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THE RIGHT LAWYER FOR YOUR CRIMINAL MATTER

Aggressive representation from start to finish. The Law Office of Jimmy Cha prides itself on a proven track record of defending clients and getting successful results.

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Why Choose Jimmy?

Jimmy Cha was included on The National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and nominated as Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers by The American Society of Legal Advocates

He was also selected as Southern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine, and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

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Justin Neilsonn
Justin Neilsonn
2023-10-29
Jimmy is Legit trying to help you .. Gave me solid, straightforward advice even though I was only able to communicate via text. There's 100,000 lawyers in Orange County ... Which can be a headache to navigate. Luckily you don't have to - just call this place.
Chris Kim
Chris Kim
2023-10-18
Jimmy helped me out of a very bad situation. Not only did he provide impeccable legal advise and service, but he also provided a lot of emotional support throughout my case. If you looking for a Lawyer who is not just interested in closing the case, but actually cares about you and your situation then Jimmy is definitely your guy.
Drex Langstroth
Drex Langstroth
2023-10-08
It júst lóoks like a very nicé wêll kept business who id like to learn more about. I live in Fullerton
Justin Hong
Justin Hong
2023-08-18
Being able to work with Jimmy was truly a great experience! Initially this was an old case that I had hope to put behind me, however, it kept finding a way to creep back into my life and when my previous attorney said nothing could be done I initially lost all hope. I remember meeting Jimmy and remembered him being a defense attorney and thought it was worth asking. I reached out during the weekend not really expecting a response until Monday, but he immediately called me and asked me about my case. I gave him a brief description and he was able to put me at ease and said he would happily take on the case. To be honest, I was hesitant at first as my previous attorney said nothing could be done, but something in me told me to just go with it and I’m sure glad I did. Not only was he extremely professional and communicative throughout the entire process, he was able to get my so called “unfixable” issue resolved. I am truly grateful that Jimmy was able to help me and know he has done so for so many other people as well. Lawyers are the people that you hope you never need, however, glad that I know Jimmy if I ever needed anything again. With the legal system already so confusing, I’m glad that there are passionate lawyers like Jimmy to walk you through the process and give you some hope back into our legal system. Thank you Jimmy!
ANTHONY CHAVEZ
ANTHONY CHAVEZ
2023-08-02
Jimmy came to the rescue. After a horrible experience and firing the first attorney I hired, I called Jimmy. I was facing considerable jail time, and explained the whole situation to him. He immediately took my case without question or doubt. His confidence and supreme experience came into clutch throughout the entire court process. Unlike my previous attorney, Jimmy was always responsive and always on time to all of my court hearings, which goes a long way to me. He really batted for me and worked really hard on my case. After over 2 years of fighting my case, Jimmy was able to save me from any jail time and I was able to keep my drivers license. After this nightmare of a situation, not only would I recommend Jimmy 100% to everyone I know who needs an attorney, I consider Jimmy a friend.
Young Woo Kim
Young Woo Kim
2023-06-09
Jimmy Cha is an exceptional criminal defense attorney who truly understands the importance of effective communication. Throughout my case, He kept me informed about every development, patiently answered all my questions, and made sure I understood my options. His ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner was instrumental in navigating the legal process. Thank you very much to Jimmy's guidance and expertise, I felt empowered and well-prepared at every stage of my defense.
AL DNO
AL DNO
2023-06-05
Findings information in these days, can seem like a simple task but obtaining the Correct information is so critical. make no mistake it makes a world of difference. That's exactly what Jimmy Cha is about. A great honest local source of advice in the neighborhood I would never hesitate to contact him for advice!
Luis Torres
Luis Torres
2023-05-05
Jimmy Cha is a top-notch lawyer who comes highly recommended by his clients. I recently hired him based on a recommendation from a close friend, and I must say, I was impressed by his professionalism and expertise. Facing serious consequences for a mistake I had made, I was overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty about my future. However, with Jimmy by my side, I felt reassured and confident that my case was in good hands. He has a wealth of experience and resources in Orange County, and he was incredibly thorough in his approach to my case. One of the things that impressed me the most was his responsiveness. He always returned my calls, voicemails, and emails promptly, and he kept me updated every step of the way. I have worked with other lawyers in the past, but Jimmy was different. He didn't make any false promises or sugarcoat the potential outcome of my case. Instead, he was straightforward about what I could expect and worked tirelessly to reduce the damage.
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mingee do
2023-03-08
I highly recommend Jimmy as a criminal defense lawyer in the OC area. My goal was for my case was dismissal, and Jimmy successfully got my case dismissed. For my attorney search, I scoped out to 4 lawyers, and Jimmy was my confident choice for a few reasons. He is not only highly proficient in keeping up to date in the amending OC laws, but he’s also extremely knowledgeable and efficient in navigating through the OC court system. 1. Local knowledge of Anahiem court system - After I provided details of my case during my consultation call, he gave me a very detailed run down of the court that my arraignment was to take place (changes in judge rotations, arraignment room number, pre-trial room, etc…). He’s been practicing law in OC since 2004 and is ingrained in the local judicial community (active member in North County Bar Association). I felt assured that he had a good reputation with the Anahiem lawyer community (lawyers and judges). Jimmy also informed me that his office is a mile away from North Justice Center and that he represents all of his clients (no associate substitute). 2. Ease of communication - Because Jimmy works directly with all of his clients (no associates), I had direct access to him via phone, text, and email. He answered all my questions within the day. He would always give me a heads up when he would be unavailable (because he was at court) and followed up with a timeframe of answering back. 3. Proactivity - After my consultation call (before I made the decision to hire Jimmy and was scoping additional lawyers), he went out of his way to update me about a timely announcement from Jennifer Contini’s (Chief Deputy Anahiem City Attorney) that may positively impact my overall situation. I was honestly surprised that Jimmy took the time to call and update me even though I wasn’t officially his client. It made a deep impression. After I officially hired Jimmy, he was clear in my next action items to strengthen a dismissal outcome. In summary, I chose the right lawyer for me, I felt very well represented, and Jimmy delivered to get the outcome I wanted. I know how intimidating, hectic, and confusing it can be to hire a lawyer, so I hope this review helps others in their attorney search.
P L
P L
2022-11-07
I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Cha for his services. He is a great listener and a dedicated and detailed-oriented person. He is very responsive in answering every question I had. Thanks to him, I can sleep better as I know I am in the good hands.

