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Marc Pelta

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.9   49 reviews

also known as Mordechai Pelta

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Marc

Learn Marc’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    I am an ex-prosecutor. I represent clients in felony and misdemeanor cases across California. I possess jury trial and pre-trial litigation experience: preliminary hearings, motion to suppress hearings, bail hearings, motions in limine, etc.

    16 years, 100 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    6%
    Criminal and Restraining Order cases across California.

    16 years, 100 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    5%

    16 years, 100 cases

  4. Litigation
    5%
    Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders across California.

    13 years, 50 cases

  5. Violent crime
    5%
    I represent & advise people accused of crimes of violence all across Northern & Southern California.

    16 years, 100 cases

  6. White collar crime
    5%
    I represent clients in white collar crime cases all across Northern & Southern California. Most of my clients in these cases are charged with felonies and I have obtained very good results for them.

    15 years, 10 cases

  7. Sex crime
    4%
    I have represented clients in such serious cases across California including at trial.

    14 years, 40 cases

  8. Administrative law
    3%
    DMV Admin Per Se Hearings on driver Licenses

    16 years, 100 cases

  9. Drug Crime
    2%
    I have advised, counseled and represented clients during investigations, court hearings & before trials in drug crime cases all across Northern & Southern California.

    16 years, 75 cases

  10. Federal crime
    2%

    8 years, 5 cases

  11. Juvenile law
    2%
    Juvenile Delinquency Defense

    16 years, 100 cases

  12. Expungement
    1%

    13 years, 10 cases

I am a former prosecutor who advises, represent, clients in criminal investigations, criminal cases, pre-filing requests to the DA, Civil Harassment & Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, and in juvenile delinquency cases in Northern & Southern California.

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Location

Pelta Law
1390 Market Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA, 94102

