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Alan Castillo

Criminal defense Attorney at Laguna Hills, CA

5.0   38 reviews
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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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25+ YR PROFESSIONAL & AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL & PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE SPECIALIZATION IN LAW UCLA

Criminal Defense & Professional License Defense Representation in Orange County
As a highly qualified and experienced Laguna Beach criminal defense attorney who has advocated on behalf of individuals throughout the Orange County area for more than 25 years, I know what is at stake in cases involving serious criminal allegations or accusations of dishonesty, malpractice, or fraud. I have aggressively represented clients facing DUI charges, sex crime accusations, and drug charges. Your livelihood, your future, and your freedom may be hanging in the balance, but I am wholly devoted to helping you secure the results you need to move forward with your life.

Whether you have been arrested, a loved one has been accused of a crime, you are being investigated by a licensing board, or you are facing allegations by a licensing board, I can help protect your rights. By choosing my firm, you will be represented by me directly, which means you will have individual, one-on-one access to a skilled professional who is personally invested in the success of your case.

Proudly Serving the Orange County for Over 25 Years
Unlike most firms, I do not keep my clients at a distance or in the dark. I make every effort to keep you informed of your rights and any case developments. You are unique and so are the facts involved in your case, and you deserve legal advocacy that recognizes your side of the story. We have years of criminal defense experience in Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and Orange County.

 

 

Avid Hiker, Backcountry Hiking, Camping.  I love to play basketball, surf, snowboard

and be organized. 

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Contact Alan

The SoCal Law Network
23152 Verdugo Dr., Suite 201
The Law Office of Alan Castillo
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653

