Criminal Defense

Redwood City Criminal Defense firm

With over 26 years of experience, the Law Offices of Dean Johnson understands the intense pressure and uncertainty that defendants deal with when facing criminal charges. Whether the accusations are for general misdemeanors or felonies, they all have the potential to leave people with a permanent record, a damaged reputation, fines, and possible prison time. The goal of our Redwood City criminal defense law firm is to provide you with the skilled representation and personal attention you need and deserve. We’re here to tell your side of the story and work to protect your rights and freedom. 

Call (650) 832-9446 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

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Defense That Matters


No matter how complex or contentious your situation is, we will clearly outline your options and develop a thorough strategy for achieving your objectives.

An Experienced and Aggressive Legal Defense

At the Law Offices of Dean Johnson, we are not just defenders but are advocates for justice, offering an experienced and aggressive legal defense to those in need. The resources of our Redwood City criminal defense law firm include connections with independent investigators who provide us with comprehensive reports that aid your defense. Our network includes law enforcement veterans and the forensic consultant for the TV show CSI

Furthermore, Attorney Johnson has earned substantial recognition as a defense lawyer. National TV networks, including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, have featured him on their platforms to discuss a multitude of complex legal issues. 

Ultimately, Attorney Johnson is, first and foremost, a defense attorney who prides himself on keeping a personal connection with his clients. He’s the one you will meet with, answer your e-mails, and take your calls. You won’t be handed off to an associate. You’ll get strong and vigorous representation straight from our accomplished founder. 

We answer our phones 24/7. Call (650) 832-9446 today for a free consultation.

  • Client-Centered Approach
    Your well-being is our top priority. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you, both inside and outside the courtroom.
  • Compassionate Advocacy
    We prioritize understanding and empathy, ensuring you feel heard and supported every step of the way.
  • Expertise You Can Rely On
    Backed by extensive legal knowledge and experience, we provide strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.
  • Trustworthy Guidance
    Building trust is at the core of what we do. You can count on us for honest advice and steadfast representation.

Building Trust, One Case at a Time

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • Case Dismissed

    Mr. Johnson obtained a dismissal in federal court for a client whose home was the target of a drug raid by Federal and State officers. Of nearly 40 defendants named in the case, Mr. Johnson's client was the only one who obtained a complete dismissal of all charges.

  • Not Guilty

    Police conducted an early morning raid of a college student's home. The police seized the student's computer and charged him with possession of child pornography. The student retained Mr. Johnson. The case went to trial. Following Mr. Johnson's cross-examination of the police's FBI-trained computer expert, the judge acquitted the student on the spot.

  • Case Dismissed

    Mr. Johnson was retained to represent a local automobile dealer who was charged with felony sexual assault. A customer claimed that Mr. Johnson's client had attacked her during an after-hours meeting in the client's office. The DA offered the client six years in prison, to be followed by deportation from the United States. With Mr. Johnson's help, the client is still in the United States and is happily married.

  • Prison Sentence Reduced

    Client hired Mr. Johnson after being convicted of solicitation to commit murder. On appeal, Mr. Johnson convinced the Court of Appeal to reduce the client's sentence by two years.

Serving the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Areas

Before becoming a defense lawyer, Attorney Dean Johnson worked on the other side of the aisle as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office. This unique experience and an academic background in strategic analysis are often helpful to his clients as he works to craft their own defense strategies. We understand how prosecutors think and the challenges they face, and we do all we can to leverage that knowledge at trial and during negotiations. 

Our office routinely handles cases that include the following: 

White Collar Crime

White-collar crime encompasses a range of deceitful practices alleged to have been done for financial gain. Clients often come to us for help on charges that include fraud, embezzlement, counterfeiting, violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and tax evasion. 


Homicide, the act of one individual causing the death of another, stands as one of the gravest charges in the criminal justice system. The Law Offices of Dean Johnson has a profound understanding of the legal nuances that surround these cases. Whether it's a matter of self-defense, a tragic accident, or a circumstance with mitigating factors, we are here to give defendants an aggressive defense. 

DUI Charges

The specifics of each DUI case can greatly affect the severity of the potential penalties, such as the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of the arrest, any previous DUI convictions, and whether the incident resulted in an accident or injuries. Our approach is to meticulously analyze everything from the legality of the traffic stop to the accuracy of the BAC testing procedures. We strive to identify any potential weaknesses in the prosecution's case. 

Drug Charges

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Compassionate Defense, Trusted Results

At Law Offices of Dean Johnson, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “In Great Hands”
    “I just finished my court proceedings and Dean is clearly the best there is! He called me right away and took care of my case the very next day. He did all the work for me and I always felt I was in great hands.”
    - Heide H.
    “Cannot Recommend Him Enough”
    “I would like to commend Attorney Dean Johnson for his A+ legal services. He recently achieved the unthinkable—through his expert defense, he got the CA DMV to dismiss a .20+ BAC DUI for me.”
    - Anthony S.
    “Knows His Stuff”
    “Dean Johnson fought for me when I needed help. He knows the ropes and defended me aggressively. I will never get in trouble again but if you ever need an experienced lawyer, don't hesitate to call Dean Johnson.”
    - Al
    “Absolutely Amazing”
    “Speaking with Dean is such a breeze, he knows how to listen and he also knows what type of questions to ask while making you feel like you're not being judged. Dean has a great personality with a go-getter attitude.”
    - Jose
    “Professional & Personable”
    “Dean is the most comprehensive, astute, and reliable individual you should ever be so resourceful to meet. I am fortunate to have met Dean several years ago, and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of his service.”
    - Judy W.
    “Truly Cares About the Result”
    “If you need an attorney who knows what he is doing, Dean Johnson is the only attorney that I would put my life in his hands!! Hands down the best attorney. He was money well spent! Thanks, Dean Johnson for everything I owe you my life!”
    - Erica B.
    “Best Lawyer in Bay Area in Criminal Defense”
    “Dean was a great lawyer and a caring friend by my side. The case was dropped against me after one year of exhaustive investigation. Hail to Dean for being there for me and making sure the justice is properly served.”
    - S.H.
    “Best Lawyer. Period.”
    “He is the best lawyer period. If you are looking for a lawyer who can totally understand and support you through your ordeal, better call Dean!”
    - A.