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Criminal Defense: Orange County

When facing criminal charges, you need the right attorney on your side. The best Orange County criminal defense attorneys understand how local prosecutors and police officers think, and anticipate the tactics and strategies they will use against you.

Equally important, your defense attorney should be respected by judges and law enforcement officials, and absolutely committed to the fearless protection of your rights with both determination and integrity.

Brian Gurwitz has the expertise and personal qualities you need in a felony criminal defense attorney. As a Senior Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Gurwitz was repeatedly called upon to play a key role in some of the most contentious, high-profile cases in Orange County history. He successfully argued numerous precedent-setting criminal cases in the appellate courts, including four cases in the California Supreme Court. He also testified before both houses of the Legislature, trained hundreds of prosecutors statewide, and served as a sentencing consultant to the California Law Revision Commission.

Mr. Gurwitz's practice now focuses on the defense of those accused of criminal offenses in Orange County — from drunk driving / DUI to homicide. He knows that a strong criminal defense is a critical check against the misuse of government power. He learned this as a prosecutor when his investigation of several prison inmates' appeals led to the discovery of new evidence that established their innocence. He also knows this from investigating and prosecuting cases involving police misconduct, brutality, and corruption at the highest levels of Orange County law enforcement.

For a free and confidential consultation about your legal matter, contact Mr. Gurwitz seven days per week.

In Your Defense: An Orange County Criminal Defense Blog

Voting Rights for Convicted Felons: Even Bob Filner

Today’s Los Angeles Daily Journal carries an Associated Press story detailing the felony plea bargain reached by former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and our state Attorney General’s office. After describing the terms of his sentence relating to the sexual harassment allegations … Continue reading


Good News and Bad News: One Bill Signed, Another Vetoed

Yesterday, Governor Brown finished his review of legislation passed at the close of this year’s Legislative session. The good news is that he signed one bill that will allow a greater number of people to seek expungement of their felony … Continue reading


Big Change to Narcotic Transportation Laws

A major change to our state’s drug trafficking laws took place last week. Governor Brown signed AB 721, which changes the definition of “transports” in California’s two main drug trafficking statutes, Health and Safety Code sections 11352 and 11379. Under … Continue reading


The Most Grateful Client

Clients can show gratitude to their counsel in a number of ways. Some write heartfelt letters of appreciation at the conclusion of their case. Others become great referral sources, spreading good words about you to their friends and family. On … Continue reading


Kelly Thomas Case: Statement of Brian Gurwitz to Fullerton City Council

Comments of Brian Gurwitz before the Fullerton City Council May 15, 2012 On behalf of my client, Cathy Thomas, I wanted to say a few words about today’s settlement. First, my client is hopeful that it helps to continue the healing process that she and the citizens of … Continue reading


Brian Gurwitz, who prosecuted criminal cases for 13 years in the Orange County District Attorney's office, is deeply committed to protecting his clients' interests with determination and integrity.

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Client: B.M.

I was fortunate enough to be referred to Brian Gurwitz by another top defense attorney in Orange County. Brian is one of the most intelligent and experienced attorneys anywhere. He truly cares about his clients and works extremely hard to give them the very best defense possible. Read more ...

Client: L.C.

I would highly recommend Brian Gurwitz. He is highly competent, I trust him, and seriously appreciate everything he has done for my family and me. Brian Gurwitz helped me get my life back on track, and I consider him a friend. Read more ...