Joel Bailey Criminal Defense Attorney
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Attorney Joel W. Bailey was born and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from La Jolla High School, and earned degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, as well as completing a semester at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.

After undergraduate work, Mr. Bailey earned his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from Western State University, and began practicing criminal defense, aggressively representing clients in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

When not working, Joel likes spending time with his family, surfing, racing motorcycles and enjoying San Diego.


100% Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes, Internet Crimes, Three Strikes, Domestic Violence, embezzlement/white collar crimes, and Temporary Restraining Orders.


100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation for criminal defense clients.


I became a lawyer because I wanted to help people. I work in the Vista, California, area because I believe people here deserve to have a professional, tough attorney on their side. I know sometimes good people make bad mistakes. I am also aware innocent people can be convicted because of embarrassment, fear, or lack of representation.

If you are being investigated, or charged with any criminal offense, anywhere in California, contact me, attorney Joel Bailey, at Bailey Criminal Defense, Inc. For over 25 years I’ve had the privilege of helping people stay out of jail and protect their livelihoods and families. Put my experience to work for you. For more information about me click on my attorney profile below.


  • California, 1993
  • 9th District Federal Court, 1994


Western State University/ Thomas Jefferson College of Law, San Diego, California

  • J.D. cum laude
  • Honors: International Business Transactions and Legal Research
  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards: Contracts II and Criminal Procedure
  • Law Review: Criminal Justice Journal, 1992 – 1993

University of California, Santa Barbara, California

  • B.A. – 1989
  • Honors: With Distinction
  • Major: Law & Society

University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain


  • Wallin & Klarich, Associate, 1993 – 1996
  • California Court of Appeals, Fourth District Div. 1, Judicial Extern, 1992
  • San Diego Superior Court, Student Intern,Pre-trial Services, 1991 – 1993
  • Malowney, Chialtas & Bishop, Law Clerk, 1991
  • Western State University, Teaching Assistant, 1991 – 1992
  • Eckert, Smith Tyler & Hoppell, Law Clerk, 1986 – 1989
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5.0 Ratings

Joel Bailey is the best attorney in North County San Diego! He kept me informed of upcoming dates, he was very trustworthy, he made me feel as if I was a top priority, and went above and beyond researching my case and gave me the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend Mr. Bailey if you ever need an attorney!!!”

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If you are looking for an Amazing Attorney you can STOP looking right here with Joel Bailey. He is genuine, truthful, trustworthy, and caring for his clients. Joel is an expert in his field of law, and is reasonably priced. This attorney will listen attentively, and answer questions on your level of understanding. We found Joel to be compassionate, understanding our Point of View, and very well mannered. He represents you or your loved ones to the highest degree.”

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Joel is the best in the business. He got all my charges dismissed and was very easy to work with. On top of Mr. Bailey being the best at what he does, he is an all around good human! Thanks again Joel, you’re the man!”

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Office Location

450 S Melrose Dr #106

Vista CA 92081