Michael Chastaine

Team Leader, Sacramento

The worst crime a person can be accused of is sexual misconduct.  Even the accusation can have a profound impact on a person’s life.  The law has special rules making it easier to prosecute people charged with these types of offenses.  I have spent the better part of three decades helping people accused of these charges.  It is critical that the government be forced to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.  I firmly believe that everyone has the right to have their case defended as aggressively and passionately as the fact will allow.



  • California State University – Hayward, BA in Political Science – – 1982
  • Magdalen College – Oxford, England – Study of jurisprudence – 1983
  • University of Santa Clara School of Law – Juris Doctor – – 1985


  • Innocence Legal Team 2016 to present
  • Owner – The Chastaine Law Office, Gold River, CA 2007-present
  • Of Counsel, Rothschild, Wishek and Sands, Sacramento, California
  • Senior Deputy – Alternate Defender Office, Santa Clara County, California 1995 – 2001
  • Senior Deputy -Santa Clara County Public Defender Office, Santa Clara County, California 1985-1995

I have handled trials ranging from capital murder, child molest, rape, fraud and other serious felons. The success that I have had is the result of listening to my clients, hard work and through preparation. Having a great team supporting my efforts means that my clients get the best possible representation at every phase of the process.

Bar Memberships

  • California State Bar
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court – Northern District of California


  • Best Attorneys in America List
  • Northern California Super Lawyer List
  • Sacramento Top Lawyers List
  • Top one percent

Published Opinions

  • People v Moore (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 401
  • People v Jenkins (1995) 10 Cal.4th 234