Patrick Clancy
Team Leader, South Bay Chief Strategist, California

Philosophy
For over four decades my career has been dedicated to representing those falsely accused of child...Read more

Trial Experience

Involved in thousands of litigation matters with over 225 jury trials in criminal matters including: majority of cases were child molestation, large number of internet sting cases, internet pornography, incest, rape, Recovered Memory Cases, and 1st Degree murder cases involving Shaken Baby Cases.

Testimonials

“Patrick Clancy saved my life. Two girls falsely accused me of inappropriately touching them while I put them to bed when they were little…but I was innocent…Clancy hired a great investigator…a respected child psychologist and a specialist appellate lawyer and…figured out why the…falsely accused me. When the DA saw it all, the case was dismissed…Thank you, Mr. Clancy. Your expertise and strategy saved me from a potential 25 years to life and gave me my life back. ”

Bob

“I was arrested and had a bail of $1,850,000. My girlfriend found, hired, and paid Patrick Clancy a $25,000 retainer to represent me because her research said he was the best. He came to the jail and met with me three times. He worked with my friends on the outside. I was arrested Friday night. I was release without any charges being filed on Wednesday.
I overheard the police talking at the jail. They said the District Attorney was not going to file the case because the attorney, I hired, Patrick Clancy, was no one to mess with.
I give credit to Mr. Clancy's reputation leading to no charges filed.
Without being asked, Mr. Clancy refunded 90% of the retainer and kept a small amount to cover the time he had put into the case. Not only was he the best, he was so fair when he refunded most of the money without even being asked.”

Anonymous

“Un mexicano indocumentado con una condena previa por abuso de menores. ¡Mi vida había terminado!

Recientemente, una sobrina joven me acusó falsamente de haberla molestado. Me mantuvieron en la cárcel sin fianza. El Sr. Clancy trajo intérpretes con él cuando me visitó en la cárcel. Mi familia extendida recaudó los fondos para contratar al Equipo Legal de Inocencia porque querían que yo tuviera lo mejor.

Anteriormente, como joven me acusaron de tocar a mi hermana, pero no lo hice y no entendí lo que sucedió en el tribunal de menores. Ahora, me enfrentaba a una vida en prisión y, si alguna vez salía, me enfrentaba una deportación dejando a mí familia en los Estados Unidos.

Patrick Clancy fue el "Jefe Estratega" en mi caso. Él me creyó cuando le dije que yo era inocente. Mi esposa tenía una pista de lo que podría haber sido la causa de la falsa acusación y, como jefe estratega, el Sr. Clancy desarrolló esta lista en el caso.

El plan del caso era que un amigo de mi sobrina estaba en un hogar de acogida. Esta amiga quería que mi sobrina se uniera a ella en el hogar de acogida. Ellas planificaron una acusación formal de abuso sexual en mi contra para que ellas pudieran vivir juntas en el hogar de acogida.

Descubrí que había aceptado un acuerdo por abusar sexualmente de mi hermana cuando era menor de edad. No entendía lo que estaba sucediendo en el tribunal de menores. Ahora, mi hermana dio una declaración por escrito en el caso actual apoyándome e indicando que nunca la molesté y que ella confiaba totalmente en mí con respecto a los niños.

La estrategia fue desarrollada por el Sr. Clancy y reunió toda la evidencia necesaria.

La acusadora admitió que ella había inventado la historia como parte de un plan para vivir con su amiga.

La evidencia que el Sr. Clancy había reunido fue entregada al Fiscal del Distrito antes de la audiencia preliminar. Después de la audiencia preliminar, la fiscalía quedó satisfecha y desestimó todos los cargos. La estrategia del caso del Sr. Clancy condujo a un despido de del caso.

Mi vida fue salvada.”

Anonymous

“When my teenage daughters wanted boyfriends more than a Dad, and my ex-wife wanted custody at any cost, the false accusations flew wild. From multiple felony counts and the possibility for 100's of years in prison, to the truth and my freedom. What a ride through hell. Thank God Mr. Clancy and his team found the truth and brought it out in force. 12-1/2 inches of discover that the police failed to find, let alone follow up with, a secret IPad from my daughters and an over zealous DA all meant my life went from typical suburbia to a living hell. When the D.A. reviewed the package from Mr. Clancy and his team, the settlement offers flooded in. If you find yourself charged with anything even close to this, it is time to make the call, your life might be at stake. This man is THE most focused attorney I have ever worked with, bar none. Thank you Mr. Clancy for being there and wading into hell beside me.”

