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Samuel David Berns

Criminal defense Attorney at Rocklin, CA

5.0   21 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Experienced in misdemeanors, felonies, DUI, expungement, and many other areas from traffic tickets to murder, and extensive knowledge of and experience with defenses related to medical cannabis.

    14 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%
    Experience in misdemeanor and felony DUI charges, with a history of success in helping clients get reduced sentences and keep their licenses. Minor traffic cases too.

    14 years

  3. Business
    5%
    Cannabis business setups and licensing, contracts, and more.

    14 years

  4. Land use and zoning
    5%
    Zoning issues, including cannabis land use, code enforcement issues, and licensing.

    14 years

PLACER COUNTY'S DEPENDABLE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. CALL (916) 226-4999

Placer County-based attorney Sam Berns has been practicing law throughout Northern California since 2010. Sam will work hard to get optimal results for you in your legal matter.

Sam has a passion for advocacy and a strong desire to do what is right. He has obtained not-guilty verdicts, dismissals, and favorable settlements in criminal cases, and has advised successful businesses. Sam will pull no punches in working for you; past results include a case being dismissed when Sam showed the arresting officer to be motivated by racial bias and felony charges dismissed and all property including marijuana and money ordered returned to a client who had been facing prison. Sam has even worked successfully to help pass regulations favorable to his clients.

Beyond his core legal work, Sam is an active member of his community. He regularly volunteers at high school mock trial competitions in Placer and Sacramento Counties, and has assisted legal aid attorneys at Legal Services of Northern California. Prior to law school, he designed and taught a know-your-rights class for inner city youth in Milwaukee. He has volunteered at Public Defender's offices in Marin, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. He also works with several medical marijuana industry groups, and has contributed to a documentary film about three strikes law reform.

Whether you are trying to get the best of a good situation or pull yourself out of a bad one, Sam Berns is an attorney who will work with you to get a favorable outcome.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Location

Law Office of Samuel D. Berns, Inc.
5701 Lonetree Blvd Ste 123
Rocklin, CA, 95765

