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Stephen Daniel Klarich

Appeals Attorney at Tustin, CA

4.5   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals

    41 years, 2,859 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    41 years, 5,503 cases

  3. Juvenile law

    41 years, 1,126 cases

  4. Sex crime


Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 40 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.

Over the past 40 years, Wallin & Klarich Founding Partner Stephen Klarich has successfully defended thousands of persons accused of committing crimes.

Mr. Klarich has represented our clients facing criminal charges including but not limited to murder, manslaughter, rape, child molestation, conspiracy, drug offenses, domestic violence, juvenile matters, three strikes cases, robbery and burglary. For more than a decade, Mr. Klarich has focused on post-conviction matters such as writs, appeals and having our clients removed from the sex offender registry.

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How Do You Defend Someone Charged With A Sex Crime? People are entitled to a defense regardless of whether they are guilty.
Why Is It Important To Defend Those Who Really Are Guilty? Everyone is entitled to a defense. When a client is guilty, my job is to present to the district attorney and judge the mitigating factors to help determine an adequate punishment for a conviction
When Did You Decide To Defend Those Accused Of Sex Crimes?
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1619 West Garvey Avenue
Suite 107
West Covina, CA, 91790
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1499 Huntington Drive
Suite 402
South Pasadena, CA, 91030
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21151 S. Western Ave
Suite 233
Torrance, CA, 90501
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7177 Brockton Avenue
Suite 339
Riverside, CA, 92506
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334 W. 3rd Street
Suite 207B
San Bernardino, CA, 92401
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15437 Anacapa Road
Suite 12
Victorville, CA, 92392
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41319 12th Street West
Suite 101
Palmdale, CA, 93551
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444 W. C Street
Suite 410
San Diego, CA, 92101
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400 S. 2nd Ave.
Suite 206
Barstow, CA, 92311
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4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | June 8, 2012
Superb Representation! Best Appeals Attorney in Southern California!
Attorney Stephen Klarich achieved an amazing result in my brother's appeal. My brother was sentenced to 16 years in prison, and attorney Stephen D. Klarich accomplished to have his sentence reversed. My entire family will always thank you attorney Klarich for your superb effort and dedication throughout this very challenging and stressful experience. I have become loyal to you and your firm, and I will continue to recommend your services to my friends!
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Posted by Ed | June 1, 2012
Thank You Stephen Klarich for Giving Me a Second Chance in Life!
I hired the law firm of Wallin & Klarich to seek a Governor’s Pardon in California. I was convicted many years ago of a felony and very much wanted to clean my record and start anew. I wanted to obtain my right to possess a firearm, which was taken away because of the felony conviction. I am happy to say that Governor Jerry Brown granted my Pardon for me and my wife who was also convicted of a felony. I have Stephen Klarich to thank. I realize that this process was not easy and the Governor only grants a few of the many he receives. I would strongly recommend Wallin & Klarich if you are seeking a Governor’s Pardon or a Certificate of Rehabilitation. They have a lot of experience in this area of law and quite frankly, I could not have done this myself.
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Posted by Warren | May 22, 2015
Life Changing Experience
So Happy that I made the decision to contact Wallin & Klarich to help me in dealing with my past legal issues. Over the past decade I have worked hard to change and have been successful in doing so. But there has always been that cloud hanging over my head. You cant run from your past-but Mr. Klarich sat down with me and my wife personally and explained how the system worked. His office was welcoming, and his assistants and associates were always there by email and telephone when the paperwork trail seemed endless. Court rooms had always been a negative experience in my past, but thanks to Wallin & Klarich my last court room appearance had me standing tall. i was able to prove to the courts that I am indeed the changed man that my friends and co-workers know me to be. I walked out of the court room with a Certificate of Rehabilitation and that means the world to me. It will open doors that have been closed to me in the past -doors that have not only been closed legally but also in my own mind. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Patrick | November 25, 2014
Victorious, with Stephen Klarich
