Bad things happen to good people and good people need the best representation.
You are our top priority. Your satisfaction is tied to our success. Our goal is to exceed your expectations by providing the best service and personal attention while achieving the best results for every client, every time.
Our mission is to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family. We understand the best results often take time, patience and hard work; and our vision and focus reflect that philosophy. Some firms are quick to take your money and rush you into a plea bargain. We invest in you and your case to guarantee success and long term satisfaction.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
A successful criminal defense firm does more than just unlock your jail cell. We fight for you every step of the way. Whether we win at trial or negotiate the most lenient and least restrictive sentence, we leverage our knowledge, relationships and resources to unlock every possible benefit for you.
Navigating the justice system is like a game of chess. We love the game and have mastered it. We know how to win and we are always planning three steps ahead. We work with you to develop strategies and keep you informed each step of the way.
WHO WE ARE
We are a criminal defense firm with a decade of experience in criminal law. We have the knowledge, skill and confidence to handle any criminal case no matter how large or small.
Our legal system claims equality before the law, but in reality the scales of justice tip in favor of the wealthy and privileged. The system is flawed when prejudice and stereotype cloud the judgment of some peace officers. Recently we have all witnessed these fatal flaws from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Ferguson and Charleston. Your best defense when dealing with the justice system is to retain a strong, experienced attorney who will fight for you and make the law work for you regardless of your financial situation, ethnicity or criminal history.
Founder & Litigator
I've represented thousands of clients over the last decade. I know how to win trials, negotiate the best deals and ensure the best outcome in an otherwise unfortunate situation. Whether you’re guilty or not, you need someone standing by your side to keep a bad situation from becoming worse. Don’t wait, call us now for a free consultation.
A client was arrested and charged with 4 different felony strikes and was facing a lengthy prison term. There were many facts and circumstances the police and DA didn't know at the time of the arrest. Over the course of several months we presented all available mitigating factors and were able to get all of his strikes dismissed. The case was resolved with a probationary sentence with no additional custody time. The client and his family were thrilled to avoid a serious crisis.
A client was arrested in downtown Long Beach for a DUI, hit and run and felony drug charges. Before the client retained our services, the DA was seeking a lengthy prison term given the client's prior record. After our thorough investigation and discussions with the DA, the matter was resolved to the client's satisfaction for a misdemeanor DUI charge, probation and no jail time. LA County Case #NA102168
A client was arrested and charged with a DUI in Riverside county. Her blood alcohol level was more than twice the limit, however there were excellent factual issues that worked for the defense. On the day of trial the DA offered to dismiss the charges and settle the case for a PC 647 infraction (public intoxication). Our client was thrilled with the win. Riverside Case # RIM1600485
A client in LA County was charged with brandishing a firearm and allegedly threatening the victim with it. The client was found with the weapon, but denied the charge. We were able to persuade the DA that the victim was not being honest with the police and the case was dismissed. LA County Case # 5PS01516
A client was arrested and charged with a felony hit and run following a traffic collision with a minor victim who was hospitalized. The Orange County DA was insisting on jail time for our elderly client who had no criminal history and was an upstanding citizen. After months of preparation and negotiations we pled the case to the judge and settled for no jail time and probation.
Two brothers were arrested for felony violations involving a Sheriff's helicopter pilot. Both defendants were young with no prior criminal record. After presenting evidence of their good character and bright futures, our firm was able to get the charges dropped upon completion of community service. Two more satisfied customers. Riverside County Case # SWM1408424
A client was charged in federal court with felony conspiracy and fraud in the amount of $10 million. He was alleged to be the ringleader. Our firm was retained after 3 prior attorneys were hired and fired. After months of contested hearings and motions, all charges were dismissed against our client. Unfortunately, that was not the case for the other 12 defendants.
