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Jared Christian Winter

Criminal defense Attorney at Pleasanton, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jared

Learn Jared’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    I have handled a wide range of criminal cases, from very simple, to extremely serious, at every stage of criminal litigation. I have consistently attained terrific results for my clients.

    2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

  3. Violent crime
    20%

  4. White collar crime
    10%

  5. Sex crime
    5%

I have practiced criminal defense for my entire legal career because I enjoy what I do.  I have successfully represented clients charged with just about any type of crime you can think of -- murder, armed robbery, sex crimes, bank robbery, fraud, embezzlement, DUI, domestic violence -- just to name a few.

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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable & Disaster Averted!
Recently, I found myself in a potentially disasterous situation, and when I called for Mr. Thorman (who I had previously retained on a different case) I was told he had retired. Panic! However, Mr. Jared Winter stepped in for the rescue, literally. First conversation: He informed me that he consulted with another lawyer prior to returning my call. I immediately felt a sense of relief (brainstorming among intellectuals often yields better results) at his honesty and then his advice that he gave me. The consult was a goldmine: he instantly informed me what not to do (which incidently resulted in me not getting charged) and informed me what my legal obligations were. Later that day I required more help as few more details came to light: I received a call back about 20 minutes later and he helped me with my option to navigate through my situation. When it did not work, the following business day Mr. Winter handled my issue with the police officer in such a manner that I did not have to personally meet/talk or even look at the officer. Mr. Winter mentioned the officer asked me to come in-person & hand some paperwork, however my lawyer maneuvered it so that it was e-mailed instead. Lastly, during my first conversation Mr. Winter asked if I was okay, injury wise. It completely caught me off guard. It was unexpected and honestly refreshing! I've worked with a few lawyers and in my experience most were very "as a matter of fact" and focused only on prepping me on what to expect. I don't remember anyone ever asking me if I was okay.
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Posted by Brianne | December 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The monkey is off my back...
Life is a complicated thing. As you attempt to make the best of it, we all make mistakes along the way. With my mistakes came consequences. I was arrested for making bad decisions, and I needed legal representation. I was arrested in Nevada, and because I was facing 3 felonies in California, I was held on a 30 day extradite hold at CCDC in Las Vegas. Because I was on a hold I didn't have a public defender or anybody representing me. If California wanted to pick me up, they had 30 days to come get me. I could have waited the 30 days, but regardless if California came or not, my warrants would still be active. I would have the same monkeys on my back as before the 30 days. A strong support system insisted that this can be handled differently than me just waiting. I decided to hire a lawyer. My mother did some research and found a firm where I was blessed with Jared Christian Winters. These charges were old, marijuana based, but still felonies. I am a professional and I couldn't bare being a felon. I didn't know if a lawyer could really do anything for me on an extradite. My boss is who translated everything to me because I was locked up, and he dealt with my lawyer more than I did. As time continued while locked up, Jared continued to fight for me. I felt comfortable with everything as he progressed through this case. I was in jail and I wasn't afraid. He pulled all punches to get this extradite lifted and me released. He was able to get my charges reduced in California, without me there, because I was in jail. Then with just misdemeanors it was evident that if I was in California, I would already be released. That made it clear that they weren't coming. It just had one problem, Clark County wouldn't facilitate the lift on the Nevada side. Mr. Winter went at it again. He eventually got my charges reduced, and was able to get my lift released with a citation signed by a lawyer in Nevada. From what I hear this is very rare. Not too many cases end in a lifted extradite hold. My original release date was on Thanksgiving of 2018. I was released a week early and got to spend the holiday with my family. This alone made hiring Jared as my lawyer the smartest thing I could have ever done when my freedom is at stake. After I was released, I called him and asked if we can hire him again. He went to court on those original felony charges that he was able to reduce while I was incarcerated in another state. Following court on December 13th, my entire case is dismissed. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve another chance. Sometimes we need life to give us a break. I thank you Jared Christian Winter for getting me that break, allowing me to move on with my life, and taking those monkeys off my back. I highly suggest others with legal issues do the same.
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Posted by Angie | April 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best legal experiences I've ever had
I've worked with other attorneys in the past mostly for family law, custody, divorce ect..... I hired Mr. Winter for a restraining order situation that I was in with a tenant that lived on my property. I was extremely pleased with his services. He was so on top of things! The whole entire process felt so streamlined. He made what could have been a very stressful situation very un-stressful. he was very responsive with communication and he also charged me a flat rate, which is so great!!!! I would definitely hire him again as well as highly recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by Jerry | March 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer!
After hiring another attorney employed with Jared's employer, Jared got assigned to my case after my original attorney left to start his own practice. My future was definitely hanging in the balance, and it was Jared's conversations with the presiding judge and the DA which allowed me to enjoy an outcome which enabled me to remain a free man - able to continue life as I know it. I would heartily recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unbelievably good results. Absolutely first rate!
