About With Halley, No Concern is Too Small

About HJP Legal

Focusing exclusively on criminal trials, appeals, and writs of habeas corpus.

HJP Legal, led by attorney Halley J. Peters, is a law firm in Orange County, California that focuses exclusively on criminal defense and driving-related offenses.

Halley J. Peters is a highly respected attorney with years of defense experience. She understands that being arrested in Southern California can affect your entire life and the lives of your loved ones.

Facing criminal charges? Scared that you may be? Interested in cleaning up your past?

At HJP Legal, we understand the importance of having an experienced and trustworthy attorney by your side during a criminal case. Halley has over a decade of legal defense experience and an unparalleled passion for representing those charged with criminal and related offenses. She is compassionate and knows the criminal justice system – as well as the rehabilitative community that regularly interacts with the criminal justice system in sentencing and plea bargaining.

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You Deserve the Best Defense With Halley, no concern is too small.

Call our team at (949) 519-4955 to learn more about how we can help you.

Why it’s Different with Halley

Our philosophy at HJP Legal is different from many other criminal defense firms. We focus on healing families, as an arrest for a criminal offense can have a devastating effect on the entire family. Our legal team is well-respected throughout the criminal courts in Southern California and has gained high regard from their fellow attorneys but from opposing counsel, judges, and law enforcement. Instead of working against the system, we focus on working within the system to obtain the most favorable outcome on your case.

What You Need to Do Now

At HJP Legal, we understand that in criminal cases, it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys may be able to appear on your behalf at court and in any administrative hearings. As soon as our firm is retained, we begin work on your case, which includes contacting the District Attorney’s office prior to the case being filed. We will build a strategic defense, protecting your rights and your freedom.

What to Expect

We understand the impact that a criminal conviction can have on an individual. We always focus on helping to reduce or eliminate the charges and penalties. Halley is with you every step of the way and keeps you up to date on your case. Our passion for the law and vigorous representation of our clients is what sets us apart.

If you have been charged with a crime of any kind in Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County or throughout Southern California, contact HJP Legal today for a confidential and complimentary consultation. Protect your rights and future with the help of a leading criminal defense lawyer.

Contact Halley J. Peters today at (949) 519-4955.

  • Strategic Advice & Representation
    Attorney Halley J. Peters is well-versed in ensuring your legal rights are protected throughout the legal process. They will ensure that the evidence being used against you is obtained legally and within legal boundaries.
  • Minimize Penalties
    Criminal charges can have severe consequences, including losing certain rights, massive fines and penalty fees, and potential incarceration. A skilled criminal defense attorney like Halley J. Peters can help to minimize these penalties or even fight to get the charges dismissed entirely.
  • Clear Communication & Transparency
    Halley is here for you every step of the way. She keeps her clients informed and up to date on important developments in their cases, and is readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns that may arise.
  • Legal Expertise
    Halley is an experienced criminal defense attorney with the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle your criminal case. She understands the legal procedures and tactics of the prosecution, allowing her to provide you with the best defense.

Know Your Rights

One crucial right you have when being arrested is the right to remain silent. While it may seem obvious, it is vital to understand the significance of being cautious with your words after an arrest. Anything you say can potentially be misinterpreted and used against you by the prosecution.

This fundamental right should be read to you at the time of your arrest through the widely known Miranda Rights Warning. If your arresting officer failed to properly inform you of your rights, it could potentially be a viable defense strategy.

Additionally, the officer may try to persuade or intimidate you into making a statement – it’s important to resist this pressure. Remember, you do have the right to remain silent, and it’s crucial to exercise that right until you have obtained the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.

Therefore, it’s crucial to exercise your second right: the right to an attorney. With the guidance and representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in California law, they can handle all communication on your behalf and ensure that nothing you say inadvertently incriminates you.


Halley J. Peters of HJP Legal is a defense attorney who understands the long-term consequences of a criminal charge for young people and she firmly believes in second chances. We are committed to advocating for alternative case resolutions, deferred or alternative sentencing or diversion programs that offer opportunities for young individuals to rectify their mistakes and move forward positively. Halley’s vast network of resources here in Orange County and all of Southern California will ensure your child receives the best rehabilitative and therapeutic care to ensure they come away from this criminal incident – even one where they are at fault – as a better person with better prospects for the future.

We are strong proponents of seeking solutions that allow young individuals to learn from their mistakes and avoid being haunted by their past transgressions indefinitely. The team at HJP Legal is dedicated to helping young clients explore all available options for case resolutions that may not involve a permanent mark on their records.

