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We represent Clients who are charged with crimes, dealing with family law issues or who were abused by law enforcement. That includes Divorces, Spousal and Child Support Issues, DUI Offenses, Criminal Charges, Police Excessive Use of Force, Civil Rights, Restraining Orders and Record Clearances.

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We will fight for YOU!
  • We are committed to achieving YOUR goals.
  • We will always promptly respond to your phone call or email.
  • We are always available to answer your questions and explain what is going on with your case, even if you’re calling from jail.
  • We will listen to you and counsel you.
  • We will have your back, even if no one else will.
  • We have represented hundreds of clients.

Every case is different and requires a special approach to get the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to learning the particulars of every single case, no matter how small, and getting our clients the best possible outcome.

Dmitry Stadlin

 

Dmitry Stadlin fights for his clients, in Civil, Family or Criminal courtrooms, and before any case is even filed. Mr. Stadlin graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and went on to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Stadlin clerked at three District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Bay Area: Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County. After numerous appearances for “The People” of California, Mr. Stadlin wanted to represent some actual people – real clients. Mr. Stadlin worked on motions and appeals, and at several private criminal defense firms before opening up his own practice in 2015.

Mr. Stadlin opened his firm with the goal of doing all he could, even as a solo attorney, for his clients. Mr. Stadlin initially focused on Criminal Defense in Santa Clara County, but his cases have taken him to other Bay Area Counties as well. In representing clients accused of crimes, Mr. Stadlin saw that his clients also needed his help when they were wronged by the Police or Jail Guards. Mr. Stadlin saw that his clients needed help not only in Criminal Court – but also when dealing with domestic violence issues or trying to keep custody of their children in Family Court. To help his clients, Mr. Stadlin has expanded his practice to those areas as well, and has joined forces with Sarah Marinho to have the resources and time necessary to effectively take on the Government.

Mr. Stadlin’s practice is solely focused on fighting for justice and protecting the rights of those who need it most – in Criminal, Family or Civil Court.

Certification

  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California
    California Board of Legal Specialization

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – J.D.
  • University of California, Davis – B.A.

Awards

  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2022
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2021
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2020
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2019
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2018
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2017
  • Northern California – America’s Top 100 – Criminal Defense Attorney – 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense Lawyers – 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 – Civil Plaintiff Lawyers – 2019
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Top 10 Under 40 – 2017
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – “10 Best” In Client Satisfaction  – Criminal Law – 2018

Court Admissions

  • All California Courts
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Associate Fellow – Litigation Counsel of America
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

I am here to defend you and get you the result you’re looking for.

—Dmitry Stadlin

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Sarah Marinho

 

Sarah E. Marinho represents clients who are the victims of government overreach and abuse. Her practice includes civil rights litigation, criminal defense, family law and juvenile dependency. Ms. Marinho has represented hundreds of clients and conducted hearings and jury trials across California, including obtaining Plaintiffs’ verdicts from Mendocino County down to San Diego County. Her civil rights practice includes suing government agencies and employees for unlawful conduct such as police brutality, wrongful death, cruel and unusual conditions of confinement, wrongful arrests, searches and seizures, and warrantless removal of children by CPS. As part of her criminal defense practice, Ms. Marinho has defended clients accused of felony and misdemeanor charges. In juvenile dependency court, she defends parents whose children have been removed by CPS. She uses the facts and the law to fight for children to be returned to their parents, where she believes they belong unless there are compelling reasons for government involvement. Ms. Marinho received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in all District Courts of the State of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education

  • University of San Francisco, School of Law – J.D.
  • Loyola Marymount University – B.A.

Awards

  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2022
  • Northern California – Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2021
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 – Civil Plaintiff Lawyers – 2019

Court Admissions

  • All California Courts
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit

Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

I am proud to represent the most marginalized and vulnerable people of our community.

