Placer County Criminal Defense Attorney

Dependable Legal Solutions

Expect nothing less than world-class legal services when you choose the Law Office of Samuel D. Berns, Inc. to represent you. Our team has experience in criminal defense, cannabis law, DUI, criminal record cleanup, and business laws.

Placer County-based attorney Sam Berns has been practicing law in Northern California since 2010. He has a strong passion for client advocacy and a fervent desire to do what is right. Rest assured he will work hard to help you with any legal obstacles you are facing.

Impressive Results, Stellar Credentials

Over the course of his private practice, Sam Berns has obtained countless not-guilty verdicts, dismissals, and favorable settlements in criminal cases, and has imparted valuable advice to thriving businesses. On top of that, he has successfully helped pass regulations that are favorable to his clients.

For instance, he was able to dismiss all charges for one client facing prison time whose arrest was racially motivated. For another client, all charges were dismissed, and all property including marijuana and cash were returned to the accused.

Criminal Defense

Mistakes happen, and sometimes those mistakes go against our governing laws. However, no matter the offense, everyone deserves a fair defense. Sam Berns and his law firm have extensive experience in criminal case litigation and have worked with clients facing charges such as theft, domestic violence, murder, and drug offenses.

DUI Defense

Being arrested for a DUI can result in the suspension or denial of driving privileges, as well as criminal charges. Sam Berns is a seasoned attorney with a proven track record for clients charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


With the ever-changing cannabis laws, Sam Berns and his team can guide you through the recently updated regulations, draft the documents necessary to legally start your establishment, and help you stay in compliance on both a state and federal level.

A Civic-Oriented Legal Advocate

A staunch supporter of several medical cannabis advocacy groups and industry organizations, Sam Berns is also a member of the legal committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and its California chapter. He has more than a dozen seminars on California Cannabis law, aimed at both attorneys and non-attorneys alike, through a few different organizations. He has also contributed to a documentary film about three strikes law reform, and appeared on several news outlets including Fox 40 Sacramento, KVMR Community Radio, Capital Public Radio, the Sacramento Bee, the Auburn Journal, the Placer Herald, and the Roseville Press Tribune.

On top of that, he is deeply involved in various community-centered programs. He volunteers at high school mock trial competitions in and around Placer and Sacramento Counties. Moreover, he assists legal aid attorneys at the Legal Services of Northern California, a nonprofit organization committed to defending the rights of the underprivileged. Sam is a member of the Placer County Bar Association, and a sponsor of their annual charity golf tournament. He also sponsors several other local organizations, including the Valley View Elementary School Science Lab, the Lincoln Potters baseball club, Expressions Academy of Dance, KVMR Community Radio, and Capital Public Radio.

Before going to law school, he designed and taught a know-your-rights class for inner city youth in Milwaukee. He also spent time as a volunteer at public defenders offices across Marin, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.

When in need of top-caliber representation and insightful advice on legal matters, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

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