More Than 30 Years of
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Thomas Tears has represented more than 5,000 defendants across Southern California.

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Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney

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Since 1978, Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law has followed the goal of providing the best possible defense available to anyone at a reasonable cost. Our defense firm aims to secure the lowest possible sentence and best possible disposition in every case. With a track record of more than 5,000 misdemeanor and felony cases, Mr. Tears knows how to get results.

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Thomas Tears is one of the most dedicated and aggressive criminal lawyers in Orange County and he has successfully represented clients who faced charges ranging from simple assault and petty theft to fraud involving millions of dollars and murder for hire. Whatever type of criminal defense you need, our Santa Ana firm knows how to achieve results that include favorable plea bargains, acquittals, or outright dismissal of charges. When you call our firm, you will be able to speak directly with Thomas Tears.

Will my criminal case go all the way to a jury trial?

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Santa Ana, Orange County

Whenever it is possible, we seek to resolve our clients' cases without a trial. Sometimes this involves negotiating with the prosecutor for a favorable plea bargain, allowing our client to stay out of jail in exchange for performing terms of probation. In other cases, it is possible to avoid a trial by having the charges dismissed.

For example, if you were arrested for DUI, we could seek to have the evidence suppressed by demonstrating that the police officer violated your constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure in an unlawful traffic stop. In the event that it is not possible to avoid a trial, however, we will be ready to defend your rights and make a compelling case before the judge and jury. After your initial consultation, Mr. Tears can review the situation and provide you with his best estimate of what to expect in your own case.

Over 5,000 Criminal Defense Cases Handled in Orange County

Thomas Tears is known as an aggressive trial attorney who fights for his clients. He has achieved success in handling a wide variety of criminal charges. This includes defending charges of misdemeanor altercation as well as felony domestic violence charges, fighting for clients charged with simple marijuana possession as well as one facing drug charges that involved 60 kilos of cocaine.

Here is a sample of recent criminal defense successes in Orange County & Santa Ana:

Bench warrant

Issued on drug charges, the warrant was recalled after a hearing, and the probation violation charge dismissed.

Domestic violence charge

After being set for a jury trial, the case was dismissed.

Felony assault with a deadly weapon case

Involving the use of a vehicle, this charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, resulting in no jail time and only a small fine.

Grand theft auto charge

The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and resulted in only a $140.00 fine.

At Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law, we recognize that no case is too small to deserve a vigorous defense. We realize that your finances, future, and even freedom could be greatly threatened. In more serious criminal cases, our firm has the proven ability to help you assert your every legal right, getting your charges reduced or dismissed. Request your free consultation with Thomas Tears today!

Charged with DUI in Santa Ana? Contact our trusted DUI lawyer!

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Santa Ana, Orange County

A large percentage of our clients are people who come to us for help after an arrest for driving under the influence. We can handle every aspect of the case, starting with the DMV hearing, where we contest the administrative driver's license suspension. After fighting to save their licenses, we then advocate for our clients' rights in the criminal justice system to challenge the formal DUI charge.

Our team takes on first-time DUI cases, as well as charges including a repeat DUI offense, DUI with injury, or vehicular manslaughter. We can handle any DUI case in Orange County—no charge is too complex for our skilled legal advocate. Talk to Thomas Tears directly any time of day or night when you call (800) 721-7710!

Fighting a Wide Range of Criminal Charges in Santa Ana

While Mr. Tears is widely recognized as a leading Santa Ana DUI lawyer, he also handles an extensive array of criminal defense cases. He has earned a solid reputation among his former clients and his peers for his work on a variety of criminal cases. Having handled more than 5,000 cases, Mr. Tears has the proven experience you need, no matter your charges.

Feel free to reach us for help, whether you have never been involved in the criminal justice system before, or if you carry prior convictions on your record worry about the consequences of the Three Strikes law. We are available 24/7 to provide legal support. You can review our FAQ page to learn more about the criminal defense process, or you can call Thomas Tears directly to start getting the answers you need.

Confidential Consultation with a Santa Ana Criminal Defense Lawyer


Anything you say to Mr. Tears will be held in confidence under the attorney-client privilege.


Santa Ana Criminal Defense Lawyer

You can tell him your side of the story, and explain the situation and how you are innocent, resting assured that the entire conversation is confidential. In this secure setting, you can also get answers to your questions about your charges and what to expect.

At our Orange County criminal defense firm, we recognize that this may be one of the most stressful situations you have experienced, and you may not know what to expect next. Count on us to give you the support and dedicated advocacy you deserve. You are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, and we make it our duty to defend your right to receive fair treatment under California law.

You cannot afford to delay. Get more than three decades of proven defense experience on your side. Contact our office to schedule your free initial consultation today!

Arrested? Looking for help? Contact us!
250 North Golden Circle Drive #207
Santa Ana, California 92705
(800) 721-7710

Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law proudly defends clients in Santa Ana, Laguna Hills, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and throughout Orange County.