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Samuel A Luton II

Criminal defense Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   29 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

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About Samuel

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WITH OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER - I CAN HELP

As both a criminal defense lawyer and former deputy district attorney I have 20 years of experience in criminal law.


I have appeared as defense counsel for people accused of Murder, DUIs, Juvenile Crimes, Sexual Assault, Drug Offenses, Burglary, Domestic Violence, and Prison Offenses.  I have helped over 3000 people who have been accused of crimes, and obtained great results for them.


As a former prosecutor I understand how the government puts their case against you together and will use that experience to help in your defense.  I performed trials and obtained convictions in cases involving serious offenses, including: Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Rape, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Arson, Possession of Controlled Substances for Sale among many, many others.


If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense you can rest assured that when you come to me you are talking to someone who can handle it.


I graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  Following graduation I worked a few years as a budget estimator at Paramount Studios.
After getting some experience in the working world I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco where I earned my law degree at Hastings College of the Law.


I joined the firm of John Barker and Associates where I helped people who were charged with felony and misdemeanor matters.  On my first day in court I won a Possession for Sales case for my client at preliminary hearing.  I won the Rookie of the Year Award for my first year of work there in 1997.  


As a criminal defense lawyer with the Fresno and Monterey Public Defenders Offices from 1999 to 2006, I defended juveniles and adults charged with varied offenses from traffic violations to murder.


In 2006, I joined the Fresno County District Attorneys Office where I prosecuted matters from misdemeanor DUIs to Attempted 1st degree murder and rape. 


I CAN HELP.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016
Client's Choice
2017 2016
Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Samuel

