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Heather C Chang

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   18 reviews

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About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    All felonies and misdemeanors, including juvenile and adult cases; appeals.

    14 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    DMV hearings included.

    14 years

A private law firm specializing in criminal defense for adults and juveniles, including misdemeanors and felonies.  We provide passionate and knowledgeable legal guidance to those who seek to preserve their rights under the law.

Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/07/2022

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

Contact Heather

Law Office of Heather Chang
385 Grand Avenue
Suite 200
Oakland, CA, 94610

Reviews

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Posted by Julie | October 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind and knowledgeable
My husband and I consulted with Heather regarding our 17 year old son regarding a theft he was involved in. She was clearly deeply knowledgeable about the Alameda County juvenile justice system, but also was kind and compassionate to our situation. She was able to guide us on what to expect, make recommendations, as well as provide best and worst case scenarios. At this point, it is not likely we need defense representation, but I would not hesitate to hire Heather should the details of our situation warrant. I highly recommend her. All this was accomplished in a 30 minute gratis initial consult to boot!
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Posted by Bonnie | May 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heather Chang is an outstanding Criminal Attorney
I was referred to Heather by a colleague after my son was accused of a serious crime. Heather was very responsive, professional, and kind. From the beginning, you can tell that she is very knowledgeable about criminal law which is comforting. She maintains a confident, reassuring demeanor is as she walks you through the actions she plans to take, to get the best possible result. Heather was in unfamiliar territory for our case, as she had not practiced often in San Jose court. However, with her expertise, our case did not go to trial and Heather was able to obtain a dismissal. I very highly recommend Heather.
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Posted by Thomas | November 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, Efficient, Thorough and Friendly
I was referred to Heather by a friend at work after I was the victim of identity fraud and was facing charges for a crime that I did not commit. Heather was extremely responsive. She called back as soon and she was out of court on the day that I reached out to her. She was very efficient with her time and detailed with the way that she outlined the issue and what the steps would be to handle the matter. She contacted the appropriate government officials to get the issue resolved and the case dismissed. She appeared in court on my behalf. Heather was also extremely friendly and fully present. She was willing to talk things through and it gave me a sense of ease that everything would work out. At the end Heather was extremely thorough. She went the extra mile by filing a few documents to ensure that I was exonerated and that my records were sealed. She made sure that everything was ticked and tied and this helped to give me a sense of ease that the matter was officially closed. I am very grateful to Heather Chang. Should I ever need a defense attorney in Northern California again, I would hire Heather Chang without a doubt.
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Posted by Alan | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's outstanding!
Ms Chang recently represented my teenage son first in juvenile, then in adult court. She is a very, very skilled and hardworking attorney. Her effort and dedication on his behalf were unflagging, and she has obtained the best possible outcomes - i.e., legal - given the circumstances. In addition to her legal skills, this reflected her deep experience with and knowledge of the Alameda County juvenile and adult legal systems, including her long-standing relationships with judges, district attorney lawyers, and others therein. And not only did she provide high-quality representation, but throughout the process she took the time to answer my son's questions and help him understand what was happening. Moreover, she did the same for his mother and me - consistently and patiently responding to our questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. (and to be candid, we were quite demanding - but she was always completely responsive and supportive). Finally: In my son's last court appearance, at which Ms Chang quickly and efficiently got the charge dismissed, the _opposing counsel_ actually praised her in open court, by way of telling my son how lucky he was to have such good representation. I give her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Joshua | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney that put shoes in our situation
1. Responsive - my first contact went to her voice mailbox. Within 1 hr, she replied my call and set up a meeting (which was held very next day). I submitted our request to her being our attorney via e-mail, and again, within 1 hr, she already started to work on our case. 2. Care - our case was actually involved our son, a minor in Jr. high school. She totally understand how important the incident is to us, and explained potential best and worst outcome to us in the first meeting (free consultation). Since the situation involved with school and judicial system, she clarified the steps we need to be prepared. While facing to school/district, she even stood up and presented alternative path that we (both student and school) could take as a better outcome for both parties. 3. Quality - sometimes it is hard to obtain the facts from a minor's mouth. During her consultation with my son, I could get more clear understanding to what happened. Also, prior to facing the school/district, she already took action to deliver our stands, and put us in initiative position. At the meeting, she was very attentive and straight to the point to what has been discussed and lead the conversation toward to our favor. Outcome: Prior to consult Heather, I actually talked to one of my friend who is actually the member of school board. From what he said, the situation was no negotiable, the punishment that my son's school principle had taken was adequate and has been the standard procedure. It was no use to argue about it. However, with Heather's help, my son's penalty was able to kept in minimum and was granted to keep his record in good condition. As parents: Heather treated my teenager son like her young brother: sincere, care, and with passion. She gained his trust at the first hand, and left with practical and life time advise to him. Prior to this, I and my wife, as layman, were skeptical that attorney always look into $$, not the case, nor the people; however, Heather was totally not like that. She cared about us, as parents, our son, as full of potential person, and equipped us with knowledge how to protect, and fight against the case, and avoid the damage might caused by being ignorant with laws. Thank you, Heather.