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2018
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amazing lawyer
I met with Sam over two misdemeanor charges and was very relieved that i found an attorney that was a straight shooter and cut out all of the BS and made it simple for me to understand what i was up against and my options. I would recommend Sam Berns to anyone seeking help, he is honest, hardworking and keeps it very simple. I was dreading having to find a lawyer and was very thankful i found Sam, I never write reviews but for him i defiantly felt i needed to take the time as a small thank you.
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Posted by Michael | September 7, 2021
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Diligent and Hard Working
Sam is a thorough and diligent advocate. His efforts on cases is seemingly tireless. I have co-counseled with Sam on cases and refer all of my criminal matters to him. Our mutual client speak highly of his competence and advocacy.
Posted by Simco | May 16, 2023
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Highly recommended
I was arrested March of 2022.charged with 2 felonies .hired an attorney who was definitely not in my best interest not in the slightest bit,treated me as if he was a prosecutor rather than my attorney,urged me to plea out to 10 years with doing 85 percent of it.after nearly a year and 7000 dollars later,I fired him and accepted my financial lost.for the second time,I hired Sam to come aboard and fight for me.within 60 days of hiring Sam,what the previous attorney failed to do over nearly a year span,Sam did more and beyond. Thanks to his tenacious fighting ,not backing down to the prosecution,that 10 years went down to time served ,no prison time,no probation,no court fees. Sam helped me regain my life and freedom,not once,but twice,I am forever grateful for this human being for being the individual he is,his knowledge for the law is not to be second guessed,he's very skilled and highly experienced in any court arena,never giving into the oppositions findings,where I once felt hopeless,his representation gave me a new found hope,and not without positive results.if you are facing charges and is at a lost on who to trust by your side,Sam is the One you want by your side ,he will fight for you to the very end unlike most attorneys out there.Thank you Sam for helping me through such a difficult time,much appreciated
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Posted by Shil | March 4, 2022
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I’ve gotten a second chance!
Ever since I first met Sam Berns, he has been upfront, honest and very quick with the processes. He helped me get an expungement from some issues from my past, and because of him At long last im no longer stuck in manual labor jobs. Thank you for everything
Posted by Jill | August 31, 2021
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Illegal Cannabis Cultivation at Rental Property
Unfortunately, I have experienced illegal cannabis cultivation by unscrupulous tenants at one of my investment properties and received hefty fine from the city. No doubt I was so concerned and nervous. Luckily I was able to turn to Sam for calm and sure guidance. His no-nonsense style and knowledge of the law and the system were invaluable. The result is very satisfactory – my fine was reduced for more than 98%! Sam is an excellent attorney who really goes above and beyond for his client, I'd trust him with anything, do not hesitate to call him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2021
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Best DUI Lawyer in Rocklin/Placer County
Best DUI lawyer in Rocklin and/or Placer County. You can't get anyone better. He fights really hard and cares a lot about his clients. He is honest, fair, and will always be in your corner. If possible, he will get your case dismissed. If possible, he will win at trial. He has no fear and will do whatever he can to get you the best possible result. If you have any doubt, don't because he is the best! Thank you, attorney Sam!
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Posted by Allen | October 27, 2020
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One Fortunate Guy
I came to meet Sam Berns by pure chance. After I was pulled over by CHP, on suspension of DUI in El Dorado County, I didn’t know what was going to happen to me after spending the night in jail, but I figured I needed a lawyer and I remembered the catchy tag line on a radio commercial for a So. Cal. law firm that specializes in DUI cases, so I looked them up on the internet. I spoke to a lawyer at the firm, and the next day I found out Mr. Berns had been assigned to my case. During my first consultation with Mr. Berns I remember asking him all sorts of questions about what was likely going to happen to me. He patiently answered the questions and often had to clarify what he had said because I can be pretty dense. He explained to me what his strategy would be, then suggested that I write out and document in as much detail as I could recall, the events of the entire day I received the DUI. He also counseled me to per-emptively seek out personal help that would demonstrate to a judge, I was not intending to continue with the poor judgement that got me pulled over that day. He said there were no guarantees, but also assured me that depending upon the lab results of my blood test and testimony from an expert, he felt like he would be able to get a favorable judgement. I followed all his advice to the best of my ability. After 16 months with more court dates than I can recall, many of which were postponed due to Covid-19 and other circumstances, Mr. Berns was able to get my charges dropped in the El Dorado County court and the DMV violation set aside! I intend to never need Mr. Berns’ professional help again, however, I can say with all sincerity that I am one fortunate guy to have had him in my corner during this entire event. I am thankful for catchy radio commercials, but I will be forever grateful to Mr. Berns for giving me his all.
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Posted by Eddy | October 27, 2020
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PROMISING RESULTS
I was very skeptical at first considering I had been federally indicted at a young age. I committed a federal offense that involved the dark web. I looked everywhere for a lawyer and Sam Bern’s office was one of the few firms that caught my attention. He ended up walking me through the process of my tough case and made the steps simple. There were some tough decisions to make and from his expert advice I ended up going down the right path. Thanks to Sam Berns my life has made an 180 degree turn for the better and now I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to live outside of prison with very little time in prison. I was recently sentenced and I am VERY pleased with the outcome. Thank you Sam for allowing me to prove myself to society and for having faith and being patient with me throughout this case. One thing I gotta say to those looking for a lawyer is to stay calm. Don’t make anymore dumb decisions, and choose Sam Berns as your lawyer.
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Posted by Michael | May 30, 2019
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IT Manager
I called Sam and he was very responsive and quickly assessed my legal needs. He immediately put a plan in action and laid out options. He was transparent with all possible ramifications. Within the week he managed to get charges dropped and only charged me for minimal time which to me is admirable of a lawyer. I definitely highly recommended Sam!
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Posted by RICHARD | February 14, 2018
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Superior attorney
I've worked with Sam on several cases now; I've found Sam's knowledge of contract law, criminal law, startup corporate law and business matters was unmatched. Sam can also digest a great deal of legal material and immediately "cut to the chase" for a client, having assisted me and my clients in a variety of business, corporate and licensing matters. Highest recommend!
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Posted by Terri Marie Martinez | October 9, 2017
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Criminal Defense