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
Posted by David | May 19, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best service
My wife and I needed Marc's help with a sensitive identity theft issue that he took the time to help us navigate because of the serious financial and legal implications.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choose Marc Pelta
I was arrested for DUI in Alameda County. Marc was recommended to me by a family member. I did not know whether to hire him before the District Attorney would make a charging decision. Marc advised me to hire someone good to represent me asap because he said that based upon his former experience as a prosecutor, it was much better if I had a good lawyer plead my case before a charging decision was made. And also for the DMV hearing process. The DA decided to not file a DUI case against me!
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Posted by Raul | April 25, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further - Choose Marc Pelta
I was facing a first DUI in SF with fines that would be a big burden on me. Marc basically got me a wet reckless which meant no fines, no jail, and I only had to do certain classes which is very doable for me. Marc also followed-up with me to ensure I would get my restricted license from the DMV.
Posted by Aaron | March 16, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Marc Pelta - A very experienced lawyer who understands your situation
Marc helped me with a Civil Harassment Restraining Order. I very much appreciated Marc's assistance with it. I highly recommend him. His many detailed consultations with me were crucial to winning the case.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect Choice
Marc Pelta represented me in a felony case in Santa Clara County after an incident following a San Jose Sharks game. He fought hard for me and got the case settled for a misdemeanor with no jail time. I am happy with the result. The outcome was better than I had expected it to be and I couldn't recommend hiring Marc and Pelta Law enough!
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Response from Marc Pelta January 20, 2024
It was a pleasure to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed, fast response
Marc Pelta represented me in a case against me and it was dismissed! I was scared. Marc told me he only accepts cases where he is confident he can help the client. He delivered just before Christmas. He got me a better deal than what I had expected. He responds quickly and always takes your calls. He cares a lot about his clients.
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Posted by Richard | August 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hit in run
I hired Marc Pelta because I wanted a former prosecutor to guide me in dealing with a potential hit and run case. Marc pointed out to me that I was in fact a victim in the case, not a suspect. He followed-up with CHP, the San Mateo DA and so far there are no charges filed against me. I appreciated Marc's personal approach to getting to know me and being focused on the best outcome for me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pelta Law - Outstanding Attorney
Dealing with Marc has been nothing but a pleasure. He has been very patient and responsive during my case. Cannot highlight enough how quick he is to assist and reply to any questions I’ve had. Highly recommend 10/10.
Posted by Graham | June 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding!!!!!!
I recently had the privilege of working with Marc Pelta as my lawyer, and I cannot express enough how grateful I am for his exceptional legal expertise and unwavering support throughout my case. Marc's professionalism, dedication, and personalized approach truly set him apart as an outstanding attorney. From our initial consultation, Marc demonstrated a deep understanding of my situation and took the time to thoroughly listen to my concerns. He possesses an impressive breadth of knowledge and experience in his field, which was evident in his insightful advice and strategic guidance. Marc's attention to detail and analytical thinking allowed him to grasp the intricacies of my case quickly. One of the qualities I value most in a lawyer is clear and effective communication, and Marc exceeded my expectations in this regard. He communicated complex legal concepts in a way that was easily understandable, ensuring I was well-informed and involved in every step of the process. I greatly appreciated his prompt responses to my questions, which further demonstrated his commitment to my case and my peace of mind. Throughout the legal proceedings, Marc consistently displayed a high level of professionalism and integrity. He meticulously prepared for each meeting and court appearance, leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to build a strong and compelling argument. Marc's courtroom presence was impressive, exuding confidence and expertise, which undoubtedly played a crucial role in achieving a favorable outcome for my case. What truly distinguishes Marc is his genuine care and empathy for his clients. He went above and beyond to ensure that I felt supported and understood during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. His ability to provide both legal guidance and emotional reassurance was truly invaluable. Marc's dedication to my well-being extended far beyond the confines of the courtroom, and I will forever be grateful for his unwavering support. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Marc Pelta to anyone in need of legal representation. His exceptional skills, unmatched professionalism, and compassionate approach make him a standout lawyer in his field. If you are seeking a lawyer who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure your voice is heard, look no further than Marc Pelta. I am incredibly fortunate to have had him by my side, and I am confident that he will continue to provide outstanding legal services to countless others in the future. Thank you, Marc, for your exceptional representation and for making a positive difference in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Legal Representation
My wife and I hired Marc Pelta for a civil harassment case, and he did an excellent job at representing us. We could not have asked for a better attorney. He is a highly skilled litigator who really knows his way around the legal system. He worked tirelessly to get us the results we needed. Thank you so much Marc
Posted by Andrew | June 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Understanding & Supportive
Had a personal issue and needed guidance. Marc with Pelta law was incredibly informative, and willing to work with me on cost. Attorney's fees can be astronomical and Marc did his absolute best to go above and beyond what is expected of an attorney and support me and provide guidance to navigate a difficult situation. On a weekend nonetheless. Very professional and very approachable. Could not recommend more.
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Response from Marc Pelta June 8, 2023
It was a pleasure to help you!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Civil Case
I had a family member help me research lawyers for my case. We both agreed on Marc. I was impressed from the start with his grasp of the law. He then crafted a defense that provided a very acceptable outcome. He was always prompt in returning my calls & emails as well as updating me. Marc will be who I call the next time I need a lawyer,
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Response from Marc Pelta June 7, 2023
Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to help you.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sacramento County Court Lawyer
I re-hired Pelta Law to get my DUI conviction dismissed/expunged in Sacramento County because of how well I felt Marc Pelta represented me a few years ago in the DUI case. I found Marc to be professional, polite and responsive to my needs.
Response from Marc Pelta June 7, 2023
I appreciate your positive feedback.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job!
I was arrested for DUI in the Mountain View area of Santa Clara County. I decided to hire Marc Pelta to defend me because he did a very good job representing another relative of mine. Marc fought for me in both the DMV and Court cases. He obtained a good result for me. I am glad that I hired him.
Response from Marc Pelta October 27, 2022
