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John K. Hinely

Attorney at Law
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Colusa Office: (530) 458-2950
Lake Office: (707) 995-7006
Fax: (530) 619-0220

317 5th St
Colusa, California 95932

55 1st St #206
Lakeport, California 95453

After 14 years in Law Enforcement, and working under contract for the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Hinely was determined to become a Criminal Defense Attorney.

Mr. Hinely returned to school at California State University-Chico, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, with an emphasis on Legal Studies; then continued his education at Cal-Northern School of Law in Chico, California.

Upon completion of law school, Mr. Hinely sat for the California State Bar exam and passed on the first attempt.

Mr. Hinely opened a private law practice, while also serving as a Contract Public Defender. During this time, Mr. Hinely recognized that the Public Defender Offices were extremely impacted and forced to handle many more cases than could be appropriately researched, investigated, and prepared for court. People accused of crimes were falling victim to Public Defender Offices that were so overworked that it was impossible to give the attention to detail that each case deserved.

Subsequently, Mr. Hinely made the decision to terminate the Public Defender position and focus on his private practice, providing clients with the time and care needed to appropriately prepare their case for court; and at an affordable price.

Mr. Hinely has achieved a 10 out of 10 Superb AVVO rating; been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer from the National Trial Lawyers Association; and has handled cases from simple traffic tickets to complex homicides, including death penalty matters.

Mr. Hinely previously worked for the California Attorney General’s Office and has lectured on the subject of Criminal Justice at California State University-Chico on several occasions. Additionally, Mr. Hinely has qualified as an expert in Criminal Street and Prison Gangs and regularly testifies as an expert witness in courts throughout California.


J.D., Cal-Northern School of Law in Chico, California

B.S. in Political Science, California State University-Chico

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California
Client Reviews
I was very upset and felt I had no one to turn too. I went into John's office and was immediately comforted with an open heart. John and Susi took the time to listen to me. I felt I was be being bullied by the court system. They both had my charges dropped due to lack of evidence. I would highly recommend them for any one needing a friend to help you with your defense. J.R.
This is a letter of appreciation for all of your diligence and hard work as an attorney, that you put forth in clearing my name. It is a weight lifted off of my shoulder. I can finally be a normal citizen without all the rumors flying around town about me. I would highly recommend you anytime. It is good to know that there is still justice without corruption. Thanks again. A.F.
I was charged with Transportation/Sales of Marijuana, Cultivation, and Possession. Everything was dismissed outright!! I would like to thank John and his staff for all of the diligent work they provided in getting this case dropped. John’s expertise and knowledge of the law in our case was impeccable. We will definitely refer him as an attorney and your firm to others. J.F.