—Sarah Marinho

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Cases

  • Federal Civil Rights
  • 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Cases
  • Excessive Use of Force by Police
  • Deadly Force
  • Policy Brutality
  • False Arrest
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Failure to intervene
  • Wrongful Death by Police
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Assaulting an Officer
  • Police Dogs / K9s
  • Jail Misconduct
  • Jail Abuse or Neglect

Family Law Cases

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulment
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Stepparent Adoptions

Sex Crimes

  • Child Pornography
  • Human Trafficking
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Lewd & Lascivious Acts
  • Molestation
  • Prostitution
  • Sexting
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Rape
  • Statutory Rape

Violent Crimes

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Endangerment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Firearm Offenses
  • Robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • ​Murder

Theft Crimes

  • Forgery
  • Grand Theft
  • Petty Theft
  • Fraud
  • ​Insurance Fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Bad Checks
  • Prescription Drug Crimes
  • Possession of Stolen Property

DUI Offenses

  • DMV Hearings
  • First Time DUI
  • DUI with Injuries
  • Felony DUI
  • Under 21 DUI
  • ​Commercial DUI
  • DUI Resulting in Death

Other Crimes

  • Resisting Arrest
  • White Collar Defense
  • Gang Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Parole Violations
  • PRCS Violation
  • Mandatory Supervision
  • ​Conspiracy
  • Cyber crimes

Restraining Orders

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Emergency Protective Restraining Orders
  • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Workplace Violence Restraining Orders
  • Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Drug Crimes

  • Drug Cultivation/Grow Houses
  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Manufacturing of Drugs
  • Marijuana Possession
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Prescription Drug Crimes

Post-Conviction Relief

  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Criminal Record Expungement
  • Arrest Record Sealing
  • Petitions for Factual Innocence