Practice Areas

The Law Office Of Jimmy Cha is considered a top 100 criminal defense attorney and has handled thousands of criminal defense cases.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Jimmy Cha is a criminal defense attorney who helps protect the rights of clients charged with domestic violence.

JUVENILE CRIME

Contact The Law Office of Jimmy Cha immediately. The decisions you make now can literally change your lives.

FELONY

Regardless of whether you are facing one, two or three strikes, it can put you in serious legal trouble.

DUI

We have the experience regarding DUI’s giving you the best chance of alternative, lessened, or even dropped sentencing.

MISDEMEANOR

Misdemeanors may not be as severe in punishment, but a misdemeanor conviction can nonetheless be costly.

EXPUNGEMENT

Past crimes can prevent you from qualifying for certain jobs and may be used against you.

DRUG CRIMES

If you have been arrested for a drug related crime The Law Office Of Jimmy Cha is your best defense.

PROSTITUTION

Charges range from misdemeanors to felonies in the State of California and the penalties are quite severe.

THEFT CRIMES

We have experience handling all types of theft cases, from shoplifting to armed robery.

Legal Services

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the first consultation is free?

Contact The Law Office Of Jimmy Cha today to find out more about options regarding your case.  You’ll find that we are not only knowledgable and tough, but friendly and a fierce ally when it comes to defending our clients.

