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Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you’re facing drug charges, felonies, federal criminal charges or any other type of crime, attorney Michael McKneely has genuine compassion for people charged with a broad range of crimes. He can get your life back on track by helping you through the California criminal justice system.

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Attorney Michael McKneely is a criminal defense lawyer in Fresno, CA with more than 15 years of legal experience, and more than a decade of real courtroom experience as a prosecutor, court-appointed attorney, and private criminal defense lawyer.

Accused of a crime? Whether it’s a shoplifting or DUI charge, an embezzlement or manslaughter charge, Fresno criminal defense attorney Mike McKneely may be able to give your case the best defense it deserves. To learn how Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer can best represent you or your loved one, call (559) 443-7442.

Being arrested for a crime can have devastating effects on your life. If you’re convicted, you may lose your freedom, your job, or your family. When you need to find a lawyer in Fresno, but you’re not sure how to find the right attorney for you, ask questions; do your research.

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Criminal cases can move quickly during both the investigative phase and in court if charges are filed. Mike McKneely knows that time is of the essence in your legal matter. That’s why he gets to work immediately to gain a thorough understanding of the case prosecutors and police are building against you. Even the smallest detail can be the key to your acquittal. Mike will leave no stone unturned in your defense. He will tell your story to the judge and jury and aggressively challenge the government’s case.

Experienced Trial Lawyer

When your freedom is at stake, you don’t want a defense attorney who rarely sees the inside of a courtroom or hasn’t tried a case to jury. The courtroom is where most criminal cases are won. You need a lawyer with substantial criminal trial experience in the court where your case is pending. Michael McKneely has that experience in Fresno, California and the surrounding areas.

Mike has spent the vast majority of his legal career in courtrooms fighting daily for his clients. He has tried cases both as a prosecutor and a court-appointed defense attorney before opening his private practice. He has a thorough understanding of the process of a criminal case and how to get you the best possible outcome. For an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fresno, CA with proven trial experience, contact Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer now at (559) 443-7442.

Possible Outcomes to a Criminal Charge

  • Case dismissed
  • Charges or sentence reduced through negotiation
  • Acquittal at trial
  • Conviction

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Mike knows that it’s important to you to find the right, local attorney when you’re worried about a criminal charge. That’s why Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer offers a free consultation about your case. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to Mike about your charge, hear your options, and decide that Mike is the lawyer to fight for you.

Contact Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer at (559) 443-7442 to schedule your appointment today.


A Compassionate FRESNO Criminal Defense Attorney

Mike McKneely approaches each case with the understanding that your charge does not define you.

Good people — innocent people — are accused of crimes all the time. Sometimes, people are charged because of circumstances beyond their control, like an addiction or mental health issue. Mike understands that anyone can hit a bump in the road, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to compassion and the strongest possible defense. He’s committed to listening to you with sensitivity and respect, and making sure that the judge and jury hear the whole story – not just the version the prosecutors want to present.

Pursuing Justice in Domestic Violence Cases

As an experienced domestic violence lawyer, Mike knows all too well that the reality of being charged with domestic violence is very different than most assume. These allegations can arise from almost any heated situation involving those closest to you. However, due to social and political pressure, decent individuals are often left dealing with life-changing consequences. But, it does not have to end that way. By working with a skilled domestic violence attorney, you can present the facts and set the record straight.

Your Rights after an arrest

When you’re arrested, you may feel like the officers have all the power. They certainly try to make it feel that way, but our constitution was written with you in mind. Regardless of the charges or accusations, you have certain rights from the moment you are contacted by police or members of law enforcement.

These rights are meant to protect you and ensure fair treatment under the law. A Fresno criminal defense lawyer can help preserve and assert those rights, holding police as well as prosecutors accountable when your rights are violated.

If you have been charged with a crime, you have the right to:

  • Remain Silent
  • Consult an Attorney
  • A Speedy Trial
  • Due Process
  • Know Your Charges
  • Be Free of Unreasonable Searches and Seizures

Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Sex Crimes

Charges of sexual assault, rape, molestation, solicitation, or other sex offenses can risk labelling you as a sex offender and changing your life forever.

Federal Crimes

Federal criminal charges require a trustworthy attorney who truly understands the U.S. federal justice system.

Firearms Crimes

Weapons charges like unlawful possession of a firearm or violating an open carry law can have significant penalties in California if you’re convicted.

Theft Crimes

Don’t let a federal theft or shoplifting charge ruin your life. Mike McKneely can help.


Embezzlement, conspiracy, unauthorized credit card use, money laundering, and other “white-collar” crimes are very serious charges.


Assault and domestic violence charges often result from heightened emotions. With a skilled assault and domestic violence lawyer, you may be able to avoid very damaging penalties

Felony Crimes

Crimes such as murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, and robbery can lead to severe consequences.

Property Crimes

Crimes resulting in property damage such as arson and vandalism can be serious criminal offenses.

DUI & Traffic Offenses

You may have options for protecting yourself and your drivers license if you’re a facing DUI conviction in California.

Juvenile Crimes

Mike McKneely is an experienced juvenile justice attorney who will fight for a youth’s best interests in court.

All Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Even the smallest detail can be the key to your acquittal.

Mike will leave no stone unturned in your defense.

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Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer is based in Fresno, but Mike McKneely provides criminal defense in many of the surrounding cities and counties – and in federal courts nationwide. If you need a criminal defense attorney in one of the following areas, Mike can help fight your charge.

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