Anonymous

“My case was as highly prejudice as you can get. My family are practicing naturist (nudist). I moved from California to Texas. I was then arrested, and all of my electronics were search. Naturist family photos were found on my iPad. However, one disgusting lewd photograph of my 12 year old daughter was also found on my iPad. I had never seen it before. I was charged with two felonies counts Federal Court based upon this one photograph. In Texas I went through three attorneys that I do not feel represented me adequately. While in California I had lost trust in what my daughter was doing on the internet. I installed spyware on the smartphone. The spyware sent email reports to my smartphone. I found out she was pretending to be an 18 year old student from Stanford and trying to set up “hook ups” with adult males. She was sending inappropriate photos of herself to adult males via “Tender’. I destroyed her smartphone in front of her eyes. She was totally mad. My Smartphone was in the custody of California Law Enforcement. After multiple requests none of my attorneys worked to get control of my smartphone that was back in California. I was in custody for 14 month and was about to go to trial without my corroborating evidence (the spyware email reports) I then made the biggest mistake of my life. I was offered credit for time served and release; or I had to go to trial without my best evidence and I face 30 years in prison. I took the deal expecting to be immediately released. That was false. I was released from Federal Prison and was immediately transported to the California jail to stand trial for child molestation carrying a potential life sentence in a California Prison.
In California I went through five attorneys and I did not feel they could handle the case. I was a nudist that had plead to taking a pornographic picture of my daughter. It took two and a half years with no progress. My wife found Patrick Clancy who specialized in these cases for four decades.
Mr. Clancy immediately got my cell phone and had it analyzed. He was the first in eight attorneys that did his job. Mr. Clancy attacked the plea bargain to the California Jury as coerced. We had another hurdle put in our way. The Judge would not let in the motivation of why my daughter was furious with me. The Judge sanitized the evidence under the Rape Shield Laws. We were only allowed to state that I had found that she and done something on the internet that was “inappropriate”.
However, Mr. Clancy did not give up. He showed the spyware to the jury. He called a lot of my naturist friends that also had children so that the jury could see that naturism was not sexual. He called people that knew my daughter had problems with the truth. He also introduced that I had found evidence using Spyware that my daughter had done “inappropriate conduct” that lead to her smartphone being destroyed with an ax. He introduced prior inconsistent statements from my daughter about who took the lewd photography and showed how it was physically possible that it was a selfie for her friends.
Without the evidence that the judge had sanitized out we were only able to hang the jury.
Mr. Clancy immediately started to prepare for a second trial. We were hoping to get a different judge and a different ruling on the admissibility of what I had discovered on my daughter’s smartphone.
On the day of the start of the second trial the case was dismissed.
I need to tell you about the personal side of “Patrick”. He took the time to keep my wife and I both informed on the progress of the case. We always felt we were part of the case and he listened to our ideas. He was very patient in explaining what was happening and why. He sacrificed many Sundays and nights to help us.

He never gave up and that gave us hope. We highly recommend him.”

Tom

“I Was scared and worried for my life, until the day I Met Patrick Clancy.  I was accused of a lewd and lascivious act on a minor. The thought alone was heartbreaking mixed with terror and fright. After doing research online, i then knew i was facing Prison and Sex Registration. Thanks to Patrick Clancy, I never went to prison or had to register for sex Offender. He is a master at his craft and when i say master at his craft. Sex Crimes are his primary cases and it shows. Patrick Clancy was not the First defense attorneys i had called. I was calling local criminal defense attorneys and after doing research about their firms I realized sex crimes were mixed in with a plethora of other types of cases they handled. I thought of the expression jack of all trades master of none. My very life was at stake, so i did further research and that's when I found Patrick Clancy, that's all he worked on was sex crimes. Remember when I said master at his craft. So i called him at night and he answered.I gave him a brief description about my charge and we set up an appointment the next evening. Patrick Clancy was about an hour away and when your facing prison, i would have driven ten, you don't always been a local attorney. If you do so happen to live in Walnut Creek then Patrick Clancy Should be your attorney. Thank you Patrick, i will never forget you, thank you so much. If i could give you more than 5 stars i would.”

