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 No one in Stanislaus County has more experience, or had more success as  criminal defense attorney. I've represented hundreds of individuals charged with every kind of criminal defense. I’ve defended each one aggressively,  passionately, knowledgeably, and with compassion. I've had over a hundred jury trials, and won or hung most. I’ve represented  fourteen clients facing the death penalty and do not have a single client on death row. I’ve challenged and changed California law. (Madrid v. Municipal Court, People v. Dustin).  Now I’d like the opportunity to help you.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    40 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%

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Law Office of Martha Carlton-Magana

1012 11th St.
Suite 103
Modesto, CA, 95354


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Martha Carlton-Magana2014 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Ramon Magana2007 - 2014
AttorneyStanislaus County Public Defenders Office1985 - 2007
AttorneyAlameda County Public Defender's Office1977 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of DirectorsN/A
Stanislaus County Criminal Defense BarFormer PresidentN/A
CACJ Charles Garry Lecture ChairN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v Walter Haukinvoluntary manslaughter
People v. Tinker Loveacquitted
People v. Terry Dustinlife with parole
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Publication nameTitleDate
CEB Criminal ProcedureMental Competency, Mental Defenses, NGIN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Michigan State UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary meetingChoosing a Career as Public DefenderN/A
CPDA Seminar1538.5 MotionsN/A
CPDA seminarPriorsN/A
CALA meetingSentencing IssuesN/A
cacj/cpda death penaltyDeath penalty Case Round tableN/A