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Christopher Francis Morales

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.9   36 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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    I have been practicing criminal defense exclusively since 1991, handling everything from DUI's to murder and White Collar crime cases. We get a lot of cases dismissed. I can't promise that in every case but we have an outstanding track record.

    31 years, 10,000 cases

Mr. Morales has been in private practice since 1991 and has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of breaking the law. He practices criminal defense in all counties in California, handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile cases. Throughout his years as a criminal defense attorney Mr. Morales has been interviewed numerous times on television while defending high-profile clients and was an expert commentator for Fox News on the Scott Peterson murder trial. He also has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.

Chris is an aggressive trial attorney who tries all types of cases including: DUI's, sexual assault, child molestation, three strikes cases, possession of drugs, assault, murder cases and all types of white collar crimes. He handles the toughest cases and has won the respect of judges and prosecutors alike for his tenacious and intelligent defense of his clients.

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Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 09/12/2022

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

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The Morales Law Firm
The Morales Law Firm
605 Middllefield Road
Redwood City, CA, 94063
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2009
Best in SF!
I have been working with Chris for the past year and he has done an outstanding job! He is very knowledgeable and professional, yet personable and affable. He was able to reduce my charges from a double-felony to misdemeanor, dismiss my sentence and keep my record as clean as possible. In addition he mentioned he will be able to expunge my record when the time comes in order to keep my back-ground check clean and clear for future employment reasons. The whole time he was focused on my best interest while also keeping in mind my current financial situation. He was and is a pleasure to work with and is highly recomended against any other lawyer in the San Francisco area; believe me, I spoke to my share of lawyers before deciding on Chris...and it was the best choice I ever made!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2009
You Can Always Count on Christopher Morales!
Mr. Morales is a great criminal lawyer in San Francisco. My case was quite difficult, I needed a criminal lawyer for defense; called him late one afternoon and had court the following morning, and Christopher Morales was present there with me. He is a lawyer that is trustworthy, does his job well, and most importantly helpfull.
Posted by Narsis | February 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
If you’re looking for a trusted and experienced criminal attorney in the Bay Area Mr. Morales is the one. I had a Great experience with him , he’s a great attorney and good human being. He is beyond helpful. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need. Thank you Mr. Morales!
Posted by Azael | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect job
I am on Luisiana, and He did a perfect job, with my case in San Francisco I really appreciate your work thanks for help me
Posted by Omari | October 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Firm
Mr. Morales has received these stellar reviews for good reason. As many have said, he is exceptional at what he does, which I came to find out after my first true engagement with the justice department and legal system. Given the specifics of this case I wasn't very optimistic of the outcome. Mr. Morales's confidence and motivation was a blessing to have in my corner. He is always honest, clear, and thorough in with his advice and explanations. I never felt any pressure to agree with his recommendations. I trusted his advice and received the best possible results- a complete dismissal. The courtesy and professionalism of his staff has also contributed to this 5 star review.Great team at this firm! Will definitely recommend! Thank You
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Experience counts.
I hired Mr. Morales to handle my case. He answered all my questions clearly and addressed all my concerns. Chris was courteous, experienced, knowledgeable and never condecending. My case was dismissed. I was very relieved I did not have to go through the stress of a trial. Thanks Chris.
Posted by Rita O. | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris Morales a family blessing