Luton Law Office
1330 "L" Street Suite C
Fresno, CA, 93721

Reviews

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Samuel received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He took our case when noone else would and won
Attorney Luton took our case when no one else would. Other attorneys expressed no hope but Attorney Luton immediately developed an action plan that he put into effect. My son was allowed a second chance for drug rehab tailored for criminals after a very shoddy experience he had in the first treatment. My son is now in a year long drug treatment for criminals and will be trained to have job skills, such as welding! I live out of state from my son but that didn't matter to Mr, Luton. he was readily available to me, communicated with me each step of the way and went all out for us in court. I am forever grateful my son has a second chance at rehab.
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Posted by Corey | September 20, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Sam has always helped me when it comes to legal issues. If he couldn’t help he referred me to the next best possible lawyer for my situation. Sam is extremely knowledgeable about the law and he cares about you and your situation.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Expungements
Sam helped me get three felonies reduced to misdemeanors and at same time expunged. He also helped me get rid of a misdemeanor through expungement as well. Sam fought for me in court. He even brought out the penal code law book to prove my defense. I never thought my felony domestic violence would be dismissed/expunged. Thank you Sam Luton for helping me win.
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Posted by Eric | August 8, 2022
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Dedicated Attorney
Sam handled my DUI case and went ABOVE AND BEYOND to help me. Sam handled ALL my DMV hearings, my court case and had the courts correct errors in the orders. Great attorney!
Posted by Twan | July 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant defense attorney with a unique skill set.
Mr. Luton is pure gold. I made the unfortunate mistake of complying with LEO’s instead of exercising my right to remain silent and ended up facing some serious weapons charges that were carrying mandatory sentences. Mr. Luton’s expertise was able to get them reduced to misdemeanors and eventually ended up having the case dismissed. I am extremely fortunate to find him and I strongly recommend Sam Luton to anyone who finds themselves in need of defense. Thanks Sam!
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Posted by Stephen | December 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Sam wins again!
Sam Luton helped me get my case dismissed. Sam was professional, knowledgeable and polite from start to finish. Sam out smarted the district attorney and checkmated the D.A. Case got dismissed. I never knew victory felt so good. Thank you Mr. Luton.
Posted by Armando lucero | July 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Determined and very professional
Mr.Luton was a huge help for me and my family. He worked extra hard to try and get me the best possible outcome. He always kept his appointments And was very serious and professional with his work. When I would call hiss his secretary Sofia, she was always very kind and relayed my message to Mr.Luton in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend Mr. Luton as he will definitely fight diligently for the best possible to help you out. I really appreciate you and Sofia Mr.Luton keep up the good work. God Bless
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2021
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Super Luton to the Rescue!
Mr. Luton really did improve my situation greatly from DUI charge to Wet Reckless. Could not be more satisfied with his work.
Posted by Ryan | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Reduced to Wet Reckless - Thanks to Sam!
In 2020 just before COVID -19 struck, I was arrested for the charge of a DUI. It was the worst experience of my life. The police officers pulled me out of my car, gave me the field sobriety test, had me blow into the breathalyzer, and towed my car while I was standing on the side of the road. I was horrified, embarrassed, and more worried about what would happen to me, my career...my life than I have ever been before. That night on the side of the road, I blew a .10 and a .09 and the officers told me that I had failed their FST, which landed me in the back of their police cruiser. At the station I blew another .09, at which point I asked to have my blood tested hoping that somehow it would show lower...it didn't, it was another .09! The law is very clear as to what would happen next - I was going to get a DUI, no matter what. That is when I called Samuel Luton. Sam was amazing. He walked me through the whole process step by step so that I understood exactly what had happened and what would happen. Most importantly, he made sure that I knew that he was not going to let this mistake effect me for the rest of my life and he starting fighting. That's when I knew, since the night of my arrest, that having Sam in my corner was the best choice I could have made. Sam was professional, thorough, experienced, and the best phone call I have ever made. He convinced the DA to the reduce the charge from a DUI to a wet reckless and helped me recover my life when I thought I I was going to lose for good. Thank you Samuel Luton!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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Trustworthy and effective lawyer
I had a misdemeanor battery charge that I could have potentially looked at 2-3 years probation and 1 year of battery classes. He was able to bring it down to 6 months probation and 12 weeks of anger management courses as well as getting the case dismissed. Definitely a great lawyer, I recommend him to my friends and family as well.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer
From the outset, the conversation I had with Mr. Luton was enormously reassuring. Although my situation inherently required further sorting out, my relief came from how clearly Mr. Luton’s command of this area of law and his concern for his clients came across. He calmly and thoroughly walked me through the aspects of my case on which he had been asked to consult. His straightforward and knowledgeable manner allowed me to navigate a very difficult and complicated matter. Mr. Luton’s professionalism and expertise was evident. I highly and unreservedly recommend working with him.
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Posted by Mrs. Joe Ann Pierson | August 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
AWESOME ATTORNEY
Sam Luton is an awesome attorney I hired him for my case, he attended all court hearings with me. He has great court presence his opening and closing statements were excellent. I highly recommend Sam Luton as a "go to" attorney
Posted by Dominic | July 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Really great attorney!
From the beginning when I first met Sam, he was a respectful and helpful. He was always straight to the point and honest about what was going on, and happily willing to explain things if necessary. Sam did an amazing job and went that extra mile when able to. Thanks.
Posted by Eddie Palacios | March 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Honestly Best Lawyer Out There, He Fought For My Case To The Fullest Extent, With Out Him Id Be Locked Up, I Was Falsley Identified In My Case But Due To This Outstanding Lawyer My Felony Case Was Dismissed, Thank You
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING LAWYER
During a time when my family found itself in a very unfamiliar scary situation and possibly facing criminal charges we turned to seek legal advise. Not having any criminal history or dealing with legal issues we turned to AVVO in search of local lawyers. We compiled a list of reputable lawyers with good reviews and started making calls immediately. It came to our surprise that the soonest any lawyer would give any consultation was 3 days or longer given that people only call lawyers because they have an immediate urgent need but that was not the case when Sam Luton and his office got involved. Initially his office gave us a one day wait time for an appointment because of Sam Luton's schedule but called back within an hr to let us know that Sam Luton could squeeze in an appointment late that day. From that moment on we knew we were in good hands because Sam always made an attempt to keep in communication with us and prioritized our situation every time new details arose. At the time during his FREE consultation there were no criminal charges and he made it his initiative to keep it that way. His prices were fair and he advised my family and I on how to handle every situation concerning the matter and even represented us in front of the police. Fast forward several weeks and there are still no charges and our family's life is starting to return to normal. Sam even made sure we knew that if anything re-opens with this in the future he is still our lawyer through and through. We rest assured now that we have a lawyer who cares, stays on guard, and prepared to jump into action to protect our reputation and livelihood. We will be forever grateful to Sam for using his experience and knowledge to help us.
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Posted by Jim | May 10, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Luton was very knowledgeable and helpful durring the entire trail process. He was on time to every court date and was sure to give me a card with the date and time of every next court date. When it came to the actual trial our time together made me feel comfortable that we were going to win and we did. Mr Luton made strong opening statements and presented all required evidence to grab the jury's attention. Then while closing the trial Mr. Luton made a solid closing argument reminding the jury of all important evidence and solidifying their opinion. It took the jury only 15 minutes to come to a verdict. Not Guilty. We won!
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Posted by Hal | May 8, 2018
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Hal
Mr. Luton was knowledgeable, straight forward and upfront with me. He took the time to check the law and promptly got back to me. His advice was right. Finally, he is a likeable guy.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Sam is a great lawyer, got me the best possible outcome for my case. He even helped me pay my fine at the court house since I couldn't make it to the court house myself. I would definitely recommend him. Great service, Great Lawyer, Great Guy!!!!
Posted by Correena | October 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
true to his word and gets job done!
My son was accused of using violent deadly force and attempted manslaughter. which wasn't true but when you have others lying it and trying to set you up it looks hopeless. Well Luton was personable, straight, direct, confidential, very professional, communicative and thorough. He definitely knows what he is doing! Luton got my son out of the juvenile detention and record expunged! Thanks to Luton my son has a chance at a free life! Thank you!
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Posted by Matt | October 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Sam is a stand up guy!
I was referred to Sam by a good friend of mine and am so glad I had him represent me! He is very knowledgeable about legalities and is a very personable guy also. He got my whole case dismissed and I would recommend Sam to anyone in my circle of family and friends! He is a stand up guy and will fight for you until the end. This guy is good!!!!!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Luton Law Office
  • 2015 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Fresno County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Fresno County Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Monterey County Public Defender
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Fresno County Public Defender's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • John Barker and Associates
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • People v. Wilcox
  • Expungement granted
  • People v. Thor
  • Acquittal after jury trial
  • People v. Morton
  • Client plead to misdemeanor domestic violence and received probation with no time in jail
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Associations

