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Los Angeles Criminal Defense and Appeals Law Firm

Barhoma Law, P.C. is a California Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeals law firm. If you are being investigated or being accused of a crime, you need an experience California criminal defense attorney to help protect your future. When you are charged with a crime, or after you are convicted of a crime, you may face jail or prison time, serious restitution and other monetary fines, a criminal conviction record, and a RAP sheet that can impact your immediate and long-term future for employment, education, housing and immigration rights. Often, retaining the right law firm can make the biggest impact in that prospective outcome.

At Barhoma Law, P.C. our team of lawyers are on the forefront of legal developments. We are consistently featured as leading attorneys in Criminal Defense and Appeals in California according to multiple agencies, such as National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Justia, Lawyers of Distinction, Avvo, and more.

As California criminal defense and appellate lawyers, we represent those wrongfully convicted in:

Criminal Defense

Our team is experienced in defending a variety of criminal cases, ranging from fraud to violent crimes. Our criminal defense attorneys at Barhoma Law are known for their attention to detail and the ability to work with a variety of cases, coming up with comprehensive solutions that are customized to meet each client’s needs. The cases that our criminal defense attorney team can represent include:

  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Restraining Orders and Criminal Stay Away Orders
  • DUI
  • Drug Possession
  • Gun Possession
  • Violent Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Concealed Weapon
  • Public Intoxication
  • California Enhancements Schemes
  • California Three Strike Laws

You can count on a criminal defense lawyer from Barhoma Law to understand how the local court system works, including the key actors and the details concerning key administrative processes. They can also leverage their knowledge of state and local law to advise you on how to proceed with your case.

Firearm Possession

California imposes strict gun control laws, including laws against carrying a concealed firearm that is unauthorized or the open carry of firearms in public places. Any firearm-related criminal charges can result in serious penalties if you are convicted. California Penal Code Section 25400 prohibits the concealed carry of a firearm on your person or in your vehicle, and this may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s essential to understand the meaning of concealed carry laws, their penalties, and potential defenses.


In California, people who have been charged with assault may be potentially dealing with life-altering penalties, such as lengthy prison sentences and large fines. Certain sex crimes, such as sexual assault, fall under the assault category. At Barhoma Law, P.C., we have experience working with complex assault and criminal cases. Our attorneys can advise clients on preferable legal strategies to optimize their case outcomes.

Alcohol and Drug Crime

The criminal defense lawyers at Barhoma Law, P.C., are seasoned in working with alcohol and drug-related cases, such as drunk driving cases and drug possession cases. For DUI cases, we can represent our clients at DMV hearings and in court. We work diligently to build a strong defense, combined with other legal strategies, to help them get back on the roads.

Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony drug charges, our team of criminal defense lawyers can help you navigate your case. We have dealt with charges ranging from minor possession to large-scale drug trafficking. Our attorneys use a client-centered approach to work towards positive case outcomes.

Public Intoxication

Public intoxication is not automatically illegal. However, it can become illegal if you are excessively intoxicated and unable to take care of your own safety. It’s important to not ignore the potential severity of these charges. Having the right lawyer on your side can be essential to navigating the system when accused of public intoxication.

California Criminal Appeals: Direct Appeal

Direct appeals are among the strongest and smartest legal maneuvers post-conviction. First, Barhoma Law looks to determine whether you filed your Notice of Appeal timely. Failure to timely file a notice of appeal will result in an automatic loss of your appeal. Then, Barhoma Law orders and prepares the record. From there, we extensively go through the record and draft and file your opening brief. The prosecutor will have an opportunity to file their response. Once Barhoma Law receives the prosecutor’s brief, we then extensively review it, draft and file a reply brief. And then we prepare for oral arguments in the court of appeals. This process takes skill and tedious attention to detail. You can seek many great arguments on appeal to overturn your conviction, including the ineffective assistance of counsel, actual innocence, jury tampering issues, prosecutorial misconduct, and many more described in detail here.

California Criminal Appeals: Writ of Habeas Corpus

A Writ of Habeas Corpus is a Latin term which stands for “production of the body.” We represent defendants in bringing their Writ of Habeas Corpus if they are unjustly or wrongfully detained or incarcerated. This gives you a legal means to challenge the legal basis of your imprisonment, the duration and length of your imprisonment, or even the manner in which you are imprisoned.

We take full advantage of the fact that on Writ of Habeas Corpus, you are allowed to introduce new and additional evidence, which is among one of the most enticing items about the Writ of Habeas Corpus. With the ability to track down new evidence, new testimony, or even ineffective assistance of counsel argument, you can overturn your conviction using the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Consult with a Barhoma Law lawyer to determine your likelihood of success and whether you are eligible to bring a California or Federal Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Various Post-Conviction Litigation (Penal Code 1172.6, Penal Code 1172.75)

Alternatively, California Criminal Appeals Lawyers at Barhoma Law, we review your record to determine the likelihood of success in your matter. We do this in a number of ways:

