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Riverside Criminal Defense Lawyer

Former Prosecutors Now Fighting for You

The threat of going to jail on a serious criminal charge is overwhelming to the accused and their families. If you or a loved one has been accused of a criminal offense, it is crucial that you have legal representation that is committed to your case and has a proven record in criminal court. Grech & Packer is recognized as an accomplished criminal defense law firm with an impressive record throughout the courts in the Riverside area.

With experience working in the District Attorney's office in Riverside, Attorney Paul Grech has worked within the legal system on both sides of the bench, allowing a distinct insight into how to present a case with the goal of a favorable outcome for you.

Our Riverside criminal lawyers handle criminal cases including DUI, arson, assault & battery, domestic violence, drug crimes, federal crimes, felony crimes, internet crimes, juvenile crimes, kidnapping, murder & manslaughter, sex crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, and white collar crimes.

Certified Defense Attorneys in Riverside

Our firm's founder, Attorney Paul Grech, is a certified Specialist in Criminal Law, a designation that few defense teams in the state can claim. 

Attorney Grech received the prestigious honor of being selected for inclusion in the list of 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers®. Attorney Grech has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since. A lawyer can only be selected for this impressive list after a rigorous background check and thorough peer review.

We have an unmatched commitment to defending our clients, and are nationally ranked AV by Martindale-Hubbell®. This means we are nationally recognized as "Preeminent" in the field of criminal law. 

Attorney Grech has also been included in the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. We are quite simply, the best. In 2019,  in a ceremony in London, England,  Attorney Grech was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers consisting of the very best trial advocates in the free world.

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Criminal defense attorneys, play a pivotal role in the legal landscape. Charged with upholding the fundamental principle that every person is innocent until proven guilty, they navigate the complex realm of criminal law to protect the rights and freedoms of their clients. Below are is a brief outline of what a criminal defense attorney does:

Legal Counsel and Advocate:

At its core, the role of a criminal defense attorney is to serve as both a legal counselor and a fierce advocate. They are tasked with guiding their clients through the intricacies of the legal system, explaining their rights, options, and the potential consequences of their actions. Throughout the process, they advocate for their clients best interest.

Investigation and Case Analysis:

Much like investigative sleuths, criminal defense attorneys delve into every nook and cranny of their clients' cases. They scrutinize evidence, interview witnesses, and consult experts, all in the pursuit of the truth. This painstaking investigation is essential for constructing a solid defense strategy, highlighting inconsistencies in the prosecution's case, and ensuring that their clients' rights are protected.

Strategic Planning:

A defense attorney meticulously analyzes the prosecution's case, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. They discern legal intricacies, technicalities, or arguments that could tip the scales in their clients' favor. With this information in hand, they craft a unique and compelling defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of each case.

Negotiation and Plea Bargaining:

In many criminal cases, the defense attorney engages in negotiations with the prosecution to secure plea bargains or settlements. This may involve reducing charges, obtaining lighter sentences, or identifying alternative resolutions that mitigate the consequences for their clients. These negotiations require finesse and an intimate understanding of the legal landscape.

Courtroom Representation:

In the event a case goes to court, an attorney will present their clients' case with skill, cross-examine witnesses, and deliver compelling legal arguments. Their ability to think on their feet, their eloquence, and their mastery of the law are essential for challenging the prosecution's evidence and persuading judges and juries.

Trial and Verdicts:

In cases that proceed to trial, the defense attorney stands as the last line of defense. They choose juries, present their clients' defense, and vigorously advocate for acquittal. Their courtroom acumen, mastery of evidence, and persuasive skills are crucial in determining the trial's outcome.

Sentencing Advocacy:

If a client is convicted, the defense attorney's work continues during the sentencing phase. They present mitigating factors, character references, and compelling arguments in a bid to influence the judge's sentencing decision. Their goal is to secure a fair and just outcome, taking into account all relevant factors.

Appeals and Post-Conviction Relief:

When necessary, defense attorneys file appeals to challenge legal errors that may have occurred during the trial or sentencing. They explore avenues for post-conviction relief, such as ineffective assistance of counsel, newly discovered evidence, or constitutional violations.


Contact our Riverside criminal defense lawyers at (951) 291-0105 today!

If You Are Looking for Results, You Found the Right Team

We have over 65 years of combined experience and have handled over 190 jury trials. Our lawyers in Riverside, CA have a track record of success, and we’ll fight toward a favorable result on your behalf.

Award-Winning Law Firm

Recognized for Superior Legal Service

  • Appeals
  • Civil Rights
    Civil Rights
  • Drug Crimes
    Drug Crimes
  • DUI
  • Federal Crimes
    Federal Crimes
  • Felony Crimes
    Felony Crimes
  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Prisoner Rights
    Prisoner Rights
  • Resisting Arrest
    Resisting Arrest
  • Sex Crimes
    Sex Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
    Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
    White Collar Crimes

Recent Criminal Defense Victories

Where Tough Cases Are Won
  • Murder Criminal Defense

    People v. Colbert, Case No. RIF1903203.

