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Joseph Shemaria graduated from U.C.L.A. Law School in 1969 with the most prestigious academic honors. He was a Senior Editor of the U.C.L.A. Law Review and graduated “Order of the Coif”, the highest academic award.

Mr. Shemaria began specializing in criminal defense in June 1970, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has handled over 1,000 state and federal appeals and writs, 30 of which were published in the permanent, official law books.

Mr. Shemaria has spent virtually his entire professional career defending those accused of crimes on a daily basis. A wise judge once said that the criminal justice system can be like a fast-moving freight train – the only justice you can hope to get is the justice your attorney gets for you. Thus, you must pick your lawyer very carefully. There is no room for “another” error in judgment! Mr. Shemaria’s entire focus is to get you “off the train” with little or no damage.

There are NO substitutes for experience, ability, and name recognition. Thirty published appellate opinions get instant recognition from both Judges and Prosecutors – they do not want to see their names in a published opinion violating your rights! Select your attorney very carefully – exercise the same caution and prudence you would use to choose a brain surgeon.

When you hire Mr. Shemaria, he is available to you 24/7, within reason. You deal with your lawyer, not a middleman. Your case is important to us, as it is to you. We take the pressure off of you and strive to keep you abreast of every development on your case. We are in this case together!

Not all lawyers are created equal. Some just jumped in when the Internet became a way to build a practice. Others, like Joseph Shemaria, started specializing in criminal defense since 1970 – the Internet simply presented a new way to market his many accomplishments and 33 years of criminal experience! He has the Highest Rating with Martindale-Hubbell since he was first rated in the mid 1970′s.

He was certified by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization (via examination and inquiries of Judges, Prosecutors, and Defense Lawyers) on August 7, 1979.

Only a small number of criminal defense attorneys in California have the name recognition Mr. Shemaria has received through his 30 published opinions! Fewer yet are honored to be in Martindale-Hubbell’s “BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS”.

Mr. Shemaria has devoted his entire legal career towards fine-tuning and improving his knowledge and skills in the federal and state criminal arena, both trial and appellate.

Mr. Shemaria earned his reputation with constant research and years of dedicated hard work in the trenches. He gets the “Discovery” materials from the prosecuting agency, interviews his client to know what priorities must be set in the investigation (before the favorable evidence “disappears”), and gets the ball rolling to catch-up with the law enforcement’s investigation (which is usually done by the time of the arrest). Bail arrangements and/or motions are extremely important if the client did not voluntarily surrender with a guarantee of an “Own Recognizance” or “Personal Surety” bail (or “bond”) arrangement.

After thoroughly studying the Government’s case, Mr. Shemaria will proceed to pick it apart, looking for the “weakest link”. While working on that link, he will proceed to bury the Government with as many legitimate motions as the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State where the case is being prosecuted will allow. No stone is left unturned!

He gets the results clients want through zealous, thorough preparation. The result one gets is often determined by the investigation the defense lawyer does in the first few weeks from the time the lawyer is retained!

If results are what you want, you should consult and compare “criminal attorneys”. Get one who thinks out of the box or you may find yourself in one!
Mr. Shemaria does not charge for interviews/ consultations. He is, and always has been on the cutting edge of new frontiers in criminal law procedure and strategy.Good luck and I hope to hear from you!

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