PELTA LAW

Firm Overview

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Experience counts. Marc Pelta has both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.

Hiring the right attorney for the job is the most important decision in your case. You only have one chance to get it right.

When you hire Marc Pelta to defend you then case becomes his priority to put behind you as soon as possible.

Marc uses his experience to help defend and resolve clients' cases in the best way possible.

All consultations remain confidential by state law regardless whether the client retains Pelta Law.

For more information, please go to: www.peltalaw.com.

Marc Pelta represents clients in all courts throughout Northern California, including: San Francisco, Alameda, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Humboldt, Shasta, Butte, Sutter, Tehama, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Yolo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and other counties in California.
Main Office
Marc Pelta
234 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco  CA  94102
Phone
  • (415) 963-1152
Fax
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes. We contact potential clients to arrange for an in-person consultation. If you do not live in the Bay Area then by phone..
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
All felonies and misdemeanors including federal and state courts in California. From sex crimes to murder to DUI and everything in between.
Hourly Rates
Varies

Office Information

Office Hours
Office hours are by appointment only.
Office Manager
Not applicable.
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English and Spanish
Criminal Defense
FORMER PROSECUTOR.
Mr. Pelta is an experienced trial attorney who is a dedicated advocate for the accused regardless of guilt. At Pelta Law, no one is judged. Marc and his team is devoted to serve every client to the best possible outcome. That all depends on the facts of each case which are unique. Marc has experience defending and prosecuting a wide range of cases from sex crimes to burglary to narcotics possession to DUI and many other crimes in between.
DUI and DWI
FORMER DUI PROSECUTOR.
Mr. Pelta has experience in felony and misdemeanor DUI drugs and alcohol cases. It is important to not simply hire the person who quotes you the cheapest fee because a criminal conviction is often permanent unless you are fortunate to get it expunged.

Attorneys who are successful in DUI defense must have certain current and specialized training and experience to be most beneficial to clients.

In addition, the attorney needs to be dedicated because DA offices rely on defendants to be scared and plead guilty as early as possible.

Often times. people plead guilty without the assistance of an attorney or will get an attorney from a public defender's office, which may be overwhelmed with cases and may not be able to devote the special time and attention your case may need so you can get your driver license back and end up with the least painful punishment resulting from a DUI conviction, if you cannot get a dry-reckless or a dismissal.

At Pelta Law, Marc and his team are devoted to ensuring that the needs and goals of each client he agrees to represent are met to result in the best possible deal or result.

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

Based upon experience in court as a former prosecutor and since then as an experienced criminal defense attorney, including hearings and trials.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Being a former prosecutor and an experienced trial attorney, in addition to all kinds of hearings.

Extensive training and experience both as a defense attorney and prosecutor.

It is a rare, unique advantage to have a criminal defense attorney who knows what the prosecutors are taught to do to convict you because then he or she can find a way around their tactics.

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

It is good for clients to do it; however, there is a lot of incorrect information on the internet, which usually tends to get people needlessly upset and anxious.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

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

Yes. However, in criminal cases it is usually not a good idea except in certain limited circumstances.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation, arbitration or collaborative law only exists in civil cases. Some counties have courts for veterans where there is a collaborative approach or in others like San Francisco there is a collaborative approach to dealing with juvenile crime to ensure rehabilitation. The main focus of Pelta Law is to help people facing cases or problems of a criminal nature, which includes DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug Crimes, robbery, burglary, assault, murder and other felonies and misdemeanors.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Marc's experience as a prosecutor is valuable. Having experience as a criminal and DUI defense attorney is critical, as well. The firm's style is to use whatever resources are available to help the client. Marc knows how to deal with all criminal cases. However, not every client is right for every attorney. Clients who are not a good fit for Pelta Law are not accepted. Marc is selective about the cases he accepts to ensure: (1) the client is someone who will follow Marc's advice, and (2) being selective allows Marc to give each client the individual attention he or she requires until the end of the case.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

No. People who seek pro bono should go to the public defender. Often times people do not want to pay for an attorney even when they can afford one. Unfortunately, many people regret making this decision after they plead guilty and realize that they could have had a private attorney who might have given them more options and the individual attention their case required.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, for a flat, non-refundable fee.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Marc handles all of the communications with clients and all court appearances. He has a receptionist at the office and an assistant to help with other tasks. This is how Marc ensures that each client receives the best legal representation after he is hired.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

1. Marc is a former prosecutor.
2. Marc is experienced, which means he does not take cases for much less than the competition then learn on your case by making mistakes. This happens a lot in the practice of law, even in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sometimes clients do not mind, until after their case is over or after a month or two and the client sees that the "cheap attorney" does not know what she or he is doing. By then it is usually too late to change attorneys for most people because most of their money has been spent on that lawyer.
3. Marc goes the extra mile for every client which starts from the time Marc speaks with the potential client on the phone to set up the in-person meeting until the end of the case.
4. Marc's fees are within market rates.
5. Marc prefers to use diplomacy with the District Attorney. In the rare event that does not work then Marc is ready to take a more aggressive approach.
6. Marc has done felony and misdemeanor trials. This is important because often times the "cheap attorneys" are newer lawyers who start out in DUI cases. DUI cases are often more complicated than most felonies. That means attorneys who do not know how to defend clients correctly at trial may quote an excessive amount for that fee to encourage the client to plead guilty before trial. Marc never does that and lets the client know what the trial fee is up front in case the client decides to choose that option later in the process. There are no hidden fees.
7. Marc works with an excellent appeals (and writs) attorney in case the case needs to go to a higher court if the judge makes a ruling that is not favorable for the client.
8. Marc works with an excellent and affordable private investigator. Not every case needs one, but it is important to know you can have that option if the need arises.
9. Marc has good working relationships with various bail agents in the Bay Area to ensure a client can bail out as soon as possible. This is not always possible in every case, but it usually is an option most of the time. Marc offers this service where he works closely with the bail agent after he is hired by the client.
10. Marc accepts payment by PayPal, check or Square (credit card).
11. Marc has good working relationships with many prosecutors, which helps get clients very good deals, but every case is different. Not every case can be solved with a deal and once in a while a case should go to trial if the DA does not want to offer a good deal for the client.
12. Marc worked closely with the CHP (DUI and stolen vehicle cases), in addition to undercover agents in narcotics and with uniformed officers in domestic violence cases.
13. At Pelta Law, the client comes first. The client knows that from the time Marc speaks with the potential client on the phone until the case is resolved in court.

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

Marc worked as a prosecutor then switched to criminal defense.

Marc Pelta

License
  • Bar Number: 253315
    California , 2007

Marc Pelta

Marc is a former Deputy District Attorney ("prosecutor") with extensive experience trying adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor cases. Marc offers clients a wealth of experience and knowledge as a former prosecutor for the benefit of his clients. Marc served as a prosecutor assigned to Pelican Bay Prison, misdemeanors, Felony and misdemeanor DUI, Domestic Violence, Narcotics Possession (including for sale, transportation, cultivation, manufacture).

Marc Pelta was born in Manhattan, New York. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law.
License
  • Bar Number: 253315
    California , 2007
Education
  • City University of New York School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2002
    Marc completed several internships and clerkships with various prosecution offices, including District Attorney Offices and at the United States' Attorney's Office. Marc practiced law under the supervision of attorneys when he served in those offices where he tried felony and misdemeanor cases. He also served as the Executive Articles Editor on The New York City Law Review and competed in Moot Court.

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