Melanie Roe Criminal Defense Attorney

Melanie N. Roe - DUI / DWI Defense

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Melanie Roe is recognized as one of the most successful criminal defense attorneys serving Indio, Palm Springs and all of Riverside County …

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

The DUI Charges And DUI Defense …

When charged with driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI), you must understand that the short and long-range consequences of a conviction, whether for a misdemeanor DUI, or felony, will be quite harsh upon conviction. Immediately, you are expected to appreciate the notice requirements of the pink admin per se notice you received upon arrest. You are expected to demand your hearing for reinstatement of your license with the Department of Motor Vehicles. You are expected to litigate that proceeding, often before, or contemporaneous to, the criminal case. You will begin to receive notices from your insurance companies regarding coverage, and/or denial of same. All the while, you will be required to attend court for your arraignment on perhaps the first ever criminal offense you have been charged with in your entire life. Indeed, I have often met people in my office who are awaiting charges for a DUI who proudly deny ever having received so much as a traffic ticket prior to their DUI arrest.

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.

What To Expect…

The harsh consequences of a conviction could include license revocation/suspension, exorbitant insurance premiums, excessive fines, probation, possible jail time, restitution in the case of property damage/bodily injury, classes (for which you will have to pay) and public record of a conviction which might effect possible employment opportunities. As such, it is imperative that the person accused of driving under the influence fight these charges. 

Attorney Melanie Roe has handled 1000’s of DUI’s and alcohol/drug related offenses in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Imperial and San Diego counties. Some lawyers will shame you and blame you for not understanding or asserting your constitutional rights during the police investigation. The LAST thing you need right now, is for some lawyer to denigrate you. Melanie Roe is not this type of lawyer. She will support you, defend you and help you at every turn. She will not abandon you. She will explain your legal rights to you and LISTEN to you. For this reason, there is only one person you should contact to handle your DUI, Attorney Melanie Roe.

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