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.
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.
California Western School of Law, San Diego, California J.D.
U.C. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California B.A. Law and Society
Honors: Dean's List
Honors and Awards
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, 1997
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ventura County Criminal Defense Association, Member, 2000 - 2009
California Public Defender's Association, Member, 1998 - 2009
Past Employment Positions
Southern California Institute of Law, Criminal Law Professor, 2007 - present
Ventura County Public Defender's Office, Deputy Public Defender, 2000 - 2007
Mendocino County Public Defender's Office, Deputy Public Defender, 1998-2000