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Moises Aguilar

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

4.9   38 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Moises

Learn Moises’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    DUI/DWI | Theft | Drugs | Violence | DV

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.


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

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Sigifredo Olea | July 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excelente Abogado, Honesto y Buena Persona
En realidad nunca me imagine que el Abogado Moisés Aguilar, me fuera ayudar tan rápido con mi caso que tuve hace 8 años por posesión y intento de ventas y al cumplir el tiempo en la carcel, el juez me dio Probatoria Formal por 5 años y escuela de droga y programa de alcoholismo y fui deportado. Y ahora que regresé de nuevo en este año 2020 un amigo en común por el futbol soccer, me recomendó a un excelente Abogado y a una excelente persona para que me checará mi récord y me pudiera ayudarme, el caso que en menos de 5 minutos ya sabía todo de mi y cuales eran mis cargos y que tenía orden de arresto por no hacer los programas y el Provation Formal y lo volví a contactar para que me quitará la orden de arresto y en ese mismo momento que le marque nos quedamos de vernos con su secretario para hacer el contrato de representación y así ayudarme en mi caso y en menos de 2 semanas el resultado fue a mi favor y ya no tengo que hacer los programas y ya no tengo orden de arresto gracias por todo Moisés Aguilar un gran respeto hacia usted y si lo recomiendo es honesto y confiable
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Posted by Juventino O. | December 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I hired him for my DUI case I ended up paying less then 1,000 at court. I'am pleased with his help, thanks a lot. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Lisa Marie Ortiz | September 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Orange County
I have had the pleasure of working with Moises Aguilar and staff for well over a year. Sadly my son was involved in a criminal case matter. As you can imagine as a single parent it was very scary and emotional. I had never been involved in something like this before. I came across Moises and called his office. He was professional from day 1 educating me on steps to take asking many questions along the way and out for our best interest. Moises was able to explain every step in the process always acting and speaking with integrity. Even setting expectations on good and bad news however I always walked away from court trusting Moises. My last year had been a total nightmare no parent would want to go though. I found not only one of the best attorneys in OC to represent my son but a positive outcome on something that could have resulted in a much worse manner. I know he did his best always available, I can highly recommend Moises Aguilar. It is hard to find good people with a good heart in this world and I know Mr. Aguilar has heart and is top notch. Thank you Moises and staff I will forever be grateful for all of your assistance and professional guidance.
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Posted by Juan | April 1, 2016
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Expungement case
I hired Moises to expunge a DUI case from three years ago. He was very honest from the beginning, and clearly defined the whole process. It took him about two months, given the court long wait line. He constantly kept me updated on the process, and in the end the outcome worked in my favor.
Posted by Sergio Moreira | November 25, 2014
After searching few Criminal lawyers, I called Moises Aguilar recomended for a fand ask for the minimum time or not time at all in jail, Moises handled the case in the best way I could have, and I never was present in court with his representation. I defenitly recomend Moises Aguliar to any friends or relative that might be involve in any criminial circunstancias . I give him a 100 out of 100.
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Posted by SUSAN | September 18, 2014
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Posted by John Valle | August 18, 2014
"One Of The Year's Most Powerful Attorney is Moises Aguilar."
I called Mr Aguilar's office because I was a fourth DUI offender and I was really worried and scared. I was looking at 1 year straight prison time but because of Moises experience and knowledge of the law and great connections and relationships with the judges and district attorneys I walked away with only a sentence to do 190 hours of Community Service and 18 months class program with (No jail time). Moises Aguilar's office handled everything for me and made my life a lot easier. I really felt like Moises Aguilar cared. Like they say its all about who you know. I definetly reccomend Moises Aguilar as your attorney!
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Posted by Lily | July 7, 2014
Moises was there for my family and I when we were in need of legal advice. His professionalism and knowledge of the law made it easy for us to trust him. His guidance and advice helped us get through this tough situation. The fact that he is bilingual and expressed himself well, in both English and Spanish, was definitely a plus for us. We appreciate his support and we definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by Oscar | May 20, 2014
Mr Aguilar was helpful on points of my 1st DUI I regret not listening to the person I was referred by if I only knew how helpful he was ..regret not hiring him from the beginning of my case. Don't hisitate and contact him for assistance , trust me it's coming from a person that thought I would be able to take care of it myself ..
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Posted by Ricardo Mendez | May 20, 2014
moises aguilar & his legal team
He is very easy to work with. With one phone call or text he was there ready to help me. He help me with my legal problems. Even though it was very stressful for me. He made the process very easy for me. I would recommend him to anybody with legal problems.
Posted by Ben | February 13, 2014
An Outstanding Attorney
Moises Aguilar is a great attorney to represent you. He appeared in court 3 times for our case and was able to get the charges reduced and avoid jail time. Mr. Aguilar is very passionate about his work and going to go the extra mile for you!
Posted by Rhonda | November 2, 2013
Great Attorney
