Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

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Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

What is a Criminal Law Specialist?

I. What is a California “certified” legal specialist?

Answer: California Attorneys who are certified as specialists must have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field (such as criminal law), demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing educational requirements, and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

Once an attorney has become certified as a specialist, he or she must undergo a re-evaluation every five years to maintain the certification. Re-certification requires extensive ongoing education in criminal law, a peer review, and proof of a continuing active criminal law practice.

Attorneys may advertise or identify themselves as “certified” specialists in California only if they are certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization or other equally stringent programs accredited by the California State Bar. (Source: The State Bar of California web site.)

II. How many Criminal Law Specialists are there?

Answer: As of 2016, there are a total of 333 certified criminal law specialists in California . There are over 150,000 practicing lawyers in California. There are only 3 criminal law specialists with offices in Long Beach. (Source: Statistics as of January, 2016 from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.)

III. Is Attorney Matthew Kaestner a certified Criminal Law Specialist?

Answer: Mr. Kaestner has been a certified criminal law specialist since January 1999. He has been re-certified, as required, every five years since that time in 2004, 2009, and 2014.

IV. Do I need a certified Criminal Law Specialist?

Answer: Having a certified criminal law specialist represent you or your loved one gives you the peace of mind that your attorney has proven expertise and experience in criminal law. Be aware however, that any lawyer in California is allowed to represent a client on a criminal case.

V. Will I pay more for a Criminal Law Specialist?

Answer: Not necessarily. Each case is different and Mr. Kaestner tailors each fee to be the lowest possible given the location of the case and the complexity of the charges. Most lawyers charge more for cases outside the geographic area of their office. The law office of Matthew Kaestner is conveniently located immediately adjacent to the Long Beach Courthouse.

Questions regarding bail, visiting, and custody location are answered under "Your loved one has been arrested / accused, what next."

Questions regarding police interviews, search warrants, consent searches and wiretaps are answered under "I’ve been arrested / accused – what do I do?"

Any other questions regarding your criminal case or your loved one’s criminal case can be answered by calling Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew Kaestner directly at (562) 437-0200.