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Gary Thelander

Criminal defense Attorney at Salinas, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have spent 16 years as a Deputy District Attorney. In that time I prosecuted child sexual assault, murder, embezzlement, drunk driving, robbery, burglary, and various other types of criminal cases.

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI


Welcome to Thelander Law.

I have spent 17 years of my life serving the community as a public prosecutor, both as an Assistant Deputy District Attorney in Santa Cruz County and Deputy District Attorney in Monterey County 

As I approach 25 years as an attorney I am proud to be able to serve you. I’ve served the People of the State of California for years and now I actually get to represent people. People who deserve the finest legal representation afforded to them under our constitution, people who find themselves accused by the state of illegal acts. People who have families, people who deserve a second chance.

As both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have participated in thousands of cases. Now; I offer that wealth of experience, hard earned knowledge and reputation for integrity and skilled trial practices to protect you.                                                                                                                   

Together, we will face the situation, break it down, and begin the process of fighting for your rights. We will minimize the impact on you and help restore order in your life. You will have the peace of mind of knowing our team is on your side fighting for you. 

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Thelander Law


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Richard | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Mr. Thelander helped my son. He showed him the importance of personal accountability. He got us a not guilty verdict because he showed the court there was no criminal intent to my son's mistaken actions. Bravo!
Posted by Fran | April 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
5-Star Rating
It's a 5-star rating for Gary, who took me from a charge of hit-and-run to a dismissal of the case. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and thankful that I had Gary to get me through this.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2016
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Honest and diligent
Mr. Thelander helped me out in one of the scariest times of my life. He is very knowledgeable on how the system works and he provided me with excellent guidance from start to finish. I felt protected by Thelander Law after being wrongfully accused and I would recommend him to anyone else going through hard times. He's a great guy and a great attorney.
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Posted by Richard | April 5, 2016
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The Best!
Mr. Thelander helped my son understand the importance of accountability. He was found not guilty only because Mr. Thelander showed the court that There was no criminal intent in my son's actions. We owe him our grattitude.
Posted by Gary B. | August 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
I can't thank Gary Thelander enough for what he has done for me and my family. Just recently my girlfriend and I were dealing with a domestic violence case due to some misjudgment on both parties. A misjudgment that could have potentially put me in jail and cost me my livelihood. I being afraid and anxious was glad Mr Thelander could come to save the day! He worked very closely with my girlfriend and I, seeking for the best result to not only get my charges dismissed but also to improve my relationship to avoid further issues. He truly cares about his clients. If you're looking for a trustworthy and compassionate attorney, Gary is the man to make your life easier! My case was dismissed and my relationship with my girlfriend is growing stronger every day thanks to his good judgement and excellent advice. I highly recommend Gary Thelander for any legal issue you may be having.
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Posted by juan | August 14, 2015
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it was a domestic violence caseI was falsely accuseda break in my girlfriends arm when really she was drunk but she blamed it on
I hired Gary at the last minute and he was able togather up all the paperwork and all the proof that he needed to be successful in my casegary was great person really respectful and down to earth I would hire Gary again if I ever come to any problems again
Posted by Robert | August 13, 2015
outstanding attorney
My daughter was recently charged with misdemeanor hit and run. She was facing incarceration, driver license suspension and fines. There were extenuating circumstances in her case and our family believed that it would be more appropriate for this to be resolved civilly. I needed to find an attorney who I knew would do a thorough investigation and was someone that I could trust. I'm a retired police officer and have worked with numerous attorneys throughout the court system. The first person who came to mind to defend my daughter was Gary Thelander. I reached out to Gary and he worked her case tenaciously and ultimately had the charges dismissed and the matter was handled civilly, all in a timely manner. Her record was cleared of any criminal history. If you find yourself facing criminal charges, I highly recommend that you consult Gary Thelander about your case. My family and I are very satisfied with the positive outcome in her case. This is a direct result of Gary Thelander's extensive knowledge of criminal law, the court system and the fact that he truly cares about his clients.
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Posted by Erik | August 12, 2015
Mr. Thelander
Mr. Thelander was great, without him the custody of my child might have been lost because of false charges against me. He got those charges dismissed! I'm grateful he took my case!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thelander Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Monterey County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Gary HM Thelander, LLC
  • 1995 - 1998
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  • Monterey College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Cabrillo Coll
  • AA
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • Not Guilty


  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association- Young Barristers Committee
  • President
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Monterey School Of Law Alumni Association
  • President
  • 1996 - 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Constitutional Rights Foudation
  • 1997


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker's Gym for Debate
  • Debate
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a Public Defender, I handled many cases in which Gary Thelander was opposing counsel. He was always a fair, balanced, yet formidable adversary in the court room. Now, as member of the Monterey defense community, he is able to use his background and training to assist those in need. In fact, many of the strengths he demonstrated as a prosecutor are now better suited to his role as defense attorney. It is for this reason that I highly endorse the well qualified Gary Thelander."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Thelander and I have appeared opposite each other on many cases. He is a formidable trial lawyer, with a knack for jury selection and effective case presentation. Mr. Thelander is well respected in the legal community on both sides of the aisle, treats people with fairness and respect, and has a good sense of humor that makes working with him enjoyable. I heartily recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Mr. Thelander for years. When he was a prosecutor, he was always fair and approachable. In court he showed a high level of competence. Now, as a defense attorney, he offers strong and compassionate representation."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense