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"Atty. Lamano was very responsive. I called the office in the morning and she was in court at the time. She gave me a call that same morning (I suppose she had a break during court) to talk to me about my case. She took down all the details of the case and explained all my options in detail. The fact that she was more concerned with my case instead of getting hired is a testament to her unselfish character. I felt I could trust her because of this, and I didn't felt pressure to hire her right away because she gave me other options I could do myself. I would definitely recommend her." Margarette M.
Lamano Law Office

1101 Marina Village Parkway Suite 201

Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: (510) 842-0750

If you have been arrested for a crime, you’re likely feeling anxious and stressed about your future. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to face these charges alone. Although no lawyer can guarantee the outcome of a case, the right Alameda criminal defense attorney can bring you peace of mind during this difficult time.

At Lamano Law Office, our team of criminal defense lawyers has a strong understanding of what you’re going through from to our extensive experience defending the rights of the accused in the East Bay. We are ready to offer you compassionate, knowledgeable legal guidance aimed at securing a favorable outcome for your case. With more than three decades of combined legal experience, sterling reviews on Yelp and Google, and a holistic approach to criminal defense, you can rest easier knowing that your case is in the hands of our capable, dedicated team.

Contact us today for a confidential consultation with a dedicated criminal justice lawyer in Alameda County. We look forward to discussing your legal options with you so that you are empowered to make informed decisions about your legal situation.

Experience the Difference That a Women-Owned Criminal Defense Firm Provides

While you have many criminal defense options in the East Bay, it’s important to avoid entrusting your case to “just anyone.” You deserve the reputable legal services that Lamano Law Office provides. Here are just a few of the things that help to set us apart from the rest:

  • We are rated #1 on Yelp for criminal defense attorneys in Oakland
  • We have 100% percent five-star client ratings on Google
  • A combined 30-plus years of legal experience
  • We have a success rate of 98%, with only 2% of our clients facing jail time.

Our Firm Helps People Facing All Types of Criminal Cases

At Lamano Law Offices, Our legal team success rate is 98% with only 2% of clients facing jail time, including those involving:

  • Assault and battery – These charges allege that a defendant intentionally or recklessly inflicted physical injury on another or put another person in fear of imminent serious injury or death through force or threats of force.
  • Child abuse charges – Child abuse charges can arise in cases involving physical or sexual abuse, putting a child at risk of physical or emotional/mental injury, or neglect of a child by someone with a legal duty to care for the child’s well-being.
  • Domestic violence – Domestic violence charges involve harming or threatening an intimate or household adult partner, such as a current or former spouse, a current or former romantic or sexual partner, or someone with whom the defendant shares a child.
  • Drug offenses – We can assist you with all varieties of drug offenses, including simple possession of illegal narcotics, possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking or manufacturing drugs.
  • DUI defense – We represent clients facing first/second/third/fourth DUI charges, felony DUI, underage DUI, and drugged driving charges.
  • Expungements – If you have an eligible criminal conviction, we can help you petition the court to expunge it so that you can legally deny having been convicted on that charge when applying for employment or housing.
  • Felony charges – Felony crimes include some of the most serious offenses tried under California law and typically carry penalties of more than one year in prison and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
  • Gun charges – Our firm assists clients who are facing weapons-related charges, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.
  • Disorderly/lewd conduct – Examples of disorderly or lewd conduct charges include loitering, drunken and disorderly behavior, noise violations, disturbing the peace, and engaging in sexual conduct in public or in public view.
  • Military diversion – This is a program in California that allows military veterans and active-duty personnel who have been diagnosed with PTSD, other mental health issues, or substance abuse problems to receive treatment instead of sentencing to jail or prison time and to have their charges dismissed upon successful completion of treatment.
  • Misdemeanor charges – Misdemeanors include comparatively lesser criminal offenses than felonies. For example, petty theft, shoplifting, disturbing the peace, public intoxication, and reckless driving may all be charged as misdemeanors. Misdemeanor penalties may include a sentence of up to 364 days in county jail, probation, and/or fines.
  • Probation violations – When sentenced to probation, defendants are required to abide by various conditions, which may include maintaining employment, refraining from contacting victims, and avoiding future arrests or convictions. Failing to adhere to any condition of probation may result in the revocation of probation and incarceration.
  • Property crimes – Property crimes include trespassing, vandalism, and arson of unoccupied structures.
  • Restraining orders – A restraining order or order of protection may be obtained by someone who alleges that they are being abused, threatened, harassed, or stalked.
  • Sex offenses – Examples of sex offenses include sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, statutory rape, and crimes involving child pornography.
  • Theft – Theft crimes include petty theft, shoplifting, vehicle theft, robbery, larceny, and receipt of stolen property.
  • Violent crimes – In addition to assault and battery and sex offenses, other violent crimes under California law include arson of occupied structures, kidnapping, armed robbery, and homicide.
  • White collar crimes – White collar crimes refer to financial crimes that do not involve any force or use of force, including embezzlement, bank fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, and securities fraud.

