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About The Law Offices of Rick Horowitz

Rick Horowitz, Fresno criminal defense attorney

Put an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Fresno on Your Side

What is RHDefense? RHDefense is the easy-to-remember name for the Law Office of Rick Horowitz. If you forget how to reach me, all you have to remember is “RHDefense” and you can use Google to find me!

Who is Rick Horowitz?

I am a successful Fresno criminal defense attorney—but I don’t just practice in Fresno! I’ve been successfully arguing criminal (and traffic) cases for the last few years. I only officially became an attorney in 2007. But I had already participated in serious criminal cases, starting in early 2004. In 2006, while still a student, I handled “second chair” duties in a double-homicide special-circumstances trial. Many of the motions that I wrote and argued for that trial won.

It took me a long time to decide to become an attorney. Along the way, I succeeded in multiple other careers, so I bring to the job of being your attorney a broad base of knowledge and experience. Like a lot of other kids, when I was young, I had a job delivering newspapers. This job taught me the importance of hard work. I learned that if I had to get up at 4 a.m. to get my newspapers folded, that’s just what I had to do in order to do a good job. Today, I have that same attitude when it comes to representing my clients as an attorney. If a motion needs to be filed on Monday and I haven’t had time to finish it by Friday at 5 p.m., that means I’m working through the weekend—all night if I have to!

After being a paperboy, I got one of my first real jobs working in a convalescent hospital. That job taught me to have compassion for other people, particularly for people who could not always help themselves. I bring that same compassion to my work as an attorney. Recently, I was hired to handle an appeal. Someone told me that my client needed some medical care and was not getting it. I contacted the facility that was holding him and arranged to get him some care. I did not say, “Sorry, I’m just handling the appeal.” I care about my clients.

Prior to going to law school, I had a very successful career in technology. I was Director of Information Systems for a large company. Publishers hired me to help review their books, to make sure the technology was right. I even wrote a chapter for a book by a Microsoft Canada employee on migrating Windows 2000 to Windows NT. I was once paid $4000, plus expenses, to fly to New York and teach a one-week class. So when I went to law school, I was planning to go into “technology law” and “make a lot of money.” But, why am I telling you this? Why do you care that I was planning to become just another “hotshot” technology lawyer?

You see, when I got to law school, something happened. I started to learn about our criminal justice system and how it works. And I learned that sometimes, it doesn’t. This bothered me. The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. I decided that the best way to deal with it was to get involved. The rest, as they say, is history.

Why Should You Hire Me to Be Your Attorney?

As I said, over the last few years I have worked in many criminal trials, both as a student and, now, as an attorney. I can’t say that I’ve always won, but I have always fought hard. And what I’ve learned has just made me that much more committed to fighting to make our justice system live up to its name: justice system. I have helped in murder cases, attempted murder, sex and drug cases—and I’ve been involved in helping with numerous gang cases. I’ve won some… and I’ve lost some. But one thing is unchanged: I am committed to fighting to ensure that anyone around me gets an aggressive and vigorous defense. If you want me and I take your case, the one thing I can guarantee is that I will not stop fighting for you!

Accused of a serious crime? Don’t take a chance with your freedom! Call (559) 540-8899 to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney in Fresno today.


This website contains thoughts on the law from attorney Rick Horowitz. Rick is a member of the California State Bar and only practices in California. Any comments in this blog are intended as informational only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different. Each jurisdiction is different. Each jurisdiction has its own variances in the law. While few courts actually follow the law for their area, this only complicates things. In other words, whatever I say about the law here may not apply to your case. So, again, don’t take what I say as advice on how your case should be handled! If your case is in California, or in a federal court, you may contact me to discuss whether or not I will take your case.

I hope you enjoy—and learn from!—my website.

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