Practice Areas

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen G. Cline is an aggressive San Diego criminal defense attorneys and the Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline is experienced in a wide variety of criminal cases. From DUIs to the Death Penalty, Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline has the hard hitting defense strategies you need to protect your freedom and future.

​​Our San Diego criminal defense team can help you  with any of the following criminal matters:


Violent Crimes

Theft Crimes

Drug Crimes

Sex Crimes

Driving Crimes

Domestic Violence

Probation Violations

Medical Cannabis

White Collar Crimes

Serious Felonies


Other Services


  • Drug Possession
  • Under the Influence
  • Diversion
  • Prop 36
  • Addiction and Rehab Issues
  • Lewd Conduct
  • Lewd Acts with a Child
  • Prostitution / Solicitation
  • DUI with Marijuana
  • Driving on a Suspended License
  • Evading
  • Driving without a License
  • Domestic Battery
  • Corporal Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Endangerment
  • Misdemeanor Probation Violations
  • Suspended Sentences
  • Failure to Appear
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Check Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Workers Comp Fraud
  • Failure to Appear
  • Hit and Run
  • Manslaughter
  • Motions for a New Trial
  • Business Litigation
  • Medical Marijuana Businesses
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Property Crimes
  • Felony Probation Violations
  • Criminal/Terrorist Threats
  • Failure to Appear
  • Psychological Defenses


  • Business Litigation
  • Medical Marijuana Businesses
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage


Each area of criminal law is different from the next and so are the strategies a defense attorney uses to defend a client. You don’t want just any criminal defense attorney – you want one who has handled the specific charge you face before. Don’t settle for anything less.

Misdemeanors: In California, misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in the county jail, as well as a hefty fine. Some misdemeanors carry lesser maximum sentences.

Misdemeanors include things like trespassing, vandalism, disorderly conduct or violating a restraining order, as well as some drug charges, assaults and domestic violence charges.

Just because it is a misdemeanor and not a felony doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. It is still a crime that will go on your record if you are convicted. It may make it more difficult to find a job, affect professional licenses and the fines may be steep even if you avoid jail.

When possible, you should retain a private defense attorney to resolve misdemeanor matters. By retaining a private attorney, you may avoid spending a day in court waiting for an opportunity to speak only briefly with a deputy public defender who simply may not have the time to fully understand your case.

Felonies: Felonies can range from serious drug charges to violent crimes like rape or murder.

Some felonies charges can be reduced to misdemeanors if your attorney makes the right arguments, a has a strong reputation, and/or has strong experience in dealing with the District Attorney’s Office in a productive manner outside of the courtroom.

Serious felonies are some of the most interesting – and most difficult – cases a defense attorney will ever handle. A felony conviction can send you to state prison and change your life forever.

Emotions are high on all sides. The outcome of the case is life-changing for all who are involved.

This only reinforces our obligation to fight for our clients as hard as we can until the very end.