Cherie R. Wallace is Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC’s senior attorney of counsel, and a skilled Bay Area-based criminal defense attorney with over 15 years of experience. Ms. Wallace graduated with honors from San Francisco State University in 2002. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both criminal justice and organizational communications. After earning her law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 2007, Ms. Wallace began her career working for a small immigration firm and the Marin County Public Defender’s office, before finding a home at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC (BACL) in March, 2008.
From 2008 through 2017, Ms. Wallace worked as an associate and then senior associate at BACL, where she handled a wide range of criminal matters, including murder and attempted murder, three strikes cases, large drug conspiracies, complex fraud schemes, and other white-collar cases, drug, narcotic, and weapons offenses, sex offenses, among other violent and serious felonies.
Since 2017, Ms. Wallace has been a member of Alameda County’s Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP), taking on representation of indigent clients in cases where the public defender has a conflict of interest. Earlier this year Ms. Wallace became a member of the San Mateo County Private Defender Program where she handles various criminal matters for indigent clients out of San Mateo County ranging from misdemeanors to life-top felonies.
From 2017 to the present day, Ms. Wallace has run her own criminal defense practice comprised of her individual private clients, her work with CAAP and the Private Defender Program, as well as her continued work with BACL as a senior, of counsel attorney on some of the firm’s most complex and serious trial-bound matters. Additionally, Ms. Wallace heads up Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC‘s newest office located in Redwood City, right across the street from the courthouse in the heart of San Mateo County.
Ms. Wallace takes particular pride in helping clients to get back on track by terminating their probation early, clearing their records, and helping clients to obtain certificates of rehabilitation. Ms. Wallace maintains relationships with many of her former clients, whom she now considers to be friends. She takes a personal interest in her cases and does not tolerate her clients being taken advantage of or mistreated. She takes pride in obtaining for her clients something that is difficult to come by in life, a second chance.
- San Francisco State (B.A., with honors, 2002);
- University of San Francisco (J.D., 2007)
- Alameda County Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP)
- American Bar Association
- Criminal Justice
- Racial & Ethnic Justice Diversity Committee
- Alternatives to Incarceration & Diversity Committee
- San Mateo County Private Defender Program