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Who We Are

The Nieves Law Firm is an award-winning law firm located in Jack London Square in Oakland, and we help our neighbors in the community find solutions to their legal problems.

We provide high-quality legal representation to clients throughout California who are looking to build a better future. Our Firm features a diverse and experienced team of attorneys and staff that are very passionate about what they do.

The firm was founded in 2012 by Jo-Anna Nieves, who was driven to provide Bay Area residents with a law firm that provided a humanitarian and holistic approach to all of their cases. Originally from St.Croix U.S.V.I. and of Trinidadian and Puerto Rican descent, Jo-Anna was raised in Miami, FL and graduated from Florida State University at the age of 20 with two bachelor degrees, one in Finance and another in Multinational Business.

While pursuing a law degree, Jo-Anna interned with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. It was here that she fell in love with the Bay Area community and built a rapport with the local legal community. In 2012, Jo-Anna’s goal came to life when she founded The Nieves Law Firm. She now spends every day advocating for her friends, colleagues, and neighbors throughout California.

What We Do

At The Nieves Law Firm, we take the “criminal” out of criminal defense.

Seriously. It’s what we do. Simply put, we provide individuals and families a second chance with our exemplary legal work. We represent clients who need assistance with criminal defense, restraining order, contempt, or post-conviction relief matters.

We offer legal representation for criminal defense, restraining orders, and contempt actions throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Sacramento County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Napa County and Solano County.

Our post-conviction relief practice represents clients throughout the entire state of California. Post-conviction relief is a form of legal recourse individuals can pursue after their case comes to a close that helps minimize the impact of the conviction. Some common examples of conviction relief include expungements, pardons, and motions to vacate prior convictions.

What Matters to Us

We strongly believe that people aren’t defined by their worst mistakes.

We understand that mistakes and failures are a part of life, but they are also an opportunity to learn and grow. We know people are strong and resilient, and we are firm believers that people can change—regardless of their past. Our goal is to help you plan for a better future by assisting you with your legal needs. We help clients restore not only their reputations, but their dreams as well. At The Nieves Law Firm, we want to make an impact and be a catalyst for change.

How We Do It

By understanding our clients, their needs, and their life goals, we can build an effective strategy that is tailored to not only their case, but their life.

Like we said before, mistakes are a part of life, and they provide us with an opportunity to learn and grow. Past mistakes shouldn’t hold you back from building the life you truly want.

One of the first things we do when you schedule a free consultation is discuss your goals when hiring our law firm. Why? This allows us to build a defense strategy that takes your vision and needs into account. At The Nieves Law Firm, we truly care about our clients and their futures. We don’t believe in cookie cutter representation or a one size fits all approach. We will work to find you a legal solution that is customized to your case, your life, and your future goals. When you’re dealing with a legal issue that could have a dramatic impact on your life, you need a legal team that is focused on you.

What People Say About The Nieves Law Firm

We strive to provide the best legal representation we can offer to every client we represent, and individuals in the community have taken notice. Our team has been fortunate enough to receive high praise from clients, fellow attorneys, and award granting organizations. In fact, The Nieves Law Firm was even named Oakland’s Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2021 by Expertise. We have even received high praise from some Bay Area attorneys. Immigration attorney Kevin Stewart had this to say about The Nieves Law Firm:

“The Nieves Law Firm is the best choice for anyone with a pending criminal case or concern. In my experience referring clients to them and seeing their work, I’m impressed by the way they support and counsel their clients. Firm owner and principal attorney Jo-Anna Nieves always puts her clients’ interests first, and her staff maintains this focus on client care. I highly recommend the Nieves Law Firm.”

Oftentimes, however, clients have the best understanding of an organization’s commitment to their work. Check out what a previous client had to say about our representation in the video below:

If you need legal assistance, we may be able to help. We would be happy to look at the details of your case and determine whether we can be of assistance to you. To contact our team, call us at 510-879-7549 or submit the information in the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Top-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving the Bay Area

The Nieves Law Firm is dedicated to providing aggressive criminal defense representation to working professionals who have found themselves in trouble with the law. We show up to win, and we’re not afraid to fight aggressively to accomplish our client’s goals.

We understand that being accused of a crime can be a scary and confusing experience. That’s why we take the stress off our clients by handling the full scope of their legal situation from the initial consultation to the final outcome. Our bilingual attorneys and staff are here to ensure that our clients feel heard and understood every step of the way.

As one of the largest criminal defense teams in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area, we have the resources and experience to handle even the most complex cases. Our experienced team examines various aspects of your case and, perhaps most importantly, we genuinely care about our clients and their future. We take the time to learn about their goals and priorities so that we can achieve an outcome that allows them to move past their mistakes and focus on the future they want. When you work with us, you become part of our team.

Our Criminal Defense Attorneys: How to Take Back Control of Your Life, And Your Future.

When facing a criminal charge, having dedicated and experienced attorneys on your side is critical. At The Nieves Law Firm, we understand the gravity of your situation, and our criminal defense attorneys provide unwavering support and legal guidance.

From the moment you reach out to us, we prioritize your well-being and legal interests. Our criminal lawyers are with you every step of the way, from arrest to hearings and beyond, to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you’re facing charges related to DUI, drug offenses, assault, sex crimes or any other allegation, we have the knowledge and courtroom experience to fight vigorously on your behalf.

We believe in the power of collaboration and will actively involve you in the decision-making process, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered to make the best choices for your defense. Our goal is not only to navigate the legal complexities but also to provide you with the peace of mind and reassurance you deserve during this challenging time.

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