About The Firm
Richard Wingerden’s interest in the legal profession was sparked while he was an undergraduate in political science at San Jose State University. His legal experience began in 1991 when he worked as an intern for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. This position provided him with firsthand experience in the criminal justice system, which solidified his commitment to the legal profession.
While in law school, Mr. Wingerden continued to work in the criminal justice system as an Own Recognizance Release Specialist at the Santa Clara County Office of Pretrial Services. As an Own Recognizance Release Specialist, Mr. Wingerden was assigned to the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections where he worked with judges to evaluate inmates to determine their suitability for release on their own recognizance or setting of bail. This valuable experience allowed Mr. Wingerden to become even more familiar with the criminal judicial system and understand the pain and vulnerability of nearly every inmate in the correctional system, as well as helped him develop strong relationships and respect with judges, prosecutors and officers.
Today, Mr. Wingerden has successfully developed his practice with particular expertise in representing clients facing all types of crimes from serious and complex felonies to misdemeanors such as crimes of violence from the most basic battery cases to domestic violence, serious assaults, drug possession and sales, theft, burglary, robbery, white collar crimes, three-strikes law matters and other violent crimes, DUI, juvenile matters, representing domestic violence victims, record clearance and much more. Mr. Wingerden will bring his expert and aggressive style in representing all of his clients to the fullest.
Mr. Wingerden is also known for his knowledge of the often-confusing Juvenile Court System and has expertise in Public School disciplinary actions and expulsions in California.
Mr. Wingerden is very knowledgeable in the area of estate planning. As your lawyer, the main goal is to execute a legal document that clearly preserves the client’s wishes and will stand the test of time. Mr. Wingerden is very understanding of the importance and one’s stress in dealing with what happens to their loved ones and assets after they are gone. The client will receive a thoughtful and thorough explanation of the process. Based on the client’s individual wants and needs, Mr. Wingerden will execute a will, trust, power of attorney, advanced health care directive and other documents to satisfy those needs.
When Mr. Wingerden is not in the courtroom or drafting documents for clients, he enjoys time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, gardening, playing sports as well as coaching lacrosse and soccer.