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Posted by Pete | November 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond Expections
Alan Castillo is an absolutely an amazing attorney! I had an extremely difficult case. I was devastated about my DUI arrest and was thinking of the worst out come. I am a self employed professional and knew I needed to do what ever it takes to save my career, my family and my life. When I first met Alan he assured my that he would fight hard to keep what I worked so hard for and not let this incident ruin the rest of my life. His expertise in knowing the law and the legal system is second to none. He is a master in the court room. He is tireless and always exhausts every possible opportunity to get best possible result for his client. Of course I had to do my part with his instruction and gained my trust as we navigated the way though the legal system. He did more than I ever could have hoped and always assured me, through his experience, that I would make it through this difficult time. He always does what he says and he delivered extremely incredible results, even more than I expected. He literally saved my livelihood and life. Thank you Alan.
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Posted by sean | January 21, 2011
Aggressive & Impressive
Great Result. The First time saw him in action in court I knew I wanted this guy to handle my case. He walked the talk. From the start he made no guarantees, no promises and gave it to me straight. A real professional.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
Couldn’t ask for a better attorney to represent my son, he did a great job and would rehire him to represent any family member….very informative and very knowledgeable in his field…
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
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Incredible Lawyer
I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience with Alan. When I got my DUI I thought my dreams of going to nursing school and becoming an RN were over. Alan has made this dream a reality and I cannot thank him enough. He was professional, organized, and thorough throughout my entire case. He made himself available anytime I had a question and was always so informative. I am so grateful and would highly recommend him!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2023
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Previous Client
I was facing a serious, violent criminal felony that carried a lengthy prison sentence. I knew I was innocent of all charges so I went on the hunt for a criminal defense attorney. I interviewed a myriad of attorneys. Every single one of them sounded pessimistic about my case. One attorney even stated that I should NOT have gotten out on bail so I could knockout some of my prison sentence during the trial!! I felt completely hopeless and that prison in my future was imminent. But then everything changed when I found Alan Castillo. From the moment I first made contact with Alan Castillo, I knew I had a chance. He listened to my story and eased my fears of prison time. Throughout my entire court process, Alan made himself available via phone and text 24/7. He even responded to me on Sundays and holidays. He carried himself in court with such a powerful and professional manner that he stood out from the rest of the attorneys. He also personally knows every single DA in the courthouse my case took place. After over a dozen pre trial hearings and almost a year of time, Alan was able to get my case completely dismissed! It was dismissed without a trial too! He is hands down the best criminal defense attorney in Orange County. Where every other attorney I interviewed had doubts about my case, Alan had answers and prevailed. If you need a criminal defense attorney don’t waste your time looking for anyone else, just call Alan!
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2023
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Best in the business
If you need to get it done, hire Alan Castillo. Aggressive, conscientious, and informed on the law.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2022
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Experienced Attorney Who Cares and Fights for You
In late 2021, I found myself charged with misdemeanor criminal battery (242 PC) after defending my family in a dispute over a parking place. I was horrified to learn about the extremely low bar set for the definition of this crime in California, and that I found myself facing this charge for defending my family. I was completely shocked at the lack of concern shown by the police for my version of what happened during my arrest and the potential consequences if I were to be found guilty of the charge made against me. As someone who had never been charged with a criminal offense, I was terrified. Fortunately, I located the SoCal Law Network while using on-line resources to develop a list of potential attorneys. My first call was to Alan Castillo who immediately won me over. His background as a public defender, his education at UCLA and Loyola Marymount Law School, his extensive experience in the Orange County criminal justice system, and his knowledge of California Law had me from the start. I was very fortunate to find Mr. Castillo, and later met his law practice partner, Peter Iocona, who also has a stellar background. In short, I couldn’t have made a better choice with the SoCal Law Network – Mr. Castillo and Mr. Iocona invested the time and effort needed to ensure the best outcome possible for my case. It was clear from the beginning that they both cared deeply and would do anything in their power to help me. Both Mr. Castillo and Mr. Iocona thoroughly explained the criminal legal system as it related to my case, and how we would need to engage with the court system to ensure the best outcome for my case. They also explained the hearing process, what was going on with court dates, and answered all my on-going questions. Mr. Iocona, in particular, was very helpful in keeping me patient during the months of court dates required to resolve my case. Both Mr. Castillo and Mr. Iocona worked hard to ensure that my reputation would remain intact and that I would not have a criminal record. With much relief, I can share that their efforts resulted in a dismissal. My sense of relief is immense, as is my gratitude for their help. Although I feel violated by the arrest and the subsequent amount of time and expense involved – I have zero doubts that my case would have turned out much worse without the support of the SoCal Law Network and I am eternally grateful to Mr. Castillo and Mr. Iocona. If you find yourself charged with a criminal offense, and in unfamiliar and uncertain territory, I highly recommend the SoCal Law Network and attorney’s Alan Castillo and Peter Iocona.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2021
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Highly recommended law group
Alan, Peter and Marlo over at The SoCal Law Network are a force to be reckoned with! These guys helped me through a tough time in my life. They are true professionals who are down to earth people, who get to know you as a being, rather than a case number. This was my first major encounter with the law and I thought this DUI would be the end of me and my career. It turns out that it is only the beginning of my matured adult life with doors of opportunity opening immediately afterwards. With The SoCal Law Network being an experienced bunch, they knew how to handle me and my concerns because they have seen these exact cases many times over. That made the process so seamless. You want to leave these matters to the professionals like Alan, Peter and Marlo. After my DUI case was put away with the most minimal infractions on my record as possible, I got a firsthand experience to see them work on my case in the courthouse when they went up to bat for me again to help me get off informal probation. I noticed they have great relationships with the legal officials/clerks in the courtrooms, which in my opinion goes a long way. Weather it be for DUI or any other criminal charge against your record, I highly recommend this group.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2021
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My experience
