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Maria J Amaya

DUI and DWI Attorney at Chico, CA

4.3   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Maria

Learn Maria’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    20 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    20 years, 1,200 cases

  3. Personal injury

    20 years, 500 cases

I attended California State University , Chico and completed the Certified Paralegal Program. During this time I developed a love and passion for serving others and volunteered at Chico Legal Information Center and provided free voluntary services to those individuals in need.

I earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Cal Northern School of Law in Chico, California and became a member of the State Bar in November of 2002.

Prior to earning my Juris Doctor Degree I worked as a Paralegal for numerous Law Firms in Chico , Yuba City , Monterey and Santa Cruz California . In the 15 years employed as a Paralegal I acquired extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, Personal Injury, Family Law, and Workers Compensation, under the direct supervision of highly skilled attorneys.

In 2002 I was hired as an Associate Attorney with Law Offices of Matthew E. Williamson, a Firm based in Monterey and Pebble Beach, California . In 2003 I became a full partner of the Chico based office and in 2004 the sole proprietor of what is today "Maria Amaya, A Professional Law Corporation".

Over the last 11 years, my office has handled hundreds of DUI, Criminal Defense, Family Law and Personal Injury Cases. Our mission is to consistently provide clients with the most aggressive representation and to obtain the best possible outcomes by dedicating ourselves to investigating facts with the most extensive commitment to detail.

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4.3 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best criminal attorney in the north of California
I highly recommend her. She is honest, brilliant, work hard and strategic attorney. I will whole refer them to my friends and family!
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excelent lawyer
Lo más importante es que habla español y te ayuda a salir bien de tu caso, excelente persona
Posted by Agustin | January 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
I want to thank Maria for her professionalism and dedication to help me. I was facing 6 years in prison and she managed to reduce my charges and I only got probation time. From the minute I spoke with her during the free consultation, she provided me with the possible solutions to my case and ways she could defend me. She fought very hard and kept me informed about every step of my case and court proceedings. She is more than a 5 star attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2011
A professional & caring Attorney
I loved Maria Amaya as my attorney, she always gave me the advise on what I needed to do in my case. She called me to ask me how I was doing & if I had any questions for her regarding my treatment. She would allow me to make appointments with her according to my schedule. Maria Amaya made me feel like she cared about me & wanted the best for me in my case. She is so professional & yet makes you feel like she's your friend..I always tell my friends & families to go to Maria Amaya's office for any questions regarding legal matters. Thanks again-Maria Amaya for being the best attorney I could ever ask for!
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2011
A truthful Attorney
I had a Personal Injury case with Injuries. I was able to get great advise on what I had to do next for the best outcome of my case. I was always informed on what was going on in my case. This gave me peace of mind and I was able to get the treatment I needed without having to stress on a case with the Insurance company. I don't think I would have recieved the outcome I did if I had done this on my own. I am very thankful for what Mrs. Amaya did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
New Client Currently in Proceedings Willing to Provide the Process Timeline and Honest Review
I am a new client referred to Maria, also I'm out of state. I spoke with with Maria and explained my situation as my court proceeding are hours away. After googling her mixed reviews i was tentative although she gave me a sense of relief and people can be harsh when it comes to reviews. Maria was informative in regards of my steps in the process and what actions that needed to be taken, this was very helpful during our call and gave me a great sense of relief, my life is in her hands. I made a verbal agreement with Maria and gave her my information. Before my monthly down payment, she started the paper work and completed my immediate DMV task in a timely matter, with paperwork arriving within days. Her secretaries were informative and if they didn't know they answer they found it in a timely matter they gave me the relief that this issue would have a promising resolve. I am currently working with Maria regarding my proceedings and will continue to update with detailed information on how this case is handled. I understand reviews are important and more than happy to continue to give my timeline on how this works out.
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Posted by Sal Salamome | February 23, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation with no follow through
We paid for a consultation hoping that Maria Amaya would be the attorney we could hire to represent our case. We paid $150 consult fee and sat with her for 40 minutes. She indicated twice during the consult that she would get back to us but nothing happened. We called Elena Alcala back, her legal assistant, who told us that Ms. Amaya would have never said she would call us back, but would give her the message. It has been 3 months now and Ms. Amaya has not contacted us.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Supervising Litigation Attorney
  • Amaya & Associates Attorneys At Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mathew Williamson
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices of Shirley M. Paiz
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Paralegal
  • Access Legal Self Help
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • CAL Northern SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • California St Univ Chico
  • undergraduate
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • No Jail Time
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Case Dismissed
  • Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Dismissed
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  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Butte County Women Lawyers and Judges Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Seminar Completion
  • Calirnoria Dui Lawyers Association
  • 2011


Speaking Engagements

  • Migrant Parents Club Meeting
  • Criminal Charges & Immigration Consequences
  • 2015
  • Fundraiser Event
  • Criminal Convictions and Immigration Issues
  • 2012
  • KHHZ Radio
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Orientacion
  • Criniminal Charges and Impact on Immigration Status
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Maria
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maria is a skilled and compassionate lawyer who puts her client first. She has shown many times that she really cares about her clients and relates to them as individuals."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with attorney Maria Amaya on a case which involved both bankruptcy (one of my main areas of practice) and DUI/DWI issues (which is one of several areas Ms. Amaya focuses on). I had heard a lot about her from a mutual acquaintance and from working with her confirmed that she definitely is one of the sharpest attorneys in her area of expertise. Maria is smart, focused and quick to find the important issues that will be the focus of the case and determine the legal outcome. I'm glad I know her and will be consulting with her in the future as regards both DUI and personal injury issues. I can tell she is both knowledgeable and a fierce advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is the lawyer I send my Chico area criminal cases to. I only hear good things when I do."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria Amaya is an exceptional advocate. She is well-regarded in every Court in Northern California and she always fights for her clients. Anyone with a criminal, family, or personal injury matter should schedule a consultation with Maria Amaya."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maria is well versed in divorce and family law and gives her clients hope in a difficult situation"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I, without reservation, fully endorse this lawyer. I have known her and worked on many joint cases with her over the years and can say that I have NEVER met a harder working attorney in all my experience. As far as I am concerned - from what I have directly observed - she cares more about her clients than any other in the Chico area. I seen her work weekend and evenings on a case going above an beyond in order to get the best deals for her clients. I've seen her on one case wait around an out of county courthouse to make sure the complicated orders were entered in the computer correctly for her client - had she not done so, they would have been wrong and she wasn't getting paid by the hour on the case and I know she made very little money on the case because she wanted to make sure it was done correctly. Most attorneys would have left and not stayed around and dealt with it later after it was discovered, but her experience told her not to. I have even sent my own relatives to her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am writing this to let you know how much she can help. She understands how to beat the DMV, fight to save your license in court, and save you money. Through her experience in court, she knows knows the judges and prosecutors that will be handling your case. This means her local knowledge of the courtroom will make sure you are treated with respect and your case is handled correctly from the beginning. I refer cases to her in Chico, CA and the surrounding counties because I know she will not let you down. If you want a serious DUI attorney that concentrates on this area of the law, she might be the only person that can keep you driving."
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Chico DUI and DWI Lawyer Maria J Amaya
Maria J Amaya
DUI and DWI Attorney
Chico, CA
Licensed for 21 years
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