Juvenile Dependency

  • Child Welfare
  • CPS Defense

Reviews

I want to recommend Dmitry Stadlin. He was very professional, knowledgeable and easy going in his representation. He explained the legal situation very well...
Milena B.
Milena B.
10:26 04 Nov 22
This is a long overdue review for the great Dmitry Stadlin, but I wanted to make sure this review highlighted who Mr. Stadlin is. Mr. Stadlin has gone above...
Sila H.
Sila H.
13:42 28 Sep 22
I had a temporary restraining order filed against me that was based on a horrible lie. The accusations were very serious. I knew I needed a good attorney, and I went with Dmitry based on the fact he had been on the Super Lawyers list several years in a row and based on his outstanding reviews. My case ended up going to trial and Dmitry was there for me every step of the way. He was responsive and took the time to help me understand the laws that pertain to my case. He is well versed in the complexities of law, the court system, and even human behavior. He was well prepared for every court date and the trial. Dmitry was able to cross-examine and get the truth out in the most amazing way. He successfully won my trial and I was so relieved not to have that lie hanging over my head anymore. I can’t say enough good things about this man. Dmitry has integrity and a strong yet calming presence. I will forever be grateful to Dmitry for the outstanding job he did.
Joanna A.
Joanna A.
20:20 29 Aug 22
I called to see if this firm was able to help me gather certain information about an old case of mine and without hesitation Dmitry went ABOVE AND BEYOND...
Alex O.
Alex O.
10:30 29 Jul 22
I had heard wonderful things about Dmitry, and I reached out to learn more about a case. I was uncomfortable with the little knowledge I had. Dmitry was great. He was right on it, explained the process in detail, all of which gave me peace of mind. I highly recommend him!
Jeanne H
Jeanne H
18:30 27 Jul 22
You will not find a better lawyer. Dmitry was always professional and caring. When I needed help or advice he was always there. He handled my case exceptionally through dismissal. I hope I do not need a lawyer for some time if at all again but should I ever need one Dimtry will be representing me for certain. I highly recommend him!
Ronald N.
Ronald N.
17:19 01 Jun 22
Dmitry Stadlin helped me immensely with the situation at hand. His strategic thinking and exceptional knowledge of his trade resulted in a win for our team. I would recommend Dimitry to friends or family as a go-getter who will work unremittingly for his client.
Jason M.
Jason M.
02:25 16 Dec 21
I have worked with Dmitry since the beginning of my case and it has been close to three years of his service for me. I have to say Dmitry made me feel...
Mister Z.
Mister Z.
05:24 15 Dec 21
Dmitry was very professional and great to commmunicate with. I highly recommend hiring him for his legal services as he is an outstanding lawyer.
Arya H.
Arya H.
19:46 11 Oct 21
One name "Sarah Marinho", by far the best in her field. I am the Mother of one of her clients, she not only fought tooth and nail , she fought with Compassion and Conviction, she made sure that we the "family" were well informed the whole process..She has "Guts" , she has "Conviction", She has strong beliefs when it comes to the "Truth" and "Justice" is what she's all about...She is a "Fighter" with a heart of Gold...We as a Family will always be grateful for her hard work in acquiring "Justice" for my Son. May God Bless her Always and help her to help those in need of her Service. The Family of Rikki Martinez, who will forever appreciate all that she did for us.
Rogue Trucking, I.
Rogue Trucking, I.
03:45 08 Oct 21
Dmitry was very effective in my family law domestic violence trial. He doesn't overcomplicate things. He knows the law and knows what the judge wants and...
Mark B.
Mark B.
11:48 17 Sep 21
Mr. Stadlin helped me every step of the way to get the outcome I wanted. Couldn't have used better legal representation than Mr. Stadlin and his team. Thank you!
Lisa K.
Lisa K.
20:49 01 Sep 21
You won't be disappointed. He is so kind and responsive. Last year I had a case to deal with. From the first day to the case dismissal he helped me so much and I basically didn't need to do anything besides sending my ticket to him. Because of COVID it took so long to officer to file my ticket to court but Dmitry Stadlin send me an email update every week to keep me posted. Since he knows my situation that I have a coming up immigration interview he tried to finish up this case as soon as possible. He is the one of the best lawyer I have ever meet I highly recommend him. For sure he will work on your cases the best he can do. Thank you so much again for getting my case dismissed on time. I couldn't make it without you.
Hasan Salih G.
Hasan Salih G.
17:21 09 Jul 21
Dmitri Stadlin is an amazing professional. He is very responsive, smart and empathetic - always ready to explain things while keeping his composure and cool. But most importantly, he helped us achieve the best possible outcome. Thanks, Dmitri!!
Max S.
Max S.
04:55 19 May 21
About a year ago, I ran into my first DUI. I was at lost and panicking on what to do. I was recommended by a friend. I reached out with the online response...
Jennifer W.
Jennifer W.
16:00 04 May 21
I highly highly recommend hiring Dmitry!! He is a godsend and it is a blessing to have him as our lawyer. He has been so helpful with a family member’s case and he has always gave off a comforting and positive vibe which always puts us at ease during stressful times. He responds quickly whenever I would reach out to him with questions and his answers are always clear, concise, and informative. His philosophy is to always get the best outcome and he makes it happen! I would recommend Dmitry to family members, friends, or anyone who needs a lawyer because he is the best there is!!
Engelbert P.
Engelbert P.
05:06 05 Nov 20
I'm pleased with the outcome of my case. 100%recomend this guys they sure know what they are doing. Simply the best out there
Dayron F.
Dayron F.
02:09 28 Oct 20
