San diego criminal defense

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Criminal Defense Services

Whether you are facing an infraction, misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help protect your property and freedom. San Diego criminal defense attorney Jennifer Gerstenzang can design a strategy that may help you avoid unnecessary jail time and/or additional fines.

DUI Defense

A Driving Under the Influence Arrest (DUI) requires immediate legal action. Failure to act could have a major impact on your driving privileges and criminal record.

crimes of mental illness

There are various effective legal defenses and strategies that may be available to fight your traffic ticket.  The particular violation alleged as well as the specific facts regarding the stop will determine how best to prepare for and fight your case.

Crimes of addiction

If you are looking at drug-related charges, you need to be aware of the potential legal consequences. Sitting down with an experienced attorney will help you understand your options going forward and become fully informed about your case.

probation violation

Whether by accident or miscommunication, if you find yourself facing a potential violation, the consequences can be harsh and extremely severe. The judge has discretion to sentence a probationer to serve the remainder of probation in jail or prison as a result of the violation.

Compassionate to clients, Tough in the court room!
"If you are looking for a lawyer who is compassionate, thorough, who fights hard, does the extra, and will get the job done, Jennifer Gerstenzang is your lawyer."

Do you need a criminal defense attorney?

don't face the criminal justice system alone

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an attorney who knows the law and will skillfully stand up to the government on your behalf.  You also want an attorney who will also stay in touch with you, answer your calls, and keep you up to date on your case.

Jennifer takes the time to understand your priorities because each person she helps has individual needs and concerns. Your situation is unique and requires a particularized approach that suits you.  Jennifer takes to time to listen to your goals and then tailors your defense specifically to meet your needs.

Gerstenzang Law is committed to providing you with both the stellar representation you require and the personal attention you deserve.

A criminal defense lawyer you can talk to

Let's talk, you and me

Gerstenzang Law is all about talking to you, personally. We do not screen your calls. We do not put you on with the secretary.  We do not let you go straight to voicemail.  If you have a question for your attorney then you get to speak to your attorney.

If Jennifer is in court then she will let you know, and will tell you when she will get back to you. And then she gets back to you.  Your lawyer should not be inaccessible or too busy to talk to you.  

So let's get started.

Have you been charged with a misdemeanor?

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Resources & Information


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Not all traffic tickets are equal. Some can actually be misdemeanors! You may notice that there is an “M” and an “I” to the right of the Vehicle Code violation on your ticket. Often times, an officer will circle the “M” and cite you for a misdemeanor violation. The traffic court, however, may reduce the charge to an infraction.


We have all heard characters on TV being read their Miranda rights by the police. On television, suspects are read these rights by the officer just as the officer places the suspect’s hands behind their back and clicks the handcuffs into place. Because of this, many people understandably, yet mistakenly, believe that if the police officer did not read them the Miranda warnings at the time they are handcuffed, then the officers have violated their rights. People also may think that because of this violation, the entire case must be thrown out!

This article will clarify when an officer is, and is not, obligated to “read you your rights,” and what happens if they do not read them when they should.


Do you have questions about your criminal charges?

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John G.

"From the first phone call to the final resolution, Jennifer was proactive, professional, compassionate and effective. If you are looking for one of the best attorneys in SoCal, I strongly suggest reaching out to Jennifer"

Liam C.

“Professional, conscientious and positive throughout the experience. She would always return e-mails and phone calls promptly, and even went to the physical location of my citation and printed out a google map of the landscape to understand the situation more thoroughly. Highly reocmmended.”

Nikki s.

“Jennifer is an incredible defense attorney. She advocates for her clients in a way that is both zealous and compassionate. She takes the time to counsel her clients so that they truly understand their options.”

Michele K.

“Working with Jennifer Gerstenzang is an absolute delight.  Her passion for, and dedication to helping her clients achieve the most desirable outcome is inspiring. Not only is she brilliant, but she truly cares about her clients and makes sure they are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve..”

Vicki s.

"When I needed laser legal focus through coaching Jennifer was there to help. Her professionalism and caring attitude for her clients is remarkable. I highly recommend this talented legal professional!"