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Michael Cernyar's success as a criminal defense attorney is acknowledged by his peers and many legal organizations starting when Michael was with the Cochram Firm in 2005. Honors earned thinking outside the box include:

  • -- 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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Free 24/7 Hotline. Speak to Michael Cernyar directly about your case at 800-409-7010. He has successfully defended individuals & companies accused of a wide range of criminal acts. The most common offenses are:

  • -- Misdemeanors, such as DUI, domestic violence, hit and run, shoplifting, identity theft, assault, battery, drunk in public & petty theft;
  • -- Economic offenses such as fraud, theft, burglary, and robbery;
  • -- Protecting Victim's Rights, including the victim's right not to testify in domestic violence cases;
  • -- Computer crimes such as cyber stalking, cyber harassment, revenge porn, hacking, spoofing & unauthorized access;
  • -- Violent offenses such as homicide, rape, sex crimes, and arson;
  • -- & Drug offenses including medical marijuana.

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Fee Friendly

Michael Cernyar grew up on the south side of Chicago and saw many of his friends treated wrongfully by the system. In addition, being from the south side he knows how difficult it is to earn a living. Michael worked in factories during high school. As a high school senior he worked at a steel mill after school, putting in a minimum 40 hours a week while in school and still was academically ranked in the top 10% in the country. He paid his own way through Purdue University and Loyola Law School with academic scholarships while working full time. Michael is programmed to work hard on your case. He's motivated by results, not money. Hence, here are some of the best fees around.

  • -- Expungements start at $999;
  • -- Victim representation starts at $1,499;
  • -- Misdemeanors & DUIs start at $2,499;
  • -- Felonies at the prelim stage start at $3,499;
  • -- Felonies at the trial stage (call for a quote);


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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
© 2014, 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.