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Peter Goodman

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1975
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Mr. Goodman has been defending the criminally accused in state and federal court since 1976. He was Certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a Criminal Law Specialist in 1995. He has been selected each of the last nineteen years as a Super Lawyer and has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent* in its Peer Review surveys. Mr. Goodman is authorized to practice law in all California courts and has represented criminal defendants in federal district courts in the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Posted by Jane | January 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Peter Goodman is an outstanding attorney...
...and a compassionate human being. I had the pleasure of bearing witness to Mr. Goodman's considerable skills when he was defending a man whose civil rights were violated. Mr. Goodman was thorough, compassionate, and diligent in his quest for justice. Peter Goodman really is one of the "good men!"
Posted by Daniel | January 3, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Peter Goodman and I went through two federal trials and juries, and came out victorious! He’s a strong willed educated man that’ll work tirelessly over his clients case! I’m so glad that God put Mr Goodman on my path when approaching trial and going through the worst time in my life. Nobody else I would prefer to go to legal war with!
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2024
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Mr. Goodman is an Excellent Lawyer
I usually do not write review. But I had such an amazing experience having Mr. Goodman as a lawyer that I felt it was my duty (and a pleasure) to write a review so everyone knows how a great lawyer he is. If you hire or consult with Mr. Goodman you are in luck. He will take the time to explain the situation from a legal standpoint, walk you through your different options, and suggest the best approach. As a person, Mr. Goodman is very kind, empathetic and after your first interaction with him, you will feel you are in good hands. Thanks a lot Mr. Goodman. I am very grateful for all you did for me!
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Posted by Greg | March 12, 2024
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He is a wonderful Lawer
I was charged with a federal drug crime that could have sent me to jail for years. I would have lost my family and my business if I was convicted. Peter Goodman took my case and kept me informed of what he was doing to help me. Many months later he called and told me the government had dismissed my case. If you need a criminal lawyer, I would hire him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2024
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Empathetic, Proactive, and Professional.
I hired Peter during a challenging time in my life, and I can't thank him enough for his exceptional support and dedication. Not only did Peter display an impressive level of expertise and legal acumen throughout the entire process, but he also listened to my concerns, answered all my questions, and provided clear explanations of the legal proceedings. And most importantly of all, Peter fought tirelessly for my rights and never wavered in his commitment to protecting my interests. I would wholeheartedly recommend Peter to anyone seeking a skilled attorney. His dedication, professionalism, and caring approach make him an outstanding choice for legal representation.
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Posted by Dennis | March 2, 2024
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Excellent Attorney @ Law
Peter Goodman represented me in federal and state court. He obtained great results for me in both cases. In the federal case, I was charged with seven felonies. He fought my case and I ended up with a sentence of probation with no jail time. In the state case, Mr. Goodman convinced the prosecutor to substitute the felony charge I was facing, that could have sent me to state prison for three years, with a misdemeanor. I ended up with a sentence of straight probation. Needless to say, I highly recommend the legal skills of Peter Goodman.
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Posted by Charles | February 8, 2024
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Charles Harnette
I was fighting a very serious case in the feds. I didn’t know when I was coming home. I didn’t know the definition of the charges I had until I met Mr. Peter Goodman. He is one of the most important persons in my life because he genuinely cared about my case, including my family. Every time he came to see me he always said keep your head up. I put my trust in him because something told me if he believed I’m going to come home I need to. I was facing a long time but he fought for me and I came home. I appreciate everything he did for me. He genuinely cares about his clients. Thank you Mr. Goodman.
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Posted by Bekkah | January 20, 2024
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Thank you, Peter!
The DMV sent me a letter saying that my driver's license would be suspended due to not reporting a car accident. I had reported it within their requested timeframe, and my insurace had ruled that I wasn't at fault. This was outrageous. I was terrified of losing my license; I was recovering from a bike accident that left me with a mobility impairment at the time; I needed my car to get to and from work. Peter told me exactly what to say to the DMV. One phone call later, my license was re-instated. Thank you Peter for all your help!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2024
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The best lawyer you can ask for
I was arrested for a felony DUI because two passengers in my car were injured in the accident I had. Peter arranged my release and I went to his office where we had a lengthy conversation. Peter told me about the legal consequences I was facing but he promised to do everything he could to make sure I ended up with the best possible result in my case. Peter first persuaded the district attorney to charge me with a misdemeanor rather than a felony. He then filed a motion asking the judge to divert my case from the criminal justice system and the judge granted his motion. She placed me on diversion for 1 year and ordered me during that time to complete a 9-month DUI program, attend 40 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and watch a video about the dangers of driving under the influence. It was a slow and steady process that enabled me to better myself as a human being. I still to this day stay connected with a few fellows from my AA sessions. After I completed all of the requirements of my diversion, I met with Peter once again at the Hall of Justice wearing the proper attire. I can still remember this being one of the most stressful days of my existence. We walked into the courtroom and the judge announced that the criminal case against me was dismissed. I will always be grateful to Peter for all the work he put in for me. It started out as a professional relationship but during the lengthy process it became personal as well. We stayed in touch the whole time and still do it today. I recommend Peter highly to anyone who needs an experienced, hard working and caring criminal lawyer.
