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Frances-Marie Angeles Prizzia

Criminal defense Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

4.7   46 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
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Attorney Frances-Marie Prizzia was first interested in pursuing criminal law while working for immigrant labor organizations and a healthcare center, where she witnessed the injustices suffered by the disenfranchised and impoverished. Ms. Prizzia’s desire to make a difference and help those in need drove her to apply for law school. She received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law (where she had also earned her Bachelor’s degree) in 2005. As a law student, she argued and won a motion to suppress evidence due to the violations of the Fourth Amendment made by investigating police officers. Before establishing her firm, Attorney Prizzia worked for the Orange County Public Defender and the Los Angeles County Alternate Defender’s office. While working as a trial attorney, Mrs. Prizzia obtained many dismissals by the court, and took and won more cases in jury trial than any other attorney within her unit at the time. Attorney Prizzia is admitted to practice law in California, and is admitted to the California State Bar.

 

 

At the Law Office of Frances Prizzia, Attorney Prizzia is dedicated to defending the rights and protecting the futures of those who have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense. When their career, reputation, and future are on the line, Ms. Prizzia believes it is important to provide clients with aggressive representation and do everything in her power to have their charges reduced or dropped. Attorney Prizzia understands how stressful it can be to face criminal charges, which is why she offers clients her trusted legal counsel and personal attention. Whether you are facing a drug crime, sex crime, white collar crime, DUI (driving under the influence) offense, or probation violation, Ms. Prizzia has the knowledge and ability to represent you. To learn more about retaining the representation of a Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer, contact the Law Office of Frances Prizzia. 

