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Nicole Quijano Valera

Criminal defense Attorney at Temecula, CA

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
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Nicole Valera is a passionate and dedicated advocate for her clients.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and walking her dogs.

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Nicole Quijano Valera
43537 Ridge Park Dr
Temecula, CA, 92591


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Posted by Sandra | December 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever
She is helping me get my kids back she is the best at what she does were still not fully done but from me seeing her once I know her plan is to help me get my kids back I recommend her
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal defense
Nicole is best attorney i ever had. I was in very big trouble. Before her i hired 3 diffrent attorney and fired. After that i met her. I was in the county but my brother and my parents find Nicole and explain every thing about me. Her first word was we will win the case 100% After hiring her i was out from the county with in 45 days. After 5 years later i met her again and explain I'm having hard time ti get a job because of tye felony. I ask can we expunged the felony. 2nd day she gave me the answers we will reduce to misdemeanor and expunged to. She is the best.
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Posted by Jay | February 17, 2015
DUI Professional / Exceptional Service
I was in a tough spot. I got a DUI that involved a traffic collision. My car was totalled and I my BAC was two times the legal limit. Nicole was referred to me and I am very glad she was. I spoke with several attorneys, most of whom were more concerned about having me sign a contract before they could answer any questions. This is my first criminal offense of any type, I was already uneasy about the situation, including possible jail time, and those other attorneys did not make anything better. Nicole was very professional and knowledgeable. Just speaking with her made me feel comfortable and her knowledge allowed her to inform me of everything I could expect. She impressed me immediately. After hiring Nicole I could not have been happier (unless of course I could go back in time and not get the DUI). She immediately took action to help me keep my license as long as possible and even managed to get the court schedule and the mandatory 30 day suspension work with my work schedule. When the case actually went to court, she negotiated a very good deal considering my situation. WIth the facts of the incident, I was possibly looking at jail time. Instead, I received only the minimum penalties dictated by law and somehow, she was even able to get some of the standard requirements waived. I also got money credited toward my fines for time served, but I was only in the drunk tank for a few hours. I have no idea how, but that is one of the reasons I believe Nicole to be at the top of her field. She definitely knows what she is doing and how the courts work. While I never wanted to be in this situation, or any other criminal situation, Nicole made the experience less stressful than I anticipated. She took care of everything and kept me completely informed on what I needed to do. She attended court on my behalf and I only had to make one appearance, which was actually optional, but I chose to do so. Currently I am on track to have my license back in no time, my work and family life were not affected and I credit this to Nicole's efforts. While I hope you never need a criminal attorney, if you do, Nicole is the person to call.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Nicole was a friend from the beginning. She put me at ease and was a great help. She was great at explaining everything to me. She did not sugarcoat anything. I really liked how she said ,"I am here for you, and I will do the worrying." I recommend because of her integrity.
Posted by John | September 12, 2014
Strongly recommended as an attorney.
After another law firm I had hired fed me a number of excuses as to why there continued to be a delay in the resolution of my legal issue, I subsequently turned to Ms. Valera and her services, and she resolved my case within 48 hours. Although the initial firm had no choice but to grant me a full refund, I continue to wish I had recruited Ms. Valera's no-nonsense efficiency from the beginning, and thus avoided an entire month's worth of headache and hassle. I strongly recommend Ms. Valera as an attorney.
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Posted by Jorgan | June 27, 2014
Amazing down to earth attorney.
Nicole Valera was referred to me by a friend and I am relieved that I hired her on my case. Not only was she familiar with the charges, the court and the prosecutors, she worked to get me a deal where my case was eventually dismissed."
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2014
Amazing and caring lawyer!
Ms. Valera is an amazingly caring lawyer. She handled my case several months ago and I was so impressed with how quickly she was able to take care of my case and get the results I was so satisfied with. She was available to talk to me and answer all my questions and she genuinely seemed to care about the results of my case. I am so satisfied to have hired her and would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a compassionate lawyer who actually cares about you and your case and not just getting paid!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
Satisfied Client
Nicole was very professional in her duties in representing me, I found her to be very knowledgeable, attentive, compassionate, and treating me with kindness despite the severity of my charge. She was proactive in perusing every outlet in an effort to obtain the best outcome to my case.
