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Law Offices of Paula Drake
Paula Drake

1913 E.17th Street, Suite 208
Santa Ana CA 92705
(714) 547-7233

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Alt. Phone: (626) 584-0543
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Law Offices of Paula Drake

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DUI lawyer Paula Drake has experience in defending Los Angeles, Orange County, and Southern California DUI cases. Paula Drake can build a successful defense for your case in court and before the DMV.

It is urgent that you call immediately after your arrest for your free initial consultation. Early action on your part will ensure that you can have a hearing to save your driving privilege and that you can continue driving pending the outcome of the hearing. DUI Lawyer Paula Drake will review your case and provide you with a full understanding of what you can expect as a result of your DUI arrest.

Paula has the experience to handle your Administrative Hearing and your Court case to get you the best possible outcome for your particular case. She is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney; DUI Defense Lawyer Paula Drake can help you to put forward your best defense. LOS ANGELES / PASADENA OFFICE 711 East Walnut Street, Suite 308 Pasadena, CA 91101 Toll Free: (877) 529-2428 (877) LAWCHAT Phone: (626) 584-0543 ORANGE COUNTY / SANTA ANA OFFICE 1913 E. 17th Street, Suite 208 Santa Ana, CA 92705 Toll Free: (877) 529-2428) (877) 

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Paula Drake grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA as an undergraduate. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law in 1977; at the same time she received a Teaching Credential from the Graduate School of Education. Ms. Drake taught school in Orange County for five years, and also received a Bilingual Cross-cultural Specialist Credential from CSUF. She then started law school at Western State University, Fullerton. After receiving numerous honors and awards (Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, three American Jurisprudence awards, Executive Editor of the Law Review, etc.),  Ms. Drake graduated with honors and with two published law review articles. While in law school, she worked for various firms and was a certified law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney and then for the Orange County Public Defender.
Ms. Drake began her career as an attorney in 1986 as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County, first working in Juvenile Court handling both delinquency and dependency cases. Later,  Ms. Drake worked as a Deputy Public Defender handling adult criminal matters of all types until 1990, when she established her own law office.
In private practice since 1990, Ms. Drake went on to emphasize all types of criminal law and expanded the practice to include other areas related to criminal law. She handled matters in Family Law, especially as related to domestic violence and restraining order matters. Ms. Drake was admitted to Federal Practice and handled criminal matters in various jurisdictions. She also began to handle administrative matters, especially those related to the criminal practice i.e. DMV administrative hearings of all kinds, especially those related to DUI cases, hearings to save professional licenses of those accused of crimes or those with convictions, military matters, to name a few. Continuing to emphasize adult and juvenile criminal cases, in the last twenty-four years, Ms. Drake has defended virtually every type of criminal matter, including "three strikes", sex crimes, and homicides.
Over the years, while in private practice, Ms. Drake has also been active as a member a various criminal bar panels, handling criminal cases for indigent or semi-indigent defendants. She was trained in the handling of parole hearings and had handled state appointed parole hearings. Ms. Drake has been a volunteer temporary judge and has been affiliated with various organizations and associations over the years ( CACJ, CPDA, OC Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Women Lawyers, ABA, Los Angeles County Bar Association, O.C. Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, WSU Alumni Association, UCLA Alumni Association, to name a few). She has taught and continues to teach seminars both to legal professionals and to the community.  Ms. Drake has training and experience in dealing with juveniles and young adults. She currently appears in the Actor's Journey for Kids, a documentary now available on DVD, where she discusses legal issues related to children in the entertainment industry.
The Law Offices of Paula Drake has two actual offices, one in Pasadena, serving the Los Angeles area and one in the heart of Orange County in Santa Ana. Ms. Drake handles Adult and Juvenile Criminal Cases throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties, in Northern California and statewide. She has a support team of private investigators, experts,  case managers, paralegals, and others to help to win the fight. 