Unfortunately I was in a tough situation where I felt helpless and hopeless. A mistake I made in the past was haunting me. I did not know what to do or who to turn to but I knew I had to face my situation in order to move on with my life. LUCKILY I found Moises Aguilar! After our first conversation, I immediately knew he was the type of attorney I wanted on my side. He put me at ease and answered all my questions. The day we went into court I was sure I would not be going home that day. It was a long day in the court room, and Mr. Aguilar worked tirelessly to get the best outcome...and lo and behold Moises said to me "You are going home today." Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found an attorney such as Moises Aguilar. Although young, he is a savvy attorney and ready to win. His positive attitude makes him a great attorney. He is passionate about what he does. I would definitely recommend anybody in need of a criminal defense attorney to call Moises Aguilar.
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Posted by brenda | May 5, 2013
Moises Aguilar
The best Lawyer out their. Was recommended to me by a friend and i used his Services Twice .... i can truly state he is the best out their. Thanks Moises Aguilar. Note i had spoken to about 5 different lawyers in regards to my case and no one helped me like Moises
Posted by James | April 27, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
I was charged for a crime I did not commit. My reputation was on the line, I called several attorneys all but one required an appointment in their office Mr. Moises Aguilar. He addressed my concerns and answered my questions in great detail right over the phone. By the third phone call I felt I already owned him a fee, he had not charged me one dime. To be safe I went ahead and met with several other attorneys. I hired Mr. Moises Aguilar, he contacted the DA and no charges were filed. I now keep his card in my wallet. If ever arrested again my first phone call will be to Mr. Moises Aguilar
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Posted by Andrew | December 4, 2012
Expert advice, Legal precision and quality anyone can Trust! Moises is a home run hitting, goal scoring attorney!
After living my life in limbo for over two years, I knew things would not change unless I was being represented by a professional. In this situation, like most I received advice from everyone but a professional and until I did everything in reality was unclear and created irrelevant expectations, and in theory could be possible, but essentially were far-fetched. Knowing Moises for years made him my first and only choice, but because of family and their ideas, I was expected to balance my options and get multiple opinions and after doing so, I was still confident with putting my freedom, future and life in hands of Moises Aguilar. Moises had the pin point accuracy to find my perfect defense. His in depth knowledge and precise predictions made his explanations answer every single question thoroughly and most of all comprehensible. What makes Moises incomparable to any other attorney is he’s truly humble and a righteous individual whose characteristics rub off on everyone; even the district attorney's who changed their minds and dropped my charges. I cannot thank Moises Aguilar enough, and recommend him to anyone that needs to hire an experienced, vested, and ethical attorney ensuring the optimal outcome of their uncertain situation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2012
responsible and efficient
I seeked help from Moises for a wired case, in which I had a valid license in hand but the police still charged me as "unlicensed". I felt clueless and i don't really want to go to the court or face the judge. After reading all the previous positive reviews, i went to Moises, and the reviews turned out all true. He is responsible and efficient. He calmed me down at the very beginning by telling me that it could be a mistake mede by the police and it should be solved without much pain. And as he said, he really handled and solved it pretty easily. I would recommend him to others who are in need.
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Response from Moises Aguilar August 6, 2012
Thank you for the review. As a point of clarification for the benefit of future readers, this was a criminal defense matter, not a "Car Accident" matter.
Posted by Will | April 20, 2012
Trustworthy Hardworking Attorney
Helped me to receive the best outcome possible. Every time i had a question or an issue came up he was a phone call away. Very responsive with the right advice. Would highly recommend Moises to anyone in need. Thank you Moises for all your hard work.
Posted by krista | February 1, 2012
Moises aguilar was the best person i could of hired for my case.I was so stressed out when i got arrested an thrown in jail,I had no idea what to expect.When i got out of jail Moises was recomended to me from a close friend who worked with him before.The first thing i did when i got his number was call him crying an stressed out of my mind.I had know idea what to think an expect in my situation. when i had my first meeting with him he led me in the right direction.Not only was i going to have a nervouse break down he made me feel so releaved that i had nothing to worry about.after my first day on court i knew everything was going to be stress free.He made me feel very comfortable an releaved that i hired someone who knew what they were doing.He was very informative an i constanly knew what was going on.. Thanks to Moises an his team i got off with a small fine an some classes..I am stress free an releaved an can move on with my life becasue of how caring an how strong this team fault for me...I am very happy with my successes and would recomend Moises to anybody
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Posted by Lee | January 22, 2012
Great Attorney
He was a great attorney and i highly recommend him to anyone. He made things very simple and straight to the point, but also got the best outcome for me. He always let me know what was going on and had great communication before and after my case. He's just overall a great lawyer and you can really tell he's an honest man. If your looking for a lawyer that is going to really try to get you the best results, Moises is the guy.
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Posted by Roberto. | February 28, 2011
thanks for my freedom
