Law Offices of Paula Drake

Southern California Criminal Defense-Adults and Juveniles Since 1986 ***AGGRESSIVE-CARING-EXPERIENCED***

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Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Paula Drake is one of the most successful criminal defense firms in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake is widely recognized and highly respected within the Los Angeles and Orange County legal communities and serves all of Southern California. If you have been arrested in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside or Ventura County, criminal defense lawyer Paula Drake will be able to help. Paula Drake offers a free consultation to discuss your case, enabling an early and active approach toward defending your rights and freedom. Dealing exclusively with criminal defense for over 25 years, both in private practice and as a former deputy public defender, Paula Drake has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law. It is Paula Drake's goal to provide a vigorous defense for her clients.

Aggressive Defense For All Criminal Matters:
Paula Drake has devoted herself entirely to the defense of individuals, adult and juvenile, charged with crimes throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and all Southern California Courts. Paula Drake has handled thousands of criminal cases in all Los Angeles and Orange County and in courts throughout California involving charges ranging from DUI and simple drug possession, all the way up to and including homicides, major felony matters and three strikes cases. As a client you are given individualized, personal attention and the utmost respect.

If you or a loved one has been charged, please call our office today for a free, no obligation, absolutely confidential consultation to discuss your criminal case.

Bad things really do happen to good people. If you find yourself, a friend, or a family member being accused of a crime or under investigation - time is of the essence. You need an experienced, aggressive attorney immediately.

Contact The Law Offices of Paula Drake for your immediate protection, personalized attention, and best defense.

The initial consultation is free. Fees are surprisingly affordable. Ask about special discounts for Seniors, Students, and members of the Military.
Main Office


1913 East 17th St. Suite 208
Santa Ana  CA  92705

Phone
  • 714-547-7233
Fax
  • 714-543-2500

Paula Drake

Paula Drake grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA as an undergraduate. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law in 1977; at the same time she received a Teaching Credential from the Graduate School of Education. Ms. Drake taught school in Orange County for five years, and also received a Bilingual Cross-cultural Specialist Credential from CSUF. She then started law school at Western State University, Fullerton. After receiving numerous honors and awards (Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, three American Jurisprudence awards, Executive Editor of the Law Review, etc.), Ms. Drake graduated with honors and with two published law review articles. While in law school, she worked for various firms and was a certified law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney and then for the Orange County Public Defender.

Ms. Drake began her career as an attorney in 1986 as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County, first working in Juvenile Court handling both delinquency and dependency cases. Later, Ms. Drake worked as a Deputy Public Defender handling adult criminal matters of all types until 1990, when she established her own law office.

In private practice since 1990, Ms. Drake went on to emphasize all types of criminal law and expanded the practice to include other areas related to criminal law. She handled matters in Family Law, especially as related to domestic violence and restraining order matters. Ms. Drake was admitted to Federal Practice and handled criminal matters in various jurisdictions. She also began to handle administrative matters, especially those related to the criminal practice i.e. DMV administrative hearings of all kinds, especially those related to DUI cases, hearings to save professional licenses of those accused of crimes or those with convictions, military matters, to name a few. Continuing to emphasize adult and juvenile criminal cases, in the last twenty-four years, Ms. Drake has defended virtually every type of criminal matter, including "three strikes", sex crimes, and homicides.

Over the years, while in private practice, Ms. Drake has also been active as a member a various criminal bar panels, handling criminal cases for indigent or semi-indigent defendants. She was trained in the handling of parole hearings and had handled state appointed parole hearings. Ms. Drake has been a volunteer temporary judge and has been affiliated with various organizations and associations over the years ( CACJ, CPDA, OC Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Women Lawyers, ABA, Los Angeles County Bar Association, O.C. Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, WSU Alumni Association, UCLA Alumni Association, to name a few). She has taught and continues to teach seminars both to legal professionals and to the community. Ms. Drake has training and experience in dealing with juveniles and young adults. She currently appears in the Actor's Journey for Kids, a documentary now available on DVD, where she discusses legal issues related to children in the entertainment industry.

The Law Offices of Paula Drake has two actual offices, one in Pasadena, serving the Los Angeles area and one in the heart of Orange County in Santa Ana. Ms. Drake handles Adult and Juvenile Criminal Cases throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties, in Northern California and statewide. She has a support team of private investigators, experts, case managers, paralegals, and others to help to win the fight.

She has the experience and the proven track record to assure you of the best defense in any criminal or related matter. This is not a law firm that "dabbles" in criminal defense....this is our sole area of practice so you get the advantage of real experience on your side. Your personal attention is our number one concern. No case is too big or too small. With a free consultation, you have nothing to lose and everything, including your freedom and your future, to gain. Call at earliest possible time to ensure your best defense.
License
  • Bar Number: Attorney at Law
    California , 1986
Education
  • UCLA; WESTERN STATE UNIV. COLL. OF LAW
    B.A.; J.D. , 77
    L.A.: Fullerton, CA
    UCLA, BA Political Science, Cum Laude, 1977; Teaching Credentials, UCLA and CSUF; Western State Univ. College of Law, with Honors, Juris Doctorate Degree 1985; Law Review Executive Editor; 3 published law review articles; taught numerous legal seminars.

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