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    Over 200 Five-Star Reviews from Former Clients
  • Top San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Published Author of 4 Criminal Defense Books, including “Facing Charges in San Diego? Here’s What You Need to Know to Regain Control of Your Future”
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    August 2019: Firm obtains not guilty verdicts on highly publicized El Cajon murder trial
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    Recipient of 2018 San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association’s Special Board of Directors’ Award

San Diego Criminal Lawyer

The experience of being arrested can be frightening, confusing, and overwhelming. For many San Diegans, it is their first time dealing with the legal system. Let us guide you away from the confusion and uncertainty of facing a criminal charge in the County of San Diego. The Law Office of David P. Shapiro is ready to provide honest answers, clear explanations, and top-notch defense on your behalf.

Regardless of how your accuser, the police, or the prosecution wants to make you feel, just because you have been accused of a crime does not mean you’re a criminal. At San Diego’s Law Office of David P. Shapiro, we firmly believe you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law – beyond a reasonable doubt. Our team will treat you with respect, listen attentively, and provide real answers to your questions the best we can, given the facts of your case.

Cases are rarely ‘open-and-shut’. There are often multiple layers to each case; a single overlooked detail may affect the entire outcome. We will dig an inch wide and a mile deep, working diligently to uncover every facet of your case which may be beneficial to your defense. We will investigate any and all opportunities seeking an outright dismissal or at least a big-league reduction of the charges. David P. Shapiro and his team are dedicated to quality, personal, and ethical legal representation. We will not rest until every possible defense strategy has been explored and evaluated.

Learn about Partner Stefano Molea’s journey emigrating to San Diego from Italy at a young age through being recognized as one of San Diego’s best and brightest criminal defense attorneys.

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Awards & Recognition

Rated in the 3 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego, 2017 & 2018
Perfect 10 Avvo Score - Top Attorney Criminal Defense
10 Best Attorneys, Client Satisfaction
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Avvo Clients' Choice Award - Stefano Molea
Avvo Clients' Choice Award
Law Firm 500
San Diego Business Journal 40 under 40
Rated on Super Lawyers
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
Best of The Bar
Super Lawyers 2018
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Facing Criminal Charges in San Diego?

Charged with a crime in San Diego? Wondering how the case will affect your reputation, career, and freedom? Trying to figure out what comes next? Look no further! David’s book, published in 2018, addresses common misconceptions and mistakes made by those charged with a crime in San Diego. Some of the chapters include topics such as:

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The First 72 Hours After an Arrest

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Common Myths About Criminal Arrest

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Mistakes to Avoid

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The Bail Process in California

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Get the Right Attorney at the Right Time

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What to Consider When Taking a Case to Trial

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What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

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We have won acquittals or arranged reduced charges or sentencing for many types of criminal cases, including:

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What You Need to Know Before Hiring Any Criminal Attorney, Even Us

David P. Shapiro discusses a few things that he suggests you look for when hiring a criminal defense law firm.

If you’ve been charged with a crime anywhere in Southern California, you will fare much better in court with the aid of an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Knowing that, how can you be sure you are making the right choice when searching for quality criminal defense attorneys? Our law office is highly rated by clients we have helped throughout San Diego County. Our firm has built a stellar reputation by serving the people of San Diego professionally, ethically, and successfully for over a decade. When it’s time to choose a defense attorney, people choose the Law Office of David P. Shapiro because they know they can expect:


It can be one of the hardest things to hear, but also the most useful in planning your defense strategy. The legal system uses complicated language. Far too often people plead guilty to defendable charges because they are overwhelmed by the process. Intimidating, whether directly or indirectly, someone into accepting a plea agreement is not the same as proving their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We will explain to you all the aspects of your charges, the different stages of the courtroom process and what to expect, and all the potential outcomes you case may have – with you personally – well before setting foot in a courtroom.


Merely “getting a lawyer” does not always equate with presenting an intelligent criminal defense in court. A knowledgeable defense can and will make all the difference for your case. The San Diego based Law Office of David Shapiro will investigate every aspect of your case to provide you with the best defense for your unique situation. Minor details can have major impacts on a criminal case’s outcome. Our dual-track approach to cases means we simultaneously:

  1. uncover the facts of your case through thorough investigation
  2. minimize any potential damage already done by prescribing a course of action which will cast you in the best light to the courts and prosecution


How you approach your courtroom defense will help you to receive the best possible outcome achievable for your case. The law is written in black and white, but many cases fall into gray areas. We believe that every person accused of a crime deserves a specialized legal approach tailored to their specific situation. While many lawyers employ the same defense strategies to focus on client quantity, our team will craft a courtroom strategy suitable for your specific case, focusing on the quality of our representation.


Our firm’s reputation has been built on years of success and dedication to successful criminal defense. We are very familiar with the criminal courthouses throughout southern California, and particularly so in San Diego. For over a decade, the firm’s owner and principal attorney, David P. Shapiro, has worked with San Diego County locals, military members, and tourists to reduce their criminal charges – or even dismiss them completely. Highly rated and reviewed, our office has been featured on numerous news networks and webinars, and frequently answers user questions about San Diego criminal defense and California law.


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