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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

When you are charged with homicide …

and facing life in prison, you and your family need the best advice and counsel you can secure. Homicide law is complex, voluminous and ever-changing. These cases are generally handled by the most skilled, able and adept prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office. These attorneys have at their disposal highly skilled investigators, victim-witness advocates and homicide units from every law enforcement agency county-wide.

When hiring your attorney, know that every defense attorney practicing criminal law claims to handle homicide cases, and yet very few, in fact, have the requisite training and experience to handle same. Because the stakes are so high, you need the best. Not someone who only handles law and motion, but someone who has actual courtroom experience and proven results. Attorney Melanie Roe has handled countless murder and attempted murder cases and even better, has won them. Attorney Melanie Roe has won some of the largest murder cases in Riverside County including a multiple murder/special circumstance case. If you or a family member is charged with homicide, you need to call Attorney Melanie Roe.

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.

Dynamite Attorney who truly cared about our case.

Attorney Melanie Roe was highly recommended to us as a Defense Atty. Our Son was charged with a violent felony. We found Ms. Roe to be caring and compassionate, while at the same time, an expert in the law. We were truly in awe at what a commanding presence she was in the Courtroom. She is very professional, thorough, confident, and well respected by her colleagues. She truly examined our son’s case and determined the proper strategy. We were more than satisfied with the outcome. We would definitely use her services again.


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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