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J. Patrick Carey, Esq., Cert. Crim. Spec.


Pat Carey is a State Bar Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and Former Prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.   He brought his knowledge of everything prosecution to put forward the best possible defense for his clients. He has not only the experience, but Pat also trained Law Enforcement agencies and new prosecutors during his tenure with the DA’s Office.  In September 2017, Pat trained a South Bay law enforcement task force at Gardena Police Department how to conduct DUI investigations.  He has mastered the art of negotiation for his clients, and when your case cannot be settled Pat is relentless at trial.  His trial experience is unmatched by his competitors given his experience in the DA’s office.

Pat is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist with the California State Bar.  What does that mean?  Well, there are 250,000 lawyers in California and only 400 have been granted the specialization.  The State Bar will only award the specialization to those lawyers with the sufficient trial statistics and courtroom experience.  So while a lawyer may tell you he has all the experience in the world, if they not a Board Certified Specialist, they do not have the experience they claim.  Pat does.

Pat Carey is not just a “former prosecutor.”  He has tried 65 jury trials for cases ranging from driving under the influence misdemeanors, to gang crimes, to special circumstance murder cases. As a DA, he additionally spent one year assigned to a juvenile division focusing exclusively on juvenile cases where he handled over 75 juvenile adjudication trials. As a felony trial lawyer, Pat conducted over 1,600 preliminary hearings. His experience as a prosecutor is unmatched by those who claim to be “former prosecutors.” In his time as a defense attorney, he has had cases dismissed either at the urging of the prosecutor or by taking the case to a judge and requiring dismissal. In addition to his jury trial experience, Pat Carey has also handled thousands of drug possession and sales cases, sex crimes, robberies, burglaries, fraud, theft and embezzlement cases.  Many criminal defense lawyers you meet will tell you that you should hire them because they have been practicing for decades.  Keep in mind, however, that in Pat Carey’s career he has already likely handled more cases, conducted more jury trials, and had more success than those attorneys have had in their time.  Pat is a new breed of criminal defense attorney.  He is up to date on the law, is technologically savvy, and understands how the office that is prosecuting you works inside and out.  In his career as a criminal defense lawyer, he has already been named “Client’s Choice” for 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the lawyer rating guide, Avvo.com.

 

Associations

Super Lawyers, 2016 to present

National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015 to present

Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008 to present

Association of Deputy District Attorneys, 2008-2014

California District Attorneys Association, 2008-2014

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 2003-2007

Media Appearances

One of Pat Carey’s murder prosecutions was featured on NBC’s “Dateline”.

Pat as a guest commentator on Fox News discussing some of Lindsay Lohan’s criminal troubles.

Awards

Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017

Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2017

Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016

Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2016

Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015

Excellence for the Future: White Collar and Criminal Law, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, 2007

Publications

The Battle of the Bay, Surfer Magazine, 2017

Short Term Rental Owners Push Back, The Daily Breeze, 2017

Judge Strikes Down Class Certification, The Daily Breeze, 2017

Class Action Status Denied, Surfline, 2017

Pat Carey Recognized by Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017

Driver Receives Favorable Deal, The Daily Breeze, 2016

DA Declines to Prosecute, The Daily Breeze, 2016

Former Inglewood Man Found Guilty, The Daily Breeze, 2012

Torrance Man Sentenced, The Daily Breeze, 2012

Husband Set to Be Sentenced for Murder,  Los Angeles County District Attorney, 2012

Ex-Inglewood Man gets 25-life for 1994 Strangling, San Jose Mercury News, 2012

Torrance Man Says he Killed Roomate, Daily Breeze 2011

Former Peninsula High Student Faces 4 Years, The Daily Breeze, 2010

Judge Orders Torrance Man to Stand Trial for Hate Crime, Contra Costa Times, 2008

Speaking Engagements

How to Conduct DUI Investigations for Police Officers, Gardena Police Department, 2017

Handling Probation Violations, Fox News, 2015

How to Be a Prosecutor, District Attorney’s Office New Hires College, 2014

Criminal Procedure, Southwestern University School of Law, 2013

The Art of Prosecuting Crimes, District Attorney’s Office New Hires College, 2013

Project Lead, Criminal Law Educator, 2013

Driving Under the Influence for Successful Prosecution, Manhattan Beach Police Department, 2011