Mr.Morales's understanding of the law and his ability to communicate with our family and all the players in the courtroom was pure proffessional truly appreciated. We were in great need of someone who could speak on our families behalf .Our first attorney did nothing of such. Mr.Morales is confident,honest , and diligent. He makes himself available when needed and presents himself with great rapport. He has admirable qualities and by far exceeded our expectations. Quality representation! He is a true blessing..
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Posted by Nacho | December 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Criminal Defense Attorney
My family hired Chris Morales to defend a family member accused of three counts of attempted murder. Chris worked diligently and intelligently on the case. He kept my family informed of court proceedings and goings on of the case. He also responded to all emails and phone calls in a timely manner. This is the person you want to hire if you've been accused of a crime. At preliminary, Chris did an excellent job. In the courtroom, he spoke clearly and authoritatively and ensured a thorough cross-examination of state witnesses and raised many objections throughout the proceeding. Through Chris' knowledge of the law and his tireless efforts, my family member's case was ultimately dismissed (at pre-trial, not at prelim). I only wish he had placed more effort toward a proper bail hearing. His view was that the bail would be astronomical and undoable. I appreciated his candor and insight, but still wanted to have at least some bail amount placed on the case. Eventually a Judge, of her own volition, established a bail amount. It did turn out to be beyond unreasonable, but at least there was an amount set. My family is forever indebted to and grateful for the representation that Chris Morales provided our family member. If you find yourself in a similar situation, do not hesitate to speak with and retain Chris Morales' services. He is an excellent defense attorney and he will work to provide the best possible outcome for his clients.
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Posted by Alysa Dils | December 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Christopher Morales
I hired Christopher Morales as a defense attorney for a Drug Case I had that was left unresolved. He made a great case for me. I was not present in court he represented me in court. He Requested me to provide criteria that he could take to court to show the Judge on me behalf. He really knows what he is doing and with all the info I gave him and his long time experience He was able to get two cases dismissed completely..... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Morales Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2015
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Best of the "THE BEST" Criminal Defense Attorney in the area
I was referred to Chris Morales by an attorney that I consulted and I had "THE BEST" representation with Chris. There are lot of things I liked about Chris. Few things stand out for me: Results; the way he treated me as a client; the timeliness with which he responded to questions/concerns; professionalism and the respect he has in the court room; I could always trust him to have my best interest at all times; reasonable cost of for an excellent criminal defense attorney in the area; willingness to entertain questions and communication beyond the initial case closure. Having Chris Morales represent me was a God's gift for me. It made a huge difference!. If you know of someone who is looking for a Criminal Defence Attorney, retain Chris Morales without hesitation to get best results and an excellent representation. If you are in doubt, meet with him once and see for yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2015
Excellent Experience
I contacted Chris after my son was involved in an altercation and charged with a two felonies. No one in the family had ever been arrested, so we had no idea what to expect. Chris wasted no time meeting with my son, discussing the options, and putting a game plan in place that eventually resulted in the charges being reduced to a single misdemeanor. Throughout the process, Chris made himself available to us and provided sound counsel. I would highly recommend Chris to others who find themselves in need of an excellent criminal attorney.
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Posted by kevin | July 27, 2014
kevin r
My case is this i was falsely acussed of grand theft i had a horrible and nasty experience with my first lawyer that i am gonna be straight at the point of said that they want me to pledge guilty of something that i didnt steal. Tired of listening crap from these lawyer i found my self meeting mr. Chris morales since the first interview with him i felt a big releaf beacuse you can sense that he is telling you the truth about helping you in your case. However even more he is capable of helping in case scenario you pledge guilty of a charge in the past he open the case and work really hard in to be sucessfull I am really thankfull with chris in the manner he treat my case with discipline and serious courage to fight for your case. So if somebody ask me to recommend mr chris morales and never hesitate to say that he is the lawyer thay gonna get out of the puddle of muddle you are stucK. I really apreciated what he did fot me and i neber gonna forget this big favor god blessr morales