How Our Alameda Defense Lawyers Can Put Your Mind at Ease

There is no question that facing criminal charges is a stressful situation. While we can’t take all of your stress away, our team will do our utmost to make navigating your legal situation as low-stress as possible. We’re prepared to handle all the details of your defense by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the underlying facts and circumstances of your charges to obtain all available evidence, rather than relying on evidence that is turned over by the state
  • Explaining your charges and advising you of your legal options as well as the best-case, worst-case, and likely outcomes for your situation
  • Developing factual and legal defenses and putting together a case strategy aimed at securing you the best possible outcome
  • Challenging the prosecution’s case by moving to exclude any evidence that was obtained in violation of your rights and seeking to reduce or dismiss charges due to insufficient evidence
  • Negotiating with prosecutors to obtain a plea deal (when appropriate) that avoids the most serious penalties that could stem from a conviction
  • Representing you in all court hearings and aggressively defending your rights at trial if you choose to fight your charges and assert your innocence

Our Alameda criminal defense lawyers are prepared to work tirelessly to give you the greatest possible peace of mind during this challenging time.

Penalties for a Criminal Conviction in Alameda County

Penalties for a criminal conviction in Alameda County vary depending on the grading of the offense. Criminal offenses are graded as either misdemeanors or felonies.


Some misdemeanor offenses have a maximum penalty outlined in the criminal statute that governs the offense in question. Where a specific penalty is not prescribed, penalties range from six months to one year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. In addition, California law further specifies that “one year” in jail means 364 days, so that offenders who are lawful permanent aliens avoid harsh immigration consequences that would come from having served 365 days in jail.

In many cases, a misdemeanor conviction does not include any jail time but is, instead, tied to other penalties such as probation, house arrest, community service, education classes, behavioral or substance abuse treatment, and fines and restitution.

Some crimes under California law are considered “wobbler” offenses, meaning that they can be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies, usually depending on the facts of the offense. Common wobblers include DUIs, domestic violence, assault, battery, and theft charges.


Penalties for a felony conviction are dependent on whether the felony falls in the low-tier, mid-tier, or upper-tier for sentencing. Sentencing ranges for felony offenses depend both on the severity of the offense as well as the defendant’s prior criminal history, whether the person is on probation or parole, if there were any vulnerable victims involved, whether a weapon was used to execute the crime, or if the crime is considered a strike.

Low-tier felony offenses may result in prison terms that range from two to six years, while penalties for mid-tier felony offenses can range from three to eight years. Upper-tier felony convictions may result in penalties as significant as 20 years imprisonment, although the most severe crimes, such as murder, can have penalties such as life imprisonment without parole.

In addition to incarceration and fines, a criminal conviction can also result in other long-term consequences, such as:

  • The loss of the right to own firearms, if you have been convicted of a felony offense
  • The obligation to register as a sex offender, if you are convicted of certain sex-based offenses
  • Disqualification from obtaining certain professional licenses or a greater likelihood of having applications for professional licenses denied
  • Difficulty applying for employment, housing, or educational opportunities

It is partially because the stakes of a criminal case are so high that it is imperative that you speak with an attorney at our firm as soon as you can after being arrested. The sooner that we’re alerted to your situation, the sooner we can start defending your rights, protecting your reputation, and save you time from fixing something that could have been avoided by being proactive.

Our Alameda Criminal Defense Attorneys Have Your Back

Don’t leave your future to chance when you are facing the criminal justice system in the East Bay. Connect with a firm that has a reputation for getting the job done and ensuring that your story is told, and your rights are defended. Contact Lamano Law Office for a confidential consultation with our Alameda criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your options and about our approach to representation. We look forward to assisting you.

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A Commitment to Our Community

Prior to dedicating her career to Lamano Law Office, Givelle founded her own non-profit organization, the Three Strikes Justice Center, dedicated to alleviating the overcrowding of prisons via social justice efforts. The entire Lamano Law Office team believes in giving back to the communities we serve. Our Oakland criminal defense law firm supports a wide range of charitable and civic organizations throughout the Bay area.

Some of our recent efforts include work with:

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Reunifying incarcerated individuals with their families
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Helping formerly incarcerated individuals with second chances through entrepreneurship
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Reducing prison recidivism by training candidates for careers in tech sales
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Providing affordable legal services and promoting social justice
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Providing affordable legal services and promoting social justice
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Promoting excellence in the legal profession and facilitating equal access to justice
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Restorative justice aiding in the healing process for everyone involved, including crime survivors

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  • 30+ years of experience