Stephen D. Klarich, Esq.

Stephen D. Klarich, Esq.

Stephen D. Klarich, Esq.

Title: Founding Partner

Serving Clients: Throughout All of Southern California

Education: Bachelor of Art, Juris Doctor

Practice Areas: Sex Crimes, Appeals, Certificates of Rehabilitation, Governor's Pardons, Writs of Habeas Corpus, Criminal Defense, Post-Conviction Relief, Juvenile Criminal Defense, Child Dependency

Over the past 30 years, Wallin & Klarich Founding Partner Stephen Klarich has successfully defended thousands of persons accused of committing crimes.

Mr. Klarich has represented our clients facing criminal charges including but not limited to murder, manslaughter, rape, child molestation, conspiracy, drug offenses, domestic violence, juvenile matters, three strikes cases, robbery and burglary. For more than a decade, Mr. Klarich has focused on post-conviction matters such as writs, appeals and having our clients removed from the sex offender registry.

With unparalleled knowledge in sex crimes defense, Mr. Klarich is a leading attorney in Southern California for clients who want to remove their name from the Megan’s Law website or end their lifetime obligation to register as a sex offender. Mr. Klarich has experienced significant success in obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Governor’s Pardon for his clients.

How Stephen Klarich Can Help You

“I became a criminal defense attorney because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and serve others,” Mr. Klarich said. “Wallin & Klarich provides the legal and emotional support our clients need to get through a very difficult situation.”

Mr. Klarich understands the difficulties that our clients are going through when they are facing the complex legal process. That is why he treats every client as if they are a member of his own family.

Why You Should Hire Stephen Klarich

When he is not aggressively fighting for his own clients’ rights, Mr. Klarich is providing his extensive knowledge to other Wallin & Klarich attorneys. He often assists our Wallin & Klarich attorneys to ensure our clients get the best possible outcome in their case.

“Steve is a pit-bull in and out of the courtroom. He knows the law like the back of his hand and he is as aggressive as any lawyer you could ever hope to find,” Attorney David E. Wohl said. “Steve is the guy I would hire if I found myself charged in a criminal case.”

To talk to Stephen Klarich or any of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245.


Title: Founding Partner

Serving Clients: Throughout All of Southern California

Practice Areas: Sex Crimes, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Criminal Defense, Child Dependency, Family Law, Appeals, Certificates of Rehabilitation, Governor’s Pardons


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), Madison, NJ, B.A.
  • Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctor


  • Past Chairman, Criminal Law Section of Orange County Bar Association
  • Past Director of the Newport Harbor Bar Association
  • Selected by Judges in Harbor Orange County Justice Center to Act as Conflict Panel Attorney

Member of:

  • California State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • California Teacher’s Association Staff Attorney

Admitted to Practice in the Following Courts:

  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court – Central District of California


  • Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL) Keynote Speaker “Child Abuse Legislation”
  • Sex and Crimes Symposium at California State University, Fullerton “Defending Sex Cases”
  • California Teacher’s Association Lecturer “Defending Teachers Accused of Crimes”


  • Received a “Not Guilty” verdict on a rape charge in Long Beach, a child molestation charge in Riverside and a theft charge from West Orange County Court.
  • Handled many three strike cases in which the defendants only served a short period of time in prison and avoided the 25-to-life punishment ordinarily imposed.
  • Numerous Hofsheier motions granted so client did not have to register as sex offender.
  • Certificates of Rehabilitation petitions granted by superior court judges
  • Not guilty verdict achieved on indecent exposure trial
  • Many not guilty verdicts achieved on DUI trials
  • Reduced numerous felonies to misdemeanors.
  • Fought for home confinement sentence, which was granted despite prosecutor insisting on county jail time.
  • Modified countless sentences to reduce custody time.



“I was charged with indecent exposure and plead guilty back in 2001. Due to the conviction, I was forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of my life. I recently hired Attorney Stephen Klarich to file for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and it was granted. I no longer have to register as a sex offender. I can now raise my children. I can attend games like other parents and can now coach my children in sports. My life is back thanks to the efforts of Stephen Klarich. I didn’t even know this was available to me until I read online what other clients of Wallin & Klarich had said about the firm. Finally, my life is back. Thank you!”


“I hired the law firm of Wallin & Klarich to seek a Governor’s Pardon in California. I was convicted many years ago of a felony and very much wanted to clean my record. I wanted to obtain my right to possess a firearm, which was taken away because of the felony conviction. I am happy to say that Governor Jerry Brown granted my pardon for me and my wife, who was also convicted of a felony. I have Stephen Klarich to thank. I realize that this process was not easy and the Governor only grants a few of the many he receives. I would strongly recommend Wallin & Klarich if you are seeking a Governor’s Pardon or a Certificate of Rehabilitation. They have a lot of experience in this area of law and, quite frankly, I could not have done this myself.”

-Edward S.

“My brother was convicted of second degree murder in Los Angeles County. He was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison. I hired Stephen Klarich from the law firm of Wallin & Klarich to work on his appeal. Our family was very worried and fearful he would spend the rest of his life in prison. The appeal was granted and his entire sentence was reversed. My family is grateful for Wallin & Klarich and all their hard work. It took over a year, but we finally won and my brother has his life back.”


“I was convicted of indecent exposure (PC 314.1) in Riverside County many years ago. I recently hired Wallin & Klarich to file a Certificate of Rehabilitation in Riverside. The judge granted the certificate and I no long have to register as a sex offender. Attorney Stephen Klarich prepared the motion and had it filed for me. This has lifted a great burden off of me. I am a free man now and no longer have to register. My entire family is grateful.”

-Ron R.

“Stephen Klarich was successful in obtaining an Internet exclusion for me (the removal of my picture and personal information from the sex offender website). My name and face was plastered all over the Internet for everyone to see, causing great havoc in my life. I was asked to leave jobs, stores, restaurants, etc. with the threat of the police being called or great bodily harm. A lot of fly-by-night organizations contacted me and offered this service. I was so relieved to know that I had the best law firm with the most experience and the greatest reputation in Wallin & Klarich to help me in this matter. Now, no one will ever see it again and I can proudly say to anyone that had seen it previously that I am no longer on it. I cannot express my thanks enough to Stephen D. Klarich.”


“I was charged with a major felony theft crime. I was certain that I would go to prison for a long time. I received a brochure and letter in the mail from Wallin & Klarich. I felt that the firm would help me in this time of great stress and fear. I called and Wallin & Klarich and Stephen Klarich provided me with information regarding my situation and made me feel at ease. I was impressed with the experience, the size and reputation of the firm. Other lawyers I spoke to informed me that I was guilty and that they would try to minimize the time I would spend in prison. You never judged me and had faith in my case. And, after negotiating with the district attorney, you were able to keep me out of prison! I am now able to enjoy being with my family and friends because of your efforts!”


“I was charged with PC 314.1 indecent exposure back in 2001. I pled guilty an I was placed on probation. I hired Stephen Klarich for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. It was filed in Riverside County and granted by a judge. I no longer have to register as a sex offender thanks to the hard work and knowledge of Mr. Klarich.”


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