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Based on 22 reviews
Jin X.
Jin X.
2023-07-04
Verified
Jimmy is a great lawyer. He has years of criminal defense experience and is very dedicated to his clients. I was facing multiple felonies in June 2023 and I called Jimmy maybe a day or two after I bailed out of jail. Off the bat I could tell that he was very professional, genuine, and cared about his clients. He also is very highly respected and reviewed across most platforms ( yelp, avvo etc.) He was able to get my felonies rejected/dismissed literally a month after in July 2023. Can't really imagine a better result than that. I've hired lawyers in the past and what stood out to me in regards to Jimmy is how honest and professional he is. Whenever you contact him, he always gets back to you as soon as humanly possible and he won't make you feel like you're less of a person because you don't know or understand the law, he is very patient and detailed.
Young K.
Young K.
2023-06-09
Verified
Jimmy Cha is an exceptional criminal defense attorney who truly understands the importance of effective communication. Throughout my case, He kept me informed about every development, patiently answered all my questions, and made sure I understood my options. His ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner was instrumental in navigating the legal process. Thank you very much to Jimmy's guidance and expertise, I felt empowered and well-prepared at every stage of my defense.
Vanessa M.
Vanessa M.
2022-05-05
Verified
I Would Highly Recommend Mr. Jimmy Cha For Your Legal Needs. I Received EXCELLENT Representation from Mr. Cha. Mr. Cha Is A Great Attorney, From The Start When We Talked I Knew He Was The Right Attorney For Me. He Assured Me That He Is An Expert With D.U.I Cases And For My Second D.U.I I Was Facing 1 Year Maximum Sentence And He Was Able To Get Me 30 Days Of House Arrest. He Had Me Attend AA Meetings In Which I Got Sober And Till This Day I Am Still Sober And I Will Have 1 Year Of Sobriety In 2 Months, Everytime I Would Call Him He Would Answer Fast. There Were Times I Would Be Worried And He Knew How To Keep Me At Eaze. Thank You Mr. Cha
Troy M.
Troy M.
2021-08-18
Verified
After getting arrested this last year and facing a serious felony charge, I was referred to check out Jimmy Cha by a friend of our family. After looking through his reviews and hearing about what kind of person he was, I knew immediately that he was the right man for the job, and I'm so glad I trusted my gut and trusted Jimmy with my case. Facing the dire situation that I was involved in, I couldn't just hire any run-of-the-mill lawyer. I needed someone who was exemplary and very serious about their work, and almost just as important I wanted to hire someone who cares about people and understand the situation I was going through without judgment, and that is exactly what I got with Jimmy. He understood that I was just a normal person that got caught into an unfortunate situation and I needed help. Jimmy is not just someone who sees people as dollar signs, I believe that he truly cares about people. And he will undoubtedly put the work in and do whatever he can to help you in your time of need if you choose to hire him. I hired Jimmy Cha to represent me, and from the begging to the end he was absolutely professional. I was looking at serious jail time and the odds were seriously, seriously against me. I truly cannot understate the fact that Jimmy getting me out of serving jail time was nothing short of absolute miracle. It still blows my mind till this day, but it was after months and months of his hard work and diligence and clear communication and direction that we were able to leave the courtroom victorious. I've had lawyers in the past that were sometimes hard to get a hold of or communicate with, but with Jimmy it was a completely different story. He was almost always available during his office hours, and the few times that he wasn't available he always contacted me back immediately as soon as he had the chance. Whether it be phone calls, texts, or emails, he ALWAYS got back to me in a timely manner, and he never made me feel bad or stupid about asking a lot of questions or anything like that. I always felt like he truly had my back, and he would frequently tell me that if I had any questions to feel free to contact him. Even when I had feelings of anxiety and doubt and dealing with depression over my situation, he reassured me that he was fighting for me and that he was going to do everything within his power to prevent me from going to jail. In the end I trusted him and he 100% followed through with everything that he said to me. When it came time for court Jimmy was always on time and always looked professional. He always came prepared and briefed me on everything going on every time before court was in session. In short, having Jimmy on my side during this whole ordeal was truly a blessing. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. A lawyer who cares about people and believed my story from the very beginning. If you are reading this you are in a dire situation yourself or know someone else who like me, needed someone to fight in their corner when it seems like there's no way out, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact Jimmy Cha. Talk to him and see if he will accept you or your loved ones case. I would stake my name upon the fact that you would not regret hiring his services. If I am ever in a tough spot again I will undoubtedly be calling Jimmy.