Alan Castillo is a confident council. He‘s intelligent and unconventional in his ways. He’s direct and to the point which is precisely the reason why I hired him since I tend to be the same way. He has the ability to look at your case and determine right then and there what he‘s capable of doing with it to suit your best outcome. Once he’s hired it’s just best to let him go to work and let him do what he does. I was charged with a felony child endangerment case Against my almost 18 year old son. Since being a father was one of the only things in my life I was ever proud of, the case weighed heavily on me. I went through all the emotions, I just wanted the court to realize that this was a mistake. I only wanted them to know the truth. I hired Alan and today on my birthday which was also my court date I am now able to see my son again after 7 months of mind altering pain. I thank you Alan for the hard work, the immediate responses to my inquires, and the listening ears.
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Posted by Jonathan | October 5, 2020
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Best lawyer in Orange County
Alan provided great counsel and did an excellent job resolving my case. I was facing very stiff consequences. He knew exactly what to do and how to approach the situation in order to get me the best possible outcome. He told me what the best possible scenario was and then he did even better than that! He was very responsive through out and genuinely showed concern and care for my situation. He even came and visited me to discuss the case and check on me while I was in custody which I really appreciated. I highly recommend him and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2020
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Great lawyer
Very knowledgeable and smart in the court of law. I would hire Alan again but i hope it doesnt come to that haha
Posted by Theresa | September 4, 2019
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Excellent team of attorneys
Alan Castillo and the attorneys of SoCal Law Network were life savers for me. I had a first time brush with the law obtaining a DUI. Not serious I thought but I was so wrong. Being an RN I had no idea that my nursing license could be affected by something that had nothing to do with my job. Alan and his partners Peter Iocona and Marlo Cordero were a God sent to me. They helped me through the legal process. After that, they helped me in my dealings with the Ca Board of Nursing. The assisted me in working to save my career and nursing license. They spent countless hours reassuring me and my husband, something that was certainly not a requirement. Their compassion, caring and skill as attorneys literally pulled me through one of the most difficult experiences in my life. I will be eternally grateful and am happy to refer them.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2019
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Trustworthy, communicative, knowledgeable!
I owe Alan Castillo a huge thank you for settling my case involving firearms and an ugly auto accident. He listened to every detail and thought outside the box and was able to to make a horrible case turn into a slap on the wrist in comparison to my charges. Originally started as a felony, dropped to a misdemeanor, and was thankfully brought down to a simple infraction. His firm Socal law network is outstanding in every way possible. My sincere thanks
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2019
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peace of mind
Alan Castillo was wonderful, he is a very capable attorney he communicated with me personally and always responded timely to any questions I had. He took the time to understand my personal situation and communicate that to the court. Ultimately Alan settled my 20 year old DUI case he helped me get me into the mandatory class I needed to lift my suspension and was able to have the court drop one of the required courses. He was able to convince the court to let me pay the outstanding fine and recall the warrant. All this and I didn’t have to appear in court once! Alan is fantastic he will fight for you and take the time to present your case and get the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Diane | October 4, 2018
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Alan Castillo is "The Best" Attorney!
I highly recommend Alan Castillo at The SoCal Law Network in Laguna Hills as I hired him for my 2 recent DUI's and the outcome highly exceeded my expectations! He went up and beyond any other Attorney. Alan is amazing, highly intelligent, knows the laws inside and out, honest, reliable, accountable, sincere and takes control of your case as if it were his own life on the line and answered my calls whenever I needed him. He has an impeccable reputation with the court system and is highly respected by all. Alan walked me through all of the many processes and legal steps until I understood, as there can be so many various options, details and processes imposed by the court system. He is aggressive and achieved the best possible outcome for me. He follows up with clear and concise verbal explanations as well as step by step emails so there was never a question in my mind on what was going to transpire next or what I should expect to happen. I actually had peace of mind and slept very well at night because Alan was handling my case. Thank you so much Alan for all your hard work and dedication as you literally saved my life!
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Posted by Pinaki | September 9, 2018
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Dedicated attorney with expertise.
Hiring Mr. Castillo as my lawyer to represent me on two criminal cases was the best decision I made he broke down the whole process of the court system so that I clearly understood what was going on in every court appearance and due to his expertise and experience he was able to spare me any jail time and offer the best possible outcome beyond what I was hoping for on both my cases one being a misdemeanor and the other a felony that I surely would have done time for if it weren't for Mr. Castillo's excellent representation and advice. I would highly reccomended him to anyone facing criminal charges he works tirelessly to achieve a favorable result to the case and is very eloquent and easy to talk to and answered all my questions honestly while calming my fears about the possible penalties I was facing. Overall I give him a 10/10 he really cares about his clients and gives a 100% to his representation of them.
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Posted by Kristina | August 14, 2018
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Awesome Attorney - for DUI & Professional License
Three years ago I made the biggest mistake of my life - I accidentally took the wrong medication and got a DUI. I was so scared I would lose my nursing license. Alan and his team treated me so kindly, professionally and were with me every step of the way, from the DMV hearing, to court, to dealing with the Board of Registered Nursing. I ended up getting convicted of a misdemeanor DUI but paid NO court fees. I also won my DMV hearing and had no problem with my driver’s license. And finally, I ended up with a letter of public reprimand instead of losing my license or being placed on probation. I can’t recommend Alan and his team of crack attorneys enough! They literally saved my life! Thank you so much!
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Posted by Maureen W. | May 29, 2017
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Saved my RN LIcense
I was facing an Accusation. The Board of Registered Nursing wanted to suspend my license> Alan stepped in and saved my ablility to work. It took a while but everything he said would happen came to be. I highly recommend him to any licensed professional looking to save their license.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, Hard Working, Knows the Law
I've had the pleasure of knowing Alan for quite a few years. He has represented me in in all of my legal matters, in which I have never been disappointed. Alan fights hard for his clients and is very good at what he does. I would highly recommend Alan. He is the kind of attorney you want on your side, honest, works hard, professional, committed, passionate about Law and is extremely knowledgeable about the legal system. He takes no BS and gets the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2017
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Great Lawyer
I had a 2nd DUI case, and hired Alan for this case. Alan is very professional and when he says he's going to get the job done and make this happen, he does. I would recommend Alan to anyone. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. Thanks
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • The Law Office of Barry T. Simons
  • 2000 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Staff Attorney
  • The Law Office of Robert Stevenson
  • 1995 - 1998

