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Santa Cruz, CA Criminal Defense Lawyers

64 lawyers specializing in Criminal Defense are available in the Santa Cruz, CA area.

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Santa Cruz has 64 Criminal Defense Attorneys with 233 Reviews

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    John William Thornton

    303 Potrero #30, Santa Cruz, CA
    54 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 33 years
    Exclusively in Santa Cruz since 1990
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    Phillip James Crawford

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    The Crawford Law Firm, Inc.
    1414 Soquel Ave., Suite 224, Santa Cruz, CA
    17 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.9 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 12 years
    2018 Recipient - President's Award - California DUI Lawyers Association

    Practice area
    10% Criminal Defense, 90% DUI & DWI

    Cost
    Free Consultation
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     30 minutesHourly Rates$300-500 per hour

    License
    CA, Active since 2011
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    George Jacob Gigarjian

    108 Locust St #13, Santa Cruz, CA
    32 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.8 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 37 years
    For over 29 years, George Gigarjian has been successfully representing people accused of crimes and people injured in personal injury matters. In 1998, Mr. Gigarjian started his own law firm in Santa Cruz. Since that time, Mr. Gigarjian has contin...
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    Nicole Lambros

    Nicole E Lambros
    835 Cedar street, Santa Cruz, CA
    1 review
    Avvo Rating: 8.9 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 22 years
    Review: Ms. Lambros was outstanding as my lawyer and got my charges fully resolved quickly and efficiently. She treated me with the highest respect and was professional and very knowledgeable and got me a better outcome than I expected. I will always use ...
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    Jamyrson Leigh Pittori

    Jamyrson Law Firm, APC
    200 Washington Street, Suite 211, Santa Cruz, CA
    9 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 7.1 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 24 years
    Review: Jamyrson is an animal. She is one of the first attorney's I got in touch with and stood out amongst the others, tenfold. She is very busy but always made time for my questions. The legal system can be very stressful but Jamyrson kept things light ...
  • Paul Brandeis Meltzer

    Law Offices of Paul B. Meltzer A Professional Corporation
    340 Soquel Avenue Suite 212, Santa Cruz, CA
    5.0 stars 1 review
    Criminal Defense Lawyer Licensed
    Review: “I couldn't ask for more. I was facing an inordinately nasty charge for a relatively small misunderstanding at a very young, barely adult age. With a court appointed attorney, I would've received jail time, despite...
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    Jaime Melquiades Longoria

    Longoria Law, PC
    325 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
    2 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 7.4 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 9 years
    Attorney Jaime Longoria is a criminal defense attorney who brings into his practice his own personal experiences with law enforcement. He knows what it's like to be racially profiled, searched for no reason and accused of crimes. He is one of the ...
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    Jeffrey Craig Stotter

    Law Offices of Jeffrey C Stotter
    500 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Santa Cruz, CA
    1 review
    Avvo Rating: 8.9 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 33 years
    Jeffey Craig Stotter has been defending the rights of the accused in Northern California for over 25 years, and has been certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization for over 20 years. Jeffrey...
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    Ryan Patrick Murphy

    Law Offices Of Ryan P. Murphy (Mail Only)
    343 Soquel Avenue, #407, Santa Cruz, CA
    23 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.5 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 17 years
    My practice concentrates on Criminal Defense, DUI, and Family Law cases that occur in Santa Cruz County and the Monterey Bay. Everyone's concerns and goals are different, and we are here to try and meet your concerns and goals. Every case is uniqu...
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    Sal Gallardo

    Sal Gallardo
    303 Potrero Street, Suite 30, Santa Cruz, CA
    7 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 7.1 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 24 years
    Review: Out of all the lawyers I have had,Sal Gallardo is by far the best! He put in so much time and effort into the case and in the end it really paid off. He is very knowledgable and always answered my calls and called me back, no matter how busy he wa...
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    Michael Paul Dudley

    Page & Dudley
    605 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    2 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 7.4 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 19 years
    Review: Mr. Dudley is an excellent attorney and is very knowledgeable. My expungement process was handled very well and I was kept informed throughout the process. His billing was fair and I am glad I hired him to handle my expungements.
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    Lars Shallberg

    Lars Shallberg, Attorney at Law
    605 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    3 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 7.8 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 35 years
    Every DUI case presents its own challenges and opportunties and in every DUI case he accepts, Lars Shallberg works diligently to protect the best interests and the very freedom of his clients. Mr. Shallberg takes on a limited number of DUI cases e...
  • Charles Luke Stevens

    Law Office of Charlie Stevens
    740 Front St Ste 360, Santa Cruz, CA
    5.0 stars 1 review
    Criminal Defense Lawyer Licensed
    Review: “Several of our family members have retained Mr. Stevens as a defense attorney and would not hesitate doing so, again, if needed. Charlie is exceptionally responsive and generous with his explanations and time. His relatio...
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    Christine McGuire

    The McGuire Law Corporation
    303 Water Street, Suite 140, Santa Cruz, CA
    1 review
    Avvo Rating: 6.6 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 46 years
    Review: Christine is by far the best atty to have on your side when facing a DUI. As a tech executive her skill in representing me ultimately resulted in an expungement. She managed my case from start to finish, communicating thoughtfully and promptly. I'...
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    Bryan Joseph Hackett

    289 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA
    2 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 6.7 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 15 years
    Mr. Hackett studied under Barry Scheck, and others, in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. From August 2006 to May 2007 he interned at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, representing clients on a variety of misde...
  • Mandy Mendez Tovar

    Ofc Public Defender
    420 May Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
    5.0 stars 1 review
    Criminal Defense Lawyer Licensed
    Review: “MandyTover was a great help in my brothers case ,if you need a good attorney with a compassionate heart and smart's she is the one i recomend. appreciated mandy very much .......thank you ..”
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    Brian Morgan Heit

    Heit Law Group, P.C.
    903 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    2 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.8 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 9 years
    Founder of Heit Law Group, P.C., Brian began the firm to ensure his clients’ matters were resolved with their interest in mind and the freedom to do everything possible to help his clients succeed. Brian’s diverse background in public and private ...
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    Jonathan Che Gettleman

    Caballero and Gettleman, Law Office Inc.
    223 River St Ste D, Santa Cruz, CA
    2 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 6.5 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 21 years
    Review: Jonathan Che Gettleman is the best, brightest and most humane lawyer I have had the privilege to utilize. Indeed, he is the only one I know. I have had multiple experiences with soul sick rapacious lazy attorneys thus I speak from experience. Gett...
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    Mark Benjamin Briscoe

    Biggam Christensen & Minsloff
    2103 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
    3 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 6.9 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 17 years
    Review: I have no hesitation in recommending Mark Briscoe as a attorney. I have had the pleasure working with Mark Briscoe several times. Briscoe is very reliable and trustworthy. He is dedicated and determined and takes his cases very seriously. I know t...
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    Eric John Nelson

    LAW OFFICE OF ERIC JOHN NELSON
    223 River St Ste D, Santa Cruz, CA
    5 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 6.7 
    Criminal defense Lawyer Licensed for 18 years
    Review: My partner and I hired Eric to help us with a Real Estate Disclosure case. Eric worked above and beyond what we ever expected and kept going strong even when our case became more complicated and difficult. His knowledge of real estate disclosure l...

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