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Posted by Vijav | December 21, 2013
Most dependable criminal defense attorney - keep him on your side
I am a foreign national. I was falsely implicated in a petty theft case recently. I hired Chris as my criminal defense attorney. He represented me in the court while I stayed back in my country. He settled the case to my complete satisfaction without my having to appear in the court. Thanks Chris ! He is a great attorney who gave me the sense of comfort and relief from the time I discussed my case with him first time. He is a winning bet and he has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by NB | July 23, 2013
Excellent legal representation!
Excellent lawyer and helped me get my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. Spoke more to his colleagues after the initial hire, but he was quite helpful in putting me at ease. Not only that, but his retainer fee was extremely reasonable (compared to some other ripoffs out there that were asking for double his fee. Would absolutely recommend!
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Posted by Sonia Chavez | July 23, 2013
Christopher Morales, Light and Justice at the End of the Road
After having a bitter experience with 2 lawyers, where they advised that I plead guilty to a crime that I had not committed, it was a miracle that I got recommended to the lawyer Christopher. He was my light at the end of the road. His excellent research and intelligence work was a great success in my case. Attorney Chris, thank you so much. My family and I are deeply grateful to you. May God bless you and my Saint Jude enlighten you forever.
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Posted by Ken | August 27, 2012
The Best Defense for your Money
I want to say that Mr. Morales did a wonderful job with my case and if you want someone who's going to be there from start to finish, this is the Lawyer for you. Thank you for everything Chris!!!!
Posted by Maria | August 6, 2012
MORE THAN ANYIONE COULD EVER EXPECT!!!!
This lawyer deserves more than just 5 stars. He is a true lawyer that tries to help people. He never charges for services that he knows can't and wont be done. He is truly an honest, hardworking, and diligent lawyer. I have no words to describe the gratitude myself and family have with this attorney. People make mistakes and try to change their lifes, Christopher Morales can help you with his knowledge on law. If you need a criminal attorney Christopher Morales is the person to go to, to make sure you get the most of your case. Out of all the lawyers we went throught he was the best and the only one who made a huge difference. He makes you have faith and hope on thewhat's to come. GREAT LAWYER!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Marc | April 12, 2012
Very knowledgable and dependable Attorney. Best in Bay Area!
Mr. Morales is very compassionate, honest and professional. He assisted me through the whole court process and was there for me every step of the way. When I was facing desperation and anxiety as a result of my case, Mr. Morales took time to assist me with personal problems and made sure that I did not have to go through another day in San Mateo County Jail. Like a boxer competing in a world title fight, Mr. Morales will fight til the very end. I will continue working with Mr. Morales to expunge my charge and clean my record and I am very confident that he will be able to do so successfully. On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to express a heartfelt thank you to Mr Christopher Morales for getting my family and I through a very difficult time. Hire Attorney Christopher Morales: the best lawyer in the Bay Area, hands down.
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Posted by vito | February 23, 2011
Christopher Morales Great Attorney Who Really Cares!!!
I had retained Mr. Morales to defend a friend that was looking at twenty five years to life under the three strike law. He will put you at eaze after speaking with him. He asks all the right questions,he is one of the most decent Attorneys I have met and dealt with. Most importantly he truly cares about his clients and shows it by going the extra mile. I highly reccomend Mr.Morales he is the man to get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2010
Want the Best, Hire the Best, Christopher Morales!
We hired Christopher Morales after we met with him in regards to a child abuse case that my boyfriend was accused of in Alameda County. Mr. Morales was very knowledgeable in these type of cases. He kept us informed every step of the way and the case was finally dismissed. If you have any type of criminal case you really need to hire the best, Christopher Morales!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Morales Law Firm
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • People v. Mora
  • case dismissed
  • People v. Rodriquez
  • case dismissed
  • People v. Lufti
  • all counts of attemtped murder dismissed

