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Martha Jane Carlton-Magana

Criminal defense Attorney at Modesto, CA

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also known as Martha Jane Carlton

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    death penalty, special circumstances. three strikes, serous felony, felony, drugs, dui

    47 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

 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.

Licensed for 46 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 12/05/2022

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Law Office of Martha Carlton-Magana
1012 11th St.
Suite 103
Modesto, CA, 95354


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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
Martha Saved My life
I was charged with frivalous crimes and sought legal council. After speaking with many attorneys I chose Martha Magana due to her reputation as a dedicated hard hitting lawyer. She was not intimidated by the state prosecuters and got my charges reduced from life in prison to 5 years probabation. Those of you who are reading this and going through a similar situation know how unlikely of a result that is. I believe If i hadn't retained Martha that I wouldnt be at home writing this review right now. Thanks Martha.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Martha Carlton-Magana
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ramon Magana
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Stanislaus County Public Defenders Office
  • 1985 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Alameda County Public Defender's Office
  • 1977 - 1984
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Michigan State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • P. v. John Lacy
  • acquitted
  • People v. Marcus White
  • Acquitted of one murder, found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in second.
  • People v. Connie Gibbs
  • acquitted
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  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Board of Directors
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  • Stanislaus County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Former President
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  • CAD
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  • CACJ Charles Garry Lecture Chair
  • N/A
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  • CEB Criminal Procedure
  • Mental Competency, Mental Defenses, NGI
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Speaking Engagements

  • cacj/cpda death penalty
  • Death penalty Case Round table
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  • CPDA seminar
  • Priors
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  • CPDA Seminar
  • 1538.5 Motions
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  • Rotary meeting
  • Choosing a Career as Public Defender
  • N/A
  • CALA meeting
  • Sentencing Issues
  • N/A
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Martha Jane Carlton-Magana
Criminal defense Attorney
Modesto, CA
Licensed for 46 years