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Posted by Jimmy | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Heather Chang
Heather was attentive and sensitive to my situation. I was being falsely accused of a serious crime. Heather was very quick to respond and assured me of my rights. She managed to avoid my case from going to trial. If you want your matter to be resolved in the best case scenario I recommend you work with Heather.
Posted by Tram Le | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!!
I'm so impressed with heather she will fight for you to the very end. I am new to the court laws, and was very nervous but as soon as I talked to heather I seen how she will do whatever it takes to win the case she is a professionist! She's is so wise and understanding of any situation and will do whatever it takes to bring justice! We need more people like her I am so greatful! If there was an 100 stars she will deserve that!
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heather was successful on my behalf
I had very bad criminal case stemming from a bad family law custody case. Heather worked with my family law attorney, the opposing family law counsel and the DA. The entire case was vindictive and should never been brought forward. The opposition was fierce and bold almost refusing to cooperate. Heather provided strategies that eventually resulted in the opposition to cooperate and to dismiss the charge. She was my legal advocate and champion which is what I needed to have my case dismissed..
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
A million times, Thank You!!!
This was the first time I needed advice from a lawyer. Also, the first time I had gotten in trouble with the law and wasn't sure what to expect. Heather walked me through the process of what would happen in my arraignment and prepared me with what to say and what to do. She also explained to me if I was pressed with charges the next steps that we would take. I felt confident in my case and knew that if I did get charged I was in good hands. She really took the time to listen to me and answer all my questions. If I ever need a lawyer, Heather would be my first phone call.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2015
thanks so much!
Heather was very professional and helpful. she laid out all the options for me and gave great consultation. I could not have asked for a better result, I was worried about the possibility of a potential DUI affecting my career. Given what was at stake, I definitely made the right choice in having represent me. If I or anyone I know have any legal issues I will definitely recommend giving Heather a call!
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Posted by Michael | June 12, 2014
Heather is just great!
This was my first time brushing up against the law, and honestly the whole process was a huge headache. I spoke with at least 4 different lawyers, all found using google, none of them can even hold a candle to Heather. In 30 minutes, she did more than all the other people combined. She was knowledgeable, professional, and moved very quickly to contact the right people, and gather the right bits of information. Our free consultation lasted an hour, during which time she helped me understand vital parts of the process, possible actions, advised me on exactly what I should do, and walked me through the potential outcomes. Excellent attorney, and great personality.
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Posted by Mike | May 22, 2014
Heather C Chang
Heather worked hard on my case, negotiating with the judge and DA on my behalf. I had a first offense DUI, but the DA wanted to send me to 9-months of DUI school, unusual for a first-time. This seemed unfair to us, and Heather fought successfully to get it reduced to the much more reasonable, and common, 3-month program - saving me tons of time, and close to $1,000, which I would have had to pay for an additional 6 months of program. Additionally, Heather has continued to advise me on dealing with the DMV, even after the court case is over, which has helped me avoid potential complications in the future.
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Posted by Karina B | May 12, 2014
Thank you Heather....we will forever appreciate all of your Legal Assistance!
My family went to Heather for what was a very complex legal matter AND lawsuit. But after her strong guidance and suggestions it was just a breeze and simple to say the least. It was due to her reassurance and expertise that everything would work in our favor. She made sure to keep in constant contact with us to help us feel secure and confidant that we would end up with the results that we wanted. I am very thankful that we chose her as part of our Legal advocate and wouldn't think twice about any future services with her. She was the ideal person to deal with the civil lawsuit we had going on. Heather, you were/are wonderful to work with. Thank you in advance for all of your assistance and the positive outcome!!!! Sincerely, Karina B.
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Posted by Martha | February 3, 2014
Caring Attorney
Heather Chang was very caring about our situation. We won't have won without her expertise and knowledge of the legal system. I would highly recommend Heather Chang! Thank you, Heather.
Posted by Debbie | March 12, 2013
Very professional, great to work with!
Heather is great to work with. She is professional, responsive, knowledgeable and caring about your situation at hand. She handled our case with attention to detail and showed caring and concern.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2012
Smary, passionate, skilled
I was a client of Heather's. She combines every trait you want in your attorney: smart, cares about your situation, and effective. I have worked with other attorneys in the past. Some of them were smart, some were caring about my situation, and some were effective but NONE of them were all three. I highly recommend Heather Chang if you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by Elvin | December 10, 2012
excellent representation
I was very pleased with Heather's services. She really goes the extra mile for you. She was very personable and kept me well informed with matters concerning my case. I would highly recommend her. And I will definitely use her for any future cases.
Posted by louie | October 26, 2011
AFTER 20YRS PLUS WITH A CHILD SUPPORT ISSUE ATTORNEY CHANG GOT THE COURT TO LISTEN
I've spent money on two other Attorneys of which one just took my money and no results. I was at the point of taking justice to my own hands Attorney Chang not only got me results but and me down to letting take my case up to finally to a Judge. Dealing with Child Support Services was a nightmare
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Teacher
  • Stanford Law School; Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Mock Trial Instructor
  • Center for Youth Development through Law
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Public Defender
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2009

