We are criminal defense attorneys who help adults accused of crimes in San Luis Obispo County protect themselves and their futures.


At the Stein-Conaway Law Firm, P.C., we will use our 50+ years of battle-tested criminal defense experience to provide you with strong, committed, and compassionate legal representation.

Take Your Power Back


We have the skills and experience to harness the legal power you have, and use it to your advantage.

Do you find yourself laying awake in bed, staring at the ceiling thinking about your legal problem. You are up for hours wondering how all this is going to turn out?

 

You might find yourself asking questions like:

  • Will I have to go back to jail?
  • What if my employer finds out?
  • Is this going to affect my professional license?
  • What's going to happen to my driver's license?
  • How is this going to affect my family?
  • How much is all this going to cost me?

Has the stress spilled over into other areas of your life, like personal relationships, and your performance at work? 

Our clients come to us feeling like they have little control, or influence, over the legal situation they find themselves in. They are fearful of what the future might hold.

 

We understand that you want this legal situation behind you as quickly and painlessly as possible. We want that for you as well.

 

Contact our office today and we can help you get things back on track. We can harness the legal power you have so you can move through your legal problem and into a better place.

 

If I could give Stein-Conaway a one million star rating I would do it without a second thought. I can't be any happier. Excellent service!


Miguel

I recommend her for any type of case, she's very honest and trustworthy. She won't let you down.


Artemio

Gain An Advantage


There are advantages in choosing us to represent you.

Small Town Finesse 

We balance our “big city” experience with an understanding and respect for small town dynamics.

 

Relationships are key in the practice of law, and it’s even more crucial in the tight knit community of San Luis Obispo County.

 

We have deep roots in SLO, and are respected by the local prosecuting attorneys, judges, and court staff.

 

Having attorneys who have a complete understanding of the San Luis Obispo court system, and its ins and outs, is invaluable.

Trial Experience

We can defend you aggressively to optimize the outcome of your case.

 

Our extensive jury trial experience makes it possible for us to understand how the nuances of your case could play out in a trial. We understand the ins and outs of how evidence can impact a judge and jury.

 

As a result, based on your goals for the case, we will strongly defend you whether that be through skillful negotiations or battling it out in the court room.

 

This experience and knowledge is critical to your case and can greatly enhance your result.

Big City Experience

The foundation of our legal experience was built in big city courtrooms in Southern California, spanning from downtown Los Angeles to Compton to San Bernardino.

 

Our careers started on these aggressive training grounds where we served as deputy public defenders.

 

We learned to craft creative defense strategies for a wide variety of case types and effectively deal with an assortment of prosecuting attorneys.

Jail Alternatives 

Many of our clients come to us after spending some time in jail, even if just for a few hours, and more than anything else, want to make sure they never go back to jail.

 

Figuring out creative resolutions to cases where our clients do not end up going back to jail is something that is very important to us and that we are very good at.

 

Over the many years that we have practiced law in San Luis Obispo County, we can tell you that most of our clients never go back to jail.

 

Our approach to your case, which is described in the sections below, is designed to keep you from having to go back to jail. Even in cases where you think that jail will be required, we often times come up with creative solutions to find alternatives to jail.

 

We have vast knowledge of the jail alternatives that exist like the alternative work program and electronic monitoring options.

 

Given this, very few of our clients ever end up spending time in jail. 

Our Holistic Approach

One element which sets us apart is our holistic approach to your legal matter.

 

In addition to focusing on optimizing the outcome of your case, we also aim to support you through this difficult time in your life. The support begins when you call our office and speak with one of our friendly staff members to schedule a free case evaluation, and it continues to grow over the life of the case.

 

Our clients deeply value this unique aspect of our practice. It’s quite common for our former clients to stop us to chat when they see us around town.

 

In our opinion this supportive quality is something that cannot be learned from a legal text book or business seminar. This is simply who we are. It’s in our DNA.

Gain An Advantage


There are advantages in choosing us to represent you.

Small Town Finesse 

We balance our “big city” experience with an understanding and respect for small town dynamics.

 

Relationships are key in the practice of law, and it’s even more crucial in the tight knit community of San Luis Obispo County.

 

We have deep roots in SLO, and are respected by the local district attorneys, judges, and court staff.

 

Having attorneys who have a complete understanding of the San Luis Obispo court system, and its ins in outs,  is invaluable.

