Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chino, CA
Over 60 Years of Combined Experience

Erica L. Madrid, Esq.

State Bar No: 229327

Erica has been a trial lawyer for approximately 20 years. Erica is known for being a fearless, effective, and an accomplished trial lawyer who continues to broaden her list of accomplishments. Most recently, she was lead counsel in a “cold case” murder trial that culminated in a “not guilty” verdict. She secured a dismissal on a multi-felony count of insurance fraud criminal complaint, secured a dismissal of a 2nd degree Watson murder case, and secured a dismissal of a DUI case for a badly injured client that paved the way for a civil lawsuit that resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement.

Erica has taken to trial DUI cases, felony and misdemeanor domestic violence and assault cases, child endangerment, felony evading and criminal threats cases. In most of these cases, she secured “Not Guilty” verdicts. Erica also continues to assist her dad in his civil and criminal trials. She also has counseled, provided guidance, and assisted other leading criminal defense attorneys with their cases.

Erica continues to handle primarily all criminal cases, whether felonies or misdemeanors, in any court. She handles DUI cases with the accompanying DMV administrative hearings. Erica has successfully represented U.S. Veterans charged with DUIs who were facing serious jail time through Military Diversion and Veterans’ Court. These Veterans received the necessary help they needed instead of going to jail.

Since day one, Erica has been very active and supportive of the California DUI Lawyers’ Association. She had the privilege of sitting second chair with the legendary and late Don Bartell, Esq. in one of his DUI trials. As of last year, Erica was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the California DUI Lawyers Association.

After she and her dad secured a Not Guilty Verdict on a two-count Gross Vehicular Manslaughter case, she was invited to speak and share her experience, trial preparation and courtroom strategy before the association and guests. On another occasion, she was honored as a guest speaker in San Francisco at one of their seminars. Erica also received the President’s Award for her dedication and participation with the California DUI Lawyers Association.

Earlier in her career, Erica took the lead on a civil appeal on a case that was wrongfully decided by a trial judge and dismissed. Erica filed and prosecuted the appeal. At oral argument, the defendants had 5 to 6 lawyers including an appellate specialist advocating for their side. After oral argument, Justice Bedsworth, the presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, complimented Erica on her briefing as being “excellent.” Erica won the appeal, the case was reversed and ultimately settled. The case was certified for publication. See Juan R. Flores v. AutoZone West, Inc. (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 373. This was Erica’s feather in her cap in the appellate arena.

Choosing the right lawyer is the most critical decision you will make for your legal problem. Put your case in the hands of Erica Madrid, a dedicated, experienced, and proven trial lawyer. Call today.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense; Murder, Manslaughter, Felony or Misdemeanor
  • DMV Hearings

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California -2003
  • U.S. District Court of Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court of Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit


  • Juris Doctor, Whittier Law School, (2003), Magna Cum Laude
  • Bachelors of Science, UCLA (2000)

Published Opinions:

  • Juan R. Flores v. Autozone, West, Inc. (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 373

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA)
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)


  • Mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her two dogs, Lola, and Roxy.

Why Hire Madrid Law Firm?

  • Experienced

  • Dedicated

  • Successful