Law Offices of James V. McGrail

Criminal Defense


When you are headed for criminal court in California, you are in for a fight. You want a tough legal defense; you want the best possible outcome and you want a defense team who knows the local courts and what can be done with an effective defense strategy.

Mr. McGrail began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department over 40 years ago. He then became a Prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before he decided to open his own private practice in 1992.

Today, Mr. McGrail and Ms. Silva offer clients knowledgeable and skilled defense representation for the following types of criminal cases:

  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Pre-Trial Diversion
  • Expungement
  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug Crimes/Drug Trafficking
  • Violent Crimes
  • Firearms/Weapons
  • Theft/Burglary
  • Fraud/Extortion

If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime, you are undoubtedly under a tremendous amount of stress. If not handled properly, a criminal charge can turn into a conviction that will follow you around for the rest of your life. To protect your future and your good name, you need a seasoned criminal defense attorney. Our dedicated team of attorneys and paralegals can provide the aggressive defense representation you need to prevail.