Redwood City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense & Domestic Violence Lawyers in San Mateo County

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in San Mateo county or elsewhere in the Bay Area – a Redwood City criminal defense attorney can help. At Summit Defense, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.


Summit Defense
370 Convention Way, Suite 316, Redwood City, CA 94063

Redwood City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense & Domestic Violence Lawyers in San Mateo County

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in San Mateo county or elsewhere in the Bay Area – a Redwood City criminal defense attorney can help. At Summit Defense, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.


Summit Defense
370 Convention Way, Suite 316, Redwood City, CA 94063


If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in Alameda or Contra Costa county – an Oakland criminal defense attorney can help. At Summit Defense, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.


Suppose you or a loved one is being accused of criminal charges in Redwood City, CA or San Mateo County. In that case, you’re going to need the support of an experienced Redwood City criminal defense attorney.

Criminal law is always very complicated no matter what crime you’re dealing with, so you’ll need to rely upon a law firm that has a good reputation throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area to ensure your most favorable outcome. Summit Defense provides comprehensive criminal defense services through our team of highly experienced defense attorneys. We’ll protect your legal rights while helping you avoid a conviction or jail time, and we’ll also help you expunge a crime from your criminal record when necessary.

We’re here to help you and your family during difficult times, and we’re confident that we’re the best law office in Redwood City, CA to support your defense efforts against any criminal offense. Below we’ll be providing a comprehensive overview of how we can support you and your legal proceedings, and always feel free to reach out to us online or call us at 1-866-847-7613 to speak with our criminal defense lawyers and obtain a free consultation today.


One of the many reasons why Summit Defense is a top-rated criminal defense firm in Redwood City CA and all of Northern California is because our team provides comprehensive criminal defense services. This means that we can support you or your loved one no matter what criminal charges are involved in your unique situation.

Some of the common crimes that our firm supports our clients with include the following:

  • Assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Reckless driving
  • Identity theft
  • Drug charges
  • Misdemeanor cases
  • DUI case
  • Felony cases
  • Animal abuse
  • Battery on a law enforcement officer
  • Battery causing serious bodily injury
  • Child pornography
  • Child molestation
  • Embezzlement
  • Federal cases
  • Expungement
  • Indecent exposure
  • Hit and run
  • Marijuana law
  • Probation violation
  • Prostitution and massage parlors
  • Professional and small business licensing
  • Rape
  • Sex crimes
  • Resisting arrest
  • Registration of sex offenders
  • Solicitation
  • Theft Shoplifting
  • And much more…

When you’re possibly going to court for any of the above crimes, it’ll be absolutely critical that you avoid a conviction. We support individuals accused of a whole array of different criminal charges, and we’ll do whatever it takes to achieve a complete dismissal.


While we fully understand how important it is for criminal defense lawyers to be able to successfully stand their ground in court, we also know that artful negotiation is an effective defense for countless clients. Defense attorneys can win these intricate battles through facts and a thorough understanding of a case’s circumstances.

Although a defense attorney and district attorney are adversaries within the criminal law system, this doesn’t mean that integrity and being honorable are precluded during negotiations. Summit Defense has developed a well-deserved reputation throughout Redwood City CA, San Francisco, and San Mateo County for the mutual respect and civility that we utilize within our legal strategies.

When you’re accused of a crime, so much more can be accomplished through our commitment to this approach. The following are some of the most important factors oriented around how we approach criminal defense:

  • Relationships: With over 120+ years of collective experience and countless relationships throughout the Redwood City CA court system, Summit Defense knows how to effectively promote our clients’ best interests. This is because we’ve cultivated many valuable working relationships and know the right people to reach out to within any given scenario. It takes many years to develop the level of respect that our law firm has within San Mateo County, and we’ll ensure that you reap the benefits of our industry relationships.
  • Pleas: The entire concept of a “plea deal” can be somewhat misleading, because this term implies that an accused individual is attempting to receive a less serious punishment to avoid conviction for crimes. The reality of a plea deal is that an individual is taking responsibility within their local court system and that this honesty means a lot. Our criminal lawyers will help present the full picture of your situation to the Court and prosecution so you’re given the full credit that you deserve for your honesty.
  • Negotiation: Although we’ll always negotiate with integrity and honor, this doesn’t mean that we won’t act out strategically. Our approach to negotiations is to be tactful, while at the same time reasonable. We’ll be sure to come fully prepared for any possible contingency, and our first and foremost concerns are the interests of our clients. We’ll never back down when it comes to protecting your legal rights and ensuring your most favorable outcome, and that’s a guarantee!
  • Litigation: If your case must go to court within a criminal trial, we’ll be ready to step up and ensure top-quality legal representation. We have decades of experience in criminal trials, so we know exactly how valuable crafted examinations and submissions can be. We know which legal issues are the most important, and how the rules of evidence can be utilized in your favor. So if your case requires court litigation, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands with our firm.


There are many different benefits of working with our law firm in Redwood City CA, and the following benefits of hiring us as your criminal defense attorney are important to keep in mind:

  • Experience: Several of our attorneys were district attorneys and public defenders in the past, so we have ample experience in understanding both sides of criminal law. No matter what crime you’ve been accused of, our attorneys will be able to support you through every step of these complex legal processes.
  • Hablamos Espanol: We serve countless clients that are predominately Spanish-speaking, and we’re very proud to have a multicultural team.
  • Client-Focused: Our primary concerns are always linked to what our clients need from us, so your needs will dictate each and every one of our decisions as we’re developing your best course for legal action.
  • Dedication: There’s no denying that criminal cases can become more and more complex as court proceedings pick up and the risks of conviction rise, but we’ll never give up on you and your legal situation no matter how difficult things become.


