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Ambrosio RodriguezIf you or a loved one is under investigation or charged with a crime, you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom.

With over 13 years experience as a Senior Deputy District Attorney and 20 years of criminal law experience, Ambrosio E. Rodriguez understands what you are up against: “the system.” The government has unlimited resources to come after you.

As a former prosecutor, Mr. Rodriguez does not only know the system, he was the system. Mr. Rodriguez will aggressively represent you to achieve the best possible outcome. When you hire Mr. Rodriguez, you tip the scales of justice in your favor.

Contact our office today for a free consultation. The Rodriguez Law Group – Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney handles all criminal matters including domestic violence, drug crimes, homicide, sex crimes, and more. We assist clients throughout L.A. County. We offer virtual consultations for your convenience. Call (213) 995-6767 for immediate assistance.

Client Reviews

Have you ever had a crucible moment in your life where you know that if you don’t take swift action and get the right people involved in the situation, your life could literally be in ruins. Well, this happened to my husband and I. We were in California for a very sad occasion, to say our final goodbyes to my dear sister and celebrate her 60 years of life. While at my sister’s home and just about to drive out of the driveway, when we were
March 20, 2019
I recently found myself in need to hire a criminal defense attorney. I searched the internet, and decided on 4 attorneys to check out to see which one I felt was best for me. I chose one of the 4 and had them e-mail me a contract to sign. I filled out the contract, which included payment information. Then at the last minute, I decided to search the internet again just to confirm my decision before I e-mailed the contract back. This search...
October 22, 2018
Due to nature of my case I can't really give explicit details however I will do my best to describe what Mr. Rodriguez has done for me. When I was falsely accused of a sexual misconduct crime I did not commit I didn't know what to do. I spent days trying to find a criminal defense attorney to represent and guide me through this troubling situation. When I called The Rodriguez Law Office and explained my situation to...
July 9, 2018
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Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer

Mr. Rodriguez prosecuted over 1,000 cases, including death penalty trials, during his 13 years as a prosecutor. He was the Trial Team Leader of the Sex Crimes Unit and in the Homicide Unit. He has also cross-examined hundreds of “experts” and is prepared to challenge any scientific evidence presented by the prosecution in their case against you. He will put his expertise of the criminal justice system to work for you so that you can get back to your life.

Beyond experience, Mr. Rodriguez brings a strong team to your defense comprised of experts, investigators, and associate attorneys. His team often conducts its own investigation, which includes questioning witnesses, examining the crime scene, and combing through the evidence to understand the situation and make sure the jury hears your side of the story.

Do not be intimidated by an aggressive prosecutor trying to scare you into accepting a plea deal. Instead, call a criminal lawyer with a proven track record and experience in courthouses throughout to fight the charges.


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Practice Areas

Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes

California considers crimes that involve sex or are sexually motivated to be particularly reprehensible. That’s why the penalties are so steep. A conviction can ultimately affect your life for decades after you’ve completed your court-imposed sentence if you’re required to register as a sex offender. The only way to prevent these consequences is by asserting a strong defense from the get-go. As Senior Deputy District Attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez prosecuted thousands of sex crime cases. He’ll use his inside knowledge to your benefit when your future is on the line. 

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Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes

Do not underestimate just how aggressive the state will be in prosecuting charges for a violent crime. These crimes are unlike others because the victims tend to be vocal and involved. Prosecutors are under pressure to not only convict, but to also secure the harshest penalty they can. Whether you’ve been accused of assault, manslaughter, homicide, or another violent felony offense, you deserve the right to defend yourself. Our Los Angeles defense attorneys have been defending clients against these serious offenses for decades – and winning. We’ve secured multiple not guilty verdicts and gotten the charges dropped for countless clients. We will work diligently to secure similar results for you.

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Federal Crimes

Federal Crimes

Some crimes fall under federal, rather than California state, jurisdiction. This is true for many drug crimes, as well as white-collar offenses. When you’re facing federal charges, you need a defense attorney who understands how the federal criminal justice system works. Our Los Angeles federal crimes attorneys have been navigating the federal court systems in California for decades, and you can trust that we’ll draw on that experience as we fight for you.

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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

Compared to other states, California has relatively relaxed drug laws. However, the penalties for possession, selling, distributing, and/or trafficking controlled substances are still quite harsh for misdemeanor and felony charges. You might even face two separate sentences if you’re charged with both state and federal offenses. Our drug crime attorneys know that evidence can make or break these types of cases. That’s why we’ll carefully examine how evidence was seized by the government and if your rights might have been violated. If our defense lawyers suspect they were, we’ll ask the court to toss the evidence, and the charges against you, too.

