San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen G. Cline, Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen G. Cline is one of the top criminal lawyers in San Diego
More than 20 Years of Experience
Handled Nearly Every Type of Criminal Case
Well Respected in the Community
Numerous Top Honors & Awards
Record of Success

Latest Case Results

Double First Degree MurderVoluntary Manslaughter Plea
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on VideoNot Guilty
Armed Robbery with Finger Prints Found at Crime SceneDismissed
Attempted Murder Involving 13 Near Fatal Stab WoundsProbation/Time Served
Attempted Murder (Drive-By Shooting)Misdemeanor Battery Plea
Residential Burglary and Armed Robbery with FirearmDismissed
Residential Burglary and Armed Robbery with FirearmDismissed
Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling with Personal Gun UseMisdemeanor Negligent Discharge

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The defense attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline represent
defendants in all state and federal criminal matters in San Diego. We also handle probation violations,
expungements, plea withdrawals, sentence modifications and other matters.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle

Stephen G. Cline has represented thousands of clients charged with everything from petty theft to murder.

Felony Cases Include:

Theft Crimes
Drug Crimes
Violent Crimes
White Collar Crimes

Misdemeanor Cases Include:

Domestic Violence
• Vandalism
• Petty Theft

Other Services Include:

Gang Allegations
Three Strikes
Weapons Allegations
• Bail Review

Additional Practice Areas Include: Burglary, Possession for Sale, Assault, Fraud, Murder, Criminal Threats, Arson, Battery, Kidnap, Elder Abuse, Robbery, Grand Theft, Manufacturing

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How Stephen G. Cline Can Help You

Quite simply, Stephen Cline will use his exceptional legal skills to try to keep you out of jail or prison. Only a qualified criminal defense attorney, like Stephen Cline, has the legal experience necessary to successfully get charges dropped or reduced or to negotiate the best plea bargains. We know how the justice system in San Diego works and Mr. Cline’s reputation is strong within the community. If you’re facing serious charges, you should have a serious criminal defense attorney. And you should make sure you choose the right serious defense attorney. Ask these questions!

Private Defense Attorney v. Public Defender?

Hiring a private criminal defense attorney can be an intimidating and possibly pricey experience. If you’re trying to decide between a public defender and hiring a private attorney, you need to understand the difference between the two. Not everyone facing criminal charges in San Diego will be eligible for a Public Defender- there are income qualifications and you will most likely be required to pay the County back over time. And even if you do financially qualify, a private attorney may be a better choice for you and your family. You may receive more effective representation and better communication from a private attorney. Learn why!

behind-barsDo I Need a Defense Attorney in San Diego, California?

Have you been charged with a crime in San Diego? We don’t mean a speeding ticket or other non-criminal violation. If
the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, you will most likely benefit from hiring a criminal defense lawyer.

Misdemeanors can carry jail time. Felonies can result in lengthy sentences in a California state prison. If the
charge you face is a serious one, you should do more than consult with an attorney for advice and input – you should
hire an attorney to be with you through the entire process.

Fighting For Reduced or Dropped Charges

criminal_defense_attorneyOur first goal is to have the charges against our clients dropped. We will do all we can to make that happen. If the charges remain, we will pursue effective trial strategies long in advance to be prepared.Plea bargains are not for every case, but they may be the best option in some cases. They can provide a level of certainty not present at trial, when the rest of your life may very literally hang in the balance.

We can never promise a result in any case, but we know the most effective arguments to get charges dropped or reduced. For example: Stephen Cline once had a client facing a felony attempted murder charge. He was accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting.Our client ended up pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. He went from facing the possibility of life in prison to having only a misdemeanor on his record. See More Results

Charged With a Crime in San Diego? Call Stephen G. Cline.

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, the sooner you get an attorney on your case, the better. The prosecution certainly isn’t delaying. Neither should you. The sooner you hire a criminal defense lawyer, the sooner your attorney can get to work building your defense.

Give us a call today or fill out the form on this page. Consultations are always free, and there is no obligation. We want to hear about your case, and we’ll tell you what we can do to help.