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Hayden Gifford Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Visalia, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Law Office of Hayden G. Smith

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details

About Hayden

Learn Hayden’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Since my first appearance in court many years ago - a preliminary hearing - where I sat on my hands to help fight the panicky urge to get up and run, I've been hooked. My client won! Never thought I would have that feeling again once sports were over.... Homicide, sex cases, gang shootings, domestic violence, DUI, fraud, forgery, fornication...I've seen it all. No case is too big or small, no client is unimportant there is no problem that cannot be addressed. I promise you that.

    18 years, 706 cases

  2. Civil rights
    Violations of constitutional rights by the government rather blatantly.

  3. Appeals
    Post-conviction remedies. Motion for a new trial; habeas petitions, appeals and writs.

    15 years, 11 cases

Theta Xi Fraternity Brother. Our beloved castle in Westwood got a makeover.

  • Redwood High v Mount Witney High Rawhide, 1987, Hearbreaking loss. I;m still not over it 
  • Three Rivers boy. The river is calling right now. 



Photos and videos

A captivating heartwarming film, a plea for business. The address is an old one, NOT AT 200 South Mooney, On Mineral King by the off ramp of the westbound 198.


Law Office of Hayden G. Smith
1612 West Mineral King Avenue
Suite A
Visalia, CA, 93291

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard to understand.
I never could tell what he was saying to me. But my DVRO went bye-bye of all a sudden. And I saw my twins for the first time unsupervised since the divorce. A bit pricey. Hard to get ahold of. Haven’t seen him in Merced in years.
Posted by Jennifer | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Central Valley's Go To Attorney
I am a regular woman in my 30's, raising my two boys, had never been in any trouble in my life when I did something very foolish. I had no idea that quick act of stupidity was going to land me in jail with 2 felony counts. Scared out of my mind I contacted Hayden and was in to see him immediately. Not only being terrified I was so embarrassed and right away his friendly and funny nature put me at ease. We went over my charges and he explained how my "small act of stupidity" was a serious situation. Hayden explained how he would present my case to the DA and we would go from there. His fee and payment arrangements worked perfectly for my being a single Mom. Hayden was at every court appearance I had. Attorney's are busy as hell and often in court when you call. When I called with any questions or concerns my calls were returned in a timely manner. At the end of this nightmare he did an awesome job keeping me out of prison and my punishment of a fine and community service was fine by me! My priority was being home with my boys. I recommend Hayden to anyone who finds themself where I was or if you're helping a loved one in trouble. There's no better Attorney in the Central Valley. Hayden Smith is the one you've been looking for!
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Posted by Cristina Ballard | March 26, 2015
He was Awesome!
My son who was in trouble for the first time in his life was faced with severe consequences. This is when we turned to Attorney Hayden Smith. Not only did he do everything within his power he was also very companionate and his will and want to help us was just amazing. When all was said and done my son did not face a day in jail and we owe this all to Mr. Smith! Without him my son would have faced jail time for a first offence. I highly recommend him! Thank you Mr. Smith as a mother I am forever grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2015
Came Through!
Smith provided excellent representation in my case. I had a felony strike charged against me carrying prison time that was going to ruin my life. Smith fought for me and I was able to walk away without any jail time whatsoever. Thanks Hayden Smith.


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Disbarment issued in CA, 2021
updated on 01/30/2024

Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the California State Bar to understand the reasons for disbarment.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2017
updated on 01/30/2024

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 2016
updated on 01/30/2024

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Hayden Smith, Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • 2006 - Present


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Porterville local who gets mouthy with police acquitted of resisting arrest.
  • Jury came back too quickly, under 5 minutes. Not guilty verdicts, Resisting, obstructing, display of speed.
  • Murder case dismissed.
  • Acquittal


  • California Defense Counsel
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Law Review
  • University of San Diego
  • 2002
  • CALI, Excellence in study of criminal law.
  • University of San Diego
  • 2001
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship (1st in class ranking)
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • 2001


  • San Diego Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2002
  • University of San Diego Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Lawyers Annual Spring Seminar
  • Jury Nullification as a defense.
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Hayden
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hayden is a tough, skilled advocate. He works hard for his clients and gets excellent results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hayden Smith is a great lawyer. Skilled, experienced and relentless."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hayden and I worked together on matters at the Tulare County Public Defener. Hayden was just beginning his legal career, but was already thinking his cases out several steps ahead of experienced attorneys. Hayden is skilled and thoughtful advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sharp, hard working. Excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith does not back down from adversity. He meets it head on with tenacity and grit. Mr. Smith ends up with excellent results."
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Visalia Criminal defense Lawyer Hayden Gifford Smith
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Visalia, CA
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details