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Benjamin Alika Okin

Criminal defense Attorney at Eureka, CA

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I only practice criminal defense. A jack of all trades is a master of none. Laws change almost daily and only a person who focuses on one area of law will truly stayed attuned to those changes that may make a difference in your case.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    23 years

  3. Violent crime
    20%

HUMBOLDT COUNTY’S PREMIER CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRM. CALL (707) 502-3825

Before residing in Humboldt County, Benjamin Okin was raised in the surfside town of Pacifica, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Okin attended UCLA and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social American History. He continued his education at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU), known for its nationally acclaimed trial advocacy and litigation program. Mr. Okin excelled in Criminal Procedure One and Criminal Procedure Two.  Mr. Okin has also been recognized for his exceptional legal brief writing skills, earning the highest score in Appellate Advocacy and was selected for the GGU Litigation Team. Mr. Okin graduated with honors near the top of his class in 1999.

Mr. Okin is certified in Litigation, Mediation and has studied International Criminal Justice. He worked with the Contra Costa Alternate Defender's Office, Marin County District Attorney's Office, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before accepting a position with the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office. While at the DA Office, Mr. Okin built a reputation as a strong prosecutor who balanced justice with compassion. It's been said "When Ben makes a fair offer, take it -- or you'll be picking a jury and sentencing your client later".

After leaving the District Attorney's Office Mr. Okin decided to bring his legal skills, solid reputation, and formidable advocacy abilities to the private sector. He has served as a defense attorney for over ten years as Senior Defense Counsel at two major private firms as well as two years as Chief Conflict Counsel. As a successful former prosecutor and current defense attorney, Mr. Okin has a distinct advantage as he can properly construct and deconstruct a case.

Mr. Okin is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney who is known for his professionalism and effectiveness behind the scenes and in court. He has successfully tried to jury cases from quadruple homicides, to medical marijuana defense, to DUIs and everything in between. DAs know that Mr. Okin will go to trial on your behalf often leading to better offers to avoid the uncertainty of trial.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 5 ...
Top Contributor 2013
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2013

