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Cody Bryan Kensit Salfen

Criminal defense Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   34 reviews

About Cody

Learn Cody’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Theft, Burglary, Property Crimes, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence), Drug Offenses, Misdemeanors, Felonies, Gang Related Matters, Assault & Battery, Probation Violations, Traffic Citations and all other criminal offenses.

  2. Civil rights
    11%

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Handling misdemeanor and felony DUI/Driving Under the Influence cases, including the criminal proceedings and DMV related hearings and issued.

  4. Domestic violence
    5%

  5. Expungement
    5%
    Petitions for Factual Innocence, Expungement, Record Clearance, Record Correction and other related matters.

  6. Personal injury
    5%
    Traffic collisions, dog bites, aviation related personal injury, slip & fall, premise liability and more.

  7. General practice
    3%

  8. Corporate and incorporation
    1%

Call for a free confidential consultation or visit our website. I am proud to serve clients in a wide array of legal matters, including criminal cases, labor/employment law for public employees, small business related matters, and personal injury cases. I handle cases in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo County, for clients accused of all level criminal offenses. I put my past legal, investigative, and law enforcement training and experience to use for the benefit all of my clients, regardless of the nature of your case. 

 

 

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Licensed for 6 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 09/12/2022

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

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The Salfen Law Firm, A Prof. Law Corp.
111 North Market Street
Suite 300
San Jose, CA, 95113

