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Orange County's Premier Criminal Defense Attorney. Now serving Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino

Our law firm is devoted entirely to criminal defense and related issues, including restraining orders, expungements, probation violations and sentence modifications.

Client satisfaction is our highest priority.  We keep our clients satisfied by being responsive, courteous, diligent, professional and compassionate. We will never pressure you into accepting a premature deal.  

Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Fullerton. If transportation is a problem, we'll even come to you. 

What Distinguishes Us From Other Criminal Defense Firms?

We understand that you have a choice in criminal defense lawyers.  Our firm strives to stand out from the pack by consistently delivering the outstanding results that our clients expect.  

We maintain a reasonable caseload to ensure that each of our clients receives the time and personal attention that their cases deserve.  

Your case will never be passed down to a junior associate or farmed out to a less-experienced firm.  The attorney you meet will be personally responsible for handling every aspect of your case until it is resolved.  

We will promptly return your messages and keep you up-to-date about any developments in your case.  

We will "give it to you straight".  Some lawyers will tell you whatever you want to hear.  They'll make unrealistic predictions and guarantees before they've seen a single piece of evidence.  At The Law Offices of John W. Bussman, Inc., we're lawyers, not salesmen.  We will fairly and honestly evaluate the evidence in your case to determine the best defense strategy.  

Our Services:


If you're under investigation for a suspected crime, our professional staff will work with investigators, prosecutors, witnesses and victims to try to prevent the filing of criminal charges before your problem turns into a court case. Don't talk to police before you've consulted with us.   

Appearing in Court For You

In most misdemeanor cases, we can make your court appearances so that you don't have to.  Nobody likes to appear in court.  Let an experienced professional handle it.  We will promptly notify you of any updates as soon as each hearing is concluded.  

Fighting Your Case

We will stand by your side to protect your freedom and to ensure that your case is resolved on the most favorable terms possible.  You don't have to be intimidated by the court system.  We will never pressure you to accept anything less than the best result possible.  

Cleaning Up Your Record

If you've previously been convicted of a crime in California, you may be eligible for a reduction or a dismissal of charges after you finish serving all of your penalties.  In some cases, we can even terminate probation early. Call for a free consultation to see if you might qualify for post-conviction relief.  In some cases, we can even restore your right to purchase and possess firearms after a felony conviction.  

Probation Violations 

If you're accused of violating some term of your probation, we can help get you back on track.  

Clearing Warrants

Old, outstanding warrants will never simply "go away" on their own.  They will continue to make your life difficult until they are addressed.  Let us clear your old warrants so that you can get back to living your life.  

Restraining Orders

Our experience and track record with restraining orders is unmatched.  If you've been the victim of harassment, or if someone is seeking a restraining order against you, call us to discuss your options.  

Payment Plans Available

We understand that money is tight.  Our firm offers competitive rates and affordable payment plans to fit any budget.  Money should never stand between you and the best criminal defense available. 

Our goal is always to save our clients money by negotiating lower fines, reducing many of the most expensive penalties and avoiding penalties that may cost you your job or affect your auto insurance rates.  

When your freedom is at stake, you can't afford to settle for less than the best. Call us today for a free consultation and to learn what we can do for you. 
John W. Bussman earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.  He also studied political science at the University of Oregon and completed courses at USD's Institutes on International and Comparative Law in Florence, Italy and in Dublin, Ireland. 

John has an outstanding track record defending his clients against all types of criminal charges.  He is also an expert on restraining order laws in California. 

When he's not in the courtroom, John enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his family.