Dmitry has done a phenomenal job in my DUI case. I totally recommend him +1000% to anyone who has a similar case. Dmitry is the attorney you want by your side walking you through the entire process. From start to finish Dmitry will be there for your legal representation guiding you all the way! Exceptional and very professional! Thank you, Dmitry!
Timur K.
Timur K.
21:45 07 Feb 20
Dmitry is as good as it gets. He follows through on all aspects of your case. He is very fast at responding and keeping you in the loop. He got my husband case dismissed because of a lot of untruth from the other party involved. Kudos to Dmitry. I will refer and use his services again and again.Thank You for everything.CM
Carla M.
Carla M.
06:57 07 Feb 20
I love Stadlin and Marinho LLP they are strategic attorneys that do everything for their clients. They have helped me clear my record in no time.
Team T.
Team T.
20:47 20 Jan 20
I was uncertain regarding the direction of my DV case with my current lawyer. I received the referral from another attorney and came for a consultation with Mr. Stadlin. Afterward, I decided to hire Dmitry to represent me since I felt he was asking the right questions and giving good assessments with the information that I provided. I am happy to have made that decision since Dmitry provided the result that I wanted from the beginning: My case was dismissed.From the time when I switched over from my previous attorney during the pretrial to the trial day, Dmitry did not waste time but rather used time effectively to comb over things and deal with DA office. I am impressed with Dmitry's investigative skills and his technological understanding of high tech related evidence as well as his attention to details. Dmitry also demonstrated the knowledge of how the system works and more importantly, able to explain to me all the little processes that could help me with my case. His explanations and suggestions were straight forward and logical which helped me quickly understand and agree to the decisions and the directions that he presented to me. When Dmitry saw the opportunity, he jumped on and worked effectively and very quickly to reach the solution that led to the dismissal; and yes, he did save me a lot of money that I would have spent.If you're looking for an effective and sharp attorney with good understanding of the system, technologies, and focusing on getting the best solution for you rather than ripping you off, I would recommend using Dmitry as your legal representation.I really appreciate your help Mr. Stadlin!
Jonathan N.
Jonathan N.
00:21 04 Jan 20
I was represented by Mr. Stadlin for a misdemeanor case. I was very pleased by his thoroughness in preparing paperwork, fighting for the case and explaining every single detail about the case. Very responsible attorney.
Vu H.
Vu H.
05:22 16 Nov 19
Dmitry was recommended by another attorney and I am so happy he worked with us He answered every question I had and made sure I understood the process! He really broke everything down and made it easier to understand which I really appreciated. He was super patient and understanding through out the while time! He made my partner and I feel safe and hopeful. Everything turned out great in the end. I will definitely refer friends/family if they ever need help and guidance. I 100% trust Dmitry. We appreciate you and your team for all your help and kindness.
amanda M.
amanda M.
03:01 14 Oct 19
Hello, So this is Phillip's wife just talked with you about that issue over the phone and am giving you 5 star review !!! Thank you so much!!
Phillip S.
Phillip S.
02:37 08 Aug 19
Dmitry was amazing. He is very knowledgable and understanding.I would definatley hire him again. He was able to get my chargesdismissed just before my trial started. He definatley cares about his clients.
bill S.
bill S.
23:58 29 Jul 19
Dmitry was an absolute God-send. He noticed me having a difficult time navigating the biased and unforgiving process of the court and stepped in. To me, my case was very simple: I was accused of not having a license when I actually did. Never received anything in the mail to appear in court and showed up on the date on the ticket and was told it hadn't been filed. Ticket was stamped and I was sent on my way being told that IF it was ever filed, I would receive a notice to appear. Flash forward over a year later and on a background check for a high paying job it was discovered a warrant was issued almost a year previous for failure to appear. I immediately got another court date and showed up with license and proof that I showed to court over a year ago. The Court was so obtuse! Refused to accept my license and stamped ticket from the Court, and they could not provide a proof of mailing. When the judge told them she could call a recess to look up the info to show I had a license on the day in question, the DA said she was too busy and I would need to come back in a few weeks. I instructed the Court I had just started this new job and couldn't risk missing more time. The judge said I could plead guilty instead and not have to come back. I refused to do this as I am innocent and worked very hard to keep a clean record. This is where Dmitry stepped in! He pulled me outside briefly and said he recognized what was going on and had compassion for me. He said he was willing to represent me at what should be one more court appearance FOR FREE! A few weeks later he mailed a copy of the minute order that the case was DISMISSED. This guy is truly one of God's appointed people. Thank you and God Bless you.
JScott W.
JScott W.
20:38 18 Jun 19
Very professional and diligent lawyer. He knows how to help me navigate legal complexities and help me solve my problems. I highly recommend him.
howard C.
howard C.
03:14 06 Jun 19
I highly recommend Dmitry Stadlin based on the excellent legal services he provided in several court hearings for a civil harassment case. Though he took over the case from another attorney with little notice, he was thoroughly prepared with an even better knowledge and understanding of the issues and evidence. In court, he was extremely professional and, more importantly, extremely effective. He correctly assessed the opposition’s strategy and tactics. His questioning and cross examinations were to the point; his objections, well founded and mostly upheld. His summary highlighted all the key points of the case and effectively countered those of the opposing counsel. Thanks to Dmitry, we won!