Federal Case # 2:99-CR-00270-CAS (US v. Dardoon et al)
A client was arrested for a felony DUI with injuries, hit and run and a strike prior. He was facing 10 years in prison. At the time of his arrest he admitted to the misconduct. After nearly 2 years of negotiating and presentation of character evidence, the San Bernardino DA dismissed the strike and agreed to probation and no custody time. Our client was very happy to remain at home with his family. San Bernardino Case # FWV1201722
A client was one of 6 defendants charged with 2 felony counts related to a demonstration directed against former Mexican President Vicente Fox in Pasadena. The police alleged that our client assaulted several officers, however witnesses alleged serious police misconduct. Our client was facing possible prison time, however after meeting with prosecutors and the police chief, the case was resolved by a misdemeanor plea to disturbance, probation and no custody time. Pasadena Case # GA088142-01
Police were called to a vandalism in progress and our client was arrested and charged with felony vandalism after the police found several spray cans in his backpack. At the preliminary hearing we were able to get the charges reduced to misdemeanors and eventually dismissed. Our client still has a clean criminal record. LA County Case # SA084624-02
A client was one of 6 defendants facing federal conspiracy charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. All defendants were facing several years of federal custody. After extensive negotiations with the US Attorneys and their agents, we secured a resolution where our client was granted probation and no custody time. He remains free and continues to work to support his family. Federal Case # CR 12-667-ABC
A client was arrested and charged with domestic violence against his spouse. After thoroughly investigating the case and presenting our findings and arguments to the head Deputy at the Whittier Branch DA's office, the case was dismissed before trial. LA County Case # 2WW03483
A client was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level 3 times the limit. At trial we argued that our client, who is African American, drove only out of necessity after being chased out of the bar by an angry mob of white patrons. The Jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts. Riverside County Case # RIM537413
A client was charged with indecent exposure outside of a local school in Riverside. He maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings despite an administrator's testimony against him. The jury believed the defendant and found him not guilty of all counts saving him from a lifetime sexual registration requirement. Riverside County Case # RIM531923
In the heat of the moment people do things they later regret. An assault can be a misdemeanor (PC 242) or felony (PC 245) and if a weapon or firearm is used it may be charged as a felony strike that carries life-long consequences [PC 245(a)(1)] . Whatever the circumstance, leave the fighting to us and we'll make sure we get you the best resolution possible.
Drug offenders make up one of the largest segments of California's prison population. In 2014 California voters passed Prop 47 reducing simple possession charges to misdemeanors (HS 11377, HS 11350) but drug sales (HS 11378) and transportation (HS 11379) are still felonies that can result in lengthy prison terms. There are different defenses to certain drug charges so if you are arrested for drugs, keep your mouth shut and tell police you want to speak to a lawyer. Even if you have made statements or admissions to the police we can still help resolve your case by getting you treatment and rehabilitation instead of jail. We specialize in finding alternative sentences that keep you out of jail where you can get the help you need instead of wasting away in custody.
Sometimes the people we love are also the ones we hurt the most, physically and emotionally. If you are charged with a DV misdemeanor [PC 243(e)(1)] or felony [273.5] your freedom, immigration status and parental rights may be at risk. DV cases include child endangerment [273(a)], child abuse or elder abuse, all of which carry life long consequences including deportation or exclusion from admission to the United States. Domestic violence cases are often emotionally charged and can often be the most defensible. If you are arrested for DV, keep your mouth shut and call us as soon as possible. Even when the cards seem stacked against you, you have options and a good attorney can help.
DUI is one of the most common criminal charges in our legal system. A first time DUI is often filed as a misdemeanor under CVC 23152(a) or 23152(b). You may be charged with a felony (CVC 23153) in certain cases depending on specific factors including prior DUI convictions. An experienced DUI lawyer can challenge your case based on the legality of the stop or inadmissibility of evidence such as the blood alcohol results or the breathalyzer test. DUI cases are very technical and often defensible if your attorney takes the time to thoroughly review your case. Call for a free consultation.
Whether you are charged with shoplifting (PC 484), petty theft (PC 490.1), grand theft (PC 487), burglary (PC 459) or robbery (PC 211), there are serious consequences that may affect future employment and immigration status. Certain theft cases may be strikes that carry lifelong consequences depending on the severity and nature of the offense. There are many defenses to theft crimes so it is important to remain silent and refuse to discuss the case with anyone besides your attorney. Do not make any admissions to police or loss prevention officers. Call us immediately so we can help.
