Attorney Profile

Jeffrey B. Hayden

Jeffrey Hayden

Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Hayden
333 Bradford Street, Suite 130
Redwood City, CA 94063

Redwood City

California (CA)

Contact Contact Jeffrey B. Hayden
T: 650-368-5700
F: 650-368-5736

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (100%)

Criminal Defense


My practice centers on criminal defense, juvenile delinquency defense, juvenile dependency cases and defending Landermann-Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorship cases.  Much of my caseload is by court appointment for legally indigent defendants; the appointed counsel program assigns me mostly serious felony cases, juvenile delinquency cases, juvenile dependency cases, and LPS conservatorship cases.  The balance of my practice consists of retained and Pro Bono cases.  I take on civil and/or administrative cases, that are substantially related to my criminal defense practice, such as taking care of a traffic citation for a client facing criminal charges, defending civil contempt proceedings or opposing restraining orders.  I have represented a local police agency in termination proceedings before the Police Commission and at arbitration.  I pride myself not just on the results that I have achieved, but also:

            My A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell,maintained for over ten years, and being listed in their “Bar Register,” limited to the top 5% of lawyers they have rated.

             That I was named to Northern California Super Lawyers 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 and to San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers 2013.

            My rating of 10.0/10.0.

            Being certified as a criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California.

            That, by appointment of the Board of Governors, I served on, and later chaired, the Criminal Law    Advisory Commission.  I now serve on the Board of Legal Specialization.

            Providing a public service in that many of my cases are court appointed, and I defend additional cases either for free or for a greatly reduced rate while never compromising the quality of representation I        provide.

            Knowing that I defend the cases vigorously, yet ethically I have never had any court, co-counsel or opposing counsel question my word or my ethics.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2009

About Jeffrey Hayden

Admitted: 1990, California

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Calif.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, California Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
  • 2012 Secretary, 2013 Treasurer, 2014 Vice President, 2015 President San Mateo County Bar Association , 2012
  • Chair, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California, 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2007-2013
  • Commissioner, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, 2008-2012 Chair 2012
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, California Public Defenders Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, State Bar of California
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association 2008-present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rotary Club of Redwood City 2012-, 2012
  • Regular Attorney Participant  KALW's  Call A Lawyer, a radio program with a monthly call-in off-air service providing free consultation with a certified specialist attorney
  • Regular Attorney Participant:    Community Law Night, a joint venture of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Superior Court
  • San Mateo County Superior Court  Animal Cruelty Task Force, Member, 2007 - present
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, Traffic & Small Claims    Jan. 2006 - present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • People v. J.D.  (2011) Mentally Disordered Offender commitment trial.  They wanted to send him to the mental health system.  He wanted out.  We prevailed at trial, and he remains free., 2011
  • People v. S.L. (2010) Mental health commitment case. They thought he was dangerous and wanted to commit him to a mental health facility for his own protection. After trial, he walks out a free man., 2010
  • People v. J.P-U. (2009). Sentenced to life after being tried and convicted of child sexual abuse. Based on my motion in the trial court, the case was reversed on appeal. The case was retried and the client was convicted of misdemeanor battery only and credited for time served. No prison sentence, no sex-offender registration and no felony conviction., 2009
  • People v. G.R. (2008). 16 year old facing multiple life sentences for "Kidnap for Rape" and "Rape Causing Great Bodily Injury." After a three month trial, G.R. was acquitted of all charges and allegations which would have led to life imprisonment. He'll be punished, but only for what he did; he was acquitted of the most serious charges and allegations., 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Named to Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California.  2008 - present Chair Sept. 2011 to Oct. 2012

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White Papers

Revisiting the Three Strikes Law - (2011)

In the 1990s, a gruesome crime resulted in a backlash against the California justice system which spurred sentencing reform and the Three Strikes law. Today, it is not a concern over equity, but an expensive and overcrowded prison system that invites some to call for reforms.

Mobile Devices Fair Game for Police Searches, The Recorder, March 11, 2011 - (2011)

Contrary to developing body of federal court caselaw, the California Supreme Court holds that no warrant is needed to access contents of a cell phone confiscated during an arrest, even if the search of that cell phone is not made at the time of arrest.

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