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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

Sexual assault defense …

Without question, a “sex case” is perhaps more stigmatic than any other case that could possibly be given to a jury. “Stigmatic” in that the very sound of the charges, whether they be rape, sodomy, child molestation, etc., often cause even fair-minded people to shutter at the suggestion that the accused allegedly committed such deeds. It is not uncommon for prospective jurors to claim fairness, impartiality, and objectivity until, that is, the allegations of sexual assault are read to them. When that occurs, gasps fill the air, and eyes shift downward as the jurors’ glances begin to scan the courtroom until their selected target is reached, the defendant and his/her defense attorney. It is at this moment the judge will ask the defense attorney to first begin jury selection, and it is at this moment she must secure from each juror their promise to be fair to the accused, to remind them that what they have heard, is a mere allegation, that allegations are not facts, just accusations, that claims of sexual abuse/assault are easily made, rarely verifiable and rarely investigated. She must do so with command and credibility. And it is only with courtroom experience, she can do so.

Attorney Melanie Roe has the requisite courtroom experience to handle any sex matter with the command and credibility needed to reverse the stigma of such claims.

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.

A True Guardian Angel

I was charged with two counts of child molestation by the government when I was accused of inappropriate touching while at my job one day which was a year before the charges where filed against me. After three and a half years of this nightmare hanging over my head Melanie Roe fought the case for me and paid strict attention to every small detail even planning an appeal for me before the trial began when the government violated my constitutional right to a speedy trial. She stood with me in court even though she had to cancel her vacation plans due to the fact of the government always wanting continuances and the courthouse having a hard time having to find a room to have the trial in. She was very professional and a true defender of my rights in and out of the courtroom. She persuaded the jury that the government failed to prove the false accusations I was criminally charged with and they returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on both counts. If you are ever accused of a crime or know a loved one that has been accused do not ever go talk to the police even when asked by them. They are not looking out for you or will give you the benefit of the doubt at all. First go talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney, preferably Melanie Roe; and she will fight her hardest to see that you or a loved one are treated fairly by a system that is too often willing to overlook your individual rights for the easiest way to convict and add more meat for the criminal justice system grinder.


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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