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Amanda Ivy Bevins

Criminal defense Attorney at Napa, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Amanda

Learn Amanda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    31 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Juvenile law

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  3. White collar crime

    31 years, 1,000 cases

For over two decades, Amanda Bevins has practiced juvenile and adult criminal defense in counties throughout Northern California.  Prior to opening BevinsLaw, Amanda worked for Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty focusing on civil and criminal litigation.  Before DP&F, Amanda was a partner at Gagen McCoy, a prominent East Bay business litigation and criminal firm for 18 years.  


​Amanda handles all aspects and levels of criminal law and has substantial court and jury trial experience.  She also represents businesses and individuals accused of violating local building and environmental codes or facing civil or administrative penalties.


Amanda has a reputation as a zealous advocate who is fiercely loyal to her clients, their cases and their futures.  She has long practiced a "holistic approach" to litigation; beyond fighting for the best outcome in every case, she does what it takes to ensure her clients are armed with the resources they need to make their legal experience as positive as possible.  


Ms. Bevins believes that, by getting into a case early, she can position herself to accurately and effectively educate the other side about the objective facts.  She has the insight to know when to take a collaborative rather than a combative approach.  A skilled negotiator, she has had excellent results, often getting charges reduced and cases dropped.  As Ms. Bevins says: "Sometimes the most satisfying victory is not in the courtroom.  It's keeping the case from getting there in the first place."


Amanda is proud to have devoted a large part of her career to representing juveniles, requiring a unique combination of compassion, advocacy, and knowledge of the resources available to put young people back on the right track.  She remains involved in community juvenile justice programs, serving as a Commissioner on the Napa County Juvenile Justice Commission and the Napa County Youth and Gang Violence Commission since 2011.



BevinsLaw P.C.
1766 3rd Street
Suite B
Napa, CA, 94559

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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My life would have been ruined without Amanda
My story is very long and complicated, but I'll try to summarize the most important points as best as I can. In May 2017, I was arrested for an outstanding warrant as I was getting on a plane at JFK airport in NY to go to my step son's wedding in Prague. I had no idea that I had been charged with any sort of crime-ever. I am a responsible, successful business person with zero criminal history. After being taken to Rikers Island (one of the most dangerous jails in the country) I found out that I had been charged with a FELONY for a situation where I became a victim of a scam in April 2016, in CA, and got ripped off $5,000. Details of the situation are too long to go into. From the plane, I was taken to RIKERS Island, and my wife and step daughter were sent on their way to Prague. From Prague, my wife found a NY attorney to deal with my initial representation. This took several days to accomplish. Since the case originated in CA, the NAPA DA office had to order my release. The DA office did not return my NY lawyer's calls for over a week. Our NY lawyer decided he needed to have the assistance of a CA attorney. Amanda was highly recommended to him by a colleague. Within, 24 hours of engaging with Amanda, she got the DA to agree to have me released from Rikers. By the time I was released, I had spent almost 12 days in jail and I missed my step son's wedding, along with a trip of a life time. Both of my attorneys made it clear that the charges against me were very serious and that I would end up in jail if I was found guilty. They both felt that the charges were absolutly unwarranted, but that had to be proven. The details about the legal process that took place are too long to explain, but the bottom line is that Amanda was relentless in defending me. In the end, she was able to get all charges dropped and my name is cleared. My personal, business and financial life would have been ruined without Amanda's expertise and non-stop effort to bring justice to me. My wife and I can't thank her enough. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2013
Outstanding Representation Would Also Use Amanda
Amanda represented a family member in a criminal case. I worked with her while the family member was in custody, and more and more I can see what an outstanding outcome she was able to obtain for us. She is knowledgeable, professional, very straightforward, and caring. If anyone I knew ever needed representation again, she would absolutely be our first call.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder / Attorney
  • BevinsLaw P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Shareholder
  • Gagen McCoy
  • 1994 - 2014


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1993
  • San Francisco State University
  • B.A. - Summa Cum Laude
  • 1990
  • New York University
  • Undergraduate Study
  • N/A


  • Napa County Juvenile Justice Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2011 - Present
  • Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2011 - Present
  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Napa County Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Napa County Peer Court
  • Coordinator
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Contra Costa County Criminal Conflict Panel
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Judicial Nomination Evaluation Committee
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Peer Rating
  • Matindale Hubble
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Napa, CA
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Associate Editor
  • Golden Gate University Law Review
  • 1992


  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • Supreme Court Justices Are People Too: A Review of Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World"
  • 2013
  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • Courthouse Step Dwellers: Violating Sherman’s Trust or Assisting Sallie Mae?
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • From the Other Side Of The Jury Box
  • 2008
  • Golden Gate University Law Review
  • Prison Law – Before and After Wilson v. Seiter: Cases Challenging the Conditions of Confinement in the Ninth Circuit
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
  • "Showing up at the Door. Investigative Access to Employer Property."
  • 2017
  • Criminal Primer for Civil Lawyers
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Criminal Law But Were Afraid to Ask
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda is an excellent attorney. She works hard for her clients, achieves great results, and is very professional and discreet. I recommend Amanda without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law
Criminal defense
Napa Criminal defense Lawyer Amanda Ivy Bevins
Amanda Ivy Bevins
Criminal defense Attorney
Napa, CA
Licensed for 30 years