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Criminal Lawyer Oakland

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The Nieves Law Firm, APC defends people charged with criminal and civil offenses throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano and San Francisco counties. No matter how simple or complex your situation, our criminal lawyers are here to protect your rights and your future.

Our firm was founded to help people who find themselves caught unexpectedly in the California criminal justice system. We are energetic, creative, and aggressive in our efforts to extricate you from your situation and help you get your life back on track. We care about our clients, and that makes us strive for positive results in your case.

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What Our Clients Say

Jo-Anna is highly respected among her peers in the Bay Area Legal Community. She is smart, dedicated, and hardworking, and takes good care of her clients.  If you are in need of a top-notch criminal defense attorney, call The Nieves Law Firm!
Eric T.
It is my pleasure to recommend Jo-Anna Nieves, a compassionate human being who is dedicated to the highest standards of jurisprudence, with praiseworthy perseverance, ambition and great character. In and out of the courtroom Ms. Nieves always demonstrates excellent leadership skills and morale. She …
Kenya C.
I recently had a legal situation arise in California. Because I live in Texas it made dealing with this issue problematic. I called some people and was lucky enough to have Jo-Anna Nieves contact me. After speaking with her for just a few minutes I knew that I had the right attorney ! I forwarded al…
Hal B.
Joanna is a criminal defense attorney dedicated to solving her clients’ problems and coming up with the best solutions for their immediate needs. She works hard to zealously advocate on her clients’ behalf.
Sophie A.
Jo-Anna was very diligent and knowledgeable. She was awesome!!! She kept me posted about all of the details regarding my case and responded to my emails in a timely manner. She is hands down the BEST criminal defense attorney. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
Bianca M.
Jo-Anna is an excellent attorney. I highly recommend anyone looking for representation to give her a call she’s very knowledgeable, professional, and her friendly demeanor puts me at ease.
Ravindar S.
Jo-Anna Nieves is amazing! She knows how to win cases, her firm is super professional and effective at what they do. She is worth the time and fee. She is confident, kind, detailed, and through. You can tell she skillful with law and she takes her cases very serious. I have recommended her firm to s…
Marie F.
Friendly and professional. Great attorney with an abundance of knowledge and a go getter mentality. Very thorough and responsive to needs and wants, she will truly get you what you have requested from her. I would definitely recommend Joanne and her firm to anyone seeking legal assistance.
Shirley J.
Professional. Friendly. Knowledgable. She is a very skilled attorney with the passion and drive to get things done.
Latasha G.

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What’s the Difference Between an Infraction, Misdemeanor, and Felony?

California Penal Code allows for three main categories of punishable offenses—infraction, misdemeanor, and felony—as well as a fourth category called a “wobbler” which can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. For those facing a conviction, the difference...