Sally Vecchiarelli

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Fresno, California

Proper Defense Law Corporation
Sally Vecchiarelli
Proper Defense Law Corporation

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Appellate; view more

Licensed in California since: 2015

Education: San Joaquin College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2024

Proper Defense Law Corporation

677 W Palmdon Dr
Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93704 Visit website


Criminal defense attorney Sally Vecchiarelli is the founder of Proper Defense Law Corporation, located in Fresno and Beverly Hills, California. She works out of the Fresno office, serving clients in both locations, helping them with legal matters such as:

  • Cybercrime
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Violent crimes
  • Juvenile defense
  • White collar crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and weapon possession

After graduating magna cum laude from California State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology and forensics behavioral science, Ms. Vecchiarelli went on to pursue her legal studies at the San Joaquin College of Law. During her time there, she was Editor-in-Chief of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and won several scholarships and awards.

As a brilliant law student, Ms. Vecchiarelli was the recipient of the Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Legal Analysis, Real Property Law, and Remedies. She was the Best Brief Finalist and the Best Oral Advocate Finalist in the George Hopper Moot Court Competition. Furthermore, she won the Outstanding Individual Oral Achievement in the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition. 

Earning her law degree with distinction in 2015, Ms. Vecchiarelli was admitted to practice in California the same year. Before starting her own firm, she worked for three years at a well-respected law firm in Fresno, where she gained valuable experience in criminal defense law. With a passion for the law from a young age, nurtured by both her parents who worked as criminal defense lawyers, she strives to obtain justice for her clients who have been wrongly accused or convicted, helping them get a second chance at life.

Rated 10 out of 10 on Avvo, Ms. Vecchiarelli is an understanding and compassionate lawyer, earning accolades from peers and clients. She has been named among the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and in the Top 40 Under 40 list by The National Trial Lawyers. Active in her legal circle, she is a member of the Fresno County Women Lawyers, the Fresno County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Ms. Vecchiarelli believes in giving back to her community and has served in various local organizations, including the St. Agnes Women’s Club, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Appellate, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Appeals, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Parole, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 2015, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Best Brief Finalist, George Hopper Moot Court Competition, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Legal Analysis; Real Property Law, and Remedies; the Ernest S. Kinney Scholarship; the Fresno County Bar Association Harry Zekian Scholarship; and the Daryl B. Freedman Bar Study Support Scholarship, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Outstanding Individual Oral Achievement presented by the CEB (Continued Education of the Bar), San Joaquin College of Law
  • Best Oral Advocate Finalist, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Competed in the state appellate competition and was one of five winners of the award for best individual oral advocacy , Traynor Moot Court Competition CEB Award for Outstanding Individual Oral Advocate , CEB, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Communications Chair for Fresno County Women Lawyers, 2018
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Fresno County Women Lawyers, Board of Directors
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • St. Agnes Women’s Club, Board of Directors as the Treasurer, 2019
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Leadership Fresno Class 33
  • St. Agnes Women’s Club, President, 2021
  • Saint Agnes Women's Club Vice President , 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Not Guilty on all counts of Domestic Violence Trial, 2019
  • Not guilty on all charges annoying/molesting a minor , 2021

Office location for Sally Vecchiarelli

677 W Palmdon Dr
Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93704

Phone: 559-825-3800


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2024

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