Posted by Rosie | June 19, 2014
Highly Recommend
My husband was facing serious felony charges. We hired Nicole in September of 2011, to defend my husband. Nicole was successful in having my husbands charges reduced. I was amazed that she worked out a deal with the DA prior to going to trial. Nicole and her staff are professional, she was always available to my husband and family for questions. Nicole kept us informed at all times. We are truly grateful for her hard work and achieving the best possible outcome for our case. I would highly recommend Nicole Valera to anyone needing the best attorney possible.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
I'm Grateful I found Nicole!
I've never been in trouble with the police (not even a traffic ticket in over 20 years). But I made a bad decision and it caught up to me. I had no idea where to start. I found attorney Nicole Valera through her firm's website. I thought it was the end of the world for me but Nicole reassured me and put me at ease. Every time we'd go to court together, I'd get more confident of a good outcome. Everyone at the court knew her. They all liked her. Even the judge told me that I was smart in hiring Nicole! I've learned my lesson so I'll never need her again but if a friend or loved one finds themselves in trouble, Nicole is my only choice!
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Posted by Roberto | June 10, 2014
Will go above and beyond for your case
I hire Nicole almost a year ago, this was one of the best decisions I have ever. From the beginning, Nicole was very understanding and knowledgable on all the possible outcomes from my case, this knowledge and understanding made my decision very easy to hire her. I am a government employee and the worst case scenario was not a possible outcome. Nicole worked tirelessly the get me the best deal for my case. I want to voice that Nicole will go above and beyond her job description. I would not be where I am in my career with out Nicole, she truly saved my career and I am very fretful for that.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2014
Nicole was wonderful from start to finish.
Nicole was a friend from the beginning. She put me at ease and was a great help. She was great at explaining everything to me. I would definately recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2014
Compassionate Advocate Who Saved My Career!
I have a high profile career which was in jeopardy because of a stupid decision and mistake I made. I was ashamed, guilt-ridden and extremely embarrassed. When I met Nicole I immediately got a sense of compassion and no judgment from her. She understands that we are human and prone to make mistakes. However, she also knew what was at risk if I was convicted of the charge I faced. She made me feel confident that she was going to do everything in her power to help me. Because of her relationship and knowledge with the court, she was able to get me a plea bargain that did not negatively impact my job. I've learned my lesson and I can continue on with my life....Thank you- Nicole- you are a God send!
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2012
Great Lawyer!!
She is very knowledgeable with any question I had and over came every bump in the road we had. She always got back to me promptly and never left me hanging like some lawyers do after they receive their funds for a retainer. I highly recommend her!!
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2012
Excellent Case Resolution
I felt that Nicole's knowledge and expertise helped to provide an excellent outcome of my legal matter. I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone facing a criminal legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2012
worm supportive disposition, your logical understanding, and personal hospitality
Ms. Nichole VaIera I wanted to again personally thank you for your worm supportive disposition, your logical understanding, and your personal hospitality towards me in my troubling times. Truly, I don’t really know any way for you to have shown my case to be better stacked in my favor. In my limited understanding of the law, I thought you did a superior job at understanding and displaying evidence in the appropriate lawful way. And you were impressively fearless in your 402 motions. I want to thank your for all your hard work
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Posted by Tamara | February 8, 2012
one happy customer
I would definitely recommend Ms.Valera. I was very satisfied with her services and impressed by her professionalism, responsiveness, and interaction with me during court. I was very amazed by the way she handled my case in court, as I had little hope from my previous lawyer that things would work out for me.
Posted by Jennifer | August 5, 2010
Nicole Valera is an excellent attorney. Hiring her was the best decision I could have made
Nicole Valera handled the criminal case against my son with efficiency, kindness, and expertise. When my child was arrested for a felony, I was terrified of what would happen to his future and that I wouldn't be able to afford an attorney for him. Nicole first helped me to understand that I would be able to afford an attorneys help. That was a big relief. She was honest with us about all possible outcomes, and somehow did that without creating fear. This helped us make good choices about which direction to take. In my past I have had to use the services of an attorney and had terrible experiences of fear and intimidation (by my own attorney!), was treated in a condescending and manipulative way. Nicole Valera was the absolute opposite; caring knowledgable, efficient, honest and trustworthy. When I became nervous or upset she was always available to discuss my concerns. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome for my case or a better experience with my attorney. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again (although I hope I never need to) and I refer her to everyone I know, just to keep her card in your wallet because you just never know when you will need good legal advice, fast!
