Welcome to my Website! - Matthew Bently Attorney at Law

Welcome to My New Website!

Thanks for visiting! My name is Matthew Bently and I’m a lawyer that lives and works in Chico, California. If you want to visit my main website just click here. You can also use this form to contact me. You can also check out my Yelp page.

I am a San Diego native, born and raised in California. While growing up in San Diego, I regularly participated in sports, including water polo, wrestling, and track and field. After graduation from high school, I moved to Davis to attend the University of California, Davis where I started my law enforcement career. After spending a few years in Davis, California, I moved to San Jose, California where I continued to work in law enforcement until I moved to Chico, California. While working in law enforcement in the north state, I met my wife, at a major vehicle accident scene, who was working as a paramedic. After a few years, we married, bought a house, and we are now raising two wonderful children.

The modern two-story North Butte County Courthouse in the Meriam Park area in Chico, California, on March 15, 2020 (Architect: TSK Architects)

After leaving my first career, law enforcement, I finished school at CSU, Chico. While doing an internship with the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), I became interested in the role of attorneys in the judicial system. I started to work with a criminal defense lawyer, Dane A. Cameron and decided to enroll in law school. While working in the criminal defense field, and attending law school, I decided that I wanted to help people navigate the criminal prosecution system and add balance to the constitution. I graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, and opened my office to achieve my goal of helping others.

I am a general practitioner of California law, emphasizing on criminal and civil defense litigation. I provide legal services in all areas of criminal law, including DUI defense, medical marijuana issues, serious and violent felonies, reductions and expungements, and sexually-based offenses including registration requirements. I also provide civil legal services in the areas of contracts, transaction law, public agency law, and wills and trusts.