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Jimmy Cha

Jimmy Cha

Law Office of Jimmy Cha, A Criminal Defense Firm
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI ...
  • California
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Biography

My practice is limited to Criminal Defense and DUI's. My criminal law background, and experience in the field provides me with a unique point of view of the criminal system that allows me to more appropriately advocate on behalf of my clients. I truly believe that good people often times make bad choices and/or decisions in life, and that everyone is entitled to good representation.

EXCLUSIVE PRACTICE - My practice is limited to Criminal Defense, and DUI's exclusively. I graduated law school with a certificate in criminal law studies. A certificated allotted to only a few students who go above and beyond their normal curriculum in the field of criminal law. While at UCLA and law school, I worked as an intern for a local criminal defense firm. While in law school, I externed in the Orange County Public Defender's Office and Juvenile Defender's Office. Upon graduation of law school, I opened up my own criminal defense practice to defend those who have been accused of committing a crime. This is all I have ever done, and all I ever will do in the field of law, as it is has been my life long goal and passion to help other people.

CUSTOMER SERVICE - I treat clients the way I would want my mother to be treated if she was facing legal problems - with honestly, kindness, and respect. I don't scare clients into retaining me. I am honest and straight forward about a case, even when it is something the client does not want to hear. I answer all my calls personally because the last thing you want to do is call your attorney and get a secretary who has no idea who you are or the posture of your case. If I do not pick up your call, leave a message. I will call you back asap.

FREE CONSULTATIONS - I will personally speak to you over the phone, and try to answer any questions that you may have. An informed client is the best client.

