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  • CA DUI Lawyers Association

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

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    Member of organization dedicated to ending police abuse

Criminal Attorneys in Palo Alto, CA

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Law Office of James Dunn
228 Hamilton Avenue | 3rd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States

phone: 650.933.5091


There is no question that a skilled attorney is critical to successfully fighting the crime you’ve been charged with. Unfortunately, many arrested individuals retain a law firm sorely lacking in talent or even go without representation at all. No matter what you’re facing, you cannot afford to make the same mistake.

For more than 18 years, individuals in Palo Alto and throughout Silicon Valley have turned to Attorney James Dunn and his team for their experience as an expert criminal defense attorneys. The legal team which includes Harvard Law graduate Michelle Spaulding and Law Practice Manager Robert Preskill believes in defending clients with the goal of getting all charges dropped.  They are known for their refusal to back down and their willingness to take cases to trial whenever necessary.  As Palo Alto’s top defense team, they will make the difference in your case.


In his early days, Attorney Dunn 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. This gives him a unique insight that most attorneys don’t have and the capability to approach your charges with unmatched skill.

Since then, Mr. Dunn has won cases at the highest level in California including the CA Supreme Court. In addition he has achieved a perfect score of 10/10 on Avvo.  At the Law Office of James Dunn, nothing matters more than building a strong defense on your behalf.

Attorney Dunn’s experience is broad and spans all of the following:

  • DUI
  • Assault and battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug crimes
  • Driving under the influence
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft offense
  • Police brutality

You can feel confident when you retain Attorney Dunn. He has handled more than 1,500 cases, each one honing his skill more than the last. Your future can be permanently damaged by a conviction, but having a strong firm in your corner can make an immense difference in the outcome obtained.

Your defense begins the moment you contact the Law Office of James Dunn. Reviewing copies of the arrest report, interviewing witnesses, and assessing possible mistakes made by law enforcement are all vital steps that Attorney Dunn will take.

Call the firm’s Palo Alto criminal defense attorney right away for a team that doesn’t quit until the job gets done!



With CA Penal Code 503 or embezzlement accusations, our goal is to get the charges dropped in the pre-file stage before your reputation is damaged. We negotiate with employers to work out civil compromise arrangements.


If you have a criminal record, in most cases in Santa Clara county 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 Palo Alto, CA Area, you'll need an attorney on your side who knows the nuances and specialized rules of federal court.

Grand Theft

In Santa Clara County, 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.

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.