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Ariel Rief

Criminal defense Attorney at Redwood City, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Ari

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ariel

Learn Ariel’s areas of practice.

I’m a former prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney who’s passionate about achieving justice for my clients. As a DA, I gained not only extensive trial experience, but also learned how law enforcement and prosecutors approach and negotiate cases—knowledge and experience that now proves VALUABLE for my clients. With respect to my retainer fee, I charge less and provide more. For example, I INCLUDE expungement services in my fee to help clean your criminal record. Plus, you’ll have my cell phone to call/text 24/7 – my clients, along with my family, are my TOP priority. Call today for a 100% FREE attorney consultation with no pressure to hire me (that’s not my style).


Rief Legal
620 Jefferson Ave.
Redwood City, CA, 94063

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Posted by Dashawn | June 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI - He’s Your Guy!
10/10 recommend Ariel! Got into a situation back in Feb 2022 with a DUI. BAC level was over the legal CA limit. First time running into this kind of Torino’s with the law but was so thankful to find Ariel. He talked me through the entire process and was extremely knowledgeable of the possible outcomes. There was never a moment I felt uninformed or couldn’t reach our for more info. I didn’t have to step a foot into a court room and he was able to get me one of the lowest possible legal consequences. Just a small fine and some community service. He fee was extremely reasonable, especially compared to the cost of spending actual time in jail which I did not have to do because of Ariel. If you’re gotten into some DUI trouble, hit up Ariel and I’m certain he can help you out much like he helped me. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Carmela | January 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
This is the lawyer you want on your side!!#1
Ariel Rief did a great job on my case. He is a great communicator and genuinely cares about whats best for his client. He took away the anxiety I felt over my case and he went to court on my behalf ,best of all he got me a better deal than I even thought possible .I am so grateful that my case landed in such good hands.Ariel Rief is Knowledgeable, Professional And very easy to talk to .He kept me well informed and made sure I understood and agreed every step of the way .I appreciate that! I highly recommend him for anyone needing a qualified attorney on your side !
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Posted by Rachel | July 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Lawyer!!
My lawyer handled my case with quick and efficient timing. He was very good about explaining everything about my case to my understanding. One thing I really like is his availability to my calls about anything. I’m so happy I have him as my lawyer, sometimes you get some bad ones but not with him. I feel I got very lucky to have gotten one of the best!!
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Posted by Katrina | March 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp and compassionate defense attorney
Ariel Rief is a sharp, attentive, trustworthy and most importantly compassionate defense attorney who worked hard to produce positive results in my time of need. He was confident knowledgeable when and what to do and made it a point to consult me often about the next steps in the process.
Posted by jose | July 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
he is the best lawyer for you gets you the best resultes 100% recomended
he got me the best resultes. he cared about my case and i feel nobody would have got mi thanks again aril
Posted by Madison | June 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience. Highly recommended.
Ari was the first lawyer I spoke with who I felt I could trust. He was straightforward but also compassionate. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family. He was always easy to contact and I felt very safe as his client.
Posted by Joseph | January 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ari Rief has all the excellent qualities it takes to be the best possible defense attorney you could hire. He is warm, friendly, exceptionally knowledgeable, and so very honest. You feel comfortable and in competent hands from the very first meeting with him. He researched my case and found the very best solution to resolve the problem with the court. He will do whatever it takes to represent his client to his upmost ability.
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Posted by Linda | October 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!
I hired Ari of Rief Legal to help my son with an upcoming court date. Ari was professional and courteous, yet down to earth. Always promptly and completely answered my questions. From the start Ari said his goal was to get the case dismissed (though no guarantee). Goal achieved and, needless to say, we were quite pleased and relieved with the outcome - CASE DISMISSED! Handled to perfection! Thank you Ari!
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Posted by abe | October 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
attorney that will work for you
Ari is an attorney that took our problem like it was his he treat us like family he his extremely concern and will work diligently to get a client out of trouble i recommend Ari with blind faith
Posted by Marie | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great results! Trustworthy. Reliable.
An amazing attorney! Helped get a case dismissed. Worked above and beyond. And doesn't overcharge. Always returns calls and responds to emails quickly
Posted by Aaron Dade | October 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer for the job. Worth every penny
I got a little worried there when it was about to start court but, you made it with time to spare. Everything went smoothly. Thank you very much. You were worth every penny spent. I know I could have never gotten the deal you got me. My girl and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I've changed a lot in my life since then and I appreciate you letting me get this over with so quickly.  I hope I never need a lawyer again for anything but, if I do you are definitely first on my list. Hell, your the only one on my list. Thanks again for the excellent job well done. Much better then I expected May God bless you and your family.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rief Legal
  • 2016 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Amador County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney
  • 2011 - 2012


  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • N/A
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. I.S.
  • 3 charges dismissed. Case reduced to Disturbing the Peace. Client released from jail.
  • People v. A.N.
  • Case dismissed.
  • People v. S.H.
  • Dismissed the day of trial.
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  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Mateo County Private Defender Program
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • "First Place" Spring Mock Trial Tournament
  • USD School of Law
  • 2009
  • "Best Closing Argument"
  • USD School of Law Mock Trial
  • 2009
  • "First Place" Fall Mock Trial Competition
  • USD School of Law
  • 2008
  • "First Place" Spring Mock Trial Competition
  • USD School of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Narrative: Developing the Theory of the Case"
  • Jury Trial Preparation
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Rief on several cases. He is extremely sharp, hard-working, and passionate in his profession. He also has incredible people skills, which translate to success in the courtroom and throughout negotiations. I would strongly recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Do you find yourself engaged with the criminal justice system when you really shouldn't be? Ari Rief is a hard-hitting former California State prosecutor who knows how to make these kinds of problems go away. Worth every dollar."
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Redwood City Criminal defense Lawyer Ariel Rief
Ariel Rief
Criminal defense Attorney
Redwood City, CA
Licensed for 12 years
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