Stacy Barrett


Stacy Barrett started writing articles about criminal law for Nolo in 2019. Her articles appear on,,,, and

Stacy has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with highest honors, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement. 

Legal career. Stacy began working as criminal defense attorney in 2006. Her first job was with the Napa County Public Defender. She represented thousands of indigent clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies, as well as clients facing involuntary civil commitments. In 2016, Stacy continued her work as a trial attorney at a private law firm, where she handled criminal cases ranging from DUIs to homicides.  

A few of Stacy’s victories in trial court received national and international media coverage. 

Other pursuits. Prior to her legal career, Stacy wrote feature articles for a small-town newspaper and copy pages for a national magazine in New York City. During law school, she taught Street Law to juveniles in a residential treatment facility in San Francisco. In 2019, she co-founded a support program at a community college for formerly incarcerated students.

Why Nolo? Stacy’s work as a deputy public defender, commitment to equity in education, and writing background led her to Nolo in 2019. She believes in Nolo’s mission to provide all people, regardless of income level, the information they need to make important legal decisions.

Articles By Stacy Barrett

Finding an Attorney for Your Infant Formula Lawsuit
Learn how to choose a lawyer who’s right for you and your lawsuit if your baby developed NEC after using Enfamil or Similac premature baby formula.
What Happens When You Total a Financed Car
Learn more about how insurance companies decide whether a car is totaled, what to do when you still owe money on a totaled car, and how gap insurance can help.
What If I Can’t Afford an Attorney?
Defendants facing possible jail time are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer if they can't afford one.
What Are the Consequences of a Probation Violation?
A probation violation can carry serious consequences. The judge can continue the probation term with or without modifications, such as adding conditions or extending the term, or revoke probation and send the person to jail or prison.
Use of Criminal Records in Charging and Sentencing
A defendant's criminal history can elevate pending charges and increase a sentence.
What Is Probable Cause?
Police need a legal reason before they can stop and search or arrest a person. What do they need to know?
Can I Sue If My IVC Filter Hasn't Caused Me Problems?
Your options are limited if your IVC filter hasn't caused actual harm, but a "medical monitoring" claim might be an option in some states.
Your Right to a Speedy Trial
Defendants have a right to a speedy trial...but how fast is fast?
How Deferred Adjudication Can Avoid a Criminal Conviction
Deferred adjudication is a way to avoid a conviction even after entering a guilty plea. There are, however, certain conditions.
Released on Your Own Recognizance: Out of Jail Without Bail
Defendants who are released pretrial on their own recognizance sign an agreement promising to return to court as required—without having to pay bail as a guarantee.