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Melanie N. Roe Riverside County Criminal Defense Attorney

Melanie N. Roe – Attorney At Law

Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving Indio, Palm Springs and Riverside County

Indio – Palm Springs Domestic Violence Attorney

When the police are called during a domestic dispute in Riverside County, an arrest almost always results. If you are accused of any unwanted physical contact or breaking property, that is enough evidence for an arrest to be made. Since the police will normally take the side of the person who called the police, it is easy to feel like you are guilty until proven innocent. Most domestic violence (DV) arrests are unfair and are based on either exaggerations or false accusations made during the heat of the moment. What actually happened is normally very different from what is in the police report, especially when alcohol is involved. Regardless of what did or didn’t happen, you deserve the best possible defense.

Types of Domestic Violence Charges

If there are allegations of unwanted physical contact, Domestic Assault charges are normally filed. If there are accusations of damaged property, Malicious Mischief or Destruction of Property charges will usually be filed.

In Riverside County, court orders preventing communication with the accuser are normally issued after an arrest. These orders are very easy to violate and can cause considerable hardship. A violation of a No Contact Order is an additional criminal charge.

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.

The way to go

I hired Melanie, because I knew I needed the best attorney out there.Melanie’s presence in court is amazing.She assures you that your really in good hands. Her presence and stature in court gets every persons attention so you know the jurors are hearing every bit of defense that is presented to them. She doesn’t leave any stone unturned.I know she put every effort into my case.Every allegation was brought out and proven to be lies.I was looking at a life case and after going to trial, majority of the jurors were in my favor. As a result, the District Attorney’s office dismissed all charges.If you want your life back, Melanie Roe is the way to go.


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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