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Maureen Furlong Baldwin

Criminal defense Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   40 reviews

About Maureen

Learn Maureen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    I have practiced Criminal Defense work all of my 35 years with cases ranging from the simplest of misdemeanors through serious felonies. I have handled numerous assault, theft, embezzlement, domestic violence defense, sex offender registration problems, sexual offenses, pornography, weapons violations, family violence, elder abuse, burglaries, robberies, fraud matters, and serious violent crimes such as rape and murder over my career.

    41 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    25%

    41 years, 300 cases

  3. Expungement
    10%
    Expungements are referred to as record clearances in CA. At the end of successful completion of probation, you have the right to a record clearance in most cases, the exceptions being in certain sexual offenses, and in all offenses where prison was imposed. Some people get in trouble for additional matters while they are still on probation. This results in a violation of probation--which can make a record clearance harder to obtain. We also work at reducing eligible felonies to misdemeanors

    41 years, 200 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    5%
    DUIs are part of criminal defense cases. Over the years, due to advances in testing and more complicated DMV rules, these cases have become more specialized. Most people who can afford to obtain a lawyer do so rather than going into court on their own. Most people today are aware of the penalties of DUIs, the effect on your ability to drive a car to work being the most important issue to many people as well as staying out of jail!

    41 years, 400 cases

I have been a criminal defense attorney in the San Jose area for 26 years. I am experienced in very serious cases such as homicide, sexual crimes,or three strikes, down to simple drug drug cases and juvenile matters. I give each case I handle my personal attention and am easy to reach by phone(408)279-4450 or e-mail--- [email protected] You can view my complete profile at www.sanjosecriminallawoffice.com

