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Janet M Anderson

Criminal defense Attorney at Seaside, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Anderson Criminal Defense Law

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Janet

Learn Janet’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I practice all areas of criminal defense, misdemeanor and felony, Parole and Probation violations, Post-conviction relief. DMV and Court Case for one price. Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Violent Crime, drugs, Negligent Operator DMV issues, and more.

  2. Civil rights

  3. DUI and DWI

  4. Domestic violence

  5. Drug Crime

  6. Education
    Special Education Law - Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Advocacy for Parents, Guardians and Individuals with Disabilities.

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket

In addition to working on specific cases for my clients, my current project is to work for what's called "Debt-Free Justice." I became aware of this movement while working on a motion to waive court-imposed fines and fees in a case. The reseach I was doing led me to an article about how fines and fees keep people "in the system" because failures to pay can lead to allegations of violation of probation. It's a cycle that needs to be broken. 

My intrerest in helping people has always been strong and I can thank my family for that. Coming from New York City to California in the 1940's, my family was in the lower socioeconomic group. Education, service and humbleness made us who we are today.

I love to learn now things, study different cultures and am a student of languages. I speak French and Spanish and want to learn Arabic, too. I love graffiti art, sour candy and reading true crime. My favorite movies are Quentin Tarantino films. 

That motion I mentioned--to waive court fines and fees in a case--it was successful!

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Anderson Criminal Defense Law
1373 Military Avenue
By Appt. Only
Seaside, CA, 93955

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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Virginia | July 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I've ever had. And I've have had a lot of them
Ms. Anderson was very discreet and professional helping me with a sensitive matter. She made me feel taken care of during a frightening and stressful time in my life. When I told her my situation, she worked with me to find solutions and make it possible for me to retain her. She is a caring person and a great attorney.
Posted by Nick | July 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
“Thankful I hired the right one”
There’s nothing more stressful in this busy world we live in then to find yourself against the wrong end of the law. Court proceedings leave you dazed and confused with how fast they Overwhelm you with unfamiliar language and seemingly endless Punishments and fines for your crime. I was Very impressed with Miss Anderson, her diligence and efforts to research every angle of my case, she also took the time to break down the process and explain each step of the way. I went from hopeless and helpless to comfortable and confident that that with Miss Anderson’s help this will all be a part of my past not a determination of my future. There are still great honest lawyers out there thank you again Miss Anderson.
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Posted by Margarette | June 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Service
I used Janet’s expertise for a consultation. She was very pleasant, knowledgeable and reviewed very realistic outcomes. I was very happy to have been able to use her services.
Posted by Steven | June 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lawyer With A Heart
Where do I begin? Ms. Anderson gave us much needed advice about helping my son expunge his record. Not only did she take the time to advise me of the facts, but she explained every step of the process with calm, professional clarity. We are grateful to Ms. Anderson and feel, now, we have some we can turn to as our son navigates a cruel world that may or may not understand autism.
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AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Anderson Criminal Defense Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Janet Anderson, Esq.
  • 2011 - 2020


  • Monterey College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Ed. Specialist Credential Mod to Severe Disabilities
  • 2005
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
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  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • The Week's Cases with Al Menaster June 25-28, 2021
  • New Case Law
  • 2021

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