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Martin Baker

Criminal defense Attorney at Modesto, CA

4.6   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Martin

Learn Martin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense in superior court. Criminal writs and appeals in the appellate courts. Academic writing, research, and consultation. Death penalty qualified. Vegetarian.

    20 years

  2. Violent crime

    20 years


I have represented people accused of sleeping in bushes, people accused of killing multiple victims, and people accused of doing pretty much everything in between.

Many of my clients have been acquitted at trial, had their cases dismissed, or had their charges drastically reduced.  Mostly because I have been able to use my considerable experience and skills to successfully counter the prosecution's case by challenging the sufficiency of the evidence, by exposing police misconduct, or by identifying procedural errors.  And sometimes just because.

I am very good -- in fact I would like to say that I am the best, but I will never promise you that I will get your charges dismissed or that I will get you a not guilty verdict at trial.  I will not even promise that "I will always fight for you" -- every case is different, and sometimes diplomacy and negotiation gets a better result than "fighting." 

I will only ever make you one promise:  If you have been accused of a criminal offense, I will do everything I possibly can to make sure that you are treated fairly. 

Beware the lawyer who promises anything more.

(Please feel free to Google me.  If you don't get too distracted by reports of my unusual hobbies or the details of certain notorious cases, you might come across one or two published articles that I have written on the subject of California's very harsh gang enhancement laws.  Not only do clients accused of gang-related offenses seek me out because of my special knowledge and experience in that very difficult area of law, but other criminal defense lawyers frequently seek my assistance in complex gang cases.  In other words; if it's a tough case, and especially if it's a gang case, I'm your man.)


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Law Office of Martin Baker
1111 J Street
Suite G-108
Modesto, CA, 95354


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by RJ | April 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive, doesn't rush, informative & fair fee.
Martin helped us handle a case in which the DA was clearly bluffing and trying to back us into a corner to see if we'd cower to his bs offer. We didn't, and of course, the DA came back with a more acceptable offer. Martin was forthcoming with all option's benefits and consequences. He believed in our case and advocates the matters of this case well. He was attentive, never rushed us, and charged a fair fee. We highly recommend Martin. Thank you, Martin! We truly appreciate your support and work throughout our case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2023
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Going to Jail @ 40
I was arrested in West Modesto after being falsely accused of attempted murder by a neighbor with ulterior motives. He had another male neighbor as a false witness, I felt doomed, had never been arrested. Mr. Baker gave light to this terrible experience. We went to trial and I was found not guilty, because Mr. Baker is devoted to his practice and is a Winner! If you went to jail and are going through some $H!t, hire Mr. Baker to fight your case. He not only is a outstanding attorney but he is vegetarian too!
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Posted by Michelle | January 12, 2023
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Martin is the best lawyer
I want to first say thank you so much for your hard work Martin. If you want a honest and great lawyer to prove your innocence he will get the job done. We hired a first lawyer and took our money and always stalled and lied to us. When I hired Martin he got the job done.
Posted by Brianna Garibay | September 9, 2022
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2nd Time Rehired Him
He is very educated and does his best at promising what he willing to fight for his clients. My husband was facing 25 years to life and won the case with him being granted 32 months. Hands down one of the best lawyers in the 209 area. His prices are very reasonable and worth it. For a felony case your looking at $6,000 flat rate. WORTH EVERY PENNY! He won’t let you down I promise. HIRE HIM. Anytime you call or have a question he answers it right away.
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Posted by Hamid | March 25, 2021
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Experienced Professional
Provided great service in a timely manner to get my case dismissed. Time and cost is always a concern for the defendant and Mr. Baker provided the services to mitigate that concern. I am pleased with his services and availability.
Posted by Davina | December 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
1. BEST Lawyer in Stanislaus County that does his job
Mr. Baker was my husbands juvenile lawyer years ago and he recommend him and he would call him and set up a meeting which he did and said he would look into my case which he did and he is understanding if you have money problems he may manage a payment agreement plan with you i didn't even have to go to the first court hearing he went on my behalf and was able to give us more time to go through the case so in my families book he's the best lawyer out here in Stanislaus County that actually does his job right
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Posted by Marcia | September 27, 2018
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Brilliant Attorney who truly is the "Peoples Attorney"
Mr. Martin Baker has represented me in an enhanced DUI case. He is a brillant thinker and to be quite honest is the kind of attorney that I believed only existed in movies. He is dedicated and comitted, and believes in his clients. He eased any fears I had and reassured me when I was in doubt. He will go the extra mile and he is so easy to talk to. I hold him in high regard. His secretary is also top-notch and accommodating.
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Posted by Ernest | June 2, 2018
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Gets it
Attorney Martin Baker Responded to my question about an 4 year old DUI Warrant which I was completely unaware of. I had just moved to a new state and was trying to secure employment when the Warrent appeared in my background check. I posted the question in Avvo And Mr. Baker was one of the 1st to answer. I questioned 3 of the Attorneys including Mr. Baker about my situation Mr. Baker was clear and concise about how to proceed and unlike the other 2 attorneys he wasn't pushing for a dollar amount he was concerned about the case and how that have it resolved. As I had Just move to another state and been unemployed for some time I was short on cash Mr. Baker was willing to work with his fee and get my case resolved promptly. Without him I don't know where I'd be, most likely I'd still stuck without a resolution. I am very grateful for Martin baker's help and professionalism in my opinion he is definitely a God send. I would absolutly recommend him to anybody seeking a great criminal defense attorney who knows his way around the courthouse and knows how to get things done!! Thank you Mr. Baker.
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Posted by Morgana | January 13, 2018
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Wonderful Counsel
I was arrested in Ceres looking for a lost dog and was completely terrified. I had never been arrested before or even had a ticket. Mr. Baker was very kind and helped me through the whole process. He got my case dismissed because I was wrongfully arrested and he believed me from the beginning. Brilliant attorney, highly recommend.
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Posted by Sonya | January 18, 2024
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Avoid Him At All Costs He took My Son under
If you're thinking about going with Martin Baker don't do it avoid him at all costs he is the worst attorney in the world I trusted him with my son's life my son was only 18 he had never been in trouble in his life tell me how he ended up with two strikes he screwed my son over for a deal on his other client that's what he did that's what he did when I walked into his office he promised me that it was just going to be a simple shoplifting misdemeanor felony and my son ended up with two strikes avoid him in All cost he's a horrible horrible person all he had to do was get the surveillance and this would have been all over but he failed to do so he failed us
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Response from Martin Baker January 20, 2024
This client (the reviewer's son) voluntarily pled no contest to two robberies and three felony thefts after being made fully aware of the state of the evidence and the potential consequences of the plea. He has yet to be sentenced. As I make clear on my website, the only promise I will ever make to a potential or existing client is that I will do everything in my power to ensure that they are treated fairly and the best possible outcome is attained in their case. This case was prosecuted as a "career criminal" case under Penal Code section 999(e), which legally prevented the DA from entering into a plea bargain, leaving the defendant with the choice of "pleading open" or going to trial. In many cases, including this one, going to trial can present a risk of a much harsher sentence, even if one or more charges are ultimately not proven to a jury. Finally, it would be a very serious ethical violation for attorneys to trade a good deal in one case for a bad deal in another, as this review implies.
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Perry & Associates
  • 2004 - 2017