Thank you. I appreciate it. Helping a client accomplish their goal is important to me.
Posted by Hen | May 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal defense ever
"I was arrested in San Bruno at the Tanforan Mall in San Mateo County because of a false accusation of grand theft, a felony. I was never in trouble before and I was scared that this would affect my employment as a nurse and professional future. After searching on the internet, we found criminal defense lawyer, Marc Pelta, of San Francisco. We met with him at no-charge and felt he was the right person we could trust to do the best job possible to try and put this nightmare behind us. He sent the letter to the District Attorney and got the DA to not file the case against me. Mr. Pelta was compassionate, responsive, and honest. We are very happy pleased with Pelta Law's work and recommend him." Thank you very much for all your hard work and support.
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
Thank you for your feedback. I enjoy being able to help my clients put these kinds of incidents behind them and move forward with their lives.
Posted by K.B J | February 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Lawyer
I was arrested in Alameda County and charged with soliciting, even though I never agreed to do such a thing. The police decoy/undercover made a false accusation. I initially hired another lawyer and saw he was not responding to me nor keeping his word. I then found another experienced criminal defense lawyer, Marc Pelta. He met with me and assured me that he could help. Marc even requested various things from me that the first lawyer never asked for: family photos, proof of my employment and schooling. He did everything that he said he would do and the DA then met with us and personally told me that the case would not be filed against me. The prosecutor even told me that 'your lawyer wrote us an excellent letter and presentation packet representing you.' I am very pleased with that result because I am an immigrant and in the process to become a United States citizen along with my wife. Having the wrong lawyer could have had disastrous consequences for me and my family. This was also my first arrest. I had no idea what to expect. I am very happy that I hired Marc Pelta to represent and defend me, he did a perfect job.
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
Dealing with the Court system can be frustrating and intimidating. It was my pleasure to advise and represent you.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I am confident I am in good hands!
I was arrested and charged with DUI in Napa County. I've never been in trouble with the law before and did not know what to do. I just moved here from out-of-state. I found DUI defense lawyer, Marc Pelta, with the help of a website by Martindale Nolo. Even though I could not afford Mr. Pelta when I met with him, he agreed to hold the discounted price open for me until I was able to gather the funds. I was also pleased that Marc had experienced both defending and prosecuting DUI, and also, that he did not judge me. He let me know that he needed to represent me in both the DMV and Court aspects of the case, even after I told him that I was prepared to represent myself with the DMV hearing. After I got the Public Defender, Marc took over. I have not seen how the case has turned out yet, but so far I am very pleased with Marc's work.
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
Dealing with the DMV and the Courts can be frustrating, confusing and intimidating. It was my pleasure to help you deal with them.
Posted by DC | February 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work
"My son was charged with committing misdemeanor Domestic Violence in Napa County, even though we feel it is not true and it was merely his ex's word against his. My son has never been in trouble with the law before and we did not know what to do. I was referred to attorney, Marc Pelta because a lawyer I know in San Diego found Mr. Pelta after searching for experienced criminal defense lawyers in Napa. Marc took the time to speak with me on the phone and then meet with my son, all at no-charge to us. We decided to hire him because of his experience. In the end, Marc got a good deal for my son and I am happy we hired him."
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
It was my pleasure to help you!
Posted by Spencer | February 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Got the results we wanted
My son was arrested for DUI in Livermore in Alameda County. It was his first arrest and we had no idea what to do. After searching on the internet, I found DUI defense lawyer, Marc Pelta. We met with him and felt he was the right person to defend my son because of his prior DUI prosecution experience. It took a while for him to get the DA to give us the deal that we wanted because the DA refused to back down, but in the end, we got the deal. Mr. Pelta was not judgemental and was responsive, and kept his word. We are very happy pleased with the result.
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
Dealing with a DUI is often frustrating because you have the Court system and then the DMV to contend with. I am familiar with both. It was my pleasure to help you!
Posted by Andrew | February 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation!
I was charged with misdemeanor Domestic Violence in Napa, even though it was a lie and it was my ex's word against mine. My dad found attorney Marc Pelta and we hired him after we met in-person. We decided to hire him because of his experience both in Napa as a criminal defense lawyer and also because of his background as a former Deputy District Attorney where he told us he prosecuted many similar kinds of cases. Marc got me a good deal -- after the DA did not want to give the one I wanted. I did not want to go to trial despite the fact that Marc made it affordable to do so because I wanted to move on with my life. In the end, Marc got me the deal I wanted. I am very glad he represented me."
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Response from Marc Pelta March 31, 2023
It was my pleasure to help you with this DV case in Napa County.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • PELTA LAW
  • 2012 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2012

Education

  • New York City Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • New York City Law Review
  • Executive Articles Editor
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (31)
Endorse Marc
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marc is an exceptional attorney with extensive experience in criminal defense. I have sought advice from him on federal crime matters because he has worked as a federal prosecutor. We have also worked together on drug offense cases and collateral consequences of immigration status. I trust his insight and experience. He is an honest man who cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marc Pelta is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney who will find a solution to the most complex legal problem. He is fearless in the courtroom and fights for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome. I am proud to endorse Marc Pelta."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent reputation as a former prosecutor and current defense attorney. As a former DA he has a huge advantage over other criminal defense attorneys. "They know that he knows what they know". Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pelta is an excellent attorney who will fight for his clients tooth and nail. We went through advanced trial training together and worked on cases with each other. I am proud to endorse him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mordechai Pelta is an ethical and skilled attorney. He can be counted on for top-notch representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I feel like Mordechai has a chance to win every case he takes. He defeated the best lawyers in California during his time as a District Attorney. He is among very few lawyers in the state uniquely capable of capitalizing on mistakes made by prosecutors. I would encourage lawyers practicing in other areas to refer criminal cases to his office."
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San Francisco Criminal defense Lawyer Marc Pelta
Marc Pelta
Criminal defense Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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