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Zachary Philip Merliss

Criminal defense Attorney at Roseville, CA

5.0   15 reviews

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About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    Mr. Merliss fights for defendants facing a wide array of misdemeanor charges, such as drug possession, marijuana sales, assault, battery, theft, public intoxication, resisting arrest, white-collar fraud, indecent exposure, and sex battery.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Mr. Merliss defends clients charged with various DUI offenses and will diligently walk you through the process of fighting your case.

  3. Expungement
    10%
    Mr. Merliss routinely accepts cases to help those who want to dismiss a prior conviction, terminate probation, reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, or remove a prior marijuana conviction.

Mr. Merliss vigorously defends clients accused of misdemeanor offenses, such as drug possession, battery, white collar fraud, and domestic violence. He knows all misdemeanor prosecutors and judges in Placer County, and works hard to understand his clients in-depth so he can achieve the best resolutions possible. Mr. Merliss joined the Cohen Defense Group in May 2017, He graudated from the University of Southern California School of Law and became a member of the California bar in 2016.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Merliss was a legal fellow at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the District of Nevada, and also an active member of an improvisational comedy club. During law school, Mr. Merliss gained exposure to the prosecution side of the criminal justice system, especially in misdemeanor matters, when he interned for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, conducting misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings.  He was also an avid participant of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and a strong advocate for workers and the disabled, interning at Service Employees International Union and Disability Rights California. He also obtained an academic achievement award for receiving the highest grade in the course “Criminal Law at the Margins,” which primarily analyzed how the criminal justice system affects marginalized groups in society, such as the poor and disabled.

 

Licensed for 6 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/03/2022

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

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Cohen Defense Group
919 Reserve Drive
Suite 130
Roseville, CA, 95678
Cohen Defense Group
1515 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA, 95603
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Reviews

