Services-Criminal Defense


  • Investigations + White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • State Crimes
  • Federal Crimes

Margolin & Lawrence got its start as one of the state’s leading criminal defense firms, with a reputation for getting cases dismissed and securing near impossible wins for their clients. Our successful work in criminal defense includes everything from DUIs to murder and manslaughter. No matter if your case is at the state or federal level, our lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf and ensure you get a fair trial. They have ample experience navigating the complex and often conflicting state and federal laws.

Serious Criminal Defense Experience

Our firm has represented clients in criminal defense cases all over the state of California, throughout the state’s 58 counties at the Superior Court level, in Federal District Courts throughout the Nation, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Allison and Raza have demonstrated a passion for drug legalization and criminal justice reform throughout (and even before) their careers. Allison began her drug law reform efforts at age 12 when she discovered the insanity of the drug war while writing her six grade DARE essay on the Columbian conflict. During her time as a Harvard law student, she published her thesis ​On the Right to Get High where she argues for the decriminalization of all drugs.

Before working with Allison in 2009, Raza worked at the CATO Institute, the ACLU, and the Center for Individual Rights fighting on behalf of individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. He was also a federal clerk for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Together, Allison and Raza founded their 501c4-registered lobbying firm, Advocates for Healing America, in order to advocate for drug policy reform and provide support to political candidates with a like-minded agenda.

Our firm believes every individual deserves the best representation money can buy. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a serious impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process.

Hence, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective criminal law attorney available.We have a thorough and robust understanding of criminal law that comes from having years of experience, a hands-on approach to client service, and nationally recognized legal education and training.

Margolin & Lawrence remains committed to our founding values and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

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