My name is Roberto M. i woul like to give my experience about my case that was handle by Moises Aguilar and Ben Sonnonstine, to be honest I had lost all hope on my case, because it had gonne over a year, i had hired another attorney that only took my $$ and didnt do much for me, I almost went to jail and was going to have to register for life, because that men didnt do anything for me, but thankfully I found Moises and Ben almost in the last minute, because i had my court less that 4 days before i talked to them, to start Moises was very accesible and put really close attention to me, he gave an appt ride away and since day one he made me feel very confortable and gave lots of hope, he was allways there to listen, did everythin possible to help me and what the other attorney didnt do in over 6 months, he did it in less than a month, him and Ben did a great representation and they were able to keep me out of jail and I didnt have to register and now i have peace in my heart and can be with my wife and have a new life and the chance to have a better life, i really have no words to thank this guys for all the help and God bless their hearts.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Aguilar & Sonnonstine, APC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Case Assistant
  • Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Court Certified Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Berger Harrison, APC
  • 2007 - 2009
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  • Whittier Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • Santa Ana High School
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. UV
  • Dismissed for denial of speedy trial rights.
  • People v. CDL
  • Case Dismissed.
  • People v. MM
  • No Jail Time
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  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Client's Choice Award
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • 2013
  • Excellence Award - Professional Legal Skills
  • Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2007
  • Excellence Award - Legal Writing
  • CALI
  • 2006
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  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • California DUI Checkpoints: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat.
  • 2010
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Anatomy of a DUI Stop: What to do (and not to do) when you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI.
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Nightly News Segment
  • O.C. Crime Lab Blood Alcohol Analysis Error
  • 2013
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • National Moot Court Judge
  • 2013
  • Gail P Sonnenberg Moot Court Competition
  • Voir Dire - Batson Challenges
  • 2013
  • Criminal Justice Core Class
  • Crime & Punishment
  • 2013
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
Endorse Moises
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Moises is well versed in criminal defense and is highly respected by the judges, prosecution and the criminal defense bar. He is an excellent advocate and provides compelling defenses for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Moises Aguilar, Esq. is committed to providing clients with quality representation and dedicated service. He understands this is an overwhelming and unsettling time in your life. You can trust that no rock will be left unturned, and that he will explore all reasonable options to ensure we secure the best possible outcome for your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Moises. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been given nothing but positive feedback from fellow counsel regarding Mr. Aguilar. He has been lauded for his excellence in the field. You know when your competition has nothing but good things to say that it is well earned praise. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Aguilar for years. He is professional, experienced, and highly skilled in criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Moises is skilled criminal defense attorney. His services are in high demand because his reputation precedes him. He is very dedicated to being a great attorney and its shows."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Moises is one of my good friends and someone I am proud to recommend if you are seeking a conscientious criminal law attorney. He is not only a good guy, but he has a strong work ethic and he knows his business. We have had several dealings over the past few years, and he and his firm have always impressed and taken care of business. I endorse him as a very professional and ethical attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently worked with Moises on a criminal matter and have since met with him on various occassions in his office to discuss other legal matters. It is quite evident that Moises values his professional relationships with his clients and provides the utmost care and attention to deliver the highest quality results. I endorse Moises Aguilar."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Moises is a dedicated attorney constantly seeking ways to provide quality legal services to his clients. His enthusiasm is contagious, compassion for people admirable. I look forward to working with him on future cases."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Aguilar. He is a very hard worker and I feel confident in referring clients to him and to his partner, Ben Sonnonstine. I have the utmost faith and confidence that he will take care of anyone that he meets and will put his all into any case he handles."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several of my immigration clients to Mr. Aguilar. Every one has had a positive experience and was extremely satisfied with Mr. Aguilar's representation of them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Moises is a skilled criminal defense attorney and asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Aguilar is an aggressive and dedicated criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have come to know Mr. Aguilar through a professional organization. I am impressed by his competence, his enthusiasm, and his passion for his work. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him if the occasion arose. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Moises has worked with our firm on a wide range of matters for several years. He has a great understanding of the law. He can master the details while never forgetting the big picture."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Aguilar conscientious to the needs of his clients. He is well-versed in the law he practices and is always willing to help his colleagues. Mr. Aguilar is truly an asset to the legal community."
General practice Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am constantly impressed by Mr. Aguilar's competence as an attorney: he is professional in the courtroom, passionate for his client's best interests, and commited to providing the utmost legal resprestation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Working alongside Moises has allowed me greater insight into both his outstanding work ethic and unparalleled legal mind. Moises provides his/our clients with reasoned advice and a genuine interest in their affairs."
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