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Sal Gallardo

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Cruz, CA

5.0   7 reviews

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Licensed for 23 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/01/2022

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Sal Gallardo
303 Potrero Street
Suite 30
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060


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Posted by Aly | September 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Go for the best and trust till the end
Sal Gallardo is one of the best intelligent and intellectually well equipped professionals when it comes to the law. He came with the background of 19 years of his own law practice and his wife who is an attorney where experience of both will get you through where someone else might not. Sal Gallardo has passion for helping people to bring the law at the level where your biography is important and good moral characters will be passed to the next level- where judge will have a chance to hear and know more about you and your case. while DA will keep flashing the titles of multiple accusations build against of you. Sal is emotionally calm and well carried person. You will need him to help you to do it together. And his help will pay you back through keeping your reputation clean again. Sal will help you to stay calm through the whole process, as its going to be a long process going up to months. All what we have to do -stay positive and keep ourselves calm as you are in hands of professional attorney. It was hard to stay positive when the charges I faced against of me appeared on a background check report as a very bad charges you can face being a manager or employee to have ;-) Not Even proved guilty Yet I looked as a true criminal facing 2 charges in one case..... Oh well it was a very well written story which some creative mistress of my ex Mr. passed to the DA office to keep me further from the boy who has all the right assets)))). Please don't hesitate to have legal help twice. And I contacted Sal to see if he can explain the fact of happening. He did. Big corporations can run macro background checks where every case which was taken by DA`s offices can appear on those reports depending on company data research provider. It`s not necessary to have conviction or misdemeanor proven when it can affect your life in a way employer won`t give you a chance to explain yourself till its actually over. Sal is the only lawyer who was able to respond on the fact of happening! Do not panic! Do not stress out. Be calm and confident in the one whom you already contacted. Because he will do it with knowledge and confidence. Finding all ins and out of the tunnel of not being a free man, and you will have the best outcome possible. that was a hard first step. Now my case is resolved and over months later.
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Posted by joeQ | April 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
customer review
When you are looking for an attorney in Santa Cruz County it's important to find someone who has been around a long time and knows everyone in the county. Sal Gallardo was highly recommended to me by a large law firm who said " this guy is really good and will do a great job for you and possibly save you a little money" so the got me in touch with Sal. When i first spoke with him i knew right away he was the one i wanted to handle my case. Sal is very personable and aggressively represented me. I received a very favorable outcome and was able to avoid any jail time due to his efforts. You may want to do yourself a favor and give him a call and find out for yourself why Sal is the tight choice when hiring an attorney in Santa Cruz County. Thanks Sal !
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Posted by Brianna Golding | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Got my case dismissed!
I discovered a 5 year old warrant for an old misdemeanor case out of Santa Cruz where I attended school many years ago. I called Sal in an absolute panic - I had worked so hard to turn my life around and everything was about to come to crumble because of this new case. Sal, from the moment we talked, was kind, patient and thorough. He communicated with me every step of the way and actually made me feel like my case mattered to him. It was so refreshing to have a lawyer who made me feel like I had someone in my corner. Sal ended up getting my case DISMISSED! One of my charges was a failure to appear at my own trial! I couldn't believe it. It was the best result I could have ever asked for. I am grateful he took the time to get to know me so he could properly advocate for me in court. THANK YOU SAL!
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Posted by Ian | July 24, 2015
Sal is a life saver!
Sal was VERY helpful and always took the time to explain how everything works. He was very sensitive to how fragile the situation was and his experience really shows through during the process. He gave me great advice and took care of everything for me. I could have been in a far worse situation if my case had gone any other way. Thank you!
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Posted by SFernandes | March 8, 2015
I called Sal Gallardo on a Sunday afternoon with many questions in an old matter. He returned my call at the same day, it was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Not only that but took the time to explain alternatives about my case. I really recommend Sal Gallardo.
Posted by Cody | March 1, 2015
Client review
Sal Gallardo has represented me on dozens of cases. Mostly all very low level drug cases. Not only did he save me from prison time and overall doing very little county time, but he was instrumental in my recovery from drug addiction. Sal was not just my lawyer he is also my friend. I have dealt with more lawyers than I would like to admit, Sal Gallardo was far and away the best in the courtroom and around every corner he went the extra mile. For ten years he was there and would show up in jail to visit sometimes before I was even housed, with a plan and where to go from there. I have now been out of jail for over 5 years and clean for the majority. When I needed help the most Sal Gallardo was the best Investment I could have made.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2008
Client Review
Out of all the lawyers I have had,Sal Gallardo is by far the best! He put in so much time and effort into the case and in the end it really paid off. He is very knowledgable and always answered my calls and called me back, no matter how busy he was. I would recommend him to my friends and to anyone else, and I would definitely use him again in the future, if necessary.
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Mr. Gallardo for over ten years, on well over 100 cases. Together, we've handles cases from domestic violence to assault with a deadly weapon. He has also asked the single most effective question on cross examination I have ever heard. I endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of working side by side with Sal a number of years ago and found him to be an excellent advocate for his clients."
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Sal Gallardo
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Cruz, CA
Licensed for 23 years