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Tel: (415) 269 2618


Michael Chaput grew up on the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently resides and works in Marin County and has provided his assistance in many neighboring counties, including Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco County.  Michael graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and attended Santa Clara University’s School of Law.  He has devoted much of his career to criminal law and trial practice.  After retiring as a Monterey County Deputy District Attorney, he now attends to people charged with crimes.  Michael brings years of prosecutorial and defense litigation experience to his current practice in criminal defense.


Michael remains an avid student practitioner of the law. In addition to the criminal discipline, he maintains practices in the areas of business law and civil litigation. Michael is respected as an aggressive and persistent advocate. When told there is little chance for a client, he has achieved unprecedented results, including a Governor’s Pardon (one of only eight gubernatorial pardons issued by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger).


Michael forges and cultivates a very close relationship with his clients and adheres to a traditional philosophy that, as attorneys, we are counselors first.  Given the sensitive nature of his client’s matters, he is always discreet, but tough and persuasive as well. 


Michael is married with three wonderful boys.  In addition to attending to his busy family, Michael finds it an honor to engage in his community through volunteer work, both in a legal and humanitarian capacity. 


Tel:  (415) 269 2618




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"The core philosophy at Chaput Law is simple. Together, we can achieve more. Unity does not only provide us strength; it blesses us with clarity. As your legal representative, my first priority is your well-being. We will work tirelessly to guarantee you are safe and secure under the rules of the law. 


This ethos is attached to us and lasts throughout our relationship together. No matter what the issue may be, we will collaborate and strengthen our case. We will get through this, together." 


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Specializing in Business Law, Civil Litigation & Criminal Discipline


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Chaput Law has defended clients in the areas of Business Law, Civil Litigation & Criminal Discipline​


Call (415) 269 2618  



"He (Michael Chaput) calmed my fears. I was able to breathe again. He was informative, knowledgeable, personable, comforting, and believable. He handled my case flawlessly." - Chris, DUI Client


"I made a poor judgement call and had some heavy consequences. Of course I felt like I would be judged and treated poorly. Quite the contrary, Michael treated me with the utmost respect and humanized the whole process. He explained every aspect as to what to expect and all the possible scenarios of my case. He was accurate and efficient. He didn't just act like he cared, he genuinely showed compassion, respect and support to help me get through this process. Extremely trustworthy and such a pleasure to work with! Michael made all the difference in the world, and I feel very thankful to have had him and his professional services through a very difficult time in my life. Thank you, once again Michael." - Janice, DUI/DWI Client


"My son got in some big trouble...Mike was there for me. He was open and kind and kept me informed every step. The end resulted in a very positive outcome. We followed his advise and, as he promised, everything worked out fine. It's been 2 years, and my son is thriving. Even after the case was over, Mike kept in touch with my son. The advise he gave helped my son make the best choices for his future. Mike is a husband and a father, he cares about his clients, and I felt his compassion. He was an awsome support for me. When I was scared, upset, confused, Mike was always a phone call away, with the answers I needed to keep in my head. Mike was always on time and very professional. He was very reasonable and worked with us on payment terms. I am very grateful to him and would highly recommend him without reservation. If I am ever in trouble I will not hesitate to call him again. Best call I ever made when my child was in trouble. Thank you Mike." - Candace, DUI/DWI Client


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