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Melanie Roe Criminal Defense Attorney Coachella Valley

Melanie N. Roe – Attorney At Law

Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving Indio, Palm Springs and Riverside County

Looking for a seasoned criminal defense attorney in the Coachella Valley? Look no further than Melanie Roe. With her unwavering commitment to clients, Melanie prioritizes building a trusted attorney-client relationship, always putting their interests first. Her impressive track record speaks volumes, including cases where she skillfully suppressed evidence and secured dismissals. Melanie’s dedication has earned her immense respect and admiration from clients and their families.

When facing challenging situations, Melanie Roe is the attorney you can rely on. Contact her today at 760.674.4800 for a consultation and safeguard your reputation and rights with Melanie Roe, one of the foremost criminal defense attorneys in Indio, Palm Springs, and Riverside County.

Attorney Melanie Roe understands there can be no greater degradation to one’s reputation, position and standing in a community than to be falsely accused of a crime.

In a civilized society, a false accusation of a crime may be far more hideous that the crime itself. And because the accusation is made public via a felony complaint filing, and depending on the charges, the accused often becomes stigmatized and alienated in all of his/her dealings at work, school, or in the family. In all cases, the accused must be represented by counsel who understands this and is prepared to pull out all the stops and wage battle on the accuser. 

Attorney Roe believes in, and will honor, your Constitutional right to a trial by jury and your right to confront and cross-examine your accuser. Attorney Roe attributes much of her trial success not just to her ability to expose falsehoods and inconsistencies in testimony and evidence brought by the government via the “crucible of cross-examination”, but also with her ability to connect with jurors.

More About Melanie Roe, Criminal Defense Attorney


Whittier College School of Law

University of California, Los Angeles



Political Science


JD - Juris Doctor

BA - Bachelor of Arts




Melanie Roe's Experience:

  • ZStone & Hiles, Beverly Hills, California (Associate);
  • ZWard, Kroll & Jampol, Beverly Hills, California (Senior Associate);
  • ZBerman & Roe, Los Angeles, California (General Partner);
  • ZRiverside County Public Defender, Indio, California (Deputy Public Defender);
  • ZKennedy & Roe, Palm Springs, California (General Partner).
  • ZMelanie Roe For The Defense ( Attorney/Owner )
  • ZDesert Conflict Panel ( Appointed Counsel )

Melanie Roe's Qualifications:

  • ZAdmitted to the Bar, State of California, 1991
  • ZSupreme Court of the United States
  • ZU.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • ZU.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • ZU.S. Court of Veterans’ Appeals
  • ZU.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims
  • ZU.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California

Melanie Roe's Practice Areas:

  • ZCriminal Law
  • ZCrimes Of Violence
  • ZDUI / DWI
  • ZDomestic Violence
  • ZSex Crimes
  • ZAssault / Homicide

Melanie Roe Accolades:, a private online attorney rating service has rated Attorney Roe with a ‘SUPERB – 10” rating, the highest possible rating achievable by an attorney.

Additionally, since 2013, The National Trial Lawyers has named Attorney Roe as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Criminal Defense in the State of California based on her performance as an exceptional trial lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense law. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers is a premier group of attorneys who practice criminal defense or civil plaintiff law in California. Members must exemplify not only superior qualifications and trial results but also leadership in their respective states or major geographical areas.

Since 2012, Attorney Roe has been named one of the Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers, by a specialty association of The National Trial Lawyers.  This association is composed of distinguished individuals who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, representation, influence, stature, and public profile and whose membership is invitation-only

Attorney Roe has also been lauded as a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense in the Coachella Valley by Palm Springs Life Magazine, every year since 2013.

In 2012 and 2016, she received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for receiving 5 out of 5 stars on all client reviews and the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012 for having earned a Client Review Rating Score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. The latter award recognized her excellence in quality of service, communication ability, responsiveness, and value for money. Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on and have been accorded this enviable Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.

Melanie Roe Awards:


Numerous Golden Spike Awards for Acquittals (2000-2006)





*Score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on and have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.


Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County


Client's Choice Award 2012


Client Distinction Aware - 4.5% Rating




October 28th, 2012


October 3rd, 2012