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The Law Office of Kristi Peariso, P.C. provides experienced criminal defense to clients in Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Goleta, Isla Vista, Malibu, Ojai, Carpinteria, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Port Hueneme, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County, California.

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Kristi J. Peariso

Providing Individuals With Experienced Criminal Defense


I am criminal defense attorney Kristi Peariso. While serving as a public defender for Mendocino County, Santa Barbara County and Ventura County, I developed extensive courtroom experience defending individuals against all types of criminal charges. I left the public defenders office and founded my own criminal defense law firm in order to provide my clients with a higher level of personal attention.

As a criminal law professor at Southern California Institute of Law and an experienced trial attorney, I take great pride in my ability to clearly explain the law to my students and clients. I have extensive experience working with those who are mentally ill and commit crimes due to the mental illness.

I have spent my entire career fighting for the constitutional protection of my clients. Unlike many other private criminal defense attorneys in Ventura County, I have never worked for the District Attorney's Office, and have never prosecuted anyone. I began my career as a Deputy Public Defender in Mendocino County, before transferring to Santa Barbara County and ultimately to Ventura County in 2000, where I remained as a Deputy Public Defender for 7 years. As a tireless and passionate public defender for nearly 10 years, I gained experience in criminal defense that cannot be duplicated. I have tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, handled hundreds of preliminary hearings and argued numerous types of motions. I have worked in and am familiar with every criminal courtroom in Ventura County. After working in the proposition 36 courtroom for several years, I have extensive experience with drug and alcohol addiction. I am well acquainted with the District Attorney's Office and all of the criminal judges and commissioners in the County.

Although my time with the Public Defender's Office was positive overall, I felt that I could not give my clients the representation they deserved because of my large caseload. Therefore, I chose to leave the Public Defender's Office and become a private attorney. Due to my experience in criminal defense law, I have been contracted by the County of Ventura to handle and defend conflict cases.

I enjoy the individual time I am able to spend on each of my client's cases, and it is important to me that each of them is completely satisfied with my representation. I have built my reputation on the care and thoroughness with which I treat each client and on the passion with which I will defend them.


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