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Hayden Smith

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Extensive Experience & Insights to Fight Your Charges

Hayden has been practicing criminal law exclusively for 10 years. After learning the ropes in Fresno courts for a year or two, Hayden started his own practice in Merced. There, he represented clients in all manner of cases, from DUIs to homicides, sex allegations, gang crimes of all types, and domestic violence and gun-related charges.

In Merced, Hayden worked hard and earned the respect of clients, fellow defense lawyers, Deputy District Attorneys, and judges, and had a reputation as a "stand-up guy," His client list grew with his reputation.

Courtroom Successes

Wishing to be closer to his nephews, Hayden said goodbye to a thriving practice there, and moved to Visalia, where he set up an office in 2015. He enjoyed immediate success, winning a trial alleging serious violence against a juvenile in front of a judge (these are called "adjudications" and the DA wins about 98% of these. Hayden won a robbery and shooting adjudication in Merced, walking two clients out the door after a five day battle).

Since then, he went to trial in Tulare County - this time on a robbery charge - and his client was found not guilty. Hayden remains undefeated in the last 4 years at trial. While most cases are settled by plea bargain (in rare cases, dismissal), the backdrop of every case is trial. So, outstanding trial lawyers get better deals.

Hayden went to UCLA as an undergraduate and law school in San Diego. Rugby and membership in the Theta XI fraternity rounded out academics at UCLA. Hayden excelled in law school, but stopped to smell the roses in the best city on earth.

To benefit from our Visalia criminal defense lawyer's reputation and experience, call the Law Office of Hayden G. Smith today at (559) 250-2150 for a free phone consultation.


  • The Central Valley's Go To Attorney

      5.0 stars Posted byJennifer May 20, 2017 I am a regular woman in my 30's, raising my two boys, had never been in any trouble in my life when I did something very foolish. I had no idea that quick act of stupidity was going to land me in jail with 2 felony counts. Scared o...
  • Thank you Mr. Smith as a mother I am forever grateful!

    My son who was in trouble for the first time in his life was faced with severe consequences. This is when we turned to Attorney Hayden Smith. Not only did he do everything within his power he was also very compassionate and his will and want to help us was just amazing. When all was said and done...
  • Smith fought for me and I was able to walk away without any jail time whatsoever.

    Smith provided excellent representation in my case. I had a felony strike charged against me carrying prison time that was going to ruin my life. Smith fought for me and I was able to walk away without any jail time whatsoever. Thanks Hayden Smith.

Law Office of Hayden G. Smith

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