Criminal Defense Law Firm

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Criminal Defense Services and Practice Areas

Below is a list of Gasner Criminal Law practice areas for cases tried in San Francisco, California. Please contact us if you have questions regarding your case. The initial consultation is free and lasts for up to one hour, during which time we will present your options and decide whether you have a case and whether we can help. Here is an overview of our criminal defense services and some key practice areas.

Pretrial Hearing

We appear before the judge assigned to your case to establish the legal boundaries before trial. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may make pre-trial motions regarding evidence, who may give testimony, what legal arguments can be made, and for dismissing the case. Gasner Criminal Law has achieved many dismissals in San Francisco.

Criminal Trial

Gasner Criminal Law is well regarded as one of the finest criminal defense law firms in San Francisco. He represents clients in both judge and jury trials and in Federal, State and Local courts. It has received numerous endorsements from judges, attorneys, prominent law firms, and prosecutors and is a Board-Certified in Criminal Law. It is almost always better to settle before going to trial, since it saves time, expense, and additional anxiety.


Should a trial result in a conviction, Gasner Criminal Law will file for an appeal and defend a client through the trial on appeal. If you are seeking a new attorney to handle an existing appeal, please contact our office and we will review and recommend the best course of action.

Key Practice Areas

White Collar Crime:

Insurance fraud, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, tax evasion, embezzlement, money laundering and other types of scams and frauds constitute what are know as white collar crimes. Depending on the charges and circumstances, you may face both state and federal laws. Gasner Criminal Law defends clients accused of white collar crime at both the State and Federal level.

Domestic Violence (DV):

Marital and relationship issues can cause domestic abuse allegations across all social strata. In almost every case, the charges create undesirable problems that have lasting consequences. Gasner Criminal Law can help navigate the legal options.


Violent crimes cover a broad spectrum of offenses. Sometimes even minor actions, such as throwing food at someone in a crowded movie theater, is enough to trigger assault charges.

Sex Defense:

Sexual harassment and sexual assault have become a hot-button issue lately with the #MeToo movement. Gasner Criminal Law recently defended Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton against allegations of sexual assault. The District Attorney decided not to press forward with charges resulting in the case never going to trial.


Battery can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances, however there are reasonable defenses for battery charges, including self-defense. Even a reasonable belief of self-defense can provide a legitimate defense.

Driving on a Suspended License:

This is a common traffic offense that could lead to time in custody, fines, probation, loss of driving privilege, or other punishments.


This can arise from police stings at massage parlors or simply mistaken intentions. Don't face these charges alone.

Drug and Narcotic-Related Offenses:

Recent changes in drug laws have spawned a vortex of confusion regarding the legality of certain drugs or drug-related activities. Many people are charged without understanding the legality of their actions.

Cultivation, Sales, and Other Drug-Related Offenses:

Although the cultivation and sale of marijuana is prohibited by law in some areas, it is an area of law that is evolving rapidly.


Gasner Criminal Law recently defended a client from charges stemming from an accidental death during a weekend party. The client was charged with vehicular homicide with gross negligence and a Watson charge because there was a prior DUI charge. She was facing life in prison but got it settled for 10 years serving only 5 years without going to trial.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI Alcohol):

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense. Being charged with DUI can lead to negative consequences in terms of one’s driving privileges, career, and family. Gasner Criminal Law also specializes in Federal DUI cases when the arrest takes place on Federal Land.

Driving While Impaired (DWI Drugs):

For cases involving legalized marijuana and THC-related products, as well as common prescription medicines and other drugs, hiring an attorney with expertise in this legal practice area can help you navigate the confusing mess of contradictory state and federal law.

Gasner Criminal Law is Ready to Defend You

Many people find our country’s legal system daunting, confusing, and sometimes infuriating. In tough circumstances, it is almost always better to find a sophisticated and savvy attorney who believes in your case and understands how to achieve the best possible outcome. Schedule a free consultation with one of the most respected criminal defense law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.