Reviews

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Posted by Trinity | October 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Cody
Great Lawyer heavy duty charges, reduced to almost nothing very nice man explained everything in detail and took the time to make me understand what was going on I would recommend him to anyone
Posted by Richard | April 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Bad Decision - Lesson Learned
I found my self in a sticky situation a few months ago. I was having some drinks with friends in Los Altos, a few hours went by, and I made the critical mistake of thinking I was good to drive home. Long story short, I made it home perfectly fine. When I was pulling into my driveway, I accidentally hit my neighbors' trashcan. I pulled into my driveway and went back to the street to fix the can. Luck would have it, an officer patrolling the street happened to see me the whole incident. As I walked to the street to fix the trash can I was with met with lights and sirens....A few hours later I was sitting in a cell wondering if my world was about to collapse around me. Lucky for me, a friend recommend Cody and I got on a call with him right away. He was clear about what would happen next and provided me the best possible advice, "DON'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS". The overzealous DA wanted to charge me with hit and run and DUI. Cody was able to get both charges dropped and clear my record. He may not be the cheapest, but who wants a cheap lawyer. Thank you, Cody, for giving me my life back!
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Posted by Ramon Corona | April 20, 2022
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Great Attorney!!!!
I am very pleased to be writing this review, after a 19 year term, I am finally home and it’s all thanks to Cody’s hard work and dedication. I was sentenced to 19 total years in 2012 with a gun enhancement that included a 10 year consecutive term; laws changed and was eligible for a resentencing hearing that could potentially bring me home after 14 years or be resentenced to the same 19 year term. It wasn’t an easy case due to the severity of my charges but Cody worked so hard on my report to present go the judge, he requested my transfer back to Santa Clara County Jail and after 2 months I was released on a 14 year resentencing term that resulted in Time served. Cody kept my wife up to date on all the issues, communication was excellent and I’d recommend him to anyone. Thanks for the hard work Cody!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2022
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Wild land firefighter defendant
Very good with taking care of court dates and allowing me to continue my work and training routine. Very professional and a great guy to represent me in my case. 10/10
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Five Star Attorney
Cody has gone above and beyond to help me navigate the criminal justice system. He is professional and so knowledgeable about the court system. I would not be where I am today without Cody‘s assistance and guidance.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Representation
Cody represented me in a DUI case I was involved with and could not have been more happy. He was extremely detailed and represented me well in all my cases. We had incredible results in the matter, and could not have imagined him not by my side for the duration of the case. I would highly recommend his services for anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2021
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DUI Attorney
Cody has helped me enormously over the past year with legal issues that stemmed from a DUI just before the COVID pandemic hit. He put me at ease throughout the entire course of the case, and knowing he was there to attend court dates, interpret the legal jargon, refer me to outside resources, as needed, and negotiate with the court, allowed me to focus on all the other things going on in life. He was able to negotiate an extremely favorable outcome for me and I couldn't be more grateful. He answered any questions I had with expertise and without delay, gave pertinent and helpful legal advice without judgement or force, and navigated the challenges of dealing with the courts during these uncertain times. In fact, he was able to work the timing of everything out in my favor, and did so seamlessly. He is a talented and efficient attorney and I am so grateful to have worked with Cody and the Salfen Law Firm. I would highly recommend his legal services to anyone!
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Posted by Briana | November 24, 2020
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My experience
Mr. Cody Salfen was my court appointed attorney for my criminal case regarding some charges that really effected my life as a whole. This case was a result of another case I had with CPS. Mr. Salfen was extremely professional and on top of my case. Even after I forgot I had court due to my case being pushed out so many times Mr. Salfen appeared on my behalf and got my case as well as all charges dismissed. I did do alot of hard work along the way but I highly appreciated Mr. Salfen stepping in for me. I spoke to him after my last court date and he congratulated me on all my hard work. I would highly recommend Mr. Salfen it was a pleasure working with him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2020
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Mr Salfen Rocks
One day after work I was chilling in my van when I witnessed some one hurting another person with out thinking twice I went and help the victim, the aggressor Jose Rivera got distracted by me giving the victim enough time for him to leve the scene the Jose Rivera became so mad he came to hurt me I had to push him and ran! He ran after me but could not catch me, he was so mad he called the police and lied to them, I ended up arrested with Battery charges but Mr Salfen's firm did investigation and were capable to save me from all this mess. I've learned my lesson and if you witness something like what I did report it right away DO NOT GET INVOLVED!
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2020
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Gave Great Advice - Honest
I spoke with Cody when I was issued my first citation. I had no idea how to handle the situation. He gave me the best and worse case scenarios, and let me know what was most likely going to happen. I appreciated his honesty and reassurance. While I hope to not have to have a consultation again, I would certainly go to Cody.
Posted by Martha | August 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mrs.
Cody spoke to me about my case. He reviewed all the facts surrounding the incident. He put my mind at ease about the court process and what to expect. I’m very grateful to have spoken with Cody. I will update when I have a result.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Cody was recommended to me by a fellow lawyer. I was in a legal jam and wasn't really sure what to expect. Cody explained what to expect, and walked me through the options and how the process would unfold in criminal court. This took a lot off my mind knowing very little about the legal system myself. The result was favorable and turned what could have been a bad situation into a bearable one.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2020
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Personable Hardworking Lawyer
The reason why I hired this Lawyer was that he actually cared and didn't over charge me for my case knowing my financial situation. Even though he was busy he still found time to get back to me in time of need. Making my situation that much more manageable to get through. He even help me get my case dropped.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
BRILLIANT! & KIND!
Absolutely brilliant attorney; he thinks of solutions out side of the box! Consulted with him on a case and greatly appreciate his expertise.
Posted by Maritza | July 23, 2019
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Cody Salfen, There are no words that can describe him. Since the first day I met him I knew I was in good hands. The impression he left was indeed impressive. Mr. Salfen in plain and simple words is a bad ass! He is intelligent, very attentive, has great communication and is always there to hear you out on your questions and concerns. He will ensure that all your questions are answered and will do his best to resolve your situation. I can assure you that you will be in good hands. The advice he gives you, take it! He knows what he’s doing and he’s great at it. He is assertive and not aggressive and is persistent in doing what it takes to help get you get the best outcome despite how difficult the situation looks. He is a bright young man and he will go far. And if you want a kick ass law firm to represent you, Salfen Law is the way to go!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2019
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Case Dismissed
I had the very good fortune of having Mr.Cody Salfen assigned to my case. (My Case was Dismissed, fast). Cody was extremely balanced between Confidence and being Open to input. He was very good at actively listening and hearing what was important, then quickly assessing and forming a Clear plan, which he communicated very effectively to myself and all other parties concerned. He did this in Alignment with whatever governs his inside thoughts or beliefs, as there was a Calmness in his Confidence that is very rare and settling. I would feel good recommending Cody to Anybody i know or consider Family. It makes me feel good seeing his kind Aptitude, Professionalism, and Human-ness in the World (these things are usually contending).....and I am so Thankful. It was an Honor to meet him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
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Restraining Order Granted!
I needed to secure a restraining order against a mentally ill neighbor who was harassing me. I was referred to Cody by a long-tenured, well regarded Bay Area attorney (whose practice did not include ROs). From start to finish Cody displayed a level of knowledge and professionalism that you want but often do not see with attorneys who handle this type of case. He explained the law to me, defined probable outcomes, engaged me in strategy and deftly navigated a seriously disorganized, dishonest attorney representing the defendant. (People, beware of attorneys who aggressively self promote on the internet.) We bounced an ineffective judge and and I was ultimately granted the RO I was seeking. If you want solid competence vs courtroom histrionics Cody is your man.
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Posted by KRYSTAL | April 3, 2019
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:)
THANK YOU CODY SALFEN, I WAS INCARCERATED WHEN MET CODY AND HE TOOK VERY WELL CARE OF MY CASE. NOT LIKE ANY OF MY LAWYERS/ATTOREYS IN THE PAST.. HE MAKES A GREAT EFFORT BEING INVOLVED IN YOUR CASE AND HELPING YOU BEAT IT. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT HE HAS DONE AND GOD BLESSED ME WITH THE COOLEST LAWYER EVER! :) THANK YOU, KRYSTAL
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Posted by Edgar | March 6, 2019
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Great work Cody!
Thanks Cody for all your help! Very sharp and fast. I was very satisfied with the way Cody works he made my process way more flexible and understanding. I will always continue to recommend Cody for any future needs.
Posted by Annette | February 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Attorney Cody Salfen
Professional very knowledgeable. Explained everything. Answered questions. Made us feel comfortable and safe. He represented us 100%. We followed his advice. Very happy he was our attorney.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Attorney
  • The Salfen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founder & Lead Private Investigator
  • Cody S Investigations, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT (Subject: Investigations)
  • State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
  • 2014 - 2015

