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Gilberto Benito Vega

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.8   40 reviews

also known as Gilbert B. Vega, Gil Vega

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gilberto

Learn Gilberto’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I represent individuals charged in both state and federal court. I have tried cases that range from simple traffic violations to serious felonies where the defendant faced life imprisonment. I have met and argued in front of dozens of Superior Court Judges in most Northern California Superior Courts.

    13 years, 125 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    13 years, 175 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    13 years, 15 cases

  4. Violent crime

    13 years, 20 cases

  5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    13 years, 50 cases


Gilbert B. Vega is a Sacramento-based felony trial attorney who represents clients in both State and Federal criminal prosecution.  He is a graduate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he excelled in its Moot Court Appellate Advocacy program.  He graduated from McGeorge in December 2009 and immediately took and passed the February California State Bar Examination on his first attempt.  He was admitted to practice in front of the California Supreme Court on June 1st, 2010. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.


As a member of the McGeorge’s Moot Court Honor Board, Mr. Vega argued in two national moot court competitions involving criminal procedure and civil rights litigation. As a result of his performance, Gilbert was invited to serve as an Attorney-Instructor to help coach the school’s subsequent moot court teams consisting of third year law students after he graduated. 


Mr. Vega earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in history in 2002. His main focus of study while at UC Davis was on classical history with an emphasis on Latin and Ancient Greek poetry and grammar. Following his graduation, Mr. Vega was employed by Zurich North America, an international insurance firm located in the Sacramento region. While at Zurich, he spent two and a half years analyzing, evaluating and settling personal injury claims which arose from automobile accidents, dog bites, slip and falls and other forms of loss. In this capacity, Mr. Vega learned what factors are most critical in maximizing recovery for plaintiffs. 


While in law school, Mr. Vega served as a Senior Student Intern in the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office. He argued and drafted many evidentiary suppression motions as well as arraigned hundreds of misdemeanor defendants. Mr. Vega also drafted several trial motions for felony prosecutions and drafted answers to defendant’s appeals from conviction. Following his admission to the Bar, Mr. Vega now represents defendants who find themselves charged with either misdemeanor or felony offenses. 


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Law Office of Gilbert B Vega
901 H St.
Ste. 200
Sacramento, CA, 95814


