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Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh

Former Chief Assistant District Attorney. Award winning trial lawyer.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • California
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Calvin Cunninghame January 14, 2024
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I have observed many lawyers present their case in court. Chris gets the best possible results, all while maintaining the highest level of ethics and professionalism.
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Biography

Walsh Law is led by Chris Walsh, a former homicide prosecutor, and Chief Assistant District Attorney, with extensive jury trial experience. An attorney for more than 19 years, Chris Walsh is an accomplished trial lawyer and has a broad range of specialized experience in the field of criminal law. As a prosecutor, Walsh was assigned the most serious cases in the offices where he worked. Walsh tried numerous sexual assaults, gang, driving under the influence, and homicide cases. He has personally tried more than 100 jury trials. Walsh was twice selected as Prosecutor of the Year. He is a member of Lawyers of Distinction in the area of Criminal Law, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

Walsh Law takes pride in providing the highest quality criminal defense representation possible. Our dedicated legal team takes the time to communicate with our clients to find the strongest defense. Based on our experience we specialize in handling serious felony cases, and also provide expert DUI defense in all matters. Walsh Law focuses on representing good people who find themselves, on occasion, on the wrong side of the law. We intentionally take on a limited number of cases in order to give each client the attention their case deserves.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
DUI & DWI
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Victims Rights
White Collar Crime
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 235118
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Walsh Law
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Associate
Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation
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Assistant District Attorney
Nevada County District Attorney
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Deputy District Attorney
County of Santa Clara
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Deputy District Attorney
County of Fresno
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Deputy District Attorney
County of Kings - California
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Education
Excelsior College
B.A. | History
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Oak Brook College of Law
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: with honors
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Awards
Prosecutor of the Year
District Attorney's Office
Chris Walsh was recognized as outstanding trial attorney out of 130 other attorneys for that year.
Prosecutor of the Year
District Attorney's Office
Chris Walsh was recognized as outstanding trial attorney out of 130 other attorneys for that year.
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 235118
Member
Current
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Nevada County Bar Association
Current
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Sacramento County Bar Association
Current
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California DUI Lawyers Association
Current
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National Trial Lawyers Association
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
Current
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Lawyers of Distinction - Criminal Defense Law
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
www.walshcriminaldefense.com
Blog
Walsh Law YouTube channel
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered
Q. I got pulled over for a taillight and was given a field sobriety test and then a breathalyzer, which I blew under twice
A: In this scenario, it will come down to whether or not the police actually had a valid basis to arrest you for the DUI in the first place. If the police had probable cause to believe you were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, then the arrest would be proper and the cocaine that was later discovered could be used against you.

What you would want to do in this situation is have a criminal defense attorney run a suppression motion on your behalf that challenges the reasonableness of your arrest for the DUI. The burden would be on the government to show that the actions of the police were reasonable each step of the way. Sometimes if an individual is exhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs, based on field sobriety tests, then the police can arrest someone for suspicion of DUI even though they passed a breath test because that would only show the presence of alcohol. On the other hand, if the blood results come back and do not show the presence of drugs in your system, and you are not ultimately charged with the DUI, then you likely have a strong case to challenge the arrest as a violation of the Fourth Amendment. If successful with the suppression motion, then the drugs that were found could not be used against you and the case would likely be dismissed. ... Read More
Q. DMV case was set aside in CA DUI. I have a question about how the DUI classes req. by my criminal case affect that.
A: Congratulations on prevailing at the DMV Administrative Per Se Hearing. That makes your pathway a little easier. A lot of folks do not realize that when you get a DUI, you have two battles you are facing, and potentially two DMV suspensions: one from the criminal side, and the other is the DMV side.

Because you prevailed on the DMV side you simply should focus on the requirements from your criminal case. While technically you are in violation of the terms of your probation by not enrolling within the time frame that the court specified, generally speaking, if you do enroll and get started within a reasonable time period you should be ok. The court puts these deadlines in place because they are worried that people will put it off until the point when they no longer have enough time to complete the DUI school while on probation. If the DUI program says you are fine, then I would go with that. Just don't put it off too long or you will end up being in violation of probation.

Ultimately, you will need to enroll in and complete the DUI program in order to have a valid license whether the suspension came from the DMV Administrative Per Se Hearing, or from the criminal case.
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Q. Urgent: Seeking Legal Representation in Corporate, Construction, and Criminal Matters
A: Sometimes there is an overlap between civil disputes that can cross over into the area of criminal law. This very well could be one of those situations and depends upon specific circumstances. Typically, in a civil case the disagreement is about money, or a contractual dispute over terms agreed upon, in those situations a civil lawsuit would be filed seeking a remedy in the form of monetary damages in compensation for losses, or for an order directing performance depending upon the nature of the breach of contract. In these civil cases there could be legal questions that focused on negligence, fiduciary duty, and what was reasonable under the circumstances and the factual answers to those questions would decide who prevailed in the lawsuit. In the case of embezzlement, and entering into the criminal law arena, the key issue would be intent. The legal questions that would be at issue would be did the suspect intend to deprive the victim of his or her property? Did they appropriate or convert property to their own use? The factual answers to those questions would show whether a crime was committed or not.

As a former prosecutor, and now defense attorney, I have over 18 years of in-depth experience dealing with criminal law and litigation. As a former Chief Assistant District Attorney, I am very familiar with the review process and the type of evidence that would be needed to prove that a crime took place. I am hired by individuals, and companies at times, to represent them as a victim throughout the criminal justice process. I evaluate information about their case, advise them on the next steps, and help them navigate what can be a confusing system.
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Walsh Law
7950 Folsom Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
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Grass Valley, CA 95945
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