Licensed for 41 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Maureen

Maureen Furlong Baldwin
1010 West Taylor St.
San Jose, CA, 95126
Maureen Furlong Baldwin
255 North Market
Suite 265
San Jose, CA, 95113
Maureen Furlong Baldwin
266 Reservation Road
Suite F #310
Marina, CA, 93933
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Posted by Eliezer | April 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Easy Explaining and Very Caring and Open To Talk
I consulted with her in the mids of there being a serious investigation and allegation against me and she was ready to listen and provided useful knowledge that not only eased my mind but also gave me better insight into what my rights were, what steps I need to take and anything I had a question she was able to answer. I am still under an investigation and I will be looking to hire her if needed but even just with a consultation I knew she was a very good lawyer. Thanks again Ms. Baldwin!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, compassionate legal help
Came across Maureen Baldwin's card at a bail bonds service after being released from Santa Clara County Jail. Did my due diligence and contacted several lawyers but ended up choosing Maureen after hearing her reasoned and realistic assessment of my case. The initial charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon caused my head to spin but she walked me through the process and laid out my options and initial first steps out plainly for me. Her communication with me throughout was prompt - never more than a few hours until she got back to me either by email, text or phone. In the end, the charges ended up being dropped and I can without the slightest doubt honesty say I could not have hoped or received better legal counsel.
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Posted by Tim | May 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, compassionate lawyer
I came to Maureen after being charged with driving under the influence of drugs from a motorcycle accident. From the moment I spoke to her about my case, I knew I wanted her to defend me. Although she did not promise any particular outcome, she was reassuring and alleviated a lot of the stress and anxiety I was dealing with. Communication with Maureen was easy; she is immediately responsive with text messages and available same-day I wanted to drop by her office to talk, even though I'm sure she has a very busy schedule. She explained how the entire process works and was there to represent me for every court date. Maureen seems to have a great relationship with the Santa Clara district attorneys and judges, and was able to get my misdemeanor DUI drugs charge reduced to a much less serious infraction charge of driving too fast for road conditions. There was a point during the process where although they agreed that I wasn't driving under the influence, the DA still wanted to charge me with misdemeanor speeding. She was able to reason with them and I was thankfully never charged with that. I hope to never have to use Maureen again, but would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone that finds themselves in a bad situation, like I did.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent DUI defense attorney
I hired Maureen after I got my first DUI (.09 BAC). I was very nervous and anxious since I have never been in trouble with the law (even as a teen). She thoroughly explained the court proceedings and explained to me in details on what to expect during court arraignment, possible outcome, etc. She was very honest and didn't make any false promises. She is extremely a hard working, experienced attorney who is very familiar with Santa Clara County court system. At the end, she was able to negotiate my charges down to a reduced charge of (wet) reckless driving. This outcome wouldn't have been possible without her assistance! First of all, don't make the same mistake like I made by drinking and driving...because you will eventually get caught! Use taxi, Uber, or get a motel! But god forbid if you are dumb enough to get a DUI then I highly recommend her services. She will work hard for you and her prices are very reasonable!
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence Case
Maureen is a fabulous attorney she was able to get the charges dropped on my domestic violence case. She was well worth the money considering a felony on my record would have ruined my life and destroyed my career. I could not have been happier with her results. She was always available by phone or appointment which made me feel secure. If you are reading this message hire her she is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney!
Maureen is simply wonderful. Awhile ago, someone falsely accused me of something and when that happened, I was shocked, confused, and didn't know what to do. I then consulted Maureen and knew that she was the person to handle my case. She is not only intelligent and thorough, but she is very personable and easy to work with. A very experienced, tenacious attorney, she knows the ins and outs of the DA's office and how to work with them. She cares very much about her clients and does not give false promises. I can recommend her without hesitation!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks a lot for your precious time!
Maureen is very professional and a great attorney. She make sure she is always available for her client. She listen very patiently, give her honest opinions, dont make false promises, discuss clearly all the options available and chose the best one to go. I am very thankful to her for her precious time and recommend her strongly!
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Posted by Sam | February 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
My wife was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada for a legal matter that was filed against her in California. She was being held in Las Vegas awaiting California to extradite her. I hired Maureen Baldwin to help us with the case and from day one she gathered all the details and got in touch with the DA in California. She also worked with our attorney in Las Vegas and my wife was released in 3days from Las Vegas jail to go to California to answer the charges, normally she would've been held 30days till California would come to get her. Maureen was prefessional, attentive, and provided step by step guidance. We were lucky to have her handle the case. Later on, she worked out a deal with the DA and they dismissed all the charges. I highly recommend Maureen Baldwin, she is an excellent Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney- Goes Above and Beyond
I searched for several attorneys to help me with my Domestic Violence/Restraining order violation, but each quoted me with extreme prices and very limited direction in terms of their plan of action. I was lucky enough to find Ms. Baldwin and was immediately knew she was the right person for my case. She is not only a great lawyer, but also a great person and cares dearly about her cases/clients. She went above and beyond to help me get my case cleared/dismissed altogether. You can be sure Ms Baldwin will be fair with her prices and will do everything in her power to help you get through your case as she did for me. Highly recommend her as she is highly experienced, very talented, and overall a congenial person to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Excellent Service
I feel so lucky that I found Mrs. Maureen Baldwin at the critical time. I retained her as my criminal attorney for a misdemeanor charge, and she met all aspects of my expectations. At first, as an attorney, she is so powerful. I fired my previous lazy attorney, after he spent more than two months going back and forth but without making any progress, and retained Maureen at the critical time. She is resourceful on how to work with the DA, and she knows when to take actions and when to step back. Only after two weeks that she took over my case, she was able to got my case dismissed!! She is definitely strong in her profession, and she came up with a clever and clean point to deal with the charge, so that the DA had to dismiss my case. Secondly, she is always responsive. She answers my every call and replies my every email on time in terms of minutes. I cannot believe how a successful and busy lawyer like her can manage to be so attentive as she does. She even replied my after-hour emails when I needed updates from her. At last, but not least important, she is compassionate. She understand my needs and how important things mean to me. She talked directly to the DA that the charge on me was stupid, and asked how would the DA feel to have my case go to trial. I don't know what else I can expect from an attorney, let alone her rate is very competitive. She is well worth the money but also my sincere respect.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!
Mrs. Maureen is a great lawyer that would be there for you when you need her. I had hired her from the beginning when my case started and when it was time for me to get of probation i had went back to her to help me with that. She got everything taken care of in a timely manner and was very professional. She has even answered question and concerns non related to my case. If you need a attorney and she does cases that you are in trouble for i would highly recommend her as your lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2015
