Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in Alameda or Contra Costa county – an Oakland criminal defense attorney can help. At Summit Defense, 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.



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Summit Defense


1970 Broadway, #1145
Oakland, CA 94612

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Summit Defense 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 Oakland Criminal Defense 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.

Common crimes we handle for our clients:

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by Sohel on Summit Defense
Location: Berkeley
Charge: domestic violence

Thank you Collin and Rabin for all your tireless work. I can imagine dealing with me was difficult. I am glad I found you.

by Nirvesh R on Summit Defense

Best criminal lawyers in Oakland. My case went to trial and I cant imagine where I would be without their help. Jim Riley is a genius and was always clearly the most knoweldgeble person in court. Obviosly I am very happy with the result.

by Ibrahim J on Summit Defense
Location: Berkely
Charge: Domestic Violence

Can’t speak highly enough of Rabin Nabizadeh. Attentive, calm and very good at his craft. Managed to handle my severe anxiety and, at the end, get the case dismissed on the day of trial. Highly recommend.

by Dan B on Summit Defense
Location: Oakland
Charge: DUI

About a year into fighting a DUI, my attorney got ill and recommended Rabin Nabizadeh to do the trial.  I had pretty much refused to do any tests and wanted a dismissal in the case.  Mr. Nabizadeh was absolutely relentless and convinced 12 jurors to find me not guilty.  Years later, we are friends on Facebook.

by David M on Summit Defense
Location: Oakland
Charge: Attempted Murder

I will never forget the call I got about my son’s arrest for murder.  Having never been through anything like that, I relied on my business lawyer for a referral and he immediately called Mr. Riley.  Within minutes of meeting him, I knew I was in good hands as he was able to provide much needed perspective.  Mr. Riley was able to reduce the bail (was set at one million) and after almost two years, resolve the case with no additional jail and an eventual dismissal.  Collin Moore and the rest of the gang were amazing and always available. 

Successful Cases Handled in Oakland & Alameda

Client: Bryan V.
Location: Oakland
Attorney: Collin Moore
Charge(s): Burglary with one prior strike
Client was arrested while in custody for a burglary conviction. The second burglary predated the plea entered with Public Defender.

Result – Second Burglary charge reduced to non-strike and time ran concurrent with resolved case.

Client: Brian H.
Location: Alameda
Attorneys: Rabin Nabizadeh
Charge(s): Possession of child porn, annoying or molesting a child.
Client was caught by party goers zooming his video camera on minor sitting at party.

After preliminary examination, we argued that the materials were, in fact, not child pornography according to statute and case law. The court disagreed and denied motion to dismiss. We filed a penal code 995 motion to review of court’s earlier decision. In a complete reversal of stance, the district attorney submitted that while the images focuses on minor’s crotch area, they did not co statute child porn.

Result – Case dismissed.

Client: Darian H
Location: Alameda
Charge(s): Robbery
Client and peers committed a total of seven robberies including a bank in a period of three weeks.  Client was caught on camera in several of the robberies and codefendant was presumed to testify against our client.

Result – After detailed mitigation packet submitted, client entered a plea to non-strike felony with credit for time served.

Client: Armando V.
Location: Oakland
Attorney: Richard Weese, Jim Riley
Charge(s): Possession with intent to sell
Client was charged with possession with intent to sell after an undercover sting. Previous attorney advised client to accept a six month plea deal, which client refused. After several interview, client decided to proceed to trial.

Result – At one of the most hilarious trials in our history, eleven jurors submitted a not guilty verdict. The District Attorney attempted to refile the case, but the court dismissed in light of overwhelming juror opinion.


Location: Oakland, CA

Summit Defense is seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney for our Oakland, CA office.


The qualified candidate will work under the supervision of a senior attorney to provide research and writing support to a staff of criminal law attorneys. Other responsibilities include handling a small misdemeanor case load and writing content for law firm’s website.


Education/Experience: Requires active California Bar license and one year of experience as an attorney practicing criminal law.

Requires one year of experience in business development for criminal defense law firm.