Education

  • San Francisco Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • FELONY ASSAULT CHARGES DISMISSED - Client not guilty (due to insufficient evidence)
  • Not Guilty / Charges Dismissed - Insufficient Evidence
  • DISMISSED - Felony Grand Theft Auto Charge - DISMISSED Due to Insufficiency of the Evidence (San Jose, CA)
  • Not Guilty/Felony Grand Theft Auto Charge Dismissed - Insufficient Evidence
  • DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED - Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Not Guilty / All Charges Dismissed
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Associations

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Investigative Industry Scholarship Award
  • CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • 2012
  • CONTRACT LAW - Award for Academic Excellence/Highest Grade
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • 2010
  • Dean’s Scholar Award for Academic Excellence
  • San Jose State University, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • 2007
  • Public Service Award
  • Los Gatos Lions Club
  • 2004
  • Scholastic Achievement Award in Honor of Academic Excellence
  • State Assembly of California (State Senator Joseph Simitian)
  • 2004
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • San Jose District - CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • Firearms Safety Presentation
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cody is smart, talented and a force to be reckoned with in court. He is known as a master negotiator, outstanding writer and persuasive trial attorney. He is well–liked and respected by Judges, prosecutors, defense panel and his clients, alike. Most importantly, he is honest, kind and patient."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Salfen is a thoughtful and effective advocate. He achieves great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Salfen is one of the most detail oriented and intelligent attorneys I have ever worked with and thus one of the most effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody truly cares about his clients and takes the time to analyze his cases very carefully. He thinks about potential tactics and outcomes and keeps his client informed throughout the case. He has a unique view on how to properly investigate a criminal case, and great insight on doing so, which yields phenomenal results in his cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is a dedicated attorney and advocate for his clients. He is committed to legal excellence and cares about the people he represents. Without hesitation I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He constantly uses his knowledge and experience to get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"From working on several matters with Cody, I know him to be professional, dependable and hardworking. With his background in law enforcement and investigations, he brings experience seldom seen in a lawyer. I would not hesitate to refer a client with a serious matter to Cody."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Other
"Cody is professional, thorough, and courteous. He is dedicated to advising his clients of many legal options and strategies best suited for their individual needs and advocating for them throughout the legal system. Additionally he has experience in many types if criminal investigation, insight into the local justice system and a wealth of experience in a variety of related legal matters. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Salfen is thorough and tenacious, as well as responsive and detailed in his documentation of his work. His law enforcement background is certainly an asset."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is a fantastic attorney with a strong background in investigative work. Cody has worked in the Santa Clara Criminal Justice System for many years. He is a passionate advocate and works hard for his clients. If you have a problem in Santa Clara County, Cody is the man to help you with it."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Cody for many years and I have found him to provide a comprehensive and vigorous criminal defense for the accused. In matters for which we work together, he is easy to work with and reliable."
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San Jose Criminal defense Lawyer Cody Bryan Kensit Salfen
Cody Bryan Kensit Salfen
Criminal defense Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 6 years