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"I am a firm believer that our criminal system, while the best in the world, makes every effort to get rid of cases by manipulating citizens into pleading guilty.  My job is to stop the government from doing so, but above all, my job is to protect my clients and the rights afforded to them by our Constitution!"  


When I take a case, I take it with one thing in mind: To win!  My goals are as follows:


To believe my client - they are my boss;

Know the case better than anyone else;

Research every issue, twice;

Prepare every case not for negotiation, but instead for trial;

Find passion in every case;

Always remain on the same page with my client - communication;


From the most serious felony case to a minor traffic offense, the philosophy  never changes.  By following this recipe, I believe every case can be won!


I have been in the criminal defense field for just over 16 years.  I have been licensed for 13 of those years.  


My first job, during my first year in law school, began with the First District Apppellate Project.  Here, I was extensively trained on the in's and out's of writing successful appeal (Appellate Opening Brief).  How to look for issues on any case and how to put together a convincing argument.  I have since applied this knowledge and have handled at least 100, criminal and traffic, appeals with a great success rate!  I have also written and filed writs, both to the Appellate DIvision and the California Court of Appeals, on many of my cases.  I hope to one day get the right case in front of the Supremes.


After working at the First Appellate District, I worked at the California State Public Defenders Office.  I believe it is here where I truly learned about passion for your case.  The office focused on doing appeals for those convicted and sentenced to death.  I spend quite a bit of time on an inmate who killed three people.  It was this experience that taught me why it is that we (Criminal Defense Lawyers) do, what we do - always a topic of debate at the dinner table.


I left the appeals area to focus on being a trial lawyer.  I wanted to be on the trenches where the initial battle took place.  I ended up volunteering as an intern at the San Francisco Public Defenders Office.  After all I was raised in San Francisco and knew the streets pretty well.  Here, I interned with several Deputy Public Defenders and wrote countless Motions to Suppress, 995 motions as well as researched countless legal issues for the deputies.  I also assisted in trial work from start to finish.  The main lesson I got from working at the SFPD was, the cold reality of how the system, at the trial level really works.  It is nothing like what you see on TV. 


My last employment as an intern was at the Alameda County Public Defenders Office.  Here I was assigned many duties including the initial intake of the accused. Again, I gained great courtroom experience and extensive training on all aspects of a criminal case, but the biggest lesson here was caring about the people you defend!  They were not files or numbers, as many of the Judges and Prosecutors saw them.  They were people wanting to be heard, and whether you like it or not this is what OUR Constitution affords them.


After passing the bar, I began working as at the Santa Cruz Public Defender's Office.  I worked here for a total of two years and conducted at least 18 jury trials with a high success rate (I think I lost two).  I received in-office weekly training pertaining to all aspects of a handling a criminal case. I was also sent for training at the Western Trial Advocacy Institute (run by Gerry Spence and considered to be the top trial school in the country) in Wyoming for  an extensive week long trial work training.  I left the Santa Cruz Public Defender's Office feeling confident that I now possessed all the tools necessary to competently and aggressively represent private clients.


After leaving the Public Defender positions, I opened several offices and have been in private practice ever since.  Every day, and in every case, I use the knowledge acquired at my previous jobs as well as the knowledge acquired I acquire on a daily basis. I continue to improve my skills and knowledge by attending countless seminars on every issue you can think of.  I am one of a handful of Attorneys trained in the performance of Field Sobriety Testing approved by the National Highway and Traffic Administration.  I never stop learning, and if I did I would retire immediately since I would be doing a great disservice to my clients.  I consider my self one of the lucky few who loves what I do.  I love the daily challenge; I love the fight; I love winning; but most importantly, I love helping people.  


Feel free to visit my website for further information on my office and how we can help!  We have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in all aspects of a criminal, DUI, Traffic, or DMV case.  You can also call me directly at (415) 378-4133.




Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 25%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases



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  • Robert Chang

    An amazing lawyer, and a generous person. I've seen Francisco in court, and he not only has passion but a expert's grasp of the facts of his case. Whenever I have a criminal law question that is frustrating me, Francisco is one of the first people I will go to.


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4040 Civic Center Dr., #200
San Rafael, CA, 94903-4187

2360 Van-ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA, 94109-1872



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
License to practice in the Eastern District of CaliforniaAppointment2011
License to practice in the Northern District of CaliforniaAppointment2011
Certificate of AttendanceCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2011
Certificate of completion, Judicial Pro-Tem ethicsSolano County Bar Association2011
Bench Demeanor pro tem trainingSolano County Bar Association2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Everything you need to know about DMV and the new DUI lawsCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2010
CDLA All Day Seminar, Certificate of CompletionCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2010
Certificate of Attendance - "Fast Eddie" Kuwatch DUI SeminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2009
Certified for administration of Standardized Field Sobriety TestNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)2009
Certificate of Attendance, Rising BAC: How To Use It & Abuse itCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2009
Certificate of Attendace, Mcneal and Partition RatioCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2009
Certificate of Attendance, DUI yearly seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2008
Endorsed byNolo Press2007
Certificate of Attendance, Cases science and strategySolano County Public Defenders Office2006
Graduation CertificateWestern Trial Advocacy Institute2003
Immigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsNorton Tooby, Esq.1999
Misdemeanor conflict panelSan Francisco Bar Association1999
Trial Skills, Certificate of AttendanceCalifornia Public Defenders Association1999
Certificate of Attendance, Recent developments in DUI punishmentCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association1999
Trial Attorneys of the yearSanta Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association1999
Certificate of completion, Annual DUI Defense SeminarCalifornia Public Defenders Association1998
Immigration Consequences for Criminal ConvictionsNorton Tooby, Esq.1998
Misdemeanor Training, Certificate of CompletionAlameda Public Defender's Office1997
Certificate, Naturalization and Disabilities WaiverSan Francisco Bar Association1997
Graduation AwardEqual Opportunity Program1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKatsuranis & Rodriguez, A Law Corporation2005 - Present
AttorneyUthman, Katsuranis & Rodriguez2003 - 2005
AttorneyRodriguez & Associates2002 - 2003
AttorneyStanko & Rodriguez2001 - 2002
AttorneySanta Cruz Public Defender1997 - 2000
Law ClerkAlameda County Public Defender's Office1996 - 1997
Law CLerkFirst District Appellate Project1995 - 1995
Law ClerkState Public Defender's Office1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Private DefendersMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaLicensed to practice2005 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaLicensed to practice2003 - Present
Local 2 unionAttorney Representative2002 - Present
San Francisco Aids Legal Referral PanelVolunteer2000 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAssociate1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v AldereNot guilty
People v Pach****Hung jury
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Guides, AvvoHow to win a red light camera case2011
Legal Guides, AvvoHow to beat a traffic ticket2011
San Francisco Taxi Drivers AssociationHow many points can I have?2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Bob La Pier & AssociatesStandardized Field Sobriety Testing ProgramCertificate of Training Award2010
Western Trial Advocacy InstituteTrial skillsGraduate2004
New College of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State University, ChicoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
College of MarinPolitical ScienceAssociate of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBC NIGHTLY NEWSGPS and Speeding ticket defense2011
March conferenceSpeeding Tickets and new legislation2011
Law nightViolance in the home, a legal overview2011
First meetingTRAFFIC LAW2011
DUI for beginnersHow to defend a DUI2011
12011 CHRISTMAS MEETINGCounty seat transfers in DUI cases2011
CDLA All Day SeminarHow to Win Your Case With SFST's2010
DUI Cubed PodcastDUI2009
Street LawGeneral Law1994