Our firm is dedicated to providing the best possible legal counsel. We offer a full range of services, from compliance to licensing, from zoning to criminal defense.
Our successful work in criminal defense includes everything from DUIs to murder and manslaughter. Allison leads the firm’s thriving appellate practice and a robust motion practice. Allison Margolin is highly regarded for her fearless, aggressive work successfully leading criminal trial teams. Her record in what has been traditionally a male dominated field has opened doors for other women attorneys. Allison’s expertise in criminal law, success at appeals and lifelong advocacy for those adversely affected by the war on drugs has uniquely positioned Margolin & Lawrence as an integral leader in the growing and evolving business of cannabis legalization.
Margolin & Lawrence got its start as one of the state’s leading criminal defense firms, with a reputation for getting cases dismissed and securing near impossible wins for their clients. Our successful work in criminal defense includes everything from DUIs to murder and manslaughter.
No matter if your case is at the state or federal level, our lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf and ensure you get a fair trial. They have ample experience navigating the complex and often conflicting state and federal laws.
Allison Margolin and Raza Lawrence have represented clients in criminal cases all over the state of California, throughout the state’s 58 counties at the Superior Court level, in Federal District Courts throughout the Nation, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In California, M&L has represented clients in the following counties: Mendocino, Sonoma, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and many more.
Margolin & Lawrence is here to help you better understand your criminal case and your rights under federal and California law. Clients are our priority and our commitment to protecting the rights of our clients drives us to
Homicide Cases – Homicide cases are the most serious in the criminal justice system because of the consequence of life in prison – your livelihood and freedom are at a stake. Murder, manslaughter, and a killing of another human being in self-defense are all considered homicide. You will need a criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights when facing charges involving the death of another person, whether this was intentional or accidental. We understand the severity of a homicide case and are happy to offer our level of experience and preparation to you.
Gun Cases – Gun cases are prevalent all around the nation at this moment. A gun case can consist of someone carrying a concealed weapon to the use of a gun in a crime. There are different laws when it comes to possessing a firearm legally or illegally, all of which our firm has experience in. Gun cases need to be defended to protect an individual from potential jail time, prison time or other harsh penalties.
DUI Defense – A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction can result in suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, costly fines, increase in or cancellation of your auto insurance policy, and in some cases, jail or prison. We are happy to answer any common questions you may have after being charged with a DUI – questions such as what your penalties will be if you are found guilty or take a plea deal, whether you will be able to continue to drive or not, for how long your license may be suspended, and what will occur in court are all questions we can answer.
We highly recommend that you contact an attorney if you are facing a federal investigation of any kind because you will need an attorney to protect and defend your rights. Allison Margolin and Raza Lawrence can discuss with you the potential sentence you may be up against and can advise you of the risks of the charges you’re facing.
We are experienced in representing clients who face these types of federal charges:
- Immigration law violations
- Wire fraud
- Bank fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Antitrust violations
- Federal gun offenses
Our Record of results in All Criminal Cases
- DUI Defense
- Juvenile Crimes
- Criminal Defense
- White collar crimes
- Weapons Charges
We bring power to truth. The Margolin & Lawrence team works daily to improve public policy in the state of California and nationwide. We believe public policy should be moved in a sensible and humane direction to better our communities.
Members of our staff are leaders in advocacy and in policy matters facing our communities today. We bring a unique perspective to public policy work.
We prepare our clients to actively engage in the policymaking process, and help them identify risks and opportunities to improve public policy. We strategize and lead the way for our clients who are visionaries in their industries.
Our state and federal compliance practice is evidenced by M&L’s work and registration as a lobbying firm for the past decade. Since its inception, M&L has been involved in several advocacy groups and non-profit work. We advise our clients on legal issues associated with their policy interests. Margolin & Lawrence and its attorneys are registered lobbyists in the state of California. We provide expertise in a range of practice areas, including regulatory law, zoning, permitting, compliance, branding, trademark and civil litigation. Allison Margolin is a member of NORML, and has been involved in various other industry-related organizations.
We also help protect health care through proper licensing and regulation. We strongly believe in promoting access to quality medical care through regulatory functions. Additionally, The Medical Board of California shares common beliefs with us regarding proper health care – we believe those in prison or jail should not be deprived of health care. We advocate for prisoners to receive proper food due to their allergies and believe that these needs should not be neglected.
Margolin & Lawrence regularly comments on policies affecting the environment in California and throughout the United States. Our firm strongly believes in complying with all policies. We also believe all industries should be kept up to date with environmental and land use issues – we are an industry leader in handling these types of issues that impact non-profit organizations, private corporations and public agencies. We advice our clients on natural resources, energy and environmental issues before legislative bodies. Margolin & Lawrence has helped many of its clients obtain licenses and permits in a timely manner to reduce the risk of litigation and non-compliance with environmental laws. Our team works daily assisting clients with their business plans, helping clients achieve these goals by staying within their budget, and in a timely manner under current regulations.
Margolin & Lawrence has successfully written numerous interlocutory appeals in state and federal court. Margolin & Lawrence has represented clients in criminal, administrative, and civil matters. In many of these cases, writs are often necessary since many cases are not appealable until there has been a final judgment in the case. Margolin & Lawrence has over a decade experience writing writs, including Writ of Mandate, Writ of Administrative Mandamus, Writ of Supersedeas and Writ of Prohibition. In 2019, Margolin & Lawrence successfully obtained a stay on an order by the California Medical Board to revoke our client’s license to practice medicine.