We fully understand how your search for a Redwood City criminal defense lawyer can be rather stressful after you or a loved one has gone through an arrest, and it’s perfectly normal to have questions about a criminal defense attorney when you’re first getting started with your legal proceedings.

Below are some common questions that we get from our clients that are facing both felony and misdemeanor circumstances:


You will be forced to provide basic information to police officers when you’re being questioned, primarily information oriented around your identity. However, your responsibility to answer police questions during an interrogation or while under arrest is different due to your Constitutional rights. Your right to remain silent and retain legal counsel prior to answering questions from law enforcement is legitimate in Redwood City CA and the entirety of the United States.

So although you are legally obligated to provide police officers with your identity, you can also contact our law firm prior to answering more interrogative questions.


When you have a warrant out for your arrest in California, you should always reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney to go over the details of your charges and warrant. This can also entail a complete case evaluation that will allow you and your lawyer to develop the best strategy for your future.

Your attorney will help you better understand your legal rights and what your best course of legal action is, and we’ll also help you to officially inform the court that you have obtained legal counsel.


This depends upon a whole variety of unique factors oriented around your case. It’s possible to discredit a district attorney’s witnesses and any evidence that’s been established against you, and doing so will likely result in you avoiding a conviction.

We’ve helped countless clients obtain an acquittal or have their charges dropped, and sometimes this will be due to illegally obtained evidence and other technical rules that aren’t admissible in court.

Jury nullification is another possibility that occurs when a jury finds a defendant not guilty even though there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of breaking the law. This type of scenario typically occurs when a lawyer makes their client look sympathetic enough that a jury finds them not guilty and essentially “nullifies” the law.


It’s always in your best interest to speak with a criminal defense attorney prior to accepting a plea bargain from a prosecutor. This will help you ensure that your legal rights are being fully upheld, and you’ll also learn how the agreement will affect you and your livelihood in the future.


At Summit Defense, we’re fully dedicated to supporting our clients in Redwood City CA, and San Mateo County when they’re going through tough times. Our track record speaks for itself in terms of how successful we’ve been in the past, so we’re more than confident that you can put your trust in us when you and your family are going through a stressful criminal law situation.

No matter how bad your unique situation may seem, we’ll be sure to explore every angle and obtain your most favorable outcome. Contact us online or call us at 1-866-847-7613 to get a free consultation today.

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Meet The Team
With over 120 years of cumulative and exclusive Criminal Defense experience, our reputation for aggressive and results oriented performance, whether in State court or Federal Court, has been documented by several Bay Area news channels and vetted by hundreds of satisfied clients. Our success and industry recognition is the result of our EXCLUSIVE FOCUS on criminal defense; we don’t accept personal injury or family law cases. This single-minded focus allows us to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of legal doctrine and provide you with the best results possible.
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Client Testimonials

Real People. Real Stories.
Never in a million years did I think i’d EVER need a defense attorney, but I’m am beyond grateful to have been referred to Summit defense!! This team KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING and KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE!! Not only did they get me through this, they got me OUT OF THIS!! I was found NOT GUILTY and the case was dismissed!! Special shout out to Rabin, who knew exactly what to do to win my case!! thank you a million times over!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you find yourself in trouble with the law and at risk of losing your FREEDOM!!
Jessica r.
Redwood City
The law firm's attorney was professional, honest and understanding.  For months, he was able to keep me posted and discussed the case with my wife who was, at this point, calling weekly.  Results are as good as it gets.  Highly recommend.
Timothy T.
I highly recommend Mr. Mchugh for any criminal case you have.  Took the time to answer all my questions and really cared about the outcome.   He was knowledgeable and compassionate and got the job done.  Really as good as it gets for criminal lawyers.
Emily C.
Daily City
Rabin Nabizadeh is my lion!  Sitting in that cell hearing him passionately argue for bail, I was so relieved my husband hired him.  At the end, I got a misdemeanor.  Thank you Rabin for saving my family.
Norma P.
Redwood City
I have unfortunately used several criminal lawyers throughout the years.  This group is probably the best lawyers in the bay area.  Ms. Duffy explained every thing to us and when it came to court, they were a force of nature.  Got me the deal I wanted.  I would highly recommend them.
Ron N.
I met with Mr. Nabizadeh after interviewing several attorneys.  I could tell right away that he was comfortable and wasn’t trying to sell me anything.  He listened to all my concerns and gave me amazing advise.  I ended up hiring this firm and could not be more pleased with the outcome.
Walter A.
Redwood City
I was hopeless and ashamed when my daughter was arrested.  Having never even imagined dealing with a criminal case, I was panicked and paralyzed.  My co worker told me about Mr. Mchugh and provided his cell phone number.  Ryan was sympathetic honest and at the same time professional and pro active.  My daughter has moved on to better things and we know Ryan was a big part of that.
Barbara W.
San Carlos

Would give this firm 100 stars.  Honest and straightforward explanation of risks and benefit of a DUI case.  Managed to reduce my case to reckless driving after a suppression hearing that was brilliantly argued.  
Stephan G.