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • N/A
  • Harvard University
  • N/A

Associations

  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wu Yee Children's Services
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • BAAPALSA Conference
  • Criminal Law Trial Attorney Panel
  • 2015
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Misdemeanor Trial Skills
  • 2015
  • Center for Youth Development through the Law
  • Mock Trial
  • 2015
  • Center for Youth Development through the Law
  • Mock Trial
  • 2014
  • Stanford Law School
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Misdemeanor Trial Skills
  • 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Misdemeanor Skills
  • 2013
  • Center for Youth Development through Law
  • Mock Trial
  • 2013
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program
  • Practical Advice for New CAAP Attorneys
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Heather
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is an extremely skillful, professional, diligent criminal defense attorney. She is highly well-regarded in our community for her successful representation of countless clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather is diligent and practices with a professionalism and competence that exceed what one would expect in such a youthful co-counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've seen Heather around the courts, and honestly, that means something! So many attorneys or law firms are just fronts with high gloss. Heather Chang is a well known and respected attorney, especially in Alameda County, where knowing a prosecutor or being known to a judge, can really make a difference in your case. Ms. Chang is a REAL attorney who will go to all of your court hearings with you, but she is also a real PERSON who will listen and fight for your cause. I don't take endorsements lightly and if you have a pending family or criminal law case and need a hard working lawyer to be there for you, then give Hearther Chang a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the pleasure of attending a week long trial skills seminar with Heather. Heather is one of the smartest lawyers I have been around. She is also very knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense not to mention what a hard worker she is. She brought so much to the course we attended together. She is simply a tremendous asset to our profession."
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Oakland Criminal defense Lawyer Heather C Chang
Heather C Chang
Criminal defense Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation