About Your California Criminal Defense Attorneys
With five decades of criminal defense experience, our California criminal defense attorneys are essential for your best defense to have charges reduced, dropped entirely, or presenting an effective and powerful defense at trial.
Our legal team is active in their community, and frequently sought to speak at council meetings, seminars, and conferences. Tully & Weiss attorneys have provided legal analysis for media outlets and cable channels such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Law & Crime TV, 60 Minutes, Rolling Stone, and talk radio stations.
Our attorney offices are located around California and are here to help you through tough times. Two offices are in the Bay Area. One is located in the East Bay in Martinez, Contra Costa County, and the other in San Francisco. Our Redding office covers Shasta County and all of the northern part of the State. We have two offices in Fresno County, in Selma and Downtown Fresno, serving the Central Valley. Our LA and Orange County office is located in Redondo Beach, equidistant to the two county seats. We are prepared to defend you throughout California in both State and Federal court.
Founding Partner, Criminal Law Specialist
Our founding attorney, Joseph Tully, is sought out for his expert legal advice throughout California. With over 20 years of experience as a criminal lawyer, in 1000+ felony and other cases, Tully served as felony trial counsel as a public defender before launching Tully & Weiss in 2001.
Joseph Tully is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, an elite certification awarded to less than 1% of California lawyers by the California Board of Legal Specialization and Joseph Tully has been listed among National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” multiple years.
Joseph Tully has an extraordinary record of victories in high profile cannabis trials from Redding to Contra Costa County and a precedent-setting win in a hotly contested Stand Your Ground murder trial. His diligence and meticulous preparation has resulted in scores of great outcomes for cases others declared impossible.
Joseph’s new non-fiction book, California: State of Collusion, reports on Tully’s first-hand observations of massive and frequent misconduct by law enforcement, prosecution, and government officials.
Criminal Defense and Cannabis Compliance Attorney
Ashley Bargenquast has been at Tully & Weiss Attorneys at Law since 2015 and is proud to be a member of such an amazing team. She practices both criminal defense and legal cannabis compliance. Her dual role has allowed her to work hands-on with the new industry regulations and take that knowledge into the courtroom where she has used it to defend cannabis patients and entrepreneurs alike. Her undergrad was at UC Davis, and her JD is from King Hall School of Law at UC Davis. Recognized as a leader in her field, Ashley is currently the President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Criminal Section. When she isn’t in the court room or preparing applications at her desk, she can usually be found catching some live theatre or participating in a live action roleplay game.
Criminal Defense Attorney of Counsel
Mr. Dulce is based in Fresno, CA where he met and mentored Joseph Tully over twenty years ago when he was a young and tenacious pup with the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office. He was a Fresno Public Defender for 23 years, with 18 years on the Major Crimes Team. Over his long career, he has taken to verdict over 128 jury trials, primarily on serious felonies such as homicides, sex crimes, and domestic violence. The State Bar of California designated him to be a certified specialist in criminal law. Roberto’s JD is from Southwestern University School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines. He began his career as a paralegal with a certificate in litigation from UCLA School of Law. The most fulfilling moment for this trial lawyer is when a jury finds a client “Not Guilty” after the effective presentation of an affirmative defense.
Criminal Defense Attorney of Counsel
Panagiotis Prountzos grew up in a big Greek family in the city of San Francisco, where he practices law today. Known by the nickname “Noti,” he did his undergrad at U.C. Davis, and studied law at John F. Kennedy School of Law. Criminal defense trials have taken Noti to county courthouses all over California. When not fighting for Justice, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing his electric bass guitar, and playing with his two dogs.
Graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, Alan Kagawa spent a year working as an emergency medical technician. He then attended Whittier Law School and graduated magna cum laude in 2017. During law school, he was a senior staff editor on the Whittier Law Review, an articles editor on the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, a member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and the secretary of the Trial Advocacy Honors Board. He joined Tully & Weiss in 2017 where he works on Criminal Law, Restraining Orders, and Criminal Record Expungement and Rehabilitation.
After passing the California Bar exam last year, Joseph fulfilled his lifelong dream of being a defense lawyer. He previously interned at Tully & Weiss Attorneys at Law in the summer of 2018 while attending Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He grew up in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento. His undergrad is from Santa Clara University, with a major in Philosophy and an emphasis in Law and Ethics. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, hiking, and spending time with his family (including FOUR kids).