If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in Alameda or Contra Costa county – our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.  Our Oakland office handles any criminal matter in Oakland, Pleasanton, Fremont, Hayward, Martinez, Pittsburg and Richmond.



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A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.


Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys is comprised of several Ex-prosecutors and Defense Attorneys, each known for tenacious, result oriented representation of our clients.  We devote ourselves solely to the complex craft of Criminal Defense.  Our Criminal Lawyers are regularly featured on Bay Area news coverage as legal experts and commentators.  Our success and industry recognition is due, in large part, to our ability to rely on each other’s strengths and prior experience.  With 10 Attorneys as resources, we are rarely forced to re-invent the wheel.

We are Oakland’s premier Criminal Defense law Firm.  We handle all misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases arising in the East Bay including Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton, Berkeley, Fremont and Livermore.  Our team of lawyers is experienced, aggressive and enjoys the contacts of the most experienced Criminal Law firm in Oakland.  
Some of the more common Crimes we handle are:
  • Domestic Violence – The crime of Domestic Violence is defined as an act or violence against a protected class of people; relatives.  That is, while most Domestic Violence arrests in Oakland involve a spouse, one could be arrested for Domestic Violence for an act directed against a sibling or a parent.  In addition, the crime of Domestic Violence does not require violence and can be accomplished through threats or other acts meant to restrain another person.  Local Alameda and  Oakland police departments specifically instruct their officers to make a felony arrest in most domestic violence calls.  If you have been arrested for Domestic Violence in Oakland, you will need an experienced attorney to help you avoid a criminal conviction, jail time, mandatory counseling and a severe blow to your reputation and job prospects.  The above link will guide you through the elements of the various Domestic Violence charges, defenses, and the rights of the victim. Call today and see if we can avoid prosecution.
  • DUI/Drunk Driving–  Driving Under the Influence generally leads to fines, fees, DUI classes, Driver’s license suspension and in Alameda, the requirement that you install an interlock device.  While there is usually no jail time imposed for first time offenses, the stigma and collateral consequences of a DUI makes these cases worth fighting.  Summit Defense DUI attorneys are seasoned and have handled hundreds of DUI cases, many of these through trial, with great success.
  • Theft and Shoplifting – Theft cases are considered crimes of Moral Turpitude, meaning, a conviction gives rise to a presumption of dishonesty and one that does not deserve trust.  If you are charged with a theft case in Oakland, time if of the essence.  We are a group of Oakland Criminal Attorneys who’s experience in defending theft cases has been vetted in local review boards and broadcast over local television channels.
  • Sex Offenses – Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys has a focus on sex crime defense and our attorneys have successfully defended clients accused of crimes such as possession of child pornography (Penal Code 311) , child molestation (Penal code 288), lewd conduct (penal code 647A), indecent exposure (penal code 314  rape as well as other sex offenses. These cases are often based on circumstantial evidence and are defensible. If they are not properly handled, they can result in serious repercussions which include lengthy sentences and lifetime sex crime registration. Our approach includes the use of professional psychological evaluations, in-depth investigation by our private investigator and expert trial attorneys.
  • Embezzlement– Over the years, Our Oakland Embezzlement attorneys helped many clients resolve Embezzlement charges (penal code 503) either by out of court settlement, plea negotiation or court trial.  If you have been arrested or accused of embezzlement, it is imperative that you contact a Oakland Embezzlement attorney immediately.  Don’t wait for the detective to contact you.  These cases require a pro active approach.
  • Hit and Run – If you are the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an accident which resulted in damage to another parties’ property and you did not immediately stop your car at the nearest possible location, and identify yourself to the other party or parties you may be charged with a hit and run. Our Oakland Hit and Run attorneys  include former prosecutors and a former police officer, so we know how to resolve these cases with civil compromise, diversion and dismissal. For both felonies and misdemeanors our goal will be to keep your driving privileges intact and to avoid a criminal record.




There are two courthouses where criminal cases are dealt with in Oakland, both in the Downtown area:


Criminal cases are dealt with across both courthouses, but the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse is for felony cases only, and traffic court is held in the Wiley M. Manuel Courthouse.

As of June 21, 2017, all In custody arraignments for Alameda Arrest will be held in the new courthouse in Dublin Pleasanton located across the street from the Santa Rita jail.

