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I've been a criminal defense attorney for 29 years.  Like many attorneys, I started out in the DA's office but quickly moved on to private practice.  In 1993, I opened the Law Offices of  Joseph S. Farina and have been in private practice ever since. 

From 2009 through 2013, I handled nothing but sex cases, includng child molestation, rape, sexual assault, statutory rape and possession of child pornography.  Of my last  42 felony jury trials dating back to December 2008, 38 have been sex cases.  I have a lot of trial experience in this area and am knowledgable about the applicable law.  The law regarding sex crimes is complicated, confusing and horrible for the defense.  The  sentencing schemes are equally complicated and confusing. 

I also handle other criminal defense matters such as assault, robbery,  burglaries, drug cases and gang related matters.  If you need an attorney, you want someone who is not only experienced, but who works hard for you and is not afraid to challenge the DA and judges.  Many attorneys seem afraid of judges who seem to know less than the they do but because they wear the black robes are afraid to stand up to them. 

I've made my reputation by being thoroughly prepared and unwilliing to compromise my client's constitutional rights.  Obviously I don't pick a fight with a judge if not necessary but I don't back down either.  Zealous and unyielding representation is critically important if you are to stand a fighting chance against a system that is stacked against the defendant.

If you have a question about a criminal defense matter or need legal representation, call me.  I offer free initial consultations and am available for  evening and weekend appointments..


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    29 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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Cash, Check

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  • Joshua Kaizuka

    I have run into Joe in the Sacramento area and he is well known to take on cases that are very tough that many other defense attorneys just aren't experienced enough to deal with or scared to do so. Great asset to the criminal defense bar!


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Contact info

Law Offices of Joseph S. Farina

604 10th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney-at-LawLaw Offices of Joseph S. Farina1993 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Curtis D.Dismissal
People v. K.T.Pled to misdemeanor battery
People v. PointerDismissal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Maryland, College ParkAmerican HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CCD Brown Bag SeminarHow To Handle A Child Molestation Case2013