Jared represented me for my second DUI. As a multiple offender with a very high BAC, I was terrified. (Apparently I was so trashed that I didn't have a recollection of giving blood at the police station...) My horror scenarios about the punishment that awaited me were proven right when, on our first appearance, the DA wanted me to serve 22 days in jail. A number of health issues kept me from going to subsequent court dates, which Jared handled for me, allowing me to focus on my health and my recovery. When we finally went to sentencing, Jared convinced the DA and the judge to waive all jail time (22 days!) My "punishment" was going to AA/NA meetings twice a week while I was on probation. The outcome was astonishingly good. But that's not the only thing that sets Jared apart from other lawyers. Throughout the proceedings, which lasted from July 2017 to February 2018, he was kind, compassionate and steadfast in his support of me well beyond the scope of the case. He is a natural empath. He knows how helpless we feel when we confront the legal system and he responds with a highly unusual combination of confidence, competence and kindness. I will never forget when, confronted with health issues that made me a less-than-reliable client, he said, simply: "I'll take care of it." And he did. At the time I recall thinking: "When was the last time someone (anyone!) said that to me so plainly and so bereft of annoyance, and then followed through?" Jared is also the only lawyer who *always* responded to my calls within the business day, if not immediately; and he never made me feel like I was over-taxing him, even though he was helping me on a fixed-fee basis. If you want to be in good hands and get the best representation you could possibly hope for, this is the person to consult. I am a cynic and naturally distrust lawyers. If you are like me and you have the good fortune to be represented by Jared, you might find that he changes your mind. Sometimes its hard to have our basic views of the world shattered. Rarely, however, it is a wonderful and uplifting surprise!
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pre Christmas incident and 2018 Happy New Year
Had an issue with a neighbor right before Christmas 2017. The issue involved the police, potential court and other matters that could prove to be costly. Contacted the Law office of Beles and Beles, Jared Winter took my call. After explaining my issue Jared took control. Discussed the legal ramifications and my options in a totally calm professional manner that settled my anxiety. The outcome of the aforementioned is that I hired Jared. He developed a strategy, presented it to me, explained my role as to what I should do if certain actions took place and then implemented the strategy. Following his plan within less than three weeks the matter was completely resolved, Happy New Year. I would say emphatically that Jared Winter is the attorney you want if facing a criminal matter. I hope to never have to hire him again but rest assured he would be the first call if I do. Beles and Beles was recommended due to their great reputation for criminal defense. Jared Winter is emblematic of that reputation.
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Posted by carl Johnson | November 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Shoplifting
Thank you for giving a Clarified answer for my case. Mr. Jared Christian Winter is one who understand my situation clearly and affordable for any one seeing legal advice, most of them are money oriented and probably make your self more feared of your problem. He advised me clearly what should i do to avoid the consequences in future with flat rate. Trust me he is one can resolve the problem and handles situation correctly. Overall thank you Avvo!! for provide the valuable information.
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Posted by Ezra | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is the best.
I don't write reviews, yet I feel I need to put this somewhere some poor, lost soul may actually see it, because choosing an attorney is a tough decision. Mr. Winter is a clear and concise communicator in person and in the courtroom. His demeanor and expertise were a constant reassurance during the whole process and his efforts facilitated a complete and swift dismissal of my case. A reasonable, fair, and conscientious attorney, to say he comes highly recommended is an understatement. I am very thankful I was lucky enough to be referred to him. If you are as nervous as I was and you have a million doubts, just give him a call and talk to him. Thanks again Jared!
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Posted by Giteet Amar | March 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and kind
Mr. Winter was so compassionate and understanding. He listened and gave me great advice, calmed my nerves and made me feel in control of my situation. I would recommend Mr. Winter to anyone in need of legal assistance!
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2012
Very helpful and Non-Judgemental
Often times, once attorneys hear the details of your case, they start to look at you a certain way. Especially on this website...because they aren't getting paid. I would like to say that Jared was NOT my attorney, but he was so very helpful to me on this website. He offered me a free consultation on the phone and provided me with some great information. Since my case is closed already, I couldn't hire him, but if I do need an attorney in the future (hopefully not!), I would definitely call him. I would recommend him based on his helpfulness, knowledge of the system, and willingness to help in a non-bias way. Its good to know there are lawyers out there like him.
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Posted by Noella | February 17, 2012
You Want Your Money Worth Every Pennies! Hire Mr. Winter he is an Excellent Lawer
I am SO GLAD that I hired Jared to represent me! I was so worried about what might happen with my case. I couldn't sleep. Jared was able to put my concerns at ease which was a huge relief. More importantly, he obtained a better result in my case than I ever imagined possible! I couldn't believe it. I am so happy that I chose him to represent me. He really knows his stuff and has a great presence in court. He made all the difference in my case and now I can put this whole thing behind me. Thanks Jared!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Jared C. Winter
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Kern County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Alternate Public Defenders Office, San Diego County, California
  • 2006 - 2006