Associations

  • Criminal Law Section State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Peninsula La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Bar Associaiton of San Mateo County
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Private Defender Panel of San Mateo County
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyer
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top American Lawyer
  • Top American Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of California
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm of America
  • A Best Attorneys of America Company
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Best Attorney of America
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2016 Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best DUI Lawyers in San Francisco
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Best Attorney of America
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2015
  • 2015 Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 2014 Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 2013 Superlawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • A+
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
  • Triple A rating
  • Attorney Search Network
  • 2008
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • 2003
  • Community Service Award
  • Santa Clara University Law School
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Daily Journal
  • Limiting the definition of 'Insider Trading'
  • 2014
  • Amazon.com
  • 11 Mistakes to Avoid at the Beginning of Your Criminal Case
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture
  • 8 Ways to Cleanup Your Criminal Record
  • 2014
  • Made in California, KIQI Radio
  • What to do when a friend gets arrested
  • 2009
  • Preventig Gender Bias in the Courtroom,San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Gender Bias in the Courtroom
  • 2008
  • Your Legal Rights KALW, Public Radio
  • What you need to know about Identity Theft
  • 2008
  • Preventing Immigration consequences of criminal convictions, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Immigration consequences of criminal convictions
  • 2008
  • Lawyers Club of San Francisco
  • Starting your own law practice
  • 2006
  • Fox news
  • Expert Commentary on Scott Peterson Murder case, analysis of the prosecution case
  • 2004
  • Fox News
  • Expert Commentary on Scott Peterson murder trial, Amber Fry testimony
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (34)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Morales is a highly regarded, expert criminal defense attorney. He treats his clients with dignity and respect, and educates them so they understand and make informed decisions about their cases. I am an immigration attorney and regularly - and highly - recommend Christopher to people in any stage of the criminal process, because he is extremely diligent, knowledgable and effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morales is a real lawyer, he is not afraid to force the prosecution to prove their case. Unlike other lawyers who are "dirty letter writers" he is a trial attorney."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with some of the greatest white collar crime attorneys in my time as an attorney, and I am more than happy to endorse Chris as one of them. What distinguishes him is not only his knowledge, but his personal attention to his clients' needs. As an individual, I have rarely met someone with this type of work ethic. I endorse Chris with absolutely no reserve!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Chris Morales is Committed & Experienced and will fight for his client unlike many other criminal defense attorneys. Anyone faced with a criminal charge should not hesitate in hiring Mr. Morales and his legal team. Mr. Morales is a legal expert in criminal defense and in helping clients with the most challenging charges get the best outcome possible. Trial does not scare Mr. Morales as his boxing background has built a "no fear" mentality and approach to his client's cases which is why Chris has such a stellar track record in his defense of his clients. I have referred clients to Chris and urge you to hire Chris. If faced with a criminal charge you want the best criminal defense attorney from the start to get you the results that your case and life depends on."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chris is an experienced criminal defense specialist who fights tirelessly for his clients. He has an outstanding reputation in the Bay Area and is deeply committed to providing the best legal defense for his clients."
White collar crime Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've been in practice for nearly twenty years now and can confidently recommend Chris to anyone needing defense in a white collar or other criminal defense matter. Chris is a fighter, as his pose suggests. He's a consummate professional who looks thoughtfully at the evidence shaping his client's case. Where other lawyers might settle for an easy plea, Chris puts on his client's strongest case. Smart, conscientious and hardworking, Chris loves to win."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Morales is a highly experienced attorney and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is smart, shrewd and aggressive. A real triple threat in the courtroom. When my business clients need a criminal defense lawyer, I send them to Chris."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a top notch lawyer. He is smart and knows how to defend his clients and get the best possible results. I highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney in SF."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Morales does an outstanding job for each and every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is very dedicated, experienced and competent attorney who does terrific job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Morales is an extraordinary lawyer. He offers impeccable service to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney for over thirty years I know a great attorney when I see one. If you are facing a criminal charge you need an attorney who really cares about you as a person and is ready to go to bat to see that you receive justice. You need an attorney with the skill and experience to see that your rights are protected. You need a Certified Criminal Specialist like Christopher Morales. Christopher is an attorney for the people and having him at your side can make all the difference."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morales's reputation precedes him as an excellent lawyer who fights very hard for each and every client. I endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Morales as an expert in all aspects of criminal law. I am familiar with his work because I referred an immigration client to him to expunge a conviction that potentially subjected the client to deportation. Mr. Morales quickly and efficiently obtained the expungement, and as a result my client will soon be a U.S. citizen. I recommend Mr. Morales without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work: extraordinarily conscientious, extremely hardworking and very dedicated to each Client, Californians understand that Mr. Morales is an excellent San Francisco trial attorney who is a beneficial asset to the entire California DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need of a superb criminal defense lawyer will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of reasons (but without enough character space to properly do this fine attorney justice), I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Morales is the guy you want fighting for you if you have been charged with a serious crime. Chris really will fight for you. Fighting is in his blood. His dad was a Golden Gloves Champion. Chris was a Golden Gloves fighter as well. He was a 1984 National Collegiate Champion and a 1985 AAU Champion. Chris was a champion in the ring and for the last two decades he has been a Champion in the criminal courts, so says the California Bar Association Board of Specialization. Chris is a certified Criminal Law Specialist which means he is in the top 1% of all California attorneys in his criminal law proficiency. When charged with a serious crime in California you want a real fighter on your side. Chris Morales is your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Chris is a fantastic criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to his clients and his work. He doesn’t give up, and is not afraid to put up a good fight; maybe it’s something he picked up from being a collegiate boxing champion. If you ever need a criminal defense attorney, Chris is your man."
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