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Jason Robert Holley

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Holley Criminal Defense

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About Jason

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      My educational and practical experience in vigorous indigent criminal defense in Sacramento County makes me a uniquely qualified criminal defense attorney. 
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento (Cum GPA 3.17) Juris Doctor Degree.  Concentration and Certificate in Criminal Justice.  Law School specialization in Advocacy.  Dean’s Honors Recipient.  Awarded Roger J. Traynor Honors Society McGeorge School of Law.  President & Founder of the Criminal Law Society.  Graduated with Academic Distinction, 2014

University of California Santa Barbara (Cum GPA 3.89)  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Summa Cum LaudeDistinguished Highest Honors in Political Science.  Associate Professor: THTR 65 – Taught university certified course on Public Speaking 17 students. Commencement Speaker.

University of Ghana, Ghana, West Africa (Cum GPA 4.0) Education Abroad Program, 2010 Studied African Political Science

Bella Vista High School (Cum GPA 4.3)Valedictory Scholar Commencement Speaker


Work Experience

Law Clerk, Independent Contract Work For: Law office of Robert M. Holley, Law Office of Dennis S. Waks, Law Office of William Bonham. Fall 2014-2016

Wrote and submitted Federal Sentencing Memorandums, Formal Objections to Pre-Sentence reports, Motion to Suppress, felony DUI preliminary hearing, client meetings, expert preparation. Worked with both the Federal Defender Conflict Panel and private defense attorneys.

Law Clerk, Santa Barbara County Public Defender Office, Fall 2014  Argued several expungement hearings, 995 motions, , arraignment court, preliminary hearings, a DUI case, ability to pay, governors pardon, and sat co-chair in a sexual assault jury trial.

Law Clerk, Misdemeanor Unit, Office of the Federal Defender Eastern District of California.  Certified student attorney in the year long Federal Misdemeanor Unit.  Personally handled over 65 federal misdemeanor cases. Gained invaluable skills in trial advocacyplea negotiations, motion writing, client counseling, and trying misdemeanor cases from beginning to end. Tried two bench trials (driving on a suspended license and , trespass onto a military base)

Judicial Law Clerk, Chambers, International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia, United Nations, The Hague, Netherlands, Summer 2013

Law clerk for the United Nations Judicial Chambers in the trial of President Radovan Karadžić, accused with several counts of war crimes and genocide against Bosnian Muslims. Wrote opinions and recommendations on the admissibility of evidence and briefed witness testimony.

Law Clerk, Placer County Public Defender Office, Spring Semester 2013.  Misdemeanor & felony research/writing, client interviews, and arraignment court, jail visits, case strategy, oral advocacy.


Volunteer/Extrajudicial Activities
High School Credentialed Guest Teacher, San Juan Unified School District, 2015-2016  Taught numerous classes including Pre-Law and US Government

Head Men’s Varsity Water Polo Coach, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA 2007-2011, 2016. Coached the Men’s Varsity Water Polo team at a local high school.  Developed skills in leadership, organization, and communication

Founder/President of McGeorge Criminal Law Society, McGeorge School of Law, 2012-2014.  Organized numerous criminal law activates including collaboration between criminal defense attorneys, prosecution, and judges in the Sacramento Community. Organization currently has over 50 members.

Moot Court Coach, Bella Vista High School, Gordon Schaber Moot Court Competition, 2010 – 2012 Coached and prepared high school students for the Gordon Schaber Moot Court Competition

Volunteer at Osu Children’s Home for Rescued Child Slaves, Ghana, West Africa, January – May 2010

Volunteer at Kim’s Care Home, weekly reader for adult mentally challenged live-in residence, 1995 – 2011

Volunteer at Comida Jesus Orphanage, Costa Rica. Meal preparation for children, summer 2006



