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Susan Marie Hearne

also known as Nor Cal Criminal Law, Chico DUI Attorney

About me



Lead Attorney Susan Hearne was a Peace Officer for the State of California for over 25 years, a Probation Officer in Riverside County, and a Deputy District Attorney in Butte County. She now uses those decades of experience in Law Enforcement to advocate for you. She trained police officers and teaches at the local college. If you need a Butte County or Glenn County attorney, call us.

Our Criminal Defense Firm has offices in Chico, Oroville and Orland. We serve Butte, Colusa, Glenn and Tehama County.

Our clerks and investigators include retired law enforcement officers, law school graduates, and staff with years of professional experience. We're a great team providing you with the skills and experience needed from a top notch Dui Firm.

We are able to offer affordable representation on your DUI, including driving while suspended, DUI causing property damage, and underage drinking issues. We protect each client's rights, freedom, and financial future, providing experienced advice and detailed information to individuals experiencing difficult times.

With a strong criminal defense team, we offer reliable advice, effective legal pleadings, strong advocacy, positive results AND reasonable fees. We conduct your Butte County criminal case with respect for the client, and an aggressive defense for you. Use a firm knowledgeable of DUI law. Consultation is free.

Client reviews :

June 2014  "Susan was an excellent Lawyer and literally helped me through every part of the legal court process. She was also there for me with support when i did not know what was happening in and out of the courtroom.I would highly recommend her to anyone needing an attorney. Thanks again for everything!!!" -JR


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    8 years, 510 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    17 years, 250 cases
  3. Expungement: 5%
    17 years, 95 cases



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Nor Cal Criminal Law

2068 Talbert Dr. Suite 300
Chico, CA, 95928


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Honorably Retired Peace OfficerState of California2010
State of California Merit AwardMerit Award2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Professor, Criminal EvidenceAdministration Of Justice, Butte College2016 - Present
Attorney at LawNor Cal Criminal Law2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Dane Cameron2007 - 2010
Associate Professor, Natural Resources LawButte College2001 - 2016
Deputy District AttorneyButte County District Attorney's Office2000 - 2001
State Park Peace OfficerState Of California1983 - 2010
Probation OfficerRiverside County Juvenile Probation1982 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Alliance on Mental IllnessMember2015 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
Butte County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2013 - Present
Bidwell Mansion Community ProjectBoard of Directors2012 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources SectionMember2011 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted2001 - Present
Association of Professional WomenN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v R.RDismissed in full. No DUI
People v. Manuel _____________Case expunged after 1 year.
People V JTreduced to a "wet reckless", no probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Issue Paper, California State ParksCivil and Criminal Issues In Archeological Law2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
CAL Northern School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California State University, ChicoPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Butte CollegePre-LawAS1989
California State ParksLaw EnforcementPolice Officer Certificate (POST)1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CSUC Legal Studies ProgramThe Bill of Rights2016
Moot Court Honor SocietyMoot Court Judge2014
Guest LecturerNexus of Criminal and Civil Liability in Natural Resource Management2014
CSUC Chico Moot Court Final ProjectMoot Court Judge2013
CSU Chico guest lectureBasics of California Law2013
Butte County Bar Association MCLEUnexpected Consequences of Criminal Law2013
Butte College Fall 2013Natural Resources Law2013
CSUC ChicoRecreation Law - Criminal and Civil liability2012
Butte College CourseNatural Resources Law2011
Butte CollegeEnvironmental Law Issues that Effect Local, State and Federal Law2011
CSUC Chico Moot Court Final ProjectMoot Court Judge2010
Butte CollegeNatural Resources Law Update2010