Location

Law Offices of Frances Prizzia
5000 Birch Street
Suite 3000
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  46 customer reviews
Posted by Mykala | February 16, 2024
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Review
I recently had the pleasure of working with Frances Prizzia and Kristin Davis, and cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism and expertise. From the moment I spoke with Ms. Davis, I was greeted with warmth and courtesy, and felt an immense amount of reassurance. The staff demonstrated a deep understanding of my legal needs and provided me with clear, concise guidance every step of the way. Not only did they handle my case with precision and efficiency, but they also made me feel like a valued client, taking the time to listen to my concerns and address them with care. It did not matter if it was 10pm at night, or 7am the following day. Their dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for me was evident throughout the entire process. I wholeheartedly recommend Frances Prizzia Law firm to anyone in need of legal assistance. Their commitment to excellence and client satisfaction sets them apart in the field, and I am grateful to have had their support during one of the most challenging times in my life. Thank you, Frances Prizzia & Kristin Davis for your outstanding service!
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Posted by Jay | September 12, 2022
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Ms. Prizzia is an Excellent Attorney
Ms. Prizzia was professional, knowledgeable, and supportive. She and her team were proactive and on top of it. We were comfortable working with her team. Ms. Prizzia is an excellent attorney and we highly recommend consulting with her if you need representation.
Posted by Nikki | July 14, 2022
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Impeccable defense attorney
During a very difficult time Frances made the difference in my life. She was very personable, knowledgeable, prompt and professional through the entire process. The way she analyzed my case and explained the defense strategy she would use blew me away. I was ready to just give up and was surprised with all the defense options available to me. Take it from me, the right defense attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Hire Frances if you need a top notch defense attorney that will fight smart for you.
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Posted by Kristi | July 6, 2022
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Awesome work and caring!
Ms. Prizzia worked wonders for my husband's DUI case. She was attentive, responsive and got the best results we could hope for! From a DUI to a wet and reckless. She saw that he was wronged and worked hard to get a lesser charge!
Posted by Angie N. | June 6, 2022
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Understanding and Caring to Say the Least
Spoke to the team and was out at Ease In just one phone call. They are very understanding of your situation and Caring. Even though we were not able to be their clients we were advised on how to go about it and that what are doing is the best thing to do. If I ever need a lawyer (hopefully never) they will be the MY FIRM no questions asked. I was able to put my mind at ease just with their advise!!! I can tell they care about their clients to the fullest!!’
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Posted by Ryan | December 7, 2021
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A caring team
Ms Prizzia and her team (special thanks to Pam) for expungement of my felony and bad misdemeanor. I am a free man thanks the the legal team and I am very grateful.
Posted by Ryan | July 30, 2021
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Grateful
Ms. Priazzia and team handled a misdemeanor and a felony expungement for me. During a difficult year I made the choice to see what could be done to rid myself of poor decision in my youth. I was in good hands, had great communication when I settled down and let the professionals do what they do. I was not promised anything but given assurance that it was a strong case. In all I am expunged of all charges and paid a very fair amount for services rendered.
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Posted by Scott | June 27, 2020
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Above and Beyond
Frances Prizzia recently represented me in a felony vandalism case. Prior to retaining Frances, I had struggled through 17 months of court appearances while being represented by a different law firm. When Frances took over my case she immediately had the charges against me reduced to a misdemeanor and soon after convinced the court to dismiss the case completely. Frances and her staff are incredible! Always available, always comforting and always aggressively working on her clients behalf. Meeting Frances Prizzia was a true blessing and allowed my wife and I to return to a normal life. Thank you Frances!
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Posted by Josephine M. Overland | May 20, 2020
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Restraining Order
I was so greatly relieved yesterday for our lawyer's excellent deliverance for my daughter's case. I met her when they came out after the session. When I saw her angelic face uttering positively the result, the saying of "First Impression Is Lasting" was proven. I will definitely recommend her to anyone who has legal problems. Her expertise is really a proven fact. Kudos for that. I now has a peace of mind to dwell in this side of the universe. A million thanks Atty. Frances-Marie Prizzia!
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2019
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Very caring and persistent.
Frances stayed on top of my case, was patient throughout out and had great follow through. I am very grateful for her efforts.
Posted by A. Roberson | July 17, 2019
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Best Attorney
Frances is the best at what she does. Being that I’ve never been in trouble before, she helped ease my mind. She answered all of my questions, even gave me her personal cellphone number to be able to reach her. Her communication is great! Not to mention she is very flexible and affordable. Having her as my lawyer gives me no worries. She is handling 2 separate cases for me in which one of them she has gotten dismissed. Not to mention she went the extra mile and drove over an hour from where her office is to handle what was needed. She has great knowledge of all things that were thrown our way. I would definitely hire her again if ever needed! I would not trust anyone else with my future except for her. Thank you Frances for everything you’ve done for me so far, my family and I appreciate you so much.
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Posted by AK | March 1, 2019
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Outstanding Person & Attorney
I hired Frances when I was battling false allegations of DV. Frances went above and beyond to help me out. She is extremely smart, intelligent as well as fiercely aggressive attorney. She had the TRO dismissed in very first hearing. I will forever be grateful to her for what she has done for me.
Posted by Gina | January 23, 2019
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In your corner
I called Frances to explain my dilemma. She was very knowledgeable and compassionate. Trust me when I say that she is in your corner. She is a bulldog! Do yourself a favor, and hire her. Thank you Francis!!
Posted by ROBERT | September 4, 2018
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Francis Saved My LIFE!!
I was facing 25 years in prison with three strikes, on a DV case. The District Atty was not budging just adding more to my case. I hired Francis and she was AMAZING!!! I received a sentence of 90 days of home confinement, no actual jail time. Francis saved my LIFE!! Robert
Posted by Sam | October 29, 2017
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Case Dismissed!
I would like to mention that after interviewing few criminal defense attorneys, we retained Attorney Frances Prizzia to handle a friend’s case in the Orange County District Court. Frances heard us with outmost care, compassion and professionalism. During the first meeting she put our worried and anxious minds at ease and explained the various scenarios and possible outcomes of the case. Mistakes happen in everyone’s life and everyone deserves a second chance. Frances is a great listener; she dissected the case and explained the steps and procedures very clearly in layman terms too. She worked with the DA and negotiated a favorable outcome leading to the dismissal of the case. Of course some formalities were to be done. A seasoned criminal law defense attorney friend (from a different California jurisdiction) said this about Frances: “It sounds like her attorney is on top of the situation.” and “…the disposition suggested by her attorney would be in her best interests.” Frances' client never had to go to the court. Frances represented and navigated the client on the formalities and procedures. A great thing about Frances is, she is very easy to work with and communicate. Furthermore, Frances is very reachable via text messages and easy to work with. She even gave a discount on her reasonable fee. Her staff is always reachable and return your messages. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Nan | March 26, 2017
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Expertise and Care
I called the Law Offices of Frances Prizzia on Sunday night slightly panicked because of an unexpected, complicated legal issue. Frances answered the phone! She calmed me, provided me information about next steps and the office followed up the next day. I was impressed with the level of customer care and outstanding work keeping me informed by staying in contact. Frances successfully resolved our case and I highly recommend her if you want a lawyer who is knowledgeable and caring.
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Posted by Derrell | March 20, 2017
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Absolutely THE BEST!!!!!!!
When I was unexpectedly arrested for unknown warrants my Fiance contacted her lawyer Frances Prizzia and Frances immediately advised her , calmed her , and gave her peace of mind...Frances was immediately available and was extremely quick and knowledgeable. She appeared at my court date and not only got me released, she also got the judge to end my probation term as well...She is a Godsend. She helped me and my Fiance get our lives back on track...We don't know where we would be without her. We are truly thankful for Frances and we recommend her to everyone.
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Posted by Lesya | February 27, 2017
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Reliable and efficient
My experience with Frances was very pleasant and productive. She was always prompt and efficient in returning phone calls and emails. Her impressive level of expertise in criminal law along with impeccable knowledge, attention to detail and quick wit made me feel comfortable and secure throughout the whole process. Ms. Prizzia successfully resolved my case and I would highly recommend her to all my family, friends, acquaintances and anyone, who might find themselves in need of counsel.
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Posted by Cynthea | October 12, 2016
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Tender yet tenacious!
From the moment Frances took my pre - file case she and her staff made me feel secure and as if helping me and my family get through this truly mattered. She went the extra mile to ensure me that she was on top of things and cleared my matter quickly. It was actually a day before for my son's birthday ! What a gift, I would recommend Ms. Prizzia in a heartbeat. She's awesome!
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Posted by Kendrall | September 11, 2016
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She's well worth it
Frances as well as Jennifer, her assistant, is AWESOME. My case was handle strictly through phone calls and a few emails, in which she beat my case within 2.5 weeks of me contacting her. She definitely knows what she is doing and I'd recommend her to anyone. Thanks again!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/ Owner
  • Law Offices of Frances Prizzia, A.P.L.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Deputy Alternate Public Defender
  • Los Angeles Alternate Public Defender
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Contract Attorney
  • American Civil Liberties Union Of Northern California
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Santa Cruz Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Student Case Handler
  • Northern California Innocence Project
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Student Case Handler
  • Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Santa Clara University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Patrick N.
  • Hung Jury (9 to 3 for Not Guilty)
  • People v. Eloy A.
  • *Pled down to Petty Theft of Lost Property and Driving without a license (NO JAIL TIME)
  • People v. Erick S.
  • *Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME)
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Associations

