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When people learn that I am a criminal defense attorney, the question that I usually get is: "How can you defend criminals?" My answer to this question has evolved over time. At first, it used to irritate me. With time, I realized that the problem isn't the question, but rather the misunderstanding that underlies it: That being accused of a crime makes you a criminal, or at minimum, a bad person.


I represent people who make mistakes. My job is to protect those people from making more mistakes and also to protect them against the mistakes that the government will inevitably make when prosecuting them. It is my job to hold the government and prosecuting agencies accountable. The Constitution says we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty and that we all enjoy certain important rights. I make sure those rights are respected.


I have successfully represented individuals accused of misdemeanors and felonies, including DUI, drug crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes, domestic violence, and more. Though I practice primarily in Orange County, I have successfully defended individuals in courts all over Southern California. When you come into my law office, what you see is what you get: a young, aggressive attorney who is honest and will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome given your circumstances.


I am usually in court every single day. On days that I am not in court, you will find me in my office – jeans, T-shirt, and Vans – researching and dissecting client cases. I have learned over the years that clients see past the suit and tie; clients look for someone they can relate to on some basic level; someone that can understand and address their issues. That's exactly what I do. Clients like the fact that I am easy to reach. You can reach me 24 hrs a day by cell phone, text, email, fax, facebook, etc.


I am Trojan (yes, I will represent you even if you are a Bruin). I obtained my B.A. from USC and my law degree from Whittier Law School. I passed the bar exam on my first attempt while planning a tour for my rock band and winning a championship with my soccer team. I have two beautiful daughters – Alissa and Melissa. They are natural born musicians – like their father.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Diana Lopez

    I refer all my criminal defense cases to Moises - whether it's a former client or a family member. I trust him to take care of the needs of folks who trust me.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Moises. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Moises Aguilar, Esq.

2090 N. Tustin Avenue
Suite 240
Santa Ana, CA, 92705


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Client's Choice AwardAvvo.com2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo.com2013
Excellence Award - Professional Legal SkillsComputer Assisted Legal Instruction2007
Excellence Award - Legal WritingCALI2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAguilar & Sonnonstine, APC2009 - Present
Case AssistantLatham & Watkins, LLP2007 - 2007
Law ClerkBerger Harrison, APC2007 - 2009
Court Certified Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted2013 - Present
Orange County Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. MMNo Jail Time
People v. RFR180 jail time offer (PD) reduced to 30 days.
People v. BCSSex Charges Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesCalifornia DUI Checkpoints: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat.2010
AVVO Legal GuidesAnatomy of a DUI Stop: What to do (and not to do) when you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI.2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawCriminal Law ConcentrationJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Southern CaliforniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Santa Ana High SchoolN/AN/A1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Nightly News SegmentO.C. Crime Lab Blood Alcohol Analysis Error2013
National Moot Court CompetitionNational Moot Court Judge2013
Gail P Sonnenberg Moot Court CompetitionVoir Dire - Batson Challenges2013
Criminal Justice Core ClassCrime & Punishment2013
Juvenile JusticeJuvenile Criminal Defense2012