• National Association of Criminal Defense Laywers


  • BBB A+ Rating

    The Better Business Bureau rates businesses based on their customer service and history of complaints.

  • Rating 10/10

    Avvo ranks attorneys based on their case results, experience and client feedback.

  • CA DUI Lawyers Association

    James Dunn is one of California's only Specialist Members and is a Board Member

  • CA Association for Criminal Justice

    Member of organization dedicated to preserving rights of people accused of crimes.

  • National Police Accountability Project

    Member of organization dedicated to ending police abuse


San Francisco Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorneys with offices in
San Jose, Redwood City, Palo Alto and Oakland, CA

Put 18+ Years of Experience in Your Corner

Attorney James Dunn is recognized as a leading criminal defense attorney in the state, with more than 18 years of experience and a track record of over 1,500 cases. He has personally fought more than 100 cases through jury trial. His commitment to excellence and fighting for his clients has led him to be recognized as one of only 35 Specialist Members of the California DUI Lawyers Association, a qualification reserved for those attorneys who have met the stringent requirements for ongoing education and proven experience in the courtroom. He also has a perfect 10.0 "Superb" Avvo Rating.

The only way to win with a jury is to find the truth in your case, love your client, and be fair to the witnesses and honest with the jury.
James Dunn
Before entering private practice as a criminal defense attorney, James Dunn represented the state of California, where he prosecuted cases for the District Attorney as a post graduate law clerk. In that time he tried jury trials, felony bench trials, and worked for the Hardcore Gang Unit. He brings this experience to bear in every case he handles today, using his first-hand knowledge of the tactics that the prosecutor is using against his client. Attorneys James Dunn, Robert Preskill, and Michelle Spaulding have a long list of satisfied clients which includes people from all walks of life who they have helped avoid the serious consequences of a conviction. The case results that the firm has achieved over the years is filled with dismissals and acquittals, and some have even influenced the law in California.

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If you have a criminal record, in most cases in San Francisco Bay Area courts we can help you clean it to give you a fresh start and make it invisible to future employment background checks.

Federal Crimes

If you are facing federal criminal charges in the San Francisco Bay Area, you'll need an attorney on your side who knows the nuances and specialized rules of federal court.

Grand Theft

Grand theft refers to stolen property or services that are valued above $950. Keep in mind that, unlike petty theft, which is a misdemeanor, Grand Theft is a wobbler which means it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

hit and Run

Hit and Run in the San Francisco Bay Area courts can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon whether there was property damage only or also bodily injury. Either way, our goal will be to negotiate dropped charges.

Probation Violation

If your probation officer has accused you of violating your probation we will investigate and then represent you at your hearing to get your probation reinstated.

Child Pornography Possession

If you are found with even just a few child pornography images on your computer, you can face serious consequences which include sex crime registration. We will fight to help you avoid jail and stay off the registration list.

Indecent Exposure

We believe strongly that these are minor, almost victimless offenses. We have developed effective legal strategies to protect your clean record, avoid registration and keep you out of jail. These cases are often misunderstandings that can be cleared up before trial.

Child Molestation

In child molestation cases, false allegations are very common. These situations are often a case of a manipulated and impressionable alleged victim making false/confused statements — sometimes relating to events that supposedly happened long ago.

Put the Bay Area's Top Defense Team on Your Side

Over 19 Years of Experience

As seasoned defense lawyers with prosecutorial experience, the legal team has a thorough knowledge of how to succeed in the Bay Area's criminal justice system.

10/10 Superb Avvo Rating

Avvo is a lawyer rating service that uses a mathematical formula that factors in peer reviews, case results, experience, and more.

More Than 1,500 Criminal Cases

As defenders who have seen it all, James Dunn and his team have battle-tested insights into what it takes to win even the most complex cases.

Proven Advocacy in 100+ Trials

We won’t back down from a trial if that’s what it takes to defend your full rights. We are skilled litigators who can fight for you in court.

The Law Office of James Dunn is a full service criminal defense firm with attorneys that understand the difference between a convenient accusation and all sides of the truth. So many times, police, spouses, friends, loved ones and poor advocates jump to conclusions. We listen and develop tailor-made advice for your special situation.

"When you are accused of a crime or other bad acts, your world can unravel. Don’t despair. First, talk with a lawyer. When you are cited or arrested, if there is a warrant or notice to appear in court, you are not done. When you are accused of a crime or other bad acts, your world can unravel. Don’t despair. First, talk with a lawyer. When you are cited or arrested, if there is a warrant or notice to appear in court, you are not done."
Attorney Robert Preskill

You know your business. Our business is beating or mitigating cases involving theft, driving under the influence, drugs, domestic violence and battery/assault matters. We understand and successfully handle more than that: we are successful with workplace accusations of fraud and embezzlement and date assault accusations as well as child molestation cases. We’ll hear your story and reserve judgment. Once we understand all the facts, we can lay out the best defense.

Work with a team of experienced, caring lawyers who understand all potential concerns. We take our responsibility very seriously, and if we agree it makes sense to work with each other, we can help you put your best foot forward.

Even if you only have a few more minutes to talk, first, talk with a lawyer.

Call us 24/7 for a free consultation (650) 539-0809


You want Jim Dunn on your side!
My first DUI lawyer for the same case and who was highly recommended, cost twice as much as Jim Dunn, could not close the case like Jim did, was unavailable to be reached on his personal cell (had to go through his secretary all the time), and was not as personable as Jim Dunn. And on the contrary, Jim was easy to reach and even called me several times to check in; also, my first lawyer would not do a thing unless you read through and signed page after page of legal jargon to "prove" why he was worth the outrageous retainer. Jim Dunn didn't even charge me until the case was settled. Also, my first lawyer was confused as to what the judge ruled, and this led to a misunderstanding and a bench warrant that led to my arrest two years after the DUI. Jim Dunn had a VERY good understanding of the law and was able to explain every possible ruling before our court date and clean up the mess my first lawyer helped to make. Jim Dunn is trustworthy, reliable, personable, honest, and fair, especially when it comes to his costs. Take it from me, he is HALF the cost of these "hot shots," but gets twice as much done. He came to my jail cell in Redwood City on a Sunday night to help get me out that following Monday. My family was unable to reach my previous lawyer whose "care" I was still under. Jim wrote up a transfer, got me a trial the next day, and got my bench warrant dropped within one day! The legal and justice systems are a nightmare, you don't want to get caught up with them, but if you do, you want Jim Dunn on your side!

Reviewer: Charlie M. — July 24, 2016