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William Pearson Haney III

Criminal defense Attorney at Ventura, CA

5.0   20 reviews

also known as Bill Haney

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About William

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I am a Ventura County Criminal defense attorney with two decades of trial experience. I am a former supervising prosecutor and major crimes attorney in the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. I have the skill and experience to plan the best possible defense for you or your loved one. If you have been arrested or are under suspicion for committing a criminal offense, please call me for a free consultation at (805) 585-0048.

  2. Employment and labor

  3. Personal injury

I have the experience to provide you the best possible legal representation in the Ventura County Superior Court.  I am a former Supervising Prosecutor and Major Crimes Attorney in the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.  During my 17-year-career, I supervised the prosecution of all of the following offenses:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Drugs
  • Misdemeanor Offenses
  • Felony Offenses, Including Crimes of Violence and Fraud
  • Major Narcotics
  • Auto Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Animal Abuse
  • Mental Health Court

I have tried nearly every type of criminal case ranging from Domestic Violence to capital murder.  I will put my experience to work for you!

At our initial meeting, I will listen carefully to you and explain the legal and factual issues that are likely to arise in your case.  Using my experience, I will outline a strategy that is designed to give you the best possible chance for a successful outcome in court. 

I am currently an Adjunct Proffessor at Pepperdine University School of Law.  In addition to training law students, I have instructed countless lawyers and police officers concerning the rules of evidence, criminal procedure, criminal law and defenses to crimes. 

I have an excellent reputation in the Ventura County Justice system that is based on two decades of success in front of judges and juries.  Most importantly, however, I care about my clients.  I want to protect and safeguard their rights, and to prevent the justice system from turning their lives upside down.  I approach every case with passion and dedication.

If you or a loved one are arrested for a criminal offense in Ventura County, please don't hesitate to give me a call.  I am confident that no other lawyer will take the time to thoroughly explain your case and the law in the same way that I can.   I look forward to hearing from you.

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Law Offices of William Haney
674 County Square Drive
Suite 102
Ventura, CA, 93003