Your Summit Defense lawyer will inform you exactly which courthouse and department your case will be heard in, and whether you need to attend court at all. You could also contact the Criminal Clerk’s office on (510) 891-6000 (Rene C. Davidson) or (510) 627-4700 (Wiley W. Manuel) for information about where your case is listed. Finally, on the day when your case is in court, you can check the list that is posted at the courthouse each morning to find out which department your case is in, and which judge it is in front of.



One of the practical advantages of hiring an attorney to represent you is that they can often go to court for you. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you do not usually need to attend court at all if your attorney goes. However, the exception to this is if your case involves domestic violence, or if the judge otherwise orders you to appear. Further, the accused person must appear in court for all felony matters.




You cannot look at the full calendar online, but you can look up your own matter. The ‘Find Your Court Date’ search on the Court’s website, found here, allows you to look up matters listed on that same day, and up to four days in advance.

You can also call the Clerk’s office on (510) 891-6000 (Rene C. Davidson) or (510) 627-4700 (Wiley W. Manuel), between 8.30am and 2.30pm, for information about your case. If an attorney from Summit Defense is representing you, however, you don’t need to worry about getting information yourself – we will keep you fully informed of your upcoming court date, and let you know if you need to attend.





The closest jail to Oakland is the Glenn E. Dyer Correctional Facility (the ‘GDJ’), located at 550 6th St, Oakland. However, most inmates at the GDJ are on protective custody or because the mail jail in Alameda County, the Santa Rita Jail, is overcrowded. Further, the GDJ only houses male inmates.

Most inmates in Alameda County, including Oakland, are taken to the Santa Rita Jail, located at 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin.

Both the GDJ and the Santa Rita Jail are under the control of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. To find out which jail someone is being held at, you can search for inmate information online here, or call the GDJ on (510) 268-7777.





At the Glenn Dyer Jail, visits are held Thursday through to Sunday, depending on the Housing Unit that the inmate is currently in. So, before you go to the jail for a visit, you should make sure that you have the most up to date information on exactly which Unit the person is in.

The visiting schedule is listed on the Sheriff’s Department website, here. You do not need to book a visit in advance, however, you do need to make sure that you attend the jail without enough time to go through the registration and security procedures before visiting times are over. It is often best to get to the jail as early as you can during the registration period, to avoid delays that may shorten the time you have to visit.

To visit an inmate held at Santa Rita Jail, you must book a visit in advance. You can book a visit up to three days in advance by calling the Visiting Line on (925) 551-6578 between 8am and 12 noon, and 1pm to 5pm. You can also book a visit online through the Sheriff’s Department website, here.

If you’re not sure where an inmate is being held, you can find inmate information online here. It is useful to check on the most recent status of an inmate, as well as where they are housed, before trying to book a visit.

As with all jails, there are rules that all visitors must follow. You should review the rules for visits before going to the jail, available here, and make sure that you follow them at all times. Any violation of the rules, such as inappropriate clothing or trying to take prohibited items into the jail, will result in your visit being cancelled.





If your friend or relative is being held at the GDJ, you can post bail there at any time. Their bail will be set in accordance with the bail schedule when they are booked, or else after they appear in front of a judge in court. If the person is released on their own recognizance, however, they will be released without bail having to be paid.

To post bail for someone held in the GDJ, you need to go to the jail. They accept bail payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in either cash, cashier’s check, or as a bail bond.

To post bail at Santa Rita Jail, Jail lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can post bail by way of cash, cashier’s check, or a bail bond. The rules as to how bail is posted and what payment is accepted, however, may change from time to time, so it is often a good idea to check with your attorney before going to the Jail, or to call the Jail on (925) 551-6500.

For clients of Summit Defense Attorneys who do not have access to the cash required to post bail, we can recommend a bail bond company that we work with, and that offers our clients a discount. Alternatively, a property bond may be able to be posted in some cases – you should speak to your attorney about whether it is possible to post a property bond in your case.





No, your criminal records from Oakland are not available online. If you want to view your record, or obtain copies, then you need to attend the courthouse. First, however, you need to make sure that the record is available to view.

To make a request to view a record, call the Court’s Criminal Division on (510) 891-6009. Once you know where the record is available, attend the specified courthouse with identification and ask to view it. You will not be able to take the record outside of the court, but you can pay for copies to be made.

If you need a full and complete copy of your criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you will need to apply to the California Department of Justice for an official copy. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, plus submission of a form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.