• Facing jail is extremely stressfulI work hard to diffuse your legal bomb ASAP.

  • I'll walk you through the process step-by-step.

  • I try to keep your costs low because I know the financial burden clients face in hiring a lawyer (a portion of my practice is dedicated to defending indigent clients).


Experienced Courtroom Litigator & Negotiator

  • Successful trial lawyer (tried over 25 jury trials)

  • Achieved top results (dismissals, reduction in charges, no jail, etc.) for hundreds of clients in a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony cases

Former Prosecutor

  • Deputy District Attorney for Santa Barbara County (2011-2012) and Amador County (2012-2015)

  • Clerked for the United States Attorney's Office, Criminal Division, Major Frauds Unit (San Diego) and twice for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office

  • I have personal knowledge of being in the DA's shoes—providing valuable insight for clients when negotiating and fighting their cases.


Ariel Rief, Esq.


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  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • State Bar of California

  • United States District Court - Southern District of CA


  • State Bar of California

  • San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA)

  • San Mateo County Private Defender Program

  • SMCBA Criminal Law Section, Chair

  • SMCBA Barristers Section, Boardmember

  • California Public Defenders Association

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

620 Jefferson Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063

Tel. (650) 477-1238

Fax (650) 451-6789

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