Stephen Klarich, and the people at Wallin and Klarich, listened from the first phone call we had, had a knowledgeable understanding and encouraged me with hope that what I sought could be attained. After making the decision and committing to the case, Mr. Klarich and his team were always very attentive and quick with a response. Following advice and guidance from my attorney proved to be a wonderful success that lead to my victorious case that will positively change my life. Thank you Mr. Klarich, Julie and Michael L.
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Posted by Kim | November 22, 2014
Thank you, Mr. Klarich
Life would have been a lot easier had we known about Wallin & Klarich 10 years ago when the original charges were brought. We did not and for 10 years my husband has been a registered sex offender. The stigma attached to such a label is beyond comprehension. A year ago we retained Stephen Klarich to prepare and file a Certificate of Rehabilitation on my husband’s behalf. Mr. Klarich was honest about our chances of having the Petition granted and never offered false hope. He explained, in detail, what we would need to do prior to the filing of the Petition and we did just as he asked. Throughout the process Mr. Klarich and his assistant Julie were there to assist us and offer support when we struggled. This past week the Certificate of Rehabilitation was granted. I highly recommend Mr. Klarich and his firm, Wallin & Klarich.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2014
Huge Thank you!
I recently had an unjust restraining order brought against me by a crazy woman. This was beyond hurtful and I desperately needed the help of a good attorney. I immediately contacted attorney Stephen Klarich and he listened to me and I felt like he was on my side right from the start. Thanks to attorney Stephen Klarich, this woman did not win and the restraining order was denied. I will be forever grateful to attorney Stephen Klarich for fighting for me the way he did.
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Posted by Robert | May 21, 2014
Thank you for helping me achieve my certificate of rehabilitation.
I would like to sincerely thank-you for helping me with obtaining my Certificate of Rehabilitation. I now realize the importance of obtaining a law firm that has years of experience in criminal law. The way the package was organized and presented to the presiding judge was very impressive to me. The person that tried to obtain the Certificate of Rehabilitation ahead of us, I could tell that his Attorney was not as organized as your firm is. He was denied because his Attorney had not prepared him as well as your firm prepared me with testing and organizing the reference letters and other materials necessary to convince the Judge that I am trully rehabilitated and a changed person since the date of the crime i commited. Again I am trully grateful and humbled by this experience. Please tell thank-you to Attorney Martel for all his help on April 24, 2014 and the prayers I know he made on my behalf. God Bless you Julie and Stephen Klarich
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Posted by Scott | May 21, 2014
Delivered Granted Results
I was very interested in cleaning up past convection's from years ago. The first attorney that I had hired for record reduction's the judge denied the petitions. I then found Stephen, He repetition the court and he not only had my convictions reduced with his expertise he had them dismissed. I now have my life back and can travel to Canada. I would definitely recommend his services.
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Posted by James | August 15, 2013
Highest Recommendation For Attorney Stephen Klarich
We chose Stephen Klarich to handle a post-conviction appeal for a family member. Stephen Klarich provided a comprehensive appeal that was so compelling it was published. We appreciate all the work and detail this attorney provided with our situation. We would highly recommend Attorney Stephen Klarich to anybody in need of legal services.
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Posted by RR | March 2, 2012
Thank You Stephen Klarich!
For years I had to register as a sex offender for being convicted of indecent exposure (PC 314.1). I needed a second chance in life, and I knew I had to hire an attorney to provide me expert advice and guide me through each step of the way. I came across Wallin & Klarich, and attorney Stephen Klarich gave the legal guidance I needed. He prepared a motion for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and had it filed for me. As a result, I no longer have to register as a sex offender, and I can start anew. My family is extremely thankful as well. They no longer have to bare a burden cause by my past choices. I am sincerely grateful for what attorney Stephen D. Klarich accomplished for me. Thank You Wallin and Klarich!
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Posted by Scott M. | December 11, 2009
Thank you Mr. Klarich
He helped me with a probation violation. I was looking at prison and Mr. Klarich got my probation reinstated- He was polite- professional and knew the Judges and the DA's well.
Posted by Nick | May 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Fee of $250 and nothing in return