Big City Experience

The foundation of our legal experience was built in big city courtrooms in Southern California, spanning from downtown Los Angeles to Compton to San Bernardino.

 

Our careers started on these aggressive training grounds where we served as deputy public defenders.

 

We learned to craft creative defense strategies for a wide variety of case types and effectively deal with an assortment of prosecuting attorneys.

Trial Experience

We can defend you aggressively to optimize the outcome of your case.

 

Our extensive jury trial experience makes it possible for us to understand how the nuances of your case could play out in a trial. We understand the ins and outs of how evidence can impact a judge and jury.

 

As a result, based on your goals for the case, we will strongly defend you wether that be through skillful negotiations or battling it out in the court room.

 

This experience and knowledge is critical to your case and can greatly enhance your result.

Jail Alternatives 

Many of our clients come to us after spending some time in jail, even if just for a few hours, and more than anything else, want to make sure they never go back to jail.

 

Figuring out creative resolutions to cases where our clients do not end up going back to jail is something that is very important to us and that we are very good at.

 

Over the many years that we have practiced law in San Luis Obispo County, we can tell you that most of our clients never go back to jail.

 

Our approach to your case, which is described below (link to the 1-5 below), is designed to keep you from having to go back to jail. Even in cases where you think that jail will be required, we often times come up with creative solutions to find alternatives to jail.

 

We have vast knowledge of the jail alternatives that exist like the alternative work program and electronic monitoring options.

 

Given this, very few of our clients ever end up spending time in jail. 

Our Holistic Approach

One element which sets us apart is our holistic approach to your legal matter.

 

In addition to focusing on optimizing the outcome of your case, we also aim to support you through this difficult time in your life. The support begins when you call our office and speak with one of our friendly staff members to schedule a free case evaluation, and it continues to grow over the life of the case.

 

Our clients deeply value this unique aspect of our practice. It’s quite common for our former clients to stop us to chat when they see us around town.

 

In our opinion this supportive quality is something that cannot be learned from a legal text book or business seminar. This is simply who we are. It’s in our DNA.

Free Case Evaluation


Request a free case evaluation

by calling our office at 805.748.5243 or

filling out the online form.

We offer in-person or by phone case evaluations free of charge, so that we can help you in this difficult time.

 

This is a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions you may have.

 

Many of our past clients have told us that as soon as they met with us, they knew that they wanted us to represent them. 

 

We believe you'll feel that way too.

Case Evaluation Request Form

Our Approach To Your Case


This is how we get great results for our clients.

Clear Communication

First, we listen to our clients’ specific fears, hopes, and concerns.

 

By asking questions and carefully listening, we obtain important information that we use in the defense of our clients.

Ongoing

Education

We have come to learn that people are most fearful of the unknown.

 

One of our responsibilities is to educate our clients about the criminal justice system and the legal process.

 

Understanding the process, including knowing what comes next, and always being kept up-to-date with case developments, helps ease the stress for many of our clients.

Skillful

Case Development

We create a tailored plan for each of our clients.

 

Depending on the case, the case development plan can include, but is not limited to, conducting legal research, utilizing private investigators, analyzing the prosecution’s evidentiary materials, consulting with attorneys in other legal specialty areas, and working with expert witnesses.

Aggressive

Advocacy

We use the information assembled in the case development stage, to advocate passionately and strategically for our clients.

 

This advocacy can occur in pre-filing negotiations with the prosecutors, in motions submitted to the court, or in trial, depending upon each client’s needs and goals.

Meet The Attorneys


Kara Stein-Conaway

Attorney, President

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Jeffrey R. Stein

Attorney of Counsel

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Time is a critical element in the legal process.

 

Waiting to take action on your case can potentially create unnecessary complications and disadvantages.

 

The time to create your legal strategy is now.

Our Areas Of Practice


  • Driving Under The Influence (DUI)

    Alcohol, drugs or medication

  • Domestic Violence

  • Drug Charges

  • Other Alcohol Related Charges

    Public intoxication, minor in possession, etc.

  • Driver License Suspensions

  • Property Theft & Embezzlement

  • Crimes Of Violence

  • Sex Offenses

  • Termination of Sex Offender Registration

  • White Collar Crimes

  • Environmental Crimes

  • Post Conviction Relief

    Immigration-related post conviction relief, expungements, etc.

  • Other Crimes Charged In San Luis Obispo Superior Court

1045 Mill Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

 

t: 805.748.5243

f: 805.409.4130

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