Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney

In the past 45 years, I have been fighting for clients in Santa Ana and throughout Orange County, and I have earned an excellent reputation with the judges and prosecutors in the local courts. My office has always been located here, and I have successfully handled more than 5,000 felony and misdemeanor cases in Santa Ana and surrounding areas including:

As an attorney, I am whole-heartedly dedicated to serving clients by giving each case the personalized care and attention to detail that they deserve. If I am unable to handle your case personally, I will not accept it. I am available to speak on the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the past, I have served clients in nearly every county in California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside County. Additionally, I have practiced criminal defense pro hac vice in Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Hawaii. I am also a Judge pro tem.

For my bachelor’s degree, I attended St. Peter’s College, a university located in Jersey City, New Jersey. I pursued my legal education right here in Southern California at the University of West Los Angeles.

Do not hesitate to call my office – your initial consultation is free. Any information that you share with me is held in confidence under the attorney-client relationship. The final outcome of your case depends in large measure on the actions you take immediately following the arrest, and I urge you to contact me now to begin working on the case.

Bar Associations

  • North Orange County Criminal Defense Board Panel
  • South Orange County Criminal Defense Board Panel
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • West Orange County Bar Association


  • University of West Los Angeles - J.D.
  • St. Peter's College - Bachelor's Degree

Client Reviews

Mr. Tears is a true Gentleman with vast knowledge of criminals law and great understanding the court system. I have used Mr. Tears services several times first time in 1998 and most recently in 2020 and referred his services to several of my friends and everyone agrees he treated his clients with dignity and respect.

Fred Highland

There are hundreds of DUI lawyers out there, and I’m sure there’s are a few that know how to win, but I don’t think all attorneys have the legal experience and relentless compassion, followed up by the genuine care that Attorney Tom Tears has proven to me as a client.

Joel Villarreal

I never felt like he wasn’t completely devoted to my case and my well being. He truly cares about his clients and his willingness to work with me in regards to paying out the fees was amazing. I do not believe I could have found another like him. My gratitude is immeasurable.

Lynne Porter

Our Location

Conveniently located near where 5 and 55 freeways meet, between First and Fourth Street.

Santa Ana Office
250 N Golden Cir Dr #109

Santa Ana, CA 92705


Get in Touch

Contact Us for a Consultation (714) 550-1101