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Steven M. Cron Steve Cron

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For over thirty years, Steve has been successfully defending individuals in the Los Angeles area who have been accused of committing a crime. Since 1984, he has been certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization. Fewer than 400 lawyers in the California have the experience, respect of their peers, and expertise to be certified as Criminal Law Specialists.

Steve’s long-standing relationships with prosecutors and judges, give him the opportunity to present his client’s case in the best possible light and ensure that his arguments on behalf of his client will be heard. His credibility and reputation mean that he will be taken seriously.

Steve is the lawyer whom judges and prosecutors often call when their friends or loved ones are in trouble. He’s credible, respected, and has over 36 years of experience representing people in criminal cases in the state and federal courts of Southern California and beyond.

When a client is innocent, no one will fight harder than Steve. He has investigators and experts available to help build the case and prove his client’s innocence. He has an outstanding record as a trial lawyer, at one point winning nine consecutive federal jury trials.

When clients want to settle a case, Steve has the knowledge and experience to know what the issues are and how best to resolve them. Because of Steve’s personal relationship with each client, he always negotiates and resolves with the client’s priorities in mind.

Steve loves being a criminal defense lawyer. Every day he gets to help people who are often in trouble and experiencing a terrible time in their lives. Being able to help people dig out of those situations is very rewarding. Although being arrested or charged with a crime is a horrible experience, Steve always tries to find a way to make it a positive experience. Many of Steve’s clients keep in touch with him long after their cases are over, often telling him that they hated the experience of being arrested, but that it caused them to change some habitually negative behavior which they had not acknowledged prior to their arrest.

Steve published an article entitled "Busted," about representing celebrities in high profile criminal prosecutions. The article was published in the American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. Steve has also been recognized by his peers every year since its inception in Los Angeles Magazine’s annual poll of Super Lawyers in Criminal Defense.

Steve is a recognized authority in the criminal defense field, and has served as a legal expert on television, radio, and print media. Steve has been featured on: The Today Show, CNN, CNN Europe, Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, Bill O'Reilly, Court TV, Celebrity Justice, MSNBC, Inside Edition, Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Reuters and People, to name a few.

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense
Juvenile Law
Sexual Assault
Driving While Intoxicated
Drug Crimes
Assault and Battery
White Collar Crime
Domestic Violence
Weapons Charges
Personal Injury
Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Bar Admissions:
California, 1974
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1973, J.D.
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1970, B.A.
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law
Legal Commentator, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Local Television and Radio Programs, National and Local Newspapers and Magazines
Honors and Awards:
Rated AV
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Santa Monica Bar Association, 1992 - 1993, President
Santa Monica Bar Association, 1987 - 1994, Member, Board of Trustees
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
State Bar of California, 1993 - 1996
Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
National Conference of Bar Presidents, 1993 - 2000, Member
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
Past Employment Positions:
Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, Deputy Public Defender, 1974 - 1980
Zeta Beta Tau

Read what Steve's past clients are saying:

Avvo Client Review

I hired Steve after 2 bad experiences with prior attorneys on this case. I wish I had been referred to him first. The 1st attorney was a Advertising Mill that was incompentant and arrogant. After firing them I went to another who was pleasant but did nothing and I was looking at the worst case scenario. In the 11th hour I was referred to Steve. I cannot express my gratitude and highly recommend him enough. He got results that were nothing short of a miracle. NONE of the other attorneys were able to make any progress or even get the information heard. If you find yourself in a legal problem, don't waste your time asking around- go directly to Steve Cron. Save yourself all the frustration and worry.

Yelp Client Review

I was facing 2 felony criminal drug charges, possible jail time and hundreds of hours of community service before I hired Mr. Cron. On top of that my career was on the line. If I would have been convicted I would've lost my professional license, been out of a job and would have had an EXTREMELY difficult time finding a job besides my degree's and extensive experience. When I first met with Steven, he didn't judge me and carefully reviewed every detail of the case against me and how it transpired. Steven always kept things realistic and told me that yes, it is VERY possible that I would be convicted but he would do his best to fight both charges. When our court date arrived Steven lived up to his promise and FOUGHT for me! He did whatever was in his power to get the best results including switching court rooms so we'd face new DA's and plead my case to them. Steven's experience and genuine care shine through out. He refused to accept the DA's offer that would have given me no jail time but would still keep me convicted of 2 felonies. Steven continued fighting , pleading my case poking as many holes as possible in the case till we finally got the results we wanted and Steven believed I deserved. Not only did I receive no jail time, I also go the more severe charge DISMISSED and the lesser charge of possession deferred and will be eventually dismissed. Words can't explain my thanks and gratitude for Stevens work and I can see how MANY lawyers would have given up at many points in my case where Steven kept fighting. To show my gratitude to Steven I am more then happy to speak individually to ANYONE that would like to hear more of how my case went down and wants more of a reason to hire Steven. I really thought I was going to lose everything and Steven won me a second chance. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Avvo Client Review

I received my first (and hopefully last) DUI back in October and like everyone else, I was freaking out. I was worried I was gonna lose my job and get into some financial hardship let alone deal with the court system. After meeting with Steve for the first time, I knew right then and there that he was the man to help guide me through the process. Although we received results from a blood test that we both weren't expecting, Steve went above and beyond to help reassure that everything would be fine and would get me back on the path to correct my mistake. He treated me with the upmost respect and answered every question I had (and I had plenty) about the process. With his many years of experience, Steve was able to make a deal with the court and help relieve any additional sentencing. I can not speak any more highly about Steve and if possible, call and meet with him. Steve has an amazing track record and many years of experience dealing with the court system. I would highly recommend him to any family member, friend and stranger. And to Steve, thank you very much for everything you have done for me. I truly appreciate it more than you know.

Contact Information:

401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1200, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Phone: 310-451-9888

1541 Ocean Avenue Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cron, Israels & Stark
Office Addresses
401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200 Santa Monica, CA 90401. Phone: (310) 451-9888 View Map
11755 Wilshire Blvd., 15th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025. Phone: (424) 372-3112 View Map
1541 Ocean Ave., #200 Santa Monica, CA 90401. Phone: (310) 451-9888 View Map