Brian H.
Brian H.
2021-04-06
Verified
First off, I must echo the positive sentiment of the other reviews which precede mine. Mr. Jimmy Cha truly understands that those who call him are in the midst of a crisis and he does his utmost to offer a compassionate ear and helpful words in an effort to aid. This is coming from someone who hasn't spent a single dime on his services. I first called him for an initial (free) consultation and he took a significant amount of his own time to speak to me about my situation. He even phoned me the next day to offer further assistance without any prompting or request from me. If anything, I am writing this review as a way to thank him for such a kind gesture. Thank you, Mr. Cha.
MsCharlottemorgan ..
MsCharlottemorgan ..
2020-01-06
Verified
I had a warrant out for my arrest in 2012 in California, I was in California for only 4 months in 2012 and have lived in New England and Florida ever since. I do not know anyone in CA so I researched well known attorneys in the area and came across Jimmy and his great reviews. Since the first phone call he was upfront with me about the price, process, what I would need to do and what he could do. He answered all of my phone calls, emailed me all the paperwork i requested and kept me updated during every step of this process. When the judge refused to lift my warrant he fought for me to be able to post bail from out of state and got the judge to sign off on it when the judge was very clear he wanted me to fly out to CA for this case. Jimmy went to court for me today for the last time and got my case dismissed!! He called me as soon as he got out of court with the great news. His pricing is extremely fair, no hidden fees or extra charges. He was a pleasure to speak with and I would recommend him to anyone I know. I also want to say that I am an addict in recovery, I have been clean and sober for over 5 years and my case was drug related. I received no judgement from Jimmy, only understanding and compassion. Jimmy is an amazing lawyer!!
Katelynne F.
Katelynne F.
2019-12-09
Verified
Jimmy Cha came to the rescue and represented me when it really mattered. He was able to get all of my charges dropped and worked hard to do the best he could when it really mattered. Knowing how to navigate the judicial system and be a good attorney is only half the battle. But when your attorney has an extensive relationship with the D.A. and the judge, it only works in your favor to help your case. I will be using Jimmy Cha again, should the need (God forbid), ever arise. Thank you Jimmy!
Andy C.
Andy C.
2019-09-22
Verified
Mr. Cha, he is the real TOP GUN attorney (who I did call but they did not give me a good response). I received my second DUI in in a 10 year period and just did not know where to go so I read the reviews and Mr. Cha was perfect in all his reviews that I read. Never seen that before on anything so I decided to give Mr. Cha a call. Was I surprised, first of all he answered my phone call from his cell phone. Never heard that before either. He told me he personally answered all his calls,(not typical for any attorney) He was diligent in every aspect of my case, kept me up in every step of the way. He does listen to you (that other reviews commented) which is rare in attorneys. Timing is critical in your case and Mr. Cha knows the court system well to give you the best shot at the most favorable outcome. Every case will be different so I will not go over what happened on my case but it could of been really ugly. I was looking at losing my license and serious jail time. I did not go to jail or lose my license (interlock installed but that is a state law) He is well respected in the court system and everyone knows him. This is a stressful time for everyone but Mr. Cha has all the right answers and provides the correct solutions for your problem. Again, he will LISTEN and provide the best possible outcome. I hope that I will never need him again, but know that if I do, I can call him. THANK YOU Mr. Cha and keep up the awesome work. The people need your help.
Jack L.
Jack L.
2019-05-05
Verified
I was arrested for DUI (pot). $2000. I might've been able to make it home that day with the helicopter ride. it would have been cheaper or not. H e said a free trial would be necessary if I want to beat it or not. $10,000 for expert witnesses, etc. I have no alcohol blood level at the time i was pulled over .He, gave me a choice to retest for 250 with marajuana-I said no. too much already. said later, after a few months of stress and worry and bout $4000 with DUI classes, a lot of lost time with people I love and a big learning experience. A criminal record now and a "wet reckless" which, they kind of play down for me in court maybe not for you. Be good. I'm just lucky that's all and he's a pretty good guy I guess

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