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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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Employment: 5%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



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  • J. Patrick Carey

    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.


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  • Orion S. Robinson

    I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable with the Ventura County Court System


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Contact info

Law Offices of William Haney

674 County Square Drive
Suite 102
Ventura, CA, 93003


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leadership AwardVentura County District Attorney2002
Prosecutor of the Year - Domestic Violence DivisionVentura County District Attorney1997
Editor-In-Chief, Pepperdine Law ReviewPepperdine University School of Law1995
Outstanding Graduating ManPepperdine University1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of William Haney2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorPepperdine University School Of Law2014 - Present
PartnerDunn & Haney2013 - 2015
Senior Deputy District AttorneyVentura County District Attorney's Office1995 - 2012
Editor In Chief, Pepperdine Law ReviewPepperdine University School of Law1994 - 1995
Reserve Deputy Probation OfficerLos Angeles County Probation Department1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ventura County Criminal Defense BarMember2013 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2013 - Present
California Commission On The Fair Administration of JusticeLaw Enforcement Panelist, ID and Informants2008 - 2008
Ventura County Gang Task ForceChairman1999 - 2001
Ventura County Gang Task ForceMember1997 - 2002
Ventura County Prosecutors AssociationMember1995 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. F.L.Not Guilty Verdict
People v. M.J.Case Dismissed
People v. Efren CruzCase Dismissed, Defendant Freed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Self-PublishedPolice Defense Quarterly2012
Pepperdine Law ReviewScientific Evidence in the Age of Daubert: A Proposal for a Dual Standard of Admissibility in Civil and Criminal Cases1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Pepperdine UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County District Attorney Training DayThe Power of the Prosecution2016
Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar MeetingJury Selection2015
California Association of Criminalists Spring 2015 MeetingAdvanced DNA and Crime Scene Analysis2015
Staff Training - Tessie ClevelandOverview of the Criminal Justice System2014
Bridging the GapCriminal Theories of Liability2014
Ventura Police Department Training for Management StaffLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force2012
Ventura County Sheriff's Department Roll Call Training - Moorpark StationLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force2012
Ventura County Major Crimes Investigators (All Ventura County Agencies)Criminal Theories of Liability and Officer Involved Shootings2012
Simi Valley Police Department Roll Call TrainingLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful use of Force2012
Port Hueneme Police Department Roll Call TrainingLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force2012
Oxnard Police Department Roll Call TrainingLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force2012
Los Angeles Police Department Christmas Luncheon and TrainingCriminal Theories of Liability2012
Los Angeles Police Deparment - Devonshire Division - Roll Call TrainingLegal Issues Pertaining to the Lawful Use of Force2012
Ventura County Major Crimes Investigators (All Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies)Advanced DNA in Homicide Cases2011