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • People v. M.K.
  • Hung jury. Case was retried. Acquittal on multiple counts.
  • People v. M.S.
  • Acquittal
  • People v. L.M.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Advisory Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Court Appointed Attorney Panel - Alameda County
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Public Defender's Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pro Bono Honors Society
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Certified
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Service
  • Pro Bono Honors Society
  • 2007
  • Comparative Law Certificate
  • University of London School of Law
  • 2006
  • Comparative Criminal Law Certificate
  • University of Edinburgh
  • 2006
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • How to Win Cases
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Podcast
  • What is Realignment?
  • 2014
  • Criminal Podcast
  • Do I Qualify for Prop. 47?
  • 2014
  • Criminal Podcast
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2013
  • Criminal Podcast
  • You Have the Right to Remain Silent
  • 2013
  • Political Science
  • The Bill of Rights and Criminal Law
  • 2009
  • Annual DUI Defense Seminar
  • DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • CPDA Annual Basic Trial Skills Institute
  • Trial Skills
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (23)
Endorse Jared
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the privilege of working with Jared on a serious criminal matter. He is an outstanding lawyer and advocate and demonstrated incredible knowledge of the law. I look forward to working with him again in the future and can't recommend him enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared Winter is an outstanding lawyer who is highly respected by lawyers and Judges alike. I have observed him represent clients in criminal cases, in both adult and juvenile court, and have consistently been impressed by his tough advocacy and courtroom skills. He is smart, methodical and always fights hard for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A zealous advocate for his clients. Experienced and dedicated, you can trust Jared."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared Winter enjoys a well deserved reputation in the legal community as an outstanding attorney. He has excellent experience, education, and legal credentials. He zealously and effectively represents his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jared. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He successfully represents his clients in and out of court with precise skill and professionalism. He is extremely well-respected in our legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared is a top notch litigator. He will listen to your issue and come up with a unique plan for every single client and every single case. I endorse Jared Winter!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Winter's legal knowledge and understanding of the law is demonstrated with his answers on AVVO. He should be on your shortlist of attorneys to interview if you are needing legal assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Winter. His Avvo answers are professional and correct. He is one of the rising stars of the legal world. If I had a case in Oakland I certainly would refer it to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Jared since he was a young attorney and have witnessed his growth into a highly competent, dedicated, and ethical criminal defense attorney over the past several years. He is an asset both to his clients and the criminal defense profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Winter on numerous cases while he was practicing here in Bakersfield. I watched him grow from a young green attorney to a seasoned powerhouse in criminal defense. He has a great working knowledge of criminal law, and often times I would ask him questions on complicated criminal issues. Mr. Winter also has a strong courtroom demeanor and a great rapport with the judges. I think among his assets that you will find immediately is he is a good guy- honest, genuine and sincere."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jared Winter is a hard working, experienced, and polished trial lawyer. I would highly recommend him as a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He has always demonstrated a firm commitment to the welfare of his clients. I have also noticed that his work ethic is outstanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Friend
"Jared is an amazing defense attorney who cares about his clients far beyond the norm. He advocates for his clients in a manner that I have never seen before. I highly recommend Jared Winter...one would be a fool to turn down his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the honor of knowing and working with Mr. Winter for many years. I know him to be a fierce trial attorney who works tirelessly to vindicate his clients' rights. Moreover, Mr. Winter's tenacious disposition and vast knowledge of the law gives him a serious advantage when dealing with prosecutors and judges. Any client of Mr. Winter's is indeed fortunate to have him as their attorney. He is certainly a credit to the profession. I recommend him highly to anyone facing criminal prosecution of any kind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared is experienced in his area of practice, and has learned how to be effective and tenacious while working with the Public Defender's office. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jared Winter is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer. He is aggressive, trustworthy, well-prepared and not afraid to go to trial. We worked on a serious matter together and ultimately obtained a favorable result for our mutual client. His trial advocacy and cross-examination skills are excellent."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Mr. Winter on many cases and observed his work. Mr. Winter is dedicated to providing excellent legal counsel to his clients, and is an aggressive advocate."
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