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Sergio H. Benavides

Sergio H. Benavides

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Hayward, Oakland, and San Francisco
  • Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • California
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Summary

I am a top rated Criminal Defense Lawyer and Certified Criminal Law Specialist- by State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Out of hundreds of Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Francisco--there are only 10 Certified Specialists. I am one of the top performers. I have 10 years of experience, having helped thousands of clients with every type of criminal charge, from petty theft, to drug possession, to attempted murder and sexual assault. I've handled DUIs, Domestic violence. I have taken over 30 cases to trial, and achieved excellent results. I am fluent in Spanish, and am a former bilingual school teacher. My teaching skills have been invaluable in the courtroom, in connecting with jurors. I help people with Immigration issues. I am passionate and successful at helping people in trouble.

Immigration Law: U Visa, Citizenship, Green Card, Removal Defense, Asylum, DACA

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Immigration Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial 30 minute meeting for all new potential criminal clients.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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9th Circuit
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Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner - Sole Proprietor
Law Office of Sergio H. Benavides
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Attorney and Counselor at Law, practicing DUI/ DWI, Criminal Defense and Immigration. Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Defense Attorney
Fresno County Public Defender's Office
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Served as a Public Defender in Fresno County, assisting juvenile in criminal court with assaults, drugs, receiving stolen goods, more. 11 juvenile trials. Helped Adults in Misdemeanors: DUI, Driving Under the Influence, Driving with a Suspended License, Petty Theft, Vandalism. 14 jury trials, 9 acquittals or hung juries. Worked with Adult Felony cases: Drug possession, trafficking, meth, grand theft auto, home invasion burglary, robbery, criminal threats, sexual assault, attempted murder.
Education
University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
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Activities: La Raza Law Students Association - Social Chair Pride Law Students Association
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Antioch University-Seattle
M.A. (1997) | Education
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Master in Education, and a Teaching Certificate in K-8 Education, with Endorsement for Journalism
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California State University - San Francisco State University
B.A. (1993) | English Literature
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Honors: Dean's List
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Awards
Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer
Top 100 Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 238952
Member
Current
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Alameda County Bar Association- Criminal Law Section
Executive Board Member
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Activities: The Executive Board organizes educational meetings and socials for Alameda County judges, private attorneys, district attorneys, and public defenders.
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Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
Member
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Activities: Promote pro bono charitable legal activities throughout the Bay Are for BALIF.
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San Francisco La Raza Lawyers
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
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Activities: Ongoing legal education for Immigration law.
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California Public Defenders Association
Member
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Activities: Ongong CLE, legal equational activity.
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Certifications
Criminal Law Specialist
State Bar of California - Board of Legal Specialization
Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered

Q. My boyfriend was arrested and charged w/ damage telephone/powerline and cruelty to children. Can those be reduced?
A: Everything depends. On bf's criminal history, the extent of the damage/harm that occurred and howngood his defense attorney is.
Q. I was not read my Miranda rights before or after questioned and arrested for dui. why?
A: Police are entitled to do "investigative questioning" without reading your Miranda rights. Once you are arrested, usually handcuffed, then they are required to read you your rights. The problem is that often the officers will gather everything they need for a DUI conviction during their "investigative phase," and then have no need to ask questions once the cuffs are on. This is why it's a good idea to remain silent from the moment the officers say boo!
Q. Hello there,I had a question regarding a domestic violence case. I
A: If you filed for a protective order on your own, and it was granted, then when the judge granted the order it would be stated on the record how long the court order was good for. If it was a protective order that was granted as part of a criminal domestic violence case, and the protective order will be valid for the Longs probation is going on. Do you know how long the case going forward for, you can always call the District Attorney's Office, or check with the court criminal Clerks Office at the county with this occurred. If it was a protective order that was granted as part of a criminal domestic violence case, and the protective order will be valid for the Longs probation is going on. Do you know how long the case going forward for, you can always call the District Attorney's Office, or check with the court criminal Clerks Office at the county with this occurred. In either case, if you want a protective order to be rescinded or modified, you have to go before a judge if it's to do it before it expires on its own.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Sergio H. Benavides
1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Telephone: (415) 867-5181
Fax: (415) 506-1656
Law Office of Sergio H. Benavides
24301 Southland Drive
Suite 212 B
Hayward, CA 94545
Telephone: (415) 867-5181
Fax: (415) 506-1656