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Criminal Defense Clinic


Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent indigent individuals accused of crimes in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. The cases encompass a wide range of misdemeanor offenses and some of the more common charges include drug possession, assault, theft, and weapons possession.

Under the supervision of Professor Ronald Tyler, students represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, including conducting fact investigation, interviewing witnesses, plea negotiations, working with experts, suppression motions, and trials. At every stage of a case, the clinic’s goal is to provide zealous, client centered representation. The students and staff at the Criminal Defense Clinic recognize that being arrested and accused of a crime is a difficult time for the persons accused and their loved ones. We do everything we can to help a client through this challenging time.

Legal Assistance

Unfortunately, our limited resources do not allow us to function as a general public defender agency. If you need an attorney in a criminal case please call the public defender agency in your county to see if you are eligible for their services.

San Mateo County: (650) 298-4030

Santa Clara County: (408) 299-7700

Referrals and Resources

San Mateo County Case Information:

Santa Clara County Case Information:

San Mateo County Lawyer Referral Service: (650) 369-4149

California Lawyer Referral Service: (866) 442-2529