4.8 / 5.0
  40 customer reviews
Posted by Omid | June 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Gilbert Vega is a very profissional, polite and smart attorney in the field of criminal cases. He helped one of my relatives successfully. We are all human and make mistakes. More often you are not necessarily a criminal a simple negligence can put you in a very bad situation. Although you have not committed any crime but if you don’t have the proof then how can you proof yourself? If you are in such situation don’t worry just call this gentleman and he will explain you everything after hearing your side of story. From then on you are in safe hands. Mr. Vega is very well experienced attorney and he knows how to do his job and at the same time how to clearly communicate with you as a client even if you have no court experience in your life at all.
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Posted by Joshua | October 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best consultant I've ever used
I contacted Gilberto for advice regarding a DUI case. He was exceptionally helpful, responsive, personable, direct, and professional. Nobody wants a lawyer, but there are times when we NEED a lawyer, and Gilbert is my go to guy when I need one.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call if you need help
Mr. Vega has been very helpful in my case he was there to answer my questions. And even ease my anxiety. He told me what would happen with my case and how much it would be he knew my situation and was sincere honest and told me what outcomes I would have he never sugar coated anything he practiced with honesty and integrity. I would recommend him.
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Posted by Richard | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
3 strike candidate
Was looking at 2 felonies with a serious messed up past , Mr. Vega got them dismissed and I plead to a misdemeanor. If I would of stayed with a public defender my life would over been over. I am totally blessed to have Mr. Vega as my lawyer and would without a doubt recommend him to anybody in need of a real good lawyer.
Posted by Avant | May 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended Great Lawyer!!!
Mr. Vega is an amazing attorney and I would recommend him to anyone!!! Let me just be frank my case was looking unbelievably scary! I had 150,000 bail was looking at federal charges and my entire life was in jeopardy...multiple felonies. Mr. Vega reassured me that he would do his best and was with me every step of the way answered every question, every phone call, every time!!! I ended up receiving a misdemeanor and sherriff work release 120 days, after facing 4 years state/ 10 years federal!! Now if my review doesn't convince you then idk what will but he was worth every single penny and I'll love him for life, he saved my life!
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Posted by Amber | April 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
I made some stupid choices in 2015 that came back to hunt me January 2016. I was extremely scared of the thought of going to jail for a few years over a stupid choice I made the prior year. As soon as I talked to Mr. Vega, I instantly knew I wanted to hire him to represent me. It’s so unlike me to make such an important decision without doing a lot of research but I knew from speaking on the phone with him that he would be the one to help me. Although I was facing these charges and having to explain to him everything that happened, not one time did he make me feel like a criminal. He’s so down to Earth and easy to talk to. Mr. Vega was able to get me 90 days of house arrest which I was only required to do half of. Forever thankful for your help and would recommend him to any one who needs an attorney!
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Posted by Jesus | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Highly recommended, very attentive to his clients also very familiar with DA office,my self as a client can say he even visited me on a Saturday in jail and resolved my case asap thank you Mr. Vega
Posted by Ashley | November 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest , Humble, Affordable , Travels to nearby cities
Gilbert Vega is a great lawyer, he is great a keeping communication and being informative. In our particular case he seemed to know the marijuana laws in California very well. I had a family member incarcerated with 2 strikes. I talked with 1 lawyer before Mr. Vega who he pretty much told me my brother would be facing a 25 to life sentence, no help at all but was very eager to take my money. Desperate, we found Mr. Vega and after talking with him, hired and paid him. We trusted he would help us take the sentence down and the rate he gave me was a lot more affordable than the previous lawyer. His rate was a flat fee which included travel time and his services through the whole process. We appreciate him for all he did and he was willing to give me a refund after hearing my brother had been released. Gilbert Vega is an honest lawyer who is knowledgeable, respectful and gives you his time, same with his staff. I recommend this lawyer to anyone. I will definitely hire him again should it be necessary.
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Posted by Monique | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Vega is a great Lawyer
Mr. Vega and his staff were very supportive and made sure you understood everything about your case. He was available to us 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns we had. I was really happy with how much compassion and attentiveness he showed through the whole court process. I appreciate his help so much and recommend Mr. Vega if you are looking for a confident and dependable lawyer.
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Posted by Nikolas | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knows what hes doing
Gilbert was a great help. Things were looking bad. The DA was trying to give me 3 years and a felony on my record. Thanks to Gilbert i was given a misdemeanor until i finish my diversion classes then its expunged from my record. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
I was facing some serious charges
Mr.Vega was a great beacon of hope hope when I was incarcerated last June of 2014. I was charged with some serious crimes and was facing 10 years in prison but Mr.Vega got some charges dropped and got me deal of one year In Sac County with half time so I served 6 months. His team and him are the best. I will always be thankful.
Posted by Bill | September 5, 2014
Thank you!
Although it was a bad situation, I had a positive experience working with Mr. Vega. I would highly recommend Mr. Vega to everyone who is in need of an attorney. I thank you so much Mr. Vega!
Posted by Rosa | August 27, 2014
Excellent teamwork, very professional, Highly recommend
Mr. Gilberto Vega is a professional that is very compassionate and generous. I am very grateful to him because he helped my case. His assistants were a great help as well. They helped stabilize my life again. Thank you very much.
