Criminal Defense Attorney

Sally Vecchiarelli practices criminal defense and has worked on cases that cover the vast spectrum of criminal law in both Federal and State courts.

State Court Cases

  • Juvenile defense: robberies, gun use and possession allegations, and sex crimes
  • Expungements
  • Child Abuse
  • DUIs
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Writs and Appeals
  • Parole Hearings
  • California Governor Pardons
  • Exonerations

Federal Court Cases

  • Manufacturing and Distribution of Drugs
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Conspiracy and Bribery
  • Real Estate Fraud

Sally is eager to represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings whether wrongly accused, overcharged, or unjustly convicted.

Sally is a Central Valley native, born and raised in Fresno by two criminal defense attorneys. From a very young age she knew that her passion was to serve her community as a criminal defense attorney. In 2011, Sally graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Forensics Behavioral Science. While at Fresno State, Sally was nominated to serve as a voting member of the Board of the California State University of Fresno Programs for Children from 2009 to 2011. After earning her bachelors degree Sally attended the local law school at San Joaquin College of Law. With an ardor for writing she wrote for the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review in 2014. As a lawyer she continues to utilize her writing skills by advocating for her clients in law and motions and writing articles calling for improvement to the criminal justice system.

Sally was also recognized for her writing abilities by being awarded Best Brief Finalist in the 2013 George Hopper Moot Court Competition. Additionally, she was awarded Best Oral Advocate Finalist for her unfettered representation. She was chosen to compete on behalf of the law school at the 2014 Roger J. Traynor Appellate Moot Court Competition where she won an award for Outstanding Individual Oral Achievement presented by the CEB (Continued Education of the Bar).

During law school Sally won numerous scholarships and awards recognizing her dedication to the law and her desire to succeed, such as Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Legal Analysis, Real Property Law, and Remedies; the Ernest S. Kinney Scholarship; the Fresno County Bar Association Harry Zekian Scholarship; and the Daryl B. Freedman Bar Study Support Scholarship. Sally graduated with distinction from San Joaquin College of Law in 2015.

Prior to joining the firm as an Associate Attorney, Sally worked fulltime as a law clerk with Hammerschmidt Broughton from 2013 to 2015.

Client Testimonials

  • Mrs. Vecchiarelli was probably the best lawyer we could of obtained for our child. Not only was she extremely professional, but was able to work with the DA to obtain the best outcome for our son. She also has a passion for Juvenile justice and I would recommend her for your child if the need arises.

  • Sally Vecchiarelli is a smart, energetic, professional attorney that I would recommend to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney. I found Sally online while a looking for a juvenile defense attorney for my son. She was also recommended by a drug counseling center that my son had attended. I met with Sally for a consultation and hired her the same day. Her passion for juvenile law was obvious and for me was the deciding factor in hiring her.

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