She has the experience and the proven track record to assure you of the best defense in any criminal or related matter. This is not a law firm that "dabbles" in criminal defense....this is our sole area of practice so you get the advantage of real experience on your side. Your personal attention is our number one concern.  No case is too big or too small. With a free consultation, you have nothing to lose and everything, including your freedom and your future, to gain. Call at earliest possible time to ensure your best defense. 
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Ventura County, Pomona, Covina, Inglewood, Torrance,
LAX, Long Beach, Downey, Norwalk, El Monte, Bellflower, the Greater Los Angeles Area 

The Law Office of Paula Drake is one of the most successful and experienced criminal defense firms in Los Angeles County. Criminal defense attorney Paula Drake is widely recognized and highly respected within all the Los Angeles legal communities. She has been in private practice limited to criminal defense for over 25 years and prior to that was a Deputy Public Defender. She has also represented indigent defendants in Los Angeles by Court appointment; she has handled all types of criminal matters, from the simple to the most complex and serious. 
If you have been arrested in Los Angeles or Los Angeles County, criminal defense lawyer Paula Drake will be able to help. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, the first step toward defending your rights and freedom. Dealing exclusively with criminal defense, we have extensive experience in both state and federal cases.
It is our goal to provide a vigorous, individualized defense for our clients.

Aggressive Defense For All Criminal Matters:

Our law offices have devoted themselves entirely to the defense of individuals, adult and juvenile,  charged with crimes throughout Los Angeles area. Paula Drake has handled thousands of criminal cases in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Ventura County, Pomona, Covina, Inglewood, Torrance, LAX, Long Beach, Downey, Norwalk, El Monte, Los Cerritos, and all other Southern California Courts. 

Below is a sampling of the criminal cases we defend
. If you or a loved one has been charged or investigated,  please call our office today for a FREE, no obligation, absolutely confidential consultation to discuss your criminal case.


Criminal Offenses in Los Angeles County

Crimes in the State of California vary in range and punishment.

Infractions (petty offenses, such as traffic tickets) usually don't require jail, but still can have ramifications. They can cause you to lose time at work while going to court. They can result in high fines and points on a driving record that can ultimately lead to a suspension of the license.  The Law Offices of Paula Drake can help you with your infraction matter, no matter how minor. We can fight the matter at trial or appear for you to negotiate for an acceptable disposition (lower fines, traffic school, dismissals, etc.).

A misdemeanor offense usually involves a sentence of up to one year in the county jail, and a felony can carry a state prison sentence. In addition, there could be probation, fines, community service, restitution and counseling programs as part of the sentence. Legal counsel is imperative to protect your rights at every stage of your case. Prior to the filing of a case, there may exist the opportunity to persuade the prosecutor not to file the case against you by doing our own investigation at a very early stage. Having counsel when you are under investigation will protect your right against self-incrimination and may result in insufficient evidence against you. Should a case be filed against you, The Law Offices of Paula Drake will represent you in court providing your best defense. You need someone with a proven track record of dismissals and verdicts of not guilty. Your future and freedom are at stake.



Criminal Defense in Los Angeles County, CA

Attorney Paula Drake has devoted her entire practice exclusively to criminal defense of adults and juveniles. The Law Offices of Paula Drake prides itself on the individual attention given to each client. We care about you and your needs and recognize that you are going through what is likely the most difficult time of your life. The ramifications of criminal charges are great and you need a Los Angeles criminal attorney who knows the justice system and has the respect of prosecutors and judges from within Los Angeles County in order to provide the best criminal defense in your matter.

Often the so-called "Big Firms" that handle all types of cases lack the experience and quality of representation that are exemplified by the Law Offices of Paula Drake. You want an attorney devoted to one area of practice and devoted to your individual needs. Don't get lost in the system and don't get passed around within a large law firm. Attorney Paula Drake has over twenty-five years of courtroom criminal experience and has the track record to assure you the best possible outcome in your Los Angeles criminal case. 

If you have been accused of any crime in Los Angeles County, including DUI (driving under the influence), sex crimes, theft crimes, crimes of violence, drug crimes, etc.  – Criminal Lawyer Paula Drake can help by providing you your best defense. She is more than qualified to assist you with an experienced, caring and aggressive representation that has proven successful in all courts in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.


Los Angeles County Areas We Serve:

Here is a brief list of the cities and counties we serve throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area:

Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando Valley, San Fernando, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra, Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, El Monte, West Covina, Downey, Norwalk, Los Cerritos, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, South Bay, Inglewood, Torrance, LAX, Long Beach and all other Southern California Areas.