  • Philippine Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyer Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Student course
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Articles Editor
  • Santa Clara Journal of International Law
  • 2005
  • Public Interest Scholar
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Public Interest Scholar
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Summer Program for International Humanitarian Rights
  • Santa Clara University School of Law Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • 2003
  • Public Interest Scholar
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (3)
Endorse Frances-Marie
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Ms. Prizzia for her legal acumen, trial skills, and passionate defense. I had the pleasure of working alongside her during her years at the Orange County Public Defender's Office and personally witnessed the great results she wins for clients. She personifies the adage that sometimes the best defense is a strong offense. She is a fierce advocate and a tireless worker which gives her a huge edge. She will out smart, out work, and out class her competition in the courtroom. For all her tenacity and energy in court, she is very easy to work with and her compassion for her clients and their causes is immeasurable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frances is an awesome trial attorney. I worked with her when she was a deputy public defender, and she was constantly winning trials and motions. Looking for a smart and aggressive attorney? Call Frances!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working alongside Frances when we were both deputy public defenders several years ago. She is a relentless advocate who will never back down from defending her clients. I have seen her go toe-to-toe with overzealous prosecutors, and it pays dividends for her clients. She is outstanding in trial, and juries love her. If you need a fighter, Frances is your lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Prizzia is an aggressive and experienced criminal attorney that will fight for your rights. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frances is the bulldog you want on your side. She brings a wealth of passion and skill to her practice, which translates into success for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Prizzia is a skilled and effective trial attorney. She demonstrates a deep comprehension of nuanced legal concepts while naturally understanding long term strategic concerns. She is respected by the bench and by the prosecution. Juries love her. She is at once a compassionate counselor to her clients and a mighty opponent to the State. She is a tireless and ferocious litigator at all stages of the proceedings. Do not let her physical size fool you, she is a force to be reckoned with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Frances Prizzia's compassion for her clients allows her to fight on their behalf in a way unmatched by most criminal defense attorney. She truly believes that a strong defense is a right afforded to every individual, and her dedication to her clients shows through at every turn, I highly recommend Ms. Prizzia as a superior criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Frances and I have worked closely on several criminal defense matters. She is experienced, talented and compassionate. In other words, a truly remarkable lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Prizzia is a very strong trial attorney. I have witnessed her skills and am confident in endorsing her. Her passion for defending her clients is only matched by her desire to uphold the constitution."
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Newport Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Frances-Marie Angeles Prizzia
Frances-Marie Angeles Prizzia
Criminal defense Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 18 years
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