Maureen will take care of you!
Maureen did an excellent job helping me out of a very frustrating situation. I was serving a 3-year probation for an assault charge, and she was able to get me off probation early the day I graduated college, just in time for my upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Not only did she get me off probation early, she got my charges reduced to a misdemeanor and made me feel like I could go on with my life with a much cleaner slate. Maureen didn't have an easy job helping me, but she worked very hard, and she doesn't back down from resistance in the courtroom.
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Posted by Frank | July 26, 2015
Excellent work
I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen under very unpleasant circumstances. She was extremely professional, through, and discreet. She handled my case as someone who really cares would. I would highly recommend Maureen.
Posted by Luis | May 18, 2015
Great attorney
Ms Baldwen is a great attorney, She is compassionate and caring. She helped to turn an unjust arrest into justice. She believed me when others doubted me she is awesome.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2015
Saved us from a DV case
Maureen has helped my husband from a DV case. She has been very supportive and she took time to answer all our concerns. Since there were immigration complications, she came along with us to an immigration lawyer and discussed all complications for each possible outcome. Maureen tried hard from beginning to stop the case getting filed. she kept on working on it until the case was dismissed. She is not like the other attorneys who look at you as money making machine. She is a good human of values.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2015
Excellent Investment!
I was accused of domestic violence. Maureen Baldwin was instrumental in getting the charges rejected (which means a case never got filed). Maureen was down to earth, she was aggressive when necessary but never came across as pushy , she knew when to be persistent and when to lay low. All of her years of experience paid off and she was an excellent investment and truly has your best interest at heart! I am very appreciative of her help and highly recommend her if you are in a legal situation.
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Posted by nan | March 1, 2015
Maureen is the BEST!
I talked to three lawyers for my domestic violence case. I didnt pick lawyers who claimed to be the king/queen in the court room, who had connection with DA but Maureen, who was at the moment having a bad cold, sneezing constantly but still went into all the details of my situation taking detailed notes. That was one of the best decision I ever made in my life. Maureen worked out miracle - DA rejected the case completely and there was NO charge filed on me! Due to a prior misdemeanor change on my record 5 years ago, its deemed impossible for such an outcome, while bad consequences could lead to my immigration status denial, my loss of child custody, or at the minimum my immobility in the next couple years to change job in the high tech industry. To me Maureen is a very cool lawyer:) She may not claim all the credits but I realize how she smartly collected new evidence, tuned new development of the situation in my favor, and gave me truly valuable advise not limited to the criminal case, but the family custody case I was also dealing with in the mean time. Not to mention what other reviewers have said about Maureen's prompt response to your email, her keenness on details, her loads of experience and her great reputation with her clients, with DA and the courtrooms. Though it was the worst drama in my life, I feel so lucky I found and chose Maureen as my lawyer.
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Posted by Annie | November 28, 2014
A good genuine lawyer
Dear some one in need, About 2 months ago I ended up in a situation of petty theft case. It was the moment of my life where I felt so lost and shameful. I got caught with the police and was cited to go to court and was so petrified. I didn't know what to do and I desperately needed a lawyer. I researched and called few lawyers, but didn't feel comfortable with any. Couple of lawyers hear the worriness in you and tried to take advantage and say things to make you more intimidated. Some knew your case was standard and tried to charged you the maximum knowing it didn't need that much work. Some promised you a lot and seem so superficial. Finally, I came across Maureen Baldwin. That afternoon in my car was when I tried to call Maureen. The 1st moment I briefly told M my situation, she spent her time talking to me and explaining the whole situation to me as though she took care of it without asking anything in return. She didn't even bothered quoting the fees. She gives you what is her knowledge about your situation and if you feel you need further care from M, she was willing to help you. But she doesn't even temped, forced, or rushed you into picking her. You just feel naturally in your conscience that she is the one! She takes care of you each step that you need and request fee up to whatever point she assisted you. She doesn't make you pay for any extras that she didn't work for you. Unlike the other lawyers, just blab out one huge fee and promised you that they'll do this and get this and that accomplished without starting anything for you yet. Throughout my process with Maureen, I get personal contact from M every day and even within the hours of response. M contacted me back and forth by emails and text constantly. I don't ever have to talk to any receptionist or assistance at all. It's you and M one on one all the time. All the reviews about Maureen are so TRUE. There are plenty of criminal lawyers out there... but you are lucky if you have chosen one that you trust and one that is not there just for the Money. For the rest of this life, I don't hope i ever have to need a criminal lawyer again. But I would want someone whos is like me... did a horrible dumb mistake and need a good lawyer, look for Maureen Baldwin, you will feel so much BETTER! My case got dismissed and went as planned. Annie
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Posted by Brian | September 13, 2014
Review of Maureen Baldwin
I contacted Ms. Baldwin the way many of you will, based on her reviews from various search engines. Upon meeting her I gave her the details of what I thought was an insurmountable case. She reassured me that what needed to be done would take time but could be done. She explained the law to me with great clarity and reassured me that this horrible chapter in my life could finally be over. We negotiated her fees which I found to be very reasonable....I left her office with instructions of what I needed to do and I did what she asked of me. My case was a 2 stage litigation process. She handled the first stage immediately. I knew I had hired the right attorney. My expectations were exceeded when I learned that she had my original conviction dismissed rather than reduced. She was successful in stage 2 of my case. Here is where my review really needs your attention. My attorney for the original case was twice as expensive as Ms Baldwin - 13 years prior! Talking to him took an act of Congress. He acted like him taking my case was an extreme inconvenience but martyred himself as he was doing it as a favor. Ms. Baldwin ALWAYS returned my calls promptly, within hours not days. When I couldn't be reached she sent me emails or text messages updating me with new information as it became available. If you are in need of an attorney I highly recommend Ms. Baldwin. She knows the law and has decades of experience. The smartest decision I ever made was to retain her services... Because of Ms. Baldwin, I can pursue goals in life that I thought were impossible before.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
A caring, responsive and dedicated lawyer who provides committed counsel to her clients
Maureen Baldwin was there for me in my time of need. I was charged with a DV offense and throughout the ordeal, she was the rock on which I could lean on in my time of stress and duress. Without her, I think I would have suffered a nervous breakdown. She helped me understand the whole process and patiently worked with me over innumerable emails and phone calls. She is a caring and committed professional who provides the most objective and considered counsel to her clients. Additionally, she is extremely knowledgeable about the workings of the legal system and is well connected to many of the prosecutorial staff in the Santa Clara County courts thus enabling her to advance the interests of her client in a more effective manner. She was able to reduce the charges from DV to a Disturbance of Peace misd without probation and helped me get a new lease of life. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a committed, caring and responsive lawyer during their time of need
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
  • 1981 - Present

