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Marlin Glenn Stapleton Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Tustin, CA

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    Mr. Stapleton is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in Orange County. His practice is limited to representing those accused of crimes in both state and federal courts. He has tried numerous death penalty cases, murders, gang cases; you name it! Mr. Stapleton has represented some of the highest profile defendants in the county. He is one of only 10 lawyers approved by the Orange County Superior Court Judges to try death penalty cases for indigent defendants!

    38 years, 5,000 cases

Established in 1972, under the leadership of Marlin G. Stapleton, Sr., a former California Highway Patrol Sergeant and Judge Pro-tem in the Orange County Family Law Court, Stapleton & Stapleton carved out a reputation as the leading firm of its kind in California.

Joined in 1983 by Marlin G. Stapleton, Jr., Stapleton & Stapleton's highly regarded expertise expanded from family law and personal injury to include the handling of complex criminal cases. 

Since his father's passing in 2004, Marlin G. Stapleton Jr. has continued to carry on the firm's tradition of superior and ethical legal representation as a sole practioner dedicated exclusively to criminal defense.  In his nearly 30 years experience as a criminal defense trial attorney, he has handled numerous high profile cases here in Southern California and is widely recognized by both the courts and his peers as one of the top defense attorneys in Orange County. 

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PASTORS ARRAIGNED: Richard Cunningham, center, who founded Calvary Baptist Church of Yorba Linda in 1971, and his son Philip Cunningham, right, who took over as senior pastor in 1995, were arraigned at North Justice Center in Fullerton on felony charges.
OC Murderer Escapes Death Row--for Now

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Licensed for 39 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 09/18/2022

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Contact Marlin

Law Office of Marlin G. Stapleton, Jr.
17581 Irvine Blvd
Suite 100
Tustin, CA, 92780

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Posted by WH | September 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney with a BIG Heart!
I write this letter of deep appreciation and high recommendation for Marlin Stapleton, Jr.! Not only is Marlin an outstanding criminal defense attorney, but he is also well-respected and admired in the Orange County courts, has a larger-than-life personality, and has an unusually big heart! My son is intellectually disabled. As a result of his disability, and the medication he was prescribed, my son got into very serious legal trouble where he could have been put in jail for many years. My son was extremely terrified of going to jail, a place where he clearly didn’t belong and where he would have been targeted and severely abused because of his disability. Marlin has experience with intellectually disabled clients. Marlin has a rare understanding that intellectually disabled persons think and understand differently than what the law and the courts are normally set up to handle. Thankfully, Marlin took my son’s case. Marlin was very clear to us and our son about the difficulty of the situation and how we should deal with it. With Marlin’s big heart, he developed a kind and friendly relationship to our son. Although the legal process took a while, by working with the judge and the DA, Marlin was able to arrange a satisfactory solution that kept our son out of jail. As a result, our son is in a much better place today. He has substantially improved in his outlook and behavior, is on better medications, and has successfully worked through many of his issues. He now has a part-time job, is mentally healthy, and has had no recurring offenses. Without Marlin’s incredible legal skills and big heart, I believe our son would not have survived. We owe a great deal of gratitude to Marlin for his excellent work in support of our son. I strongly and highly recommend Marlin Stapleton as a defense attorney! There is no one better! Thank you, Marlin! Sincerely,
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Compassionate, and Personable Lawyer
I am thankful and grateful to Mr. Stapleton for representing my special needs adult son who was put on a restraining order by the courts and subject to criminal prosecution and/or placement in an institution. Although, we believed the case had no merits, we were faced with a seemingly insurmountable task of not knowing how to maneuver through the court system and found ourselves seemingly at the mercy of the courts. We considered ourselves more as a bystander without the ability to advocate for our adult child with a permanent disability. Fear began to set in as we thought we might have to accept the outcome of the behind the scenes negotiations between the district attorney, the public defendant, and the judges. Mr. Stapleton stepped in to represent our son at a critical and stressful time. Through his knowledge, adept negotiating skills and actions, the entire case took a different direction very quickly. Our hopes were uplifted as we saw progress in a different and positive direction. His knowledge of the laws, ability to maneuver through the court system and negotiations with the DA's made a profound difference in the outcome. Today all the charges against our disabled son have been dismissed. Mr. Stapleton was a Godsend. He is a compassionate, highly skilled and respected attorney who went out of his way to take on a personal interest in representing our son. Sitting in the courts with our son, it seemed like everyone in the courts and every attorney knows him. It dawned on us that God had sent a special lawyer, Mr. Marlin Stapleton, with his special skills to advocate for our son. How fortunate we were to have one of the best criminal attorneys in Mr. Stapleton to represent our son. For this we are forever grateful!
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Posted by Mike | June 8, 2015
Great Outcome from a Great Lawyer
Marlin Stapleton Jr. is a great attorney and one of the finest people I have ever met. The first lawyer we hired was not able to negotiate any favorable results for my son. My son was charged with four felonies (DUI and hit and run) and was facing 4 to 5 years in prison. We were facing a situation that appeared completely hopeless and impossible to overcome. We were desperate and sought the services of one of the best high profile attorneys we could find. He was booked full and said the only attorney he recommended for our case was Marlin Stapleton Jr. He said Marlin is highly regarded by fellow attorneys, DA’s, and judges alike. He sure was right about that. During the years Marlin handled our case, we also found out how well known and respected Marlin was with outside agencies as well. The combination of his professionalism, demeanor, and personality gave us hope during that stressful time for our family. We were confident with Marlin and thankful we had found the best attorney there was. Marlin created an action plan that went above and beyond anything we ever expected. He was persistent and compassionate about obtaining a favorable outcome for our son. One of the best qualities Marlin has is his communication style. He always kept us informed and returned our calls within hours. He never kept us waiting. Due to Marlin’s hard work and tenacity, he was able to negotiate getting the most serious felony against our son dropped to a lesser charge. That was the most important part of our case. The final outcome was that our son’s sentence was reduced to 1 year local time along with 5 years of probation. Marlin’s skills and knowledge concerning all aspects of litigation kept our son from having to do time in prison. We still can’t believe how good it all turned out and would highly recommend Marlin without reservation!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2015
ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Stapleton is a professional, ethical, dedicated attorney. I was so very fortunate to have such a well respected, caring, and brilliant attorney. He is a miracle worker, I will never forget the day he advised me that all 887 charges against me were dropped. He saved my life , he is one in a million, I am forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2009
Best lawyer
Mr. Stapleton is the finest attorney I have ever met. Every one at the court knew him and held him in the highest regard. Very trustworthy and exstremely ethical. I can not believe the deal he got for me.

