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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® Rising Stars℠ 2015, 2016 and 2017. 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 at (707) 418-5352 for your free consultation!

Testimonials

Our Clients Tell It Best

    "Words could never describe how much I appreciate you. Thank you so much for everything."

    I just want to say thank you to Evan Zelig for everything you did for me. You believed in me and were there by my side ...

    Daniel

    "I definitely recommend him to anybody!"

    I discovered Evan's law office through the recommendation of another reputable lawyer in Sonoma county and it was the best ...

    Chloe D.
    "I hired Mr. Zelig on the recommendation of another fantastic lawyer."

    I hired Mr. Zelig on the recommendation of another fantastic lawyer to handle an early termination of probation, reduction of ...

    Jason A.
    "Evan provided professional and responsive representation during an inconvenient experience. He was always available when needed, knew all the details of the process, and was up-to-speed on the latest details of the law."

    Evan provided professional and responsive representation during an inconvenient experience. He was always available when ...

    Former Client
    "Helpful and very good at communication throughout the court process."

    Helpful and very good at communication throughout the court process. I would recommend him for any time you need a lawyer. He ...

    Brent B.
    "He is definitely my go-to man."

    I went in for a consultation and being scared to death that a little housewife like myself was facing felony charges, he ...

    Former Client
    "Evan is very knowledgeable, knows a lot of people in Sonoma County."

    Evan is very knowledgeable, knows a lot of people in Sonoma County. kept me well informed. Always returned my calls or emails ...

    Michael
    "He has really gone above and beyond what he had to do as well."

    Evan was an amazing help to me. I made a terrible decision to drive under the influence when I was 21 years old. I had ...

    Alex A.
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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.

  • 20+ Years' Experience in Criminal Law
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  • Aggressive, Proactive Approach to Handling Cases
  • Hands-On Guidance & Support Through the Criminal Justice System
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 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.

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