John N. Aquilina, attorney at law; criminal defense; Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, California

P.O. Box 80189
Rancho Santa Margaria, CA
Call 24 Hours a Day:
(951) 682-1700
Fax: (951) 276-1427
Noted Speaker
The Private Defenders of California: "Defending with Motions" (2012)

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice: Capital Case Seminar, "Creative Jury Instructions" (2011)

Riverside County Public Defender: "Preparing Your Case for Trial" (2011)
Western State University College of Law: Defending a Capital Case (2011)
In The News
Friend of San Bernardino Terrorists Asks to Withdraw Guilty Plea
January 25, 2019

Gang member sentenced to life in prison for Cathedral City killing
"Najera's attorney, John Aquilina, said it 'is very pleasing that the jury decided to save Mr. Najera's life....'" (More)

Jury recommends life in prison for Najera

Riverside Press-Enterprise
Jury begins weighing evidence against defendant in Banning, Riverside slayings


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

Licensed to practice law in all state
and federal courts in California and New York

Serving all of Riverside and San Bernardino
counties and surrounding area

Defending criminal cases in state, federal,
and juvenile courts for more than 35 years

Practice Areas
Juvenile law
Drugs and narcotics
Sex crimes
Assault and battery
White-collar crime
Gang-related offenses
Parole and probation violations
Drunk driving
Theft offenses
Identity theft charges
Conspiracy Offenses

Personal Representation

If you have been accused of a crime, you deserve personal representation and individual attention from a certified specialist in criminal law. John Aquilina's more than 35 years' experience handling criminal defense matters in both state and federal courts, including all misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases, as well as hundreds of jury trials, will ensure you get the most favorable results possible based on the evidence presented and the applicable law.

This includes a thorough and complete investigation of the facts and evidence; thorough and complete research of the applicable law and defense; complete filing and arguing of all motions, no matter how complex; full and reasonable plea bargaining--or taking the case to a jury trial--depending on what is in your best interest.

Appointments And Consultation  

Appointments are available days and evenings, including weekends. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make an appointment:

(951) 682-1700

Initial consultations are free of charge, and a retainer fee is paid only after discussing the case. There are no hourly charges or hidden costs.

In most instances of misdemeanor cases, you will not have to appear in court.

In juvenile cases, communication with parents or guardians will be conducted as permitted by law.

State Bar of California
Riverside County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
California Public Defenders Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York State Bar Association
Leo A. Deegan Inns of Court (former member)

What is a certified specialist?

If you had a serious illness, wouldn't you want to be treated by a doctor who specialized in that area?

The more complicated your situation, the more reason to consider hiring an attorney who specializes in criminal law and who is committed through certification to keeping up her or his proficiency through continual practice and continuing education. [Read more]

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