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Maltaise Cini is a leading criminal defense attorney in Newport Beach.

Maltaise Cini has been defending clients against criminal charges for more than 20 years. As a former public defender, Ms. Cini understands the intricacies of the law and the significant hurdles her clients often face when defending themselves, and she also knows there is no definitive path toward the best possible defense. She works tirelessly for her clients, providing counsel and representation that benefit from her years as a public defender and successful Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Her skills and dedication have earned her multiple awards, including OC Metro’s “Top Criminal Attorney” in 2013 and 2014, the National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” award in 2014 and 2015, and the Avvo Client Choice Award in 2015.

At her Newport Beach practice, Ms. Cini offers free consultations to help new clients understand the serious charges they’re facing, the potential consequences and their options for defending themselves. With more than two decades of experience and thousands of cases to her credit, Ms. Cini knows there is no “one way” to defend against a criminal charge. She welcomes even the most challenging cases, providing each client with the attention and dedication they need to defend themselves and protect their future.

And, because Ms. Cini has substantial experience defending her clients against an array of criminal charges, she has a broader and more inclusive understanding of the legal process as well as a keen understanding of the California court system and what it takes to mount a successful defense.

Ms. Cini has worked with clients from all walks of life, facing all types of criminal charges, including clients in high-profile cases facing serious consequences. In Newport Beach and Orange County, and throughout the country, wrongful prosecutions and wrongful convictions happen far more frequently than most people realize. To protect yourself, your rights and your future, you need an attorney who is ready and able to defend you. If you’re facing criminal charges, call 949-660-1389 for your free consultation, and take that first step toward securing your best possible defense.