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Maria | April 12, 2023
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Humboldt
Best attorney in Humboldt County. We contacted Ben’s office, he responded quickly to our case, he has the best team too. Rest assured if Ben takes your case, he will do anything possible to get the best outcome. If it hadn’t been for Ben’s attention to detail in our case, we wouldn’t have gotten the outcome we got which was the best outcome we could’ve asked for. We had the best experience with Ben and his whole team, as every time I needed to talk to him he made himself available and he always listened and never rushed any of our conversations and made sure we understood everything as he takes his time explaining everything in detail. Ben is very professional, non-judgmental, humbled, caring, and treats you like family.
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Posted by Abraham | February 17, 2023
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney
What an excellent experience! Ben defended me vigorously, and the outcome he achieved surpassed my expectations. He was professional, transparent, and made himself available to answer all my questions. I would happily recommend his services to anyone in my situation.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
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Excellent, reliable, timely
Ben Okin stepped right in on my case and suggested a way to get it dismissed. He immediately started the process for the retainer, then reached out to the DA to start discussions in support of dismissal, which were successful. Highly recommend Mr. Okin.
Posted by Jonae | September 22, 2022
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Lucky to have him
I contacted Benjamin's Law office and was responded to within an hour and he was very compassionate, and went through everything, while explaining the different possibilities as far as outcomes to me. He is understanding, and really easy to work with. When we met in person I left the office feeling like I was in really good hands. He is very communicative, and very timely. When he would say he was going to get it figured out by a certain time, he came through. While sometimes it may not always be in his control he made sure to do everything he could. I am very grateful for him representing me the last few months. I ended up with a very positive result due to his diligence. Thank you so much again Ben!
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2022
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Excellent attorney!
Ben is a rare attorney who truly goes an extra mile for his clients. I hired Ben to help me with a very messy case and he handled it seamlessly with wit and grace and ultimately was able to get it dismissed! I felt very supported throughout every step of the way, Ben is very knowledgeable, dependable, quick to respond and was patient with all of my questions. He is also a pleasure to deal with and has a great sense of humor which we all sometimes need when faced with challenging situations. I'm so glad that I went with his services and will undoubtedly hire Ben again if I'm in need of a defense attorney.
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Posted by Graham | March 14, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Okin worked extremely hard on my felony case and got results much better than I ever dreamed. He’s an honest person who stood by me through the entire thing. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Dennis | March 14, 2022
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Best attorney around Eureka
Benjamin Okin is the best attorney you could ask for. He is very friendly knowledgeable and punctual. He made an otherwise awful experience very simple and handled everything in a timely manner. The outcome was everything I had hoped to accomplish and then some. Very reasonably priced for the amount of wonderful work and effort they have to put in on their part. Thank you so very much Benjamin Michelle and team! Highly recommended -Dennis Kaptilniy
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Posted by Jennifer | January 19, 2022
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Ben Okin Is My Spirit Animal
Ben got me the best plea deal on a very bizarre, messy case for a very reasonable fee. I plan to hire him to handle all future legal issues should any weirdness re-surface. He went above and beyond to help me in my time of need. Ben Okin is my spirit animal.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2021
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Very Satisfied. Highly recommend!
Benjamin Okin went above and beyond with my case. I was being originally charged for a second offense D.U.I. and he was able to reduce charges significantly. I was treated with respect and kindness. Always very communicative. I would highly recommend! I am very glad I made the great decision.
Posted by Tom | August 31, 2021
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Chares dropped!
Really happy I hired Ben! Was in a really in need of help. He stepped up to the plate, and hit a home run!
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2021
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KM
Ben was great! He was very quick to respond to everything. He walked me through the entire process clearly and concise. He did not waste any time and I was more than happy with the result of my case. I cannot thank Ben enough for his dedication and professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2021
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An Incredible Service for an Unfortunate Time
Mr. Okin has my upmost support and gratitude for what was a very unfortunate time in my life. I've never been in a situation where legal services were needed, so I had no idea what to expect, and Mr. Okin was caring, thorough, efficient, and direct in walking me through this process. His services were worth the cost based on his ability to take the stress and work off my shoulders, and was able to do all the heavy lifting for me. Very rarely have I seen someone work with such levels of efficiency and rigor, while equally compassionate and trustworthy. Even the little things, such as leaving each phone conversation with "Just keep taking care of yourself," did not go unnoticed. I can't thank Mr. Okin enough for helping me through this, and I owe him a debt of gratitude. If you are searching for legal services, I strongly recommend that your search stops here.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2021
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Expungement
Ben is an amazing person and attorney!!! Very professional and has a great sence of humor. Ben goes the extra mile in making sure your informed of all aspects of your case. I would recommend Ben to anyone indeed of an attorney!!
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
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Ben is an incredible lawyer
He answered all of my questions, helped walk me step by step through the legal system and what it entailed. He was very kind and hardworking from the second I called him. He got me in the same day I called and instantly made me feel much better about the situation I was in. I felt it was dire, but he let me know he was going to be extremely diligent, and he was. The charges got dropped and he was always honest and positive when talking. I would and always will recommend benajamin oakin for any criminal defense cases you need dropped.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
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Excellent
Mr. Okin was very professional and clear. He always answered my questions promptly. I will always be grateful for his work. My case was dismissed.
Posted by Marcelo | January 11, 2021
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Excellent- professional, available, and so easy to work with
Benjamin Okin, is an excellent attorney. I give him my highest level of recommendation. He was able to work with me while I was outside the country- and, he did so quickly, efficiently, and always with a friendly professional demeanor. Benjamin got results for me (on a DUI charge) that I didn't think were possible.
Posted by Harley | November 24, 2020
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Benjamin Okin is not only a great lawyer, he is a great guy.
