San Diego Criminal Law Attorney

Experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers

There is no such thing as a “minor” criminal charge. This is particularly true if you are a permanent immigrant, non-immigrant, or an undocumented alien. A criminal charge, whether it a misdemeanor or a felony, can create serious consequences.  The stakes can be high because a conviction will often include paying heavy fines, some local jail time or long term imprisonment. For anyone that is not a US citizen, a criminal conviction can lead to deportation and in some cases cause his or her life to spiral out of control with very little that can do about it.  At The Rodriguez Law Firm, we take every criminal charge seriously and will aggressively fight to protect your immigration status and constitutional rights from being taken away. Attorney John R. Rodriguez believes that everyone accused of a crime has the right to a vigorous and skilled legal defense. He and his selected team of criminal defense lawyers have successfully represented many clients in criminal court handled, from DUI, domestic violence, simply shoplifting to robbery and burglary. W have extensive experience handling all types of felonies and misdemeanor crimes.

If you’ve been accused of a crime and need an experienced criminal defense or immigration attorney, please call The Rodriguez Law Firm today at 619-296-6000 for a free consultation.

Cases We Handle

The Rodriguez Law Firm has handled many different types of felony or misdemeanor cases. John R. Rodriguez and our criminal defense lawyers are very experienced in a wide range of cases.

We’ve handled cases involving:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Hit & Run
  • Murder
  • Sexual Battery
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • DUI
  • Three Strike Cases
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Child molestation
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting

This list does not cover all the types of cases we have handled. If you are would like to talk with us about the charges you or a family member is charged with call us ad will answer all your questions.

How We Can Help

We understand that you place your trust in us and we accept that responsibility by providing the very best and most aggressive representation possible.  It’s also important to understand that no criminal defense lawyer can guarantee that you will win your trial or that the prosecutors will dismiss the case. Making such guarantees is unethical.

Attorney John R. Rodriguez and his team of criminal defense lawyers work hard to even the scales of justice or when even tip them in your favor. The prosecution and their list of police witnesses will never intimidate us or our efforts to negotiate the best outcome possible for your case.

Most cases are negotiated outside the courtroom with both sides finding a compromise that they can live with. An effective plea negotiation with favorable terms for the client can be a challenge and requires the skills and experience of your attorney. The Rodriguez Law Firm has handled thousands of negotiated plea deals where clients are often willing to accept and relieved that their case will resolve without a trial. Occasionally the serious circumstances of the case or the prosecutor’s offer is unreasonable and when that happens we are willing and prepared to take your case to the next level by making sure every fact of the case is investigated.  We will examine and find the flaws in the state’s theories and prepare you and your witnesses in preparation for trial.

If you need a criminal defense lawyer you can trust, then call us today for a free consultation.



Jury trials that we won


  • DUI, Hit and Run with Injuries, vehicle crashed into multiple cars and into a backyard
  • Felony vandalism – multiple counts of graffiti throughout the neighborhood
  • Continuous Child Molestation (hired by an attorney as a trial consultant)
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon – with a pick axe (hired by an attorney as trial consultant) sexual assault
  • Child Molestation (faced up to 16 years)
  • 1st Degree Residential Burglary and Rape with Force (faced Life in prison)
  • Assault with Deadly Weapon and Reckless Driving
  • Attempted Murder of Police Officer (faced Life in prison)
  • Criminal Threat (Accused of threatening to kill girlfriend about to move out with a Gun)
  • DUI with Accident
  • Gang Assault with Force and Serious Bodily Injury
  • Residential Burglary and Rape
  • Sexual Assault by Juvenile
  • Four counts Possession for Sales and Transportation of Drugs
  • Domestic Violence
  • Hung Jury: Home Invasion Robbery and Attempted Murder by Strangulation (faced life with no parole Two trials, both ended in a hung jury)


Cases Dismissed


  • Possession of narcotics – Arrested trying to cross the border. Drugs found in hidden compartments in vehicle.  Case dismissed by judge after suppression hearing.
  • Employer cited for failure to obtain Workers Compensation insurance for 6 employees & $10,000 fine
  • Assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence by choking
  • Assault with serious bodily injury. Client originally faced life in prison due to his priors and enhancements
  • Multiple Shooting with a Shotgun into a home and possession of a stolen weapon
  • Dismissal: Auto theft and Possession of stolen property (Original offer was two years of state prison)
  • Sexual Battery (Would have been required to register as a sex offender)
  • Domestic violence with Criminal threats and Harassment (Would of had to complete the 52 week domestic violence classes)
  • Three counts Felony auto burglary (Prison offer was rejected and we set case for trial)
  • Five counts possession for sales of controlled substance and cultivation
  • Assault with Deadly Weapon (Multiple stabbing with a knife)
  • Criminal threats
  • Attempted Murder for shooting six opposing gang members (was looking at life in state prison)
  • Battery
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Vandalism of six vehicles
  • Real Estate Fraud (Family dispute with allegations of altering title to property for the equity)
  • Car Jacking (Accused of assaulting the victim in a parking lot and taking the car)
  • Assault with Deadly Weapon; stabbing with a knife
  • Shooting/Premeditated Attempted Murder (Accused of shooting ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend)
  • Domestic Violence (Ex-felon accused of DV after female refused to have sex)
  • Drunk Driving
  • False Imprisonment and Sexual Assault
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