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If you are facing charges for any type of criminal offense, it is critical that you have a qualified criminal defense lawyer. A conviction for any type of crime can have a devastating impact on your future, and having the right attorney beside you can help to ensure that your rights and freedom are protected to the fullest possible extent.

Our dedicated focus on state and federal criminal defense allows us to be much more proactive in our approach to protecting your interests. We work closely with you to fully understand the circumstances surrounding your case, and we conduct thorough investigations to identify any flaws in the prosecution’s case that could provide the keys to your freedom.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Criminal Defense

  • Federal crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Felony DUI
  • Marijuana – Criminal

Call at 916-442-4022 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Thomas A. Johnsonprofile

Bar Admissions:

  • California

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • United States Eastern District Planning Committee, 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Cristo Rey High School, 2010 - Present (Board Chair)
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), 2004 - 2008 (Board Chairperson)
  • National Homicide Symposium, 2001 - 2004 (Speaker)

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America 2014-2020
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney, Sacramento Business Journal, 2011
  • Sacramento Business Journal-Best of the Bar 2009-2020
  • Northern CA Super Lawyers 2008-2020
  • Sacramento Magazine-Sacramento’s Top Lawyers
  • Americas Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Prosecutor of the Year, 1987
  • United States Department of Justice Integrity Award, 1985


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1985
    • J.D.
  • University of San Francisco, 1981
    • B.S.
    • Major: Economics

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Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2010


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D., 2010
    • Honors: Recipient, Dean's Scholarship
    • Honors: Albert F. Zangerle Memorial Scholarship
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Journal: Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, Comment Writer and Editor
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.A., Sociology, 2004

United States v. D. J. – CA Eastern District, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016. Federal Indictment for unlawful repair of aircraft parts. Result: Indictment dismissed – violation of client’s due process.

People v. C. K. – Sacramento Superior Court, 2016. Misdemeanor possession of a gun at an airport. Result: Dismissed.

United States v. J. G. – CA Eastern District, CA Central District, 2014. Federal indictment for attempted production of child pornography. Result: Found not guilty on all counts by jury.

People v. R. D. – Mendocino County Superior Court, 2014. Felony child molestation, 4 counts. Result: Found not guilty on all counts by jury.

People v. G. W. – Sacramento County Superior Court, 2013. Felony assault with great bodily injury. Result: Found not guilty on all counts by jury.

People v. S.M. , January 2012. Charges: Felony child abduction. Result: Case dismissed.

People vs. Hubert Rotteveel, October 2010 (Yolo County). Charges: Two federal bank robberies with a deadly weapon. Potential Exposure: 13 years. Result: Four years, eight months minimum sentence.

People vs. DN, September 2010 (Placer County). Charges: Two-victim, five-count rape. Result: Misdemeanor battery.

People vs. DM, September 2010 (Placer County). Charges: Five counts child molestation. Exposure: 16 years with sex registration. Result: Child molestation charges dropped, probation, no jail, no sex registration.

People vs. BS, June 2010. Charges: Sexually violent predator. Exposure: Life in prison. Result: Charges Dismissed.

People vs. MS, May 2010. Charges: Robbery. Result: Charges dismissed, deferred entry of judgment, petty theft.

People vs. Raul Palafox, 2010. Charges: Attempted murder, use of a gun. Result: Charges dismissed.

People vs. Kristina Fuelling, 2009. Charges: Murder. Result: Not guilty by reason of insanity.

People vs. JC, 2009 (San Joaquin County). Charges: DUI. Result: Charges dismissed.

United States vs. T.A.M., 2009. Charges: Federal pornography. Result: Charges dismissed.

United States vs. Robert Scott, 2008. Arrest: Federal indictment for narcotic trafficking dismissed. Result: Plead guilty to misdemeanor possession.

“Tom’s thoughtful and aggressive defense was the key to getting the indictment dismissed.”
-D. J.

“Tom’s cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses ended their case.”
-G. W.

“Tom was an outstanding, aggressive trial attorney. His skills in court saved our family.”
-R. D.

Dear Mr. Johnson,

“Thank you so much for helping Matthew regain his life and his future back. Your expertise and contribution is priceless.”
-Sincerely, R. Suhardja

“You literally saved our daughter’s life, we cannot thank you enough.”
Dennis and Carolyn Lushay (Parents of Kristina Fuelling).

“Now on Mr. Johnson’s part, he did an incredible job of compiling information in the case. I have never had more complete information on a defendant at sentencing than I have had in this case. It is thorough, complete, appropriate, and very useful in arriving at a decision in this case.”
Honorable Richard Couzens, Placer County Superior Court

“Hi Tom,

You were exactly the right person for the job and we are all very grateful for your professional handling of the case against Michael Winter. I believe that I told you in the beginning that you gave me a sense of calm when I spoke with you, and I really needed that at the time. Your calm demeanor and knowledge of the court system was exactly the right mix. You were always kind, and caring, and professional in every situation with our family. That was truly a blessing to us.

I feel very fortunate to have found you. If we can ever do anything to help you, please let us know. You are a very good man and an excellent lawyer.”
– Joan Winter

“I was facing 10 years with 5 prison priors when Mr. Johnson took over my case. He was brilliant in trial in front of Judge James Henke. I believe he is the best trial attorney I have seen. At the end of the trial the jury was hung and the case got dismissed.”
– John Tuell

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