After contacting this law firm several times, I decided to go in for a consultation. Klarich, kept asking about the $250 Consultation Fee, multiple times and it was really annoying. Finally the day comes to consult at his office in Tustin, CA. The first thing he ask, guess what, yep the consultation fee. $250, this guy must not get a lot of action, because of the constant request of the $250. Now in all fairness he may have looked up the case info in regards to the History of Retained Attorneys and like all dishonest attorneys do, the lie. So previous attorneys would promise certain things and if they do not deliver then they are not getting paid. Like the 1st Attorney of Record was given $28,000 but requested $80,000 on Amended Charges and then this attorney had purposely colluded with the District Attorney and then we had fired him, then the next time in front of a Judge, he files a motion to withdraw and the Judge said, I do not think so, it was solely up to us to keep the attorney but who wants a sellout, so we let the attorney withdraw and he refunded $5000 for us to obtain another attorney. My stock portfolio reflects an earning of $250 every 20 minutes of an 8 hour day. This guy Klarich gets all stoked of $250, that shows me where his mindset is. He is researching and possibly even calling previous attorney's and checking the record so he considers this being protective but the truth is, that is all this guy thinks about, money, if he would have spent more time focused on the issues at hand we may have moved forward with this firm, besides it was the partner's son who I was more interested in and they give us this guy who is a total know it all but truthfully does not know much about the appellant process, yeah maybe general stuff but even I know that, but everything he said in reference to our questions was nothing new that we didn't already know. Also, since attorney's may look at the History of Cases, it would be only fair to look up the attorney's record or how many successful appeals an attorney may have and after the consultation, I did just that and for the amount of confidence he had shown does not reflect much in his success in the appellant courts realm but then again, not even the best of attorney's have any type of a successful record, but that is the nature of the beast in the appellant world.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2013
Not what I expected
I hired Stephen Klarich because he was highly rated and he agreed verbally and in writing to handle the case personally. If he had handled the case himself as we agreed, maybe we would have won. He has such glowing reviews and we did have a very good case. As Wallin & Klarich touts, you need the right attorney. Instead he sub-contracted to a attorney I never met. I made it clear that I must have a total price and no unknown fees. He gave me a written agreement that was an all inclusive price (except Supreme Court) in writing. That price was at the upper end of multiple estimates. He hit me with an extra charge to send a sub-contracted lawyer to oral argument that I did not hire and I repeatedly expressed that I did not want him on the case. (No offense to the other lawyer, he might not be a bad attorney, he just isn't who I hired.) I expressed concerns of why another attorney that was so involved and he assured me he personally was handling the case and the other guy was just reading transcripts and taking notes for him. He had the other lawyer do the oral argument and said if I wanted to appeal to Supreme Court I had to use him for that too. My brother could have gotten an unknown appointed attorney for free. He said he would send legal doc's to my brother in jail and my brother hasn't received a scrap of anything. He will not return phone calls or emails once the appeal was lost (he informed me via email) After the appeal was over and my brother's life was no longer in his hands, I respectfully let him know that I believed he over charged me. I also let him know some of the good things about how he handled the case. I tried to contact him to find out a little more information to get to the next step and I get no response back. He is the only lawyer that knows the case and I feel it was his responsibility to provide enough information to take it to the next step if we wanted to go that way. Even if he doesn't like me pointing out the good and bad of how he handled the case, I feel he has a responsibility to his client, my brother. As a lawyer, he of all persons should abide by contracts. I think the sub contracted attorney ended up not being too bad, but not an AVVO 10 rated by far. He doesn't return my email either, but since I didn't hire him maybe his responsibility is to respond to Klarich only. ?? Sadly, in my case things didn't work out as we had in writing. I could take a loss and know the chances of winning an appeal are slim, but I would at least like to lose with the lawyer I hired and not feel that I might have lost because I got sold out.
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Response from Stephen Klarich May 20, 2014
I had personally handled this case from beginning to end. I personally saw the client at the jail to discuss the case and examined the record on appeal personally!!!!! Like all attorneys, we have law clerks to help with the case. This upset my clients sister, but never my client because he understood how criminal appeals work and the help we need. Stephen D. Klarich, Attorney at Law
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Wallin & Klarich
  • 1981 - Present