Nancy T.
Nancy T.
00:24 09 Nov 18
I reached out to Dmitry Stadlin after being referred from another attorney and since I have nothing but great things to say. Dmitry displayed excellent customer service skills, had a lot of knowledge in the subject matter and put me at peace under the circumstances. His pricing was reasonable and his approach was filled with sincerity and genuine care. I would recommend Dmitry to be your choice for legal needs and advice.
Jim V
Jim V
02:47 08 Nov 18
Legal stuff could be hard to handle and very confusing. That's why there're so many lawyers out there. Unfortunately not all of them good enough or just all about the money. And choosing wrong attorney could have devastating consequences. Luckily I contacted Dmitry and he is definitely a great attorney. He will provide thorough consultation and legal advise. Highly recommended!!!
Engineer 8.
Engineer 8.
04:08 08 Oct 18
I had an issue with a coworker at Orchard Supply Hardware. I was hit with a TRO...and I had no idea of what or how to address this in the courtroom. I came as a referral from Stephanie Rickard. I could not have asked for a better guy to talk to and get this all sorted out. We had to go to court multiple times because of continuances by the court...but aside from that, it was a painless process and he even helped in getting some of my attorney fees back from my coworker. There are no words I can use to adequately thank this man for what he did for me. In a perfect world, I will not be in a courtroom again, but if I should, I know who I'll contact for assistance. Thank you!!!!!! If I could go higher than 5 stars...I would.
Michael M.
Michael M.
11:25 22 Jul 18
Dmitry Stadlin is the best attorney that I met. He knows exactly what he is doing. From the beginning, Mr. Stadlin was extremely professional and courteous throughout the process.He contacted me regularly and answered all my questions. I am very happy with the results since I got the best possible outcome out of my case. I would really recommend him to anyone. Thanks for an excellent job!
Eugene G.
Eugene G.
04:00 15 Jul 18
Dmitry quickly responded to my inquiry and offered the legal guidance I needed. He was honest and straightforward and not just after my money. He even helped me obtain a document free of charge. He came as a recommendation to me from Ken Mandel, and sure is a recommendation I would gladly pass along to anyone seeking legal advice/ services. I cannot thank you enough Dmitry.
LINDSEY H.
LINDSEY H.
18:23 02 Jul 18
I Definitely recommend Mr. Stadlin he is excellent!I had a criminal court case and at first i hired another attorney. i had a terrible experience and completely regret that decision. There was absolutely no communication between me and the attorney after i made the payment. story short i dropped that attorney and did research and was referred to Mr. Stadlin.Mr. Stadlin was extremely helpful, he answered every question i had and was pretty quick to respond as well. He is very knowledgeable and was always on top of my case. He is a hard worker and i really appreciated that. If anyone is looking for an attorney then hit him up. He will not disappoint!
Chris F.
Chris F.
04:03 10 May 18
Dmitry is an excellent lawyer, he is very professional, organized dedicated and very caring person, he worked very hard on my case.It was hard but always stayed positive and got me what we always wanted which was a dismissal!!I really appreciate what he did for me, I highly recommended him, he knows his job very well, always confident and trustworthy.Dmitry is an outstanding person! :)If i ever get into a similar situation, hopefully not, but i would hire him again without a doubt...I wish i could give him extra stars!!!
Marielos F.
Marielos F.
23:21 08 May 18
I came to Dmitry for representation at a later than normal point in my case. He is the first attorney I have ever hired and was recommended to me by another highly experienced criminal defense attorney. I was hesitant to hire an attorney at all for my case but when I spoke to Dmitry, his transparency on expectations and his high level of organization won my trust in his professionalism. His initially impressed knowledge of my case’s potential outcomes and the logical thought process he presented convinced me of his ambition to develop a strategy that would maximize the defense. With a soon apparent and seemingly strong positive reputation within the Santa Clara County criminal court community, he exceeded my expectations by delivering a case result that was as much in my favor as possible. As time lapses from when you read this review, I expect Dmitry’s skillset to have only grown continuously stronger by the day with each additional case ownership. If I went back, I would retain him again and can now recommend him with confidence to those in need of criminal defense. My only regret is to have not hired him sooner than when I did. Thank you for your dedication and care in handling my case, Dmitry.
Jack P.
Jack P.
08:38 11 Jan 18
I was recently recommended to Dmitry from a friend and I am overjoyed at the professionalism he brought to my legal situation.My issue was a speeding ticket gone horribly wrong. I had no priors and a clean slate. Having Dmitry's legal counsel in my corner was invaluable to navigate the confusing web of complexity that is justice.I cannot imagine trying to get a fair shot at justice on my own or relying on over-burdened public defenders to fight on my behalf.Without going into details, my outcome is incredible positive and desirable.Let me be the first of many to write this short accolade to the legal prowess that is Dmitry Stadlin, may you be as fortunate as I was when the district attorney wants to throw the book at you.
Warren W.
Warren W.
00:00 27 Jan 17
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