Criminal Defense Specialist



bear with state bar of california certification as criminal defense specialist and link to news article on horowitz if you click the picture

 To legally advertise as a criminal defense specialist, the defense lawyer must pass a written test and undergo extensive peer review by other defense attorneys, judges and prosecutors.  If you had a serious medical condition wouldn’t you seek the services of a specialist?  The same is true in criminal defense.  A criminal defense attorney who is a general practitioner will rarely have the expertise to provide you with the best defense.



If you have a heart problem what type of doctor do you go to ?

If you have a business law problem, what type of lawyer do you go to ? [A business lawyer !]  If you have a criminal law problem – shouldn’t you see a genuine specialist ?   Both Daniel Horowitz and  Carmela Caramagno are criminal defense specialists certified by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization.   Tom Kensok is a former Assistant District Attorney who was lead counsel in over 100 serious felony trials.  Oksana Tsykova is a National Trial Lawyer “Top 40 Under 40” award recipient.

There are only 200 (approx) Criminal Defense Specialists in all of California.  If your criminal case can change your life, you should select an attorney who has dedicated his/her life to obtaining the skills necessary to provide you with the best defense.


Criminal law is Trial law.  Personal injury cases usually settle.  High stakes federal criminal cases often settle.  But high stakes state court cases often go to trial.    Daniel Horowitz is one of the nation’s most experienced jury trial lawyers.

Trial Attorney Oksana TyskovaTrial Attorney Carmela Caramagno horowitz in t shirt outside martinez california courthouse with security signs on metal and glass doors


The types of cases that Daniel Horowitz has recently taken to trial may help you in deciding whether his office is a good fit for your case.

  • Felony Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Major Drug Conspiracy
  • Attempted Murder
  • Murder
  • Dissuading a Witness
  • Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury
  • MS-13 Gang Conspiracy
  • Family Affiliated Mafia Gang Conspiracy
  • Medical Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud



The combined areas of excellence for Daniel Horowitz, Carmela Caramagno & Oksana Tsykova include:

A Team of Specialists

When you hire criminal defense specialist Daniel Horowitz, you also have the ability to form a custom team of top lawyers specializing in criminal defense. Carmela Caramagno is also a State Bar of California certified specialist and Tom Kensok was a top level prosecutor for almost 3 decades.  Even the firms youngest member has been lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials.   Why hire a “big firm” which has most of your critical work done by an inexperienced associate ?  With “Lawyers in Lafayette”, you can custom assemble a team of the most experienced trial lawyers.  Our support team includes paralegals who have been approved and appointed on capital murder cases, a licensed chiropractor, investigators with significant military, corporate and police experience.   You deserve the best and we provide the best custom defense team ideally suited to your needs.