Case No. SWF 1406601, Riverside County, Multiple felony/Strike counts, Strike priors, sole defense counsel, August 2016


State v. Aranda LLamas, Riverside County, Vehicular Manslaughter, sole defense counsel, May, 2016


State v. Ferraras, Riverside County, Driving Under The Influence, Resisting Arrest, sole defense counsel, December 2015


Other Jury Trials:


State v. Hooper, Case No. M620892, San Diego County,  sole defense counsel, criminal, non-jury


State v. Scott, Case No. M620108D, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. English, Case No. M625341, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. DeGracia, Case No M630094, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Theodore, Case No. M626711, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Mabandala, Case No. M628995D, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Fullington, Case No. T079219, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Monet, Case No. T085186, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Fuller, Case No. M632754, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Nuno, Case No. T082351, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Iniguez, Case No. NC136160, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Savery, Case No. Unknown, Rutland County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Vanderhoff, Case No. Unknown, Rutland County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. McDaniel, Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Daniels, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Walsh, Case No. CN172361, San Diego County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Rodgers, Case No RIM450286 Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Jones, Case No. Unknown, Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Mason, Case No. Unknown, Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Ricardo Sanchez, Case No RIF121815, Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


State v. Castillo, case No. RIF123976, Riverside County, sole defense counsel, criminal, jury trial


Civil Trials:


In Re Mercury Insurance, Windsor County, sole defense counsel, civil, non-jury trial


Fortier v. Byrnes, Case No. Unknown, Windham County Superior Court, co-defense counsel, civil, jury trial


Boggio v. The Equitable, Case No.5:91-cv-00237-FSB, Federal Dist. Court Rutland VT


Abed-Rabbo v. The Travelers, Case No. Unknown, Windham County


Smith v. Clark, Case No. Unknown, Rutland County


Netupski v. Saxby, Case No.5:92-cv-00374-FSB, Federal District Court, Rutland VT


DeForge v. Wayside Restaurant, State of VT Dept. of L&I


Lippard v. Barre Sheetmetal Inc., State of VT Dept. of L&I


Kobel v. C&S Wholesale, State of VT Dept. of L&I


Cammell v. SJD Partner #1, Orange County Superior Court


Cammell v. SJD Partner #2, Orange County Superior Court


Breakers HOA v. Shea Homes Inc., Case No. 811386 Orange County


Allen v. Ko, Los Angeles County Superior Court


Harbor View Homeowners Association v. Kaye


Criminal Appeals (1)


State v. Calac


Civil Appeals (3)


Fortier v. Byrnes, Case No. 94-298, Vermont Supreme Court


Duncans Case, VT Supreme Court


Mann v. Saxby, Case No.96-9541, United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, New York, NY

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
    25 years
  2. Juvenile: 20%
    25 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    25 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 20%
    25 years
  5. DUI & DWI: 20%
    25 years

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Ray York

    I would recommend Chris unreservedly to anyone facing criminal charges. Because he takes a personal and committed approach to each and every case, he is able to get the best possible outcome for his clients. I've known Chris for ten years and his reputation is as solid as they come.

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  • Reza Khanjan

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris and I represented co-defendants in a matter and Chris did an outstanding job for his client.

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    Reza Khanjan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Christopher J. Whelton APC

30033 Technology Dr., #105
Murrieta, CA, 92563

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199108/24/2016
VTSuspended Non-payment199312/11/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Small Business AwardCity of Murrieta Business member2016
Small Business AwardOffice of Representative Jeffry Stone2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client's ChoiceAvvo2012
Certificate of Good StandingUnited States District Court for the Southern District of California2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Temporary JudgeSuperior Court of California County of Riverside2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner - Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Christopher J. Whelton APC2001 - Present
Senior Associate/Case Manager/Trial AttorneyKasdan Simonds Epstein & Martin LLP1999 - 2001
Associate/PartnerMiller Faignant & Whelton, P.C.1993 - 1999
Deputy Public AttorneyState of Vermont- Law Office of the Defender General1992 - 1993
Deputy Public DefenderCounty of San Diego- Law Office of the Public Defender1991 - 1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Riverside County Superior Court ROC Recovery ProgramAttorney Member2016 - Present
Corona Chamber of CommerceMember2016 - Present
Murrieta Chamber Of CommerceMember2016 - Present
Collaborative Courts of the Riverside County Superior Court System (Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Drug Court)Board Member2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney and Counselor2011 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitAttorney and Counselor1994 - Present
United States District Court for the District of VermontAttorney1993 - Present
State of Vermont Supreme CourtAttorney and Counsellor at Law1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAttorney and Counselor1991 - Present
San Diego Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
Delta Tau Delta FraternityMember1979 - Present
Judge Pro Team at Superior Court of California- Riverside County- Southwest Divisionmember2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Breakers HOA v. J. F. SheaJury verdict of 7.78 million dollars.
Vinal v. Baxter Healthcare CorporationSettlement as part of a global/regional resolution
Bell v. Wayne EngineeringSettlement.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Echo & Buzz MusicElectronic House Arrest Programs2016
Echo & Buzz MusicWho Can Own A Gun In California?2016
Echo & Buzz MusicDUI Laws and Penalties In California2016
Echo & Buzz Music MagazineSexting Laws In California2016
Echo & Buzz MusicProbation Violations In Superior Court2016
Echo & Buzz MusicCalifornia Sex Offender laws & PC290(g) Registration2016
Echo & Buzz MusicWhy Is My License Suspended?2015
Echo & Buzz MusicThe Effects Of Prop 47 and Prior Felony Convictions2015
The Press Enterprise On-lineUnderstanding Domestic Violence Arrests and Prosecutions2015
The Press Enterprise On-LineUnderstanding Medical Marijuana2015
Echo & Buzz Music and EntertainmentAsk the guitar player...he's a lawyer - Understanding DUI Laws2015
Law Office of Christopher J. Whelton APCStatistical Analysis of Crime Rates on native American Reservations2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of ColoradoUS HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Murrieta Chamber of CommerceMurrieta Legal Community2016
Chords & Vines radio programMusic & Business2016
Riverside County Collaborative CourtsDrug Court2014
Riverside County Collaborative CourtsVeteran's Court2014
Riverside County Collaborative CourtsMental Health Court2014
SBR Bar Review Inc.Bankruptcy1994
SBR Bar Review Inc.Constitutional Law1994
SBR Bar Review Inc.Criminal Law1994
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewBankruptcy1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewCival Procedure1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewContracts1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewFamily Law & Marital Dissolution1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewTorts1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewTax1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewCorporations1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewProbate1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewTrusts1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewWills1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewConstitutional Law1993
Vermont Examiner Bar ReviewCriminal Procedure and Criminal Law1993