Criminal Defense

Experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Safe Space to Tell Your Story

There is no such thing as a “minor” criminal charge. This is particularly true if you are a permanent immigrant, non-immigrant, or an undocumented alien. A criminal charge, whether it a misdemeanor or a felony, can create serious consequences. The stakes can be high because a conviction will often include paying heavy fines, local jail time, or long term imprisonment.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction can lead to deportation and permanent separation from your family. At Rodriguez Law Firm, we take every criminal charge seriously and aggressively fight to protect our clients’ immigration status and constitutional rights.

If you’ve been accused of a crime in San Diego and need an experienced criminal defense or immigration attorney, please call Rodriguez Law Firm today at (619) 332-1703 for a consultation.

Cases We Handle

Rodriguez Law Firm has handled many different types of felony or misdemeanor cases. Attorney John R. Rodriguez has over 25 years of experience fighting for the immigrant and nonimmigrant defendant that could be removed or deported if he or she pleads guilty. We work hard at developing a defense strategy that avoids pleading guilty to a crime (aggravated felony or crime of moral turpitude) that can be used to remove or deport our client. If necessary, we will go to trial in order to avoid a guilty plea that can be used by ICE to remove or deport our client.

We’ve handled cases involving:

This list does not cover all the types of cases we have handled. Contact us if you would like to talk with us about the charges you or a family member are charged with.

How We Can Help

We understand that you place your trust in us and we accept that responsibility by providing the very best and most aggressive representation possible. It’s also important to understand that while no criminal defense lawyer can guarantee that you will win your trial or that the prosecutors will dismiss the case, we will always work hard to protect your constitutional rights.

Most cases are negotiated outside the courtroom with both sides finding a compromise that they can live with. An effective plea negotiation with favorable terms for the client can be a challenge and requires the skills and experience of your attorney. Rodriguez Law Firm has handled thousands of negotiated plea deals where clients are often willing to accept and are relieved that their case will resolve without a trial. If a case does have to go to trial, we can examine and find the flaws in the state’s theories and prepare you and your witnesses in preparation for trial.

Looking for a San Diego criminal defense lawyer you can trust? Call us (619) 332-1703 for a consultation.


  • “His hard work and dedication has made it possible for me to apply for my U.S citizenship and keep my family together. I am forever grateful to John Rodriguez and his team!!” - Claudio C.
  • “I’m glad I chose to call Rodriguez Law Firm and have Mr. John Rodriguez work on my DUI case while other lawyers had told me it wasn’t going to be possible .” - J. M.
  • “I cannot thank you enough John for your professionalism and dedication in fighting and helping win my case.” - S. K.

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