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Anne Catherine Beles

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Beles & Beles, Annie Beles


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About Anne

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I am a true believer in the defense of people accused of crimes. I will focus on you as a person and achieve the best results for you and your family. You will never be just a case number or a file – no matter how big or small your case is. I will take the time to carefully listen to you and prepare a plan for your case that integrates my expertise and your goal. I will help you and your loved ones through your legal problems.

I have been working for all clients for over 15 years, as a lawyer, and over 25 years in the office. My clients and their families have continually appreciated my attention and expertise that I have applied to their unique situations. I achieve the results that my clients want – dismissals, best plea bargains, not guilty verdicts.

I began working for my father, Robert Beles, when I was in high school – after school and during vacations. In college, I continued to work for the office, sometimes coming home weekends to assist in Dad’s cases. I started there from the bottom level – answering phones, organizing files and doing whatever grunt work was needed to assist our clients. I believe that this experience gave me a firm grasp of what is needed to help our clients through their legal problems.

I was born and raised in Oakland, California. I went to public schools for grammar and middle schools and then graduated from Holy Names High School in 1990. I attended University of California at Santa Cruz and studied sociology and English Literature there. I went to University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and took law and literature courses there. I graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz in June 1994. I immediately entered law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

I did not choose to become a lawyer because my dad is a lawyer. I chose to practice criminal defense because it is what I believe in – it is my true vocation. If you have a problem, I will find a solution.

In 2007, the State Bar of California certified me as a criminal law specialist – I was recommended by lawyers and judges, took an examination and acquired the necessary trial experience in order to achieve this certification.

In my 18 years of practice, I have represented hundreds of clients – from the most minor traffic violation to capital murder cases, from the very beginning to the end of the case. I take pride in paying attention to the entirety of the client – the legal arguments, the factual investigation, the goals of the client, the comfort of the family and the end result. I personally handle all of my cases – and I have tried over twenty five felony trials, including 15 homicides. I pay attention to detail and achieve results for you and your family.

I am honored to represent my clients and have received much appreciation from former clients and their families throughout the years. Let me help you through your legal problem.

Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Law Offices Of Beles & Beles
1 Kaiser Plaza Suite 2300
Oakland, CA, 94612-3642
Law Offices of Beles & Beles
The Ordway Building
#1 Kaiser Plaza, Suite 2300
Oakland, CA, 94612-3642
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Posted by Emmanuel | December 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Town!
Annie represented my father in a fraud case. My father was falsely accused of tricking people into purchasing properties. He could have lost his real estate license, but Annie was able to save his license and prevent any criminal charges. My entire family will forever be grateful for how she got the fake charges against my father dismissed. Thank you, Annie!
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Posted by Tiffany | June 15, 2011
The woman you want in your corner fighting for your life and freedom
My husband was charged over a year ago on a 18 year old cold case homocide. It was the MOST HORRIFIC thing ever. We looked into a handful of attorneies before meeting with Annie. We knew right away she was the one for us. The case was/is completely cirrcumstancial. He is/was charged with murder 1 with a special cirrcumstace enhansment out of Contra Costa county. Originally the DA wished to seak the death penalty in the case. Annie got that off the table and it now just carries a life w/o penalty. I say is/was because with Annie's skills we hung the first jury trial about 6 weeks ago. A hung jury is pretty rare on a murder charge, even if you are innocent as my husband is. Annie is a hard working, dedicated, and "Think outside the box" kind of lawyer. She gives her all, brain, heart and soul to her clients. She filed motion after motion in our case. I believe the motions she wrote were a HUGE part of our hung jury. She knows when to stand up and fight, and when to let certain things ride for the benifit of her clients. One of the things I love most about having Annie as our attorney was her willingness to hear and listen to every single one of my husbands, and my suggestions, and believe me I had alot. She will take it all in and use what will help, and tell you when suggestions are not in your best interest. That was a top priority for us when picking her. If I could pick any attorney in the state of California I would'nt pick ANYONE over Annie Beles, that's just the bottom line. So if you, or a loved one finds themself in a criminal situation, you will be very glad and rest better if you choose Annie to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2010
Very professional and knowledgeable
Anne was extremely helpful in my case. She was with me every step of the way and never gave up. She worked very well with my hectic schedule and over the course of 4 years never once became discouraged about my case. She was very knowledgeable and what she was unsure of, did extensive research to help me every way possible. Anne is very trustworth and a reasonible person. She had great communication with me and told me what was going on and explained to me everything every step of the way. I would recommend anyone to Anne, she is a fantastic lawyer.
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Posted by Pamela | October 11, 2010
I won't trust any one else. She is the BEST!
During desperate times and several attorneys later I found Robert and Anne Beles. I was immediately impressed with their down to earth professionalism. They took their time to understand my entire situation. They listened with compassion and tried to put me at ease. They asked pertinent in-depth questions, spoke on their experiences and their assessment of my situation. They immediately told me who they would phone to sort out the fact and assured me that they would do everything they could to help my case. This consult was more than I have ever experienced with any other attorney My gut told me that I had finally found the right attorney and I was right. As my situation progressed, Anne Beles took her professional time to strategically work my delicate situation for the most desirable outcome. She was always very honest with what I was looking at and was always compassionate with my nerves, which she also tried to comfort. My case was complicated and encompassed two counties and three courts... maybe more. Anne Beles never lost footing and appeared to enjoy the juggling and the challenges of its complexity. She retains the facts and knows all the players. I never had to remind her of any detail, yet she was incredibly patient with all my questions and concerns and confusion. I often got lost in the mess. From the start I trusted her and she never let me down. When I couldn’t handle anymore, she would put her arm around me, let me know that she understood how hard this was but to just trust her to take care of things. I did and she did with pride. Anne Beles respects and is well respected by her colleagues. She understands the law and has an understanding of the judges and their courts. Everything is not cut and done. She digs and works for alternative solutions. She works from a premise of reasonability, logic and compromise. She has respectability! Anne Beles is extremely competent in communicating, negotiating and decisively working on my or any situation. She takes her time and never has rushed any decision. I never felt that there was a "cap" on what my retainer would “buy”. She enjoys and has a passion for her trade. Some of Anne Beles attributes are: She is smart and is a quick thinker. She anticipates scenarios and is prepared to deal with anything that comes her way. She takes her time and is comfortable in front of judges and her colleagues. She has a passion in doing her job so you never feel she isn't working. I was always well informed and she explained things so I would understand. She strives for the best outcome for her clients while working with integrity. Most of all, her compassion is heartfelt I would highly recommend Anne and Robert Beles to anyone that needs an attorney. My life would have been ruined without them.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Beles & Beles Law Offices
  • 1999 - Present

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1997
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Top Lawyers of San Francisco
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • San Francisco Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2013
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2012
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2011
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2009
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2008
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2007
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Anne Beles is the best trial lawyer in Alameda County and certainly one of the best in Northern California. All judges would agree on this. She is the person you want if your freedom depends on having a good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anne has all of the qualities you want in a trial lawyer. She's experienced, she's smart, she's strategic, and she truly cares about her clients. I wholeheartedly recommend Anne."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Oakland Criminal defense Lawyer Anne Catherine Beles
Anne Catherine Beles
Criminal defense Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 24 years
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