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.