Sam Berns helped my juvenile son get out of a unfortunate situation. Sam is a dedicated attorney that didn’t ever give false hope. He really went to bat for my son. He proved he really cared and put his heart and soul into the case. He always kept in touch with me and explained everything very clear to my son. Sam is a top notch guy with strong values. I recommend him to anyone who wants a lawyer that really cares.
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Posted by Mike | October 9, 2017
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5 felonies dropped to 1 misdemeanor
The title says it all got caught up 5 felonies dropped to 1 misdemeanor I would most definitely referral my peoples here so framers and patients this is my referral excellent place compassionate price
Posted by Cindy | September 9, 2017
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Code Enforcement/Building Permits
Sam Berns is a thorough, experienced lawyer. I called him for the first time on a Friday afternoon at 4:30pm as he was just leaving his office for Labor Day weekend, he said, "Let me call you right back." And he did within minutes. He talked me through our problem and said he would take care of talking to Code Enforcement as soon as they opened after the weekend. He called me right back after he talked to them and he has a relationship with that office. They like him so much that when they came to sign off on the code violation, the officer mentioned what a great lawyer he was. He stayed in touch with me throughout the holiday weekend, if I emailed him for support, he emailed me right back with research he found out. He was a great help, I was able to sleep nights, he knows his stuff, he is to the point, he is the kind of lawyer you wish you could find when you need one. I feel real lucky to have randomly found him on a website, under duress. He really made a difference as to how my situation was going to turn out. I would normally say, "Don't call any lawyer that you have not gotten some feedback on from other clients." I would say Sam Berns is the lawyer to call. I'd recommend him for whatever is your problem because I believe he will help you, even if you're not sure if he can. He will help you because of the type of person he is. He will find a way to point you in the right direction AND he'll do it because he loves the law and is a helpful, caring guy. We need more lawyers like that.
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Posted by Mark | August 14, 2017
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Samuel Berns, dismissed and sealed past conviction.
I called for consultation, then called his competitors; Samuel is far more knowledgeable than his competition ( he's A+ ). He knows the law and I hired him. Samuel had my prior marijuana conviction dismissed and sealed. I highly recommend Samuel to represent you.
Posted by Dave | January 11, 2017
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Awesome Attorney...Professional...Affordable...Compassionate...Extremely Knowledgeable...
I had consultations with several other attorneys, in reference to my felony case, and some of them wanted 10X more than Sam for their fees, yet none of them exhibited the sincere listening skills, possible scenarios of the consequences I may face, and genuine concern for my situation BEFORE giving me their fees for representation, as Sam. The process took about 9 months to complete and during the entire time he always kept me in the loop and returned my calls within 24 hours of calling....with all my questions and concerns. During this stressful time I felt fortunate to have a well rounded attorney like Sam representing me. He treated me like a real person in a very challenging situation, not just a $$ # and next. Sam has a very rare quality of sincerity that is evident in all he does. He is also very knowledgeable and caring. So , before you plunk down a big chunk of money for a "well known" or a "big name" attorney and take a chance..... Give your self a real chance for the best outcome possible in your situation from a consultation with Sam. I had never been in any kind of "situation" with the law before, but after the trust I placed in Sam, I now refer him to anyone needing an affordable, winning attorney with great integrity....Sam Berns.
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Posted by Spencer | January 15, 2016
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Lawyer I hired 4 years ago got me a great deal was very knowledge able and was always there to answer questions....
I hired and paid Samuel for his services and not only did he come in cheaper than the others I talked to he treated me like I was his only client, it has been almost 4 years since that point and I have called him for questions ranging from filling bankruptcy to my girlfriend's disablity claim he has always called me back within 24 hours and consulted me on anything that he could help me with. When I went to get my record expunged he offered to help but I couldn't afford it so he still talked me through the process and I was able to get my record expunged solely based on his help. In a world where everything has a price the amount that I paid was worth every penny and he is honest and looking out for your best interest. I would recommend Samuel to anyone that needs a lawyer. I know have a great job that I was only able to get because my record is clean and my life is back on track thanks to the work that this man did. I all the other lawyers I talked to treated me like a customer when my life was hanging in the balance. Sam is different. Thanks for all you have done for me Sam.
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Posted by Susie | August 24, 2015
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Great Attorney
Very competent ... prepared, very thorough ... always returned phone calls and responded to emails promptly. I would highly recommend Sam for any criminal defense matters. Thanks again for all the time you spend trying to help our son!
Posted by Tim | March 13, 2014
Felony Reduction
I was looking to get a felony charge expundged, But didn't have an idea how to move forward with this. I heard of the law firm Sam is an attorney at and called. The front desk listened to what my goal was and instantly said I need to talk to Sam Berns. Glad I did. Sam was fantastic! He was able get my felony charge reduced and also expunged. I would definitly recommend Sam to anyone needing a top notch attorney who cares about you and not a fee. Sam thank you!!!
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Posted by Tim | February 26, 2014
I owe you one Sam!
I had a sticky situation with El Dorado County Sheriffs. Sam helped lead me in the right direction. He was very knowledgeable on the situation and also very honest. I had different options. Sam told me the good and bad. Ultimately it was my decision, but without Sam, I would probably have made the wrong one. He looked at the outcome through my eyes instead of greedy eyes (like most lawyers). Thank goodness. He helped save my family from having to relocate and my business as well. I cant thank you enough Sam and if I ever see you around beer and dinner is on me!
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2012
In Berns We Trust...
Mr. Berns took my case without hesitation. Meeting with Mr. Berns I learned that he was nearly fresh out of law school but I still had no doubts or concerns about him at all, in the beginning and throughout the term of my case. He's definitely on top of his game. He always kept me informed on how things were progressing. He always returned my calls. Mr. Berns treated me with respect all throughtout and handled my case with his immediate attention. He handled my case properly and the resolution was what I expected. I give Mr. Berns a standing ovation for his professionism, knowledgeable skills, and fighting for my rights........for this I thank you for all of your help. Call Samuel Berns, you won't be disappointed.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Samuel D. Berns, Inc.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Mark A. Berg
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Sonoma County Public Defender's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Marin County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Solano County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of William G. Panzer
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Univ of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Assault with a Vehicle
  • Not guilty at jury trial
  • Cannabis Fines for an Absentee Landlord
  • 98% Fine Reduction
  • Transportation of Cannabis
  • Case Dismissed