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Posted by Marlena | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good representation is priceless.
I can not underestimate the value of effective counsel providing the representation and support you need, at such a hugely difficult time. My case was against all odds. But having a voice in that courtroom, made the entire experience much more manageable. Everyone was riveted, as Zach fearlessly defended me, spewing out all kinds of Supreme Court decisions and case rulings- It was the best feeling in the world. I wanted to stand up and shout “yes!” But unfortunately, I was shackled, Nonetheless, that day is something I reflect on regularly to boost my spirits when I need a good dose of gratitude. I’ll be forever grateful to Mr. Merliss. in my opinion, he’s the best.
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Posted by Chip | July 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney outstanding person.
I can not say enough good things about Zach. My son and I needed Legal help. We met with Zach he was honest and straight forward. We would recommend Zach to anyone facing legal issues. Zach is considered a friend to myself and my family. Like the heading says Zach is a great attorney and an outstanding person. Could go on and on if you need an attorney give him a call you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Leonid | May 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for better
I had problems with my immigration status because of previous charges on my record. Thanks to Zachary, he found a way to modify my record and helped me win my immigration case. Thank you Zack.
Posted by Matt | March 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No complaints
Ive been trying to get into the military for months (almost a year) but a pending charge was preventing me from doing that. What complicated things even more was how different military laws are to normal laws. But thanks to Zach I was able to get exactly what I wanted and am going into the military in less then a month. He is easy to talk to, let me know exactly what I needed to do and responds to emails very fast
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Posted by Luke | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Defense attorney!!!
First off I would like to say I couldn’t of been more luckier to have Mr. Merliss As my defense attorney. He always returns my calls and emails within a timely manner is very easy to talk to. Was very friendly and passionate about helping me with my situation. It’s very hard to find a defense lawyer that has every trait of a great lawyer like Mr Merliss. When I was younger I had made some mistakes that were affecting me and everyone told me that I would be stuck with them for the rest of my life. I was having trouble getting employment and many other affects on different aspects of my life but that all changed. I contacted Mr. Merliss And was immediately impressed with his knowledge of every aspect of the criminal justice system as well as his interpretation of the system. When it came time to write the motion he wrote one of the most extensive motion,s I’ve ever read and I was very happy! He guided me through everything on a personal level and always communicated with me about each step of the process. Very easy to talk to. His representation of me in the court was very impressive! I felt very comfortable and was very satisfied with our victories. I wouldn’t trust anyone more in representing me. He always has his clients best interest in mind which is very important And Mr. Merliss always exhibited that Towards me. If you’re looking for the best criminal defense out there who has all these traits that I just described look no further. Overall I am completely happy and grateful to have worked with Mr. Merliss On my expungement case And would highly recommend him to any friends or family!
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Posted by Tuna | February 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dynamic Lawyer
Zack was my conflict lawyer. I loved the fact that he made me feel like a friend and not just a case. He fights tooth and nail to achieve the best deal. I had a drug case that they wanted to give me slot of time. He got me track III. That changed my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Kelly | February 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
I couldn’t be happier with Zach’s professionalism and expertise. He thoroughly explained all my options and consequences. I was able to make a firm and informed decision in the end. I am so glad he was my attorney . I’d recommend him to anyone and everyone. Thanks for all your help. Good luck with all your future cases.
Posted by Joe | December 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Zach was very straight forward and got us fantastic results. He is very understanding and knows what deal he can get and is willing to fight for a just result. I would definitely hire Zach in the future. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Diana | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
I would recommend Zach to anyone looking for an outstanding attorney. He works very hard to help his client above and beyond. He responds to all phone calls and emails promptly. He is reliable, professional, articulate, compassionate, understanding and ensures the needs of the client is met. The law firm he works with is the best. You can’t go wrong hiring them. Thank you Zach for all your hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend!
Very knowledgeable. Helped me dismiss my case of minor in possession of alcohol. Always put in 100% percent effort in getting the outcome I wanted for the case. Highly recommend!
Posted by Sue | August 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zach Merliss
I was in need of an attorney to assist me in writing to the Board of Parole and was running out of time. Zach gave me the help I needed immediately. Here was very compassionate and was a good listener. He took the time to research and give me the best advice for my situation. I really appreciated his assistance in what was probably considered a small matter for his firm but meant a great deal to me. He was very respectful and kept in communication with me until the matter was completed. I would contact him again if I have any legal issues arise. It was a pleasure working with him.
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Posted by Robin | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Robin's case
Zach helped me during a trying time in my life. He took my case and took care of all the details that I wouldn't have known to do by myself. Zach explained everything that needed to be done in a non confusing way and was able to get the outcome we were both hoping for for my particular case. If your looking for a great lawyer then look no further . Zach is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
Zachary Merliss is by far the best attorney I have encountered. He has taken my case above and beyond in every way and has really represented my case as if it were his own. He was very professional, caring towards my situation, and simply knew what he was doing in every aspect. He took the time to contact me before every court date to remind me about it; he fought for my case so heartily, it was remarkable. I cannot thank him enough for all the effort and time he has put into my case, I am very appreciative of him.
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Posted by Jamie | April 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and caring lawyer.
Zachary did a very good job at fighting for me and was very caring. He took my case as far as it can go and did a good lob at it and got me a good deal with the court so I can keep it off my record as long as I do what the courts ask. I thank you very care and fighting for me.
Posted by Linda | March 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zachary knows the Criminal Law very well
Zachary knows the Criminal Law very well and used his knowledge to work with the DA to keep her from getting a criminal record as long as she completed what the court asked her to do. Thank you Zach!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Post-bar Legal Fellow
  • Federal Public Defender
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • Service Employees International Union
  • 2015 - 2016

Education

  • USC Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Legal Cases

  • People v. Baker
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • First Offender Class
  • Legal Aspects of DUI
  • 2019
  • First Offender Class
  • Legal Aspects of DUI
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer can really drive a groove from the low end to get you some great results. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zachary is professional, diligent, and gives each case the attention it deserves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Merliss is an exemplary criminal defense attorney who defends his clients skillfully with compassion and deep legal knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Merliss is professional, courteous, and has a desire to see justice administered properly. I whole heartedly endorse him."
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Roseville Criminal defense Lawyer Zachary Philip Merliss
Zachary Philip Merliss
Criminal defense Attorney
Roseville, CA
Licensed for 6 years
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