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We encourage our past clients to contact us to share their experience with our firm. If you are a new client, please call (831) 273-3152 to schedule your initial consultation to discuss your case.


"You often hear a lot of horrible comments and experiences from people about Attorneys that promise outcomes or take money away and do nothing. I must say Mr. William Pernik is an exemplary exception to this rule. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mr. Pernik and his professionalism as an attorney and his compassion for his client's rights. He is an example of what an attorney should be. Mr. Pernik has very high standards when looking into a case. He tries to find all the options available with the best outcome. He also is very honest and empathetic towards his client's situation. He will do whatever it takes to make sure a client has the fairest and most just outcome when being represented. I referred him to a family friend and what could have possibly been a felony and misdemeanor turned out dismissed. If you are looking for an attorney that is sharp and can think outside the box then this is the man you want on your side. He was amazing when handling my friend's case and I can't express enough gratitude and appreciation for his exceptional skills as an attorney. I agree attorney's can be expensive and he seems fair in his prices. If you don't have the funds, he works with an individual's financial situation. When first looking for an Attorney, the reason I chose Mr. Pernik was because he has many qualities that I felt were important. Not only did he graduate cum laude because of his excellent grades, in many of his cases he has successfully obtained a number of acquittals and dismissals. He also is a recipient of the Cali awards which is earned only by law students with excellent achievements in their studies as determined by their professors. He has a lot of experience handling difficult and complex cases which he was successful in. I can go on and on but I truly feel that if you need an excellent attorney you should definitely contact Mr. Pernik. I know that from my experience that if I ever know someone with a problem that requires an attorney, I will refer them to this man. Thank you William for all your help!"

- A.C.

"Won't find a better attorney, my name is Justin. I had a domestic charge, guy had my back the whole way he knows his sh#t, doesn't matter what kinda charge u got - he will back u up. Been four years, he still remembers me. Good friend and attorney - if you are in trouble, take my word: he's good."

- Justin C.

"I called William after being arrested for a DUI. William was very friendly and checked on the status of my file for free. He let me know what was going on and asked me to call back closer to my court date and he would check again. Turns out the county is not pursuing DUI charges. I called 3 other attorneys regarding my arrest and William stood out as the most honest, hard working and compassionate."

- B.C.

"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. He is a to the point guy and genuinely cares about the outcome of his clients. He is by far the best attorney I've had." (Posted by a client on February 20, 2016.)

- 5 Star Client Review On

"Mr. Pernik really took the time to know me personally he understood my situation. He genuinely wanted to help me during a difficult time in my life. He fought for me in court to modify my sentence." (Posted by a client on on January 30, 2016)

- 5 Start Client Review On

“Mr. Pernik took the time to know me as a person and to also know my family. 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 with him. I can't thank him enough for his hard work and dedication on my case. He saved my livelihood,"

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“I highly recommend Mr. Pernik. He is extremely knowledgeable about complex criminal issues. He is very hard-working and provides excellent representation for his clients. No one will work harder to achieve the best result. (Posted by Jessica on on October 2, 2015)

- 5 Star Client Review on

"Mr. Pernik will work tirelessly for you. He will not take no for an answer from the District Attorney, he will look after you, like a family member. He definitely knows the law, and will do further

- 5 Star Yelp Review

“I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in alcoholism and chemical dependency. I have known William for over 10 years now. He has hired me on several occasions to interview and assess his substance abuse clients to prepare for trial. I have interacted with many lawyers in my professional life, and I must say that William stands out as someone who truly cares about his clients. I can honestly say that William is extremely smart, dedicated, compassionate, and resourceful. He is remarkably passionate about justice for his clients. To him, this is not a job- it's a calling. If you want solid representation from someone who is non-judgmental and has your back, look no further.” (Yelp review posted on November 16, 2015 by Annia R.) “I have worked with William for a number of years and can honestly say that he is one of the best attorneys it has been my pleasure to work with.” (Attorney endorsement posted on by Andrew Stark on October 23, 2015.) “William is a tireless defender and seeker of justice. His track record speaks for itself; his numerous victories in court are lauded by those in the criminal justice. The short of it – William will fight for you and get results.” (Attorney endorsement posted on by Yan Shrayberman on September 18, 2015.) “William Pernik is one of the hardest fighting lawyers I have ever seen. The man’s name brought fear to the hearts of prosecutors when he worked in Tulare County.”

