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At Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we provide compassionate and aggressive advocacy to help individuals through even the toughest criminal cases. Regardless of the charges you’re facing or your past, we will treat you with professionalism and respect, taking the time to listen to your side of the story and understand the facts of your circumstances. When you work with us, our team will use a research-based approach, scouring every detail of your case, to build a unique legal strategy to protect your rights and best interests.

To learn how we can help, contact our Monterey criminal defense attorneys online or at (831) 273-3152.

Our Fierce Monterey, CA Lawyers Are Ready to Defend Your Rights

The outcome of your criminal case could have a profound effect on your future. Convictions for misdemeanor and felony offenses can result in jail or prison time, fines, and various administrative penalties, such as having your driving privileges suspended or your eligibility for government aid restricted.

When the stakes are high, it’s imperative to have a skilled attorney on your side who will fight for your freedom. Backed by extensive experience in the criminal justice system, our lawyers know the law and will work tirelessly toward a favorable outcome in your case.

We provide representation for a variety of criminal offenses, including:

  • Juvenile crimes: If your child is facing criminal charges, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney to protect their future. Convictions for a juvenile crime can result in steep fines, probation, time in Juvenile Hall, foster home placement, and other potentially severe consequences.
  • DUIs/DWIs: A DUI conviction can result in a plethora of negative consequences, including jail time and license suspension. Our team will fight on your behalf to protect your driving privileges and freedom if you are facing these serious charges.
  • Child abuse/neglect offenses: These offenses often result in severe penalties due to the sensitive nature of such cases. If you are being accused of child abuse or neglect, our skilled attorney will build a strong defense on your behalf and fight to protect your legal rights.
  • Drug offenses: Whether you were charged with the sales, possession, transportation, or distribution of a controlled substance, you can rely on us to defend you. We have taken on drug cases at every stage of litigation and have a history of successful results.
  • Theft and property crimes: Depending on the severity of the crime, theft and property crime charges can either be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. Our attorney has successfully reduced felony charges to misdemeanors and achieved dismissals in many other cases.
  • Homicides: If you are facing homicide charges, you need to retain skilled legal counsel as soon as possible. These are some of the most serious matters and can result in the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
  • Serious and violent felonies: These cases include domestic battery, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, rape, armed robbery, and more. If convicted, the penalties can be severe, depending on the details of your case. For example, if you are convicted of a felony sex offense, it will result in mandatory sex offender registration, which can have a profoundly negative impact on your life.

Do not gamble with your future. Let our skilled criminal defense team fight for you during this difficult time.

Put Our Years of Experience on Your Side

Attempting to handle the complexities of the criminal process on your own could prove difficult. Courts have various rules you must follow, and mistakes made during hearings or trials could negatively affect the outcome of your case. Allow our skilled team to guide you through the legal process. From beginning to end, we will provide the counsel you need to fight the charges brought against you.

Our Monterey criminal defense lawyers will carefully examine the prosecutor’s evidence and challenge anything that violates your constitutional rights. We will also conduct our own investigation, interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, to craft a solid defense on your behalf.

Speak with one of our experienced Monterey criminal defense lawyers by calling us at (831) 273-3152 or contacting us online.

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  • “I found myself in a very tough situation and Mr. Pernik first of all was straight forward with me he was honest and all around very knowledgeable on what to do in regards to my case. He offered me peace of mind and got me through a very tough stage”


  • “I highly recommend Mr. Pernick. He is extremely knowledgeable about complex criminal defense issues. He is very hard-working and provides excellent representation for his clients. No one will work harder to achieve the best result.”


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    Annia R.

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  • “If you are smart enough to find William and pick him for your attorney, the outcome will be the best you could possibly hope for.”

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  • “You will not regret hiring him as your legal counsel. I honestly, cannot thank him enough for his dedication, hard work, and patience with my case that lasted over 18 months”

    Rob M.

  • “Not only did he fight for the best outcome for me, but he also was available to answer my questions 24-7. I felt very protected and calm when Mr. Pernik would enter the court room”

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  • “Good friend and attorney - if you are in trouble, take my word: he's good.”

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  • “I was fighting a DUI prison case. Those cases are usually very black and white for judges. Mr. Pernik guided me in the right direction so my case turned out very beneficial for me. His statements are very well put together.”

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  • “He is an active listener, dedicated to his profession and his community.”

    J TD T.

  • “Mr. Pernik has so much compassion for his clients, his integrity is beyond approach.”

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  • “I hope not to need a criminal lawyer again soon but it's nice to know where to find a good one!!”

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  • “William stood out as the most honest, hard working and compassionate.”