Law Office of Johnny Lai, Inc.

Arcadia, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I will personally do everything in my powers to get you the best possible outcome for your case and I will work closely with you work towards that goal. Early in my career, I worked in a large criminal defense organization where I was written up for spending too much time talking with my clients because I was taking the time to explain their rights and the basics of the criminal process to them. I felt that I could not ethically practice in that environment and left that organization. Now, with my own practice, I take the time to make sure I can focus on each client and their individual case. I take the time to listen to my clients because the best way to defend a case often presents itself when a clients are able to participate in their own defense. I believe its my job to help my clients understand the basics of the criminal process so they can intelligently make decisions regarding their case, so I always take the time to any questions my clients have about their charges, the criminal court process, and their rights and defenses. I take the time to personally review a client's case and explore the best possible defense or defense strategy for obtaining the best outcome possible for my client. I will not hand off your case to a junior partner with little experience like at some larger firms. You will have access to my personal cell line to call or text me when you need to talk to me. Although my quotes may not always be the least expensive, my prices reflect the experience and attention I provide to each of my clients' cases. Unlike some other criminal defense attorneys, I can often offer a payment plan (with a reasonable initial deposit) if you cannot afford to pay the full retainer up front.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I graduated from UCLA's Public Interest Law Program and I am passionate about helping people and I love that I get to help defend people's Constitutional Rights every day.
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Arcadia, CA 91007

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5 Reviews
  • Jeffrey S. Dec 23, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
    Case is ongoing, but to this point Johnny has been extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Would recommend highly.
  • Denise S. Mar 9, 2015
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    He's very honest and works quickly. He's also the only reasonably priced attorney I could find. I'm very happy we found him.
  • Cynthia M. Sep 29, 2014
    Currently I’m in Memphis Tennessee. My husband and I need a lawyer in California. Being a little skeptical because of the distance we decided to hire Johnny Lai and he went above and beyond to help us close our case asap. Very honest and trust worthy. Would re commented him to anyone.
  • Jason M. Sep 22, 2014
    Johnny Lai is a very out standing lawyer and is very reasonable, he has helped me in many ways and will stand behind me every step of the way! He has solid connections and is very good at what he does!
  • Al V. Sep 3, 2014
    I was in a bind with the law, and my brother told me he got Johnny Lai the same attorney who got him out of a jam to represent me. He threw the book at the judge, none the less I am a believer in the justice system now.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I regularly attend continuing education training.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a person of color & Asian American, I became an attorney to help underserved communities and fight for people's rights. As a criminal defense attorney, I get to help defend peoples' Constitutional Rights every day.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Misdemeanor criminal defense, Felony Preliminary Hearings, Traffic tickets, Restraining Order Hearings.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Never hire an attorney who says they can guarantee the outcome of your case. Nobody can (honestly) make such a guarantee.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
As a criminal defense attorney, the toughest case to defend is the one where you are certain your client is innocent.