    On May 7, 2024, Attorneys Joshua Hanks and Paul Grech won an acquittal on a Special Circumstance murder case. The client was facing life without the possibility for parole and was eligible for the death penalty. He was denied bail and in custody the entire time awaiting trial. The client is now home with his wife and family.

  • Drug Distribution Criminal Defense

    People v. R.P. -  The defendant was charged under the "three-strikes" law with sales of cocaine and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life. However, the defendant had been subject to gross prosecutorial misconduct, which his previous lawyer had left unaddressed. Following a successful appeal brought because of a motion to dismiss, the Court of Appeal remanded the case back for re-sentencing. After a lengthy evidentiary hearing, the trial court reversed the defendant's life sentence and agreed that the District Attorney committed misconduct. The defendant will now have a second-chance outside prison.

  • Domestic Violence Criminal Defense

    People v. G.B. - The District Attorney charged the defendant with numerous felony domestic violence counts. After successfully obtaining an order for the defendant's release on his own recognizance, the jury acquitted the defendant of a number of felony counts and a mistrial was declared as to the others. Following pressure by the Court, the District Attorney's office agreed to dismiss the felony counts and the defendant pled to a non-domestic violence misdemeanor count with no jail time.

  • Attempted Murder Criminal Defense

    People v. Joey P. -  The accused was charged with three counts of attempted murder, special allegations involving use of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.He faced three 25 to life terms if convicted. The jury returned not guilty verdicts on all attempt murder and firearm use charges. Joey was released at time of sentencing on the remaining drug charge. He is now home with his family.

  • Vandalism and Assault Criminal Defense

    People v. J.G. - The defendant was driving in his car with his wife and brother when a crazed driver nearly ran them off the road. When it became apparent to the other driver that the defendant's family was calling the police, the crazed driver called the police to report that the defendant vandalized his car while driving! Unbelievably, the police and District Attorney believed the crazed driver and charged the defendant with vandalism and assault! The jury quickly returned a verdict of not guilty.

  • $6,750,000 S.D. et al. v. City of Hemet (2024) Civil Litigation

    The Law Offices of Grech and Packer recently won a $6,750,000 settlement for the family of a man who was shot and killed by police while in his own backyard.

  • $1,100,000 M.A. v. City of Hemet Civil Litigation

    $1,100,000 settlement for our unarmed client who was shot in the back as he fled from police

  • $995,000 H.B. et al. v. City of Huntington Park (2024) Civil Litigation

    $995,000 for shooting death of man armed with knife.

  • $875,000 M.A. v. County of Riverside Civil Litigation

    $875,000 settlement for our client who was beaten unconscious by deputies after a police chase

  • $750,000 N.S. v. City of Hemet (2024) Civil Litigation

    $750,000 for unarmed man beaten by police during client’s detention.

  • $750,000 A.Y. v. County of San Bernardino Civil Litigation

    $750,000 settlement for our client who was beaten and kicked in the head by deputies.

Client Testimonials

Don't Just Take Our Word for It
  • Paul is arguably one of the best!

    “There are excellent attorneys in the Riverside area, but Paul is arguably one of the best. His team did a fantastic job for our family; they went above and beyond a transactional financial client-attorney relationship.”

    - Christopher
  • I have been able to resolve the matter and put it behind me.

    “I was extremely pleased with the way Mr. Grech handled my case, his professionalism, courtesy, knowledge, and ability to resolve the matter in the most favorable way.”

    - Keith W.
  • Definitely 5 stars!

    “I would definitely recommend Trent Packer very good lawyer I did not have to stress one bit he made sure I was updated on everything stood by my side the whole case definitely 5 stars!”

    - Rudy
  • He was upfront and gave us information based on his experiences.

    “Trent could have easily sold us on a pretty picture, but he didn't. Instead, he was upfront and gave us information based on his experiences. Thank you Trent for walking us through a difficult period, we will always be grateful.”

    - Robbie
  • Mr. Packer has always been insightful in providing me with reliable legal advice.

    “In the times I have consulted Mr. Packer, he has always been insightful in providing me with reliable legal advice. He always knows what he's talking about, and can point out possible defensed in any case.”

    - Nathan

Great Defense Starts With Experience

At our firm, we are proud to help our clients with comprehensive and dynamic legal assistance that can be counted on in even the most daunting of situations. By getting the involvement of a Riverside criminal defense attorney from our legal team, you will not need to face the future alone. We know what is on the line and we know the importance of providing reliable assistance when it is needed most.

  • Over 65 Years of Shared Experience
  • Former Deputy District Attorney
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • More Than 190 Jury Trials Handled With Exceptional Results
  • Selected for Inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers

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