I'm located in Fullerton, CA. Call for a free consultation. (714) 676-5451 or you can reach me on my work cell at (310) 498-1201.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    DUI & DWI
    Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Korean: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Law Office of Jimmy Cha
- Current
Extern
Orange County Juvenile Public Defenders Office
Extern
Orange County Public Defenders Office
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Attorney Investigator/Law Clerk
Law Office of David P. Elder
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Education
Western State University College of Law
J.D. (2007) | Law
Criminal Law Studies Certificate
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (2004) | Sociology
Sociology Honor Society
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Awards
Best DUI Lawyers in Fullerton
Expertise.com
2021, 2022
Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
2019, 2021
Elite Lawyer Award
Elite Lawyers
2020-2024
Top 100 National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
2014-2022
Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
2021, 2022
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Fullerton
Three Best Rated
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Client Champion - PLATINUM
Martindale-Hubbell
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
2010-2013, 2015, 2018-2019, 2022-2023
Top Attorney Award
Attorney.com
2019-2022
Best DUI Lawyers in Los Angeles
Expertise.com
10 Best DUI/DWI Attorneys
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
2017
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2014-2018
America's Top 100 Attorneys
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Top 10 Under 40
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
2016-2018
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
American Society of Legal Advocates
2013-2017
10 Best Attorneys
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
2016
Top 100 DUI Attorneys Southern California
The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
2015
Premier 100 Trial Attorneys For California
National Academy of Jurisprudence
Nation's Top One Percent
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
10 Best Attorneys for the State of CA
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Top Attorney Award
Coast Magazine
Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County
The Orange County Register
Southern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers
Los Angeles Magazine
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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California Bar Association
Member
Current
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California Public Defenders Association
Member
Current
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California System Involved Bar Association
Board Member at Large
- Current
Activities: CSIBA advocates for policies that advance the interests of formerly incarcerated and system involved individuals seeking a career in law.
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American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
Founding Member
- Current
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North Orange County Bar Association
General Member
- Current
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California DUI Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
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State Bar of California  # 260979
Attorney Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Right to Remain Silent
Law Office of Jimmy Cha Legal Articles
Speaking Engagements
Formerly Incarcerated or System Involved Person Considering a Career in Law, 1st Annual Convening of the California System Involved Bar Association, UCLA School of Law
California System Involved Bar Association
Guest speaker at the 1st annual Convening: The California System Involved Bar Association at UCLA Law School. For current undergrad and law school students, and graduates who want to pursue a career in law. Focus is on access to the legal profession for formerly incarcerated and system involved individuals.
Access to Higher Education Summit, Tulare County, Juvenile Detention Facility
Guest speaker at the Tulare County, Juvenile Detention Facility. Spoke amongst currently incarcerated youth about gangs and how people can change.
Passport to Life Career and Education Expo, San Diego
Passport to Life. Plenary speaker for youth, ages 14-24, who are on probation or have been on probation in San Diego County. Passport to Life is a career and education expo presented by the San Diego Superior Court, Juvenile Division; San Diego County Probation Department; San Diego County Office of Education, Momentum Learning; San Diego City College; San Diego Workforce Partnership; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office.
Family Dispute Resolution Regional Training, Orange County, CA.
Family Dispute Resolution Regional Training, presenting in front of family court services, child custody mediators, recommending counselors and evaluators from Southern California trial courts held at Central Justice center training them on conflict resolution amongst our youth, gangs, and drugs.
Progress Through Innovation, 47th Annual JCCASAC State Conference
JCCASAC
Guest Speaker at the 47th Annual JCCASAC State Conference, teaching educations, mentors, program coordinators, and policy makers on how to effectively reach out to troubled youth involved in gangs, drugs, and other issues teenagers face.
Camp David Gonzales Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker at Camp David Gonzales in Calabasas, speaking to youth about gangs, drugs, and delinquency
East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility Guest Speaker
Guest speaker at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility in San Diego speaking to youth about gangs, drugs, and delinquency
Beyond the Bench
Judicial Counscil of California
Beyond the Bench, Judicial Council of California, training judges, probation officers, attorneys, social workers, etc. on legal issues pertaining to juvenile courts, incarceration and reentry, and racial injustice.
Juvenile Law Class guest speaker, Western State University College of Law
Western State University College of Law
Juvenile Law class guest speaker on juvenile delinquency and gangs at Western State University College of Law
Adolescent Brain Development and System-Involved Youth
Juvenile Delinquency and recidivism.
Gangs
North Orange County Bar Association
Guest speaker on Gangs at North Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Juvenile Court Judicial Training
OC Juvenile Court Judicial training, guest speaker on gangs, prisons, drugs, and peer pressure.
Prison Reform
SB260 prison reform/juveniles serving life sentences, guest speaker
Gangs and Drugs Guest speaker
All Nations Church
Guest speaker at All Nations Church on gangs and drugs
CSUF Psychology Class Guest Speaker
Drugs and gangs.
CSUF Psychology 101 Class Guest Speaker
Drugs and Gangs
Whittier Police Department Guest Speaker
Whittier Police Department
How to conduct oneself in court, and how to be a better officer.
Fullerton College Guest Speaker
Fullerton College, guest speaker on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development and the effects of gangs, drugs, and peer pressure on adolescents (Psychology class by Emily Cheng)
Current Gang, Drugs, and Teenage Problems
LACES Magnet School
LACES Magnet School in Los Angeles, guest speaker educating faculty on the current trends of gangs, drugs, and teenage problems
Troubled Teens
LACES Magnet School
LACES Magnet School in Los Angeles, guest speaker for troubled teens involved in gangs, drugs, and delinquent life styles
Gangs, Violence, Drugs, and Life Skills
Los Angeles Conservation Core
Los Angeles Conservation Core guest speaker on gangs, violence, drugs, and life skills
Impact of Gangs, the Law, Trends, and Understanding
WSU Criminal Law Association
Guest speaker for WSU Criminal Law Association on the impact of gangs and the law, current gang trends, and understanding gangs
Gangs, Experiences, and Possible Consequences
Cross Roads High School
Guest speaker at Cross Roads High School in Van Nuys on the perils of gangs, experiences, and possible consequences
Gangs
Cal State Fullerton Criminal Justice Class
Topic of gangs, and issues.
Certifications
Criminal Law Certification
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
jc4justice
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered
Q. Can a passenger be charged with contraband found during an inventory search in California?
A: The short answer "yes". With that being said, there's a lot of factors that go into defending a case like this. You may want to contact a local attorney to determine whether your boyfriend has any viable defenses against these charges.
Q. I need to obtain an arrest record that happened on September 18, 2008.
A: Here is the link to where you can obtain the information you are requesting.

https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/visaimmigration
Q. Ok i was dropped from a 3 month DUI program ...
A: Unfortunately, the DMV requires you to enroll and complete a 3 months DUI program (AB541) in order to get your license back. You can request from the court that they let you re-enroll into the program so you don't have to start all over but if 10 years has passed, I'm affraid they might not let you do so.
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Contact & Map
126 N. Euclid Street
Fullerton, CA 92832
Telephone: (714) 676-5451
Cell: (310) 498-1201
Fax: (888) 315-7313
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Available on some Saturdays. If it is afterhours or on a weekend, call and leave a message.