Education

  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Univ of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to witness her work in the courtroom and have found her to be diligent and hardworking. She is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having observed Maureen for almost 20 years, I have witnessed not only her superb legal skills, but also her personalized, caring service. Maureen's ability to quickly and expertly assess a criminal case sets her apart from many of her peers. Her unique combination of skills enables her clients to successfully overcome whatever hurdles they may come across in the litigation process with relative ease. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maureen is one of the best and most prepared lawyers in San Jose, or for that matter the whole state. We have worked on several cases together and she was always two steps ahead of me. If you have the opportunity hire her for your case. Truthfully, there are very few local lawyers I would hire if I were in trouble. Maureen is one of them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Guerin Provini"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Maureen Baldwin for many years. She is a true fighter. She knows the law well. She is an excellant attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Baldwin is a “litigator’s litigator”. Tough as nails when the situation demands it, but, charming as can be when it does not. The more serious the nature of the offense, the greater are the reasons why Ms. Baldwin should be contacted. Not to suggest, however, that every client she represents has an ultra serious offense. She is “book-smart” as well as “street-smart”. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I admire Ms. Baldwin's meticulous preparation and understanding of the potential immigration consequences of a client's criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maureen represented a co-defendant on a very long criminal defense trial (over three months). Maureen took the position of lead cross-examination and did a superlative job. Her vast experience in the court room was readily apparent and all of the other co-counsels benefited from her knowledge of the facts and the application of the law."
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San Jose Criminal defense Lawyer Maureen Furlong Baldwin
Maureen Furlong Baldwin
Criminal defense Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 41 years
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