  • Penal Code 1172.6 and SB 1437 is a new law that passed in California that has changed the previous definition of felony murder in California. Previously prosecutors were able to attain multiple convictions on multiple defendants, even in instance where the accused did not kill anyone. Now, under Penal Code 1172.6, you may be able to get resentenced, and get a murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter conviction vacated. As California Criminal Appeals lawyers, we have experienced success in Penal Code 1172.6 and SB 1437 Petitions.
  • Penal Code 1172.75 and SB 483 – newly enacted law that will help reduce the sentence those sentenced with now-invalid prison prior enhancements. Over the past decade, California lawmakers have made tremendous strides towards a fairer and more equitable justice system. Largely, these efforts focus on undoing the draconian sentencing enhancement laws that were passed decades prior. Barhoma Law, P.C. lawyers have aided numerous clients successfully through the resentencing process.
  • Commutation of Sentence – is an application filed with the Governor’s Office where we seek to have your sentence commuted. For success, you generally want to have a positive history as an inmate. Further, the Governor is willing to commute sentences where an applicant displays rehabilitation and an ability to reintegrate into society. At Barhoma Law, we seek to maximize your likelihood of success by putting together a strong character package about you, striking an appeal with the Governor’s Office to enhance your chances of commutation. As a California Criminal Appeals Attorney, we always look to maximize your likelihood of success in pursuing Commutation of Sentence with the governor’s office.
Parole Board Hearings

The California Board of Parole conducts Parole Suitability Hearings for adult inmates under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The process of preparing for an upcoming Board of Parole Suitability Hearing starts well in advance. Barhoma Law, P.C. lawyers have successfully represented clients through the Board of Parole Suitability Hearing.

Results and Reputation of Success

Barhoma Law, P.C. attorneys have achieved various successes in the industry. Below is a brief highlight of recent notable successes:

Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeals
  • 2023 All Criminal Charges Dismissed (Los Angeles County)
  • 2023 Negotiated Outcome of Non-File by District Attorney (Los Angeles County)
  • 2023 Vacated Conviction (Penal Code 1172.6)
  • 2023 Freed Client on Resentencing (SB 483 and Penal Code 1172.75)
  • 2023 Successfully Represented LWOP Client Before Governor’s Office and Parole (Commutation Application and Parole Board Representation)
  • 2023 Vacated Criminal Conviction (Penal Code 1172.6)
  • 2022 Resentencing (AB2942 and Penal Code 1171.1)
  • 2022 Vacated Conviction (Penal Code 1172.6)
  • 2022 Resentencing (SB 483 and Penal Code 1172.75)
  • 2019 Expunged 5 Drug Possession Charges
  • 2019 Vacated Conviction (SB1437 and PC 1170.95)
  • 2019 Vacated Conviction (SB1437 and PC 1170.95)
Civil Litigation
  • Represented international defendants in a $2,500,000 civil dispute.
  • Successfully defended a cemetery in a complete defense verdict by way of jury trial in a claim for fraud, unjust enrichment, deceit, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and more.
  • Litigated Interests of high stakes clients in wrongful death claim.
  • In excess of $5,000,000 combined in relief for various civil settlements.
Consult With Barhoma Law, P.C.

When you need hard-working lawyers who can listen to your questions and concerns, Barhoma Law is able to deliver every time. Dealing with the charges of a criminal case can be extremely stressful, and hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to handle the legal processes associated with your case can offer you reassurance as you fight against your charges.

If you are seeking a California Criminal Defense and Appeals attorney. Contact Barhoma Law today. You can call us for a free consultation at (213) 800-7664.

Meet the Team
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Barhoma Law, P.C. is a dedicated Appellate and Post-Conviction team with a specific interest in overturning convictions, especially for those wrongfully convicted. Our criminal appellate team has deep knowledge of current laws and the rapidly changing laws and legislative trends. Our team includes lawyers, legal researchers, paralegals, staff members, and more, dedicated to handling your case promptly and efficiently.

The Barhoma Law, P.C. team review cases in search for the truth, our team of lawyers look for shortcomings made or may have been overlooked, and we advocate zealously for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been wrongfully convicted, or there are genuine issues regarding their conviction or sentence, reach out for a consultation with Barhoma Law, P.C. Let us analyze your case and help you strategize for the next steps in your case.

Notable Cases
ABC7 Publishes an Article About Attorney Matthew Barhoma and Barhoma Law, P.C.’s Work in Resentencing Client

ABC7 publishes an article covering California Criminal Appeals attorney, Matthew Barhoma’s work in a re-sentencing of his client pursuant to Penal Code 1170(d)(1) and AB 2942.

The article highlights a recent success for Barhoma Law, P.C., where the Firm successfully reduced a client’s sentence just mere 9 months after retaining the Firm. Our client, Mr. Earl Snoddy, spent the last 27-years behind bars for a crime he likely did not commit. The Firm filed a conviction integrity request. In addition, Mr. Snoddy, through his counsel, sought to recall and renegotiate on the sentence by submitting an AB 2942 / Penal Code § 1170(d)(1) petition.

Barhoma Law Successfully Spared Client from Life Without Parole (LWOP) Sentence; Governor Gavin Newsom Commutes Barhoma Law, P.C. Sentence

Another Barhoma Law, P.C. Client is spared from his sentence, when Governor Newsom granted his Application for Commutation of Sentence. His family and friends were elated to hear that the Barhoma Law, P.C. client was sparred from his Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence. Barhoma Law, P.C. represented the client through the Clemency process, where we advocated for his rights before the Parole Board and the Supreme Court of California.

In granting the Application for Commutation of Sentence, Governor Newsom indicated the following about Barhoma Law, P.C.’s client:

SB 1437 Successful Case, 2019
SB 1437 Successful Case, 2019
Federal Writ of Habeas Corpus Gained Key Ruling
$2.5M Breach of Contract Claim Successfully Defended Against
Application for Commutation of Sentence Granted 2021
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