Jon

“His Focus meant my freedom. When my teenage daughters wanted boyfriends more than a Dad, and my ex-wife wanted custody at any cost, the false accusations flew wild. From multiple felony counts and the possibility for 100's of years in prison, to the truth and my freedom. What a ride through hell. Thank God Mr. Clancy and his team found the truth and brought it out in force. 12-1/2 inches of discover that the police failed to find, let alone follow up with, a secret IPad from my daughters and an over zealous DA all meant my life went from typical suburbia to a living hell. When the D.A. reviewed the package from Mr. Clancy and his team, the settlement offers flooded in. If you find yourself charged with anything even close to this, it is time to make the call, your life might be at stake. This man is THE most focused attorney I have ever worked with, bar none. Thank you Mr. Clancy for being there and wading into hell beside me”

Anonymous

“A Lawyer who will Fight.  My child's chronic illness and consequent missed school dates led to a declaration of truancy, and my arrest for "Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor." As another reviewer has pointed out, presumption of innocence goes out the window in these situations, and there is no limit to the amount of confirmation bias that zealous 'protectors of children' are willing to pile on.
Fortunately, our child's endocrinologist stood firm in his diagnosis, and his explanation of the disabilities that followed from it. Unfortunately, the interviewing police officer did not like the doctor's testimony, and filed a report with fabricated testimony that was damning in its claims.
Unlike many lawyers, who look for reasons to avoid a trial, Mr. Clancy was willing to fight. One of his team interviewed the endocrinologist to document the officer's fabrication. Mr. Clancy then created a trial brief that demolished the evidence against us, and persuaded the DA to drop the charges.
Mr. Clancy never wavered in his commitment. He fought, and he won.
The stress from false accusations of child abuse is unbelievable. My family is grateful to Mr. Clancy for ending that stress.”

Anonymous

“I am a Medical Doctor. Patrick Clancy successfully defended me against an allegation of sexual battery by a patient.
I knew I needed an attorney that was an expert in the defense of sexual allegations. If I lost, I would lose my medical license and my career would be ruined. Mr. Clancy’s office was two and half hours away. He was not a local attorney. There were a lot of political issues with the Sheriff’s department at that time that were mixed up in my case. He handled the local political issues with finesse. His defense won not only the case but also the hearts of the jurors. After the trial the women members of the jury became my new patients. I owe him my life and my career. He is a true expert that will fight with all of his heart.””

Anonymous

“He Never gave up and gave us Hope. I was charged with two felonies counts Federal Court based upon this one photograph…I [had] installed spyware on [my daughter’s] smartphone [which] sent…reports to my smartphone. I found out she was pretending to be an 18-year-old…sending inappropriate photos of herself to adult males…I destroyed her smartphone in front of her eyes. She was totally mad. My Smartphone was in the custody of California Law Enforcement. I…was about to go to trial without my corroborating evidence (the spyware email reports)…I was offered credit for time served…I was released from Federal Prison and was immediately transported to the California…to stand trial for child molestation carrying a potential life sentence…My wife found Patrick Clancy who…immediately got my cell phone and had it analyzed. He was the first in eight attorneys that did his job. Mr. Clancy attacked the plea bargain [and] showed the spyware to the jury…Without the evidence that the judge had sanitized out we were only able to hang the jury…On the day of the start of the second trial the case was dismissed…[Patrick Clancy] never gave up and that gave us hope. We highly recommend him. ”

