California DUI

The Best DUI Lawyers

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Finding and choosing a California DUI lawyer in a drunk driving case can be a difficult process; there are many incompetent, inexperienced and/or unethical attorneys who will readily accept DUI clients. However, asking the following questions can be helpful in retaining a good DUI defense attorney:

  • DUI defense is a technical and highly specialized field: Does the lawyer handle DUI cases only — or does he accept other types of criminal or civil cases as well? (This would be like a family doctor attempting brain surgery, cancer research and heart transplants.) What percentage of the attorney's caseload consists of DUI Cases?
  • Does the lawyer have access to technical expert witnesses in police procedures and blood/breath analysis? Will blood samples be reanalyzed by a lab? Will breathalyzer and maintenance records be obtained?
  • Does the attorney make promises as to the results he can get in the case? This is something no ethical attorney would do, as specific results are unpredictable.
  • Are fees fully explained and set forth in a written contract? Is the fee simply an initial retainer, or is it all inclusive? Do the fees cover such "extras" as the DMV license hearing, expert testimony, blood reanalysis, trial, subpoena costs, etc.?
  • What is the lawyer's rating with the Martindale-Hubbell International Directory of Attorneys? (The highest rating for competence and ethics is AV: "very high to preeminent".)
  • Did the lawyer attend a reputable law school?
  • Is he a member of the National College for DUI Defense? Is he Board-certified by that organization?
  • Have there been any State Bar complaints against the attorney?

The following California lawyers and law firms specialize in drunk driving defense, are members of the National College for DUI Defense and are reported to have excellent reputations in the field:

Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor: Los Angeles DUI Attorneys
Offices in Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Irvine, Riverside and Carlsbad. AV-rated 4-attorney firm, averaging 24 years of experience, specializing in representing DUI clients. A UC Berkeley graduate, senior partner Lawrence Taylor is a former prosecutor and Fulbright Professor of Law, former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Board-certified and the author of the standard textbook in the field, Drunk Driving Defense, 7th edition. This well-known Southern California firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is apparently unique in having a technical support staff of former law enforcement experts and officers.

Law Offices of Paul Burglin: San Francisco Bay Area
Offices in San Francisco and San Rafael. Mr. Burglin has 30 years experience and is the co-author of California Drunk Driving Law. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the national College for DUI Defense, and is one of only five attorneys in California Board-certified as a DUI defense specialist. Serving clients in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Contra Costa.

Law Offices of James Farragher Campbell: San Francisco Bay Area
Office in San Francisco. Mr. Campbell has 32 years of DUI defense experience and is Board-certified. He is a founding member and former Regent and Dean of the National College for DUI defense, and a past President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Serving clients in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Law Office of Jeffrey C. Stotter: Northern Valley DUI Attorney
Office in Redding. Mr. Stotter is a graduate of UC Irvine and Syracuse University College of Law, served as a deputy district attorney, has 16 years experience and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties.

Law Office of Terry A. Wapner: Central Valley DUI Attorney
Office in Fresno. Mr. Wapner is a USC graduate, a former prosecutor with 19 years experience, and has been certified in field sobriety testing. Member, National College for DUI Defense. Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Kings and Tulare Counties.

Law Office of Manny Daskal: Northwestern California DUI Attorney
Office in Eureka.  Mr. Daskal specializes in DUI defense and is a certified instructor in breath-alcohol testing and field sobriety tests. Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.

Law Office of James E. Wasson: Central Valley DUI Attorney
Office in Fresno. Mr. Wasson is a former California Highway Patrolman and Deputy Sheriff, a member of the National College for DUI Defense, and is a federally-certified instructor for DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Kings and Tulare counties.


For listings of other DUI defense attorneys in California and in other states, the following resource can be helpful:

The National College for DUI Defense
A national organization of approximately 800 attorneys specializing in drunk driving litigation. Dedicated to the continuing education of the criminal defense Bar, the College hosts an annual 3-day seminar at Harvard Law School.

California DUI Abogados
California's drunk driving laws and lawyers, explained in Spanish.

California DUI