Firm Overview

I have done criminal defense for more than 20 years, during which I have handled hundreds of appeals and dozens of trials. I have spoken at seminars for attorneys and have argued cases in front of the California Supreme Court.

I have an expertise in driving under the influence cases, including the DMV license problems that they create. I have handled these cases at trial, at the DMV, in the California Court of Appeal, and in the California Supreme Court. I have taken the DMV to court many times to appeal their decisions about license suspensions.

In my work, my job is to correctly understand the story and the legal situation, to make the best decisions about the case, and then do what it takes to make a judge, or a jury, or a District Attorney see things my way.

Example cases

I have twelve published opinions in criminal appeals, including four in the California Supreme Court.

Main Office


620 Jefferson Avenue
Redwood City  CA  94063

Phone
  • (650) 366-6789
Fax
  • (650) 365-5386

John Halley

Attorney at the criminal defense firm Rockhill, Schaiman & Carr (1989-1992); since then, I have practiced criminal law independently.

I have twenty years of experience and dedicated hard work.

I try to combine the detailed knowledge of law that comes from twenty years of handling appeals with a clear and direct way of getting information across to my listener in a courtroom.

I try not to be pompous, and I try to understand other people including clients and the people I deal with in a courtroom.

Personal interests:

I enjoy playing the guitar and reading books.

License
  • Bar Number: 111682
    California , 1983
Education
  • University of California at Davis, King School of Law
    J.D. , 1983
    Davis, CA
    Co-Chair of Moot Court Board
  • UC Santa Cruz
    B.A. , 1979
    Santa Cruz, CA
    History

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