Law Office of Terrance K. McCleerey

Law Office of Terrance K. McCleerey

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Monterey County, DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence, Drug Offense, Misdemeanor, Felony, Crimes of Violence, Fraud/Embezzlement/Shoplifting

Firm Overview

For Charges Including Criminal Defense and DUI

Terrance K. McCleerey, Monterey criminal defense attorney, provides exceptional representation for clients in Salinas, Monterey, throughout Monterey Peninsula and Monterey County. With nearly 35 years of experience practicing law, we have a long tradition of zealously defending persons accused of a range of criminal offenses, both serious and minor. For our law firm's specific areas of expertise, please see our overview on criminal defense laws.

Facing any criminal charge or lawsuit is a frightening experience. We understand what you are going through, and work to protect your rights throughout this difficult process. Criminal defense law firm principal Terrance McCleerey has a wealth of experience practicing in the local criminal courts, and maintains strong working relationships with the relevant judges and prosecutors, giving him an advantage both in negotiations and at trial. In recognition of Mr. McCleerey's track record of successful results, he has twice been named as "Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year" by Consumer Business Review, in 2009 and 2010.

We Represent Non-Residents

Most Monterey law firms cater to locals, but we have a particular wealth of experience in helping clients from outside Monterey County who are facing charges or a lawsuit that arose locally. If you are arrested for a crime while visiting the Salinas and Monterey areas, we will draw on our strong understanding of the local criminal justice system to help you mitigate and avoid potential punishment that must be served where the crime was allegedly committed. Note also that if you have been charged with a DUI, you only have ten days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to contest your case.

Contact Your Monterey Criminal Defense Attorney

Do not let criminal charges or a looming lawsuit ruin your leisure time. For a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to protecting your rights anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula, including Salinas, contact Terrance McCleerey today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Main Office
Main Office
325 Cayuga
Salinas  CA  93901
  • (831) 422-2702
  • (831) 758-1080

Terrance K. McCleerey

Terrance K. McCleerey a top California criminal defense attorney has been practicing law for over 35 years, the past 20 of which have been exclusively devoted to criminal defense law. In recognition of his record, the Consumer Business Review named Mr. McCleerey "Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year" in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. McCleerey is a former Judge Advocate General Corps for the U.S. Army and regularly lectures on the topic of criminal trial practice at the Monterey College of Law. He has significant experience appearing before the criminal courts in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties and has worked closely for many years with local judges and prosecutors to achieve the best possible result for each client.


Iowa, 1963
California, 1970
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1970
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1970
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1964
U.S. Supreme Court, 1967


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
California Public Defenders Association
Association of the United States Army
Monterey County Bar Association


Former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps
Lecturer, Criminal Trial Practice, Monterey College of Law
  • University of Iowa College of Law
    J.D. , 1963
  • Iowa State University
    B.S. , 1963

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