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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.
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.
People v Dao
The jury found my client not guilty of all charges
My client Mr. Dao had a strained relationship with his wife. During one of their frequent arguments, she smashed his glasses and scratched his face. He pushed her away, and she told the police he strangled her into unconsciousness. However, during our investigation Ms. Dao admitted that she fabricated the charges out of anger. Despite this, the prosecution refused to drop the charges. During the trial, I presented evidence from my client and a special investigator I had hired who testified about the wife’s conflicting stories. As a result, the jury found my client not guilty of all charges.
People vs Ivory
My client was immediately released from state prison and is now a free man.
Ivory was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and sentenced to eight years in prison. While there, he was additionally charged with illegal possession of drugs and alcohol, for which he plead guilty and was sentenced to two years and eight months. However, the prosecution agreed to award him credit for time already served and good behavior in exchange for the guilty plea, but the prison refused to honor this agreement. I filed a habeas corpus petition on behalf of Ivory, arguing that he detrimentally relied on the prosecution’s promise in waiving his right to a jury trial and accepting the plea. The judge agreed, granting the petition and releasing Ivory immediately from state prison, a free man.
People vs George L.
My client was set free after having been sentenced to life in prison.
George was sentenced to life for robbery with gun enhancements. During the trial, the victims told trial counsel that George did not commit the crime, but the victims were not put back on the stand to testify. George was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. We argued on appeal that the conviction should be vacated based on ineffective assistance of counsel. In addition to not calling those witnesses, we also presented new evidence of innocence, including alibi witnesses and testimony of another inmate, who had been convicted of three similar robberies during the same time frame, that he was the actual robber. We won the case- George’s conviction was vacated, and he was set free.
People vs Ashley J.
My client’s conviction was vacated after having been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ashley was in an abusive relationship. One morning she woke up and found her 4 month old child dead in her crib. Both Ashley and her husband were arrested for murder; on the way out the door, the husband yelled, “the bitch did it.” Ashley was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, but her husband was found not guilty. I assisted Ashley with her appeal. We found that the trial counsel did not conduct a proper investigation prior to the trial. We interviewed family and discovered Ashley’s older daughter was hiding behind a couch on the night of the murder, and saw her father punch the baby in her crib. Based on this, and other material presented to the judge, Ashley’s conviction was vacated and she is now a free woman.
People vs Mark V.
My client was released from custody after having been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mark was babysitting for his friend’s 17 month old daughter the night she fell, lost consciousness, and unfortunately died at the hospital from traumatic brain injury. Mark was charged with murder, defended by another lawyer, and ultimately was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. On appeal, I successfully argued that Mark did not receive proper counsel (no experts were called, child’s pre-existing head injury was not detailed)- the judge agreed, vacated the sentence, and we were able to retry the case. I retried the case for Mark. The verdict this time was dramatically different- not guilty of all charges. Mark has been released from custody after 12 years and is now a free man.
People vs Frank M.
My client was released from prison after having been sentenced to 315 years to life.
Frank was originally sentenced to 315 years to life for writing fraudulent checks with several prior convictions. On habeas corpus, I successfully argued that Frank’s previous trial and appellate lawyers provided ineffective assistance because they did not challenge the prior convictions which were invalid, and we were granted habeas relief, which gave us the right to argue that Frank’s imprisonment was unlawful. The court vacated the sentence and Frank was returned to the trial court for re sentencing. At the new sentencing hearing, Frank was re-sentenced to just 11 years (down from 315), and was immediately released from prison, a free man.
People v IRW
My client was released from prison after having been sentenced to life.
IRW was in his car when two other men entered a liquor store, robbed it, and then shot and killed the cashier. My client played no role in the killing of this man, yet was originally convicted of murder with a robbery-murder special circumstance and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. After 29 years in custody, we successfully argued IRW’s defense under Penal Code 1172.6. The trial court agreed, vacated the murder conviction and special circumstance, and resentenced him to 8 years in custody; with credit for prior time already served, IRW was released from prison and is now a free man.
“HE SAVED MY LIFE! He took all the evidence in my defense, researched my case and typed up a writ… and provided me my freedom. Mr. Crawford is honest, straight-forward and fights for you. I would HIGHLY recommend him.”
Beo Bairia – 5 stars!
Marta Cuevas – 5 stars!
Amanda Haver – 5 stars!
Punam Gupta – 5 stars!
“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”
“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!”
“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!”
“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!!”
“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!”
“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!”
Our Practice Areas
Murder Or Manslaughter
Habeas Corpus Petitions
Additional Practice Areas
Felonies & Misdemeanors
In addition to the practice areas detailed above, the Law Office of James M Crawford can defend your rights when you’re faced with felony or misdemeanor charges including illegal weapons possession, sex crimes, theft crimes (burglary, forgery, petty theft, auto theft, and grand theft), shoplifting, assault, and battery.
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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.