Frances Prizzia | Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Frances Prizzia

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Military Criminal Defense, Restraining Order Cases

www.prizzialegalteam.com

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Frances-Marie Prizzia dedicates her law practice to upholding the constitutional rights of her clients and zealously defending them. Her passion has always been in criminal defense and public service, as evidenced by her prior work and volunteer history.

For the past 15 years, Frances has dedicated herself to the practice of law. Years before opening this firm, Frances worked as an Orange County Public Defender as well as in the Los Angeles County Alternate Defender's Office. While working for Orange County as a trial attorney, she obtained many dismissals, in addition to taking more cases to jury trial and winning more than any other attorney within her unit during that time. Frances is also fluent in speaking Tagalog.

Prior to becoming an attorney and while in law school, Frances worked at the Public Defender's office in Santa Cruz. As a law student, she successfully argued and won a motion to suppress evidence due to the unlawful violations of the Fourth Amendment by the investigating police officers. She also researched and wrote motions asking the court to order the disclosure of information regarding confidential informants and confidential police personnel files ("Pitchess motions.")

Her compassion and commitment to making a difference and defending those who needed help is what convinced her to apply for law school. She was accepted into, and chose to enroll in, Santa Clara University School of Law, where she had also received her undergraduate degree several years earlier. But some of the reasons Frances chose to return to Santa Clara University was because of its emphasis on criminal defense and public service.

In addition to extensive trial advocacy training, the school is also home to the Death Penalty College, Northern California Innocence Project, and Center for Social Justice and Public Service. While in law school, she worked at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, where she wrote two successful political asylum briefs and won a U-visa (victim of violence) application for her client, which allowed the client to obtain her permanent residency ("green card") and a work permit in the United States.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I had a case where Filipino nurses were charged by the Attorney General’s office for criminally negligent death of a patient in a nursing home. These poor nurses did nothing but their best to take care of the patient. The doctors ruled the patient’s death as an accident and inevitable due to a heart attack since the patient was in very poor health, had recently endured surgery that he was not fully cleared for but needed to do to save his life, had a prior heart condition, and expired naturally. The AG simply was on a witch hunt because the patient’s family had a civil case and a lot of pull in this matter. The court, during the preliminary hearing, agreed with me, and refused to have these nurses held to answer. The nurses were discharged, and the court also granted a factual innocence motion I brought up in court.

How did you build a successful practice?
I built this practice on hard work, dedication, compassion towards my client and a lot of hustle.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Passion and heart as well as competency. Client’s should decide on a lawyer based on who they feel most comfortable with and at sync with. They should choose who they feel actually cares and will fight for their case as well as the attorney’s credentials.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
It is very important because different counties have different ways of running their cases and different policies that could mean a dismissal for your client or a guilty plea.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I provide as much information as the client would like. I do not try to make guesses. I attempt to gather as much information as I can from the client, then look the cases up in the system and attempt to give the best options I can provided with the information I have been given.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
I would need the charges that the clients are looking at, past record history, the facts of the case, what county or court the case is currently in as well as the status of the case. I also ask for what the client wants as the outcome.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I have a lot of heart and compassion. I truly put myself in my client’s shoes to understand their fears and concerns so that I can obtain the best results for them.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I like going to musical theatre, dancing, singing, hiking, and yoga.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes very much so. I am involved in my church as a Catechist for Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church. I am part of FLOC which is Filipino Lawyers of Orange County. And I have been a room mom for my children’s school for years.

Position Organization Location Duration
OwnerThe Law Offices of Frances PrizziaNewport Beach, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Santa Clara UniversityJ.D. Law School2005  
Santa Clara UniversityBachlorsMinor English2001
Santa Clara UniversityBachelorsB.S. Psychology2001
State / Court Date
California2005
  • Filipino Lawyers of Orange County | Board Member | 2019 - Present
    Filipino Lawyers of Orange County | Attorney Member | 2016 - Present
    Philippine Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2015 - Present
    California Women Lawyers | Attorney Member | 2015 - Present
    National Trial Lawyers Association | Trial Lawyer Member | 2014 - Present
    South Orange County Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2014 - Present
    North Orange County Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2013 - Present
    West Orange County Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2013 - Present
    Los Angeles County Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2010 - Present
    Orange County Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2006 - Present
    California Public Defenders Association | Attorney Member | 2006 - Present
    American Bar Association | Attorney Member | 2005 - Present
    State Bar of California | Attorney Member | 2005 - Present
    Phi Delta Phi | Member | 1998 - Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers | National Trial Lawyers Association | 2014- Present
    40 Under 40 Attorney Award | National Trial Lawyers Association | 2014-2019
    Client's Choice Award | Avvo | 2012-2016
    Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Student course | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) | 2011
    Pro Bono Award | Santa Clara University School of Law | 2004-2005
    Articles Editor | Santa Clara Journal of International Law | 2005
    Public Interest Scholar | Santa Clara University School of Law | 2002-2004
    Summer Program for International Humanitarian Rights | Santa Clara University School of Law Institute of International and Comparative Law | 2003
    Santa Clara University Magna Cum Laude Graduate
  • People v. Patrick N.
    Hung Jury (9 to 3 for Not Guilty).

  • People v. Brian O.
    *Pled down to Simple Battery (NO JAIL TIME).

  • People v. Eloy A.
    *Pled down to Petty Theft of Lost Property and Driving without a license (NO JAIL TIME).

  • People v. Eun 0.
    *Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME).

  • People v. Erick S.
    *Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME).

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(2005) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.February 03, 2020

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Language: English | Tagalog

Update Date: 2019-05-13

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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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