Though trials are exciting, Mr. Devitt is normally able to get over 90% of his cases dismissed or settled with a "plea bargain." This is due to the tremendous respect he gets from Prosecutors and Judges who know he will not hesitate to take a case to trial.

Meet Jay Devitt, Attorney at Law

James (Jay) Devitt has been practicing law in Southern California for more than 15 years. During law school he clerked for the attorneys that defended John DeLoren and worked on the "Falcon and the Snowman" and "Billionaire Boys Club"cases which were later made into movies. After attending law school at Western State University where he made the Dean's List and the Honor Roll, Jay was awarded the Trial Advocacy Award for finishing first in his class. He then went on to pass the California Bar Exam on his first attempt in 1988 and soon after joined a large law firm for three years, namely Spray, Gould & Bowers.

For the last 12 years his practice has been largely consisting of Criminal Defense. His winning ways started when he was victorious in trial in Federal Court in the case of United States of America v. Larry C. which was a forfeiture case in which the DEA claimed that Larry C. had purchased his house with drug money in 1988. Mr. Devitt was able to persuade the Court to dismiss the case after the trial occurred. Later that same year Mr. Devitt also was successful in getting acquittals after Jury trials in 2 "crack" cases and a methamphetamine case.

His motto is- "A good attorney knows the Law; a great attorney knows the Judge, but I know both." Mr. Devitt is also an acknowledged expert on sentencing alternatives which has resulted in sentences for his clients ranging from private jails, house arrest to work furlough (where the inmate goes to work in the day and sleeps at the jail at night). He is available for his clients 24/7/365 and often works on weekends and evenings to meet with or work on his client's cases.

 

Mr. Devitt has also been published in many Law Reviews and other media including Western State University Law Review, Law Office Computing magazine (where he had his own column), Law Technology News, Los Angeles Magazine and the Daily Journal (lawyers newspaper).
His TV appearances include the KTLA news and KFOX news where he was interviewed regarding current legal events. He has also handled numerous appeals with great success and he takes great pride in the fact that most of his case load comes from referrals from other clients.