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Marlin G. Stapleton, Jr.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Stapleton & Stapleton
  • 1983 - 2004

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Western State University, Fullerton
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982
  • Orange Coast College
  • A.A.
  • 1979
  • Fullerton State University
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • People v. Alex B.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People vs. Michael B.
  • Found Not Guilty by Jury
  • People vs. Juan M.
  • Conviction Overturned; New Trial Granted
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Newport Harbor Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2002
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Superior Court
  • Expert Witness on Effective Assistance of Counsel
  • N/A
  • Orange County Public Defenders Office
  • Consultant on Effective Assistance of Counsel
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Expert Witness on Effective Assistance of Counsel
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Marlin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marlin Stapleton is one of the most experienced and capable lawyers in Orange County. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marlin is a great lawyer. I have been associated with him on multiple cases. He cares about his clients and is always prepared. I recommend him highly to anyone who needs representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marlin Stapleton is one of the finest criminal trial lawyers that I know. He cares about his clients, he fights for his clients, and he is respected in the community not only for his skilled trial work but also for his terrific results. I couldn't say it any better than this - I would trust him with the future of my own family members."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Stapleton on numerous matters, including a death penalty case and several murder cases. He is thoroughly prepared and professional. He is very aggressive and zealously defends his clients, but he is also ethical and honest. He is a truly great advocate and always has the best interest of his clients in mind. I would not hesitate to send a loved one that was in trouble to Mr. Stapleton."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marlin has tried more cases to verdict than any other lawyer I know. The results he has attained in the murder cases and death penalty cases he has tried are nothing short of incredible. Marlin's courtroom skills, intelligence and experience allow him to continually achieve impressive results for his clients. I highly recommend Marlin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Marlin Stapleton is a superior lawyer, highly experienced in complex criminal cases. Very intelligent and knowledgeable, with great legal skills, I strongly endorse him."
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Tustin Criminal defense Lawyer Marlin Glenn Stapleton Jr
Marlin Glenn Stapleton Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Tustin, CA
Licensed for 39 years