At the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson, we are committed to the aggressive representation of clients in criminal defense and juvenile cases in both the trial court and on appeal in Orange County and surrounding areas.

Have you been arrested or cited for a crime in Orange County? If so, you need an experienced and skilled advocate on your side to defend you. Our first priority is to defend your rights and assist you in avoiding a criminal conviction on your record.

At the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson, our priority is getting you results. With over 10 years experience representing clients, we have the knowledge and skill to thoroughly evaluate your case and explore possible legal defenses and strategies that can be used to defend you. At the same time, you can expect to be treated with professionalism, courtesy and compassion and we will provide you with the guidance you need to defend against the charges.

No two cases are alike. We will spend the time to understand the facts and nuances in your case to assist you with the strongest defense. Whether this is your first charge or if you have prior convictions on your record, we are here to help.

Orange County criminal defense and juvenile crimes attorney Lauren K Johnson has earned a reputation as an outstanding advocate for clients with knowledge and experience that gets results. Lauren K Johnson has spent many years in the Orange County Courts trying cases and regularly appears at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, the West Justice Center in Westminster, the North Justice Center in Fullerton, the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, and the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange.

Lauren K Johnson not only fiercely tries cases to juries but argues cases on appeal in front of Courts of Appeal throughout all of California. These include the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles; the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento; the Fourth District Courts of Appeal, Division One in San Diego, Division Two in Riverside, and Division Three in Orange County; and the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno. In 2012, Lauren K Johnson wrote the winning opinion in the landmark care In re Drake M. (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 754 and assisted a medical marijuana patient and parent.

In addition, Lauren K Johnson is one of the only highly-regarded and experienced juvenile dependency/CPS lawyers in Orange County who handles both criminal and juvenile court accusations against parents, caretakers, foster parents, and family members. Lauren K Johnson has handled the most serious types of juvenile dependency/CPS in the system and has helped hundreds of families in juvenile dependency matters. Lauren K Johnson also writes juvenile dependency appeals for California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, Appellate Defenders, Inc. and Central California Appellate Program.

If you are being investigated for a crime or have not yet been contacted by law enforcement or, in some cases, a social worker, contact the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson before speaking to anyone about your case. In many cases, the attorneys at the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson can assist clients in stopping a new case in its tracks. If the case is being considered for filing by the prosecutor’s office, we can assist in many cases using early intervention on your behalf. However, if your case has already been filed, it is not too late to hire a competent and aggressive advocate. We will be there with you advocating on your behalf every step of the way.

Many clients come to us in crisis or are referred by other lawyers who know and trust attorney Lauren K Johnson. This is because, at the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson, we care about how the outcome of your case can affect your life. We provide individualized care and attention to each client and take the time to understand what is at stake for that client. At the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson, we have successfully referred many clients to community resources such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, anger management, domestic violence, parenting, and other counseling programs.

Having a vast legal network in Orange County, Lauren K Johnson works with a strong team of investigators and treatment providers to assist clients in crisis and in defending against their cases. We also consult with other attorneys when clients have immigration or licensure issues. We refer clients to other types of attorneys to meet their needs including civil, family law, and immigration attorneys.

Lauren K Johnson is well-rooted in the legal community and serves as the President of the South Orange County Bar Association. She frequently provides continuing legal education presentations to other lawyers and has been called upon to train other lawyers and lawyers-in-training in juvenile defense, client advocacy and counseling, as well as trial skills. Lauren K Johnson has received awards and recognition for effective advocacy on behalf of clients including the Paul Bell Fellowship through Appellate Defenders, Inc. and the Archie A. Gorfinkle Award For The Most Promising Graduate Entering The Field Of Criminal Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law upon graduation. Lauren K Johnson has volunteered to judge mock trial at UCI Law School and has presented for the past two years to the incoming 1L class.

At the Law Office of Lauren K Johnson, we believe that everyone is entitled to the best defense, regardless of their financial situation. The Law Office of Lauren K Johnson offers flexible payment arrangements on an individual basis to allow every client access to the best representation money can buy. Contact us today for a consultation.

Client Reviews

  • Hi, Lauren. You really are a rising star. I just want to say thank you so much. I give you and your office 5 stars.

    Mr. I. Theft case dismissed.
  • I contacted Lauren for an alleged violation of a restraining order. Ms. Johnson represented me on this matter, reviewed all the evidence and made a strong commitment to understand the finest details of my case, without leaving any stone unturned.

    Ms. Johnson is very familiar with all the court procedures and how to go about such a case. After a few court hearings, my case was dismissed due to lack of evidence and fabricated stories from the opposing party to cause harm to me. I am very grateful for the professional representation I received and would recommend Lauren.

    Mr. M. A Criminal Defense client.
  • Following an unfortunate domestic incident in which no charges were filed, my wife and I unexpectedly found ourselves involved in a Child Protective Services investigation. We began to hear absolute horror stories about good people's lives and families being turned upside down by the Social Services Agency and we were very frightened. Thankfully, I was referred to Lauren Johnson and sought her immediate counsel. From our first phone discussion and meeting through my SSA appointment, Lauren consistently provided a world of calm and supremely experienced advice which enabled me to navigate the consequence laden waters of Child Protective Services, ultimately resulting in a case which was deemed inconclusive and closed. Lauren's knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness are unmatched, and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal counsel. Thank you Lauren for helping to give my family and I our lives back, I don't know what we would have done without you!

  • Ms. Johnson won my case on appeal a million to one against me. She is an unbelievable attorney who is gifted in dealing with difficult cases and believes in the power of law and right and wrong, a rare quality today indeed.

  • I would highly recommend Lauren. She and her staff were knowledgeable, very personable and sensitive to my personal situation. They kept me informed at every turn and were easily contacted whenever I had a question or concern.

    Additionally, Lauren successfully attained what I felt was a favorable outcome. She provided me with approachability and results, enabling me to move on and put the past behind me.

    Thank you Lauren! ...for everything, especially a huge sigh of relief!

    A Criminal Defense client.
  • Lauren Johnson was amazing. She explained everything in ways that were easily understood, & answered all of my question. She was respectful, but also open & honest. She started work on my case the first day we met & got results quickly. She demonstrated passion, concern, and showed true feeling for my situation. My expectations were greatly exceeded. I would say she has an incredible attention for detail, & has a real dedication to her work.

    Lauren Johnson would be my first recommendation to any of my family or friends similarly in need of legal assistance.

  • I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude, as well as speak to, the high professionalism and expert counsel given by our attorney, Lauren K. Johnson. She handled a difficult dependency case for us in Children's Court of East Los Angeles. Her counsel and support were excellent, along with her depth of knowledge in law and procedures. Her tenacity and persistence make her an excellent advocate, one who not only stands by you and with you, but also fights ardently on your behalf. I most highly recommend her to anyone who needs outstanding counsel and representation in any legal or court matter.

    Mr. J.
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The Law Office of Lauren K Johnson pays referral fees to all types of lawyers who refer cases to this firm. In doing so, we comply with all State Bar rules. We also advise and "associate" into cases where other lawyers need assistance.