Kareem S. Aref

(844) 325-1444 · Email

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Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating
California Assault & Battery Attorney Awards: Findlaw 5 Star Rating, Google 5 Star Rating

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal and DUI Defense
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Professional License Criminal Defense
  • Noncitizen Criminal Defense


Former Prosecutor now on your side

  • Highly experienced former Prosecutor
  • Has handled thousands of cases and jury trials
  • Highly skilled in criminal and DUI defense
  • Professional license criminal defense for physicians, nurses, dentists, and all California professional license holders
  • Criminal immigration defense for noncitizens
  • Licensed to practice all matters in California
  • Admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in California

Experience you can trust

When you or a loved one needs an experienced attorney to protect your freedom and future, Kareem Aref is the defense attorney you can count on to skillfully defend your rights and fight your case. As a former Prosecutor, Mr. Aref has the inside knowledge of the system, relationships, and legal skills to secure the best possible outcome for you.

Mr. Aref has spent years becoming an expert on the criminal justice system and now puts that knowledge to work for his clients daily. He approaches every case with an exhaustive eye for detail to ensure he catches everything prosecutors miss.

His stature in the legal community has helped him build relationships with District Attorneys, court staff, and judges to ensure that he can effectively achieve the best possible outcome for every client.

When you retain Mr. Aref, you bring the full force of his extensive experience, investigative resources, and knowledge of the system to help win your case. Client reviews and lawyer ratings organizations consistently rank Chudnovsky Law among the top-rated law firms in California.

Exceptional track record

During his years as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Aref prosecuted thousands of crimes, from basic misdemeanors to the most serious felony offenses. With countless motions, preliminary hearings, and cases under his belt, Mr. Aref knows how the Prosecutor will construct their case against you and how to build the best defense strategy.

Mr. Aref seamlessly moves between arguing facts and law and utilizing his inside knowledge of the system in a skillful presentation of your case to the judge or Prosecutor to secure the most favorable result.

Mr. Aref’s most impressive talent is his trial work. If your case needs to be decided by a jury, you can rest assured that you are in the capable hands of a nationally recognized trial advocate. Mr. Aref’s experience will help achieve the best outcome possible. He is prepared to skillfully challenge prosecution evidence presented against you and aggressively fight your case at trial.

Criminal and DUI defense

Kareem Aref has an outstanding track record of client successes and a reputation as a phenomenal trial lawyer that works tirelessly for his clients. He handles all phases of criminal prosecution, including pre-filing defense to stop the case before it begins, pre-trial defense to resolve the matter before it gets to trial, and trial defense.

Mr. Aref will carefully weigh all the factors in your case, develop the most effective defense strategy, and anticipate the prosecutor’s moves and mistakes to create the best opportunity for you to beat the case.

Mr. Aref is well versed in all criminal cases and is ready to defend his clients against any type of criminal charge, including:

  • Misdemeanor defense, felony defense
  • Serious felony and “strike” offenses
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and felony DUI
  • Vehicular homicide
  • DUI causing great bodily injury
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Licensed professionals charged with crimes
  • Drug possession and/or sales
  • Noncitizen criminal defense
  • Fraud and White-Collar cases
  • Federal crimes
  • Homicide

Over his career, Mr. Aref has handled virtually every type of misdemeanor and felony criminal case, including drug crimes, theft, robbery, burglary, shoplifting, sex crimes, domestic violence, assault, battery, insurance fraud, weapons charges, attempted murders, arsons, embezzlements, rapes, and crimes against law enforcement officers.

Service area

Attorney Kareem Aref handles criminal defense cases throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.


Kareem Aref has an undergraduate degree from the University of California Riverside in Psychology, Law, and Society which helps him understand how people think and determine the best case presentation strategy. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Aref was President of the University of California Student Association. He represented hundreds of thousands of people statewide and fought for criminal justice reform at all levels.

Mr. Aref earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law with distinctions as Order of the Barrister, Top Gun National Bar Association (an honor granted to 16 individual advocates nationwide each year), and for his efforts in public service and pro bono work.

Kareem served as the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, representing all law students nationwide.

Since law school, Mr. Aref’s excellence in oral and trial advocacy has led to invitations to coach the University of California Davis Law School’s Mock Trial Teams through various competitions. He is one of the most decorated trial advocates to graduate from UC Davis’ King Hall.

Mr. Aref graduated from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Prosecutor’s Academy with distinctions for best closing argument. To further enhance his skills, he has completed numerous training programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the California District Attorneys Association, and various police departments.

Professional profiles

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