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Rick Santwier

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Practice Areas

Criminal Defense; DUI Defense; Juvenile Defense


1970, California State Courts and U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School

San Diego State University, J.D.


Current Member of:  National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers; State Bar of California, (Criminal Law Section Executive Committee, 1996-2000, Chair, 2001); California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, (Board of Governors, 1990-1996, 2000-2003, Board, 2004-2007, President, 2008); Criminal Courts Bar Assn., (Board, 1985-1994, President, 1995); Los Angeles County Bar Assn., (Co-Chair Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Committee, 1993-1995, Board of Trustees, 2000-2001); Pasadena Bar Assn., (Board, 1993-1997, President, 1998); Irish American Bar Assn., (Board, 2004-2006, President, 2007); California Public Defenders Assn.


Director, Moot Court Board. Los Angeles County Public Defender, 1969-1984.  Private Practice, 1984-present. Certified Specialist Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Recipient: Jerry Giesler Trial Attorney of the Year, Criminal Courts Bar Association, 1993. Recipient, Donald R. Wright Distinguished Service Award, Pasadena Bar Association, 2004. Recipient:  Joseph Rosen Justice Award, Criminal Courts Bar Association, 2011.  Inducted into:  American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013.  Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007-2014; Pasadena Top Attorneys, 2009-2014. Author: California Criminal Law Practice and Procedure Chapter, “Jury Deliberations and Verdict,” CEB, 1986.


Hollywood, California, June 23, 1942


Joe Z. v. Superior Court, 3 Cal.3d 797, 1970; Carlos v. Superior Court, 35 Cal.3d 131, 1983.