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State and Federal Criminal Defense Representation

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Criminal Defense Attorney in State and Federal Courts

When the System is Against You,

We're on Your Side

Navigating the legal system can feel daunting, especially when the odds seem stacked against you. With our firm's 25+ years of experience and proven track record in state and federal cases, we're dedicated to being your unwavering advocates. Reach out today to begin building your defense and reclaiming your rights.

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you are facing federal criminal charges, it is vitally important that you speak with a criminal defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. While you may think you can defend yourself in court or convince law enforcement personnel that a misunderstanding has occurred, you would be risking your case. The prosecution will pursue your charges aggressively and often argue for the maximum sentencing. A seasoned defense lawyer can be your greatest ally in and out of the courtroom while dealing with these challenges.

Law Office of Diane C. Bass is highly respected by clients, fellow criminal defense lawyers, and legal professionals working on the other side. If you have been accused of a crime, Diane C. Bass and her legal team have extensive experience providing successful defenses to Southern California clients. She is based in Irvine and represents clients across San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County.  

Dedicated Service & Aggressive Defense in Orange County & Throughout Southern California

A conviction in a criminal case often comes with the potential of financial penalties, probation, and even long prison sentences. Even those who escape with a not-guilty verdict risk having their reputation tarnished by the charges. 

That is why working with an attorney experienced in these cases is essential. As your legal defense, Diane C. Bass can provide dedicated service and vigorously defend your name. With her help, you may potentially walk away from charges without lasting damage. 

Why Do You Need a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney?

Being charged with a crime is scary, stressful, and serious. If you or a loved one have been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, you must obtain the best possible representation from a skilled attorney at the earliest stage of the case. 

Without adequate legal representation, you could be severely disadvantaged when defending yourself in court. Anything you say can, and often will, be used against you. Without the professional protection of an attorney, your case can be harmed by the many pitfalls of investigative and legal complexities. Our firm can put an aggressive defense plan on your side.

Diane C. Bass can assist you from the moment you are arrested or learn you are under investigation. Her team can help you at every step, from bail to pre-trial negotiations and beyond, always working for the most favorable outcome. Law Office of Diane C. Bass has a proven and trusted track record of success and will be by your side every step of the way.

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  • Selected by Super Lawyers Since 2022
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Top 100 Lawyers

    We Put Our Clients First

    Testimonials and Reviews
    • "I appreciated she was straightforward and honest about our possible outcomes to our specific situation, but the results were much better than what we expected."
      - Dora H.
    • "Her expertise, connections, analysis, and comprehensive review of my situation were more than I could ever ask. I am extremely grateful and couldn't be happier with my choice!"
      - Jeff R.
    • "Diane is the perfect mix of gentle understanding and fierce action you’ll need if you find yourself dealing with the OC court system."
      - Angie T.
    • "After meeting with Diane I felt immediate comfort, and I was sold on the fact that I could trust this amazing person with my life. Diane Bass was there for me every step of the way like no other attorney had ever been."
      - Ryan O.

      A Proven History Of Success

      Recent Case Results
      • Probation $50 Million Immigration Fraud

        Client suspected of $50,000,000 Immigration fraud. Client sentenced to 1 day of imprisonment and 3 years supervised release.

      • Probation $22 Million Health Care Fraud

        Client was potentially facing 97-121 months in Federal prison. Attorney Bass was able to have the fraud charges dismissed. Client pled to attempted obstruction of justice and sentenced to probation.

      • Sentence Reduced $15 Million Covid Relief Fraud

        DA offered 6 years state prison, client sentenced to 1 year home confinement.

      • Charges Dismissed Wire Fraud / Embezzlement

        Client was facing up to 21-months in Federal prison for charges of Wire Fraud/Embezzlement in the amount of $150,000.00.

      • Sentence Reduced $3 Million Tax Evasion

        Client facing 41 months federal prison - sentenced to 6 months.

      • Not Guilty Possession with Intent to Distribute

        Client facing mandatory minimum 10 years federal prison.

