Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mariya Melkonyan understands how the prosecution presents its case. Let her team fight for you and get the best results possible.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Law Firm

Mariya Melkonyan and her team are skilled and experienced Los Angeles Criminal defense attorney based in Glendale, California. With 27 years of combined prosecutorial experience as Deputy District Attorneys, a deep knowledge of criminal law, and impeccable felony and misdemeanor jury trial records, Ms. Melkonyan and her team are passionate about fighting for their clients. They are skilled at anticipating and interpreting the prosecution’s case.

Thanks to managing attorney Mariya Melkonyan’s diverse experience, she has a wide range of criminal practice areas, including serious and violent felonies, white-collar crimes, weapons offenses, sex crimes, domestic violence crimes, homicide, juvenile crimes, theft, and property crimes.

If you need powerful criminal defense attorneys with the knowledge and experience to take on even the most complex cases, contact the Law Offices of Mariya Melkonyan to arrange your free consultation today.

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    Criminal Defense Practice Areas


    If you have been arrested or charged with serious or violent crimes in California, you will need the support of a skilled law firm. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Mariya Melkonyan as soon as possible to help you navigate the legal system and defend your rights in court.


    The consequences of a criminal conviction are more serious than most people realize. A misdemeanor or felony conviction can limit your opportunities in life. It is important to know that many crimes can be expunged if you meet certain qualifications of your conviction.


    Hire the right California criminal defense attorney for your case. The serious and complex nature of felony crimes puts your future at stake with the outcome of your case. Mariya Melkonyan understands the felony legal process, and her previous experience as a Deputy District Attorney gives her the knowledge and skills to take on your case.


    If you’ve been arrested as an adult, you know how scary it can be. In California, children under the age of 18 are prosecuted in a separate justice system. The juvenile court system in California offers minors more lenient punishments than time in prison. This is why you need The Law Offices of Mariya Melkonyan on your corner.

    Mariya Melkonyan

    Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

    With 13 years of experience as a Deputy District Attorney, and having Jury Trial experience ranging from all kinds of minor misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies, including DUI, hit and run, theft, narcotics, domestic violence, assaults, burglaries, robberies, child molestations, rape, and Homicide (attempted murder and murder) cases to verdict, Ms. Melkonyan’s felony jury trial record is exceptional.

    Her experience in effective examinations of experts of different fields, such as Medical Professionals of various areas, Toxicology, DRE, DNA, Forensic Pathology, Child Sexual Accommodation Syndrome, Involuntary Confession, and many more, gives her the ability to attack the prosecution with in-depth knowledge. Her vast experience with the DA’s office has given her the tools to fight for you.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    During your free initial consultation, your attorney will discuss the facts of your case, getting a clear overview of your situation. Your attorney will then explain the process, letting you know what will be expected of you and the support and services they will offer.

    Your attorney will then guide you on how to proceed and begin collecting potential witness details to support your case and evidence for preservation, proper representation, and preparation. Finally, they will explain our fees, take you through our retainer form, and answer any queries you have.

    After your initial consultation, we’ll be able to determine a retainer fee and discuss payment options. In most cases, the retainer feee payments are divided into two parts; the first is typically payable upfront.

    There are various options for paying your retainer fee, including cash, check, or card.

    To give your attorney a clear view of your case, you must provide them with as many details and as much evidence about your case as possible. This may include documentation, videos, audio files, witness names, time logs on any information related to the case for review. The more details and evidence you can provide, the better case your attorney can build right from the start.

    Some clients are concerned about revealing too much to a lawyer in an initial consultation, but your meetings with an attorney are confidential and protected by client/attorney privilege.

    There is no one-size-fits-all cost for an attorney to defend your criminal case. The fee depends on the charges against you and the details of your specific case. As a rule, open misdemeanor cases tend to be charged at a lower fee than open felony cases. Post-conviction legal services, such as expungement of criminal records, are usually even less expensive.

    The final fee depends on the complexity of your case. During your consultation, the attorney will discuss the fees with you. The more details you can give about your case, the more accurate expectations your attorney can set.

    My Experience

    Deputy District Attorney

    District Attorney's office
    Aug 2008 - Aug 2021

    Legal Intern

    San Diego City Attorney's Office
    Jan 2008 - May 2008

    Legal Intern

    alifornia Attorney General's office
    May 2007 - Sep 2007

    I’ve argued criminal appeals on behalf of the AG’s office in three different California Districts, and one of my cases resulted in a published opinion.

    Mariya Melkonyan Interview With Fox11 News


    Mariya Melkonyan, former Deputy District Attorney discusses strategy on Trevor Bauer’s accuser case with Phil Shuman from Fox11 News.

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