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Criminal Defense Attorney in Santa Rosa, California

Whether you are under investigation for a crime, have been arrested, or are facing charges, turn to The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia. Since 2014, my firm has served thousands of individuals across Sonoma County and helped them get their lives back on track.

While there are many other law offices to choose from, few take the kind of personalized approach that I do. I care deeply for our clients and work tirelessly to serve them. I know the kind of impact a criminal conviction can have on a person and their loved ones. That is why every person who trusts us with their case receives the time and attention they deserve. I am also a State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist in California. 

At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia, initial consultations are free, so there is no reason to wait to find out what I can offer you. Navigating a criminal case is difficult, but you do not have to do it alone.

The Importance of Hiring a Local Criminal Defense Attorney

Hiring a local criminal defense attorney can be crucial for several reasons:

  • Knowledge of Local Laws and Practices: A local attorney is likely to have a deep understanding of the laws, court procedures, and legal precedents specific to the jurisdiction where your case will be heard. This knowledge can be invaluable in building a strong defense strategy tailored to the local legal landscape.
  • Familiarity with Local Courts and Personnel: A local attorney is familiar with the judges, prosecutors, and court staff in the area. This familiarity can help them anticipate how different parties might approach your case and navigate the local court system more effectively.
  • Relationships and Reputation: Local attorneys often have established relationships within the legal community, which can be beneficial in negotiating with prosecutors, presenting your case to the court, and advocating for your best interests.
  • Accessibility and Availability: A local attorney is generally more accessible for in-person meetings, court appearances, and updates on your case. This accessibility can make communication more convenient and effective throughout the legal process.
  • Understanding of Local Sentencing Practices: Different jurisdictions may have varying sentencing practices and attitudes toward certain types of cases. A local attorney can provide insights into how your case might be viewed by local courts and what to expect in terms of potential outcomes.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: In some cases, hiring a local attorney may be more cost-effective, especially if your case does not require extensive travel or if the attorney has local resources that can aid in your defense. 

While these are compelling reasons to consider hiring a local criminal defense attorney, it's important to also evaluate the attorney's overall experience, track record, and expertise in handling cases similar to yours. The most important factor is finding an attorney who is well-equipped to provide you with the best possible defense regardless of their location.

Give my firm a call at (707) 659-0901 or connect online

  • Cyber Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI
  • Expungements
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Title IX Cases
  • Violent Crimes
  • Writs & Appeals

Awards & Associations

  • State Bar of California - California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Super Lawyers
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • California Norml
  • California DUI Lawyers Association

Local Defense Attorney with Decades of Experience 

Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney, Joe Bisbiglia, has been practicing law for over 20 years. He has handled tens of thousands of cases involving charges that ranged from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. Additionally, he does not shy away from going to trial. Attorney Bisbiglia has defended clients in more than 50 jury trials throughout his career. His depth of experience and understanding of the state and federal justice systems allows him to represent clients confidently and skillfully.

“I will work tirelessly to seek justice for you, and to seek a resolution that will help you get back on track with your life.”

  • Attorney Joe Bisbiglia


Read What My Clients Have Said About My Counsel
  • “It felt like we had an advocate on our side and that support made all the difference.”

    When my son was unexpectedly arrested this year, I was fortunate to receive a recommendation to Mr. Bisbiglia. He readily agreed to meet my son, listen to his story, and represent him. Mr. Bisbiglia was professional in every encounter throughout the process, whether in his office or in the courtroom. He was conscious of the sensitivity of the subject matter and carefully weighed decisions based on his knowledge of the criminal justice system in conjunction with my son’s state of being. His expertise was invaluable. Mr. Bisbiglia’s poise in the court room comes from years of experience, knowledge, and rapport with parties involved. He helped us navigate what was a foreign process to us. I was especially impressed by the compassion he showed towards my son, treating him with dignity and respect. It felt like we had an advocate on our side and that support made all the difference. Mr. Bisbiglia was communicative and clearly committed to the best possible outcome for my son’s future. I would highly recommend him as a qualified, dedicated, and caring criminal defense attorney.

