Why Choose Us

Clients that choose Ridley Defense realize that it's not good enough to have just an adequate attorney. Doug Ridley is a former Deputy District Attorney and one of the most talented attorneys practicing in Southern California today. Doug and his associate Michelle Silva bring almost 25 years of experience and relationships within the courts to your case. Ridley Defense is focused on getting the best possible resolution on criminal cases for our clients. Criminal Defense is the ONLY law that we practice. We are passionate, experienced, and a caring hand during challenging times.

Ridley Defense practices in a very proactive way. Because of Doug's experience in reviewing, investigating, and prosecuting all kinds of criminal cases we are very comfortable interfacing with law enforcement, experts, and prosecutors even BEFORE your first court date or pre-arrest. We can often solve a problem BEFORE it becomes a problem. We can assist with advocacy, avoiding prosecution, understanding and attaining bail, and of course defense of your case. Our first step in handling charges that are sent to the District Attorney's office (i.e. you have been contacted via phone, arrested, cited or sent a summons to appear) is to see if your case is eligible for dismissal or a reduction in charges.

Our normal process includes heavy review of your case to make sure that paperwork was completed properly by law enforcement, evidence was collected in the required way, you were questioned constitutionally, and more. If there are flaws in your case, we pride ourselves on finding them and attaining a dismissal or reduction in charges from the prosecutor. We take a human approach to this part of your case as well. Often a prosecutor can be swayed to reject or reduce your charges if your character merits. Once a case proceeds and is filed, there are still many ways that we can win your case.

We are very skilled at alternative case resolution, deferred sentencing, alternative sentencing and other areas that may help create a favorable resolution to your case. Avoiding jail time, excessive fines and fees, avoiding loss of professional licenses, avoiding time off from work, and other goals can be achieved by our team. Many times, we can create a program through classes, community service, or rehab that can serve as a replacement for punishment through the criminal justice system. Our goal is the least amount of intrusion into your normal life and daily routines. We are very concierge, so we make all court appearances for you that are possible, keep you updated as to the status of your case, and generally handle the case while you have the peace of mind that you are on the best possible path.

We know the process, we know the courts, we know the judges, and we know how to win your case. All attorneys ARE NOT created equal. Our experience, reviews, recommendations, and results make Ridley Defense your BEST choice for criminal defense representation. It would be our honor to hear the details of your case. Call us at 805.208.1866 at any time for a complimentary consultation.