  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Leeds Polytechnic, United Kingdom
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. P.C. -- Murder Charge dropped and client goes home with time served.
  • Murder charge dismissed. Client pled to a lesser charge for time served.
  • People v. S.A. -- How jury selection can win a case.
  • Not guilty of two counts of first degree attempted murder. Guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and one count of arson. Sentenced to five years in state prison.
  • People v. R.M. -- A rare victory in a gang murder trial.
  • Murder charge dismissed after mistrial. Client pled to lesser charges.
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Martin
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Martin is knowledgeable and approachable. He has a great command of criminal law and is able to explain all options available in a case in a way that makes it easy to understand what can be so complicated. He understands the impact of criminal cases on other areas of the law too such as immigration and family law which makes him a great asset."
Violent crime Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Baker are tough, direct, and correct and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are the qualties that every client should look for when hiring a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Martin Baker as a criminal defense attorney. Martin has been a practicing criminal defense for more then 14 years. He is extremely well versed in the law. We have worked on several matters together and I am always impressed by his wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table. He is passionate and extremely intelligent. He has done numerous trials from misdemeanors to violent felonies and murder cases. He works hard to get the best results for his clients. You will not find a better criminal defense attorney with more knowledge of the law or practical experience. Martin is truly one of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Baker has one of the best legal minds I have ever encountered. If you're looking for a skillful, thorough, and zealous defense, look no further. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Baker."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I write this endorsement of Martin based on my nearly 15 year relationship with him as a member of the Criminal Defense Bar. Martin is a preeminently qualified criminal defense attorney. He has an exceptional grasp of the substantive law, a keen mind for the strategic considerations present in all criminal cases and posseses the personal qualities necessary to engender the trust and confidence of his clients - a critical requirement when you hold your client's life in your hands. I can honestly say that Martin's knowledge of the criminal law, his ability to apply the law to the facts of a case and make strategic decisions to best serve the interests of his clients are unsurpassed. Whether he is representing a client in a misdemeanor case or in a death penalty trial, there is little doubt that the client will receive top notch, professional representation."
Modesto Criminal defense Lawyer Martin Baker
Martin Baker
Criminal defense Attorney
Modesto, CA
Licensed for 20 years
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