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Sarah | July 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
I cant thank Bill Haney enough he is by far the best attorney and Im so glad that i was fortunate enough to have him as my attorney. The Vta county DA wanted to give me 10 years for 16 felony's, 12 forgery cases and 1 conspiracy with a second degree commercial burglary charge and I'm a Striker and Bill got me off with 90 days in treatment and probation, He is patient kind compassionate, smart and will go above and beyond for his clients. Cant thank him enough
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Posted by Jacob | July 13, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Honest attorney
I went to Mr. Haney office for consultation, he was honest with me about the case. He said he can not do much to help me out because i m in a really bad situation. I made a mistake hiring wrong attorney in the first place. I recommend Mr. Haney Jacob
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
S.V.P Operations
Mr Bill Haney in one word...AMAZING!!! He was hired by us to defend two charges. One was a 422 case and the other was a DUI. Bill is one of the most intelligent, efficient, hard working and caring lawyers. Bill truly fights the fight for his clients. I highly recommend his services. There is no other attorney I would want to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
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Attorney Haney is an excellent choice
Attorney Bill Haney was incredible. From the beginning, he was very willing to make time to help us understand the situation and all of our options. He was realistic with what he thought he could accomplish and did not make any empty promises. He was extremely thorough in his research and analysis of options, helpful and reassuring while realistic during the difficult and distressing times, and flexible in working with the specific needs of me and my family. His knowledge of the Ventura Court system, as well as his experience in criminal cases, were apparent as he worked tirelessly to negotiate an optimal resolution of the case. We would highly recommend Attorney Haney and if you decide to choose him you will be in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Haney is awesome
Bill helped me in a very difficult time when the choices that I had been making with my life finally ended me up in jail, he consulted with me before I entered a rehab program and appeared with me at every one of my court dates throughout, without his help, expertise and compassion I would more than likely still be in and out of the system.
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Posted by Tom | April 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
pro bono work on the case of son.
My son, who suffered from substance abuse, was twice convicted in Ventura, County, CA for violations related to his addiction. Mr Haney was recommended to us (my son's mother and I) by a mutual friend, a local investigator. Mr haney spent hours meeting with us, travelling to our community rather than making us travel to his office, and he diligently applied his extensive legal experience at all stages of the case, over a period of two years, most recently pleading successfully for early termination of my son's probation. He is still on the case as I write this, filing for expungement of the record on my son's behalf. We are extremely impressed with Mr Haneys' compassion, and we are very thankful for his legal skills and his familiarity with and his collegiality within our local court system. In what has been a very dark and confusing time in our lives, Mr Haney has been a ray of light and hope, and an honor to his profession. Thank you for this opportunity to express our gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2017
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Haney was excellent
Attorney Bill Haney was exceptional. First of all, he was easy to reach and on the off chance I missed him, he was quick to respond. Second, he was thorough. He helped me with a domestic issue and his explanations of all sides really helped me to understand. Lastly, and perhaps most important, he was upfront. He gave everything to me in a straightforward, honest manner, without any agendas. He spoke to the DA's office and helped my case to rejection. He truly made a difficult time easier and I will contact him again if I ever need legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Bill is currently working on a fairly touchy case for me. 100% Pro, very easy to talk with, very clear with regard to communicating on any level. Probably one of the most likable people I have ever met. I consider myself very fortunate to have him as my attorney. Mr. Haney is very serious about what he does and most definitely does not belong in any other line of work... Believe me when I say he is the right man in just about any area of criminal law. Highly experienced and it shows! Thank you Bill
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Posted by Tom | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal genius, hard work ethic, and engaging personality combine to create a legal force that would be hard to match at any price
My 18 year old son committed several very serious crimes and with irrefutable evidence against him we had zero bargaining power with the district attorney’s office while trying to reach a plea agreement. Before finding Bill Haney, I hired a team of two lawyers at great expense who worked on the case for six months and the best they could accomplish was an offer of 9 years in state prison. I don’t know if it was fate or a miracle but one day I was called to jury duty and was picked for a trial in which Bill was the defending attorney. As I watched his performance in the courtroom, I was in awe. He was so likable and believable that a person couldn’t help but agree with him and be on his side. Before hiring Bill, I did my research finding that Bill was a professor of law at Pepperdine University and a supervising attorney in the Ventura District Attorney’s office for more than two decades. Additionally, he was the go to attorney in Ventura county high profile cases. I thought, who better to understanding negotiating with the district attorney than someone who spent more than two decades in the office of the district attorney. Bill put together a 100+ page presentation for the district attorney and the judge making the argument that my son was redeemable and deserved a chance at rehabilitation. The judge agreed and miraculously allowed my son to serve just one year in jail, with no prison time, and two years drug rehabilitation. I have only one criticism of Bill and that is he doesn’t charge enough money for the level of skill he brings and the number of hours he worked under a flat fee agreement. He did extra things he didn't have to, that took many hours of his time, included several visits to my son at the jail and additional court dates to argue items that we understood had almost zero chance of succeeding. He said that he had to try everything even if it had little chance of success. Bill is an honest, fair and extremely talented lawyer. Hire him and I promise, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Glad we had Bill on our side
A friend referred us to Bill Haney, and we feel very fortunate for that. Our son was charged with a misdemeanor. It was our first time having to go to court, and we were terrified. In our first meeting, Bill listened to our concerns and put us at ease. Bill told our son not to stress, and took care of everything. Bill has years of experience in the Ventura County court system, and that was a great advantage. He is familiar with all the judges, and he made the wisest decisions in working our way through the legal process. In the end, we had the best possible outcome, and the charge against our son was completely dismissed. If not for Bill, our son might have lost his drivers license and have a criminal record, or worse. I was so thankful that I felt compelled to write this review. Bill is a lawyer you can trust, and he is a compassionate, experienced advocate that you want to have on your side.
