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Anthony V. Salerno & Associates is a true full-service criminal defense law firm. We have successfully handled the full range of criminal cases in both State and Federal Court. We bring the same high level of professionalism and energy to all of our cases.

The firm has handled numerous high-profile and celebrity cases. While we strongly prefer to handle all such cases as discreetly and privately as possible, we are also highly savvy in using any unavoidable media coverage to our clients’ best advantage.



Drug Crimes

Cultivation, Distribution, Importation, Manufacturing, Possession for Sale, Trafficking, Transportation


DMV hearings, DMV license suspensions, DUI court proceedings

Immigration Issues

Motions to Set Aside, Convictions / Withdraw Pleas, Nunc Pro Tunc Orders, Writs of Habeas Corpus/Coram Nobis

Juvenile Dependency

Adjudications, Dispositions

Juvenile Delinquency

Adjudications, Dispositions, Fitness Hearings, Informal Probation, Sealing of Records

Miscellaneous Crimes

Aiding/Abetting Arms Trafficking, Conspiracy, Extradition, Hit and Run, Obstruction of Justice, Perjury, Shoplifting, Stalking

General Criminal Trial Practice

Felonies and Misdemeanors, Murder, Assault and Battery, Sex Crimes, Date Rape, Computer Offenses, Thefts and Shoplifting, Narcotics Offenses, Domestic Violence, Weapons Offenses

Felony DUI with Injuries

Multiple Priors, Underage Drivers, Refusal Cases, DMV Hearings

Post Conviction

Certificates of Rehabilitation, Governor's Pardon, Changes of Plea, Expungements, Motions for a New Trial, Parole and Probation, Plea Withdrawals, Reductions, Felony to Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor to Infraction, Sentence Modifications, Writs of Habeas Corpus, Writs of Mandamus

Sexual Crimes

Child Abuse, Child Enticement, Child Molestation, Child Pornography, Child Procurement, Date Rape, Exploitation, Failure to Register, Indecent Exposure, Internet Pornography, Internet Solicitation, Lewd Conduct, Pandering, Prostitution, Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, Sexual Imposition, Sodomy, Solicitation, Spousal Rape

Violent Crimes

Armed Robbery, Arson, Assault and Battery, Carjacking, Child Abuse, Criminal Threats, Domestic Violence, Firearms Offenses, Hate Crimes, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Mayhem, Murder, Robbery, Terrorism Charges, Second and Third Strikes Cases, Weapons Offenses

White Collar Crimes

State and Federal Court, Corporations and Individuals, Internal Investigations, Fraud, Embezzlement, Theft, Tax Evasion, Code Compliance Violations, Securities Fraud, Insurance Fraud



There is a Difference

Not all criminal defense lawyers are the same. Nearly all of our cases come from referrals. We are not a “mill.” We know our business depends on each case being handled with the greatest quality and care. All criminal defense lawyers say they have the will to win. We have something more: the will to prepare to win.

Preemptive Early Intervention

As soon as we consult a new Client on their case we immediately assess the situation. We proactively investigate and work to persuade the prosecuting agency to reject a case outright. If that is not possible, we work to persuade the prosecuting agency to proceed with alternatives in lieu of formal prosecution. These alternatives include Non-Prosecution Agreements, Corporate Integrity Agreements, Certification of Compliance Agreements and Office Hearings.


Creative and Aggressive Case Negotiation

If the case ends up in court we prepare thoroughly. We identify all points of leverage, seek to understand all the collateral issues important to the Client and then politely push the prosecutors and their supervisors for the best possible outcomes. These outcomes include Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Informal Deferred Entry of Judgment Agreements and Civil Compromises.


Superb Trial Advocacy

Trials make sense in two situations: where the Prosecution’s proposed settlement is so poor the Client risks little by going trial or where the Client’s case is very strong and the consequences of losing at trial are outweighed by a high likelihood of success. We pride ourselves on being top-flight trial advocates. In cases where our Clients choose to go to trial they are in great hands. Preparation and poise are the keys to victory.

Commitment to Client Service and Satisfaction

It is not enough to get the best results. It is equally important that Clients understand what is happening every step of the way and that they feel they were respected and well taken care of. We understand that criminal cases can be especially stressful to our Clients, so we are patient, respectful and available. We “walk the walk” with our unique policy of sending out Client Evaluation Forms at the conclusion of each case so that we receive the feedback necessary to maintain our focus on Client satisfaction and service.




Mr. Barshop is a former Assistant Head Deputy in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the second highest position in the D.A.'s Office below the elected District Attorney. Mr. Barshop's vast experience and connections within the D.A.'s Office provide an invaluable asset to the firm.

Formerly the director the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab Forensic Alcohol Testing Unit, Mr. Beckner has testified thousands of times in DUI cases.

Det. Salerno (no relation to Mr. Salerno) is a former LASD Homicide Detective, and was responsible for solving two of the most infamous serial killer cases in the history of the United States, the Hillside Strangler and the Nightstalker.

Capt. Scully is a former LASD Detective and Captain. His investigative skill and connections in law enforcement are unparalleled.

Besides having been a former LAPD Detective, Colonel Jakucs is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dr. Dietz is one of the foremost forensic psychiatrists in the United States. Dr. Dietz is famous for his testimony in such high profile cases as the Jeffrey Dahmer and the Andrea Yates cases.

Dr. Vicary is also one of the foremost forensic psychiatrists at work today. He is most famous for his work in the Eric and Lyle Menendez case.

Sgt. D'Amico, a decorated law enforcement veteran, has testified hundreds of times in narcotics cases.

Mr. Bragman is the foremost damage control public relations expert at work today. His clients have included many celebrities, and he has provided commentary on nearly every major media network.



Mailing Address: 400 Continental Blvd., 6th Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245​

Phone:  (310) 286-7262


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