Criminal Justice Attorney With Over 37 Years of Criminal Defense Experience

  • After a lawyer from our law firm reviews your case, we will create an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights.
  • Our award winning attorneys have earned the respect of other legal professionals.
  • The Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson is recognized as one of the best criminal defense law firms in Long Beach.
  • Our phones are staffed 24/7 so clients have access to honest legal advice from top lawyers at all hours.

With more than three decades of experience handling criminal defense cases throughout southern California, Jerry Nicholson has the background, skills, judgment, and reputation he needs to provide clients with sound legal advice and high-quality, aggressive defense representation against criminal charges in Long Beach. Experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorney Jerry Nicholson has handled virtually every kind of criminal defense case, including DUI, sex crimes, white collar crimes, theft, drug possession charges, and assault and battery. If you face misdemeanor or felony charges in Long Beach, CA, let criminal defense lawyer Jerry Nicholson fight to keep a conviction off of your record.


If you or someone you love has been arrested in Long Beach, veteran criminal defense attorney Jerry Nicholson can help you with obtaining release on bail, having the bail amount reduced, or obtaining your release upon your promise to appear in court. Defense lawyer Jerry Nicholson routinely handles criminal cases, working to negotiate sentencing modifications and alternatives to jail including house arrest, work release, or alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He will use every available criminal law tool and service to defend your freedom, which is one of the reasons he is so highly sought after by people in the state of California. Long Beach
courts are notoriously tough on crime, so you’ll need to hire an Long Beach criminal defense attorney who knows what it takes to keep you out of jail. Jerry Nicholson is that attorney who will fight for your rights.


Jerry Nicholson’s phones lines are staffed by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring that you will always have access to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Many lawyers will promise you a free consultation, but they only deliver a 15-minute sales pitch. Not Jerry Nicholson. On your first visit to our law office, he will sit down with you for as long as you need to review your case fully and to consider all of your legal options. If you’re facing any criminal charge in the Long Beach area, you need an experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorney who can address your concerns and provide you with a sound, aggressive legal defense. Call the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson as quickly as possible or fill out the form on this website to speak with our Los Angeles County criminal defense attorneys.


I have used Jerry's services before and was thrilled to see the results. He gave my case his full attention and made the whole process as easy as he could for me. I am pleased to say he won our case. I hope to not be in court again, but if I am, Jerry will definitely be representing me again.

Sophia N.
Sophia N.
Long Beach, CA

Should You Post Bail After An Arrest?

Even though bail is usually set pursuant to a fixed schedule for each crime, judges can sometimes deviate from these schedules & adjust the bail amounts upwards or downwards. Any such adjustments can, however, only be made during or after your first arraignment & unless you post the bail as quoted then you will remain in custody until you are arraigned. At your first arraignment, your attorneys can try to convince the judge to reduce the bail amount but there is a real risk that the prosecutors will also try to have it increased. The best way to beat the prosecution’s arguments, in this respect, is to prepare adequately & for that you need enough time. Posting bail as it is means that you do not have to appear for your first arraignment for up to 30 days instead of 3 & this time should be enough for your attorneys to craft the best arguments to get your bail reduced.

Criminal Defense Services


Driving Under the Influence

If you are charged with DUI, contact Long Beach DUI lawyer Jerry Nicholson for the legal help you’ll need. Jerry Nicholson can challenge the legality of the traffic stop, the results of DUI tests, and the testimony of the police. With your future at stake, don’t take unnecessary risks. Jerry Nicholson has the experience and the dedication you’ll need if you are arrested and charged with DUI. With the likelihood of fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time if you’re convicted, it’s imperative to have an experienced Long Beach DUI attorney working for you.

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Domestic Violence

If you’re accused of domestic violence, you’ll need to contact a Long Beach domestic violence defense attorney at once. The state will prosecute aggressively anyone charged with domestic violence. A domestic violence charge may be filed as either a misdemeanor or as a felony hinging on the seriousness of the alleged abusive behavior, but severe injuries will almost always generate a felony charge. The laws governing domestic violence are complicated and govern a variety of circumstances and behaviors. If you are charged with domestic violence in or near Long Beach, you must hire an experienced domestic violence defense attorney.

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Sexual Offences

If anyone accuses you of a sex crime, you’ll need to be represented by an aggressive, experienced Long Beach sex crimes attorney. Sex crimes can be some of the most serious offenses that the criminal justice system addresses. In California, sexual assault, rape, and statutory rape are punished without leniency. Attorney Jerry Nicholson handles cases ranging from physical child abuse charges to accusations of lewd conduct in public. Call the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson as quickly as possible after an arrest for any sex crime in the Long Beach area.

