Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

With nearly 50 years of combined experience, the California criminal defense attorneys at The SoCal Law Network are committed to providing exceptional representation for clients facing a variety of criminal charges in Laguna Hills, Orange County and throughout Southern California.

Facing criminal charges can be a very stressful and frightening experience, whether it is your first time in a courtroom or a subsequent arrest. Our objective is to help ease your fears by keeping you informed throughout the entire legal process and explaining the steps we’ll use to develop a highly strategic, well-planned defense.


As committed and experienced Laguna Hills and Orange County criminal defense attorneys, we believe that each and every client deserves an aggressive and strategic defense. We represent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges, including, but not limited to:

  • Assault cases, including charges of assault and battery or assault with a deadly weapon;
  • Homicide and manslaughter cases;
  • Sex crimes, such as sexual assault and rape;
  • Domestic violence-related cases;
  • Drug arrests, including drug possession or drug possession with an intent to sell charges; and
  • Weapon possession cases;
  • Vandalism cases, including vandalism and malicious destruction of property charges;
  • DUI cases and traffic violations, including revocation hearings and DUI involving alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription medications.

We can assist with every aspect of your case, including bail bonds, defense strategy and case preparation, witness interviews, motions and appeals, plea bargains, trial defense, DMV revocation hearings and post-conviction issues.

The quality of your legal representation can mean the difference between a “not guilty” verdict or case dismissal and a “guilty” verdict that results in serious fines, penalties and even jail time. It’s more than just your freedom at stake; it’s your future. For this reason, we approach every case with great determination and the utmost commitment and compassion.

At The SoCal Law Network, we take great pride in our experience, knowledge and our accomplishments within the Orange County Courts and throughout the other courts in Southern California.

As three very prominent California criminal lawyers, attorneys Alan Castillo, Peter F. Iocona and Marlo Cordero have served as contributing editors for the publication “California Drunk Driving Law” from 2003 to 2016. This important publication is regarded as the “Bible of DUI defense” in the State of California. Involvement with this publication is yet another testament to our collective skill, knowledge and professionalism.

If you’re facing serious legal troubles, trust your case to the experienced Laguna Hills and Orange County criminal defense attorneys at The SoCal Law Network. Obtain a free and fully confidential case evaluation by calling: 949-305-7995 or Toll-Free at: 844-762-2500.

Attorney Alan Castillo – CEO & Senior Trial Lawyer

With over 20 years in practice and experience and more than 100 jury trials, Attorney Alan Castillo has been selected as “One of the Nation’s Top 1% of Attorneys and he was named to the list of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers.” On a more local level, he was voted as one of Orange County’s “Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorneys.” He also maintains a “Superb” or
rating on AVVO – The Attorney-Rating Service.

As one of the more experienced Laguna Hills and Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys, Attorney Alan Castillo has represented clients facing a vast array of misdemeanor and felony charges, ranging from assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and sexual assault, to DUI, drug possession and drug possession with intent to sell.

Attorney Alan Castillo is fluent in Spanish, so he is well-equipped to assist any clients who feel more comfortable dealing in Spanish.

Attorney Alan Castillo graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in 1990. He earned his law degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1994. He also participated in the National College for DUI Defense (presented at Harvard Law School) from 2000 through 2005.

Serving as a California criminal defense lawyer in thousands of cases, Attorney Alan Castillo has worked numerous International Law cases with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He also has experience as an Orange County Deputy Public Defender. Orange County is regarded as one of the most conservative counties in the western United States. This conservative culture poses many challenges to criminal defense attorneys, so it’s a social climate that has afforded Mr. Castillo with an opportunity to refine and perfect his defense skills and strategies in a very unique way.

Notably, Attorney Alan Castillo has presented cases before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in the City of Los Angeles. He has also been involved in legal writings before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As an experienced Laguna Hills and Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer, Alan Castillo maintains a number of designations and memberships too. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA), and the California Association for Criminal Justice (CACJ).

Attorney Peter F. Iocona – CFO & Lead Trial Lawyer in DUI Cases

As the Lead Trial Lawyer with The SoCal Law Network, Attorney Peter F. Iocona has earned some very impressive designations over the course of his career. He has been named as “One of the Nation’s Top 1% of Attorneys” and has received a coveted “10/10” rating or “Superb” by AVVO – the Attorney-Rating Service and has been Rated by “Super Lawyers” and has been named as “One of Orange County’s Top-Rated DUI Defense Attorneys”, as published in the OC Metro Magazine.

Attorney Peter F. Iocona has extensive experience in DUI defense, including in the emerging area of prescription drug-related DUI cases or DUI-Drug cases. These cases typically involve drivers who were arrested for driving after taking their prescribed medications.

A frequent lecturer on the topic of DMV and DUI Defense, Attorney Peter F. Iocona has been “Certified” as a “Standardized Field Sobriety Test Administrator,” a “Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor” and a “Breath Test Administrator – Alco-Sensor IV.” He has also received Drug Recognition Expert training and instruction. Mr. Iocona has even served as an “Expert Panelist” for the Orange County Crime Laboratory on the issue of DUI-Drugs.

Named to the list of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” Attorney Peter F. Iocona is a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA), which has afforded him access to specialized DUI defense training. He was also amongst a select group of California defense attorneys to be named as “One of Orange County’s ‘Top-Rated’ DUI Attorneys.” In 2015 and 2016, he was “Rated” by “Super Lawyers”.

A graduate of Chapman University, Attorney Peter F. Iocona earned an undergraduate degree with a double major in sociology and criminal justice. He went on to attend Whittier School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate Degree.

Additionally, Attorney Peter F. Iocona has written extensively about many issues relating to DUI and DMV proceedings. He routinely offers speaking engagements on topics related to DUI defense in California.

Attorney Marlo Cordero – COO, Law and Motion, Trial Lawyer

innershadowPracticing since her admission to the California State Bar in December 2001, Southern California Defense Lawyer Marlo Cordero defends criminal cases (both misdemeanor and felony), DUI cases and DMV cases.

Ms. Cordero earned an undergraduate degree from Clairmont McKenna in 1996 before earning a law degree from George Washington Law School in 2000. Ms. Cordero participated in the National College for DUI Defense (presented at Harvard Law School) in 2006.

Attorney Marlo Cordero has worked to develop an unparalleled track record, particularly in the area of dismissals based upon motions to suppress, Serna motions and motions to dismiss. She also has significant experience in the area of writs and appeals for criminal cases and DMV Administrative Per Se hearings.

Notably, California Criminal Defense Attorney Marlo Cordero has been cited in California State Supreme Court Opinions. She is a former member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD.) and the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA).

Trust The SoCal Law Network With Your Criminal Defense

It’s a frightening to find yourself facing criminal charges, whether it’s for an assault case, drug possession, DUI or another charge. When your freedom and future is at stake, trust your case to a world-class team of Laguna Hills, California defense lawyers. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at The SoCal Law Network bring more than just refined legal strategies, extensive legal knowledge, and best-in-class defense skills to your case – they also bring nearly five decades of collective experience, compassion and a commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you, their client.

The SoCal Law Network, also known as Castillo, Cordero & Iocona, maintains law offices at 23152 Verdugo Drive #201, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653. Our firm can be reached via email at You can reach us via our toll-free fax line at 866-544-3442 or by calling: 949-305-7995.

The SoCal Law Network is here to represent and defend you when it matters the most. If you’re facing criminal charges, contact our Laguna Hills and Orange County criminal defense lawyers today to arrange a free and confidential consultation session by calling 949-305-7995; or, call toll-free at: 844-762-2500.