Ben came to my rescue after I put myself in an embarrassing legal situation involving the illegal distribution of cannabis. He met me in jail, arranged the most beneficial plea bargain possible given the circumstances, and years later worked with me to help me successfully get the charges reduced and then expunged from my permanent record. During each one of our interactions Ben took the time to hear me out, carefully explained all of my options, and then followed through with what we decided was the best course of action promptly and skillfully. Placing my trust in Ben Okin attorney at law was one of the best decisions I ever made and I recommend his legal services unreservedly.
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Posted by Dawn | July 18, 2020
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Ben saved my reputation, business and livelihood!
Ben saved my life almost literally. Well he definitely saved my business, reputation and my livelihood. Ben was professional and timely with all court appointments and deadlines. Ben thought out of the box, because I am a NV resident but had an issue in CA. He sought legal advise with NV attorneys to make sure I had an accurate and positive legal result in my state. I will never get myself into a situation like that again. It was definitely an eyeopener. I cannot thank Ben enough for what he did for me. I would recommend Ben Okin highly to anyone who has gotten into a similar situation like myself.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2020
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Excellent
Ben and his staff were professional, responsive, and most of all - compassionate. He took care of all matters and made the process easy. He stayed on top of timelines, filing deadlines and followed up to ensure everything was handled. I highly recommend him fir your criminal defense needs.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2020
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Exceeded my expectations
I gotten my first DUI. He was able to bring it down to wet and reckless. Also no classes or consequences on my license. He’s awesome! definitely learned my lesson!
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Litigator
  • The Law Offices of Benjamin Okin
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • RJC & Associates
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Senior Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of MD
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • Contra Costa County Office Of The Public Defender
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Assistant Teacher - Criminal Litigation
  • Golden Gate University School Of Law
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Humboldt County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Legal Research for Law Professor
  • Golden Gate University School Of Law
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Marin County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • People v. E.M.
  • Jury Trial - Not Guilty on All Counts.
  • People v. S.S.
  • Jury Trial. Deadlocked Jury Voted 10-2 Favoring Acquittal. Case Dismissed by Prosecutor Before Re-trial.
  • People v. C.B.
  • Jury Trial. Jury Agreed on All Counts with Mr. Okin. Not Guilty on All Four Counts of Murder & All Four Counts Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence. Sentence reduced to 6 year 8 months. Time served in Fire Camp at one-third time.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Discussion Group
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Litigation Attorney's Network
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • J-Boy Lawyers Group
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Humboldt Roller Derby
  • Sponsor
  • N/A
  • ASCEND Wilderness Experience
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • National Association of Trial Attorneys (Young Board Members)
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2003
  • GGU Law School Homeless Luncheon
  • Co-Chair
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Litigation Certificate
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1999
  • Mediation Certified
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1999
  • Highest Score - Written Appellate Brief
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1998
  • Juris Prudence - Criminal Procedure
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1998
  • Honor Student
  • UCLA
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ganjier Spring Kickoff Event
  • Marijuana Law in California Approaching 2016
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (21)
Endorse Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an experienced and competent lawyer with a firm reputation as an honest advocate. I would without hesitation refer to Ben clients requiring criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Being the prosecuting attorney to a handful of Ben's clients was a pleasure. Ben is an outstanding advocate for his clients and is a true professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known for for approximately ten years and he's done a wonderful job representing several of my family law clients in criminal law cases. When my clients have criminal law issues in Humboldt County, I have no hesitation is referring them to Ben. He's always taken good care of them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is knowledgeable, intellectually curious, honest, and hard working. His reputation for honest and vigorous advocacy on behalf of his clients assists him in obtaining excellent results. I never hesitate to suggest Ben in any case and always appreciate the opportunity to work as co-counsel with him on cases. I also call Ben for brainstorming sessions and am never disappointed."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is knowledgeable, professional and personable. He articulates his clients' arguments clearly in court, but also can translate legalese into language that they understand, with the commitment, reason and even-tempered demeanor one would want in a caring, effective attorney. I would recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked closely with Ben on a criminal and civil forfeiture case arising out of Iowa originally and then proceeding to California. Ben was very quick to respond to any questions I had and was very professional. He also had solid advice for his clients throughout the entire process clearly showing his knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system in California. I would not hesitate to refer any client to Ben."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure to get to know Mr. Okin while I was starting out as a public defender in Humboldt County. Mr. Okin was not only extremely capable and effective in representing his clients, he was always helpful to his colleagues in lending an ear or providing some insight. For criminal matters I would recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable, personable and responsive to clients. He has a great deal of experience in criminal defense. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone in the Northern California area who needed representation in a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Over the years, I have worked with Ben on numerous cases, often with great results. Ben's professional and experienced attitude in the courtroom has gained him the respect of the Courts, clients and the legal community. His former position as a Deputy District Attorney gives his clients valuable insight of what to expect and how to fight the case. I would highly recommend Ben for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I would routinely oppose Ben on matters. Ben has a talent for finding solutions to difficult problems. Ben also has the ability to sniff out latent issues, and use those issues to influence the outcome of a case. Additionally, on more than a few occasions I found myself frustrated with Mr. Okin and his ability to get a favorable resolution for his client over my objection. Despite our differences, I hold Mr. Okin in high regards and fully endorse him."
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Eureka Criminal defense Lawyer Benjamin Alika Okin
Benjamin Alika Okin
Criminal defense Attorney
Eureka, CA
Licensed for 24 years
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