Education

  • Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Alvarez-Machain

Associations

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 1994 Dean's Award
  • Loyola Law School
  • 1994

Publications

  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2016
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2015
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2014
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2013
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2012
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2011
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2010
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2009
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributor Editor)
  • 2008
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2007
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2006
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2005
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2004
  • James Publishing publication
  • California Drunk Driving Law (Contributing Editor)
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • CACJ Professional Licensing Consequences for Criminal Convictions
  • 2014
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • DMV Defenses & Trial
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I recommend Alan Castillo unequivocally. He is a strong litigator and conscientious protector of his client’s rights. His knowledge in particular to the ins and outs of DUI law is especially incredible. You would be well-served with his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knows DUI's better than anyone I know. Great person and even better lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Alan Castillo is one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys that I know. Not only is Mr. Castillo one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys that I know; but he is also one of the most talented DUI Defense Attorneys that I know. He is a skilled negotiator and a highly skilled trial lawyer. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney or issues with any professional licenses he/she may have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Al Castillo for over 15 years since we both worked in the Orange County Public Defender's Office. Al is an extremely knowledgeable attorney in the filed of DUI law and criminal law in general."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Alan for about 15 years. During that time I have seen first hand his dedication to each and every client. He leaves no stone unturned and the result is that he consistently gets great results for client. In a recent case with facts I was familiar with, I saw him get a truly extraordinary result which saved the client from a felony and jail. Given the facts, I am still not sure how he did it. I would enthusiastically recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Castillo has shown as a member of the National College for DUI Defense that he is committed to providing cutting edge DUI defense. The National DUI College members represent the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the country. If you are charged with a DUI, a general practice lawyer is not the answer. Good DUI defense is hard work and few offenses in our court system call for greater attorney expertise than cases involving driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI cases are especially complex because they require defense counsel to understand BOTH scientific and legal issues. As a fellow member of the College, if you are looking for exceptional representation, I would not hesitate to recommend Alan Castillo."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with pleasure that I recommend and endorse Mr. Castillo to anyone who wants a superb and caring attorney. I have had the opportunity to send clients to Mr. Castillo for help with unpleasant matters in Laguna Beach. These were not only clients, but some were friends. The best endorsement that I can give to any other lawyer is to refer my clients to them for assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Alan is one of the great trial lawyers! He's a true champion of his clients. He has earned the respect of both Judges and Prosecutors in every courtroom he enters."
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Laguna Hills Criminal defense Lawyer Alan Castillo
Alan Castillo
Criminal defense Attorney
Laguna Hills, CA
Licensed for 28 years
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