Leslie Prince, Esq.
Experienced Solano County Criminal Defense & Criminal Appeal Lawyer
Leslie Prince is a highly experienced and skilled attorney handling criminal defense and appeal cases. Ms. Prince graduated from Hastings Law School in San Francisco in 1981. While in law school, Ms. Prince was a writer and editor for Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. In addition, she worked as a judicial extern for the late California Court of Appeals Justice Sidney Feinberg, and as a research assistant for the late Hastings Law Professor Leo Kanowitz. Ms. Prince has been an attorney in private practice for over 25 years, and was a sole practitioner in Alameda County for over 10 years before coming to Solano County in 1994 to become a principal in the Law Offices of Russo and Prince, LLP.
Ms. Prince practices in the area of criminal defense at both the trial and appellate levels. An experienced appellate attorney, Ms. Prince is able to help her clients at the trial level to preserve any errors in their cases for possible appeal. This is extremely important because many clients seeking an appeal have issues that could have been appealed IF they had been handled correctly at trial - but because they weren't handled correctly her hands are tied.
Ms. Prince represents both adults and juveniles in all types of criminal matters, including homicides, drug offenses (possession, possession for sale, transportation, manufacturing, being under the influence or DUI, etc.), assault and battery, domestic violence, driving under the influence, theft crimes (robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, grand theft, shoplifting, embezzlement, petty theft, identity theft, etc.), fraud, and sex crimes.
Ms. Prince has extensive trial experience, and is extremely familiar with the judges and criminal law practitioners in this area. She also understands the complicated and rapidly changing world of criminal procedure, keeping abreast of all important legal developments. Ms. Prince takes pride in pushing for the best possible outcomes for her clients - whether in a pre-trial settlement or by taking her client's case to trial. Ms. Prince takes the time to discuss each stage of the proceedings with her clients, so that they are informed participants in their own cases.
In addition to criminal trial work, Ms. Prince also has extensive experience handling criminal appellate cases (fighting to overturn convictions or reduce sentences for her clients), and has represented adult and juvenile criminal defendants in numerous direct appeals, and on petitions for writ of habeas corpus, mandate and/or review, in the California Appellate Courts, the California Supreme Court, and the Federal Courts. This is a highly specialized area of law in which many criminal defense practitioners have little experience. Ms. Prince routinely handles complicated criminal appeals, at the state and federal levels, achieving favorable outcomes for many of her clients.
Ms. Prince handles private appeals, and is also a panel attorney for the First District Appellate Project in San Francisco, the organization that works with the California Court of Appeal regarding the appointment of private attorneys to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal.
Ms. Prince was selected to author a chapter of the book Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, which was published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore in 2010. Ms. Prince wrote the chapter of the book entitled "Defending Drug Crimes", and also provided several sample briefs which are included as appendices in the book. These briefs were written in relation to actual drug cases she has handled in the trial courts in her many years of experience in the area of defending those accused of serious drug crimes. Ms. Prince has also taught continuing educational courses and seminars in the area of criminal appeals.
In her free time Ms. Prince enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, traveling and reading.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense - all felonies and misdemeanors, including:
- Homicide (including manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and felony murder)
- Theft offenses (including embezzlement, shoplifting, larceny, fraud, armed robbery, burglary)
- Assault / Battery
- Domestic violence
- DUI / DWI
- Drug offenses
- Sex offenses (including rape, statutory rape, child molest)
- Child abuse & neglect
- Property crimes
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction relief, including:
- Federal and State appeals
- Direct appeals
- Petitions for writ of habeas corpus
- Petitions for writ of mandate
- Pre-trial writs
- Motion for new trial
- Probation Violations
- Expungement /Sealing of Records
- Certificates of Rehabilitation
- Petitions for Factual Innocence
- Expert Witness on all areas of criminal defense & ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC)
- California, 1983
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1997
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1985
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
- UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1978
B.S., 1978, Cum Laude
Contact Solano County Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeal Attorney Leslie Prince at (707) 427-6777 or by email today to schedule your free initial criminal defense or criminal appeal consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.