Top Defense Attorney Francisco M. Zavala is an experienced, successful, and aggressive Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer with a local and national reputation for 
winning many of his clients' cases.



Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer, Francisco M. Zavala

J.D. UCLA, School of Law

Attorney Zavala previously served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, has a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law and a B.S. from UCLA Undergraduate School - Class of 1993.

Attorney Zavala is also a graduate of the following academic institutions:
National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School- 2003
Hastings College of the Law, College of Advocacy- 2000
Certified as a member of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers- 1998.
Admitted to practice law in the United States District Court-Central District and in the
California Supreme Court- 1997
Mr. Zavala is listed in Who's Who in California, and Who's Who in American Law.

Francisco M. Zavala has been a criminal defense attorney for over 20 years. Attorney Zavala’s practice is devoted exclusively to Criminal Defense in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Attorney Zavala has been successful in obtaining not guilty verdicts and dismissals of cases ranging from:
DUI, Grand Theft, Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Domestic Violence, Kidnapping for Ransom, Gross Vehicular Homicide, Armed Robbery and Attempted Premeditated Murder.

Attorney Zavala is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar and San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Attorney Zavala is also a member of the Los Angeles County Criminal Bar Panel as well as the UCLA Alumni Association.





  • ALL Felonies

  • ALL Misdemeanors

  • DUI

  • Homicide

  • Three Strikes

  • Domestic Violence

  • Drug Offenses

  • Probation Violations

Our office has been representing the Los Angeles Community 
for over 20 years, successfully defending hundreds of clients in 
all Los Angeles County Courts. 

We have daily courtroom experience in the following Los Angeles Superior Courts:

  • Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court

  • Airport Court

  • Antelope Valley Court

  • Beverly Hills Court

  • Burbank Court

  • Glendale Court

  • Hollywood Court

  • Pasadena Court

  • San Fernando Court

  • Santa Monica Court

  • Van Nuys Court

  • Valencia Court

  • Los Angeles Superior Court

We focus specifically and 
exclusively on criminal defense

With a goal of providing valuable representation by keeping in touch with up to date information on your case to obtain the best attainable resolution along with our dedication to defending you as our client. We only represent clients who are serious about their defense as we are. For that reason, we only accept a small caseload. We believe that our clients are to be given the personal attention and aggressive representation 
they deserve.

Let our office strategize the most effective, aggressive and winning defense strategy possible in your case!





Our law firm is exclusively devoted to the practice of Criminal Defense. We have 
successfully litigated in excess of 1000 criminal cases. 

Attorney Zavala is fluent in Spanish, as well as our entire legal staff. Our 
philosophy is that every client should be treated with respect, care and honesty. 

Accusations of Serious Criminal Offense need Serious Criminal Defense

We do not believe that our clients should "plead guilty".

We are dedicated to providing you with the best criminal defense to reach a favorable outcome in your criminal case. Our Criminal Defense Law Firm staff incorporates a well known private investigator with over 25 years of experience as a former LAPD Detective, Forensic Toxicologist and we consult with some of the best expert witnesses in the field.

Our Criminal Defense Team will conduct our own crime scene investigation

Our Criminal Defense Team will revisit the crime scene and conduct our own crime scene investigation. Including photographing,sketching and mapping the crime scene. Prosecution witnesses will be interviewed by our investigator and their statements to the police will be carefully scrutinized. We will do background checks on all witnesses as well as locate witnesses favorable to the defense.

We believe that every client is innocent until the prosecution has done its job and proven 

Criminal Defense Attorney Zavala will keep you informed of your rights.

We routinely file legal motions to challenge the prosecutions' case. Such as 
Motions to Suppress Evidence Based on An Illegal Search or Illegal Arrest, 
Motions to Challenge a Confession Obtained in Violation of Your Miranda Rights, 
Motions for Confidential Records of Discipline or Complaints Against the 
Arresting Officers, Motions to Dismiss the Charges, and Motions to Obtain 
Evidence (such as a 911 Tape) and many others.






1.  PEOPLE v. Flores - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Felony Gross Vehicular Homicide
RESULT:   Jury Found Not Guilty

2.  PEOPLE v. Ortega - Lancaster Court
CHARGE:  Attempted First Degree Murder  
RESULT:   Case Dismissed By Defense Motion

3.  PEOPLE v. Zamhir - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Assault w/ Deadly Weapon
RESULT:   Jury Found Not Guilty

4.  PEOPLE v. S. Williams - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Spousal Battery
RESULT:   Case Dismissed After Hung Jury Trial

5.  PEOPLE v. Robert S. - Torrance Court
CHARGE:  Grand Theft
RESULT:   Jury Found Not Guilty

6.  PEOPLE v. F. Guerrero - Los Angeles Court
CHARGE:  Kidnapping For Ransom
RESULT:   Jury Found Not Guilty

7.  PEOPLE v. Becker - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
RESULT:   Jury Found Not Guilty

8. PEOPLE v. J. Espinosa - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Second Degree Robbery with Strikes
RESULT:   Case Dismissed By Defense Motion

9. PEOPLE v. Enoch - Valencia Court
CHARGE:  DUI With Accident on Freeway
RESULT:   Charge Reduced to Unsafe Lane Change a Moving Violation

10. PEOPLE v. Johnson - San Fernando Court
CHARGE:  Second DUI While on DUI Probation
RESULT:   Charge Reduced to Exhibition of Speed

11. PEOPLE v. Barron - Lancaster Court
CHARGE:  Commercial Burglary
RESULT:   Case Dismissed

12.  PEOPLE v. Chancler - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Hit and Run
RESULT:   Case Dismissed

13. PEOPLE v. Albert  - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Statutory Rape
RESULT:   Case Dismissed

14.  PEOPLE v. Gonzales  - San Fernando Court
CHARGE:  Petty Theft
RESULT:   Case Reduced to Infraction

15.  PEOPLE v. White - Van Nuys Court
CHARGE:  Solicitation of  Prostitution
RESULT:   Case Reduced to Trespassing

16.  PEOPLE v. Martinez - Burbank Court
CHARGE:  Vandalism
RESULT:   Case Dismissed

17.  PEOPLE v. Moon - Glendale Court
CHARGE:  Petty Theft
RESULT:   Case Dismissed

* As I truthfully tell every potential client, this does not guarantee outcome of your case, but it does guarantee that you are hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney with experience and proven success.



Accused of a criminal offense? Call us to retain your criminal defense.



28494 Westinghouse Place, Suite 206
Valencia, CA 91355
T: (661) 753-3534
F: (888) 831-4806


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