711 East Walnut Street, Suite 308
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 584-0543 / Toll Free: 1-877-529-2428 (1-877-LAWCHAT)

Assault and Battery

Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney

Assault and battery charges can be quite serious, because often times there is an injured party. The charges of assault can be filed as felonies or misdemeanors. Assault and battery charges are often filed together. Assault is the attempt to cause harm to a person; the  battery is the actual and intentional hitting or attacking of a person or a contact without the person's consent. The penalties can include jail, fines and restitution.
Often times there are defenses to these case, such as self-defense, defense of others, or accident. It takes an experienced attorney to know which defenses are viable. Criminal Defense lawyer Paula Drake is qualified to defend your assault and battery case. Her knowledge of the legal issues and experience and success at trial provide the foundation for the success of your particular case. If you are under investigation or currently charged with an assault and battery matter, call Attorney Paula Drake to explore your options. Whether your case requires skillful negotiation or creative trial tactics, Criminal Lawyer Paula Drake and her support team will provide you with your best defense in any Southern California Court.

Assault and Battery in Los Angeles & Orange County, California

Assault and Battery crimes can be relatively minor (i.e. misdemeanors) or can be extremely serious. But even misdemeanors can carry as much as one year in jail, in addition to fines and Restitution, as well as a probationary period. Some assault cases end up being filed as felonies, and because they are serious and/or violent felonies, can constitute a Strike offense under California's Three Strikes Law. This can result in a subsequent felony criminal matter, even one that is not serious or violent, landing you in prison for a considerable period merely due to your prior strike conviction. In the event of two strike prior convictions, the third offense, even one that is not serious or violent, could result in the harsh penalty of twenty five years in prison. It is extremely important that you defend your assault and battery case with an experienced an aggressive lawyer. Criminal defense attorney Paula Drake has such experience and the proven track record to assure you your best possible defense in your case.
Have you been accused of assault and battery in Los Angeles or Orange County? Contact us today for a free consultation.

Sex Crime

Sex Crimes in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Southern California

A sex crime, generally defined, is any criminal offense that involves illegal actions of a sexual nature. This includes rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, indecent exposure, child molestation, prostitution, lewd conduct. Sex crimes can be felonies and misdemeanors. Even misdemeanor sex crimes can carry mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. Most prosecutors and courts look harshly on these offenses. 
This is an area of criminal law requiring special knowledge and experience. Not all criminal attorneys have the experience and the proven track record of success in the handling these offenses.
Why should you choose Attorney Paula Drake to handle your sex offense?  She has the experience in the successful handling of sex crime cases for both Adults and Juveniles throughout the courts in Southern California. She will aggressively advocate for you and act to protect your rights. Your case will get the time and attention that it deserves.
We also handle matters involving the violation of the registration requirement, and can answer questions and often help regarding expungements, certificates of rehabilitation and pardon, etc., as they relate to sex crime convictions.  
Have you been accused of a sex crime in Los Angeles, Orange, or any Southern California County? Contact our offices today for a free consultation.

Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Paula Drake

Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense attorney Paula Drake is there to protect the rights of those people accused of drug crimes. With her 25 years of experience in handling these matters, Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake knows how to analyze your case for specific facts that could lead to the suppression of the evidence in the case that could possibly result in the dismissal of the charges. In addition, Drug Crime Defense Attorney Paula Drake is familiar with the statutory programs available in certain drug cases that might also result in the eventual dismissal of the conviction. She and her team can prepare your defense, whether it is to negotiate the best possible outcome or to defend you at trial.

Whether you are an adult or juvenile, drug charges can often be accompanied by other types of charges or complicated by a prior record or violation of parole or probation. No matter how serious or complex your case, Criminal defense lawyer Paula Drake can help you. Call for a free initial consultation to explore your options and  protect your rights and freedom.

Have you been accused  or charged in Los Angeles or Orange County with a drug crime? Contact our offices today for a free initial consultation.


Hit & Run

Hit & Run Charges in California

In the State of California, a Hit and Run charge may qualify as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the specific circumstances. Where there is minimal damage to person or property, you could face a misdemeanor Hit and Run charge. This could carry a penalty of one year in jail, fines up to $10,000, probation, restitution and other consequences. 
If there is permanent bodily injury or death to a person involved in the accident, you could be facing state prison for up to 4 years, a county jail sentence of a minimum of 90 days up to one year and/or fines up to $10,000.00, in addition to other consequences.
Either way,  the consequences Hit and Run convictions are serious. You need an Attorney who will take your case seriously. The Law Offices of Paula Drake has the experience and knowledge to handle even the most complicated, serious Hit and Run matter.
Have you been accused of a hit and run in Los Angeles or Orange County? Contact Attorney Paula Drake today for your free, confidential consultation.

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