      • Sentence Reduced Drug Trafficking Case

        Client was facing 10 year mandatory minimum. He was sentenced to 6 months with credit for time served, released the night.

      • Probation Bank Fraud

        Client was facing up to 27-33 months in prison for Bank Fraud/loss amount $62,000.

      • 7 Days in Custody Federal Rico Conspiracy

        Client was facing life in prison.

      Meet Attorney Bass Compassionate and Experienced Legal Representation in State and Federal Courts

      Attorney Diane C. Bass handles all state and federal criminal charges. She is a highly respected federal defense lawyer serving clients nationwide. With decades of professional experience in her field and national recognition as a Super Lawyer, she and her team bring exceptional knowledge, skills, and resources to your case, whether it involves violent or nonviolent crime accusations. 

      Why Choose Law Office of Diane C. Bass?

      The Right Attorney Makes a Difference
      • Top-Rated & Award-Winning Legal Representation
        We consistently deliver results that exceed expectations, earning the trust of clients and accolades from the legal community.
      • 25+ Years of Criminal Defense Legal Experience
        With over 25 years of criminal defense legal experience, we bring a wealth of seasoned insight and a proven track record of success to every case we handle.
      • Extensive Knowledge & Experience With Federal Cases
        With extensive knowledge and experience in federal cases, we offer comprehensive legal strategies tailored to the complexities of each situation.
      • An Outstanding Reputation Amongst Clients & Peers
        Our reputation among clients and peers alike reflects our unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for those we represent.
      • Featured in the Media
        Attorney Bass is frequently featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, LA Times, ESPN, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and more.
      • Track Record of Success
        With a track record of handling some of the most significant cases in the Central District of California, our firm brings unmatched experience to every client's defense.
      Featured in the Media

      Attorney Bass is a trusted advisor to numerous media outlets, with our experience recognized and sought after across various platforms.

      Why Choose Diane Bass as Your Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer?

      Diane C. Bass has dedicated her legal career exclusively to criminal defense for over two decades. She understands that a criminal charge is not just another case for defendants but a threat to your emotional, financial, and social well-being. Her representation includes compassionate and knowledgeable services tailored to your particular needs, whether they involve misdemeanor or felony charges.

      Not all criminal defense attorneys are experienced with trials in federal courts. Law Office of Diane C. Bass has made federal criminal charges a point of focus. Whether you are accused of a white collar or a violent crime, your lawyer must be experienced in state and federal law. 

      Criminal laws differ from state to state, while federal law has its own particular complexities. As a California state and federal court veteran, Ms. Bass is well-qualified to handle your defense. Her winning track record of not-guilty verdicts, case dismissals, and more favorable sentencing in plea bargains positions her as a top choice for those looking to explore all viable options.

      Call (949) 990-4195 for a confidential consultation with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Or reach us on our contact page to get started. 

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      Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case?

      Some defendants decide not to hire criminal defense lawyers, whether because of a defiant belief that they cannot be convicted, because of a need to save money, or a desire to argue their case themselves. This is a mistake.

      Unless you are a practicing defense attorney or a former prosecutor, representing yourself in your criminal case should never be an option. The prosecution will fight aggressively for a conviction and a harsh sentence. You will want an equally tenacious defense lawyer to level the playing field. 

      The courts will generally provide an attorney for those without a lawyer; however, hiring a defense team up to the task is vital. Some defense lawyers may lack experience representing the particular criminal charges involved. You want a defense lawyer who thoroughly understands the applicable laws, can pick apart the prosecution’s case, fight for your rights, raise reasonable doubt, and do everything within their legal powers to protect you from a lengthy prison sentence.

      Aggravating circumstances can increase the complication of a “typical” criminal defense case. Violent crimes like domestic violence, which result in personal injury, and sex crimes like rape, when committed along with other types of felony charges, can result in enhanced sentencing.

      The attorney-client relationship protects your confidential or sensitive information. If you have committed an additional violent crime in the course of the crimes you are being charged for, you must discuss this with your defense attorney at the earliest stage of your case. 

      When Is the Right Time to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

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