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181 E. City Place Dr.
Santa Ana CA 92705
(714) 496-8090

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Alt. Phone: (714) 634-8400
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Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: All Family Law and Criminal Law matters, DUI and drunk driving defense, Adoptions, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Premarital Agreements, Spousal Support, Visitation Rights, General Practice, Driving While Intoxicated, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Homicide, Misdemeanors, Juvenile Law, Parole and Probation, Sexual Assault, Traffic Violations, Elder Law, Entertainment Law, Real Estate, Condominium Law, Homeowners Association Law, Landlord and Tenant Law, Residential Real Estate, Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, Income Tax, IRS Audits, Property Tax, Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates, Asset Protection, Charitable Giving, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Wills and Probate, Business Law and Litigation, Business Formation and Planning, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Law, Family Business Law, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Partnership Law, Small Business Law, Strategic Alliances, Contracts and Breach of Contract, Commercial Leasing, Commercial Real Estate, Mortgages.

The Firm

At The Law Center, client satisfaction is our number one goal. Our friendly staff of attorneys and support personnel strive to make this a firm you can rely on. We are a full-service law firm, handling cases in Criminal Defense, Real Estate Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Immigration Law. Our dedicated and enthusiastic attorneys and support staff are there beside you throughout your entire legal matter. With over twenty years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-equipped to handle any problems which you may be facing at reasonable and affordable rates. We handle cases all over Southern California, including Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. We have various office locations throughout Southern California making it easy to meet with you and discuss your case. The outcome of the case is important to you, which makes it a top priority to us.

Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas:

  • Adoptions
  • All Family Law and Criminal Law matters
  • Asset Protection
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Formation and Planning
  • Business Law and Litigation
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Charitable Giving
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Closely Held Business Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condominium Law
  • Contract Formation
  • Divorce

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The Team

James C. Bechler

Attorney at Law, Stockholder & President

James C. Bechler is the founding attorney of The Law Center.  Mr. Bechler practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, real estate law, criminal law and wills and trusts. Mr. Bechler received his J.D. from the Chapman University School of Law and his B.S. from California State University, Long Beach.  Mr. Bechler is licensed to provide legal representation in the California Supreme Court, Central District Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Bechler is an active member of the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Bernardino Bar Associations as well as a California Notary and Real Estate Broker.  Mr. Bechler is also a Commercial Helicopter Pilot.

G. Craig Smith

Attorney at Law, Senior Associate

Mr. Smith is an associate at The Law Center who practices in the areas of civil litigation, transactional work, criminal law and family law.  Mr. Smith received his J.D. from Whittier Law School in 2009, where he graduated cum laude and served as a member of the Law Review.  Mr. Smith received his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 2006 where he was a member of the President’s Honor Roll and was the winner of the State Championship Title for the California State University, Long Beach’s Surf Team in 2005.

Robert Hultgrien

Attorney at Law, Of Counsel

Robert Hultgrien is an associate at The Law Center who practices in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal law, family law and probate.Mr. Hultgrien received his J.D. from Western State University and obtained his masters from Pepperdine University.

Brooke L. Minson

Attorney at Law, Junior Associate

Brooke L. Minson earned her J.D. from Whitter Law School, and her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Californian State University, Long Beach.  During law school Ms. Minson was an active member of the Law Review.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Ms. Minson had extensive Law Clerk experience in the area of Family Law beginning with a law clerk position at Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department where she represented the county in child support issues such as modifications of support. Other law clerk experience includes various positions involving Family Law and Civil Litigation.

Ms. Minson is also a member of various professional affiliations such as the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Orange  County Bar Association.

Vageha Khan

Legal Secretary

Vageha Khan graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 with an avid interest in law and working with government legislature. At the Law Center, Ms. Khan works as the office manager, legal secretary to all Law Center in-house and satellite attorneys and as the head paralegal.

Maria C. Barreto

Law Clerk

Maria C. Barreto obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a Law Degree from Trinity School of Law. Maria assist clients with both debt settlements and loan modifications.

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James C. Bechler

Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Immigration; Business Law; Real Estate; Civil Litigation; Wills; Trusts and Estates; Family Law; Divorce.

Admitted: 2003, California

Law School: Chapman University School of Law, J.D., 2002

College: California State University, Long Beach, B.S., 1973

Member: Los Angeles, Orange County and San Bernardino Bar Associations; State Bar of California.

Born: Long Beach, California, September 19, 1951

ISLN: 917555037






Anaheim, California
1733 South Douglass Road Suite C
Anaheim, California 92806
Cellular: 714-496-8090
Office: 714-634-8400
Fax: 714-634-8405
Long Beach, California
One World Trade Center Drive, Suite 800
Long Beach, California 90831

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Criminal Law


Criminal law is the body of law that relates to so-called “public wrongs.” Criminal law does not concern itself with disputes between individuals but also to offenses against the public order. The federal government, along with cities and states, define and prosecute people who commit crimes that range from minor traffic violations to serious violent offenses.

We can help you with:

  • DUI
  • Drugs
  • Sex Crimes
  • Petty Thefts (Shoplifting)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Matters
  • Probation Violations
  • Expungements

We are keenly aware that successful DUI defense requires a knowledgeable, aggressive DUI attorney. Unless you are committed to obtaining the best possible results, you are doing yourself an injustice that could haunt you the rest of your life. The defense of DUI cases is extremely complex. There are, however, effective defenses and approaches that can be used in almost every case. Contact our DUI attorneys that may make a difference in your case today.

There are a number of viable defenses and arguments which can be pursued to achieve a successful result for someone charged with Possession of Drugs. Criminal charges can cost you more than you are willing to afford. If convicted, you can face prison, fines over $10,000, jail, Probation over 18 months and other penalties. Don’t give up, we can help you! Our Law Office provides experienced attorney representation for criminal violations.

Sex Crimes:
Accusations of sex crimes are dangerous. Everyone has strong feelings about them and about sex offenders. Even unsubstantiated accusations of child molestation or sexual assault can bring your life and career to a halt, and it’s important that your attorney be sensitive to the special considerations of these cases. Our law office provides sensitive help to defend against unwarranted or unsubstantiated sex crimes so you can continue on with a productive and healthy life.

Petty Thefts:
If you have been charged with petty theft or shoplifting the penalties can be serious and a conviction can adversely affect your future. Contact my office right away to start protecting your rights against wrongful detainment, illegally obtained evidence, and failure to allow you to have a lawyer present when you answer questions. Shoplifting accounts for billions of dollars in retail losses every year and retail store owners no longer turn a blind eye to it. Stores and shops of all sizes are now owned by national corporations that have enacted policies of prosecuting shoplifters for the smallest thefts. What once was a slap on the wrist by a store manager now results in a misdemeanor charge that must be taken seriously.

About Us

The Law Offices of James C. Bechler, a Professional Corporation is different from those expensive large firms that bill you for the most miniscule tasks. Our small staff has legal assistants with law experience up to twenty years and make sure each case is handled with care and efficiency.

If you need legal representation then The Law Offices of James C Bechler will not only win your case, but also save you time and money.

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