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Long Beach's Top Attorney

Michael K. Cernyar provides strong, smart, aggressive and affordable representation. His success as a criminal defense lawyer is based upon his people skills, integrity, mastery of criminal law, attention to detail and his willingness to confront issues with the government head on.

Think Outside The Box

Michael is an old engineer from Purdue that looks beyond law enforcement's spoken word and gets to the science of the matter. In today's world we have much more science than we did a decade ago with so many electronic devices in our hands, i.e. gps systems, tablets & Ipads, smart phones, digital cameras & video, etc. The smart phone itself has saved many from conviction.

Sharp & Quick

One of the brightest and quickest attorneys around. He graduated from college with a 3.63 gpa in Economics while working full-time. A graduate of Loyola Law School's night program, which is ranked 5th in the country. First place in Lexis-Nexis legal research competition.

  • -- In high school, worked in a steel mill after school hours and still finished in the top 7% in the country.
  • -- Purdue University offered an academic scholarship with a 4.0 gpa.
  • -- Graduated with honors in Economics at Long Beach State University. Member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics.
  • -- At Loyola Law School, Michael was the recipient of the Lexis-Nexis legal research competition and participated in Scott Moot Court.

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Jurors Love Him

Studies have shown that jurors like tall and sophisticated criminal defense attorneys. Michael Cernyar is 6'4" tall and sophisticated. The study must be true -- look at the results:

  • -- 2014 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers award in criminal defense;
  • -- 2014 Top Criminal Lawyer in California award recognized as the Highest in Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence.
  • -- 2014 Perfect AVVO rating of 10.0.
  • -- 2014 AVVO's Top Contributor award.
  • -- 2013 AVVO's Client's Choice award.
  • -- 2013 Top Criminal Lawyer in California award recognized as the Highest in Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence.
  • -- 2013 Top Criminal Lawyer in California award recognized as the Highest in Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence.

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Thank you for considering our firm. For over 10 years we have successfully represented hundreds of clients in criminal matters from murder to shoplifting. We wish to offer our success and expertise to your matter.

Recent Results

We realize that our clients retained us to provide strong, smart, and aggressive representation, along with personal attention. Because of our reputation many of our cases are dismissed. Here's some of our results:

  • -- A member of the Robert Blake defense team, in which Mr. Blake was acquitted of murder.
  • -- Client stabbed his wife more than 30 times and admitted such on the stand. Hung Santa Ana jury with nine jurors voting "not guilty."
  • -- Malibu murder matter in which murder charges were dismissed at preliminary hearing.
  • -- Client wrongfully accused of cyberstalking and harassment. Case dismissed at prelim.
  • -- Medical marijuana client charged with sales. Charges dismissed at prelim.
  • -- Client charged with witness tampering. Charges dismissed.
  • -- Domestic Violence case in Long Beach. Case dismissed.

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Michael K. Cernyar, Esq.
400 Oceangate, Eighth Floor Long Beach CA 90802
Phone: (562) 216-2940

Los Angeles County, California, USA
© 2015, Michael K. Cernyar, Esq. All rights reserved.

Background & Principles

How Is Long Beach Courthouse Different?

If there are allegations that you committed a crime in Long Beach, San Pedro, Wilmington or the unincorporated area of Torrance, it is likely that your matter will be heard in the Long Beach courthouse. The Long Beach courthouse is one of the more conservative courthouses in the area. It is likely that you will be serving hard jail time if convicted. Recently a young man charged with drunk in public was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a court order that bars him from traveling to certain parts of Long Beach. Long Beach is a tough court.

If you retain a Long Beach criminal lawyer who knows the courthouse well, then there is a better chance to have your case dismissed or a sentence reduced to no jail time. Many Long Beach criminal lawyers provide free consultation so meeting with a respectable Long Beach criminal lawyer is likely to improve your opportunity for a dismissal or a reduced sentence which will affect your present and future quality of life. A defendant in the courthouse needs the expertise of a strong Long Beach defense attorney.

Your Long Beach defense lawyer should be experienced in criminal law and cognizant not only of the law, but also the personalities and individuals involved in their local cases. It may be extremely helpful when your lawyer is known and respected in the local courts by judges and prosecutors, which may make the difference between dismissal, jail time and acquittal.

Long Beach Courthouse Address

The Long Beach Courthouse is located at 275 Magnolia, on the corner of Broadway and Magnolia in downtown Long Beach.

If you are wrongfully accused, then you may find that you are stymied by a system that would preferably convict the wrongfully accused than admit a mistake. Every case has flaws. Michael Cernyar has the wisdom to discover and exploit the serious and significant flaws in your case.

Attorney Michael Cernyar has years of experience in the Long Beach, Century City and the Newport Beach areas and is well acquainted with the courthouses, the judges and the prosecutors in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. With this experience and knowledge, he understands how the system works and strategizes accordingly. As a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Top Criminal Lawyer in California, Michael offers his clients the determination and success needed to get the best results possible.