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Arrest Warrants

Typically, an arrest warrant will be issued after a grand jury indictment or when law enforcement officials reasonably suspect that criminal activity has occurred. In most cases, a person is not even aware that an arrest warrant exists until the arrest is made. Having the assistance of an experienced Long Beach arrest warrants attorney is beneficial. If you believe that an arrest warrant has been issued for you, you need the help of experienced Long Beach arrest warrants attorney Jerry Nicholson. He knows what the courts will require and in some cases can help you avoid time in jail. If there’s a warrant with your name on it, don’t wait to make the call.

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Under California law, entering a building with the intent to commit a theft or another felony constitutes burglary. Burglary may be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor in California, but a conviction for even the misdemeanor charge can put you in jail for up to a year. You must retain aggressive defense representation immediately if you face burglary charges. Long Beach burglary attorney Jerry Nicholson has extensive experience successfully defending burglary suspects. If there was a misunderstanding or misidentification, Jerry Nicholson will see that your side of the case is fully understood. If you are accused of burglary, fight the charge and call attorney Jerry Nicholson without delay.

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Drug Crimes

If you’re charged with any drug crime or drug-related crime, contact experienced Long Beach drug crimes attorney Jerry Nicholson immediately. California’s drug laws are difficult to understand and almost always changing. However, while some drug laws are currently undergoing reforms, most drug charges in California still require at least some amount of time in custody if you’re convicted. If you are charged with a drug crime, let experienced Long Beach drug crimes attorney Jerry Nicholson fight aggressively for justice on your behalf.

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Jerry Nicholson Law Firm Scholarship – $500

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Jerry Nicholson has been handling criminal defense cases in Los Angeles, Orange County and across California for well over three decades. The team of defenders that makes up the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson is dedicated to an expedient and thorough trial or negotiation process for every client. We are trained to use every tool and state-wide resource available to ensure the best possible outcome in each case.

We are offering this annual scholarship to the rising generation of lawyers that is equally or increasingly as aggressive and passionate about defending a community that would otherwise be left to the mercy of a legal system that will not likely work in their favor. This scholarship is for those individuals that are motivated and enthusiastic to work for something greater than themselves.

No Fee To Apply!

Eligibility Requirments

All applicants that meet the following criteria are welcome to apply to this 2017 scholarship offer:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be currently enrolled as a part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Must intend to pursue a law degree.
  • Cannot have earned more than $35,000 in 2016.
  • Have an active e-mail address.

Essay Topics & Submission Types

Essay Topic

Why Law?

The road to and through law school can have a lot of curves and bumps and maybe even detours. It’s not for the faint of heart. Tell us about the fire for the law that burns in you that will keep you galvanized along your journey. Who or what influenced you to study law? Are you already confident in an area of practice or a state of practice, for that matter? Do you see yourself in an international courtroom? Is there any injustice you’re passionate about combatting through the power that your law degree will give you? In short, why do you want to go to law school?

Submission Types

  • Essay – PDF or Word document (.pdf, .doc, .docx)
  • Write a 500-word essay addressing the topic described above.
  • Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and 12-point font.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, use the following instructions to apply for this scholarship opportunity:

  • Complete your essay submission.
  • Review the submission guidelines.
  • Send your essay by e-mail.
  • In the email include your name, age, mailing address, and phone number.
  • No plagiarized essays will be judged.
  • Check your e-mail account after the participation deadline.
  • Submit your application the following e-mail address: [email protected]
  • Make sure this address is added to your safe recipient list, so you always receive notifications.
  • If you are selected as a winner, we will reach out to you via email.
  • The 2017 Jerry Nicholson Law Scholarship winner will be chosen and notified one week (1) after the participation deadline. The scholarship winner will receive an e-mail that will include specific directions to claim the award.

Winner Selection & Recognition

The scholarship winner will be presented on our website for the entire year. To be featured on the law firm’s website, you must submit a biography (500 words) and a high-quality photo. You will be able to share this great accomplishment with your friends, family, and future employers. Our website receives visitors from all over California and across the U.S. and will help students pursuing a career in law. Take this opportunity to demonstrate your hard work and success on a respected website.

Application Deadline

Essays must be submitted till June 1, 2017.

How To Apply

If you would like any additional information or have questions about the scholarship, send all inquiries via email and use the subject line “Jerry Nicholson Law Scholarship Inquiry” to [email protected]

We are happy to assist you and will respond to all e-mailed inquiries promptly. We look forward to your submission!

Only e-mailed inquiries will be accepted.

Commonly Asked Questions

1. Will I have a better chance of winning if I plan to become a criminal defense attorney?

No. This scholarship is to encourage students that aspire to practice any area of law.

2. Will I have a better chance of winning if I plan to practice law in the state of California?

No. There is no geographical preference for this scholarship. All U.S. students are welcome to apply.

3. If I win, how will I receive the scholarship?

Certified U.S. mail.

4. Can I submit more than one entry?

No. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

5. What if I want to revise and re-submit my entry?

If you sent your application already but made a mistake, you have the opportunity to revise and resubmit your essay till June 1, 2017. If you need to submit a revised draft because you accidently sent the wrong file, you can resend it before the deadline. Maximum: 1 resubmission.