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Posted by Arthur | January 16, 2024
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Lange V California
One October night in 2016, I was driving home when a CHP officer began following me some distance away for honking my horn and playing my music too loud. As I began turning into my driveway, the office sped up and I saw emergency lights approaching behind me. I proceeded up my driveway into my garage and my garage door began to close. The CHP officer drove his patrol car up my driveway, quickly got out of his car when he saw my garage door closing, and stuck his foot under the door to prevent that from happening. He then entered my garage and began questioning me for driving under the influence. After he ordered me to go outside, the officer arrested me for DUI. I thought what the officer did could not be legal and a top tier divorce attorney in San Francisco referred me to Peter. After Peter reviewed the video from the CHP patrol car showing everything that happened, he told me what the officer did was an illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and he would fight the case on that basis. Peter filed a motion to suppress the evidence in Superior court but the motion was denied. He appealed that ruling to the appellate division of that court but that appeal was denied. He then filed appeals in the court of appeal and the state supreme court but those were denied. Peter then told me he had contacted a professor at Stanford who specializes in criminal appeals to the United States Supreme Court and the professor wanted the constitutional law clinic that he supervised to take on my case. During the following months, Peter and I participated in Zoom meetings the clinic as the motions were filed asking the Supreme Court to accept my case, which it did in 2020. In 2021, the Supreme Court unanimously held the lower courts were wrong and it reversed the order denying my motion to suppress. During the four years that he fought my case , Peter never gave up. His skills were evident each time we appeared in court. His methodical analysis of the issues in my case was present in every brief he submitted. l highly recommend my friend, Peter Goodman Esq., to anyone seeking an expert defense lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
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Excellent lawyer
We were referred to Peter by a colleague of his when my son was arrested after a car accident. Peter did an amazing job defending my son over an extended case. He is very professional and communicated with my son and I during the entire lengthy process. He has many years of experience and helped us out in a very difficult case. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and we heartily recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Jonea | January 8, 2024
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Historic Acquittal
I was charged with felony child abduction which could have landed me in prison for years. When I decided to have Peter Goodman represent me, I was unaware that decision would change my life forever. From the moment he took my case, I felt I was in excellent hands. He understood from the beginning that my goal was to help my daughter, not just win a trial. Peter also understood why I refused to take the DA's plea deal. He knew it was important to me to tell my story about why I fled the jurisdiction with my daughter. At the preliminary hearing, Peter was able to convince the judge to reduce my felony charge to a misdemeanor. At the trial, Peter worked every legal angle possible to win my case. He was always on his game and he informed me of the strategy he would use to win my case. Even though the judge refused to allow Peter to present my state of mind as our defense, he got the evidence in anyway when the prosecutor brought the subject up. I called it the backdoor defense. What I remember most about my trial and something that will always stay with me was Peter’s closing argument. He used one word that summed up his argument beautifully. Gaslight. Peter asked the jurors whether they had seen the 1940's movie with Ingrid Bergman and many of them nodded as their eyes widened. As I listened and watched, I could see that Peter had connected with the jurors. At that moment I knew they understood. The jury got it! When we returned to the courtroom for the verdict, Peter held my hand. I think he was more nervous than I was. The jury found me not guilty of child abduction. It was a victory and a historic acquittal! I have one word that sums up Peter Goodman: brilliant.
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Posted by CV | January 2, 2024
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Peter Goodman is an excellent attorney
I was so fortunate to be referred to Peter Goodman for my criminal defense needs. He responded promptly to my concerns and fears,was understanding, gave me an honest appraisal of my situation and was completely trustworthy. He resolved my problem quickly, quietly, and with total competence. Peter lives up to his name. He is a good man who makes the world a better place. I highly recommend him.C.V.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Ofc Peter Goodman
  • 1980 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Alameda County Public Defender
  • 1976 - 1980

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Newell (2023) 2023 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4386
  • Child abduction charge dismissed.
  • Lange v. California (2021) 141 S. Ct. 2011
  • Order denying defendant's suppression motion reversed.

Associations

  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
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  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Golden Gate University Law Review
  • The Perils of Piecemeal Reform
  • 1974

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Peter
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We did a trial together and he acquitted his client. Masterful job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I've known Peter professionally and personally for over 30 years, and have handled many criminal cases jointly with him. His skills are beyond reproach, he handles himself with clients, opposing attorneys and courts with the highest of integrity, and is extremely effective in his representation of clients.."

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San Francisco Criminal defense Lawyer Peter Goodman
Peter Goodman
Criminal defense Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 48 years
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