- Annia R.

"I have a relative that recently made a bad decision that ended up in an arrest. Fortunately it's not a real serious matter, but it's also not "amateur hour" and despite being in law enforcement myself, I knew that I needed to consult with a professional criminal defense attorney.

After performing a fair amount of research, I determined that William Pernik was the person that I wanted to talk to about my issue. I scheduled a
free consultation and I met with Attorney Roland Soltesz, who works with Mr. Pernik. Mr. Soltesz could not have been nicer and more professional than he was. Roland listened to me, asked appropriate questions and provided me with the information that I needed in order to make an informed decision.

It turns out that I do not need to retain an attorney at present time, but Roland advised me to call him should my legal matter "take a turn" or should I need additional advice. I spent approximately thirty minutes with a lawyer and I was charged NOTHING!
It was clear to me that this law firm and Roland specifically, are not just in it to make a fast buck. I work with lawyers on a regular basis and I am confident that these professionals know what they are doing, while providing a high-level of customer service, while they're doing it.

Thank you Roland and William and Happy Holidays to you both!"

-Chris M.

"We hired Mr. Pernik to represent one of our Spanish speaking employees with a traffic / driver's license issue . We started with a phone consult using Margarita as a translator. What struck me was that Mr. Pernik listened carefully, did not rush us and then told us we could probably handle the matter ourselves if we wanted to. How refreshing not to get the "hard sell" right off the bat. We decided to hire him and his price was so reasonable and the outcome was better than expected. I hope not to need a criminal lawyer again soon but it's nice to know where to find a good one!!"

-Steven M.

"William Pernik is a good man. He is an active listener, dedicated to his profession and his community. I went to him with a problem regarding a citation I had received, and he spent 2 hours listening to my story, explaining the law to me and making phone calls to the DA's office to see where my case stood, and what my next steps were. Mr Pernik is a true professional who cares about the person sitting across from him. Should I ever need a criminal lawyer, he will be my first call."

- J TD T.

"Mr. Pernik started my case as a Public Defender and I could not have gotten a better attorney. From beginning to end Mr. Pernik demonstrated nothing but professionalism, compassion, and belief in me. He felt like an old friend. After 3 long years Mr. Pernik did the paperwork for the expungement of my record. Of course he was successful.

Margarita, is Williams assistant and she is one AWESOME person. The two of them together is just unbelievable.

Mr. Pernik has so much compassion for his clients, his integrity is beyond approach. If you or anyone you know ever needs an attorney Mr. William Pernik is the only attorney you need to call.

I feel like he saved my life and I will be forever grateful."

- Jacqueline W.

"Wonderful team wonderful experience, could not have asked for a more compassionate team."

-Erica F.

"Words can not express, the admiration, and gratitude i have for this hard working dedicated guy. His sincerity and integrity along with compassion and empathy, make this man an incredible lawyer. 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. There may be lawyers that are his equal but none better, that I am sure of."


"Just awesome! I am so grateful for his services and cannot imagine what we would do without him. Amazing in every way. Nobody is better than William not just in Salinas, but in all of California in my opinion."

- Kritine F.

"All I have to say is the Law Offices of William V Pernik are the Best I have ever interacted with. Both William and Margarita were so on top of things and conduct themselves in a very professional manner. They took care of me all the way through my conviction, he was even able to extend my surrender date without any hesitations. Thank you again William, Joel and Margarita!"

- Yolanda L.

"I had a run-in with the law, and seeked out advice of Mr. Pernik. He was knowledgeable, experience and sorted it out within two weeks (the delay coming from the courts). What impressed me the most however, was his empathy to my situation. I did not feel like I was just another case. I felt like he understood the stress me and my family were going through and held our hand through the process. It feels like Mr. Pernik is truly in this business to help the people fight the system and not just collecting checks. Give him a call for a free consultation and see for yourself."

- Alex F.

"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 in my life, I recommend him to anyone who may be in need of legal defense, my overall experience with him and his great staff was a positive one."

- Luis

"Mr. William Pernik is extremely intelligent and caring with his clients. Not a very easy combination to find in a lawyer. He looks at all the options for the best possible fair and just outcome in a case. What could have been a felony and misdemeanor was dismissed. You can't go wrong hiring Mr. William Pernik. I refer him to anyone that needs a top notch attorney like him."

- N.R.

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