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Fresno Criminal Attorney Michael Mckneely

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Fresno Criminal Attorney

Being arrested for a crime can have devastating effects on your life.

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All of a sudden, everything you’ve worked for is in jeopardy. If you’re convicted, you could lose your freedom, your job, and your family. You know you need to find a good criminal attorney in Fresno, but you may not be sure how to find the best attorney for you.

A good criminal attorney has courtroom trial experience and much more. That’s what you’ll learn when you contact McKneely Law Firm about defending your criminal charge. Attorney Michael McKneely is a seasoned defense attorney with more than 15 years of legal experience, and more than a decade of real courtroom experience as a prosecutor, court-appointed defense lawyer, and private criminal attorney.

Mike also has a genuine compassion for people charged with crimes and he wants to help get your life back on track by assisting you through the complicated criminal justice system.

He’ll be there for you personally every step of the way, from the moment you call him until your case is finished.

The consequences of a conviction are incredibly serious, but with Michael McKneely on your side, you have an attorney who will fight his hardest to get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact McKneely Law Firm today for your free consultation. When you get to know Mike, you’ll see that he’s the right Fresno criminal attorney for you.

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“I treat my clients with dignity and respect while aggressively fighting to protect their freedom.”

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Mike McKneely


Aggressive Defense of Your Case

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 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 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 attorney in Fresno with proven trial experience, contact McKneely Law now.

Possible Outcomes to a Criminal Charge

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

Free Consultation

Mike knows that it’s important to you to find the right attorney when you’re worried about a criminal charge. That’s why McKneely Law Firm 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.

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Compassion You Deserve

Mike McKneely approaches each case with the recognition that your charge does not define who you are.

Good people — innocent people — are accused of crimes all the time. Sometimes, people end up with charges because of circumstances beyond their control, like an addiction or a mental health issue. Mike understands that anyone can hit a bump in the road and that they deserve compassion when that happens.

Mike believes that every person charged with a crime deserves the strongest possible defense and the chance to prove their innocence. He’s committed to listening to you with sensitivity and respect, and making sure that the judge and jury hears the whole story of your case and not just the version the prosecutors want to present.

Your Rights

When you’re arrested for a crime, you may feel like the officers have all the power. They try to make it feel that way. But our constitution was written with you in mind. You have certain rights from the moment you are contacted by police. A criminal defense lawyer can help protect those rights and hold police accountable when your rights are violated.

when you’ve been charged, you have the right to:

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

Practice Areas

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

Mike will leave no stone unturned in your defense.

Fresno Sexual Assault Lawyer

Being charged with a sex crime can be chilling.

Even an accusation that you committed a rape, molestation, or sexual assault can cause whispers and stares among your friends and family. You may find yourself alone as you face the terrifying prospect of a lengthy sentence and being branded a sex offender for life.

But you don’t have to go through this alone. Michael McKneely has a proven history of defending people charged with difficult sex crimes in California and obtaining the best possible outcome for these complex and emotionally fraught cases. Now, more than ever, you need someone who will listen to your side of the story and be your advocate. Mike is that person. Call McKneely Law Firm now at to get Mike on your side in your sex crimes case.

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Fresno Fraud Lawyer

A fraud charge can have a tremendous impact on your life.

Because fraud is a crime that involves deceit, a conviction can mean you lose the trust of employers, friends, and family. The best way to avoid the damage of a fraud conviction is with the help of a talented criminal defense attorney.

Mike McKneely has extensive experience handling fraud, theft, and embezzlement charges, in courts in Fresno and the surrounding areas. He knows what’s at stake and that your fraud charge may have resulted from a simple misunderstanding of the facts, a mistake, or a one-time bad decision in a moment of desperation. The sooner you contact Mike, the sooner he can start working to help you beat your fraud charge. Call , or use the online contact firm, to schedule your consultation now.

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Fresno Felony Lawyer

Felony offenses are the most serious.

Felony offenses are the most serious and the most harshly punished. If you’ve been charged with a felony, you need the help of a Fresno criminal lawyer who knows how to fight felony charges. Attorney Mike McKneely has the experience and the skill you need. He has tried dozens of felony cases in his time as a prosecutor and defense lawyer and has a thorough understanding of how these cases work and how to build the best possible defense for you.

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Areas Served

McKneely Law Firm 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 attorney in one of the following areas, Mike can help fight your charge.

  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Clovis
  • Fresno County
  • Visalia
  • Tulare County
  • Madera
  • Madera County
  • Tulare
  • Porterville
  • Sanger
  • Reedley
  • Selma
  • Chowchilla