Michael McKneely

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Attorney Michael McKneely is a compassionate and dedicated litigator who provides criminal defense for good people in central California and in federal courts across the country. He puts his extensive experience to work in difficult cases involving cutting edge technology and the most complex legal issues at the forefront of criminal law.No case is too big or too small for Mike. He readily accepts challenges, working with defendants facing a multitude of charges, including sex crimes, drug crimes, federal offenses, fraud, theft, assault, felonies, property crimes, juvenile offenses, traffic offenses, and weapons crimes. He helps clients dealing with substance abuse, mental health problems, and other complicated issues navigate the criminal justice system and works to minimize the future consequences of having been charged with crime.Mike has valuable experience defending cases on behalf of clients throughout California and in federal courts across the United States. He is particularly passionate about working with the wrongly accused and those who are seeking to change their lives for the better.He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and studied law in Sacramento at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. After a few years in civil litigation and property law, Mike became a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno, where he saw the effects of prosecutorial abuse on people who were trying to recover in the face of serious charges. He switched sides to defend clients who need a second chance.His passion for fighting for those who need support led him to begin his own practice in 2007.He is a public speaking champion, traveling as far as Cape Town, South Africa to compete in collegiate speech and debate. This experience, as well as the time he served as a juror the week after he took the bar exam, was key to his becoming a trial lawyer. He enjoys a challenge and strives to achieve the best results possible for clients in any situation.Mike grew up in Fresno in a family of airline and commercial pilots. He continues to enjoy flying as a hobby today. He spends time with his wife Karen, his family, and their four rescue dogs and a cat. He enjoys traveling, reading, and he roots for the Miami Dolphins.

Areas of Practice (34)

  • Sex Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Drug Charges
  • Weapons Crimes
  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Felony
  • Property Crimes
  • DUI & Traffic Offenses
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI/DWI
  • Death Penalty
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Expungements
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Traffic Violations
  • Vehicular Homicide

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
559-548-1707  Phone
(559) 443-7442  Phone
(559) 860-0150  Fax
www.fresnocriminalattorney.com
University Attended:
Colgate University, A.B., 1998
Law School Attended:
McGeorge School of Law, J.D., Verne Adrian and Annabel McGeorge Academic Scholarship, 2001
Year of First Admission:
2001
Admission:
2007, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2016, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2001, California
Memberships:
American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Public Defenders Association; Fresno County Bar Association
Languages:
English
ISLN:
916139528
Hobbies & interests:
Mike grew up in Fresno in a family of airline and commercial pilots. He continues to enjoy flying as a hobby today. He spends time with his wife Karen, his family, and their four rescue dogs and a cat. He enjoys traveling, reading, and he roots for the Miami Dolphins.
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