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Derek John King

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

Attorney Derek J. King specializes in criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, DUI, traffic, domestic violence, divorce, child custody, and restraining order matters throughout the Greater Sacramento Area.  If you have been accused of a crime or are in the midst of an undesirable family situation, Derek J. King may be able to help you.


Moreover, Mr. King habitually keeps in direct contact with his clients and generally refrains from hourly billing practices.  Not only will you be able to reach him directly when you call, but you will not receive unexpected legal fees or other bills in the mail; Mr. King takes a very upfront approach to solving your legal matter and will outline the scope of his services at the outset. 


The Law Office of Derek J. King
2100 21st Street, Suite B
Sacramento, CA, 95818

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Posted by Debra | September 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid advice
Mr. King was very generous with his time and you can tell he really cares about people and their legal matters. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Daniel R. | February 27, 2012
Divorce / Separation Best Attorney
Mr. Derek John King is the best attorney I have ever had represent me. He is honest, trustworthy, no non-sense. He personally answered all of my questions and phone calls. He handled my case in very timely fashion. It was a pleasure to meet him and have him represent me. If you need an attorney that can get your case completed in the most professional manner possible, he is the attorney for you. He is a very honest and reputable person.
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Posted by Chris | November 30, 2010
Pleased with King.
I was from out-of-state and I needed a traffic attorney in Placer County. Just a little research took me to Derek King, whereupon I called and received a free consultation from him- which, in the legal world, is very valuable and telling of an honest lawyer. John was knowledgeable and straight-forward. I hired him and he was able to have my ticket cleared. This was a good experience.
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2010
dui help at its best
I hired Derek during an incredibly uphill situation. I was facing my 5th DUI and was sure I would be facing prison time. To make a long story short, Derek was by far the best possible man to have in my corner. From day one, he comforted me with a logical, strategic legal game plan - and he followed through. He was superb at our many court appearances. He defended my case with an arsenal of strategies and he explained each one of them clearly to me throughout the process. His rates and accessibility are fantastic. He was able to negotiate with a very tough district attorney and judge for a much more lenient sentence. House arrest instead of prison. Needless to say, I am glad I chose Derek to represent me and I would 100% definitely refer him and his services to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2010
Straight Shooter
I engaged Mr. King for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and he was able to get me the dismissal I was seeking.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2009
Treated me as a friend, not a client or case number!
I was referred to Mr. King to help me in a case where my ex and her first attorney were trying to gain the upper hand in a divorce case by filing a TRO against me. Mr. King treated me as a friend from the beginning. He advocated for me to protect me from unjust and, frankly, unethical tactics. Because of him I was able to defend myself and ultimately have the case dropped. Mr. King always kept me in the loop every step of the way. He did tons of research and attended court sessions to get more acquainted with my case. He always called me to find out how I was doing and to provide professional counsel. Mr. King's rates are incredible. There are many attorney's out there just in it for the money. He is an attorney to advocate for our rights! I can't think of a better individual to have on your side if the need ever arises! Strongly recommended!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Derek J. King
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Herrig & Vogt, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Del Norte County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Certified Law Student Intern
  • Sacramento County Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Fitchburg State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • California State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Derek King when he worked in the DA's office in Del Norte County. He always impressed me as a person who understood how to solve problems. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, it does not surprise me that Derek has taken those skills and excelled in that field. Family Law requires attention to detail and an ability to solve problems. Derek has those areas wired. You will be well served by this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have interacted and consulted with Derek on several cases. He is reliable and consistent. I would recommend and endorse him."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek in family law matters, as I have had cases with him and have seen his work. He is very attentive to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has the legal skills and practical experience needed to excel at Criminal Defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Derek in law school. Recently, I needed to confer with Derek regarding an issue for a client of mine dealing with a DUI. Derek provided me with sound guidance so that I could properly represent my client. I am certain Derek shares this same passion of getting results and thoughtfully considering creative solutions for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek is as efficient as any attorney I have seen in court. He has the utmost respect of his peers and the judges in the court. I know when I face Derek in court that he has done his homework on a case and knows it backwards and forwards and will always go the extra mile for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow classmate during law school and now as a practicing attorney, I have personally seen the passion that Mr. King shares for his work and his clients. I know that a client of Mr. King will receive outstanding service from beginning to end."
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Sacramento Criminal defense Lawyer Derek John King
Derek John King
Criminal defense Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation