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Carmela Caramagno

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Carmela Caramagno Attorney


Contra Costa County criminal defense lawyer, Carmela Caramagno is a specialist in criminal law. Carmela is the attorney featured in the press and media when she exposed the racism and corruption at the Antioch Police Department.  This case is known as the Antioch Texting Scandal. Her refusal to back down exposed a truth that had existed for years but had been hidden from the courts and hidden from other defense attorneys. Dozens of criminal cases were dismissed because of Carmela's success.

While the Antioch texting scandal was 2023's most significant  criminal case in Contra Costa County Carmela has not stopped there.  Carmela's recent Racial Justice Act victory is already the most significant Contra Costa County case in 2024. This was featured in the Contra Costa Times which lauded Carmela person for her “landmark” legal victory in this murder case.

While these are high profile victories, Carmela's work is based upon the experience gained from handling 1000's of the most difficult criminal cases.  Carmela has been lead trial counsel in the most serious criminal cases in Contra Costa County over the past decade. She represented the alleged Sinaloa “hit man” Calaca who avoided life without imprisonment and first degree murder charges due to Carmela's aggressive defense. This is just one of many successful defenses.

Serious felonies with major life changing penalties are Carmela's criminal defense focus. Some cases are too light for Carmela but no case is to heavy, too serious or too complex. She is the defense attorney's attorney and her work is legendary. Whether you charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter, large scale financial crimes, assaults or other major felonies, Carmela should be your first choice as a criminal defense attorney.

When you retain Carmela Caramagno as your attorney you get “two for one”. Carmela is renowned as both a motion lawyer and a trial lawyer. She is one of those rare attorneys who truly give you best criminal motion defense and the best criminal trial defense.

If your criminal case is high stakes and you are facing an all or nothing challenge to your life, family and future, you need Carmela's experience, skill and fierce courtroom style.

Criminal Defense Specialist means an attorney certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Presently (2/8/2024) there are only 7 criminal defense specialists in all of California. Carmela Caramagno and Daniel Horowitz are 2 of the 7! If you cannot afford to lose your case the best criminal defense lawyers are certified as specialists. (Note: Specialists must under strict peer and judicial assessment, meet experience qualifications and pass a rigrous written examination. Once certified their continuing education requirements are meaningful enhanced requiring many hours of additional, yearly training.

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Awards & Associations

  • AV Preeminent (Peer Review Rated) by Martindale Hubbell
  • Nation's Top One Percent (NADC)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Top Attorney
  • Super Lawyers
  • 5 Star Reviews Avvo
  • United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States