We understand the importance of protecting your child’s future opportunities and strive to achieve favorable outcomes that allow them to move past their mistakes and build a brighter future.

Don’t leave the future of your child to chance.

Contact Halley J. Peters at (949) 519-4955 for a free consultation and ensure that your child and family has competent and experienced representation by your side.


Frequently, past traumas can lead to toxic relationships, substance abuse, mental health challenges, or financial problems. When these conflicts converge in an individual’s life, the results are tumultuous, often requiring law enforcement intervention for assistance.

Regardless of what the person who dialed 911 intended, once police arrive on scene for a potential domestic violence call, they will investigate everything and everyone present within that scene for evidence of a crime.

Because of the stressful nature of these types of calls, besides looking for existing crime evidence, California authorities also seek to prevent crime from happening after they leave the scene. This tendency for preventative measures often means that someone in the residence ends up being arrested by Orange County police in the hopes that cooler heads prevail.

In the event of an arrest for domestic violence, the terms of your bond or bail frequently impose restrictions on contact with individuals involved in the incident, may limit your ability to return home, and could require you to wear a GPS ankle monitor. This is why contacting an attorney immediately is in your best interest and can greatly mitigate a number of these factors.

Halley is intimately familiar with these restrictions and procedures, how to mitigate the consequences and to achieve the best result for you while also managing the impact domestic violence charges have on you, your family, and your professional life.


Hiring an inexperienced attorney is not a risk you can afford to take. If you face charges for a felony offense in Southern California, it is crucial to have a skilled attorney by your side and available around the clock. Contact attorney Halley J. Peters at HJP Legal today for a complimentary consultation and discover how we can assist you and your family during this challenging time.

Our firm serves people in Southern California (Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties). The number is (949) 519-4955, and we are available 24/7.

Our services go beyond courtroom representation – we can help with getting you out of jail, exploring alternative sentencing options, and even protecting your professional license. Trust us to fight vigorously for your rights and provide comprehensive support throughout the legal process.


Our team at HJP Legal possesses the necessary knowledge and expertise to navigate through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) and court procedures in California, even in cases where law enforcement has followed proper protocols. Our goal is to minimize the damage and guide our clients to the other side with our skilled legal representation.

Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) misdemeanors and felonies are prevalent offenses in Southern California, and due to the alarming rate of alcohol-related traffic collisions, the State of California has increased its efforts to combat drunk driving. It is crucial to understand that there are no easy solutions when facing a DUI charge. Drunk driving is a severe offense with severe penalties upon conviction.

Choosing the right defense attorney is the most critical decision you will make after a DUI arrest.

Successfully defending a drunk driving case in Southern California requires firsthand knowledge of the court system and the DMV.

A common mistake people make is attempting to handle their DMV hearings and court cases without legal representation. Without the assistance of a skilled DUI Defense Attorney in Orange County CA, you may be at risk for additional penalties.


Our knowledgeable defense team can provide you with the answers you need, help you stay out of jail, safeguard your professional reputation, and support you in putting your family back together after such a traumatic event.

Throughout the Orange County and Southern California area, Ms. Peters and the team at HJP Legal provide the best representation to clients facing firearms offenses. Find out how we can help by contacting our office anytime, 24/7 at (949) 519-4955.

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Hear What People Have to Say About Working With HJP Legal Law Firm
    "Halley’s straightforward approach is truly refreshing."

    I am absolutely thrilled to share my rave review about Halley! From the moment I sought her services, she has demonstrated an incredible combination of qualities that have made my legal experience truly exceptional.

    First and foremost, Halley’s  kind and compassionate nature sets her apart from the rest. Throughout every interaction, she exudes warmth and understanding, making it easy to communicate openly and honestly. Halley actively listens to my concerns and takes the time to address each one with genuine care and consideration. Her ability to connect on a personal level has made me feel valued and supported, which has been invaluable during such a stressful time getting my personal and professional life back on track.

    - Joe P.
    "When I was at my worst, she saw the best in me."
    I've worked with Halley on a number of matters – including my first DUI – and am so grateful she’s on my side.  When I was at my worst, she saw the best in me and took that with her to advocate on my behalf.
    - Jeremy
    "She is consistent and reliable."

    I have known Halley for over 15 years. Her dedication to being a criminal defense attorney is unparalleled. She is consistent and reliable – I couldn’t ask for a better attorney. Five stars all around.

    - Nico G.
    "Professional, Courteous, Intelligent And Tenacious"
    Halley truly cares about her clients and remains committed towards achieving your goals. She will guide you through every step of your case with honesty, integrity, and commitment towards achieving the best possible result.
    - Jeff O.