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Award winning attorney

Over 25 Years Experience

Some of my work has been featured on the San Jose Mercury News Front Page,


First office consultation is always free. Call me right now. You have nothing to lose in speaking with me.   Give me a call, a text or email.  If I can help, I will.


Sucessfully tried cases involving DUI, murder, rape, child molest, domestic violence as well as other types of criminal cases. I have also reached many favorable settlements on cases that did not go to trial.


I only handle criminal cases.


I know and have known many Santa Clara County  judges and prosecutors for many years. I have a solid reputation in the legal community. In this business credibility counts for a lot.


No case is beyond hope.  I can help a client with any kind of criminal case  that a county prosecutor can charge.



I practice law in Santa Clara County (The courts in San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill).


I work very hard and I tell it straight, no gimmicks.


I also have years of experience in dealing with the mentally ill. 


When I address a jury, I believe in my cause, my case and I believe the jury will do the right thing.   


 It is a high honor to represent someone in court and my work reflects that. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    28 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Erik Steven Johnson

    I endorse this lawyer. A consummate attorney and superb advocate for his clients in and out of court.


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  • Bernard P Bray

    I endorse this lawyer. Outstanding Attorney!


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Contact info

Javier Rios, San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney

1010 West Taylor Street
San Jose, CA, 95126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV - Rating2016
Client Review Rating: Preeminent 4.9 out of Rating2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Brian R. Schechmeister Achievement AwardSanta Clara County Public Defender2015
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Public DefenderSanta Clara County Public Defender1988 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
California Public Defender's AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. CONFIDENTIALMurder charge dismissed after jury trial.
People v. ConfidentialJury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty of Felony Assault
People v. ConfidentialJury Trial: Not Guilty all counts, client walked out of the courthouse, a free man.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of California - BerkeleyRhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PowerPoint for TrialTrial Techniques2004