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  • Over 15 years experience in large criminal defense cases
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Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyer

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If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is essential that you get in touch with a powerful defense attorney right away. At The Castillo Law Office, we are devoted to relentlessly defending the rights of the criminally accused. For over 15 years, our Oakland criminal defense lawyer has been coming up with customized solutions to ensure that the futures of our clients are safeguarded.

Although you may be going through an overwhelming time in your life, you are not alone. Should you choose to retain our legal services, you can be confident that we possess the skills, tenacity, and resources necessary to provide you with a strong defense. Whether the client is facing charges at the state or federal level, we always go above and beyond to help them achieve the most favorable results possible.

Founding Attorney Castillo has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Star s℠ list of 2013, which is an accomplishment reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers in California.

Dedicated. Experienced. Reliable.

With such serious penalties at stake, it is essential to make sure that the legal team backing you is one that truly cares. At our firm, we are genuinely passionate about protecting the rights of the men and women we represent, and we work tirelessly to build the strongest defense possible on behalf of each client we work with. Regardless of what the situation entails, we come up with defenses that are tailored to fit every client's unique situation and needs. We strive to be the advocates relentlessly fighting for our clients' rights from the beginning of the case until its completion.

Why Trust the Castillo Law Office?

  • Available 24 hours
  • Successful Trial Experience
  • Selected by peers in Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Selected by peers in Super Lawyers
  • Featured on Prime Time Television
  • Proven track record of success

What Our Clients Are Saying

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  • Aggressive & Confident Lawyer!

    - DC

  • Utmost Professionalism & Reduced the Charge

    - MS

  • Expertise Exceeded Our Expectations

    - RE


We Will Be Your Voice in the Courtroom

By hiring our firm, you can be confident that you have a legal team backing you that will:

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    Pursue a reduction or dismissal of charges

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    Ensure your side of the story is heard

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    Not hesitate to challenge the prosecution

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    Make sure your rights are not violated

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    Fight to protect your freedom

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    Keep you informed about the status of your case

Why Hire Us

Meet Ernie Castillo

Your Devoted Criminal Defense Attorney

Unlike other defense lawyers, Attorney Castillo is a former extern for a federal judge. During this time, he had the opportunity to work behind the scenes and assist with the judicial thinking process involved in a judge's decision-making.

In 2014, Attorney Castillo became a proud member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization of the nation's premier trial lawyers who have met stringent qualifications in the areas of criminal law or civil litigation. In addition to this, our founder was honored with the Client Distinction Award for 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell® and the Elizabeth Rose Bird Award for Professionalism and Integrity.

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Recent Victories

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    2013 Jury Deadlocked on murder case

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    2013 Winner of murder case

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    2014 Murder Case Dismissed

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    2014 Murder conviction dismissed and new trial granted

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    2014 Winner of child molestation charge which carried a life sentence

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Begin Building Your Defense Today.

At our firm, we want to help our clients in every way we can, including coming up with payment plans that work best for our clients' financial situations. We also offer free case evaluations by phone, via email, or in person. During these consultations, potential clients work directly with Attorney Castillo, rather than an assistant or paralegal. Our attorney has a successful track record of success, because we do not back down from complicated situations, and always put forth our best effort in every case we handle.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

You deserve to have access to top-notch legal representation, and we are prepared to provide you with just that! For more information about our services or to request your free consultation, be sure to give us a call today!

We are proud to represent clients throughout Oakland, Antioch, Concord, Hayward, Livermore, Richmond, San Leandro, as well as the Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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