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Christine McGuire, Criminal Defense Lawyer

Christine McGuire

Christine McGuire is a former prosecutor of 30 years. She has been in private practice as a defense attorney for ten years. She graduated from Southwestern Law School receiving her Juris Doctor degree in 1977. Christine was admitted to the State Bar of California that same year. After a short time in private practice in Orange County, Christine volunteered with VISTA-Volunteers in Service to America. As staff attorney for legal services, Christine represented clients in Nevada's criminal, civil and tribal courts. Christine began her work as a prosecutor in Northern California in 1980. She litigated misdemeanors and felonies including the case of People v Hooker, a sexual enslavement case. In 1986 Christine relocated to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office where she handled almost every kind of criminal case including felonies, misdemeanors, DUI's, domestic violence, sexual assault and homicides. In 2005 Christine received a LL.M - Master of Laws from Santa Clara University School of Law. Over the past ten years Christine has represented clients charged in adult courts on the Central Coast and in the Bay area. She has represented clients charged with homicide charges including murder and manslaughter as well as Serious and Violent crimes as well as other violations of the Penal Code, Health and Safety Code and Vehicle Code. She has represented clients accused of Sexual Misconduct in adult court, juvenile court and in Title IX proceedings. She represents professionals accused of crimes in criminal courts in the Bay area.

Christine is one of the few Bay area private attorneys specializing in Juvenile Delinquency defense law. Christine is committed to advocating for children and youth. She has represented children and youth when contacted by the police or probation officers. She has settled cases at Intake, resolved cases with Informal Supervision, handled Detention Hearings, Pretrial Hearings, Jurisdictional Hearings, Dispositional Hearings and litigated Transfer Hearings. She has negotiated Release at the Scene, Station House and Probation Release and Police Citation to Appear in Court. She has negotiated Informal Supervision, Home Supervision and Wardship with Probation at Home at Dispositional Hearings in Juvenile Court.

Christine has been active in the legal community. She is a member of the State Bar of California, former member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Christine served as Bench/Bar Liaison for the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Christine served on the Board of Directors of Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, served as Committee Member on the State Bar Committee Women in the Law and served on the governing board of California Women Lawyers. She was Co-Chair of CWL's 13th Annual Northern California Judicial Reception. Christine co-founded and served as Chair of the Santa Cruz County Domestic Violence Commission and Santa Cruz County Child Death Review Team. She also co-founded and served as Co-Chair of the Santa Cruz County Domestic Violence Review Team. Christine is an author and has published Until We Meet Again, Until Judgment Day, Until the Final Verdict, Until the Day They Die, Until the Bough Breaks, Until Death Do Us Part, Until Justice Is Done and Until Proven Guilty. As a former prosecutor of 30 years, Christine has handled most every kind of criminal case as a prosecutor and understands how the system works. As an attorney in private practice for ten years, Christine McGuire is committed to expertly representing her clients.

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