Peter Sebastian, Esq. Serious Criminal Defense

Los Angeles, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Because I'm a former prosecutor, I know how the other side thinks and this gives me a big advantage in negotiating and strategizing for trial. But beyond that, the case against you is only as strong as they evidence they have. As a Law School Evidence Professor, I know how to deal effectively with their case against you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I'm naturally a very competitive person and was the Moot Court (oral argument) champ of my law school. Since criminal law all takes place in the courtroom, it's all about oral advocacy from start to finish. That's what I love. To present a case in the most compelling and forceful way in order to sway those holding the power (like Judges and Prosecutors).

Location

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Nick M. Mar 1, 2017
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Informed, aggressive, compassionate and fair!!
    I found Mr Sebastian on this site and after a phone call and an in person meeting, I felt that Mr Sebastian was both the tough, informed lawyer we needed as well as someone who has compassion for the client and his loved ones who all desperately wanted a great outcome.Through no fault of his own we were unable to hire him due to private issues but his advice was invaluable and I recommend highly without hesitation.
  • Jonathan T. Sep 24, 2016
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
    Satisfied service
    Great attorney real flexible and always good on returning your calls. Will hire again. Thanks again.
  • Pablo M. May 2, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Peter epitomizes what a great attorney should be. He is honest ,professional and a great person. I was stressed over a case that was three years old and he came in and got me a great deal . Thank you Peter for your hard work , and youre professionalism. I would recommend to anybody in need of help.
  • Relebogile M. Mar 12, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Peter was extremely friendly and helpful! He is great at what he does and will always do what's best for his clients!
  • Toni G. Sep 5, 2014
    Attorney Sebastian went above and beyond what I expected. Every aspect of my case was addressed professionally and timely. The quality of the work was excellent. I have absolutely no complaints. The outcome of my case was much better than I expected. I would highly recommend the service of Attorney Sebastian.
  • Tiffany L. Aug 27, 2014
    I came to Peter back in the spring of 2014 due to an old traffic ticket that had come back to haunt me. The ticket itself was 7 years old, and honestly the situation itself was ridiculous. However, I needed help to end it. I am a single mom and lived no where near the place where the ticket in question was being dealt with. I contacted Peter after finding him online. He listened to everything I had to say and worked with me every step of the way. He appeared for all my court dates for me, worked diligently to bring the matter down to a more then reasonable offer with the prosecuting attorney, and has never failed to do more the 150% for me every step of the way. What could have potentially been a incredibly ridiculous situation was resolved swiftly and efficiently in my favor due to Peters hard work and ethical drive. I would easily recommend him to ANYONE I know, and would trust him wholeheartedly with any legal situation that i needed a lawyers help with. If you have traffic situation/ criminal defense situation, there is no one better, and no one who will fight harder for you to get the situation resolved fairly and quickly. I am so incredibly grateful I found Peter and again....would recommend him first and foremost in any traffic/ criminal court case.
  • AL L. Aug 24, 2014
    When my wife and I first called Peter Sebastian he was kind and professional and understood your case right from the start. Without hesitation he started working on your case. Peter Sebastian cared about are legal issues. He is excellent attorney. I can not say enough good things about him. I would recommend Peter Sebastian again if I had another legal matter. I can not thank him enough.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It's simple. You pay a flat fee for everything that happens up until trial. If a trial is necessary, that price is negotiated separately. This is because very few cases get to trial because very few people are willing to roll the dice on what a jury might decide. So you don't pay for a trial until you go to trial.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I ask questions and listen and start figuring out the case. The key is understanding what the battlegrounds are going to be. I then tell the potential client what they can expect with their case and how I intend to approach it.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Law school, of course, but that's not all. I also attend training and seminars given by experts. This year I was in Sacramento for a Voir Dire seminar and last year in Newport Beach for a DUI seminar. Being a Law School Evidence professor keeps my trial skills honed, since it's all about the evidence.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a type A personality control freak who wants to be right all the time and for everyone to be silent when he's talking, it was a no-brainer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have helped all ages, races, and cultures, some who don't even speak English. I've helped business people and professionals with licenses to protect and many who have had other attorneys that didn't fight for them. A lot of my customers are family members of the actual clients who are in jail. No matter, everyone gets an aggressive defense.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This was another case a colleague had given up on. An Iraq war veteran with psychological issues was caught in Orange County stealing from a department store. He's now back living with his mother in Arkansas and can't get a job because of this case which was never resolved. The other attorney called to see if there was anything I could do because the DA was requiring him to give a DNA sample as part of the offer. After talking to the DA I was able to get the DNA requirement dropped. Case dismissed, no conviction.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Pay attention to how the lawyer is talking to you because that's how that lawyer is going to be talking to the judge and prosecutor. Lawyers don't have secret personalities they use in court.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You can only get the help you need by being up front with your lawyer. I always tell clients, you get the same defense whether you are guilty or innocent. A lawyer is there to help, not judge, so don't try to make yourself look good. Get the facts out, good and bad. Let the lawyer figure out how best to help you.