A tough, fearless and savvy federal criminal defense attorney since 1970. Forged in the trenches of the largest U.S. District Court in the U.S. – Los Angeles, California. Hardened by the toughest federal judges, Nixon appointees. Unrivaled credentials. 44 years of daily fighting against U.S. Attorneys. Recognized legal scholar with federal trial and appellate expertise. Proven by experience to be “par excellence” by judges, prosecutors and attorneys through Martindale-Hubbell's ratings and 35 published opinions in successful appeals. Joseph Shemaria graduated from U.C.L.A. Law School in 1969 with the most prestigious academic honors. He was a Senior Editor of the U.C.L.A. Law Review and graduated “Order of the Coif”, the highest academic award. Mr. Shemaria began specializing as a criminal defense attorney in June 1970, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has handled over 1,000 state and federal appeals and writs, 35 of which were published in the permanent, official law books. Mr. Shemaria has spent virtually his entire professional career defending those accused of crimes on a daily basis. A wise judge once said that the criminal justice system can be like a fast-moving freight train – the only justice you can hope to get is the justice your criminal defense attorney gets for you. Thus, you must pick your criminal defense lawyer very carefully. There is no room for “another” error in judgment! Mr. Shemaria's entire focus is to get you “off the train” with little or no damage. Contact our Los Angeles, California office today. There are NO substitutes for experience, ability, and name recognition. Thirty five published appellate opinions get instant recognition from both Judges and Prosecutors – they do not want to see their names in a published opinion violating your rights!