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I am a Deputy Public Defender in San Joaquin County California, so I only represent people accused of crimes in San Joaquin County, and only then when my office is appointed to the case by the court.  At the San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office, our clients don't pay us, but we work just as hard for them as other lawyers do for their clients who pay them hefty fees!  We work hard to get the best and fairest results possible for our clients.


I graduated from UC Berkeley with honors and the University of Illinois College of Law magna cum laude.  I have years of experience as an attorney both in public service and private practice, and in both civil and criminal law.  For years I have devoted my career to criminal trial practice, both as a Deputy District Attorney and now in the Public Defender's Office.  I have tried many cases, from misdemeanor cases such as DUI's to serious felonies such as murder, rape, and assault cases. In addition to California state courts, I am also admitted to practice before the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces.


I currently represent people charged with felonies in San Joaquin County in preliminary hearings.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

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  • Harry Edward Hudson Jr

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Grace for some time. We have represented co-defendants in several cases over many years. In my experience, he is very thorough. I believe any client od his should strongly consider his advice and suggestions.


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Contact info

Office of the Public Defender

11 South San Joaquin Street, Rm 1
Stockton, CA, 95201-9030


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New Firefighter of the YearWeaverville Fire Department2013
Certificate of Acheivement-Judge Pro TemSolano County Bar Association2004
Air Force Commendation Medal-First Oak Leaf ClusterUS Air Force2002
Air Force Commendation MedalUS Air Force2000
Superior Performer-27th Fighter WingUnited State Air Force1999
Certificate of Comptency-Trial and Defense CounselUnited States Air Force1998
Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Leadership Excellence AwardUS Air Force1998
Professional ResponsibilityPhi Delta Phi1996
Excellence Award-Professional ResponsibilityCenter for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction1996
Excellence Award-International Human Rights LawCenter for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction1996
American Jurisprudence Award-Criminal ProcedureLawyer's Cooperative Publishing1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Public DefenderSan Joaquin County Public Defender's Office2013 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyTrinity County District Attorney's Office2010 - 2013
Deputy Public DefenderSan Joaquin County Public Defender's Office2008 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Adam Grace2005 - 2008
Deputy County CounselContra Costa County Counsel2004 - 2005
AttorneyLaw Offices of John M. Coyle2002 - 2004
Judge AdvocateUnited States Air Force1997 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Joaquin County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - BerkeleyAnthropologyAB1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Domestic Violence TrainingDomestic Violence Charging and Sentencing2013
Sexual Assault TrainingSexual Assault Sentencing2012
Domestic Violence TrainingDomestic Violence Charging and Sentencing2012
Outreach to Homeless CommunityDealing with Law Enforcement Encounters1999