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John Kevin Cotter

43 years, mostly Calif. criminal defense, trials and appeals. Now: only appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • California
Claimed Lawyer Profile

BA, MA (History) - UCLA
JD - University of California, College of the Law (formerly named: "Hastings College of the Law"), San Francisco

Civil and criminal litigation, over 43 years.
2+ misspent years working for civil firms; year as a Committee Consultant for the State Assembly, California Legislature; 15+ years working for the Sacramento County Public Defender, self-employed the rest of the time.

Mostly criminal defense, trials and appeals ... 68 criminal jury trials, hundreds of criminal appeals. California and Federal (US District Courts, 9th Circuit, USSC).
I do criminal appeals and writs only these days; California only, no Federal cases.

Happily divorced (after 8 years of marriage) since 2016 ... freedom and sanity are WONDERFUL.

Univ of California at Los Angeles
Undergraduate Degree
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University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 88163
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 88163
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Practice Area
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals
Contact & Map
1017 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 837-5252
Fax: (916) 442-3735
John K. Cotter, Attorney at Law
1017 L Street #440
(mailing address ... I abandoned the fancy, expensive office in the previous century.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 837-5252
Notice: I ONLY do work on cases where I am appointed by the Sacramento County Superior Court.