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I've been a trial attorney for nearly 20 years, and have defended every type of criminal case.   I have the experience, and the experts to assist you in the best way possible.  Not only do I have the experts, but I have actually studied DNA, forensics, and Intellectual Disability along with preparing the case.  I do not depend only on my experts but take responsibility for learning the subject matter.  The investigators I work with are top notch, and have worked with this office for a long time.


This office has defended in almost every county in California.  We are qualified to practice in Federal Court as well.  


I am Death Penalty Qualified by the Court.  That means I am ready and qualified to defend the toughest case criminal defense has to offer.  Not many attorneys can claim that a judge ruled them competent to lead a death penalty case.  I've also argued in front of the California Supreme Court, early in my career in a matter associated with the OJ Simpson Case.


Whether you have a death penalty case, murder, drugs, gang, sex, white collar or a general misdemeanor matter, this firm should be called before you contact anyone else.  This law firm has appealed trial court rulings in the middle of the case.  One of my cases went to the California Supreme Court, with me right there.


I will accommodate any budget.  Not everyone has unlimited finances.  Not all attorneys understand that fact.  We do.


We are a 24 hour law firm.  Our answering service is a 24 hour bi-lingual service that accepts collect calls from in custody.








Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    21 years
  2. Sex Crime: 10%
  3. Administrative Law: 5%
  4. Federal Crime: 5%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • William Saul Kroger Jr.

    I have worked with Monique on several cases. Her knowledge of the courts in Ventura and relationships with the court personnel are a valued asset. She probably knows her way around the local courts more than any other lawyer in her area. She is great to work with.


    William Kroger Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Monique Shana Hill & Associates

6 W Gabilan St Ste 23
Salinas, CA, 93901


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Joyce Yoshioka ScholarshipCACJ1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Monique Shana Hill2013 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderMonterey County Public Defender's Office2011 - 2013
Owner-Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Monique Shana Hill2002 - 2011
Trial AttorneyHill & Hill1996 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Shooters BarMember1998 - Present
Lawyers Second Amendment AssociationMember1996 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - 2015
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Governors2010 - 2011
Women Lawyers of Ventura CountyPresident2004 - 2005
Ventura County Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2011
women lawyers ventura countyMember1998 - 2011
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2000
Women Lawyers of Los Angelesmember1996 - 2000
Beverly Hills Bar Associationmember, writer monthly magazine1996 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Beverly Hills Bar Association JournalMonthly Newletter1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of West Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of California - Los AngelesClassical CivilizationBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MeetingFirearm Law2015
Ventura College of LawCriminal Defense Law2014
Law Day- High School, Junior High, Elementary Schools as assignedQuestion and Answer-Yearly Event1999
Southern California Indian Center AwardsCriminal Defense1997