Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Firm Overview

I represent criminal clients accused of everything from domestic violence and drunk driving to murder. I will not close a case until I believe that I have exhausted every possibility, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. If the facts support it I will take any case to trial; if the facts do not support going to trial, I will use all the relationships and knowledge I have developed over almost 20 years of practice to negotiate the best result possible. I have managed to get "hopeless" cases dismissed just based on my knowledge of the local players (District Attorneys and Judges). An attorney's familiarity with the local system is invaluable to clients. I am that person in Orange County.

After practicing law for over 10 years I established my own firm in 2004 in Santa Ana, California. I am still in the same location 7 years later.

Example cases

• People v. Arney (2011). I filed a motion to dismiss when the magistrate in the lower court kept out evidence over my objection. My motion was granted and the case was dismissed.

• People v. Willson (2010) I negotiated a dismissal of hit and run charges by getting the District Attorney to agree to dismiss the charges if the victim also agreed. The victim ultimately agreed and the case was dismissed.

Main Office
1851 E. First Street
Suite 900
Santa Ana  CA  92705
  • (714) 547-4636
  • (714) 619-9382


Free Initial Consultation?
I offer free unlimited telephone consultations.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I do not have fixed prices. My cases are almost always flat fees. Sometimes I permit payments.
Hourly Rates
$250 to $500

Office Information

Office Hours
24 Hours, 7 days a week
Emergency After Hours: (714) 547-4636
Office Manager
Lucinda Torres- Office Manager and Legal Assistant
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
I speak Spanish and so does my assistant/office manager.

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

I enjoy helping people, and in the criminal system people need help! They have everything against them and I like a challenge. Also, I enjoy trials and criminal law is one of the few legal areas where trials are common.

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

I think it is fine for a client to seek some knowledge prior to contacting an attorney. However, just reading a penal code section will do little to help a client determine what he should do on his or her case. Only an opinion coming from many years of legal experience can effectively educate someone as to what they face in a particular matter. I provide free telephone consults and so do many other attorneys. There is no reason to take the chance of fouling up your life to save a few dollars. Some of the worst legal decisions I have seen are when clients rely on non-lawyer friends and family for advice. This is usually always a recipe for disaster.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

In criminal law this sort of thing occurs very rarely but I would certainly be willing to review any documents they provide.

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

I would be willing to coach clients, although I believe it is rarely a good idea for a client to represent himself.

William W. Bruzzo

My most recent employment prior to starting my own firm was in a large criminal defense firm in Tustin, California. I worked there as an associate attorney for 6 years. Previous to that I was a Major in the United States Marine Corps where I served as a lawyer, a Company Commander and an Executive Officer in a Headquarters and Service Company/Battalion. Between my active duty and active reserve time, I spent 7 years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 2000.

I think being a criminal defense attorney for almost the last 20 years has been the best preparation. There is no substitute for experience. My many years of practice allow me to understand what people are going through when they face criminal charges and what I can do to make it easier on them. In addition, the many trials I have had give me the edge in a trial no matter what the facts.

I believe I am a very personable individual who is sensitive to his clients' needs. Also, I understand that being the "aggressive attorney" is not always best for the client and can sometimes make things worse, especially in pre-trial negotiations. My years of practice have shown that a balance of aggressiveness and diplomacy yields the best result. However, in trial I can be tough and ruthless if necessary and strategically beneficial.

Personal interests:

I enjoy sports. I sponsor and play on local adult soccer teams. I like to jog and work out on a regular basis. I also enjoy reading and writing articles on various topics, usually legal or political.

  • Bar Number: 183656
    California , 1996
  • University of Dayton School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992
    Dayton, OH

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