About The Firm


James M. Crawford is one of Southern Californias most sought after criminal defense attorneys with over 14 years of experience in criminal and appellate law. With more than 300 appeals and 50 jury trials under his belt, he is supremely qualified to handle a wide range of criminal defense cases from felony and misdemeanor crimes to state and federal appeals.


Throughout his career as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Crawford has been guided by a strong belief in justice and commitment to defending the legal rights of the accused. To arrange a no-cost consultation with Mr. Crawford, please click here.


High Profile Cases


Mr. Crawford's extensive experience and legal skill helped him obtain a reduced sentence for a non-violent offender who had been sentenced to 315 years to life in prison, the longest sentence ever meted out in the state of California for a non-violent crime. As a result of his research and investigation, Mr. Crawford was able to shave 300 years off the original sentence to bring it down to 10 years 8 months.


In 2002, Mr. Crawford took on a case in Santa Ana involving a man who had been wrongly convicted for a robbery he didn't commit and consequently sentenced to 13 years in prison. With Mr. Crawford's help, the man was exonerated and freed from prison after serving more than two years.




James Michael Crawford graduated from the University of Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA, where he was in the top 20th percentile of his class. While studying law, Mr. Crawford received the American Jurisprudence Awards for Civil Procedure II and Corporations and was also an active member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity.   In 2006 Mr. Crawford graduated from Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College.


Professional Associations and Memberships


Mr. Crawford is an active member of numerous professional organizations including:

  • NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • CACJ (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • CPDA (California Public Defenders' Association)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


If you have been accused of a criminal offense or have been convicted of a crime and would like to file an appeal, contact James M. Crawford today to start planning a course of action.


James M. Crawford
528 N. Glassell

Orange, CA 92867

Office: 714-538-0305
Fax: 714-538-0306


164 East 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Office: 909-388-2690