Criminal Defense Attorney

I have been defending the rights of the accused for more than 40 years. I am proud to have built a reputation among my colleagues and peers for honesty, integrity, and a strong committed work ethic. In recognition of the years of dedication and commitment to my clients, I was selected by the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association as the 2014 recipient, Joseph Rosen Award for Career Achievement and AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Criminal Defense
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One complaint heard so often by folks who have retained counsel is that lawyers are hard to reach and never return emails or phone calls. This is not the case with me. One promise I can make is that I am responsive - and not just during the normal business hours. If you email me, call me, or text on my personal cell phone, I am available to you.

Established and Respected

Determined, Discreet and Compassionate Criminal Defense
My name is Jay Jaffe and I am a Criminal Law Attorney with more than 40 years of experience. I am personally writing this summary and not handing it off to a professional website writer to do it for me. The personal attention that I am giving to this introduction is in keeping with my philosophy of personal attention to all matters involving my clients. If you’re facing criminal charges, you may be frightened and intimidated at the prospect of getting lost in an impersonal system with potentially devastating consequences. Make sure you know who you’re hiring.

My experience, career and credentials speak for themselves. I am AV® Preeminent (TM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest possible ranking for ethical standards and legal ability. I have consistently been ranked by as being in the top 5 percent of my field. I have been certified by the State Bar of California as a criminal law attorney since the certification program began more than 25 years ago. More important, I have earned the trust of countless clients — many of whom have offered testimonials which you can read on this website.


Experienced and Exceptional Reputation

You are not an inmate. You are an accused person who is presumed innocent. My personal “old school” philosophy is simple: treat others as you’d want to be treated. Each client deserves the same 100 percent commitment from me regardless of whether the offense is a misdemeanor or a felony, DUI, murder, petty theft, drug charge or domestic violence. After all, what others may not consider a serious crime is serious to you.

With 40 years of experience, I’ve handled a wide range of cases from first-offense DUIs to serious felonies. Most of my clients are just like you: ordinary people who suddenly find themselves in trouble for the first time who’ve done something foolish or impulsive that they might not think of as criminal. Many of my clients are young men and women from good families who find themselves stifled by a criminal justice system that is unfairly judgmental and quite unforgiving. And while I cannot ethically or legally promise you a specific result, I can promise effort and commitment to your case. My career has provided me with a well-earned reputation for honesty and integrity – all to your benefit when I stand beside you in court.

Contrary to what many others who make up the criminal justice system may erroneously believe, you are not a convicted inmate or criminal when you appear in court. You should expect to be treated with respect and courtesy consist the presumption of innocence. You and I stand together in court to answer the accusations and charges filed against you. You have the constitutional right to challenge those allegations, and have me cross examine your accuser and present evidence and witnesses on your behalf.

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