  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • People of California vs. B.W.
  • Faced 20 years in prison, received probation
  • People of California vs. A.E.
  • Certificate of Rehabilitation
  • People of California vs. S.D.
  • Community service
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • English
  • Portuguese
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyer (10.0 Rating)
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • 2007
  • Top Criminal Defense Trial Attorney
  • Orange County Register
  • 2007
  • Parnter Recognition
  • Orange Coast Magazine
  • 2006
  • Honorable Mentor Appointment
  • Orange County Register
  • 2006
  • Notable Mention
  • Orange County Register
  • 2005
  • Peer Mentor
  • Juvenile Law Center
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • 1991
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Criminal Law And Procedure
  • 2012
  • James Publishing publication
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL) keynote speaker
  • Child Abuse Legislation
  • N/A
  • Defending Sex Cases
  • Sex Crimes
  • N/A
  • California Teacher’s Association lecturer
  • Defending Teachers Accused of Crimes
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Stephen
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Stephen Klarich is a brilliant attorney and a fantastic mentor who I have had the privilege of working with for the past two years."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen Klarich is an exceptional criminal defense attorney with a wide range experience in all stages of the criminal justice process, from trial to appeal. He is a passionate and zealous advocate for his client's interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Klarich is a brilliant attorney. I have had the opportunity to witness his outstanding work firsthand. He provides each client with personalized, attentive, and aggressive representation. I would trust him to handle any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.Stephen Klarich is a great mentor and lawyer. His experience and knowledge enable him to get great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Klarich is a great attorney and resource. His guidance and supervision stem from years of experience and extensive knowledge. I enthusiastically endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Klarich has superior knowledge involving all aspects of criminal law and juvenile issues. He truly represents his clients in court by placing their interests first and foremost."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"One of the founding partners at Wallin & Klarich, Steve is a pit-bull in and out of the courtroom. He knows the law like the back of his hand and he is as aggressive as any lawyer you could ever hope to find. Steve is the guy I would hire if I found myself charged in a criminal case!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen Klarich's knowledge and experience in the criminal judicial system in California is superb. I would highly recommend him for any criminal or juvenile matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Every young attorney needs a mentor and Stephen Klarich was mine. I owe a lot of my skills and abilities to the education I received while working for Mr. Klarich. He is a superior attorney. Mr. Klarich is an honest, caring attorney who knows how to get results. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Klarich."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I consider Steve a mentor and a good friend. In my first couple of years of practice, steve was able to impart invaluable advice and knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Klarich provides clients with outstanding service and results. Given the importance of having a great criminal defense attorney on your side, I would not have the slightest hesitation recommending him to potential clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked for Steve for more then 6 years. Steve is a great criminal defense attorney with an astounding number of NOT GUILTY verdicts in VERY serious cases where his clients were looking at many years in prison. In addition, Steve has a personal manner about him which permits him to negotiate great deals for clients. When Steve walks into a courtroom everyone wants to talk to him- he takes over. I would enthusiastically recommend Steve for any criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephen Klarich is an experienced and aggressive attorney. Mr. Klarich's vast knowledge of the law ensures his client's receive favorable results"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unquestionably competent, consistently conscientious, endlessly hardworking, always helpful, and highly dedicated, it is well-known this exceptional lawyer is an excellent trial attorney who is a tremendous asset to the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar community. Any person in need who hires this superb attorney will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of positive reasons, I am honored to endorse Mr. Klarich."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Klarich is one of the sharpest defense attorneys in the Southern California area. His years of experience are matched by very few. With his knowledge and expertise, clients can feel confident in his work and expect the best possibe outcome for their cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Klarich is best choice in representing juvenile and criminal cases. His years of experience and expertise is matched by few in his field. I would highly recommend him for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is an aggressive and talented attorney. He does the most thorough work that I have ever seen in an attorney and do without a doubt endorse him and his legal services. I endorse him as he has proven to be one of the most skilled defense attorneys I have ever come across. His experience serves his clients well as he is able to provide them with the best possible legal representation that they could ask for."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"An experienced, professional, and aggressive attorney, Stephen Klarich will work hard for you. There isn't anything Mr. Klarich can't handle and after meeting him just once, I have no doubt you will be sold on his abilities and his aggressiveness. A definite straight shooter who will also not beat around the bush about your case and will break things down to you clearly and concisely. For these reasons I endorse Stephen Klarich."
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