About the Law Office of Frances Prizzia
Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Profile
Frances-Marie Prizzia, Esq.
Frances-Marie Prizzia dedicates her law practice to upholding the constitutional rights of her clients and zealously defending them. Her passion has always been in criminal defense and public service, as evidenced by her prior work and volunteer history.
For the past 12 years, Frances has dedicated herself to the practice of law. Years before opening this firm, Frances worked as an Orange County Public Defender as well as in the Los Angeles County Alternate Defender's Office. While working for Orange County as a trial attorney, she obtained many dismissals, in addition to taking more cases to jury trial and winning more than any other attorney within her unit during that time. Frances is also fluent in speaking Tagalog.
Prior to becoming an attorney and while in law school, Frances worked at the Public Defender's office in Santa Cruz. As a law student, she successfully argued and won a motion to suppress evidence due to the unlawful violations of the Fourth Amendment by the investigating police officers. She also researched and wrote motions asking the court to order the disclosure of information regarding confidential informants and confidential police personnel files ("Pitchess motions.")
Frances has always been what attorneys call "a true believer." After graduating college, Frances worked for immigrant labor organizations as well as a mental healthcare center. It was during these times, in addition to her experiences growing up in Los Angeles, Frances was able to witness first-hand the injustices suffered by the disenfranchised and impoverished. Her compassion and commitment to making a difference and defending those who needed help is what convinced her to apply for law school. She was accepted into, and chose to enroll in,
Santa Clara University School of Law, where she had also received her undergraduate degree several years earlier. But some of the reasons Frances chose to return to Santa Clara University was because of its emphasis on criminal defense and public service.
In addition to extensive trial advocacy training, the school is also home to the Death Penalty College,
Northern California Innocence Project, and
Center for Social Justice and Public Service. While in law school, she worked at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, where she wrote two successful political asylum briefs and won a U-visa (victim of violence) application for her client, which allowed the client to obtain her permanent residency ("green card") and a work permit in the United States.
Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2005
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of California Membership No. 241176
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