Barhoma Law: About Our Firm

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Barhoma Law was founded by Matthew Barhoma, an award-winning criminal defense and appeals attorney.

Matthew and his team have built an impressive track record for defending criminal charges in the Los Angeles area and for appealing against criminal convictions – in many cases, for people who are wrongfully behind bars.

Barhoma Law’s Approach to Criminal Cases in Los Angeles

Ideally, if you have been charged with a crime, we review your case and work with the DA to get the charges dismissed. If that is not possible, we will try everything to ensure that the consequences for you and your future are minimized. This often means plea bargains for reduced sentences or probation. If a conviction is impossible to escape, we will work to get it expunged later.

This applies whether you have been charged with a violent crime, fraud, another felony or a lesser offence like a misdemeanor DUI. If a collaborative approach is unsuccessful, we will defend you aggressively in court.

Legal representation if you are under investigation or charged

No matter the seriousness of your alleged criminal offence, you are entitled to a defence.  Unfortunately, many people are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned and we will fight to ensure that you are not the next. We have secured case dismissals even for convicted felons with firearm charges and assaults with deadly weapons. Sometimes, there are multiple charges against our clients – and we work to ensure that the charges are either terminated before they ever make it to trial or reduced.

Appeals against convictions/jail terms/SB1437 cases

If you are convicted of a crime in state or federal court (either by pleading guilty or being found guilty at trial), you have a right to appeal either the conviction or the sentence. However, criminal appeal cases with the California Court of Appeal require specialist knowledge and experience. To be eligible for appeal, you need to demonstrate that a legal error was made in your case. 

It is easy to waste time and build false hope, as the appellate process is complex. It helps to be able to quickly assess whether cases have a good chance of success.  Matthew Barhoma has gained success in even the most challenging of appeal cases – including securing multiple SB1437 successes. These are cases where people already convicted of murder have successfully petitioned the court to have their convictions overturned. 

Mr. Barhoma’s expertise in this area has resulted in either resentencing or overturning of murder convictions: successes that few law firms can claim. We can manage all other types of appeals, from Writs of Habeas Corpus to expungements and post-conviction motions and applications. 

Should clients require only preparation and filing of legal documents rather than full representation, Mr. Barhoma and his team can look after the necessary paperwork.

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"Mr. Barhoma got all charges dismissed! I called him when my son got a DUI. He was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Barhoma restored my son a full life. And no amount of money could be worth that."


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"Matthew is the best criminal defense attorney ever. He is a BEAST! He won my SB1437 case in 4 months. His courtroom capabilities are unmatched. I've yet to find an LA lawyer like him. He is the best criminal defense and appeals attorney I have ever met. Thank you so much Mr. Barhoma! You changed our lives!!!!"


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"Matt is an absolute monster in the courtroom. Opposing lawyers do not even stand a chance when he starts arguing in court. He is very charismatic and persuasive! He has a way of speaking with judges."


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About Matthew Barhoma

Barhoma Bio ImageMatthew Barhoma, Barhoma Law, P.C.’s founder, is an award-winning Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense and appeals attorney.

Mr. Barhoma has achieved successful outcomes on hundreds of criminal cases throughout California, including multiple SB1437 successes and serious felony dismissals. Mr. Barhoma has been on the winning end of numerous dismissals of major felony charges and successful appeal outcomes from the California Court of Appeal.

Mr. Barhoma has successfully dismissed serious felony charges, including convicted felons with firearm charges, assaults with deadly weapons, and wrongfully convicted of murder clients. Mr. Barhoma has also successfully won numerous SB1437 cases, including successfully litigating the Constitutionality of the law, successfully beating the D.A. in Prima Facie arguments, and ultimately succeeding in the Order to Show Cause stage, leading to resentencing and overturning multiple murder convictions. Further, Mr. Barhoma has successfully advocated for clients accused of insurance fraud or are under investigation for potential fraud. Mr. Barhoma has successfully represented clients in the investigative phase of insurance fraud matters, where his representation leads to the termination of any potential charges. Furthermore, Mr. Barhoma’s representation of clients accused of insurance fraud has turned into outright dismissals or minimal and expugnable charges.

Before becoming a criminal defense and appeals attorney in Los Angeles, Mr. Barhoma worked with San Diego’s Higgs, Fletcher and Mack law firm. Mr. Barhoma received his B.A. from University of California, Irvine, and his J.D. from California Western School of Law. He is a former member of the Business Law Society. Mr. Barhoma is admitted to practice law throughout the state of California, as well as various federal courts, including the United States Federal Districts.

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Mr. Barhoma got all charges dismissed! I called him when my son got a DUI. He was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Barhoma explained things so well. He eventually did exactly the strategy he outlined for us during our initial call. Mr. Barhoma knew the downtown la courthouse very well. He was able to work his magic and dismiss all charges! Mr. Barhoma restored my son a full life. And no amount of money could be worth that. Thank Mr. Barhoma!!!!


Matthew is the best criminal defense attorney ever. He is a BEAST! He won by SB1437 case in 4 months. The PD’s office was giving us the runaround. As soon as we retained Mr. Barhoma, he instantly added value to my case. He gave very very insightful advice and was able to do what the PD’s office could not. During oral argument, Mr. Barhoma was absolutely amazing. His courtroom capabilities are unmatched. I’ve yet to find an LA lawyer like him. He is the best criminal defense and appeals attorney I have ever met. Thank you so much Mr. Barhoma! You changed our lives!!!!


Matthew is extremely knowledgable. He ALWAYS picks up the phone and ALWAYS responds to emails. There is no limit. He will always do what it takes. He has gone above and beyond for me! I am so happy I hired him.

Matt is an absolute monster in the court room. Opposing lawyers do not even stand a chance when he starts arguing in court. He is very charismatic and persuasive! He has a way to speaking with judges. I would hire him again and again!


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