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Heberto Avila Sala

Criminal defense Attorney at Bakersfield, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as H.A. Sala


Licensed for 40 years

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Learn Heberto’s areas of practice.

H.A. Sala has been an attorney licensed to practice law in California for 33 years. He has been certified as a legal specialist in Criminal Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California for 20 years, and is presently the only practicioner in Kern County to achieve this distinction.

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Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation
641 H Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93304

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Posted by Ryan | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The very best in Kern County
Hands down the best. I talked to a few in town including Bill Slocomb and I could tell Sala had the most confidence out of any lawyer in town. He was 4x the cost of most but he got me fully acquitted of 5 felonies from marijuana to gun charges. Even got me my money back, my guns back, damn there everything back besides my weed lol. Got raided January 2017 and was acquitted in April 2018. If you don’t hire this man your either poor or dumb. (Not to sound like a [email protected] but if your gonna do dumb stuff to get arrested, make sure you got the funds to pay the best. Thanks once again Sala.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Sala was very clear about his plans for my case from the consultation all the way to the eventual dismissal. I was arrested for a 4.5 year old warrant that I was never aware of and Mr. Sala was able to have the case dismissed. Being accused of any crime is very serious and Mr. Sala was 100% focused on not allowing my rights to be violated.
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Posted by shawn | May 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best defense lawyer by far
i have attained mr salas services twice n both times came up with exceptional results. on one case i could have been facing 11 years but with his services i got a misdameanor with no time i am very greatful to the hard work he will put into your case to make it right. i would highley recomend him to anyone facing any legal issues
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Charges Filed
I was threatened by the District Attorney and law enforcement, I was going to be arrested. After retaining Mr. Sala, the pending case was dropped. He was readily available and appeared on my behalf. I would highly recommend Mr. Sala if you are facing criminal charges. He is extremely competent and will aggressively fight for you.
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Posted by William | August 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best in the area
Mr. Sala was completely professional in all aspects handling my case. He was aggressive from the very beginning had my private investigator set up and ready to interview literally before I returned with my retainer fee. After I retained his services, he aggressively used his expertise in seeing that justice had been served. His office was in continuous contact with with updates on my case. My case was completely dismissed of all charges and I was obviously very relieved of the results and felt that Justice had been served. His team is top notch period. His private investigator was brilliant in his questioning my accuser. If you are in any kind of situation and you need a criminal defense lawyer no matter what the case involves Mr. Sala is Simply the Best in the area. He came highly recommended. You simply cannot afford not to have a source all in your corner so glad that I decided to have him represent me.
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Posted by E.L. | January 4, 2016
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I truly recommend him to others in need
Our daughter was 20 years old when she was arrested and facing numerous felony charges with the possibility of serving years in prison. She has never been arrested or convicted of any crimes before, so this whole experience was very new to both of us. During our research for a criminal attorney, the one name that kept coming up through friends, co-workers, and family members was Mr. H. A. Sala. Everyone that my husband and I spoke to informed us how great Mr. Sala was and their own experience they had with him. We knew that our daughter’s life and future was at stake and we needed to make the right choice. We thank God everyday for choosing Mr. Sala. His professionalism, knowledge, and understanding was beyond what we could ever hope for. He took the time to explain the whole process to us and guided us through it all. In the end Mr. Sala got the deal we hoped and prayed for. Our daughter’s home! Mr. Sala was amazing with how he handled her case. He and his firm worked very hard to make sure we got our winning result. We highly recommend Mr. Sala and his firm. You couldn’t ask for a better firm and lawyer! Thank you truly Mr. Sala!!!
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Posted by LJ | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I owe thing guy my life...
I was arrested for 3 pretty strong felony charges. I never saw the inside of a court room. I was treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire process. I never realized how much Mr. Sala changed my life until I interviewed for a position at a Nuclear Power Plant. I could have spent 23 yeas in prison , instead I spent 1 night in jail and have a record that reads: Bail-EXONERATED.... Charge Disposition-DISM-FUTRH. OF JUSTICE. This is a real attorney should you ever need one.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 1986 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Kern County Public Defender's Office
  • 1983 - 1986

Education

  • University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of California Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • People v. J. Y.
  • People v. U. A.
  • Acquittal
  • People v. M. L.
  • Dismissal
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Associations

  • Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee-KCBA
  • Chairman
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oversight Committee, KCBA Indigent Defense Program
  • Chairman
  • 2011 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation
  • Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • Kern County Court Liaison Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice- Life Member
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Life Member
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Kern County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2016
  • Bench and Bar Award
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Favorite Attorney- Bakersfield Life Magazine
  • Bakersfield Californian
  • 2014
  • Atticus Finch Award
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Conducting Effective Preliminary Hearings
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Litigating Unlawful Detentions
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Opening Statements, Cross-Examination & Closing Argument
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Ethics and Fair Administration of Justice
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • DSL Sentencing after Cunningham
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Preparing Effective Cross Examination
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Litigation of Motions to Traverse and Quash Search Warrants
  • N/A
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Crawford v. Washington:The Resurrection of the Right to Confrontation
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse Heberto
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Heberto is a true fighter for his clients. He has the respect of the local judiciary and knows the ins and outs of the Bakersfield Criminal Justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Sala for close to 20 years and we have worked together on a number of cases, he's the best of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Heberto. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"H.A. Sala is one of the best, if not the best, criminal defense attorneys in Kern County. His client dedication is amazing. The prosecutors in the Kern County DA's office have had a great deal of respect for Mr. Sala for many years. I would know, I was one of them, and I knew every time I faced Mr. Sala in court, I was going to have to work very hard just to keep up with him. Mr. Sala is simply one of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sala is a very honest, determined and prepared attorney. He is a great lawyer and better human being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Sala is the preeminent criminal defense attorney in Kern County dealing with serious felony matters. A seasoned advocate for his clients, his reputation as a zealous and intelligent attorney is well known by lawyers and judges alike. I would and have recommended Mr. Sala to those accused of crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Sala professionally for most of his career. He is probably the best criminal defense lawyer in Bakersfield. He has an outstanding and well-deserved, reputation in the legal community. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Sala is one of the finest narcotics defense lawyers in the State. His talents, knowledge and know-how in those cases is unsurpassed. We refer many of callers who have drug related offenses to Mr. Sala. I do so with the utmost of confidence. He is respected by his peers and by the bench as one of the best at what he does."
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Bakersfield Criminal defense Lawyer Heberto Avila Sala
Heberto Avila Sala
Criminal defense Attorney
Bakersfield, CA
Licensed for 40 years