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Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders

Courts in California err on the side of caution when asked to issue a restraining order. Once a protective order has been served, you are legally obligated to comply. That’s true, even if the order is based on false allegations or lies. If you violate your restraining order, you can face very harsh criminal consequences, including the possibility of jail time. Our team of Los Angeles restraining order attorneys will build a solid defense for you and fight to minimize the penalties you might face.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles will not take allegations of domestic violence or abuse lightly. The state will pour countless hours and resources into an investigation. The only way to clear your name and beat the charges is to have a strong defense. Our Los Angeles domestic violence lawyers will enlist the help of experts and work diligently to gather evidence to not only support your side of the story, but to discredit the claims against you, as well. Call us today if you’re facing felony charges. Penal Code 273.5 PC

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Homicide is perhaps the most serious crime in California. If convicted, you face the possibility of decades or life behind bars. The Death Penalty could also be on the table. Know that the prosecutors handling your case will be under intense pressure to convict, so they’ll spare no expense in building the strongest possible case against you. Our homicide lawyers will rely on decades of experience prosecuting and defending these serious matters. We’ll not only devise a dynamic defense strategy for you, but also undercut the prosecution’s case at every turn. Penal Code 187 PC.

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Common Questions About Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested or believe to be under investigation, it is critical that you call us immediately so we can start working on your case.

Can I Get Arrested If the Police Don’t Have a Warrant?

Yes. The police don’t need an arrest warrant to take you into custody or charge you with a crime. However, it’s easier to fight the legitimacy of an arrest if it was made without a warrant. Be sure to tell your attorney everything you can remember about the arrest to help lay the groundwork for a motion to dismiss the charges against you.

Can the Police Conduct a Warrantless Search?

Generally speaking, the answer is “no.” However, there are exceptions – like when an officer has reasonable suspicion or believes there are certain extenuating circumstances (e.g., a present threat of violence or that evidence will be destroyed if a search is delayed) or if something is in “plain view.” Officers can also conduct a search if you provide consent. Absent any of these things, however, a search must be supported by a warrant. A warrantless search can lead to a dismissal of the charges against you or, at the very least, devastate the state’s case by leaving the prosecution without evidence.

I Wasn’t Read My Miranda Rights. Can My Case Be Dismissed?

The police must absolutely read you your rights before you are taken into custody and questioned. If you’re interrogated without being “Mirandized,” that’s a serious violation of your Constitutional rights – and grounds for having the charges against you dismissed. A skilled attorney will work hard to make that happen.

Do I Need a Lawyer If I’m Innocent?

It certainly helps to have an attorney represent you, regardless of whether or not you’re guilty of a crime. Hiring an attorney can help to ensure that your rights are respected and decrease the odds of getting convicted for a crime you didn’t commit. Remember, state and federal prosecutors have tons of experience trying criminal cases. The best way to protect yourself is to have a skilled attorney in your corner, too.

Is It Worth it to Hire a Lawyer If I’m Guilty?

Absolutely. Even if you are guilty of a crime, there are a lot of factors at play that can influence a criminal case. With an attorney represents you, it can potentially reduce the level of the charge(s) you face (misdemeanor vs. felony), set the stage for favorable plea negotiations, and help you minimize the penalties that might be included in your sentence if convicted. Remember, the state has to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – which is much tougher to do when an attorney is fighting them every step of the way.

What About a Public Defender? Do I Really Need to Hire a Private Attorney?

It’s true that an attorney can be appointed to defend you. However, public defenders tend to be overworked and are often navigating several criminal cases at once. This means that your case might not get the time and attention it really needs. And, if you’re facing charges for a sex crime, domestic violence, or federal offense, it’s likely that the state-appointed lawyer won’t have the in-depth experience and expertise that’s required to give you a well-rounded and comprehensive defense. Hiring a private defense attorney can give you the edge you need to walk away with a successful outcome.

What is Bail?

If you’re arrested, there’s a chance that the state might hold in lieu of bail. This simply means that you (or a family member or bail bondsman) has to pay a certain amount of money to secure your release. It’s essentially collateral to ensure that you return for your hearings and court date. There are times when you might be released on your own recognizance or detained without bail, depending on your record and/or the charges you face.

What’s a Plea Bargain? Should I Accept a Deal?

A plea bargain is an offer extended to a defendant by the prosecution in a criminal case. Typically, the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduction in charges and/or reduced penalties. A plea bargain means that a guilty plea will be on the defendant’s permanent criminal record – so it is important to give a lot of thought as to whether or not to accept a deal. An attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons and figure out the best course of action for your particular case.

