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Matthew Cristopher Bently

Criminal defense Attorney at Chico, CA

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Matt Bently

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Serious and violent felonies, general misdemeanors.

  2. DUI and DWI

Thank you for stopping by.  I am a San Diego native who moved to Northern California in 1996.  I am former peace officer and worked various assignments including patrol, narcotics, boating and waterways enforcement, gang suppression, and investigations.  I was Deputy County Counsel with Colusa County and the Director of Contracts and Development as well as Chief Compliance Oficer with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at CSU, Chico.  I left public service to provide professional and personal legal services to my clients.  I am a litigator, and fight for the rights of my clients.

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Law Office of Matthew C. Bently
1560 Humboldt Road
Suite 1
Chico, CA, 95928

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Posted by Danisha | November 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wouldn’t ask for a better attorney!
Matthew Bentley went above and beyond for my case and was a great attorney to work with! I appreciate all the communication and being so thorough going through my case. Thank you very much for helping me through this! Definitely recommend Matthew !
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
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Estate Planning
I contacted Matthew Bently about Estate Planning. He informed me that he doesn't really practice estate planning but he would be able to refer me to another attorney that could help me. I really appreciated Matthews honesty about his field of expertise!
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
110 in 70, dismissed
When the pandemic started to spread I had to ride my motorcycle from CA to my home in WA. While cruising down I-5 near Chico I got flagged down and received a ticket for 110 in 70. I had to try and get the ticket dismissed since I can't imagine how much my insurance on my cars and bikes is going to increase, let alone I am going through an important phase of my immigration process. When in my exact kind of situation, people would desperately Google for hours and end up going with some app / website based solution. But I did my homework and realized that those app / website are just doing "trial by declaration". Which means that instead of going to Court to fight your case, defendant and the officer give the judge a statement and any evidence in writing. Most of these apps / websites would just submits some boilerplate for this process. Some cheaper ones even just give you the boilerplate. However, this does not always work: Although in some cases, officer won't bother doing the paperwork and the case gets dismissed. In a small town you bet the cops have a lot of free time. These apps / websites are just pushing luck, but they are pushing your luck not theirs. Comparing to your long term loss on insurance increase, the mere $200 they refund when the case fails simply does not matter. This is why I decided to find an experience local attorney. I called almost all the local traffic attorneys, some said they do not handle this kind of small case, some tried to convince me to just pay and move on. Matthew is the only person that took my case. Matthew has good amount of experience working traffic cases and is very familiar with the local judicial systems. He was a local police officer himself. He broke down the case in detail for me and went to work for me. The case dragged on for almost 8 months. From the initial court date in May, to a delayed date in August. Matthew requested evidence from court and followed through to a second court date in November. Finally, the case got dismissed. I would definitely recommend Matthew to anyone who gets into a similar situation like mine. Don't use the apps and websites. Hire local experts like Matthew for the best results!
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2020
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Work from home and Homeschool mom
I went to the law offices because I was pulled over due to ball on my bumper which blocked center # on my license plate. I received a DUI. My first lawyer made me believe my cased would be dismissed, this went on for over a year. It was very frustrating. Finally Matthew took over my case and with having the experience with law enforcement he was able to explain things more realistically. Made the choices I had clear. Still didn't get the out come I was hoping for but my case is settled THANKS TO MATTHEW BENTLY......note .. DO NOT BLOCK YOUR LICENSE PLATE :(
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2020
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Professional and great judgement. I had a peace of mind as client. Careful with decisions he makes.
Posted by Dario | September 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
I couldn't be more satisfied with a great job well done. I was charged with a DUI, not only was Matthew strategical with the facts of the case and had a well written dismissal report to the Judge in which the Judge granted my dismissal of the DUI but Matthew also won my appeal with the DMV hearing. My starting carreer as a firefighter depended on this and so much more! I have no DUI record in the court of law and in the DMV records thanks to him. I'm thankful and grateful that I hired him as my lawyer and I definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Anton | June 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service!
