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What are the main drug possession crimes under California state and local laws?

Drug possession is a crime in California, and the state has several drug possession charges that it can choose from. The main two kinds of possession crimes are 1) Simple possession, and 2) Possession for sale. Both of these crimes will result in penalties upon...
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Law Change: California SB 1437 Convictions and Appeals Clarified

In 2018, the California Legislature passed SB 1437 which entitled persons convicted of murder to vacate their convictions if they were not the actual killer but were convicted of either murder under a felony murder theory or under a natural and probable consequence theory.
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Can my domestic assault charge be expunged under California law?

There are times when people may face domestic assault charges. In many cases, it could be possible to have those charges removed from your record in California. True expungement doesn’t exist in California, but there are ways to help clean up your record. Your...
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Law Change: Participation in a Criminal Street Gang

Those facing enhanced punishment based on allegations they committed their crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang should be aware the law has changed significantly in their favor.
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How can I defend myself against assault charges in California?

Accusations that you committed a violent offense may eventually lead to criminal charges. In California, the state could charge you with an assault offense for hurting someone else or seemingly trying to hurt another person. Assault charges not only carry criminal…
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Criminal Defense

Serious criminal charges are never welcome. The best way to get ahead of the situation is to retain the most aggressive, tenacious, successful defense representation you can find. In Orange County, the first name that should come to your mind is James M. Crawford.

Criminal Appeals

The fact that you were found guilty in trial court does not mean you have lost all of your rights. You can file an appeal in an attempt to overturn your conviction if you find out that you have received inadequate or incompetent representation or new evidence might have come to light that supports your claims of innocence.

Our Practice Areas

Federal and White Collar Crimes

In the world of criminal defense, federal court is as serious as it gets. You need equally serious trial advocacy on your side when white collar crime charges such as financial crimes, embezzlement, money laundering or fraud abruptly disrupt your life.

Drug Crimes

For over 25 years, attorney James M. Crawford has successfully argued for the freedom of a wide variety of drug crime defendant clients. His demonstrated proficiency at the investigation, negotiation and litigation phases of the legal process is well-known throughout the region.


Driving is an essential component of life for most Southern Californians. If your driving privileges are threatened by one or more arrests for drunk driving, only the most experienced DUI defense representation can increase your chances for retaining your license or reinstating a suspended or revoked license.

Violent Crimes / Domestic Violence

Violent crime charges can be the result of any number of mistakes — cases of mistaken identity, a person finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, the need for self-defense during an altercation, and “he said, she said” situations, just to name a few.

Murder Or Manslaughter

Murder or manslaughter charges are among the most serious criminal charges a person can face. If you face murder or homicide charges — or even if you have been questioned in relation to a homicide — it is critical to enlist the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.


Appeals can be generated for a variety of reasons. Clients who are discouraged by a prior trial outcome may find out that they received inadequate or incompetent representation. Judicial error may have played a role. New evidence may have come to light that supports a defendant’s claims of innocence.

Habeas Corpus Petitions

Under federal law and rules of the Constitution of California, any person who believes he or she is wrongfully imprisoned or otherwise detained can petition to challenge their imprisonment. Depending upon the situation, this may be done through an appeal of a conviction, a writ of habeas corpus or a wrongful imprisonment civil lawsuit.

Juvenile Crimes

Has a minor criminal offense put your teenager’s freedom and academic standing at risk? Has a serious felony charge placed him or her in a position of perhaps being tried as an adult? The juvenile crimes defense lawyer you can trust with your child’s future is James M. Crawford, at the Law Offices of James M. Crawford in Orange, California.

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“Outstanding in all areas of the law, both State & Federal, Civil & Criminal! 5 stars!”

Teds Cloud ,

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“Mr. Crawford is an incredibly talented criminal defense attorney with years of experience and a passion for doing everything he can for his clients. He works tirelessly to win his cases. I would highly recommend him”

Dinesh Kumar ,

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Mr Crawford was amazing. Great response time for any questions or concerns you have. He is very knowledgeable and told us exactly how he was going to approach the case and got us the result that we wanted. I’m extremely pleased and definitely recommend Mr Crawford. Thank you!”

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“James is known as being one of the most ethical attorneys we have ever met, James knows the law, and will always do his best for anyone who obtains his services. And for that, I give James Crawford 5 Stars!”

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“I have known Jim for years, he has always shown an extreme willingness to win for his clients. I have witnessed him as a guest speaker and I have seen firsthand his passion to fight for his clients. Hire Jim for the win!!”

Argie N. ,

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“Mr. Crawford is an incredibly talented criminal defense attorney with years of experience and a passion for doing everything he can for his clients. He works tirelessly to win his cases. I would highly recommend him!”

Chris G. ,

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“Best appellate lawyer in California. We were referred to James Crawford to file my appeals by attorney Lorrie Walton. After my trial I ended up spending 18 years in prison for a murder I didn’t commit. If it weren’t for him, I’d still be in prison. Mr. Crawford fought hard to get me out!”

Henry ,

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“Better than anticipated results. Went in only hoping to avoid some aggravating circumstances on my charges, ended up having the charges dismissed altogether. Can’t beat that!”

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Vigor And Versatility In The Practice Of Criminal Law

James Crawford’s varied menu of effective criminal defense legal services runs the gamut of financial, drug, violent and juvenile crimes, and many more. Whatever your legal issue, you reap the benefits of our firm’s trademark case preparation and aggressiveness at trial.

Are Your Livelihood and Liberties at Risk after a Criminal Arrest?

The skilled criminal defense and criminal appeals attorney you want on your side is James M. Crawford, in Southern California. From delinquency courts to federal trials and more than 600 appeals handled since 1994, the Law Offices of James M. Crawford has an unrivaled commitment to excellence and a reputation for presenting a winning defense and appeals.

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We want to hear your side of the story. The only place that conversation can happen is at our law offices, during your initial consultation. We discuss your legal issues candidly and confidentially, with an eye to mapping a course of action that could put your crisis behind you.

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Governor Reversed on Parole

It is believed to be the first time that a local Superior Court judge has reversed the governor’s rejection of a finding that an inmate serving a life sentence is suitable for release.

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