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Maltaise E Cini

Criminal defense Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   107 reviews

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About Maltaise

Learn Maltaise’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    I handle general criminal matters, including DUI's, Domestic Violence,Violent Crimes Fraud and Theft Matters and all Drug Charges.

    29 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    30%
    Prior to having my own firm I worked in the Domestic Violence Courtroom. This experience gave me the specialized knowledge and understanding on how to obtain the best results for my clients when they are facing DV charges.

    29 years, 3,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%

    29 years, 2,500 cases

  4. Violent crime
    10%

    29 years, 500 cases

Chosen OC Metro's "Top Criminal Attorney" 2014 and 2013, National Trial Lawyers Association "Top 100 Trial Attorneys" 2014, 2015 and 2016, Avvo Client Choice Award 2013 and 2014.

 Hundreds of Cases Dismissed

 University of Windsor Law School Graduate

 Licensed in California and Law Society of Upper Canada

Licensed for 28 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/28/2022

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

Contact Maltaise

Maltaise Cini Attorney at Law
1300 Bristol Street N. Ste. 100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Maltaise Was the Best Thing About A Horrible Situation
I was accused of domestic violence. I was shocked as I was arrested, and then felt poorly treated by the police during the entire interaction. Maltaise was hired, and she told me that we have the truth, the facts, and the evidence on our side. I felt so scared and nervous and poorly treated, that I realized that the truth and evidence were not that important. What is important is having an intelligent & knowledgeable attorney on your side. Maltaise was the best thing about a truly terrifying situation, and I without reservation would recommend her to anyone suffering a similar nightmare. Maltaise was extremely attentive, and her communication was clear, prompt, intelligent, and effective. She explained every step of the process, and was in constant communication. Maltaise translated the details of my experience and situation into a cogent argument which resulted in the charges being outright rejected by the D.A. I did not have to appear in court, and feel lucky and relieved that she was hired. The justice system is flawed and frightening, and if you find yourself in a similar situation, you NEED someone like Maltaise on your side. I am extremely thankful for her hard work, knowledge, and empathy, and I am glad to know that she exists, even though I hope sincerely to never need her services again!
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Posted by Jessica | March 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Attorney!!
I couldn't have a found a better lawyer than Mrs Cini!! She took my case super last minute and immediately started working on it. She made sure all my concerns were acknowledged and made me feel safe and comfortable every step of the way! She worked hard on my case and helped me with my defense criminal matter and fought for me like no tomorrow! I am clean now and super happy with the outcome. I can't thank her enough, she's truly and ANGEL and I recommend her 100 percent she will do whatever it takes to win! Thank you Maltaise Cini!
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer
Maltaise cini was very helpful helping me I really recommend and will hired her as a lawyer.
Posted by Jose | October 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms Cini
Thanks to Ms. Cini a case I thought I was going to have me do years in jail was dismissed. She’s great at was she does and cares.
Posted by Alan | August 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
so helpful and professional
Having an experienced lawyer makes all the difference when facing any kinda of legal issues and i’m so glad that i hired maltaise cini. She was professional and very informative about what would be the next steps in my case and i would definitely recommend her to anyone. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly and efficient
Ms Cini was able to communicate very well with me and help me thru a difficult time. She helped me with a stressful case involving domestic violence and managed to get the DA office to not file the case sooner than I expected. From our first conversation she was very professional and understanding and I highly recommend her.
Posted by Tricia | July 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
I would like to Thank you Mrs. Cini very much for helping my son when he needed it the most. It was with great pleasure to have you in his corner every step of the way. I appreciate more than you know all that you have done and at still doing. I would definitely recommend you in the future. You're the best!
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Efficient
I hired Maltaise Cini for 3 misdemeader chargers and never had to go to court. She is a true professional, on point and focused, and with these qualities the issues get resolved. I would recommend her for the results you desire.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and considerate
Mrs. Cini is very helpful and explains everything to you. You can easily get a hold of her wether it be text call or email, She is very reassuring.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer you Need when in Legal Affairs
She’s the best lawyer I know, and this coming from a man who’s been in and out of jails, camps, and to prison. I’ve met many lawyers.Mrs Cini is not one of those lawyers just saying what you want to hear to get paid and done with a case, She is a real-life-person lawyer, meaning she really gets involved in her cases, I was never confused about what was going on in my cases. Mrs Cini would hear out my concerns, counsel me with great legal advice, well known in Orange County courts and is very a devoted to her clients and her work.She handled 2 of my cases, she’s an expert in her field hands down. She handled a criminal case for me and a family case. Both outcomes turned out Good!! Considering my circumstances. No Regrets when you choose Mrs Maltaise Cini, except maybe not going to her sooner. GOD sent her my way. Thank you Mrs Cini and GOD bless.
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Posted by Jazmine | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Professional
I hired Mrs. Maltaise Cini when I was brought up on charges of embezzlement from my old retail job. Mrs. Cini met with me explained I was facing a misdemeanor and up to a year in jail which was absolutely terrifying. Her fee was reasonable and she was able to work with me regarding my payments. Mrs. Cini handled all of my court hearings. I never once had to step foot in a courtroom which I am forever grateful for because I had a lot going on at work. If I ever had any questions she would contact me the same day via email/call/text. She kept me in the loop at all times, guided me through my next steps, and helped me to remain calm. After 80 hours of community service, She was able to get my charges dropped and get this whole thing behind me. Due to the Covid pandemic, my court dates kept getting postponed and my hearings were prolonged, but my whole case from charge to results lasted exactly a year. I am forever grateful for Mrs. Maltaise Cini’s services and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Arturo | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best experience with a lawyer