Associations

  • Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals
  • Attorney Sponsor
  • 2021 - Present
  • Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals
  • Attorney Sponsor
  • 2021 - Present
  • Nevada County Cannabis Alliance
  • Legal Adviser
  • 2017 - Present
  • Placer County Growers Association
  • Legal Adviser
  • 2016 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Office - Rocklin Best of the Best
  • Gold Country Media
  • 2021
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Roseville
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Cali/Witkin Award for Trial Advocacy
  • UC-Hastings College of the Law
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Documentary
  • Defending Three Strikes
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • 420 College Sacramento Seminar
  • Cannabis Laws and Business Setup
  • 2018
  • Livestream MCLE
  • Cannabis Laws CLE
  • 2017
  • Cannabis Business Basics
  • Cannabis Laws and Business Setup
  • 2017
  • 420 College Sacramento Seminar
  • Cannabis Laws and Business Setup
  • 2017
  • Multiple Seminars
  • Cannabis Laws and Business Setup
  • 2016
  • Marijuana Panel featuring US Attorney and others
  • Introduction and Organization
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam and I worked together for a few years in the same office. We continue to work together on cases in the criminal courts. Sam is trustworthy and very knowledgeable. I would have not problem referring him criminal defense cases"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Berns is one of the most skillful attorneys I have ever worked with. If your matter is in his hands, then it is in good hands!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samuel Berns is one of the best attorneys in Rocklin and Placer County area. He has over 10 years of experience. He fights hard for his clients and does not back down. As recently as last week, a jury found his client not guilty of a case no other attorney would even take to trial. He is kind, responsive, and the best attorney you can have on your side!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Berns is highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and well-respected in the community. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berns is not only an excellent lawyer, but he is a sharp wit and a pleasure to work with. Any client of his should feel secure in that they are receiving a high level legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is an excellent advocate for his clients. I have sought his advice on my own matters in the past. I endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend Sam Berns. He is a zealous advocate and a passionate defender of his clients' rights. He is knowledgeable and dedicated and I am honored to know and have worked with him. His clients are blessed to have him as their lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Sam is the go to guy on any Marijuana issue in Northern California. I happily endorse this Lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for any criminal cases in Placer County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam Berns went to one of the top law schools in California and focuses his practice on all aspects of criminal defense. I am honored to endorse him after working with a joint strategy on a mutual case -- Sam handling the criminal aspects and I concentrating on the administrative law state Board licensing issues. Sam went above and beyond to protect his client in coordinating the case with my law firm, being mindful of the unintended consequences."
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