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Firm Overview

Our firm was established in August of 2008.

We focus on criminal defense in both plea negotiations and trials.

Example cases

Main Office


732 West 18th Street
Merced  CA  95340

Phone
  • (209) 384-8230
Fax
  • (209) 554-7983

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I typically charge $50 for an initial consultation, but waive this fee most of the time.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No. I negotiate a fee based on the difficulty of the case, likelihood of trial, etc. I usually charge a flat rate.

Hourly Rates

$200 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Main
    732 West 18th Street
    Merced,  CA  95340

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose criminal defense because it is an exciting area of law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I love it when clients educate themselves on legal issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I never pass up a chance to review documents prepared by my clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not act as advisory counsel. I represent, or I do not represent.

Hayden Smith

I spent three years as a Deputy Alternate Public Defender in Fresno. I handled cases of murder, rape, DUIs, etc.

I like people, and am a top-notch arguer.

My strengths are knowledge of the law, amiability, and ferocity at trial. My style is to talk softly and carry a big stick. Most of the time, disagreements can be settled. However, if one cannot, and it must go to trial, I look forward to saying, "Ladies and gentleman..."

Personal interests:

I like lifting weights and swimming, philosophy, literature, and law.

License
  • Bar Number: 241606, CA State Bar
    California , 2006
  • Bar Number: 241606
    California , 2006
Education
  • Univeristy of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Member of San Diego Law Review. CALI Award for excellence in study of criminal law. Dean's Merit Scholarship.
  • University of San Diego SOL
    Juris Doctor , 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Ranked first in class after first year of study.
  • UCLA
    B.A. in Philosophy , 1999
    Los Angeles, CA

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