Boyce & Schaefer defends clients accused of serious crimes, including:

  • Murder
  • Child Molest
  • Rape
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Burglary and Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Drug Trafficking

Boyce & Schaefer represents clients in both state and federal appellate and trial courts in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Imperial counties. The right column is a representative sample of cases.


Mr. Boyce has tried many murder cases, including death penalty cases. Mr. Boyce has obtained acquittals after jury trials in murder cases; most recently, Mr. Boyce obtained an acquittal in a special circumstance murder case, where the client faced a sentence of life without parole. Ms. Schaefer has obtained reversals of murder convictions on appeal.

Child Molest & Rape

Mr. Boyce has won acquittals in the trials of several highly publicized child molest cases. Our firm also obtained an acquittal in a rape case. Ms. Schaefer has obtained several reversals on appeal of child molest convictions, recently obtaining a reversal for a client serving a 28-year sentence.

Possession of Child Pornography

Mr. Boyce and Ms. Schaefer obtained an acquittal for a client accused of possession of child pornography, with the assistance of computer forensics specialists. Such expert assistance is critical in defending these cases.

Property Crimes

The law firm has experience defending business professionals accused of financial malfeasance at both the trial and appellate levels.

Three Strikes Cases

Our firm has represented clients facing the draconian “three strikes” law, mandating a 25-year to life sentence, and successfully persuaded courts to impose more lenient sentences.