I couldn’t ask for a better experience in a bad situation. Attorney Maltaise Cini totally went above and beyond to help out my Daughter in her case. She took on her case in the last minute situation. Granted I never needed to Hire an attorney before, but I do think she was very fair With her fee. She also work with us on a payment plan. I remember just being so scared and not sure on what to do. Maltaise Cini didn’t make any promises or guarantees what she did give us was hope. She said she would do everything she could to have the court give her a second chance and try to put my Daughter in the position to earn a dismissal. 5 to 6 months later that’s exactly what happen. Maltaise Cini was more then just an attorney for us, she was like a guardian angel. She was generally concerned for my daughter, always calling and checking up on her. She help my daughter back up on her feet so that she could focus on her future. I know everybody’s situation is different but I’d be definitely calling her back if there is ever any more trouble. All I can say is from what I’ve heard from others experiences with attorneys Maltaise Cini was a pleasure working with.
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Posted by Daryl | July 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further, Ms Cini is the lawyer you NEED.
When I first called and asked about her services, Ms Cini was very helpful right from the get go. She was very understanding and had no judgement towards me as I told her about my case. I had a misdemeanor/felony sexual assault case for something that was a misunderstanding. As soon as I hired her, she went to work and asked me about every detail. She was very knowledgeable and explained to me what could happen and kept it very realistic. After talking talking to her, I felt a huge feeling of relief because I knew I was in good hands. She called me regularly to give me updates, always replied to texts in a timely manner, and she always made me feel as though I was her only client. Ms Cini was able to get my charges dropped and I’m writing this review because she absolutely saved my life from being ruined and saved me from spending time in prison. All I can say is she is a professional and hard working lawyer who will fight for you!!! If you are ever in a tough situation and need legal representation, Ms cini is the best lawyer money can buy , but also because she is VERY affordable and she actually cares about the client!! There are a lot of bad lawyers out there that are expensive and don’t do anything for you (trust me, I am speaking from experience) but she has got your back 100% and after getting to know her, she is genuinely a nice person and will get the job done.
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Posted by Denise | July 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is highly recommend
She did such an amazing job, she was very professional, kept me updated on everything that was going on, I live in a different stay and she still took care of my case. Her prices are fair and she'll find a way to work with you.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very conscientious in dealing with difficult issues
We hired Ms. Cini to defend our son in legal proceedings. This was a new and somewhat intimidating process. Add a worldwide pandemic to the mix, and we were feeling completely overwhelmed. But under very difficult circumstances (due to the pandemic) of limited access to court proceedings, access to your legal team, and continual delays and postponements, Ms. Cini found a way to get the job done. She made the necessary connections with court officers and the opposing legal team and was able to negotiate a fair and just resolution to a difficult situation. She understood the sensitive situation regarding extended family members and persevered in serving her client (our son) in what we believe was a superior fashion. I would not hesitate to recommend her to others. Her guidance on recommended actions by her client proved to be very positive in the ultimate outcome of the case. Thank you Ms. Cini.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and responsive
She helped me to get my misdemeanor charges dropped and was easy to get in contact with. Highly recommended.
Posted by Phil | April 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired to protect an represent the truth
Maltaise was hired to represent me in a difficult case. She investigated and researched the parameters of the case diligently. We spent quite a few sessions practicing my court presentation so I would be able to present my side of case and reply to questions from opposing attorney without hesitation and or any nervousness. Attention to exact details of my presentation were fine tuned in our meetings/sessions. She is a hard working, no nonsense attorney who didn’t waste my time or hers in the pursuit of truth and a sense of justice in a hard world that I don’t visit very much, courtroom law. The very best thing I can say about my case and attorney is I walked away with the result I wanted. I thank Maltaise for this.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Client
She took care of my case but I wanted a document to show that I am dismissed and will call her and ask her for that as soon as I can.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Professional and very Attentive
Ms. Cini did an excellent job as my personal counsel on a criminal defense case; I had never been involved with law enforcement and District Attorney. After interviewing several attorneys, I felt Ms. Cini cared about my situation and wanted to help. In summary, my case was dismissed; no jail time, or probation, as I was going though Family Court at the same time as criminal defense case. Thank you very much Ms. Cini the DA filed charges six months after
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
After reviewing several attorneys, I found Ms. Cini to be attentive and concerned to our case. She thoroughly explained the court system and proceedings that pertained to our situation. She collected information with conversations and emails, and before we knew it, she had the case rejected by the District Attorney. She is a professional attorney that knows the law, and with experience will make you whole again. We are so blessed to have found Ms. Cini.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maltaise Cini
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Orange County Public Defenders Office
  • 1996 - 2008
  • Articling student
  • Ministry of the Attorney General-Crown Attorneys Office of Ontario
  • 1990 - 1991

