Orange County Criminal Tax Attorneys


Orange County criminal tax defense attorneys Daniel W. Layton and Star Q. Lopez will bring their over 20 combined years of unparalleled criminal and fraud litigation experience to your side to protect your rights and zealously defend you from IRS overreach.  Layton & Lopez, Tax Attorneys, LLP, is the only multi-lawyer tax boutique in Orange County whose partners are exclusively ex-federal prosecutors with high-stakes trial experience on both sides of the courtroom.

Mr. Layton's in-depth knowledge of the IRS's practices and procedures in fraud and tax evasion cases comes years learning from the inside as an IRS trial attorney and federal tax prosecutor, roles in which he routinely trained the IRS's Special Agents and auditors on the available tools and the limits of their jobs.  As defense counsel, he uses that inside knowledge to hold the IRS accountable for its missteps and to protect his clients' constitutional rights.  Layton & Lopez, Tax Attorneys, LLP, handles a variety of white-collar crime and criminal tax cases including:

  • Criminal Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud Defense
  • FBAR Criminal Penalty Defense (for alleged willful failure to file correct reports of offshore and foreign bank accounts under 31 U.S.C. 5322)
  • Return Preparer Fraud Defense (Aiding in the Preparation of False Returns)
  • Sales & Use Tax Fraud Defense (including Tobacco Tax and Marijuana)
  • Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Defense (Return-Related Identity Theft)
  • Bribery and Entrapment Defense

When IRS audits and collections matters are handled properly, unnecessary criminal investigations should be avoided altogether. If you have a tax audit or collections matter, our savvy lawyers help clients avoid the pitfalls and traps for the unwary that most other lawyers and CPA's are unaware of.

Many tax attorneys will imply that they have "substantial litigation" experience - but have been to trial once or twice, or not at all.  Layton & Lopez, Tax Attorneys, LLP's experience is at all levels of criminal investigations and court cases, from the first time a criminal agent leaves a card on your door, through grand jury investigations, trial, and after, including hearings for supervised release.  Too much is on the line in criminal tax cases to hire a tax attorney who has only been to trial once or twice. You can contact the experienced tax litigation and criminal tax attorneys at Layton & Lopez, Tax Attorneys, LLP, for a consultation by calling (949) 301-9829.