Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney

Riverside Criminal Defense Lawyer

Experience. Integrity. Dedication.
Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels earned his Juris Doctorate
from Notre Dame Law School in 1998 and his B.A. in History from the University of San
Diego. Upon his admission to the California State Bar in 1998, Mr. Michels began his
legal career as a prosecutor in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

While working as a prosecutor, Attorney John L. Michels handled a wide variety of criminal
prosecutions, including handling misdemeanors, general felonies, fraud and embezzlement
cases, and drug cases. Mr. Michels was also assigned to a special juvenile law prosecution
unit. He left the DA’s office in 2001 and opened his own private Criminal Defense law

For the past ten years, Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels  has handled a
wide variety of criminal matters throughout the Inland Empire, ranging from the simplest
misdemeanor case to the most complex murder cases. 

Mr. Michels has extensive experience working in the Riverside County Drug Courts. He
has helped numerous clients take advantage of alternative sentencing options, private
pay and court appointed drug rehabilitation programs, and other specialized programs
such as the Recovery Opportunity Center.  Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney John L.
Michels continues to participate in training related to the drug courts, and attends weekly
collaborative meetings along with the probation officers, judges, mental health professionals,
and the District Attorneys assigned to the drug court.

An active member of the Riverside legal community, Mr. Michels has been a member of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court for 8 years, and currently serves on the Executive Board.  The Inn is a professional organization comprised of judges and lawyers, which focuses on improving civility, professionalism, and ethics in the practice of law. Additionally, Attorney Michels has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Riverside County Courts. 

Mr. Michels volunteers annually as a scoring attorney for the Riverside County Mock Trial program, and participates in the annual Elves program raising money for needy families during the Christmas holidays.

As a former Riverside County Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Michels is familiar with their office, practice, and procedures. He is well respected by his fellow criminal defense attorneys, District Attorneys, and Judges.  An active member of the community since 1998, Attorney John L. Michels is well-liked and highly respected by his peers, allowing him to advocate even more effectively on behalf of his clients. 

If you stand accused of a crime, have been arrested, are facing a probation or parole violation, or seek to have your criminal record expunged, please fill out our Criminal Defense Case Evaluation Form.  Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels will contact you as soon as he has reviewed your information.


If you need immediate assistance with a Criminal Law matter, please call Attorney John L. Michels at (951) 276-8900 today to schedule a free consultation!
The Law Offices of
John L. Michels
3891 10th St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 276-8900
Fax: (951) 788-2220
Email: [email protected]

Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels defends clients in a variety of criminal matters throughout Riverside and surrounding areas, including:

Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, Redlands, Riverside County, Riverside, Rubidoux, San Bernardino.

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