Interested applicants: Please send resumes to David Nguyen: [email protected] and Rabin Nabizadeh: [email protected]

Summit Defense is Northern California’s largest Criminal Defense Law Firm that only represents individuals charged with or accused of a crime. The Summit Defense legal team includes three former prosecutors, a former Police Officer, a Board Certified Appellate Specialist and attorneys who graduated from the country’s top law schools.

Courts in Oakland That Handle Criminal Cases

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

  • Glenn Dyer Jail (GDJ) – This is is the closest jail to Oakland and houses exclusively male inmates.
  • Santa Rita Jail – Most inmates in Alameda County, including Oakland, are taken to this 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.

Highly Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer in Oakland, California

Summit Defense is located on 1970 Broadway #1145, Oakland. From San Francisco International Airport (SFO) head northwest and keep left at the fork to continue toward Airport Access Rd. Then keep left at the fork to continue toward Airport Access Rd and continue onto Airport Access Rd. Next, use the left lane to turn slightly left to stay on Airport Access Rd and continue straight to stay on Airport Access Rd. After that, make a U-turn and use the 2nd from the right lane to keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-101 N/San Francisco and merge onto US-101 N. At this point, use the right 2 lanes to take exit 430A to merge onto I-280 N and continue onto King St. Turn left onto 3rd St and turn right onto Bryant St. Now turn left onto the I-80 E ramp and keep left and merge onto I-80 E. Use the right 3 lanes to take exit 8B for I-580 E toward Downtown Oakland/Hayward/Stockton/CA-24 and continue onto I-580 E. At 0.6 miles, use the right lane to take exit 19C toward Downtown Oakland/I-980 W and keep right, follow signs for 27th Street/West Grand Ave. Continue onto Northgate Ave and turn left onto 23rd St.Continue and turn right onto Telegraph Ave. Finally, turn left onto 20th St/Thomas L Berkley Way and Summit Defense will be on your left.

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Driving Directions to Our Law Office in Oakland, CA

From North (Berkeley)

Get on Martin Luther King Jr Way going South, passing through South Berkeley and Bushrod. Following signs for Downtown Oakland, merge onto CA-24 W. If you’ve passed Grove Shafter Park and Hoover Elementary School, you’re on the right path. Take the 27th St exit towards Grand Ave. and continue onto Northgate Ave. Take a left onto 23rd St, and then a right onto Telegraph Ave. If you pass Drake’s Dealership, you’ve gone too far. Follow Telegraph Ave for four blocks and then turn left onto 20th St. Our office will be on the right side of the street, kitty-corner to the Paramount Theatre.

From East (Montclair)

Drive South-West onto Park Blvd. After passing through Crocker Highlands, merge onto I-580 W towards Berkely/San Francisco. Continue on I-580 W after passing the Grand Lake Theatre and Lake Merritt on your left. Take exit 19D to merge onto I-980. Take the 27th St exit and follow Northgate Ave until you reach 23rd St, at which point you’ll take a left. Once you reach Telegraph Ave., with the Telegraph restaurant on your left, take a right. Once you reach the Great Western Power Company on 20th St, take a left onto 20th. Drive one block and our office will be on your right, next to Donut Savant.

From South (Alameda)

Get on Lincoln Ave going West. Take a right onto Constitution Way. Continue North, merging onto Webster St, and then Posey Tube, passing Marina Village Shopping Center, In-N-Out Burger, Jack London Square, and Chinatown. Posey Tube will turn into Harrison St, follow this for .7 miles until 19th St. Take a left, passing 19th Street Station and Sweet Belly Desserts on your left. Once you reach Broadway, take a right. Our office will be on your right at the end of the block.

From West (San Francisco)

Get onto I-80 E, crossing over the water into Oakland. Once you see McLaughlin Eastshore State Park on your left, merge from I-80 to I-580 for 1 mile. Take exit 19C toward CA-24/Hayward/Stockton. After .6 miles, take the 27th St. exit, you might see Durant Mini Park on your right as you exit. Now on Northgate Ave, continue for .2 miles. Take a left onto 23rd St, before you reach Blum Oak. After one block, take a right onto Telegraph Ave., passing Oakland Valero Gas on your left. Continue until you reach 20th St., take a left, and our office will be on your right after one block.

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