White Collar crimes may include bank fraud, credit fraud, online fraud, identity theft, check fraud, counterfeiting, healthcare fraud and insurance fraud to name a few. Some white collar crimes are charged as federal offenses that carry hefty mandatory minimum sentences so it is important that you keep you mouth shut and insist on speaking to an attorney before making any statements to law enforcement agents. Many white collar defendants have no prior criminal records and may have other mitigating factors that can help in negotiating a better resolution. Some white collar clients have the ability and willingness to repay the alleged loss which can also help secure a favorable result. A skilled attorney can negotiate or fight the case to keep you out of custody allowing you to carry on with our life. These cases are often very technical so call us immediately for a free consultation, and remember not to talk to the police or make any statements or admissions without speaking to an attorney first.
Sexual assault often carries strike consequences as well as mandatory sexual registration for life pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290. Long after a probationary period or custody term is complete, the registration requirement follows a defendant for life. If you are facing sexual assault charges you need to talk to an attorney to discuss your options and possible alternatives immediately, and remember not to make any statements or admissions to police before speaking to an attorney.
I am a law student, and I was dealing with a terrifying criminal charge that would completely derail my career. One of my favorite professors recommended Mr. Shawky and he was amazing. Mr. Shawky was patient, understanding, non-judgmental and he took a personal interest in my case and helped me navigate it to a good resolution. I would highly recommend him.
Fabian V. Whittier, CA
I hired Tarek when my brother was charged. Tarek was able to drop the charges after working very hard. He is extremely professional and has great communication skills. He knows the law very well and explains options very clearly. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Suzy H. Los Angeles, CA
I had been poorly represented by another attorney in the past, but Tarek passed the gut check for me and made me feel confident from that first meeting. Tarek was thorough in helping me understand what was going on and was always on top of communicating with me any time of day. He was prompt to all court dates, was aggressive on my behalf, and ultimately got my four felonies dismissed. Could not have asked for better representation. Thank you, Tarek!
Drew O. Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Shawky was an unbelievable attorney. He always kept me informed and up to date as to what was going on with my case and was always updating me as to all my possible options and what the consequences would be with each option. Did a great job for me and the end result of my case.
Ali S. Orange, CA
The police found the stolen property in my room and the DA wanted to send me to prison for 3 years, double my time at 85% because of the strike. I am on probation and parole as well. Tarek was able to negotiate a plea where I was released on probation and I'm now doing a rehab program instead of jail or prison. Tarek truly knows what he is doing. Thank You!
M. H. San Bernardino, CA
Mr. Shawky did an excellent job for my family. A friend recommended him. He was agressive on behalf of us in court and also well respected by the Judges and attorneys. He returned all calls promptly and always kept us informed about what was going on. Mr. Shawky went the extra mile for us on a tough case and got excellent results. Highly recommended.
Laura G. Los Angeles, CA
Sometimes in life you get surprises, some good and some bad. The reputation of lawyers is being money hungry and often don't truly care about you or your circumstances. I was surprised to find an honest attorney who worked, and worked until he achieved the goal set. He did not give up or settle for anything less. His fee was his fee and never changed and in my case there were plenty of reasons to charge more. I found a winner here and I thank him. Can't go wrong here...this one you can trust.
Stephon Z. Moreno Valley, CA
Emotionally and health-wise this has been the worst time of my life, especially when I had done nothing to warrant the charges leveled against me. I truly felt victimized by being jailed because of lies and false pretense. Tarek's dedication & expertise ensured a more than favorable result with all charges being dismissed. I recommend Tarek with immense gratitude from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate his counsel, advocacy and friendship, may God reward & bless him.
Mario N. Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Shawky LISTENED to me and supported my decision to plead not guilty. Mr. Shawky is an EXCELLENT investigator. He went to Lake Perris, where the incident happened, mapped the location and drew diagrams. He interviewed the witnesses. Once Mr. Shawky presented his findings to the DA, ALL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED. I am happy to have had Mr. Shawky represent me.
L. Smith Los Angeles, CA
MEET OUR LAWYERS
Tarek Shawky is the founder and managing partner of the firm. He brings a decade of dedicated criminal defense experience to the practice. He started his career serving indigent clients at the Riverside County Public Defenders office before working with the LA County Alternate Public Defender. Eventually he established the Law Office of Tarek Shawky where he continues to serve clients throughout Southern California in Federal and State Court. Armed with a decade of defense experience and a passion for justice and equality under the law, Tarek Shawky is a valuable asset to anyone who stands accused of a crime.