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Posted by Female in Ventura County | July 27, 2016
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He is a Jewel in the Crown of Criminal Defense Procedure
It was truly an auspicious day when I was referred to Bill Haney to represent me in a first-time DUI case where my BAC was over .15. When I initially met Bill several days later, I felt terrible about my bad choice as well as traumatized and intimidated by a system I knew would soon turn its gaze upon me. However, Bill is a breath of fresh air, both as a caring attorney who knows exactly what he is doing, and as a man of principal who wanted the best possible outcome for my situation. He determined the best possible outcome by making a sincere effort to get to know me as an individual, and my unique circumstances. As a result, the best possible outcome was achieved and achieved again, and again. Over the past two years, I have come to know Bill as a reliable, personable, affable professional who is wholeheartedly knowledgeable about the legal process. I particularly admire his consistent ability to quickly apply necessary reasoning skills in a myriad of circumstances. Because of Bill's efforts, the nightmare of getting a DUI turned into a transformative experience where I learned about honesty, integrity and decency in action. Bill Haney is both encouraging and sympathetic, a rare combination which I find reassuring! Ultimately, Bill achieves positive results and is completely present in his work.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2016
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William Haney was an incredible lawyer and was very personable and down to earth. He was understanding of situations and was amazing to watch work. He was able to reduce my Minor in Possession of Alcohol to a distruption of peace. He rarely ever handles these cases but handled it like it was the most important case he'd seen in a while.
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Posted by Kim | March 24, 2016
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Consumate Professional
My son who struggles with some mental illness issues got into some serious trouble with the law. My son should have been offered mental health but unfortunately he was not and he was brought up on some pretty frightening charges. We were very confused as to what direction we should take and wanted a second opinion. My sister referred Bill to us and said he is simply the best. She had called Bill and explained our situation and he told her "please have your sister email me, I want to help". I emailed Bill and he responded right away. He set up an appointment to meet us on his own time and dime, ON A SATURDAY! Bill put us at complete ease from the moment that we met him. He not only listened patiently to a hysterical mother (ME) but he calmly, professionally and with extreme compassion for my son and his situation, explained to all of the laws. He carefully explained what all of this meant for us and the possible outcomes. He put our mind at ease and assured my son that no judge was "going to hurt him" over this situation. He explained that sometimes people have bad days, he said even he has bad days. My son is a very quiet young man and is not very comfortable in social situations, especially when he is the focus of attention but Bill made him feel comfortable and really relieved a lot of his anxiety just speaking so frankly with him. We did not end up needing Bills services but his advice truly helped assist us and we ended up with a very satisfactory outcome in the end. He took this time to help us even though he was going to become a daddy any day! Need I say more about his dedication to his profession? I am eternally grateful! If I ever find myself in need of legal help again I know exactly who to call and would wholeheartedly refer him any chance I get to any one who is need of his services! Thanks for everything Bill!
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Posted by James | June 12, 2015
Intelligent and Dedicated
Bill Haney is the most caring, dedicated, reliable and intelligent attorney. He truly put all his expertise into my case and if it wasn't for his knowledge and hard work I would still have a felony charge. After speaking with Bill Hamey for the first time, I knew I choose the BEST attorney. Bill is reliable and he put such effort into my case that I can't thank him enough. I would highly recommend Bill Haney. He is truly exceptional!!
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Posted by Melanie | June 7, 2015
Bill Haney
Bill Haney is an extremely caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy attorney. He has an infinite amount of experience and worked diligently to get me the very best possible result in my case. He literally worked miracles for me and I will be forever grateful to him. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help.
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Posted by Sean | June 7, 2015
Reliable & Punctual
Bill Haney is not only a respectable lawyer, but an incredible guy. Bill's honesty and punctuality was a breath of fresh air, and throughout my entire case process I was confident that I was in the right hands. His ability to formulate a game plan and handle unseen adversity is top tier. Bill has kept me happy and informed since our very first encounter. 10 out of 10.
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Posted by Josh Morningstar | January 2, 2015
Best Attorney
I would highly recommend Bill Haney he is a great lawyer and a very carrying person he is not just any kind of lawyer. He truly cares about his clients he is always in contact and keeps you informed anytime he attends court on your behalf. I have had many issues with the law and he makes sure you are aware of what is expected of you by the courts. If I ever need a lawyer again he will be my first call.I appreciate everything Bill has done for me. He truly is a great man and lawyer.
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Posted by Joshua | January 2, 2015
Great attorney
William Haney is by far one of the best attorneys in Ventura county. He was previously a DA for Ventura county court house and has a great amount of experience. He is very informative and is always looking for your best interest.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2014
Bill Haney is the Best Attorney! Talented, Experienced, Professional, and Caring. Thank you for everything!