Anonymous

“I don't think another attorney would have been able to expose the truth like Mr. Clancy did. I was a 20 year well respected police officer…ex-wife, who wanted to return to live in her native Brazil with our children. The false allegations involved my own preciouschildren..Mr. Clancy is…a specialist/expert in defending people accused of sex crimes, especially child sexual molestation. He has an enormous amount of trial experience and truly knows that many people are falsely accused. He has dedicated his life to help people accused of such horrific allegations. Mr. Clancy only retains the most renowned experts in child psychiatry and in the medical field to fight for your defense. Even if you truly are an innocent person, there is still a high probability you can be wrongly convicted. You will be in for the fight of your life. Mr. Clancy saved my life, and I'm forever grateful. I don't think another attorney would have been able to expose the truth like Mr. Clancy did in my case. ”

Anonymous

“Youth Soccer Coach Found Not Guilty of Child Molestation.  At 26 years old I had been a youth soccer coach for over 8 years and had trained over 2000 soccer players without a single complaint. Out of nowhere I was accused of molestation by a 10 year old soccer player I had taught for only two days…Mr. Clancy’s team carefully investigated my case and found that the student who accused me quit a soccer team the prior [and was] picked last each day for the scrimmages. The younger children did not even sit with her during breaks. Mr. Clancy explained to the jury that this child wanted out of doing the soccer camp because she was humiliated by being rejected and felt inferior. For the first time I understood what motivated this student to do what she did. The jury returned a verdict in 1 ½ hours. I now understand the importance of a strategy and proper investigation. Everyone else had missed it. ”

Jesse

“Patrick Clancy saved my life and my career. I am a teacher and Patrick Clancy successfully defended me against allegations by eight of my elementary school pupils…First, I hired the best local criminal law attorney in Stockton, California [who] put me under extreme pressure to take a deal…Before I was sentenced I went to see Patrick Clancy, an expert in child molestation allegation defenses. In fifteen minutes he laid out the strategy to win the case. He called what had happened to me “group hysteria”. My case had the same issues as the famous “McMartin” case…Patrick Clancy saved my life and my career. He is truly the best. ”

Anonymous

“Not Guilty Verdict on all 16 counts of Child Molest Charges, each carries a sentence of 15 or 25 years to Life
In 2013, I was falsely accused of child molest and the overly zealous DA office filed 16 charges on me. Each carried a 15 or 25 years to life sentence. At first I was in denial and thought since I did not do anything wrong, these charges would just go away. Wow, was I wrong! The DA did not do any real investigation and focused their efforts in working with the accusers to convict me. Due to the social stigma regarding these allegations, the rule “Innocent until proven guilty” goes out the window. I realized I was in deep trouble and needed a real expert on this type of allegations to win back my freedom.
Through extensive researches and books, I found Mr. Clancy whose firm is the only one that specializes in Sex Crime Allegation Defense and has been doing nothing else but that for almost 40 years. He and his team listened to me carefully to understand my case and took necessary immediate actions to avoid further damage. He then expertly developed a strategy on how to win my case and diligently carried it out with his team step by step.
His confident demeanor and special talent in connecting and building rapport with the Judge and Jurors in the court room ultimately resulted in my Not Guilty verdict on all 16 charges. Thank you, Mr. Clancy, for fighting hard for my freedom and dignity.”

HL, Danville CA, a Child Abuse client, Program Manager
Area of Practice

100% dedicated to Criminal Law with an expertise in Sex Crimes defense

Certification/Specialties:
  • Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar, 1989
  • Lobbying California Legislature on Statutes About Child Molestation
Bar Admission

California, 1974

Education
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1974 Juris Doctorate
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota Bachelor of Science Honors:4th In Class Major:  Chemical Engineering
  • Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
Published Works
  • Has A Child Been Molested?, ISBNO-9677418-0-7, 1999
  • False Allegation of Child Sexual Abuse, Why Is It Happening, What Can We Do?, ABA, Criminal Justice, Vol. 5 No. 3, 1990
Continuing education classes and seminars taught
  • Child Molestation Issues, California Public Defender Association, 1988 – present
  • Child Molestation Defense, Vocal, 1988 – 1995
Employment Positions Held
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Criminal Division, Vice President, 2001
  • Solano County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1976 – 1977
  • Los Angeles Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1975 – 1976
  • Clancy Litigation Group, Private Practice in Criminal Law, 1977 – 2009
  • Innocence Legal Team,  Founder, 2009 – Present