Firm Overview

If you need to speak with an experienced lawyer about your criminal or DUI matter then call us now at: 415-963-1152 or go to the website:

Experience counts. Marc Pelta has extensive experience both as a prosecutor and uses that experience from working on both sides of the system to help his clients as a criminal and DUI defense attorney.

Hiring the right attorney for the job is the most important decision in your case: You will rarely have a chance to correct the mistakes that an inexperienced or unskilled lawyer might make.

Pelta Law represents clients in all Bay Area counties. Our flat-fees are affordable within market-rates.

Main Office

Marc Pelta
234 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco CA 94102


(415) 963-1152


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

The full range of criminal and DUI cases, including before they are charged by the District Attorney.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable. Flat-fee only.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, by appointment only.

Office Manager

Not applicable.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

Criminal Defense


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.

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

I use my experience as a former prosecutor and since then as a criminal defense attorney, including the full range of hearings and trials. I enjoy fighting for my clients to get the best result possible.

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?


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.

Marc Pelta


Marc grew up in Southern California. He completed various prestigious trainings to serve as a prosecutor. He was hired as a Deputy District Attorney where he prosecuted more than 20 cases, felony and misdemeanor, to verdict. He had a range of responsibilities from riding along with law enforcement officers to reviewing and approving search warrants to prosecuting adults and juveniles at bench and jury trials.


Bar Number: 253315
California, 2007


San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1997

City University of New York School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2002

Marc Pelta


Marc is a former Deputy District Attorney ("prosecutor") with extensive experience trying adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor cases. Marc applies his wealth of experience and knowledge as a former prosecutor for the benefit of his clients in criminal defense matters. 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 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law.


Bar Number: 253315
California, 2007


City University of New York School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2002

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