Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

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


Jerry Nicholson has been handling criminal defense cases in Los Angeles, Orange County and all 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 2016 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 in excess of $35,000 in 2015
  • 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 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 on 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 typewritten, double-spaced, and 12-point font.

Winner Selection & Recognition

The scholarship winner’s submission, 500-word bio and photo will be featured on our website for up to one full year! This additional recognition will serve as an opportunity for potential employers to view your accomplishment on our website. We receive traffic from individuals of all walks of life and all fields of expertise! Whatever your area of interest, being featured on our website can lead a professional in a relative field to take note of your success. Additionally, it’ll give your family one more thing to be proud of!

Application Deadline

Submissions will be accepted between September 1, 2016 and December 10th, 2016 at 12:00AM EST.

Essay Directions

  • Read the eligibility requirements to see if you or someone you know qualifies
  • Prepare your submission
  • Follow the guidelines for formatting and submission
  • Submit your entry via e-mail
  • Monitor your e-mail immediately following the scholarship deadline
    • E-mail application entries to:[email protected] then add our email address to your safe recipient list within your e-mail provider to ensure you are able to receive notification if you are selected as a winner. Please include in your submission email: your full name, age, phone number, and mailing address. Submissions cannot be the property or contain the property of others and cannot contain explicit content. Each submission will be judged on an individual basis.

The 2016 Jerry Nicholson Law Scholarship winner will be selected one week following the submission deadline. The winner will receive an e-mail with instructions for receiving acknowledgment and the scholarship award funds.

Commonly Asked Questions

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.

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.

If I win, how will I receive the scholarship?

Certified U.S. mail.

Can I submit more than one entry?

No. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

What if I don’t have an e-mail address?

If you do not have an e-mail address, there are free services available to you i.e. Yahoo and Gmail.

Do I need to cite the sources I used for my essay?

No. Essays are not required to include a works cited or references page, however, a plagiarism audit will be conducted. Only original works will be accepted.

  • It is a general rule of thumb when conducting research to keep track of sources found and used. However, as part of applying for the scholarship, we do not require each submission be accompanied by a works cited page but, we do require each applicant keep and maintain an accurate record of sources used.

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

If you submit your essay early and later desire revise and re-submit it, you may do so as along as it is before the deadline, December 10th, 2016 at 12:00AM EST. If you accidentally send an older draft of your essay or the wrong file and realize it later, you also may re-submit before the deadline. Maximum: 1 resubmission.

If you have any additional questions, e-mail them to: [email protected] with the subject “2016 Jerry Nicholson Law Scholarship Inquiry”. Only e-mailed inquiries will be answered.

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