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Christy Horowitz

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   20 reviews

also known as Chris Horowitz

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christy

Learn Christy’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
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    Ms. Horowitz handles all criminal matters. As a previous prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney she brings significant trial experience and compassion to her practice.

    16 years, 2,000 cases

Experienced trial attorney with a demonstrated history in the field of criminal law as a previous prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney. 

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Christy Horowitz Criminal Defense, APC
1032 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Reviews

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Posted by Josh | September 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Public defender that helped more than any lawyer I've hired for top dollar!
Chris was very responsive and helpful in a case where I lived 3 hours from my court hearings. I went in person 1 time and Chris pretty much handled the rest. All charges were dropped. If only she worked in my hometown, I could us an attorney like her right now!
Posted by Stephanie | September 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Chris is a rockstar
I consulted with Chris about a specific issue and she gave me a free hour long consultation (and very good advice). Chris is a very caring person and genuinely cared about my issues. Not only is she a great lawyer, she seems to be someone who has experienced many types of cases and has life experience. She knows how to handle a bad situation. She is also incredibly on top of it and smart. I will be hiring Chris. I have trust in her that she will help me win my case.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Chris for a criminal case involving a domestic violence charge several years ago. She was there with me through every step, fighting on my behalf. My case was dismissed and I attribute that to her fierce advocacy. I highly recommend Chris to be your criminal defense attorney!
Posted by Dean | March 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Chris in the past. She is awesome and I would highly recommend her. She is very knowledgeable in her understanding of the law and really helped me out!
Posted by Amanda | February 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Passionate!
Chris has consulted me on several items. She is very knowledgeable and always guides me down the right path.
Posted by michael | February 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Gifted Attorney with Integrity!
I found Chris Horowitz to be honest, straight forward and is extremely knowledgeable in what I needed her assistance in. When she says she will call you back or checkin to something, she does it and I always know I can count on her which is rare this day ad age. I know when she tells me something, I trust her to know what she is talking about. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a good, honest efficient lawyer. Michael
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Posted by Wayne | February 22, 2020
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Review of Chris Horowitz
She was an excellent lawyer. She was available any time I needed her. She answered all my questions I had. She was very knowledgeable about my case. I would recommend her services anytime.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Chris answered my call right away, dealt with my situation competently and professionally, held my hand through tough proceedings, and gave me a second chance. Highly Recommend.
Posted by Dawn | February 22, 2020
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Expert Legal Counsel
Chris immediately responded to my call and had advice on how to proceed. She put me right at ease during a very stressful situation. She was reliable and obtained an excellent result for me that allowed me and my family to move forward in our lives. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Serena
I am so eternally grateful to have had Christy Horowitz to represent me in a very difficult case! She is absolutely brilliant! From the moment I retained her for the case and in the weeks after, she was available to answer my questions with a genuine concern in a timely manner. She devised a phenomenal approach to resolving the issue I was facing where other attorneys i had consulted with did not. I will forever be grateful for Christy Horowitz’s expertise and profound help in making my case a huge success!!
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Posted by Chelsea | February 22, 2020
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The best
I first hired Christy for a custody case in 2015 and she provided outstanding service, going above and beyond for us. It was a difficult and emotional process for me until our first consultation when she provided support and guidance which continued even after we finished in court. She is fair while also fighting for what is right. After nearly 5 years, I once again contacted her for legal advice. Once again, she helped me feel supported and heard, while also knowing that my very personal case is in good hands. She is and will continue to be my first choice for any legal matters.
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Posted by Margaret | February 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Dedicated and Thorough Lawyer
I contacted Christy to get information, guidance and set up a plan for my case. She did everything she could to get back to me in a timely matter, give solid advice and help me more forward. If you want a dedicated and thorough attorney to get the job done call Christy. She won’t let you down. Highly recommend.
Posted by Kat | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and friendly
Chris is extremely professional, friendly capable lawyer I have ever met. I was in a bind and she did everything in her power to help. Went above and beyond my expectations. Highly recommend.
Posted by Julie | September 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
Chris is An extremely passionate, direct, honest & Highly motived attorney. I have consulted with her on several occasions and find her abilities to be extremely thorough and highly dedicated.
Posted by Lily | September 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consummate Professional
I have known Christy for a long time and have always been impressed with her knowledge of the law and her oral articulation of the facts. So when I was in need of legal advice, she was the one I went to. I found her to be the consummate professional who provided excellent advice and helped me resolve my issue efficiently and effectively. She was a complete pleasure to work with!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
I highly recommend Chris Horowitz. She's knowledgeable and answered every question I had. She fought hard for me and was there for me during a very difficult time.
Posted by Jennifer C. | September 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Chris is an excellent lawyer with an impeccable understanding of the law. She was able to help us when other lawyers could not. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Robin | September 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
Chris Horowitz is an excellent attorney. She is smart and supportive. She will be the voice you need at your time of need. We would be lost without her unique skill set on our side. She is knowledgeable and a strong advocate but easy to talk to. I would recommend hiring Chris.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate
Christy is an amazingly smart and talented lawyer. She’s worked many facets and is knowledgeable in many different fields. She cares about her clients and is willing to go the distance when defending them. I highly recommend her
Posted by Cai | August 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Horowitz excels at what she does.
Christy Horowitz represented me and my immediate family in juvenile court during a difficult period in my life. Young people make mistakes. At 17, extraneous life circumstances led me to make a series of poor decisions, the consequences of which I didn't realize until it was too late. At a young age, it was terrifying to hear that I was facing prosecution, a criminal record, and even potential jail time. Luckily, all of this was remedied thanks to Christy Horowitz. Over the course of my case, Christy again and again demonstrated the ability to navigate complex situations with ease. Never once did a question I had go unanswered, never once was I left in the dark as to the state of my case. Initially, the consequences of my crime were staggering, to the point where I felt I would never have a true career. I was to have a misdemeanor, a blemish on my record that was never to go away. However, by the end of the process, my misdemeanor was expunged, my records were sealed, and my future was saved. If attention to detail, expertise, and a real sense of being cared for is what you need, I wholeheartedly recommend Christy Horowitz.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Christy Horowitz Criminal Defense, APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Law Clerk / People vs. Michael J. Jackson
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Brian Hill
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Internship
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Alabama
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in California
  • 2021 - Present
  • San Luis Obispo Defenders
  • Attorney Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Defenders
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in California
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Outstanding Senior Paper in Administrative Sciences
  • University of Alabama
  • 2002