Posted by Paris | June 24, 2014
A wonderful hassle free experience
Hiring an attorney can be a stressful process. Mr.Vega was very helpful right from the very first phone call.He is very down to earth, and was able to explain things so that I understood. My husband was facing felony drug charges , and a possible 6 year sentence. He took the case seriously and made us feel like we mattered and that we had a voice. Regardless of the charges you are facing, he will treat you as a person and not what the paper says about you. He was able to get a very good deal that we didnt think was possible and in fact were told by other attorneys was out of the question. My husband was able to get all charges but one dismissed, 1 year of county jail , with half, credit for time served and probation and the ability to apply for early release via the work project program. Thats amazing. He was willing to negotiate to come up with a payment plan to fit the needs of everyone involved. Im 100% happy with his service and would highly recommmend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2014
Gifted and Trustworthy
Mr Gilbert Vega is an excellent lawyer who is compassionate and knows his craft. He turned my life around by making sure That all the false charges against me were dropped. My family and I are very thankful for Gilbert. Because he kept his word and did what he promised.... Thanks again Mr Vega
Posted by Nick Michalski | January 10, 2014
MR. Vega did an outstanding job handling a background check error. It almost caused me not to get hired with InShape health clubs. He handled it perfectly and was able to Get it cleared up and I was able to start working!! If I am ever in need of an attorney again, I will definitely give him a call. Thank you very much Mr. Vega!!!
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Posted by maceo | December 16, 2013
appreciative client
great staff took care of business fast and efficiently ,best choice that I personally made to change my life as well as my familys, thank you so much to each staff member that dealed with my case,and to whoever may be reading if you have a problem with bankruptcy call them they know what to do.
Posted by Sal | September 19, 2013
Cliente Satisfecho / Satisfied Client
El abogado Gilberto Vega y su equipo me ayudaron en mi bancarrota capitulo 7 y quede muy satisfecho. Desde el principio ellos me dieron informacion que me ayudo para decidir que la mejor opcion en mi caso, era hacer bancarrota. Despues me ayudaron a que fuera los mas economico posible, cobrandome menos que los demas y me ayudaron a aplicar para que no tuviera que pagara el cobro por la aplicacion de bancarrota (la cual fue aprovada). El dia de la corte, el señor Vega nos acompaño y nos sentimos muy comodos con su presencia en la corte. Tienen exelente servicio en Español y buen equipo que te guia durante todo el proceso. Mr. Vega and his team helped me with my Bankruptcy chapter 7 and I was very satisfied. Since the begging they gave me information that helped me decide that the best option in my case was to file Bankruptcy. They also helped me by being the most affordable compared to others and by filing the application fee waver (which was approved). At the court day Mr. Vega was with us and we felt very comfortable with his presence. They have an excellent service in Spanish and a great team that will guide you throughout the process.
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Posted by Cecilia Lopez | August 26, 2013
Excellent Team Work !
Im very satisfy with there work and knowledge of how to porcess my Bankruptcy they made it fast and easy no hassles . Thank you all for your help and making this an easy process.
Posted by Patrick | August 12, 2013
Excellent Work
Atty. Vega provided professional service regarding my case. He has the experience and knowledge of the judicial process in the Stanislaus County judicial system. He was able to get an enhancements charge and a traffic citation dismissed. I would recommend him to anyone needing attorney representation in the Stanislaus County area.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Gilbert B. Vega
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior Student Intern
  • Sacramento District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • People v. S. R.
  • All charges dropped. Client plead to misdemeanor for time served, no probation.
  • People v. N. A.
  • Felony charges dismiss and client ordered to enroll in drug treatment.
  • People v. P. B.
  • Misdemeanor charges dismissed.
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  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Member, Moot Court Honors Board
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Experiance Panel
  • Experiences as a practicing Attorney
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (33)
Endorse Gilberto
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he is always looking out for his cleints. ."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gilberto is a sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gilberto. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Vega is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Vega is a valuable resource for the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Vega has to be one of the hardest working, most compassionate and client oriented advocates to be practicing law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and would recommend Mr. Vega to everyone and anyone. I have been practicing for 24 years. I was the youngest judge in Colorado history, a magistrate, a prosecutor in three districts, a law professor, and have worked in private practice for years. I still learn from his Avvo answers each and every day. He is a huge credit to the legal system. Hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is generous with his time which indicates to me a commitment to helping people. His answers are solid on the law and valuable from a practical perspective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best of both worlds: impressive knowledge and practical experience make him a top attorney."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With praise clients for his zealous work and praise from other attorneys for his professionalism and skill, Mr. Vega's profile on Avvo is impressive. I would encourage those who need legal assistance with criminal defense issues in Sacramento to contact Mr. Vega and speak to him about how he can help."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Vega. He is a great advocate for his clients"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon Gilberto's responses in the AVVO I recommend Gilberto."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear that he represents his clients well and is very knowledgeable of the law. Highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Vega. As evidenced by the number of questions he has answered on Avvo, he has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through his many work experiences that he is a stellar attorney."
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