NorCal Criminal Defense Lawyers

A Criminal Defense Firm That Stands Out From The Crowd…


Your criminal case is too important to risk using the wrong lawyer…

If you or a family member is facing criminal charges of any kind, it’s important that you fight back with the same toughness that the government will bring. Although lots of lawyers claim to be aggressive, truth be told, most are not. Serious charges require lawyers with serious trial skills - plus lots of compassion, integrity, and understanding. James Granucci and Michael Phillips have been criminal defense attorneys for more than a quarter of a century each, and have successfully tried literally hundreds of jury trials, not to mention conducted thousands of hearings. They both embody the firm's approach to criminal representation: A "stand up and fight" philosophy. Both James and Michael are proud they have never prosecuted people and believe in aggressively protecting the interests of their clients against overzealous prosecutors.

While there are a lot of criminal defense attorneys to choose from, some just do DUI and minor scrapes with the law. NorCal Criminal Defense Lawyers specialize in serious charges. When everything is on the line, we’re the ones to trust. With Offices in Nevada City and Sacramento, we accept cases in the Central Valley, Gold County, and Northern California. If you or a family member are facing serious criminal charges, consider the following:


    Norcal Criminal Defense attorneys have successfully tried criminal cases of all sizes, ranging from simple misdemeanors to the most complex felonies. Unlike most criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Granucci and Mr. Phillips have actually tried hundreds of jury cases in their combined 50+ years experience.


    From day one of representation, we fight hard for our clients. Very hard. Every client of Norcal Criminal Defense Lawyers is provided with aggressive and proactive representation. Our top rated attorneys are known in the legal community for being some of the best criminal defense trial attorneys in Northern California.


    Hiring your criminal defense lawyer is the most important choice you will make in your case. Our clients choose to be represented by us because we remain steadfastly dedicated to them at every stage of their case. We return all calls and all emails. We also gladly answer our client’s questions regarding their case as we navigate with them through the criminal court system.

We approach criminal charges aggressively and have successfully represented hundreds of people facing serious allegations and are prepared to do the same for you. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation by filling out our e-mail form or by calling us at (530) 265-0186.

If you or a loved one need top-tier criminal defense from attorneys who truly care, contact us to see how we can help.

Areas of Practice

Driving Under the Influence

A substantial portion of our practice is focused on defending and assisting individuals charged with multiple and repeat DUI’s as well as DUI manslaughter. We also accept a limited number of first offense DUI’s. Although aggravated DUI’s demand the most proficient and aggressive lawyering, we never lose sight to be supportive and compassionate during this difficult time. Often, a DUI involving serious injury is the first time the person has been arrested, and we recognize you never intended to hurt anyone. Rather, sometimes a single momentary lapse of good judgment results in a life-changing event. For that reason, we are committed to striving to provide the highest level of DUI defense while offering a thoughtful and non-judgmental legal defense.

criminal convictions and immigration issues

Even a minor criminal conviction can result in the deportation of an immigrant legally residing in the United States. That’s why it’s critical for non-citizens to be extremely careful when facing criminal charges. We know BOTH criminal law AND immigration law. Don’t plead guilty until you call us for free private consultation. Avoid immigration problems later. Serving all of northern California. Our criminal defense attorneys may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced to nondeportable offenses.

Marijuana Defense & Drug Charges

We are experienced trial attorneys who can provide you with aggressive legal representation for all marijuana criminal offenses, including cultivation, possession for use, and possession for sale and transportation. From our offices in Sacramento and the Gold Country, we help clients in the greater Sacramento area from the Sierra foothills to the Oregon Border. Our combined experience of over 50+ years allows us to have a full and comprehensive understanding of how to properly defend our clients in marijuana cases.

Sex Crimes

We have extensive experience successfully defending the most serious of sex charges. Many of our cases are referred by other attorneys as we pride ourselves in accepting and successfully defending tough cases other attorneys won't take. Our primary goal in these difficult cases is to prove innocence whenever possible, to seek treatment when appropriate, and to maintain fairness and balance in the system. If you or a family member is suspected of committing a sex offense, it is critical you speak to an experienced sex crimes lawyer immediately. We offer no-charge strictly confidential consultations.

Serious and “Strike” Offenses

The criminal defense team you choose to represent you in this type of case will have a direct impact on how your case will ultimately be resolved. James Granucci and Michael Phillips have nearly 60 years combined experience successfully handing serious and complex felony cases and have tried hundreds of jury trials. However, one of the main qualities that sets our law firm apart from others is that our lawyers are truly passionate about defending clients' rights and protecting their freedom. If you have been accused of committing a violent crime, and your freedom is on the line, having our legal team on your side will make all the difference.

Domestic Violence Charges

Charged with a domestic abuse offense? We have years of experience successfully defending domestic violence allegations. Unfortunately, innocent people get wrongly accused of domestic violence all the time. Oftentimes the accuser will make a false allegation of domestic violence to gain the upper hand in custody or divorce proceedings, or out of anger and jealously. The key to successful defense in these situations is to act proactively before charges are filed. A complete investigation of the facts to present your side of the story to the prosecutor may convince them not to pursue a criminal case at all.


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,
— Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution


We’re here to help…

If you are looking for an attorney you can talk to, and who is truly interested in you and your situation, then call our office at (530)265-0186 to schedule your free consultation. Or if you prefer, you can email us directly using the address box.

We are available for conferences in person, on the telephone, or meet with your attorney by webcam in the convenience of your own home or office.

We represent clients in all of Central and Northern California, including the greater Sacramento area to the Oregon border.