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2010
Calming, knowlegable, and compassionate; excellent juvenile laywer!
Ms. Valera represented my son a few months back. He'd been arrested for felony robbery. Nicole got it dropped down to misdameanor petty theft. We followed her suggestions and the judge was somewhat lenient. Nicole was always available by phone (days, nights, holidays, whatever!). She even gave me some legal advise regarding my parental rights (way above and beyond what she had been hired to do). I am so very greatful for her superb representation and would highly recomend her to anyone in trouble.
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Posted by Scott | January 12, 2010
Finally, a lawyer that speaks more than legalese
Nicole Valera is an excellent lawyer that exceeded all of my expectations by investing herself personally in my case. She has the ability to simplify without glossing over details. I have no doubts that if I had not retained her, and instead would have put my livelihood in the hands of a public defender, the outcome of my case would have been dramatically less positive. God forbid anybody I know gets a DUI, but if it happens I will not hesitate to give them Nicole Valera's phone number.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Law Office of Nicole Valera
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Shouse Law Group
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Founder, Managing Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Nicole Valera
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Senior Law Clerk
  • LA County Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • LA County Public Defender
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Residential Burglary Charge (Felony Strike)
  • Dismissed
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Case dismissed
  • Residential Burglary
  • Charge dismissed, client pled to a lesser charge for probation and jail time
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Qualfied to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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  • Asian Journal
  • You Have the Right to Remain Silent - What to do if the Police Want to Talk
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Counseling and teaching crime prevention to troubled youth
  • Shortstop Instructor
  • 2011
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Filipino Graduation
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2010
  • Narbonne High School
  • How to Become a Lawyer - It's Not Too Early to Start Trying
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
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Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. As a superior court commissioner, Nicole appeared before me many times representing Juveniles charge with a panoply of offenses. From theft to murder. She is well versed in the law and makes a great appearance in Court. she is an effective advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a brilliant and caring lawyer. She is extremely experienced in handling very serious cases. She goes the extra mile to come up with novel legal defenses and has an in-depth knowledge of the law. She really is a talented lawyer and well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is a first class defense lawyer. Her knowledge of the law is unparalled, and her smooth demeanor masks her tenacity and grit. Highly effective. -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former public defender she has handled hundreds of DUI and criminal cases. Experience matters and client reviews reflect the results. READ THEM! Clients love her results. If you are in or near Los Angeles do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Valera's extensive experience in criminal law, including a vast amount of trial experience, makes her a highly sought after advocate. Anyone looking for an advocate in the courtroom should look no further. I would highly recommend Ms. Valera for any of my referrals out."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Valera is an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. She is well respected. Call her to fight for your rights. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She is skilled and well-respected in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nicole is absolutely one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. She understands how the system works. She cares deeply about her clients. She's always thoroughly prepared. And she consistently gets terrific results on her cases, whether it's through negotiations or jury trial. You simply cannot get a better advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a fabulous criminal defense attorney. You'll have a hard time meeting another lawyer as dedicated to her clients. I met Nicole in a course which qualified us to administer DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. She excelled in the course and finished the exam with 100%. Why should you care? Because you can rest assured she knows more about DUI's than the police officer that arrested you and more than most other DUI lawyers. Once you've found Nicole, you can stop your search for an attorney--you've found her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the pleasure of working with Nicole and have seen how intelligent, caring, honest, hard-working and dedicated she is. Nicole also has an outstanding reputation in the legal community and is well respected by judges, prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys. I would absolutely endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Nicole for many years and have observed her both battling in court as well as strategizing on her cases. She works very hard, is very knowledageable on the law and gets great results for her clients. If you are facing DUI or Criminal Charges I would highly recommend Nicole."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Nicole maintains the highest professional standards an work ethic. She truly cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated, Ms. Valera is a fierce advocate for her clients. She is well respected in the legal community and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Valera is highly competent and very experienced in criminal defense matters, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services. I gladly endorse her work."
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