San Bernardino County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Michael Scafiddi

Top-notch criminal defense attorney for all San Bernardino and Riverside County courthouses, including the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center, Banning, Fontana, Joshua Tree, Barstow and Victorville.

Scafiddi

San Bernardino County criminal defense attorney Michael Scafiddi enjoys an ideal background for defending those accused of crimes: he's a former police officer and police sergeant. Attorney Scafiddi uses the real-life experience and insight he gained in law enforcement now to serve his criminal defense clients.

As a police officer, Mr. Scafiddi investigated a wide range of criminal cases from DUI to child abuse to robbery to carjacking. He gained a reputation as a straightforward and honest, yet relentless crime-solver.

Now as a San Bernardino criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Scafiddi brings the same tenacity and street-smarts to the task of assisting clients charged with crimes. Knowing how the police put together criminal cases, he's better able to devise strategies to fight the cases.

Criminal defense lawyer Scafiddi also enjoys a great rapport with people throughout the court system. He is on a first-name basis with many of the judges, prosecutors, probation officers and police detectives throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Mr. Scafiddi's Resume:

EDUCATION

John Jay High School- Graduated June 1976

Brooklyn College-September 1976 thru June 1978

Chaffey College-Associate Science Degree-June 1991

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Basic Law Enforcement Academy- April 1980

California Southern Law School-Bachelors of Science in Law- June 1995

California Southern Law School-Juris Doctor-June 1996

SPECIAL COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

Juvenile Law Institute (8 hour MCLE seminar WIC 602/300 January 2004)

Juvenile Institute Seminar (WIC 602/300 MCLE - Jan 2002)

60 hours of mandatory continuing law education since 2000

California College-Advanced Techniques in Collision Reconstruction

Rio Hondo College Special Weapons and Tactics

Department of Justice, Certificate of Training-Street Gang Activity

Department of Justice Certificate of Training-Prison Gang Activity

Department of Justice Certificate of Training-Narcotic Enforcement for Police Officers

Chaffey College Advanced Officer Training Certificate

Rio Hondo College Ethnic Relations/Gangs

CGIA-Certificate of Training Street Gang Investigations

National Law Enforcement Institute Gang Seminar

Clandestine Lab Seminar

Police Officers Standards and Training Police Supervisor School

Police Officers Standards and Training Police Management School

Over 100 hours of Special Instruction MCLE's on Criminal Defense and DUI matters
(Additional classes attended too numerous to list)

EMPLOYMENT

President
Law Offices of Michael A. Scafiddi, Inc.
February 2003-present
Owner
Law Offices of Michael A. Scafiddi San Bernardino, Ca
1997-2003
Of Counsel
Law Offices of William D. Shapiro San Bernardino, CA
1997-2003
Owner
Scafiddi Investigations San Bernardino, CA
1992-present
Police Sergeant
Banning Police Department 1988-1992
Hired in April 1988 as Police Corporal. Served multiple positions with Department                             including Gang Liaison Officer, Reserve Coordinator. Promoted to Sergeant                             in September 1989. Retired with a knee injury in November 1992 with full                             honors and C.C. W. Permit
1988-1992
Traffic School Instructor
Pacific Seminar Traffic School Walnut Creek, CA
1989-1993
Senior Investigator
Acme Investigations San Bernardino, CA
1987-1988
Police Officer II
Ontario Police Department Ontario, CA
Hired in January 1980 as a Police Officer. Served numerous positions with                             Department including Gang Officer, Officer "Ollie" puppet show, Training                             Officer, Traffic Officer. Promoted to Police Officer II in January 1987.
1980-1987

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Past Program Coordinator for the delinquency program at the University California Riverside, extension program, Department of Law and Public Policy.

Past Guest Instructor at the University California Riverside, extension program, Law and Public Policy seminars, introduction to personal injury.

Current Co-chair Person, San Bernardino County Bar Association's criminal law section.

Current Member California State Bar Association

Past Member Consumer Attorneys of California

Current Member San Bernardino County Bar Association

Current Executive Officer San Bernardino County Bar Association (President elect 2007)

Current Member Retired Police Officers Research Association of California (RPORAC)

Past President Banning Police Officers Association- 1989-1990

Past Vice President Banning Police Officers Association - 1988-1989

Past Member West End Gang Investigators Association

Past Member Inland Empire Gang Investigators Association

Past Member California Prison Gang Task Force

Past Member California Gang Investigators Association

Past Member Police Officers Research Association of California (Porac)

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES

California State Bar #188567

Police Officers Standards and Training Basic Certificate #19440

Police Officers Standards and Training Intermediate Certificate #20987

Police Officers Standards and Training Advanced Certificate #29566

Police Officers Standards and Training Supervisory Certificate #S14826

Traffic School Instructors License #TV 103 501

Private Investigator, California License #AA 012758

AWARDS

Life Saving Award, Ontario Police Department

Officer of the Year, Banning Police Department

California Southern Law School Scholastic Achievement Award Commercial Law

California Southern Law School Scholastic Achievement Award Wills

California Southern Law School Scholastic Achievement Award Real Property

California Southern Law School Scholastic Achievement Award Trusts

EXPERTISE

Court Certified Expert on Street Gangs, Municipal and Superior Courts of San Bernardino County (1981)

Court Certified Drug Recognition Expert, Municipal and Superior Court of San Bernardino County (1982)

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Board of Directors - San Bernardino County Bar Association, - 2004 to current. (President elect 2007)

Board of Directors - Cedar House, - January 2005 to current (first Vice- President                     2006-2007)

School Board Member - Aquinas High School, San Bernardino, CA - 2002 to present

Current Vice President Board of Directors San Bernardino County Legal Aid

Society - 1999 to present

Manager Highland Girls Softball League - 1997

Coach Highland Little League - 1996 - 1997

Head Coach St. Adelaide's School JV Basketball - 1996-2000

Head coach St. Adelaide's Varsity Basketball - 2000-2002

Head Coach St. Adelaide's Junior Varsity Football - 1996-2000

Head Coach St. Adelaide's Varsity Football - 2000-2002

INTERNSHIPS

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE
September 1995 to February 1996

CHINO OFFICE
Duties: Prepare Violation of Probation Complaints, appeared in court and handled felony preliminary hearing and PC 1000 (drug diversion) hearings.

REFERENCES

Garza, Garza & Pacheco 290 North "D" Street, Suite 901
(Florentino Garza, Esq.) San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 888-1733

Honorable Douglas E. Weathers, Esq. 4050 Main Street
Judge Riverside County Superior Court Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 955-1960

Law Offices of William D. Shapiro 432 North Arrowhead Avenue
(William D. Shapiro, Esq.) San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 888-0102

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