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Fresno County District Attorney
  • 2012
  • Rookie of the Year
  • John Barker and Associates
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Fresno Police Officers Association Training
  • Search and Seizure Training
  • 2013
  • Fresno Police Officer Association Training
  • Medical Marijuana and the Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (18)
Endorse Samuel
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Sam for 18 years when he was a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. He is a tough advocate in court and he has made me a better attorney because of his attention to detail. As a prosecutor, he did not take advantage of me when I first started practicing law, which I believe shows his true character. What makes Sam a superb lawyer is he truly listens to his clients, attorneys, and judges. He is also a keen observer, and I feel it is very helpful when you need an attorney that cares about your situation, especially with a criminal or DUI case. Sam stays up to date with the law and works extremely hard to make sure every client receives the best outcome. He is well liked and respected among the legal community. He cares about his clients, he knows his way around the courtroom, and he has this unique ability to argue his case with such confidence that makes the other side question their position. If you retain Sam as your attorney, you will not have any regrets."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am pleased to endorse Sam Luton; he has an impressive background as a prosecutor and with his vast knowledge and experience, he can level the playing field. If you have an investigation or actual criminal case filed against you, Sam is the lawyer with whom you should confer and obtain his wise counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Samuel Luton is dedicated to his clients and works hard to achieve the best outcome for them. I have worked with him and recommend him highly. Sam is extremely knowledgeable and is distinguished in his field. He is also very personable and a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam worked with me on a case and achieved an incredible result for a client who had an open warrant from 2002. He got the case dismissed and has given the chance for my client to finally obtain legal status after years of legal limbo. If you have a criminal matter in Fresno, I urge you to call Sam. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Luton is knowledgeable, considerate and is a skilled attorney in the courtroom. I have practiced along side him on cases and have seen him to be of exceptional character. He will fight for you and provide you with quality representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sam Luton is an excellent criminal defense attorney with the ability to handle any kind of criminal case. I highly recommend Sam for anyone looking for one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Sam for many years and I doubt you will find a more ethical, dedicated, or experienced criminal defense lawyer. I wish Sam lived in the LA area, as I would refer him all the criminal cases that come my way. LA's loss is Fresno's gain!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mr. Luton for over ten years. He is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in our region and I would not hesitate to refer friends or family to him, or hire him myself. He knows the law, is compassionate with clients, and is respected by the players in the justice system. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is a fair and reasonable person who is has years of criminal law experience. Sometimes a person is both a skilled attorney and a good person."
Violent crime Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With over 18 years of experience in Criminal Law, Mr. Luton is one of the best defense attorneys in town. Keep up the good work and dedication Sam!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Sam for some time now. When we met, he was a prosecutor on several cases I was defending. I found him then to be a fair prosecutor who assessed his cases with a goal of understanding what he could prove, and what was unsubstantiated, uh, shall we say "stuff." Now he is a criminal defense attorney. He brings with him not only that same ability to see through the "stuff," but the same determination that made him stick to his guns as a prosecutor when he knew he had a good case. I endorse Sam Luton not only because I know him to be a good attorney, but because I know him to be a good person. Let me just put it this way: I would trust Sam to defend me, if I were ever in a position to need help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam Luton is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney with an excellent courtroom presence. He is not only intelligent, but also street smart, which is very valuable in this type of law practice. He is a seasoned and hard-working attorney, and I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is an excellent lawyer. He is very aggressive and knowledgeable on the law, and I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Luton knows his stuff--no kidding. I've seen him in Court. He has handled criminal defense cases from both sides of the aisle. He has been a prosecutor, a public defender, and worked at the largest criminal defense firm in Fresno. On his first day of practice nearly 20 years ago, he got his first case dismissed at the preliminary hearing. As a former prosecutor, Sam understands how the government puts the case against you together. He uses that experience to defend you. He has handled everything from murder cases to traffic tickets. If you call Sam, you'll get a great lawyer. Period."
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Fresno Criminal defense Lawyer Samuel A Luton II
Samuel A Luton II
Criminal defense Attorney
Fresno, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
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