Stacy Barrett

Attorney

Stacy Barrett started writing articles about criminal law for Nolo in 2019. Her articles appear on Nolo.com, CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, Lawyers.com, AllLaw.com, and Avvo.com.

Stacy has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with highest honors, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement. 

Legal career. Stacy began working as criminal defense attorney in 2006. Her first job was with the Napa County Public Defender. She represented thousands of indigent clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies, as well as clients facing involuntary civil commitments. In 2016, Stacy continued her work as a trial attorney at a private law firm, where she handled criminal cases ranging from DUIs to homicides.  

A few of Stacy’s victories in trial court received national and international media coverage. 

Other pursuits. Prior to her legal career, Stacy wrote feature articles for a small-town newspaper and copy pages for a national magazine in New York City. During law school, she taught Street Law to juveniles in a residential treatment facility in San Francisco. In 2019, she co-founded a support program at a community college for formerly incarcerated students.

Why Nolo? Stacy’s work as a deputy public defender, commitment to equity in education, and writing background led her to Nolo in 2019. She believes in Nolo’s mission to provide all people, regardless of income level, the information they need to make important legal decisions.


Articles By Stacy Barrett

Is It a Crime to Intentionally Get Someone Sick?
A person whose intentional or reckless behavior spreads an infectious disease, such as HIV, SARS, or COVID-19, could face criminal charges.
Is Violating a Shelter-in-Place Order a Crime?
During a state of emergency, states can issue emergency orders to protect public health and safety. Law enforcement officers can issue citations or arrest people who violate these orders.