What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in a county jail Felonies, on the other hand, carry the possibility of considerably more time behind bars in a county jail or state prison – ranging from 16 months to three years to life. Crimes of a more serious nature – typically those that involve an act of violence or physical harm to another person – are often charged at the felony level, while less serious offenses are tried as misdemeanors. However, whether or not you have a criminal record can certainly affect what level charge you ultimately face.

Does California Have a “Three Strikes” Law?

Yes. Under the Golden State’s Three Strikes Law, serious felonies are classified as “strike” offenses. Every time you’re convicted of serious felony, you’ll get a strike on your record and face increasingly harsh penalties for subsequent crimes. For instance, let’s say you have two strikes on your record. When you’re charged with a third strike offense, you’ll automatically face 25 years to life in prison – regardless of what the penalty typically is for the underlying crime.

Recent Case Results

Mr. Rodriguez handles criminal cases throughout all Los Angeles courts. The following is a partial list of victories we have secured for our clients.
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with Assault with a Deadly weapon with a Gang Allegation and Domestic Violence, Convictions would have resulted in 12 years in the State Prison.
Not Guilty – Jury Trial
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with Murder in the First Degree with a gang allegation, Attempted Murder with. Gang allegation, and Second Degree Murder with a Gang Allegation.
Not Guilty – Jury Trial
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with multiple counts of child molestation. A conviction would lead to 28 years in state prison.
5 years of probation and therapy
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client investigated for molesting patient. A conviction would have led to 6 years in state prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and loss of professional license.
Investigation stopped and all charges dropped
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with felony domestic violence. A conviction would have led up to 5 years in state prison.
All charges dropped after meeting with law enforcement and the district attorney
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with Murder in the 1st Degree. A conviction would have led to Life in Prison.
Case dismissed
Los Angeles Superior Court
Client charged with multiple counts of domestic violence. Conviction would have led to 1 year in jail, fines and a 52-week anger management class.
Client attended 24 classes of anger management and all charges dismissed. No probation, no jail, no fines
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Violence, Convictions would have resulted in 25 years to life in the State Prison.
28 months in custody.
Los Angeles Superior Court
Criminal Court Building: Client charged with DUI, Conviction could have resulted in jail time/community labor, suspended license, alcohol classes, IID device installed in car, increase in SR-22 insurance, plus costly fines and fees.
Dismissal –After Motion to Dismiss.
Domestic Violence
Domestic violence convictions can have long-lasting effects for you and your family. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you need a strong defense.
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Drug Crimes
As a Senior Deputy D.A., Mr. Rodriguez trained other prosecutors. He knows what the prosecution team knows, which allows him to spot...
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As a former prosecutor, Mr. Rodriguez handled homicide cases and death penalty trials. If you have been charged with homicide, call today.
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Sex Crimes
If you have been charged with committing a sex crime, you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal lawyer. Call today so that we can discuss your case.
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Available Throughout Southern California

Our criminal attorneys can help you wherever you are facing charges throughout Southern California. That includes Los Angeles County and  Riverside County. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is critical that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney near you to assist you in this time of crisis.

Los Angeles Office

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The Rodriguez Law Group

626 Wilshire Blvd Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 995-6767

Experience You Can Trust

Los Angeles has thousands of criminal defense lawyers to choose from. Mr. Rodriguez sets himself apart from the rest because he will personally handle your case. He will not pass you off to his associate after completing the initial interview. By hiring The Rodriguez Law Group, you will receive the personal attention of an attorney with a proven track record. More importantly, you will receive the quality representation and respect that you deserve during this difficult time.

If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in Los Angeles, hiring a criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. A skilled lawyer can greatly increase the chances that the case will end as favorably as possible for the defense. The quality of representation will have long-term consequences for you and your family.

If you are seeking a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, make sure you hire someone with the expertise and proven track record. Regardless of the crime, we are prepared to aggressively defend your legal rights.

Call our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers For Free Consultation

Choosing a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can be a difficult process. To make the process easier, we offer a free consultation. Call today at (213) 204-4977 or fill out our free case evaluation form to see how we can assist you during this difficult time. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your criminal defense needs.

Ambrosio Rodriguez

With over 20 years of experience, and 13 years experience as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, Ambrosio E. Rodriguez has the experience you need when you have been charged with a crime.

As a former prosecutor, Mr. Rodriguez handled thousands of cases, including domestic violence, sex crimes, and death penalty trials. When facing a possible criminal conviction, you owe it to yourself to hire a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record that will fight for you in court.

Mr. Rodriguez has unmatched trial court experience and will aggressively protect your liberty. See Mr. Rodriguez’s media appearances to learn more.

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