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Stefano L. Molea

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Stefano L. Molea

Partner | San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer
Stefano is honored to protect the rights of those charged with a crime. As a Partner with the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, Stefano brings the experience of successfully representing individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including lawyers, waiters, construction workers, doctors, CEOs, teachers, veterans, nurses and others who have been accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanors (such as theft, fraud, DUIs and drug possession) to serious felonies (including murder, vehicular manslaughter, robbery, aggravated mayhem and sex crimes). Regardless of the client or charge, Stefano handles each case with unsurpassed thoroughness and passion. Stefano enjoys every aspect of being a criminal defense lawyer including researching, brainstorming solutions to legal issues with the firm’s Managing Partner, David P. Shapiro, writing and arguing successful motions, and litigating cases at trial. Most importantly, Stefano receives the most satisfaction from helping good people regain control of their future when they are charged with a crime.

From a young age, Stefano learned the importance of “keeping your head down and working hard.” After moving to the U.S. from Italy at ten years old, Stefano quickly learned a new language, integrated into the American culture and began succeeding in school. Thanks to a blue-collar work ethic learned from his family, he graduated with Magna Cum Laude and departmental honors in Philosophy from the University of Redlands, and was invited into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Stefano became an editor of the Law Review and graduated in the top 8% of his class with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Case Results

Here are a few of Stefano’s recent case results.

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Furnishing Controlled Substance (Fentanyl)

No Jail/Custody Imposed

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Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
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Federal Possession of Controlled Substances for Sale
10-year Mandatory Minimum Sentence, Yet Client Sentenced to 1 Year House Arrest & Supervised Release
Read about this high-profile case
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Juvenile Felony Burglary

Two separate sex crime cases entirely dismissed

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Juvenile Felony Evading

Case Dismissed

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Felony DUI

.28 BAC results excluded; VC23152(b) charge dismissed

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DUI Hit & Run

Not Guilty After Jury Trial

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Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale and Vehicle Burglary

Entire Felony Case Dismissed

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Misdemeanor DUI

Case Dismissed

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Felony Child Abuse/Endangerment

Case Dismissed

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Motion for New Trial

Granted, Conviction Vacated

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Domestic Violence Arrest Sealed and Destroyed

Factual Innocence Motion Granted

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5+ Separate Residential Burglaries (Strikes) Possession of Controlled Substances in Jail (with Prior Sales Convictions)

Credit for Time Served and Reduced Probation Time

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Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge

Total Dismissal After 6 Months and Completion of Counseling.

Accolades

Awards & Honors
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SuperLawyers

SuperLawyers Rising Star

2016 – 2021

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Martindale-Hubbell®

AV PreEminent Rating

2018 – 2021
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SD Criminal Defense Bar Assn.

Special Board of Directors’ Recognition

2018
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San Diego Business Journal

Best of the Bar

2016

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Amer. Society of Legal Advocates

Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense

2016
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San Diego Daily Transcript

Top Attorney Nominee

2014
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San Diego Daily Transcript

Top Young Attorneys Nominee

2013
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American Lawyer Media

Top Lawyers in California

2013

Professional Associations

San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association Board of Directors 2014 – Present
California Public Defenders Association Attorney Member 2013 – Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association Member 2012 – Present
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Member 2012 – Present
The State Bar of California Admitted 2011 – Present

Publications

“Criminal Defense: The Private Practice View.” San Diego Lawyer. May/June 2019 edition. View
“Op-Ed: Parents Should Talk to Kids About Seriousness of School Shootings.” Times of San Diego. August 25, 2018. View
“Op-Ed: Media Coverage Undermines The Presumption of Innocence.” Times of San Diego. March 2, 2018. View
“Op-Ed: ‘Just Because You Did It Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty.” Millennial Magazine. August 15, 2017. View
“Interacting With Law Enforcement Officers: A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Perspective For All Attorneys.” The Practitioner: The Magazine of the Solo & Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California. Summer 2017 edition.
“Interacting With Law Enforcement in 2016.” Millennial Magazine. November 23, 2016. View

Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Juris Doctor- Magna Cum Laude 2011
University of Redlands Bachelor of Arts– Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa 2008