703 2nd Street, Suite 404, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
With You Through Every Step 
of the Criminal Defense Process

Having successfully represented 1,000s of people, our Santa Rosa criminal defense firm is known for client-dedicated advocacy.

Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney

Sonoma County Criminal & DUI Defense

At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., we are by our client’s side for every step of the criminal defense process. Our Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer, Evan Zelig, constantly communicates with clients to ensure that they understand their rights and what to expect as their case progresses. We are here for you around the clock.

Our Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney has skillfully defended thousands of clients, even garnering the Client Distinction Award for ethical, communicative service as well as selection for Super Lawyers® 2022 as well as Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. When your rights, liberty, and reputation are on the line, you can depend on our experienced advocate.

We are ready to start your defense, contact a Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer today for your free consultation!


    “Trustworthy, Responsive and Knowledgeable.”

    - Former Client
  • I know Evan to be one of the best criminal defense litigators in Northern California.

    “Evan works tirelessly for his clients and his knowledge of the justice system is something they can depend on.”

    - Ryan W.
  • Evan was extremely accessible and thorough when it came to my representation.

    “I really felt like he had my best interest at heart and helped minimize the damage of my indiscretion.”

    - Dominic H.
  • He's patient and gets to the bottom of the problem quickly and professionally.

    “Mr. Zelig has helped with not only my legal woes but with a friend's.”

    - Erin H.
  • Right off the bat, Mr. Zelig was very approachable and friendly.

    “I hired Mr. Zelig on the recommendation of another fantastic lawyer.”

    - Jason A.

The Criminal Defense Process

What Happens After an Arrest?

Upon arrest, you should have been read your rights: your right to remain silent, and your right to an attorney. It is crucial that you assert these rights immediately.

Within two court days of an arrest, the defendant will hear the charges against him or her in an arraignment. This is where you can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Bail can also be increased or reduced at this hearing. If the case moves forward, it will move on to the discovery phase, where the defense attorney and the prosecutor share information. This is also the time when pre-trial motions can be filed. During this time, your attorney may be able to request that certain evidence is thrown out from the case because an arrest or search was invalid. It may also be possible that your lawyer could negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor, where you plead guilty in exchange for a lesser charge or reduced penalties. If you can’t reach a plea bargain or case dismissal, however, then your case could move on to a trial.

Protect Your Rights

At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., our Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer is ready to advocate for your rights and guide you through the process.

Meet Attorney Evan E. Zelig

Your Zealous Advocate
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    Evan E. Zelig

    Founding Attorney

    Committed to Criminal Defense Law from the Beginning After Attorney Evan E. Zelig gained experience in various positions throughout the legal field, he returned to Northern California to open up his own practice, the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig. Located in the heart of Sonoma County near the Hall of Justice Courthouse and Jail Detention Facilities, Mr. Zelig accepts criminal cases from all across California. Background and Experience From the very beginning, Attorney Zelig practiced criminal ...
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Lawyers of Excellence 2022
  • Sonoma Magazine 2021 Lawyers of Distinction
  • Member of the National College for DUI Defense
  • California NORML Legal Committee Member
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018
  • AICLA - 10 Best Client Satisfaction 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016
  • Martindale Client Distinction Award
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015
  • 2022 Expertise

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