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Alonzo Jarvis Gradford

Criminal defense Attorney at Modesto, CA

4.6   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
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  1. Criminal defense
    Focusing on jury trials, drug cases, medical marijuana, and aggressive defense for his clients.

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Law Office of Alonzo Gradford
1202 H Street
Modesto, CA, 95354


4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2019
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Posted by Stephen | November 3, 2015
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If you want beat your case, call Alanzo!
He is very intelligent, and comfortable to talk too and be around. He has been the best all around attorney my family has ever hired. Everything he said he might be able to do for me and my case, he made happen. And some. He did even better than he told me he could do when ii first talked to him. Alanzo actually cares about his clients and is worth every dollar. He is the best of the best and he is so nice, and genuine. The case i hired him for wasnt my first time getting in trouble. But it was the first time I was going to go to prison for years. The public defender that was assigned to my case told me that the best deal he could make with the DA, was six years with half time and a strike and I had to serve my time in state prison. And my fingerprint was found inside the house so if I took it to trial i would most likley loose... That wasn't acceptable for me because i just had a baby and was living out of state with a full time job and living a sober honest life. So i decided to hire an attorney that way it would delay my pre-trial. Since they had my fingerprint, i thought there was no hope for me an beating my case. But after talking Alanzo, i felt like there was hope. Everything he said sounded so good. So at first I just thought he was just good at telling me what i wanted to hear, that way i would hire him... Well long story short; everything single thing he told me, HAPPENED!!! And some. After he delayed my case for a year, and he only promised about 6-8 months. And he made it to where i didnt even have to go to court the whole time because i live out of state. He just showed up for me. Witch was really convenient fo me because i work and would get fired if the knew i was calling off because im fighting a home invasion case in CA. And to top it all off, today i was able to take a plea deal and finally resovle my case. I have to 1 year in county with half time and 2 years supervised probation and NO STIKES or robbery/burglary charge!!! AMAZING.
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Posted by Teri | September 1, 2014
Awesome Attorney
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Gradford as my attorney for my case that I was dealing with. He is compassionate, caring and very knowledgeable when it come to the law. He has helped me tremendously to get my life back!!! I am eternally grateful to him! I would highly recommend Mr. Gradford to anyone who finds themselves in a precarious situation.
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Posted by Gilbert | August 30, 2014
Did someone say great defense attorney?
A few months back I got into some trouble when I was referred to Alonzo. I was facing three charges, needless to say Mr Gradford was able to get the two most serious charges dropped & the third reduced from a DUI to a dry reckless. At first I felt his fees were a little high but he provided me with a very flexible payment plan & in hindsight was worth every penny. I would absolutely recommend his services. Thanks Alonzo :)
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Posted by Steve | August 15, 2011
Effective and works smart..
Mr. Gradford represented my wife in a medicinal marijuana case and she was rewarded with her innocense because of Alonzo's skillfull approach. It took some time, the outcome was excellent for her.
Posted by Kae | July 8, 2011
Best Defense Attorney in Central California
As a full-time college student at a top notch university, I was overwhelmed with my course load and the multiple felonies pending against me. After consulting with several top defense attorney's in my county, I've found Mr. Gradford to be the most capable attorney. Alonzo is aggressive, enthusiastic, and on top of his game. Once Alonzo took over my case, he went above and beyond my expectations by making sure it did not interfere with my scholastic endeavors. Although I was away at college out of town, he attended my hearings and kept me updated after each court session. In just 6 months, my case was dismissed and all charges dropped. I personally didn't think I would be that lucky and I'm impressed by Alonzo's expertise in this field. Still to this day, I can't believe I still have my rightfully deserved freedom and piece of mind. I've already referred him to all my family and friends and recommend Mr. Gradford to you. Thank you Alonzo!
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2011
What to say about Mr. Gradford, well there's never enough. I have perosnally used Alonzo twice and have never had one conviction. This guy is amazing on my first case I was facing multiple felonies and was scarred of the time I was facing. So when me and Alonzo hooked up it couldn't of been a better option. Alonzo wants what you want. But also Alonzo is the best at finding a way out. I was offered good pleas but we took it to trial and I was acqutted on all 3 charges. If you want a class A performance from a lawyer then this would be your guy. The way he breaks down the D.A you would be trying to figure it out the case like they are. That was just my first case about two years ago. On my most recent case which was about a month ago once again I found myself in a tight position. I once again called Alonzo. This case was a mess the state screwed up my bail and also raided my house. One thing about Alonzo is he will not let the state screw you over, I've never seen a lawyer put so much effort in a case he made all the calls did all the all I had to do is show up. This case I thought there was no return but Alonzo did what he does best stopped it before it whent to trial but the catch is it was completly dismissed. Once again he saved me picked apart the D.A and forced them too dismiss because he showed them they don't have a case. The D.A even looked at it in court for an hour trying to figure out what was going and he couldn't s they dismissed. I've never witnessed anything better than that. This guy put in the effort and you can tell this guy is brilliant never would I call anybody else but him.
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Posted by marc | March 16, 2011
During a confusing period in my life I turned to Alonzo for help. Looking back that was the best thing I could have done. Alonzo handled my case with a professional attitude and the upmost integrity. He wouldn't settle for less than a dismissal. I am so grateful for all his help. If I ever need a lawyer again I know Alonzo Gradford will be there for me.
