Costa Mesa, California

Formerly known as the city of Harper, Costa Mesa was incorporated in the 1950's after experiencing major growth following World War II. It has been known for its grazing lands, oil fields and as a way station for agricultural products dating back to the 1800's. Once a farming community of less than 20,000 inhabitants, the Costa Mesa of today is a bustling urban area, home to about 115,000 residents and two premier performing art centers: the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory Theater. In a nod to its earlier rural roots, Costa Mesa is also home to the annual Orange County fair, which now includes much more than just livestock exhibitions.

But with the growth of any city, comes increased crime. Costa Mesa has seen an influx of gang crimes, assault and drug and narcotic offenses, along with DUI arrests, no doubt attributable to Costa Mesa’s popular night spots. Costa Mesa’s crime rate does not compare well to other cities its size, but as compared to California as a whole, the rate of violent crimes, at 3.44 per 1,000 residents, is slightly lower than the entire state’s rate, which clocks in at 4.26 per 1,000 residents. Even so, a person only has a 1 in 300 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Costa Mesa.

As a native of Orange County, who grew up in cities contingent to Costa Mesa, Orange County criminal defense attorney, William Weinberg, has spent many days in Costa Mesa and has watched it grow. He represents many Costa Mesa residents who have been charged with a crime and residents of other cities who happen to get arrested in Costa Mesa.

If you are arrested in Costa Mesa, your case will probably be filed in either the Harbor Justice Center, located in Newport Beach or at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. A juvenile, no matter where he or she lives or is arrested will be required to first appear at the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange. As an Orange County criminal defense attorney, Mr. Weinberg has been walking the halls of these courthouses for almost three decades now and he has appeared before virtually every judge and prosecutor who serves in these courthouses. Mr. Weinberg’s understanding of the system, his personal relationships with the other officers of the court, and his many years of practice limited to criminal and juvenile defense in service to Orange County residents leads many Costa Mesa residents who are charged with a crime or DUI to his office door.

Attorney Weinberg’s focus is on your story. Who are you? How did you end up in this predicament? What is your history? By developing a narrative about his client as a real person, not just a criminal defendant, he presents each client to the court and prosecutor as a unique individual, not a faceless number that the system just wants to shuffle through the process as quickly as possible. As an Orange County criminal defense attorney, who has lived and worked his entire life in the county, he has an insight into the life of his clients that an out-of-town lawyer or one who didn’t grow up here does not have.

Mr. Weinberg’s office is conveniently located near Costa Mesa in the Atrium Towers in Irvine, just off the 405 and near John Wayne Airport. If you have been charged with a crime—whether you live in Costa Mesa or were arrested in Costa Mesa— Costa Mesa criminal defense attorney William Weinberg can help. Feel free to call him to set up a consultation at no cost at (949) 474–8008 or email him at He will give you an honest assessment of your options and if you decide to hire him, he makes the promise to provide you with a strong and competent defense.

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He was open, honest and compassionate (qualities you don't always find in an attorney) and his credentials proved that he is more than qualified to handle this complicated case. JoAnn H.
Not only did [my case] get resolved with great efficiency, [Mr. Weinberg and his team] were very open with me and kept the lines of communication flowing which I appreciated greatly. Ryan T.
There are many things about our conversations that told me that bill was an honest guy and knew what he was talking about. Amy C.