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383 Connors Court Suite E Chico, California
Phone: (530) 897-3700




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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

When arrested or accused of a crime, whether it is a felony or misdemeanor you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that can aggressively fight for your legal rights. Having a criminal record can immediately impact the prospect of your future and ability to support your family.

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We have handled hundreds of cases related to DUI arrests (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) in northern California. You need an experienced Chico DUI attorney at your side that is familiar with the local courts, judges and district attorneys.

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

As Chico personal injury lawyers, we have helped many people recover financial compensation for injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Personal injuries can have permanent medical consequences. As a result you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and lost wages.

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Family Law

Family Law

Divorce issues can be the most stressful and anxiety provoking experiences. As Chico divorce attorneys and child custody lawyers, our firm has the knowledge to vigorously represent your legal rights and the interest of your children. PLEASE NOTE: A small fee is charged for Family Law Consultations.

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Exceptional Ability & Experience

We understand this can be a difficult time in your life dealing with your legal situation and choosing the right attorney can be a challenging decision. At Amaya & Associates we are compassionate and detailed oriented attorneys that will decisively protect your rights.  As a well respected firm, our lawyers are devoted to win, treat every client with respect, and a desire to make things right for our clients.

What Sets us Apart

Every case – whether it is a criminal, DUI, personal injury or family law issue, it is thoroughly reviewed from a teamwork approach and frequently two attorneys are assigned to each case. The benefit to our clients is that this allows us to combine skills to find creative solutions to your legal matters. A complete investigation will be conducted into the circumstances and facts surrounding your legal situation. Our criminal defense attorneys in Chico will work to uncover evidence that is favorable to your case and fully investigate the evidence presented against you.

Our team of personal injury lawyers is a committed  to provide you the personalized expert attention you deserve. We represent individuals and families through assertive representation and take pride in our dedication to resolve your case with the maximum compensation.

We are compassionate family law attorneys in Chico that understand the emotional stress of your current situation. A Divorce, child custody and family law case does not always have to be a combative experience, but it generally is. As an experienced Chico family law lawyer, I will assertively represent you in your family law matters and ensure that your divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, restraining orders and other family law matters are resolved with the interest of protecting your legal rights.

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  • excellent personal injury lawyer that gets results

    I was involved a severe car accident and was hospitalized on two separate occasions because of my injuries. I felt my life was turned upside down and needed someone I could trust. I contacted Ms. Amaya and I immediately felt she understood my needs and concerns. She fought the insurance company from the beginning, filed a lawsuit, won the case and I received the highest policy limit compensation.


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  • professional, friendly and resolved my case

    I have never been in any legal problems in the past. Getting a DUI was a very serious for me because I was facing the possibility of losing my job. Maria Amaya saved my driving privileges and I did not have to go to jail. Thank you so much for your dedication.


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  • dedicated lawyer that cares for her clients

    Maria Amaya’s law firm is a professional office. She cares for her client’s best interest. She takes the time to understand all the legal issues and represents her clients effectively. I would definitely recommend to anyone that needs family law representation to go to her first. Thank you Maria for being such a wonderful attorney!!


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  • honest lawyer that provides results

    I am a business owner and my driver’s license is very important to make a living. I was emotionally devastated when I was arrested………Ms. Amaya saved my license. I was treated with respect and all my phone calls were answered in a timely manner. Best of all, I did not have to go to court and feel the embarrassment.


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Attorney Maria J. Amaya

Commitment & Integrity

At our firm every client is treated with respect and personal attention. We have successfully and professionally represent- ed thousands of clients for the past 14 years. Our greatest strength is our experience and concentration in multiple areas of law. This knowledge and expertise allow us to review your case from different legal perspectives and identify the best solution. We recognize that what is important to you are results.

Client Focused

Our dedication is to provide you the best legal representation.  Let us worry about resolving your legal issues.

Result Oriented

Our Attorneys understand the importance of helping you return to your normal life with family and friends. We will fight hard for you.


Our Attorneys have over 40 YEARS of combined experience.  We are familiar with local Judges an district attorneys.

request a free consultation We have an excellent record of success


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CHICO LOCATION 383 Connors Court Suite E, Chico, CA 95926


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