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Posted by Tami | January 3, 2011
.....wish I had contacted him first
I had the blessed opportunity to be granted a consultation with Mr. Gradford. My son had been arrested an charged with a felony which he did not do. After paying another attorney $5000 to defend my son, he STILL got an undeserved felony. After my consultation with Mr. Gradford, I quickly realized that HE should have been my son's attorney. Now my son has a felony from a first offense, and as a mother, I am heartsick. If I ever need a criminal attorney again, Mr. Gradford will definitely be my first and ONLY choice.
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Posted by Dyami | May 19, 2010
Coming from a minor...
Because of mr. Gradford I can spawn into this world with an equal opportunity at success. With clear direction and guidence, mr. Gradford, whom I am now comfortable with calling Alanzo, assisted me in what could have been an incredible hault to the end of being considered a legal "child." Alanzo professionaly taught many things about the laws regarding my personal matter. My birthday was only recently and thanks to Alanzo I can celebrate care free. Thanks again Alanzo.
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Posted by Rob | May 3, 2010
Best Lawyer In Ca.
Alonzo made my trail almost stress-free. His Knowledge set my mind at ease as he protected my rights and freedom. Not only was he always on time, but he was very friendly, nice, and had more than enough time to answer all my questions.I'd Recommend him to any one and i personally believe he is the best.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2008
Excellent Lawyer
Very professional, and focused. This lawyer is at the top of his class. I would recommend using him in any criminal defense trial.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2012
Believed in my son's innocence
I found Alonzo through a friend of my new brother-in-law when my son was arrested & accused of many major felonies and was looking at double digit years if convicted. We live in a rural community and the local defense attornies are worthless as is the public (non) defenders office. Alonzo meet with me and then met with my son and after hearing what we had to say about the charges, he took the case. Alonzo told us upfront that it would be a long process because we had to disprove the DA's case and that's exactly what we did...I say we because we worked with him as a team. He kept us informed along the way. Sometimes it took time for him to reply. He methodically destroyed the biggest felony count (my son was innocent of that charge) and the DA didn't know what happened...I really wish I could've seen his face as most of the "court" dates were the attorneys in chambers with the judge. My son only received jail time and probation after we got a good plea deal. Alonzo has always been completely blunt with my son and with us. We were (and still are) very fortunate that we had Alonzo on the case. This was a new experience for our family as we've never had any reason to hire an attorney (let alone a criminal defense attorney). Alonzo will always be recommended by my family to anyone needing an excellent defense.
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Posted by Shannon | June 1, 2023
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I paid him 15,000 dollars up front. Full paid attorney who blew me off on many occasions for appointment for case discussion. Kept putting my case out. Kept icnoring phone calls and texts. Actually never has a way to leave him voice messages. He neglects to check or erase previous ones. Never received my discovery from case or any paperwork. Which is my right to have. Put my case out so far. I don't believe I am capable of getting to the video and proof I needed on my behalf because he's neglected my FULLY PAID CASE. HES STILL HAS NOT RETURNED MY FEE OF 15,000 OVER A MONTH NOW SINCE I FIRED HIM. TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL IN MY POINT OF VIEW. HE HAD A PAST CLIENT HE DODNT EVEN SHOW UP TO HIS TRAIL FOR REPRESENTATION. HES A WELL PUT TOGETHER MAN. BUT HIS PRIORITY DEFINITELY IS NOT HIS CLIENTS. ITS THE MONEY HE TAKES FROM YOU AND LEAVES YOU TO BE HUNG PUT TO DRY. WITH PUT MY 15,000 FEE HES REFUSING TO GIVE BACK I AM YET LEFT HUNG OUT TO DRY BY HIM AGAIN. I CANT AFFORD ANOTHER 15,000. SO I HOPE I DONT GO PRISON NOW!!! THANKS TO MR. GRADFORDS UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR TOWARDS THE CLIENTS HES SUPPOSEDLY THERE TO HELP. HES A JOKE. HES NOT THE BEST. PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME
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  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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  • California St Univ Stanislaus
  • Undergraduate
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  • Sacramento State University
  • MA - Masters
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Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Justice Student of the Year
  • Stanislaus State University
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  • Trial Lawyer Graduate
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The reason I endorse this attorney is because a young friend of mine was going through some issues, and Alonzo took charge and helped my friend tremendously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gradford is a superb advocate for his clients. He will fight for you at every step of your case. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alonzo. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alonzo is one of the most skilled, diligent attorneys I've met. I've worked with him, seen him in action, and gone to him for advice and counsel many times. Alonzo would be one of my first calls if I needed a criminal defense attorney for any matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very hard working and provides a strong aggresive defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Other
"I met Alonzo at a training seminar for defense attorneys. During my time spent with him, it was clear that he is a dedicated defender to his clients and a dedicated practitioner to his craft. The seminar we completed is not one that most defense attorneys will ever do and his being there is proof that he is a dedicated advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Gradford through his work with the Trial Lawyers College, founded by Gerry Spence. Mr. Gradford is a dynamic, passionate advocate for his clients, and I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alonzo is a great lawyer. He is aggressive, and has a way of communicating with people whether it be a District Attorney / Prosecutor, or the Jury in a Trial. If you hire Alonzo, you will be sure to have an attorney who will vigorously defend your rights. Alonzo will fight hard for you."
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Alonzo Jarvis Gradford
Criminal defense Attorney
Modesto, CA
Licensed for 17 years