Heberto Avila Sala is an attorney in California having nearly 37 years of experience in Criminal Law. Before more than 20 years, the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California granted him the designation of a legal specialist in Criminal Law and he is presently the only practitioner in Kern County to hold this distinction.
His practice areas include Criminal Defence, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime, White Collar Crime, Murder, Sexual Assault, Drug Crimes, Weapons Charges, Domestic Violence, Parole & Probation, Theft, Child Abuse & Neglect, etc.
The Kern County Bar Association honored him with the Atticus Finch Award and the Bench and Bar Award in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Bakersfield Life Magazine named him Favorite Attorney in the year 2014.
Before founding his law firm named H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation in 1986, he served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Kern County Public Defender’s Office from 1983 to 1986.
He serves as the Chairman of both Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee-KCBA and Oversight Committee of the KCBA Indigent Defense Program since 2011. He is also the director of the Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation.
He has obtained the lifetime membership of both the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of other professional associations such as the Kern County Court Liaison Committee, and the Kern County Bar Association.
He is the past director of the Kern County Bar Association and former President of its Criminal Defense Section.
He attended the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley based in Berkeley, CA and obtained his Juris Doctorate in the year 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis in 1978.
Attorney Heberto Avila Sala obtained the license to practice law in the state of California and Eastern District of California in the years 1982 and 1984 respectively. He speaks English and Spanish languages and speaks routinely at several events.
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