Law Office of Mark A. Velez
Professional Law Corporation
My name is Mark Velez and thank you for visiting my site. I would like to take a moment to tell you about who I am and why I opened my own law practice. I was born and raised in Southern California. After completing high school, I started my passion of public service in law enforcement.
Over the past 32+ years, I worked in, and became an expert in, every aspect of policing including policies and procedures, investigations, use of force, internal affairs, special operations, and personnel and training. I have been fortunate enough to hold every position including Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Captain, and Chief of Police. As an interesting side note, during this time, I also did a brief stint as Acting City Manager.
While working full time, I found a passion for learning and continued my schooling. I enrolled at El Camino College and majored in Criminal Justice. After earning enough credits, I transferred to Redlands University where I earned a bachelor's degree in business management. I then attended California State University, Dominguez Hills where I earned a master's degree in public administration, graduating with honors. Shortly after graduating, I attended the University of Southern California focusing where I earned a PhD in Public Administration. After a two-year break in schooling, I attended Southwestern Law School and graduated with honors.
Over the past 23 years I have also taken great joy in teaching part time at several educational institutions. I started my teaching career at the University of Southern California where I taught statistics (I know, yuk) to undergraduate, graduate, and international graduate students. My teaching continued at California State University, Dominguez Hills where I taught many classes including Environmental Practice of Public Administration, Criminal Justice Statistics, Applied Statistics for Public Administration, Analytic Decision Making, and Terrorism and Extremism. I also teach criminal procedure at Pacific Coast University School of Law.
After 32+ years in law enforcement, I decided to retire. My passion for public service and helping people led me to open my own law practice and use my extensive law enforcement knowledge, education, relationships, and teaching experience to represent my clients in any criminal matter they face.
My background makes my representation unique. I not only know the law, but I also understand policies and procedures of law enforcement, and their culture. This helps me spot obvious and not so obvious signs where errors were made that are not readily visible to others. Finally, my teaching experience allows me to explain your charges, and the justice system process in a way that you will clearly understand what is happening every step of the way. I understand that being involved in a criminal matter can be very stressful and can affect all areas of your life, which why I take the worry out of the process so you can start living again.
In my free time, I enjoy spending my time with my family and pets. My favorite hobby is travelling to unique places and engaging in different cultures. I feel it's important to learn about other people and cultures. Some of the places I have traveled include Rwanda, Uganda, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Greece, Mexico, Canada, France, England, Ireland, Panama, Egypt, Israel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Qatar, Morocco and South Africa.
We Are Professionals
At the Law Office of Mark A. Velez, you will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. We understand this is a confusing and stressful time for you which is why we provide services that are client centered. We believe that everyone deserves strong representation when facing criminal charges. Whether you are suspected of a crime, or you have been arrested, call us for representation. During my time in law enforcement, I arrested hundreds of people, written dozens of search warrants, and supervised officers for over 30+ years.
I know the common mistakes officers make, the signs that questioning was improper, evidence was missed, or indications that your rights might have been violated. If you have been arrested, have a scheduled court appearance date, or seek post-conviction assistance, we will handle your needs in a respectful and professional manner so you can put these matters behind you.
Let me put my knowledge, experience, and relationships to work for you.