Pasadena Criminal Defense Lawyer


Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney Max Gorby has more than 19 years of experience defending individuals against criminal charges that originate from the Pasadena Superior Courthouse.  If you have been arrested in the Pasadena area, you will need a lawyer who has experience in dealing with the Pasadena Police Department, the Pasadena branch of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and the Pasadena City Prosecutor’s Office.  Criminal Defense Attorney Max Gorby has been successful in contacting these agencies before going to court in an effort to have your criminal charges dismissed before the initial court date.

Call Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney Max Gorby at (323) 477-2819

You are innocent unless proven guilty and the burden of proving your guilt rests entirely upon the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Pasadena Branch.  It may be possible to reduce the charges against you to a lesser offense or otherwise negotiate an alternative resolution to your case.  I can help answer some of the questions you may have regarding your case, such as:

  • Did the police violate my constitutional rights?
  • What are the next steps in the legal process?
  • What are the chances of accomplishing a reduction in the charges?
  • Is it possible to be incarcerated for my alleged offense?
  • Are there any alternative programs to avoid possible incarceration?

When you are looking for a lawyer, you need aggressive and experienced counsel to successfully defend your rights.  I have handled countless criminal cases in the Pasadena Superior Court.  When you are facing criminal charges, don’t risk your liberty and future.

Call Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney Max Gorby at (323) 477-2819

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Pasadena Courthouse
300 East Walnut St.
Pasadena, Ca. 91101

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Pasadena County Building – Northeast District Superior Court

The Prosecution division is responsible for the following:

  • Prosecutes misdemeanor offenses occurring in the City of Pasadena arising out of violations of State or City law
  • Provides information to citizens on prosecution and procedure
  • Drafts and files criminal complaints in Municipal court
  • Conducts office hearings, pretrial hearings, court and jury trials
  • Represents the People of the State in motions, writs and appeals
  • Advises and trains law enforcement
Pasadena City Attorney’s Office
100 N. Garfield Ave., Suite N-210
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: (626) 744-4141

The Pasadena Police Department  is required to forward every family violence report to the Pasadena City Attorney’s office, for review and tracking in an effort to curb the violence in Pasadena.

The Pasadena Chief of Police is Phillip L. Sanchez.  Chief Sanchez has an extensive background in police tactics and community policing. He has received the Santa Monica Police Department Medal of Courage twice for heroic actions during tactical operations. He served as the incident commander for several critical incidents, including a hostage situation at the Santa Monica Pier in 2004. He is also the recipient of the department’s Medal of Merit for development of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). He has been honored as Officer of the Year by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, the Optimist Club of Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Elks.


The Pasadena Police’s Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of four sections; Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Special Enforcement Section (SES), and the Forensic Section. Combined, the sections are staffed with 77 people, including 3 lieutenants, 1 administrator, and 7 sergeants. There are currently 20 Crimes Against Persons Detectives, 8 Crimes Against Property Detectives, including one arson investigator from the Pasadena Fire Department, and 9 Detectives assigned to our Special Investigation Unit (Vice/Narcotics). The additional personnel are assigned to SES and the Forensic team.

Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (626) 744-4501

Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office in the Pasadena Branch is currently held by Stanley Shimotsu.


The land now famous for the Tournament of Roses, the Rose Bowl, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and California Institute of Technology, was once occupied by the Hahamogna Tribe of Native Americans. Subsisting on local game and vegetation, the Hahamognas lived in villages scattered along the Arroyo Seco and the canyons from the mountains down to the South Pasadena area. With the arrival of the Spaniards and the establishment of the San Gabriel Mission on September 8, 1771, most of the Native Americans were converted and provided labor for the mission.

The San Gabriel Mission, the fourth in California, grew to be prosperous, with abundant orchards, vineyards and herds. The vast lands which it administered for the Spanish Crown were divided into ranchos. After the rule of California passed from Spain to Mexico, the Mexican government in 1833 secularized the mission lands and awarded them to individuals. The northeast corner of San Gabriel Mission, consisting of the 14,000 acres known as Rancho el Rincon de San Pascual, had previously been gifted in 1826 by the padres to Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen, noted for her advanced age as well as her devoted service to the mission. On February 18, 1835, it was formally granted by the Mexican government to her husband, Don Juan Mariné. He and his sons subsequently lost the land which changed ownership a few more times before being granted on November 28, 1843, by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to his good friend, Colonel Manuel Garfias, son of a distinguished Mexican family.