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Attorney William V. Pernik

Founding Attorney with Experience as a Public Defender


In 2015, Attorney William Pernik founded the Law Offices of William V. Pernik with a mission to protect the rights of Americans. Now, his private criminal defense practice in Salinas focuses exclusively on defense of criminal cases and is built upon a foundation of his life-long pursuit of justice, dignity, and equality for all of his clients, regardless of their criminal past or current accusations.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in the industry combined with stellar academic credentials. A graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law, he excelled academically in his legal studies and graduated with a Certificate in Public Interest Law. After passing the California Bar, Mr. Pernik worked as a research attorney for a prestigious criminal defense firm in San Francisco, and later in the Public Defender Offices in Tulare and Monterey counties, where he learned the tools of the trade from some of the finest criminal lawyers in the industry.

Cases Handled as a Public Defender

During his career as a public defender in Tulare County, Mr. Pernik distinguished himself by obtaining a record number of acquittals in complex felony cases, including those involving:

  • Three strikes DUI case with multiple victims who sustained great bodily injuries
  • Residential burglary
  • Armed robbery
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Assaults
  • Thefts
  • Domestic violence
  • Sales of drugs

He fought the Tulare prosecutors in many serious gang cases, including capital homicides, and was successful in obtaining a dismissal of all charges against his gang injunction client after several years of fighting the case in trial and appellate courts.

His Start as a Private Criminal Defense Lawyer

After serving as a public defender, Mr. Pernik continued his defense attorney career as a private criminal defense attorney. During that time, he took a special interest in cases involving:

  • Mentally ill persons
  • Developmentally disabled clients
  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Persons with serious substance abuse disorders

Because of Mr. Pernik's efforts, many of these cases were dismissed, received special consideration at sentencing and from the Probation Department, or benefited from diversion or referrals to specialty courts, such as drug court, mental health court, or veterans’ court.

Additionally, Mr. Pernik tried many cases in front of different Monterey County judges, as well as in courtrooms in the surrounding counties, and has obtained dismissals or acquittals in complex, sensitive, and high-profile cases, including a recent acquittal in a high profile murder case, as well as other cases involving accusations of:

  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Theft
  • Property crimes
  • Gang crimes
  • Gun crimes
  • Drug and alcohol-related offenses

Call (831) 269-5353 to schedule a free consultation with William V. Pernik today.

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