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After 14 years in Law Enforcement and working as a Paralegal for the Public Defender, Mr. Hinely was determined to become a Criminal Defense Attorney.


After graduating from law school, Mr. Hinely opened his private practice, while also serving as a Contract Public Defender. During this time, Mr. Hinely recognized that the Public Defender Offices were extremely impacted and forced to handle many more cases than could be appropriately researched, investigated, and prepared for court. Subsequently, Mr. Hinely made the decision to terminate the Public Defender position and focus on his private practice, providing clients with the time and care needed to appropriately prepare their case for court.


At the Law Offices of John K. Hinely it is our policy that if you hire Mr. Hinely; then Mr. Hinely will be working on your case. We do not "farm" out cases to other attorneys, etc. You came into our office expecting a specific attorney to represent you and this is what we will provide you. Of course office staff may be used for administrative functions, but legal functions will be completed by Mr. Hinely.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    8 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    8 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter John Marek

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    Peter Marek Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Richard Kim

    Mr. Hinely is a knowledgeable and insightful DUI attorney. He zealously advocates on behalf of his clients. I highly recommend retaining him for your DUI and Criminal Defense matters.


    Richard Kim DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of John K. Hinely

55 First Street, Suite #206
Lakeport, CA, 95453

Law Offices of John K. Hinely

P.O. Box 35
317 5th Street
Colusa, CA, 95932



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice Award-Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Client's Choice Award-DUIAVVO2014
Client's Choice Award in Criminal DefenseAVVO2013
Client's Choice Award in DUI DefenseAVVO2013
Witkin Award for Academic ExcellenceThompson West Publishing2009
Political Science HonorsPi Sigma Alpha2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of John K. Hinely2008 - Present
Certified Law ClerkCalifornia Attorney General's Office2007 - 2007
Paralegal/InvestigatorPrivate Company2004 - 2006
ParalegalPublic Defender Office2001 - 2003
LieutenantState Of California1986 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lake County Bar AssociationVice President2016 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationVice President2015 - Present
Cal NORMLMember2013 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationSecretary2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2011 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Phi Beta LambdaProfessional Member2008 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI with InjuriesDismissed.
Child Endangerment Likely to Cause Great Bodily HarmDismissed.
Possession for Sale, Transportation, Possession of Concentrated CannabisAll charges Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lake County Record BeeGrey Area Leaves Growers Vulnerable2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
CAL Northern School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
California State University, ChicoPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI LiveDUI Awareness and Prevention2013
California State University, ChicoCalifornia Criminal Justice2006