San Luis Obispo Criminal Defense Attorney

Aggressive Criminal & DUI Defense Attorneys based out of San Luis Obispo & Santa Maria.

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35+ Years of Combined Experience

Personalized Criminal & DUI Defense

The Best San Luis Obispo Criminal Defense Attorneys

At Central Coast Criminal Defense our team of San Luis Obispo criminal defense attorneys provide high-quality, aggressive, personalized, representation you can afford. It’s that simple. Our experienced team of criminal attorneys are here to help you, and we have the experience in the San Luis Obispo court to do so. We are in the San Luis Obispo courthouse virtually every single day representing clients facing Domestic Violence charges, DUI’s, Drug Charges, Theft Charges, and more.  It is important that you hire an attorney who is a good match for you. Come meet us. If you are facing criminal charges in San Luis Obispo County, you should at least meet with us.  We are happy to review your case at no obligation. We are confident that you will feel very comfortable, having met us.  We know we can help you. Would you like to Chat by Text During Business Hours? Click the red button on the bottom right of your screen to text-chat with an Attorney.

You Need A San Luis Obispo Criminal Defense Attorney Who is Willing to Fight For You

No one is more willing to go to bat for their clients than we are. We fight hard because we are not intimidated by the District Attorney, and we genuinely care about our clients. We fight to keep our clients out of jail. Once we can avoid jail our focus shifts to minimizing all of the potential negative consequences.  We have a very good track record of helping our San Luis Obispo clients avoid jail.

You Need An Experienced San Luis Obispo Criminal Defense Attorney

We are experienced, local, criminal defense attorneys.  Attorney Cody Christiansen is a former Public Defender.  He is now excited to be working privately where he has a smaller number of clients.  This allows Cody to give everyone of his cases the serious focus it deserves. Since leaving the office of the public defender Cody has gained valuable experience defending clients in San Luis Obispo that he can use to help you. We know how to fight and win cases in the San Luis Obispo courthouse. We know the law, and we know how things work locally. Knowing the law and knowing the local practices are two keys in getting our clients the results they deserve.

We Make Great Criminal Defense Affordable

The bottom line is that we are here to help our clients.  We know that we are not helping our clients if we over-charge them.  We keep our fees affordable for our clients. We are happy to arrange a payment plan that fits within your budget. Our attorneys are genuinely passionate about defending their clients and keeping them out of jail. When you do what you love, you don’t need to overcharge people. Our fees are low and our payment arrangements are flexible. You can great criminal defense. Call us today.

SLO Criminal Defense Topics of Interest :
Drunk In Public / Disorderly Conduct
Domestic Violence Charges
Proposition 47
Petty Theft Defense
Criminal Record Expungement
The DMV Hearing
Can DUI’s Be Successfully Defended?
Felony DUI’s
Drug Charge Defense

Free Consultation. Call Us. (805) 621-7181

We know that people who are charged with crimes experience a great deal of anxiety. We can help. Rather than wonder about the strength of your case, consult with us immediately. It’s free to consult with one of our experienced criminal lawyers. We can put you at ease. Call us now for a free consultation either by phone or in-person.

Consult with any other attorney you would like, but do yourself a huge favor and consult with us before you hire anyone else. Our consultations are free. We are confident that if you meet with us, you will see that we are the criminal defense attorneys you want fighting for you.

We Offer High Quality Criminal Defense

A great attorney knows how to go over a case with a fine tooth comb. We pay careful attention to the little deals that are the key to you defense. We catch the small details, less careful attorneys miss. Quality is the key. We take the time on every single case to get it right. We will leave no stone un-turned as we fight to keep you out of jail and help you avoid an unfair criminal conviction.

Facing Domestic Violence Charges? See Our New Domestic Violence Videos Below and FAQ

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San Luis Obispo Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I Was Arrested for Domestic Violence in San Luis Obispo. Do I need a Lawyer?


Yes! Domestic Violence are serious charges even as misdemeanors and they can cary with them extremely harsh consequences beyond what one might expect. In addition to predictable consequences like jail and probation, a domestic violence conviction can result in a loss of custody of your children and a loss of the right to possess a firearm for life. Domestic violence charges and arrests should not be taken lightly. That is the bad news, but the good news, is that there is often much that can be done by an experienced criminal attorney to defend you against domestic violence charges. An experienced San Luis Obispo domestic violence attorney will know that by speaking to the district attorney early on, even before the first court date, charges can often be dismissed or reduced if mitigating information can be provided. There is hope! If you or a loved one has been arrested for domestic violence, do not despair, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediatley. We handle domestic violence cases daily in San Luis Obispo. We know how to help. Call us.

I Was Arrested But My Charges Were Eventually Dismissed. What Can I Do to Clean My Record?


Good News! In January 2018 a new law passed in California called Senate Bill 393. This new law makes it possible to have an arrest completely sealed from your record in the event that your charges are dismissed. Charges can be dismissed in a handful of ways and this bill applies to most of them. This a wonderful new law as it gives individuals whose criminal attorneys can get their charges dropped a way to clean their record entirely. If you are facing a criminal charge in San Luis Obispo you should discuss this new law with an experienced SLO criminal defense attorney. The stakes are now even higher than ever to get your case dismissed if possible.

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