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Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC is a San Francisco law firm specializing in the defense of state and federal criminal cases. The firm handles cases at the trial and appellate level. The firm also defends individuals before administrative and regulatory agencies.

The firm has handled criminal matters involving narcotics, violent crimes, sex offenses, weapons offenses, driving under the influence, domestic violence, juvenile law, criminal tax, violations of the federal food and drug laws, Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE), mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, federal securities violations, insider trading, and computer crimes. Our clients have included doctors, bank vice presidents, small business owners, corporate executives, college professors, engineers, attorneys, and teachers.

The founder of Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC is David J. Cohen, an experienced trial attorney with over 27 years of criminal litigation experience. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of the University Chicago Law School and a former federal public defender. He has extensive experience both in the government and with major law firms.

Mr. Cohen has tried over 45 federal and state criminal cases to juries, and briefed and argued more than 60 federal and state criminal appeals. He has defended criminal cases, state and federal, large and small, first as a federal public defender in San Diego, California, then as a partner in firms he has founded and managed. He has won cases and appeals in courts throughout California.

The firm has two full time associate attorneys, Cherie Wallace and Michael Pellegrini. Ms. Wallace is a graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School. Mr. Pellegrini graduated in 2012 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Criminal Law.

Tonia Sanchez is the firm's senior legal assistant. She has been working with Mr. Cohen as a legal assistant for 15 years. She is experienced in the preparation of legal documents and in working with court procedures statewide.

Investigator Don Criswell works on many cases with Mr. Cohen. Mr. Criswell has over 20 years of experience in criminal law and has worked with Mr. Cohen on numerous cases in which they have achieved successful results for their clients.

Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality of legal representation while maintaining close client contact and emphasizing a strong sensitivity to containing legal costs. The firm has a proven record of success and is dedicated to achieving the best possible result for every client.