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Ghazal Sharif

Ghazal Sharif

Bay Area DUI Lawyer and Former Prosecutor
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence
  • California
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WELCOME. For those seeking a Bay Area DUI and criminal defense lawyer, welcome! I am the Founding Partner of the Law Office of Ghazal Sharif. I defend good people facing DUI and criminal charges in 7 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano.

FIRM PHILOSOPHY. As a former prosecutor and passionate defense lawyer, I am results driven and client focused. I offer results, move for dismissals, fight for reduced charges and negotiate plea deals. I do what is best for my clients because my clients’ wins are my wins. I put myself in my clients’ shoes by thinking about their experience when they first inquire about my legal services, book an initial consult, move through the intake process, create payment plans, prepare defenses, challenge evidence, negotiate with prosecutors and finally, resolve their case.

FIRM SPECIALITY. I aspire to be the go–to lawyer for the toughest cases. I am often hired by clients with make–or–break matters, including undocumented immigrants, commercial drivers, licensed professionals, military service members and drivers under 21.

PRICING. My primary goal is to make my fees affordable. Because being arrested and charged with a crime is often unplanned, I work with clients to create affordable and reasonable payment plans to take care of legal fees.

CONTACT. Call or text 925–768–7718 for a free case review or visit for more information. You have nothing to lose by calling to speak with a lawyer about how to defend against criminal charges.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
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    My primary goal is to make my fees affordable. Because being arrested and charged with a crime is often unplanned, I work with clients to create affordable and reasonable payment plans to take care of legal fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 307636
Central District Court of California
  • Dari-Persian: Spoken
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Farsi: Spoken
Professional Experience
Owner and Founding Partner
The Law Office of Ghazal Sharif
- Current
Managing Attorney
The Kavinoky Law Firm
- Current
Associate Attorney
Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Reynolds, Shuey & Mintz
Associate Attorney
Blum, Gibbs, Davies & Owen LLP
Deputy District Attorney
San Joaquin District Attorney
Law Clerk
Fourth District Court of Appeal
Law Clerk
San Diego Superior Court
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Training (2019)
California Lawyer's Association
2019 New Criminal Law Statutes
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
2018 DUI Rules of the Road XXI Seminar
California Western School of Law
J.D. (2014)
Honors: First Place Mediation Competition, Moot Court Distinguished Advocate Award
Saint Mary's College of California
B.S. (2009)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Avvo's Client Choice Award 2019
Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency
U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Office
Distinguished Service as a Judicial Extern to the Court of Appeal
State of California Court of Appeal Fourth Appellate District, Division One
First Place Mediation Competition
California Western School of Law
Moot Court Distinguished Advocate Award
California Western School of Law
Judicial Clerkship Program
American Bar Association
Make a Difference Recognition Award
Pleasanton Unified School District, Special Education Program
Commendation For Exemplary Service
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Magna Cum Laude
Saint Mary's College
Professional Associations
California Lawyers Association
- Current
California DUI Lawyer's Association
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
State Bar of California # 307636
- Current
Speaking Engagements
New Criminal Statutes: 2019
The Kavinoky Law Firm
Mental Health Diversion Under California Penal Code § 1001.36
The Kavinoky Law Firm
Websites & Blogs
DUI on Demand
The Best California DUI Lawyers
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. How long should it take a public defender to get my case file?
A: The timing depends on many factors, including the responsible law enforcement agency preparing the police report and whether there is an ongoing criminal investigation such as a DUI. I recommend placing trust in your Public Defender and contacting your Public Defender about the anticipated timeline of obtaining the police report.
Q. What charge is PC42217B4
A: In California, making a criminal threat is charged under Penal Code section 422. To prove a person is guilty of this crime, the prosecutor must prove the following elements: (1) The defendant willfully threatened to kill or cause great bodily harm to another; (2) The defendant conveyed a threat verbally, in writing, or via electronic device; (3) The defendant harbored the intent that the statement be taken as a threat; (4) The threat was unconditional, immediate, clear, and specific that it could be carried out; and (5) The other person sustained reasonable fear for their safety or the safety of an immediate family member.
Q. warrant. jail time?
A: You need to speak with a public defender or criminal defense lawyer to arrange to recalling the warrant. It is far better to do that than to take chances on being arrested on the warrant and then jailed. It would also be helpful to be able to explain why you failed to appear in court. If there is any written record (such as a letter from your doctor, your employer, proof you lost your wallet) which may help to explain your absence, the judge might consider giving you another chance rather than putting you into custody.
Q. If I am not on probation or parole and am placed under arrest can I be searched and be given a blood test?
A: Under the implied consent laws, a person who wants to drive is deemed to have consented to a warrantless seizure of their blood or breath.
Q. I just recently got pulled over going 75 on a 65 freeway. Will traffic school make it seem as if nothing happened?
A: In general, you should not get any points on your driving record if you complete traffic school for a qualifying violation by the due date. But if you choose to go to traffic school, you will still have to pay your traffic fine, in addition to an administrative court fee and the traffic school fee. This is because attending traffic school does not do away with the fine or fees; it is a separate issue related only to eliminating the point from your DMV record.
Q. Can a public defender redact a police report.??.
A: In a criminal case, usually the part of the file of most interest to the client is the police reports. There is nothing forbidding defense attorneys from releasing these reports to the defendant (either during the representation or afterward), but in California we cannot include the address or telephone number of any witness in any document discovered to us by the prosecutor. That is, we must redact this information out of the reports prior to releasing the documents to the defendant. If we fail to do so, we commit a misdemeanor. Even should the client choose to represent himself, the addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses may not be disclosed to the client. Rather, the court must appoint a qualified private investigator to help the self-represented defendant and order that witness contact information be released only to that investigator.
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1901 Harrison Street
Suite 1100
Oakland , CA 94612
Cell: (925) 768-7718
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6701 Koll Center Pkwy
Suite 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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2880 Zanker Road
Suite 203
San Jose, CA 95134
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