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William Vadim Pernik

William Vadim Pernik

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  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI ...
  • California
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William V. Pernik is a criminal defense attorney licensed to practice in all state courts in California. His office is located in Salinas, in a historic Austin House just minutes away from the courthouse. William Pernik practices exclusively in the field of criminal defense. Born in former Soviet Ukraine, William Pernik immigrated to the United States in 1996. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from U.C. Davis and a juris doctor degree from University of San Francisco School of Law, from which he graduated with Honors (cum laude), a certificate in Public Interest Law, and a number of academic awards. Raised in a family of public school teachers, William initially pursued a career as a public defender before opening his own practice. From 2007 through 2015, William worked as a deputy public defender in Tulare and Monterey counties, where he became known for his courtroom tenacity, his impressive trial record, and -- above all -- his personal commitment to his clients and passionate advocacy on their behalf. William's impressive trial record includes many complex felony cases, including serious DUIs with multiple victims and injuries, narcotic sales, assaults and batteries, criminal threats, domestic violence, carjacking, kidnapping, armed robberies, sex crimes, homicide, and gangs. William is particularly well-known for his creative approach to case resolution and negotiation, with a special interest in cases involving mental illness, serious substance abuse, developmental disorders, or veterans of U.S. military.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
  • Free Consultation
    Initial 30-minute consultation in office or over the phone is included.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Debit, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discovery are accepted.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Russian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of William V. Pernik
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Boutique criminal defense firm located in Monterey County, and focused exclusively on defense of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.
Deputy Public Defender
Monterey County Public Defender
Defended indigent persons charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in Monterey County. Cases included DUI/DWI, domestic violence, sex crimes, drug crimes, probation violations, serious and violent felonies, and gang crimes.
Deputy Public Defender
Tulare County Public Defender
Defended indigent clients in Tulare County criminal courts against misdemeanor and felony charges of DUI/DWI, domestic violence, narcotic offenses, gang crimes, gun crimes, sex crimes, property crimes, and homicides.
University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. (2006) | Juris Doctor
Honors: J.D., cum laude (2006); CALI Awards for Excellence in Death Penalty Law, Juvenile Law, and Federal Courts.
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University of California - Davis
B.A. (2003) | Psychology
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Top Lawyer 2016
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"In recognition of hard work, dedication, and contributions to the legal profession"
Professional Associations
Monterey County Bar Association
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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California Public Defenders' Association
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California State Bar  # 245394
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Websites & Blogs
Pernik Law Offices - Criminal Defense Attorney in Salinas, CA
Contact & Map
Law Offices of William V. Pernik
40 Central Avenue
Suite 4
Salinas, CA 93901
Telephone: (831) 222-3922
Fax: (831) 515-3657
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