Academic Recognitions

Dean’s Honors Recipient, McGeorge School of Law, 2011-2012& 2013-2014

Roger J. Traynor Honors Society, McGeorge School of Law, 2014

Graduated with Academic Distinction, McGeorge School of Law, 2014

Summa Cum Laude,Distinguished Highest Honors in Political Science, UCSB, 2011

Valedictorian, Bella Vista High School, 2007


Other Recognitions 

National Moot Court Team, Washington DC, 1 Place, 2007UOP Gordon Schaber Moot Court Competition

Most Outstanding Performance, 2007 State Finalist, VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Competition 2007

Water Polo MVP, 2006 and 2007


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Licensed for 6 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact Jason

Holley Criminal Defense
2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA, 95628


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Bobby Dalton | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inspirational, Supportive, and Committed
I had contacted a divorce lawyer I trusted and worked with in the past for a criminal matter and was referred to Thanh Foxx. I hired Thanh to help out with a pretty scary issue where I was being accused of something that I never did. I was worried I would lose everything and thought I should just fold but Thanh put her foot down and took a stand for me when I was not strong enough to stand for myself. She included Robert Holley and Jason Holley as part of my defense team and while I was initially concerned there was a bait and switch going on, I found out that I actually got three amazing attorneys that made an even more amazing team. The three of them were like my very own Justice League and made me whole again. I wish this all never happened, but Thanh, Robert, and Jason made me feel a lot better while they worked with me on my case for five months doing research and investigations, conducting interviews, and preparing for hearings. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Lacey | November 20, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.
I would absolutely recommend Jason Holley to anyone who is looking for an attorney that will be dedicated to helping you, figuring out what's best for you, and helping you with your case. He really cares about his clients and is very knowledgable and an expert in his field. If you're looking for someone who will work tirelessly and vigorously for you and your case, then Jason should be your attorney.
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Posted by Mark | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Focused on the Details, Effective!
Mr. Holley is a respected Lawyer that has experience trying a wide variety of criminal cases. In addition to his own cases, Mr. Holley supports more senior lawyers with major criminal cases, which often involve very lengthy and detailed investigations. Mr. Holley’s steady case-load does not appear to prevent him from digging into the details of each client’s case. For my family, we only needed a Motion to be filed and sent to a Rental Property Company; without Mr. Holley’s Motion we would have never received the settlement we did. Based on his professionalism and passion, I am confident that he will pursue justice for you, no matter the alleged crime.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Charges Dropped
My charges were dropped thanks to The Holley Criminal Defense Law Firm. I had direct access to Jason and I never once spoke to a secretary or legal aid. He was quick to respond to emails, answer questions, and perhaps most importantly, put my mind at ease during the whole ordeal. Thank you!!
Posted by Andrew | January 20, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Simply the Best
For legal advice, I have experienced no better council than Jason Holley. His knowledge and guidance were an invaluable asset during my case. His charisma, calm demeanor and confidence make him not only a skilled attorney but a pleasure to engage. It's obvious he cares about his clients. Highly recommend.


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Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law Offices of Jason R. Holley
  • 2016 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Independent Contract Work For: Law office of Robert M. Holley, Law Office of Dennis S. Waks, Law Office of William Bonham
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Barbara County Public Defender Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Certified Law Student (Misdemeanor Unit)
  • Office of the Federal Defender Eastern District of California
  • 2013 - 2014
  • United Nations Judicial Law Clerk
  • United Nations -International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Placer County Public Defender Office
  • 2013 - 2013
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011
  • University of Ghana
  • N/A


  • UOP Criminal Law Society
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Dea's Honors Recipient 2011-2012
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2014
  • Roger J. Traynor Honors Society McGeorge School of Law
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2014
  • Academic Distinction
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2014
  • Dean's Honors Recipient 2013-2014
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2013
  • Summa Cum Laude, Commencement Speaker
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011
  • Distinguished Highest Honors in Political Science
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
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"I would recommend Jason to anyone charged with a crime in California. His trial skills and substantive criminal knowledge are impressive, and he puts the client first. You won't be disappointed!"
Sacramento Criminal defense Lawyer Jason Robert Holley
Jason Robert Holley
Criminal defense Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 6 years
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