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Robert Francis Landheer

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

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  • Licensed for 42 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Facing criminal charges can be an intimidating and confusing process. If you are convicted or plead guilty to a felony or misdemeanor you could be confined in state prison and forced to pay costly fines. A criminal law attorney can help you navigate the court system and get the best outcome for your case. An attorney can also help with plea bargaining, appeal, and expungement.

    39 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Per California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws, it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence. It is also illegal to operate a vehicle with a BAC .08% or higher (over 21); .04% BAC (commercial drivers); and .01% (under 21). The state’s DUI laws include drugs and medications, too. A DUI attorney can help you get the best possible outcome and negotiate your DUI penalties.

    39 years

  3. Domestic violence
    Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship. The court process can be confusing and intimidating. Both people will have to see each other in court, and both will have to tell the judge details of what happened in a public courtroom. Having a lawyer or (for the protected person) support from domestic violence experts can help make the process easier to handle.

    39 years

  4. Violent crime
    Violent crimes are serious felonies under the penal code and a "strike" for 3 strikes purposes. In addition to jail time, fines, and loss of license(s), a felony conviction can affect your ability to get a job once you are released. A criminal lawyer can help you through this difficult process and ensure that your constitutional rights are protected.

    39 years

  5. White collar crime
    White collar crimes include fraud, embezzlement, forgery, counterfeiting, and extortion. These crimes can carry significant consequences, including prison or jail time, a fine, and restitution. If you are charged with a white collar crime, an attorney can help you through the court process and ensure that your constitutional rights are protected.

    39 years

Mr. Landheer first worked as an associate attorney in the early 80s with the Law Office of Richard Peterson in Mendocino County, California. He tried major felony cases and successfully exonerated his client in his first homicide trial. He also assisted his partner in preparing the defense in a capital case in neighboring Lake County. Additionally, he litigated and defended many marijuana cultivation cases and wrote appeals.


In 1983, he moved to Santa Barbara and opened an office with his associate, former District Attorney of Mendocino County Joseph D. Allen. In 1985, he was invited to join the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office, where he remained until he retired and opened a private practice in 1990.


Mr. Landheer served as chairman of the board of the Santa Barbara Legal Defense Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group for indigent and homeless persons in the 80s. Mr. Landheer was recognized as Professor of the Year in 1999 by the student body at the Southern California Institute of Law, where he taught jurisprudence, the philosophy of law.


Mr. Landheer has been featured on Dateline and 48 Hours. He is frequently consulted by the media and asked to comment on controversial legal issues. He has been interviewed and quoted by the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He appears frequently on local television news programs.

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Robert F. Landheer
924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1-T
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-2155


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Posted by Ray Tischer DMA | November 5, 2021
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Review of Attorney Robert Landheer
When I first started inquiring about lawyers, Attorney Robert Landheer's name emerged immediately. Several other lawyers highly recommended him, including my personal family lawyer, close friends who knew of him, and especially one very very close friend with whom I have composed and performed music for many many years. From my first meeting with Robert, he was kind, caring and listened with great detail. As a recording musician for over 40 years, I easily recognized a professional. Robert Landheer Esq. is one of the most caring, intelligent, and superlative professionals that I have ever encountered. Additionally, his assistant, attorney Keiran Schwoerke, with whom I have net several times in person and by phone, had exemplified the highest standards of professionalism through his acute awareness of details, his highly personable demeanor, and lastly, through his immediate responsiveness to all my needs. I would recommend with no reservation and total confidence, Attorney Robert Landheer, his assistant attorney Keiran Schwoerke and his entire staff. Thank you very much for everything. Ray
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2019
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Experienced and Professional Criminal Defense Attorney
Robert and his team helped me to navigate a complex criminal case that spanned many months and involved multiple law enforcement agencies. Robert’s experience, talent, and expertise were instrumental in securing a favorable resolution. I was constantly impressed by the positive interactions he had with everyone involved in the legal process. It is no surprise to me that Robert is so well respected by law enforcement, prosecutors, and fellow attorneys. I appreciated Robert’s honesty and straightforward communication. He was clear with me at all times regarding the status of the case, the path forward, and the possible outcomes. Additionally, he treated me with a level of respect and compassion that helped me to feel at ease despite the seriousness of the situation. Robert’s patient approach and strategic thinking allowed him to resolve my case in a manner that was far better than I had thought possible. It was a pleasure working with Robert, Russel, and Keiran. I cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts on my behalf and I highly recommend you seek their expert guidance if facing criminal charges.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Robert Landheer
  • 1990 - Present
  • Professor
  • Southern California Institute Of Law
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Public Defender
  • Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office’s
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Robert F. Landheer, Attorney at Law, Santa Barbara, California, associated with former District Attorney of Mendocino County, Joseph D. Allen
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Richard Peterson in Mendocino County
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • New College School of Law of California
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Oberlin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • In re Morrison, On Habeas Corpus, S115559
  • Ongoing
  • People v. Angel Hernandez, Case No. 1017383 (2001)
  • People v. Nicholas Vasquez Romero, Case No.1074348, (2002)
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  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Committee for Social Justice
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Bar of Santa Barbara
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2007
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2002
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 1997
  • Professor of the Year Award
  • Southern California Institute of Law
  • 1993
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Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
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"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is a well-known and experienced lawyer with a wealth of information and knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a remarkable attorney and a highly capable criminal defense lawyer."
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Santa Barbara Criminal defense Lawyer Robert Francis Landheer
Robert Francis Landheer
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 42 years