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Kristi Jo Peariso Esq.

The Law Office Of Kristi Peariso, P.C.
  • Criminal Law
  • California
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As a criminal law attorney with more than 11 years of experience in criminal defense, I have spent my entire career fighting for the constitutional protection of my clients. Unlike many other private criminal defense attorneys in Ventura County, I have never worked for the District Attorney's Office, and have never prosecuted anyone. I began my career as a Deputy Public Defender in Mendocino County, before transferring to Santa Barbara County and ultimately to Ventura County in 2000, where I remained as a Deputy Public Defender for 7 years. As a tireless and passionate public defender for nearly 10 years, I gained experience in criminal defense that cannot be duplicated. I have tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, handled hundreds of preliminary hearings and argued numerous types of motions. I have worked in and am familiar with every criminal courtroom in Ventura County. After working in the proposition 36 courtroom for several years, I have extensive experience with drug and alcohol addiction. Additionally, my experience in the mental health court has given me extensive insight into mental illness. I am well acquainted with the District Attorney's Office and all of the criminal judges and commissioners in the County.

Although my time with the Public Defender's Office was positive overall, I felt that I could not give my clients the representation they deserved because of my large caseload. So, in 2007 I chose to leave the Public Defender's Office and become a private attorney, where I could give each and every one of my clients the personal attention and representation they deserve. Due to my experience in criminal defense law, I have been contracted by the County of Ventura to handle and defend conflict cases. I also serve as an adjunct professor of criminal law at the Southern California Institute of Law.

I enjoy the individual time I am able to spend on each of my client's cases, and it is important to me that each of them is completely satisfied with my representation. I have built my reputation on the care and thoroughness with which I treat each client and on the passion with which I will defend them.

Practice Area
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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Criminal Law Professor
Southern California Institute of Law
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Univ of California Santa Barbara
Undergraduate Degree
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California Western School of Law
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Professor of the Year
Southern California Institute Of Law
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California State Bar  # 195145
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The Law Office of Kristi Peariso, P.C.
2300 Knoll Dr.
Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003
Telephone: (805) 620-0322
Fax: (805) 309-2342
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