  • “I highly recommend the Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia to any persons looking for a confident defense attorney.”
    “He is genuine and passionate about what he does and if you visit his official website you’ll see there’s a reason why he chose the profession he’s in. During my case, he was forthcoming and open about my options and made sure I was aware ”
    - Gilbert S.
  • “Mr. Joe Bisbiglia is an outstanding professional.”
    “From the moment I contacted his office, I received timely, courteous and personal replies concerning every aspect of my DUI case. I was made to feel like a unique individual, not a faceless entity or case number.”
    - Joanna M.
  • “I would recommend him to anyone if you are unfortunate to get a DUI.”
    “I got DUI in Santa Rosa and was recommended to use Joe. He gave a Flat fee of 2000 which was awesome compared to other lawyers who said a variable between 3500-5000.”
    - Rebecca K.
  • “I have to shout to the world how grateful me and my family are to Joe Bisbiglia.”
    “Feeling hopeless and lost, Joe brought comfort for me and my family throughout our process of our business relationship. He kept us informed and was a beyond exemplary. Joe really knows his craft and also has a heart to boot.”
    - Gwenell S.
  • “Mr. Bisbiglia is by far the best defense lawyer to work with in Sonoma County.”
    “His professionalism in representing me in my own personal case helped me during a time of turmoil and confusion. He truly cares about what he does and was dedicated to making sure any and all questions I had were answered in a timely manner.”
    - Ishii A.
  • “BEST DEFENSE Lawyer in Sonoma county!!”
    “Joe works miracles literally my fiancé was for sure on his way to prison and he got him out of a prison twice!”
    - Ashley O.
  • “His number one concern was that I was okay.”
    “I can’t express how grateful I am for Joe and his knowledge on domestic violence cases and restraining orders. Joe was always free to discuss any matters of the case I needed, and didn’t nickel and dime me through the process.”
    - Ashlee D.
  • Welfare Fraud

    A county employee and his wife were charged with welfare fraud after he sustained a workplace injury and was out of work. As a result, his wife applied for food stamps to make ends meet while he was unable to work and had reduced income. The county believed that it had overpaid the family and alleged that they failed to report income when he returned to work and filed charges. Clients were found to not be responsible for this conduct at a State hearing on the same issue.

  • University Title IX Investigation – Client Cleared Of Dating Violence Allegations, Accuser Faces Expulsion

    Client was accused of dating violence on campus by ex-girlfriend and faced possible expulsion from the university as well as possible criminal charges. The incident involved the ex-girlfriend confronting client while he was on a date with another female and physically assaulting him... They rejected all of the serious allegations made by the ex-girlfriend with the exception of one minor incident from the past. Client’s academic career is safe and he is expected to graduate on time.

  • Residential Burglary

    Client charged with the residential burglary (a strike offense) of his sister’s house. He was detained and searched outside of the residence and her property was located on his person. We filed a Motion to Suppress the evidence based on an unlawful search and in addition we challenged the lawfulness of his statement to the police.

  • Murder Trial

    Client was charged with First Degree Murder for the killing of his romantic rival in what was referred to as a love triangle. After a month long trial in which we presented a self-defense case, the jury deliberated for three days and acquitted client of First and Second Degree Murder. He was found guilty of a lesser related offense of Voluntary Manslaughter and eventually sentenced to 7 years in prison. With credit for time already served he will be released in four years. Client was facing life in prison.

  • Murder

    The client was discharged at the end of a four day preliminary hearing. It is very rare to be discharged at this stage of the case. The prosecutor was attempting to link the client to the killing by his membership in a gang and his presence at the scene and possible participation in the fight. Joe Bisbiglia successfully argued that the client’s mere presence was insufficient evidence to hold him.

Case Results

My Track Record Speaks Volumes About My Legal Abilities
  • Welfare Fraud
  • University Title IX Investigation – Client Cleared Of Dating Violence Allegations, Accuser Faces Expulsion
  • Residential Burglary
  • Murder Trial
  • Murder

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are facing criminal charges, it is essential that you fully understand what could be ahead in your case. At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia, I am here to guide you from the start of your legal journey to the finish. To learn more about your charges and how our criminal defense attorney in Santa Rosa can help you, schedule a free consultation today. No matter the circumstances, you can trust me to work hard to protect your rights and freedoms. 

Call (707) 659-0901 or submit an online contact form. I represent clients in Santa Rosa and elsewhere in Sonoma County. 

  • Thousands of Cases Handled
    Because I have extensive misdemeanor and felony trial experience, I am not hesitant to take your case to trial if this is what is necessary to secure a favorable case result for you. In fact, I prepare every case as if it is going to trial.
  • 20+ Years of Experience
    I've handled thousands of cases over my 20+ years as a dedicated Criminal Defense lawyer. When it comes to one of the most difficult times of your life, you'll want experience on your side.
  • Attentive & Responsive to Client Needs
    Although you are most likely concerned about what your future holds, you do not have to work through this trying time on your own. I am here to assist you.
  • Free Initial Consultation
    Our practice extends from Santa Rosa to the surrounding areas, and I am genuinely passionate about defending men and women throughout my community. If you are interested in talking with me about your case, call for an initial consultation over the phone!

Contact The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia Today

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