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September Special Edition 2022

High-quality legal representation in criminal cases helping the community find solutions to their legal problems: The Nieves Law Firm


Navigating through legal complexities of a criminal case, can be quite daunting and devastating. A skilled criminal lawyer, who is adept at the criminal laws of the state, can help overcome these difficulties with ease and increase chances of a successful outcome. The Nieves Law Firm was founded to help people who find themselves caught unexpectedly in the California criminal justice system. They are energetic, creative, and aggressive in their efforts to extricate you from your situation and help you get your life back on track.

The firm care about its clients and that make it strive for positive results in each case. Whether one has been accused of a civil offense such as contempt or a request for a restraining order or criminal offense related to drugs, DUI, battery, sexual assaults, or theft ,the law firm is here to provide the client with experience-driven and results-proven representation. Whenever it takes on a client, they create a customized defense strategy designed to match your specific needs and circumstances.

The driving force behind the Nieves Law Firm

Jo-Anna Nieves ,Founding Attorney of The Nieves Law Firm, Jo-Anna graduated from Florida State University at the age of 20 with two bachelor degrees, one in Multinational Business and another in Finance. She went on to earn her law degree from Florida State University in 2009.Jo-Anna has been recognized by SuperLawyers the past six years for her legal work, earning the distinction of “Rising Star” which is given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in each state. She previously worked for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office where she gained ample experience working with local prosecutors, law enforcement officers and judges.

Jo-Anna is committed to mounting the best possible defense for what she calls “hard working, family-oriented, successful professionals who aren’t career criminals… some are falsely accused, others make a bad call like driving home after a couple glasses of wine at a work event.”

Jo-Anna was 20 years old when she graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Multinational Business and Finance. She went on to earn her J.D. from Florida State University in May 2009, where she was also a member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Jo-Anna started her legal career by interning with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where she gained experience in the arraignment of misdemeanor and domestic violence offenses, the prosecution of adult sexual assault crimes, and felony preliminary hearings. After Jo-Anna passed the California Bar, she continued her career at the Sacramento County DA’s Office. She gained experience in the misdemeanor trial unit, negotiating plea offers, arguing suppression motions, and prepping cases for trial. She also built a rapport with members of the legal community, and further developed her trial advocacy skills.

Two years later, she accepted a position as a trial attorney at a creditor’s rights law practice in Los Angeles, where she effectively litigated over 400 cases by reaching favorable resolutions for her clients by way of settlement prior to trial and maintaining a success rate of 95% for over 100 cases that went to trial. In 2012, Jo-Anna started The Nieves Law Firm, APC, to help restore the reputation of those caught in California’s criminal justice system. Since opening her own office, she has successfully represented defendants charged with assault and battery, DUI, contempt, drug offenses, sexual assault and other sex crimes, robbery and other theft crimes, fraud, and domestic violence and other violent crimes. She also has an impressive track record in civil litigation matters such as civil harassment, domestic violence, workplace violence and elder abuse restraining orders.

Jo-Anna has served as a mock trial coach for El Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy and their Advisory Board for several years and is a member of the Earl Warren Inns of Court. Jo-Anna also taught at Stanford Law School in 2018 and 2019 – educating future lawyers about Trial Advocacy. She is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California and Florida and is admitted for federal practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

Expertise in Criminal Cases

Facing a criminal charge can be one of the most confusing and scary moments of your life. The uncertainty that accompanies allegations of a crime almost always leads to anxiety and unrest. However, the best way to calm your nerves and get a strategic outcome in your case is to hire a dedicated Bay Area criminal defense lawyer. A skilled defense attorney could provide you with an idea of the penalties you will face, develop a defense strategy on your behalf, and work to get you the best outcome available. At The Nieves Law Firm, the team understands the impacts of a criminal conviction and it works tirelessly to help its clients resolve their case in a way that allows them to go on to lead a joyful and fulfilling life. They work with you to ensure its defense strategy accounts for your goals and plans for the future.

Jo-Anna Nieves, Founding Attorney

“Whether one has been accused of a civil offense such as contempt or a request for a restraining order or criminal offense related to drugs, DUI, battery, sexual assaults, or theft, the law firm is here to provide the client with experience-driven and results-proven representation.”