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Work experience

Aug 2012Present


Melanie Roe For The Defense, A Private Law Firm

As an attorney with over 22 years of experience in courts throughout Southern California, I defend men and women who have been charged with crimes. My responsibilities include meeting with and listening to each client, preparing and implementing the best defense for that person, and to do all that is required to represent his/her constitutional rights at all stages in the criminal proceeding. My practice is limited to criminal matters because criminal law is voluminous. You can be rest assured my focus is on you and your liberty and not defending fender benders, unlawful detainer actions for failure to pay back rent, or fighting for toasters in family law court as distinct from the focus of many of my other private practitioners.

May 2007Jul 2012

General Partner

Kennedy & Roe

Criminal defense attorney handling all matters through trial, and beyond.

May 2000Jan 2007

Deputy Public Defender

Riverside County Public Defender's Office

Defended the Constitutional rights of 1000's of men and women.


Sep 1987Jun 1990


Whittier College School of Law