Matthew has helped us with a complicated case which had the potential of ending real bad had we not found an empathetic, and highly skilled lawyer as Matthew. This case also had the potential of costing thousands of dollars with no guaranteed outcome, but Matthew guided us through the process, step by step without us ever having to worrying about unforeseen cost. Matthew’s relentless pursuit to finding a positive outcome paid off for us. We are extremely thankful for his work, and feel in debt to him for going above and beyond. I’ve worked with other lawyers in the past and can tell you, Matthew is the best I’ve worked with by far. He is a stand-up guy and a first class lawyer. I can’t thank Matthew enough and highly recommend him!
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Posted by Tony | April 6, 2020
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Great and professional services
I received a DUI and accidentally chose the wrong lawyer (extremely bad representation). I had paid a retainer for $3500 dollars, lost my license due to attorney negligence and was losing my case. Matthew went to bat for to litigate and get me a full refund and help me get back on track with my case.
Posted by Mark | April 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Goooood lawyer
I was charged with DUI. Matthew was able to get it reduced to wet reckless. He was polite and very professional. Im not familiar with this site's rating system, but Id give him 20 stars if I could. Thanks Matthew.
Response from Matthew Bently April 21, 2020
Thank you for the kind words. I am glad to have been of service.
Posted by Jennifer | February 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing
We had to call Matthew Bently after speaking with a billion different lawyers back into October. Without and hesitation he took my cousins case. He is very kind hearted and understanding without judgement. We met with him once the day of court , I could feel how confident he was and he got his case dismissed. I would recommend Matthew to everyone!! He is absolutely amazing!!!!
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Posted by Wanda | December 14, 2019
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You won't be sorry.
I was referred to Matthew by another local lawyer and all I can say is a huge heartfelt thank you to that lawyer. Matthew was able to see me right away for a free consultation and when I explained what my problem was he went right to work. Made some calls and helped me fill out the necessary paperwork. He was knowledgeable, quick and efficient. I highly recommend Matthew and IF I am ever in need of another lawyer I know who to call. Thank you Matthew.
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Posted by Scott | November 25, 2019
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What a great experience!
The thought of finding an attorney was very stressful and honestly not something I ever thought about until I needed one. The last thing I wanted to do was get a B grade attorney. I was referred to Matthew Bently by a friend who spoke highly of his passion and knowledge of the law. Within the first couple of minutes of my consultation I knew I made the right choice! It was very clear that Mr. Bently not only has incredible knowledge about the law, he truly understands how the legal system works. I also appreciated his efficiency as I never once felt my money was being wasted on “imaginary hours”. I am not one to write reviews. After my experience with Mr. Bently I made and exception as I found the AVO website to post a review. I have and will continue, without hesitation recommend Mr. Bently to anyone who needs top tier legal representation.
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Response from Matthew Bently December 3, 2019
Thank you for the positive feedback.
Posted by Joe | November 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I have hired Matt several times to represent me in court cases. Every case I hired him for we have won! If you are looking for a lawyer with knowledge and a lot of experience, then Matt is who you need to hire. Your not going to find a lawyer out there that works harder to win his cases!
Posted by Stacey | November 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need a great attorney?
When I first met with Matthew Bently I knew right away he was the right attorney for me and my case. He was very personable and professional. His fees were very reasonable and the outcome of my case was better than I hoped for.
Posted by Zoë | November 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Matthew is a super personable and professional attorney. I was having a rough time finding an attorney until I found him! His fees were very reasonable and he got me a good resolution to my case. I will definitely be returning to him for any future cases.
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
No one else I will work with
Mr. Bentley was attentive and hardworking. I felt like he had my best interests in mind when advising me. I was most appreciative of the environment he created. I was under tremendous stress and Mr. Bentley was always a calming force throughout the process.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-225 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.4 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Matthew Bently
  • 2012 - Present
  • Director/Chief Compliance Officer
  • California State University, Chico
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Deputy County Counsel
  • Colusa County
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Glenn County
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Police Officer
  • San Jose/Evergreen College District
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • CAL Northern SOL
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Chico
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Ruggirello
  • Case dismissed.
  • People v. Picklesimer
  • Petition heard in California Supreme Court
  • People v. Ingvoldsen
  • Case dismissed

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Study Guide
  • Matt's Bar Exam Outlines
  • 2010

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