Lynn & O'Brien, LLP

Criminal Defense

Working to Defend Your Future and Your Freedom

Why hire one of our criminal lawyers?

At Lynn & O’Brien, LLP, we understand how overwhelming it is to be accused of a crime. Whether you or your loved one are facing charges for a criminal offense, you are likely feeling unsure of your options and uncertain of where to turn. Our team is here to help. We offer compassionate, one-on-one legal guidance and aggressive, uncompromising representation for the accused. With our background as prosecutors, we are uniquely poised to handle your case and provide you with a solid defense.

What TYPEs of criminal defense cases do we handle?

As former prosecutors for the district attorney with years of experience, our Santa Barbara and Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system. We handle a wide variety of criminal defense cases, offering empathetic guidance and uncompromising representation for each and every client.

Our attorneys can help you if you are facing any of the following charges:

  • Domestic violence

  • DUI

  • Felonies

  • Theft

  • White collar crimes

Our team of can help you understand your legal options and will take the time to learn the unique details of your situation before devising a plan of action tailored to your goals. We take pride in being extremely responsive—with Lynn & O’Brien, LLP, you’ll always have a team on your side.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
— Martin Luther King Jr.


Domestic Violence

Work with a firm that can help protect your rights.

Domestic violence is defined as any type of action or threat which could cause physical harm to another person in a close relationship with you. Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously and can lead to you spending time in jail or prison, but the evidence in these cases is often subjective. It can be difficult to prove that you have not committed this type of offense when the situation comes down to "he said, she said." Our legal team at Lynn & O'Brien, LLP is ready to protect your rights and your future.

Understanding Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence charges involve any type of harmful action or threat against another individual with whom you share a residence. This may include your spouse, ex-spouse, family member, or even a roommate that you live with. While most people associate charges of domestic violence with physical harm or abuse, other actions can lead to domestic violence arrests.

A few of the most common issues in domestic violence charges include:

  • Battery

  • Child abuse

  • Child endangerment

  • Harassment

  • Physical assault

  • Sexual assault

  • Stalking

  • Strangulation

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence Convictions?

The exact penalties from a conviction vary greatly based on the nature of the charges. If you have allegedly caused significant harm to another individual or your children, you could be facing severe and lasting consequences. One of the most notable consequences of a domestic violence conviction is that you will not be able to return to your home. If the alleged victim of the incident(s) was your spouse or the other parent of your child, your parental rights may also be affected.



Assert your rights with Lynn & O’Brien, LLP.

Have you been pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles? Nothing is quite as scary as being arrested, especially if law enforcement is pressuring you to answer questions.

At Lynn & O'Brien, LLP, we understand the stress that you are under and we are here to help you avoid the penalties of a DUI conviction. These consequences are extremely serious and you deserve to have experienced legal counsel on your side to protect your rights during criminal proceedings.

We can help you with all types of DUI cases, including:

  • DMV hearings

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or marijuana

  • Felony DUI

  • First time DUI

  • Multiple DUI

  • Underage DUI

Challenging DUI Allegations & Charges

There are many elements which go into DUI charges: from the cause that the officer had to pull you over to the equipment used to test your breath at the time of the arrest. All of these elements can be brought into question during our investigation of your case. Our Santa Barbara DUI attorneys work to find holes in the prosecution's case against you, such as questioning whether there was a valid reason to pull you over or the calibration of the testing equipment.

Hire a Proven DUI Lawyer

A strong defense for DUI related offenses requires a skilled attorney who can build a case strategy on your behalf. If you are facing charges for driving under the influence in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles, the consequences can be long-lasting, affecting your personal life and your driving privileges. Our legal team at Lynn & O'Brien, LLP can provide you with the proven counsel you deserve!

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Serious offenses require strong representation.

If you have been arrested in Santa Barbara for committing a felony offense or have any reason to believe you are under investigation, you would be wise to act quickly and retain legal representation. At Lynn & O'Brien, LLP, our felony defense attorneys can build a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to help you avoid the lengthy prison sentences and harsh penalties that a felony conviction can bring.

Misdemeanors and Felonies: What is the Difference?

Each type of crime that exists is classified into two categories: misdemeanor or felony. 

Misdemeanor offenses are those which are slightly less serious and usually involve less severe sentencing if a conviction is reached. 

Felonies cause serious harm, damage, or possible death and carry harsher penalties. Regardless of the severity of the charges you are facing, we are here to defend you aggressively both in and out of court.

We defend all types of felony crimes, including:

  • Aggravated assault

  • Certain theft crimes

  • Felony DUI

  • Repeat offenders

  • Serious drug crimes

  • Weapon charges

  • White collar crimes

Trust an Experienced and Compassionate Firm: Lynn & O'Brien, LLP

Facing any type of felony offense can be scary. Having an experienced felony defense attorney in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles on your side is essential to securing favorable results in court. Our former prosecutors have the insights and knowledge to build a strong case and our firm is known for our record of success, as well our compassion. We are here to answer your questions and ensure you understand your rights.



Our skilled former prosecutors can help protect your legal rights.

Theft crimes refer to a wide range of criminal offenses that involve taking money or property of any type from another person without their express knowledge, permission, or by way of deception. These crimes may or may not involve threats of violence and are often associated with white collar crimes because of the association with fraud and financial gain. The penalties for theft crimes can be severe and lasting, which is why hiring a Santa Barbara theft crime attorney to represent you is in your best interest.

Types of Theft Offenses

Every type of theft crime carries its own penalties, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense. Typically, theft is categorized as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the items which were allegedly taken. Any property which is worth less than $950 is classified as a misdemeanor, unless it is associated with a more severe crime, like the use of a deadly weapon. Crimes which involve a value of $950 are generally considered felony offenses.

Our firm can represent you in cases involving all types of theft crime charges, including:

  • Auto theft

  • Burglary

  • Petty theft

  • Robbery

  • Shoplifting

Building Defense Strategies for Theft Crime Charges

If you have been accused of stealing, your future and freedom are on the line. The consequences of a conviction can include large fines, mandatory community service, restitution, and time in jail or prison. A conviction can also make it more difficult to find work or housing in the future. Our Santa Barbara theft crime lawyers can build a strong defense strategy on your behalf to help prevent a conviction.

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White Collar Crimes

Under investigation? We provide aggressive legal solutions.

If you or a loved one are being investigated or have been charged with fraud or a financial crime, our practiced white collar attorneys can help. These offenses are investigated and prosecuted aggressively, and the penalties, often imposed by federal law, can be severe. At Lynn & O'Brien, LLP, we understand that being under investigation or being arrested can be difficult. We are here to provide you with support and guidance needed during this time.

What Is a White Collar Crime?

White collar crimes are non-violent in nature and include elements of deception, fraud, theft, or financially motivated actions. These crimes can be investigated by local and federal agencies, especially when a large-scale operation is suspected. They are often committed by government officials, politicians, and businessmen and women who are trusted with corporate finances.

White collar crimes include the following offenses:

  • ATM fraud

  • Bank fraud

  • Credit card fraud

  • Embezzlement

  • Identity theft

  • Insurance fraud

  • Mortgage fraud

  • RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)

What are the Penalties of White Collar Crimes?

In addition to prison time, a conviction may mean you have to pay legal fees and restitution to the victims. More than that, your personal and professional reputation may be tarnished. Using our experience as former prosecutors, our goal is to build an effective defense strategy on your behalf that can help to reduce or dismiss the charges you are facing.