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Michael Hernandez is a criminal defense attorney practicing in San Diego, California. He is a member of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association and the Board of Governors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Michael Anthony Hernandez - Counselor & Attorney At Law

"I’m your defense lawyer; I’m here for you, and I’ll be there with you. I make sure every client leaves my office with this knowledge. My clients often come to me at their lowest, and then trust me to advise them on decisions concerning their future and freedom. For this reason it is important for my clients to know that when they hire me, they get me. Day or night, weekends and holidays, I make myself available – not just to answer questions, but to alleviate the stress and anxiety that come with facing criminal charges. For me, the practice of law is not about cases – it’s about people." ~ M.A.H

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    My attorney was not responsive and had to be prodded to answer emails and phone calls. I was immediately envious of my friend who retained Michael Hernandez. Whenever my friend called Michael he was there, if he did not answer the phone, he called back within the next couple of hours. In fact, I made the change and retained Michael Hernandez - and the change was night and day from the previous attorney. He was there informing me of the latest developments, and responding to my calls.

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Michael Anthony Hernandez
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael Hernandez is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in American Law and Jurisprudence.

He studied law at the University of San Diego, and he participated in the law school’s Immigration Defense Clinic providing immigration services to low income clients.  In 2003, Mr. Hernandez was the university’s sole recipient of the Hon. Gerald Brown Progress Award.

Upon graduation Mr. Hernandez worked at a boutique immigration law firm, where he specialized in deportation defense (i.e. cancellation of removal), asylum, and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) claims.

In 2004, Mr. Hernandez opened his own practice focusing on adult and juvenile criminal defense and appeals.  He has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal, and a recent appeal resulted in a published opinion.

A talented scholar, researcher, and writer, Mr. Hernandez is regularly sought out to assist other attorneys in the preparation of their motions and appeals.  Mr. Hernandez has worked with some of the finest defense attorneys in San Diego on cases ranging from drug smuggling to homicide.

Mr. Hernandez is a member of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, and sits on the Board of Governors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

An avid fisherman, he can often be found on the lakes and streams of the Sierra Nevada.

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Defense Attorney, Michael A. Hernandez

1350 Columbia Street

Suite 700

San Diego, CA 92101


p. 619-341-3149

f. 619-996-2200



Monday-Friday: 9am to 6pm

After Hours: By Appointment. Call now.

Weekend: By Appointment Call now.

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Questions & Answers
  • My loved one got arrested. Should I bail him out?

    It really depends on a number of factors. If your friend or loved one is not working and if the charges are very serious (and the bail very high), it might make more sense to let him stay in custody until his defense attorney has had an opportunity to seek a reduction in bail. However, if the charges are relatively minor (and the bail is low), and if it is important that your friend or loved one get out of custody immediately, then do not hesitate to call a bail bondsman.

    Remember, if the choice is either to post bail or hire a defense attorney, you should always choose to hire the defense attorney. Without proper legal representation, release on bail can be a very temporary freedom.

  • Do I need a lawyer?

    If you are under investigation for a crime, if you are a suspect in a crime, or if you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you absolutely need a lawyer. If you can afford to hire an attorney, hire one; if you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, let the court appoint one. Either way, with a proper defense attorney on your side you can be assured your rights will be protected and you put yourself in the best position to achieve a positive outcome in your case.

  • I just got arrested and I just bailed out. Is there anything I should do before my court hearing?

    Yes, and the good news is you’ve already started. You should research some local defense attorneys and then set up a few consultations (most attorneys offer free initial consultations). Once you’ve had the opportunity to meet with a few attorneys, decide which one you would like to hire. A lot can be done before charges are filed in court, and occasionally a lawyer can convince the prosecutor to not file charges, but you need to get the attorney working on your case quickly.

  • What can I expect from the consultation, and are there any questions I should ask the attorney?

    Even before you go to the consultation it is important for you to know that everything you say and share with the attorney is confidential – he will never reveal that information to anyone else, even if you don’t hire the attorney. The consultation is really just an opportunity for you and the attorney to have a conversation about the case, and it is meant for you to get answers to your questions, to discuss your options, and to evaluate the attorney.

    The attorney shouldn’t try to scare you into feeling you need to hire him immediately; if you feel pressured to sign a contract or pay money, you’re meeting with the wrong attorney.

    There are a few key questions you should ask the attorney – Will you be the attorney handling the case? Do you have experience with these types of cases? Are you in good standing with the State Bar of California? – but more importantly, there are a few questions you should ask yourself: Do I trust this lawyer? Do I believe that he will protect me in this case? Do I feel comfortable having this lawyer represent me in court?