Being a criminal defense attorney is frequently not the most popular, respected, or lucrative career choice for lawyers. However, there is nothing Elia A. Naqvi would rather be doing. She believes that being a Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer is the most important job that she can do.
A genuine, sincere, and compassionate attorney, she truly believes in the fundamental concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. She makes a point of listening to their stories and giving them honest, straightforward advice on their options.
Ms. Naqvi has more than 15 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. She worked for almost 7 years as a Public Defender with the County of Orange, then as a private attorney in Orange County and the surrounding counties. She has conducted about 50 trials and over 80 preliminary hearings.
This experience is extremely beneficial to her clients. She knows how to conduct herself in a courtroom; when it is advantageous for her client to negotiate and when it is beneficial to play hardball. Ms. Naqvi has the ability to see the risks or rewards in a case that the prosecutor or novice attorney might not have picked up on. Due to her experience, she knows when a case is best served by taking it to trial, and she is willing and able to do so. Her comfort and experience in the courtroom gives her an edge on more timid defense attorneys and makes her someone you want representing you.