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Bryan Joseph Hackett

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Cruz, CA

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Mr. Hackett studied under Barry Scheck, and others, in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. From August 2006 to May 2007 he interned at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, representing clients on a variety of misdemeanor offenses.

After graduation, he worked as an associate in the Law Offices of Gerald Di Chiara in New York City. At that office he worked on criminal cases at both the state and federal level, ranging from housing fraud allegations to securities violations to international drug smuggling conspiracies to murder as a hate crime.

Since his return to California in the Spring of 2008, Mr. Hackett has worked for a criminal defense firm with offices all over the state, representing criminal defendants in a broad spectrum of cases, at all levels of the proceedings. He opened the doors of his own office in 2009.  Mr. Hackett is well versed in the California Criminal Law and procedures, and has immense experience defending clients charged with burglaries, robberies, assaults, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, DUI's, drug charges, weapons charges. gang allegations, and a wide range of infractions and misdemeanors.

Licensed for 13 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Bryan Joseph Hackett
289 Water St
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060


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Posted by Debora and Clint | November 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney we could have asked for.
Bryan has provided excellent service and representation handling our case. He has guided us all along the way, being informative and clear. Very dependable, easy to talk to, and knowledgeable. He has tackled every aspect available to resolve our issue for our best outcome. Highly recommend him.
Posted by Tammy | February 5, 2010
Fantastic attorney!
My case was extremely hard to win - yet Mr. Hackett won my case!! At my trial, Mr. Hackett got the judge to exclude the prosecution's evidence and have all public records of my arrest sealed!! I learned about Mr. Hackett by asking another lawyer in the area that did not feel qualified in handling my case who they would recommend, and he was their top recommendation in the Monterrey / Salinas area. Before learning of Mr. Hackett I was desperate and had even contacted a lawyer from one of those big state-wide legal websites - they said my case wasn't worth their time and hung up on me. Yet when I first called Mr. Hackett, he asked for details of my case, and then researched my case further on his own before agreeing to take the case. He did so because he wanted to help me, yet did not feel comfortable taking my money if he did think there was at least a chance he could win my case. For him to do non-billable work before even taking the case, solely for my benefit, speaks volumes on his character. Mr. Hackett is incredibly honest, knowledgeable, and hard-working. After he agreed to take my case, he continually kept me informed by email and phone. Not once did I have to contact him first and wait for a return a call. He contacted me whenever there was an update or merely to see if I had any questions. If I did call, he always called me back immediately. He also explained his reasoning for each action involved with the case, which was extremely helpful to someone like me that knows nothing of the law. Lastly, and the most important part - he is a fantastic lawyer! He is incredibly thorough and meticulous - researching the law, searching for anything that can help your case, evaluating numerous avenues for your defense, with no stone left unturned. Mr. Hackett's thorough knowledge of the law and perseverance in finding ways to support my evidence was incredible, and as stated above, won my case, leaving me with a clean record!! I couldn't be happier!!
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AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He has a calm, relaxed demeanor that puts people at ease. He is very familiar with the local court system and uses that knowledge to get good results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Brian Hackett is a true professional who puts his client's interests first. He zealously researches and argues the law, communicates well with clients, and possesses excellent follow through skills. I hope to continue to work on cases with Mr. Hackett and would highly recommend him as I respect his ethics and passion."
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Santa Cruz Criminal defense Lawyer Bryan Joseph Hackett
Bryan Joseph Hackett
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Cruz, CA
Licensed for 13 years
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