I HIGHLY recommend Bill Haney!! He is one of a kind criminal defense attorney. My case was for a second DUI and a probation violation in Ventura County- one of the toughest counties in the country. I have had three lawyers in the past- all which were difficult to get a hold of and never returned my calls. Bill always called me and always kept me informed. He was very honest about the charges I had against me. He met with me several times in person and was available by phone and email. If I left a message he always returned the call the same day, or the next day at most. He is, by far, the BEST attorney I have ever had. I am a graduate student and was concerned with the case interfering with the completion of my degree. He worked with the courts to delay my sentencing until after I was finished with school. I had multiple court appearances and he went to every one of them while I was in school. He called me after every single appearance to let me know what happened. Bill was always available to discuss my case and my concerns, and we were in constant communication throughout my entire case (which lasted about a year). Bill made sure that I was aware of the charges against me and gave me copies of the paperwork, called me if he had any new information, and always kept me updated. When I had first come into contact with Bill I was 3 months sober. Bill connected me to the right people to help me to stay sober and on track with school. He helped me get in contact with an alcohol treatment expert and expert witness, who assessed my alcohol problem, kept track of my progress, with going to AA, treatment, following the laws, and finding a therapist. Bill was always in contact with everyone who was helping me and cared about the progress I was making. Bill not only helped with my case, but he also helped me to get involved in my recovery and back on track with my life! For the first time in my life, I have been sober for over a year! Bill always cared to ask me how I was doing with my sobriety and school every time we talked, and since my main priority was to finish my degree, he helped me ease a lot of my anxiety about the case so that I was able to focus on finishing school. Bill Haney is an extremely personable, supportive, and caring lawyer-all of which are very rare traits to find. He kept me informed of new laws and the status of my case. I had a violation in 2008 for a "dry reckless" and I was being charged with an enhancements as if this was a 3rd DUI violation instead of a 2nd!! Bill told me about this and helped to settle this in court- he won the case and had the enhancement charges dropped! He is very knowledgeable about the laws and did everything in his power to ensure the best possible outcome of my case. He used to be a DA and is well-known within the court system and is very knowledgeable about criminal law. For a 2nd DUI and probation violation, he was able to get me the minimum jail time (45 days), he was also able to extend my payments for 6 months, extended my remand date, and got me approved for the work furlough program! He even walked me over to apply for work furlough after court! I will definitely have Bill take care of any case that I have in the future- he is an excellent criminal defense attorney and I highly recommend Bill Haney to anyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2013
Bill really does care, he's a straight shooter.
Bill is definitely better than most, he knows what he's talking about. I would use him again if ever in need of a criminal defense attorney. Since he use to be a deputy DA he knows both sides of the court room better than most. The only problem worth mentioning is the answering service they have is not any good, other then that Bill is a very good guy. And they need to revamp their email service it didn't work when I tried to use it.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of William Haney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Pepperdine University School Of Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dunn & Haney
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Senior Deputy District Attorney
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 2012
  • Editor In Chief, Pepperdine Law Review
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Reserve Deputy Probation Officer
  • Los Angeles County Probation Department
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Pepperdine Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Gun Case Rejected
  • Rejected for Prosecution
  • People v. J.D.
  • Dismissed
  • People v. C.C.
  • Case Dismissed
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  • Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Commission On The Fair Administration of Justice
  • Law Enforcement Panelist, ID and Informants
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Ventura County Gang Task Force
  • Chairman
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Ventura County Gang Task Force
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Ventura County Prosecutors Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leadership Award
  • Ventura County District Attorney
  • 2002
  • Prosecutor of the Year - Domestic Violence Division
  • Ventura County District Attorney
  • 1997
  • Editor-In-Chief, Pepperdine Law Review
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Graduating Man
  • Pepperdine University
  • 1991
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  • Oxnard Police Department Conducts Repugnant “Integrity Checks” on Private Citizens With Its Shoulder Tap Sting
  • 2016
  • Self-Published
  • Police Defense Quarterly
  • 2012
  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • Editor In Chief
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County District Attorney Training Day
  • The Power of the Prosecution
  • 2016
  • Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Meeting
  • Jury Selection
  • 2015
  • California Association of Criminalists Spring 2015 Meeting
  • Advanced DNA and Crime Scene Analysis
  • 2015
  • Staff Training - Tessie Cleveland
  • Overview of the Criminal Justice System
  • 2014
  • Ventura Police Department Training for Management Staff
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force
  • 2012
  • Ventura County Sheriff's Department Roll Call Training - Moorpark Station
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force
  • 2012
  • Ventura County Major Crimes Investigators (All Ventura County Agencies)
  • Criminal Theories of Liability and Officer Involved Shootings
  • 2012
  • Simi Valley Police Department Roll Call Training
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful use of Force
  • 2012
  • Port Hueneme Police Department Roll Call Training
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force
  • 2012
  • Oxnard Police Department Roll Call Training
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Police Department Christmas Luncheon and Training
  • Criminal Theories of Liability
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Police Deparment - Devonshire Division - Roll Call Training
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force
  • 2012
  • Ventura County Major Crimes Investigators (All Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies)
  • Advanced DNA in Homicide Cases
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill has not only the knowledge based on his years as a senior prosecutor, but he has the temperament a lawyer needs to be successful in court as well as in negotiations with the opposition. He is a great attorney and colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable with the Ventura County Court System"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Mr. Haney at the Ventura Country District Attorney's Office and currently am a practicing attorney in Ventura and Los Angeles County. Mr. Haney is one of best trial attorneys I have ever seen. He also practices law with the upmost honesty and integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Haney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer and trial attorney. Mr. Haney is passionate about each and every case he accepts and gets incredible results for his clients."
Government Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is without a doubt one of the most intelligent attorneys I have ever met. I went to law school with him and then watched him become the top homicide prosecutor in Ventura County. There is not a single prosecutor, police officer, or defense attorney who does not consider Bill the best at what he does."
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Ventura Criminal defense Lawyer William Pearson Haney III
William Pearson Haney III
Criminal defense Attorney
Ventura, CA
Licensed for 28 years
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