Education

  • Univ of Windsor
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1990
  • Carleton Univ
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Client With a Felony Probation Violation Released from Custody and Probation Terminated
  • Client With a Felony Probation Violation Released from Custody and Probation Terminated
  • Case Dismissed after Careful Review of the Body worn Camera
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Orange County Women's Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2009 - 2010
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2010
  • Orange County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Armenian
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • "Top Criminal Attorney"
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • "Top Criminal Attorney"
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • Attorney of the Year
  • MABA
  • 2011
  • Humane Award
  • Journey Through Books
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Department of Justice Study
  • Prostitution in Canada
  • 1984
  • Domestic Violence in Canada
  • Domestic Violence in Canada
  • 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Choices and Consequences
  • DUI's and Teenagers
  • 2011
  • Change for Parolees
  • Fighting Drug Charges
  • 2010
  • Real DUI Court in School
  • The Choices and Consequences of a DUI
  • 2009
  • OCPD
  • Opening Statements
  • 2006
  • OCPD
  • Cross-Examination
  • 2005
  • OCPD
  • Suggestibility in Children's Testimony
  • 2000
  • Moot Court
  • Moot Court Mentor
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (49)
Given (28)
Endorse Maltaise
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is a fantastic lawyer that works hard for her clients ensuring the best result."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maltaise provides sound legal advice to her clients and has proven herself as a fierce advocate for their cause. I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I met Maltaise, I was immediately impressed by her intelligence, demeanor, and rapport with the judge with whom we were speaking. I have since gotten to know her better and continue to be impressed by her dedication to her clients and whole heartedly endorse her for any criminal matter."
Domestic violence Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Cini was prompt, professional, and articulate in all our conversations. She got our mutual client a great result, despite the fact that she substituted in late in the case, and had an uphill battle to fight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Cini who is outstanding. She is an asset to the community and has contributed greatly to helping answer people's questions on this forum."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maltaise is a great lawyer and great contributor to AVVO!"
Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Maltaise Cini. Demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the law based on her accurate legal answers on Avvo. She is an asset to the legal field and respected by colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Maltaise Cini. Based on her excellent legal answers on Avvo, she is obviously dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard working. Fully endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Maltaise Cini. Dedicated, hard working, and a highly respected lawyer in the legal field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Maltaise Cini provides outstanding legal answers on Avvo for individuals looking for assistance. Experienced, hard working, and dedicated. I fully endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Maltaise Cini. She donates her time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. A respected member within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maltaise is a fantastic lawyer with a steller professional reputation. She's the real deal."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Maltaise E. Cini. Excellent contributions and endorsements. Stellar reviews (read them), 17 years of practice that shows. If you are in or near New Port Beach you should schedule a consultation with her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maltaise is a valuable resource for the legal community. She is an aggressive advocate for her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Routinely offers excellent advice to Avvo users. I endorse this lawyer."
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Newport Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Maltaise E Cini
Maltaise E Cini
Criminal defense Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 28 years
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