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Barbara High School Mock Trial
  • Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • National Charity League, Santa Barbara
  • Cyber-Bullying and Social Media
  • 2015
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Witnesses in Criminal Prosecution
  • 2014
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Dealing with Domestic Violence Witnesses
  • 2013
  • Santa Barbara High School
  • Opening Statement and Closing Argument Training
  • 2012
  • Santa Barbara Police Department Training
  • Prosecuting Driving Under the Influence
  • 2011
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Driving Under the Influence Prosecution
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris Horowitz is seasoned, compassionate, and dedicated when it comes to the representation of clients. She also is well respected, resourceful and has a great reputation in our community. I would recommend Chris Horowitz without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have know Ms. Horowitz for a number of years, and don't hesitate to endorse her. She is known as a tireless and zealous advocate working on behalf of her clients, and has a professional demeanor in and out of court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"With her strength and compassion, sharp intellect and unwavering dedication to her clients, Christy is not just a terrific lawyer but also a wonderful person. She easily earns the trust of clients and colleagues, and she produces great results. We were co-counsel on a successful domestic violence trial and worked together for seven years as Christy went from volunteer to deputy district attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Horowitz is a great attorney, and excellent negotiator. She has lots of experience with dealings with the District Attorneys office and with a variety of criminal issues, I have worked with Ms. Horowitz and would recommend her highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris has an impeccable reputation in the community. She is well equipped to expertly navigate your criminal defense needs. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friend or family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christy is a good lawyer and a kind person. She possesses the rare combination of intellect and compassion. I would recommend her without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christy has always had a reputation for aggressive advocacy, attention to detail, and professional lawyering. She was one of my mentors when I first started as a prosecutor, and she taught me how to analyze and argue cases in methodical and effective ways. Needless to say, I knew I would face a strong and tough adversary when we found ourselves on opposing sides. However, even as opposing counsel, we found ourselves agreeing over legal issues almost as often as we disagreed. Christy has a talent, skill, and work ethic to get to the heart of the matter, and present them in clear and convincing ways. No question about it, I would gladly have her representing my rights and interests any day."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christy Horowitz is a seasoned, knowledgeable and caring attorney. She is a strong advocate for her clients who obtains great results. I highly recommend her for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris and I started our careers around the same time as opposing attorneys on criminal matters. Despite our occasional civil disagreements, I always found her perspective to be reasonable and her attitude personable. When we tried a case against each other, I found myself in awe of her presence and skill in front of a jury. Now that she is working on the same side of the table as I am, she is a fierce advocate who also has the relationships and reputation with her former colleagues to get great results for her clients. I strongly recommend Chris Horowitz to anyone looking for legal assistance in Santa Barbara."
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Santa Barbara Criminal defense Lawyer Christy Horowitz
Christy Horowitz
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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