Martin Caraves is the founder and founding partner of the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, as well as the principal attorney at Caraves Law.
Mr. Caraves’ previous employment and education have been the key to his success in the field of criminal law. Mr. Caraves developed his zealous advocacy skills at the Public Defender’s Office in Oakland, California, where he provided criminal defense representation to individuals facing misdemeanor charges, specifically, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Domestic Violence (DV), and Assault/Battery.
Thereafter, Mr. Caraves joined Torres Law Group, a boutique criminal defense firm in Oakland where he developed his litigation acumen by defending individuals and small businesses facing serious crimes that required intensive motion writing and pre-trial/trial litigation.
Establishing The Firm
After several misdemeanor and felony cases under his belt, Mr. Caraves decided to create the defense firm, Caraves Law, wherein he has continued to defend individuals and businesses in the criminal courts. Mr. Caraves also partnered with Torres Law Group to establish the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, a criminal defense partnership.
Mr. Caraves has always made it a priority to champion his community and continues to contribute in any way he can. He has successfully provided defense for lower-income tenants who have suffered from unlawful evictions during his time working at the Housing Advocacy Clinic for the John F. Kennedy College of Law/Bay Area Legal Aid. He has also had the privilege of partnering with the USF School of Law-Street Law Program, where he teaches inner city youth at Far West High School in Oakland practical advocacy skills.
Mr. Caraves specializes his legal practice in matters related to:
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
- Domestic Violence (DV)
- Drug Possession and Sales
- Corporate Crimes
- University of California Berkeley, Bachelor of Science - Economics
- John F. Kennedy College of Law, Juris Doctorate
- California Public Defenders Association
- DUI Lawyer's Association
- Alameda County Bar Association
- The State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
Principal & Founder, Roseann Torres, began her career as an attorney in 2000 as a Deputy County Counsel of San Joaquin County, representing various county agencies such as Health and Human Services, San Joaquin General Hospital, the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Conservator/Guardian, as well as others.
While in service, Ms. Torres most notable case involved the removal of blighted property located inside a mobile home park, which for years led to multiple daily service calls to the Sheriff's Department as a result of violence, drugs, child abuse, prostitution and other crimes. Ms. Torres led the litigation as a Deputy County Counsel that allowed for removal of all blighted property via the appointment of a Special Receiver, a lawsuit filed against the owners of the property to successfully recover the cost of demolition and receivership, as well as leading to criminal charges. Equally important was the improved quality of life for residents of the mobile home park who were relocated into alternative safe housing, many of whom were children. Ms. Torres also successfully handled a matter for the District Attorney who was involved in an employment law dispute. This case was handled through arbitration.
Former Deputy District Attorney
To gain more rigorous courtroom experience, Ms. Torres became a Deputy District Attorney also for San Joaquin County, wherein she represented the People of the State of California in hundreds of criminal cases. Therein, Ms. Torres saw a need for Spanish speaking attorneys who could communicate directly with clients about critical details of their defense, rather than through interpreters who frequently made errors in open court. This led her to end her career in the public sector and pursue private practice.
The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves (formerly Law Offices of Roseann Torres) opened in March 2004 and has since served 1000's of clients in civil and criminal matters.
Along with becoming a trusted advocate on behalf of clients throughout the Bay Area, Ms. Torres believes strongly in giving back to the community and has served on a variety of boards and committees in Oakland, including:
- Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County
- Centro Legal de La Raza
- Youth Movement Radio
- National Women’s Political Caucus, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
- Latino Connection PAC
- Measure Y Committee
In addition, the firm has routinely housed interns from local high schools as well as Girls Inc. to ensure college readiness and provide direct exposure to the practice of law for those interested in law.
In 2012, Ms. Torres ran a successful campaign to be elected as Trustee on the Oakland Unified School District serving District 5. The term of Trustee is four years, from 2013-2017.