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Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney

Aggressive Advocacy & Trial-Proven Representation

At Buenaventura Law Firm, we want you to know we have your back. We care about your future, your family, and the consequences of your case. Trust our Bay Area criminal defense lawyer to advocate fiercely on your behalf. Ray Buenaventura is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, with more than 100 jury trials under his belt, including capital murder and death penalty cases.

He is especially skilled in the courtroom, fostering credibility with the jury, aggressively cross-examining witnesses while deftly discrediting lies, and delivering compelling closing arguments. We are relentless in our defense preparations, taking care to understand every aspect of the case as intimately as possible in order to convince the judge and jury in the most effective manner.

Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney in the Bay Area

We know that when you hire Buenaventura Law Firm, we have your life in our hands; we do not take that responsibility lightly. For two decades, we have taken on cases from misdemeanors to felonies without judgment, treating our clients with respect, kindness, and compassion.

We take pride in our reputation as intelligent, extensively prepared, and well-spoken counsel with integrity. It is our hope that our relationship with each client will last beyond the case itself. Turn to Buenaventura Law Firm for the highly qualified, knowledgeable criminal defense you need.

"I am known as a veteran, seasoned, criminal defense attorney who handles mostly serious felony cases, including murder. I have handled just about every conceivable criminal case. From felonies to misdemeanors, there is no client I will not help. I do enjoy handling a variety of cases. I do not judge and view my job as being the best advocate for my client." 

- Attorney Ray Buenaventura

What You Do Now

Affects Your Future

  • My case was dismissed because of his legal knowledge, experience, and brilliance.

    “I was very surprised when I received a notice from the court about a case against me. I didn't know what to do and felt lost in the court system. Thankfully, I found Ray Buenaventura as my lawyer. Immediately upon discussing my case with him, he recognized a winning strategy to win my case. He told me that he could file a Motion Dismiss based on a violation of my speedy trial rights. Sure enough, he was right! I didn't even have to go to court. He filed the motion, argued the case, and won. My case was dismissed because of his legal knowledge, experience, and brilliance. It's no wonder he's successful. He gets results for his client.s I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!”

    Julie F.

  • He was a strong leader who inspired people to work even harder

    “Ray and I worked on several national campaigns for President, including grass roots organizing in Iowa, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. He was a strong leader who inspired people to work even harder. He lead by example, often taking on the most difficult tasks with sheer determination and grit. He was innovative, creative and bold in campaign strategy. He is the ultimate team player and someone you’d want on your side as an advocate and loyal confidant. He will help without being asked. He will make your organization better. He has my highest recommendation.”

    Irene Bueno

  • I hold Ray Buenaventura in the highest regard as an attorney, as a member of society, and as an individual.

    “I had the privilege of associating with Ray Buenaventura both as a student in his Evidence course in Law School as well as collaborating with him in implementing the Santa Clara County Peer Court Program through Lincoln Law School. Ray was always the consummate professional, but approached his duties with a level of understanding and compassion that showed his dedication to his students and those he mentored. There was never any doubt that Ray was passionate about the law and its application to facts, but what set Ray apart was his ability to look at any given scenario from both sides of the table and provide equally impassioned arguments for both prosecution and defense. As an initial architect of the Santa Clara County Peer Court Program, Ray helped found a program run by teens to help other teens in Santa Clara County by participating in real-life legal matters before sitting Santa Clara County judges. I hold Ray Buenaventura in the highest regard as an attorney, as a member of society, and as an individual.”

    Aro Ebenhahn

  • He has a command of the law and a presence in the courtroom.

    “Attorney Ray Buenaventura is a lawyer for the people. His service to the community is heartfelt and meaningful. He's all about social justice and protection of our rights. I've seen his work both in the Courthouse and in the Community. What distinguishes him from others is his determination to get justice for people. Mr. Buenaventura takes the time to understand the situation holistically and makes a strategy that addresses multiple nuances related to the case at hand. These days, when our rights can be easily jeopardized for minor reasons, this is needed more than ever. He's relentless and won't ever give up on you. He has a command of the law and a presence in the courtroom. He will fight for you. I highly recommend Mr. Buenaventura.”

    Christina C.

  • He is the ideal combination of knowledge and heart, making him an attorney that any client would be privileged to retain

    “Having worked a number of challenging court cases with Ray Buenaventura as his legal investigator, I have come to respect Ray's legal acumen, litigation skills, and above all, his passion for justice. He is the ideal combination of knowledge and heart, making him an attorney that any client would be privileged to retain. As well, it has always been my privilege to work with him as part of an effective and passionate legal team.”

    Sylvia P.

Our Clients Value Us

Because They
Trust Our Values

  • Family Comes First
  • Integrity Matters
  • Justice Should Prevail
  • Service Above Self
  • Honesty Is A Given
  • Humility Is A Gift
  • Bipartisanship Is A Must

Contact Buenaventura Law Firm

Proudly Serving Bay Area, San Francisco & Surrounding Areas

650.727.6508

555 California Street,
Suite 4925
San Francisco, CA 94104
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