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DUI/ Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense & DUI

Attorney Serving La Mesa, El Cajon & Lemon Grove

In addition to working as a family law attorney, I provide legal representation in other key practice areas. I represent clients across La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, and the surrounding communities. Trying to get the justice that you deserve can be difficult and complicated, which is why I make myself available to you every day of the week. When you work with my firm, you're more than just another case number to me. I take all of my cases personally and dedicate my efforts to providing you with the quality counsel and support you need.

I highly recommend that you call my office as soon as possible if you need counsel or guidance regarding:

  • A criminal investigation or allegations that you have committed a crime of any kind.
  • An arrest or outstanding warrant in your name.
  • Clearing your criminal record to get a fresh start.
  • A dispute or other issue that can be addressed in small claims court.

If you are unsure of whether you need an attorney, get your immediate questions answered by calling (619) 304-8499 – and make an informed choice regarding this important matter.

Arrested for DUI in San Diego? Now What?

As a San Diego DUI defense attorney, I understand the complexities of the law because I have represented hundreds of accused clients. Many of my clients have even come back to me for other cases or for an expungement in the future. When you come to me with your case, I will thoroughly read all reports, discuss what you believe happened when you were pulled over, and handle your case with caring, individual attention.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, even medication prescribed by your doctor, is a misdemeanor in California. These are usually viewed as less serious offenses with lower penalties, but individual circumstances may vary. In any event, if you are pulled over and arrested, it will still feel pretty serious.

If this is your first offense, you may face the following penalties:

  1. A year in San Diego County jail
  2. Probation for up to 5 years
  3. Assessments and fines of $1,600 to $2,300
  4. A mandatory DUI program for up to 9 months
  5. License suspension for 6 months to a year
  6. Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for up to 3 years
  7. Penalties and higher insurance rates
  8. Additional penalties for "aggravating factors" such as higher BAC, causing an accident, reckless driving, having a minor in the car with you, and more

In addition, if this is your second or subsequent offense, there may be harsher punishments.

Anyone who has been through the justice system can tell you that any punishment for DUI convictions are not fun. Even a first offense or conviction can have serious personal, financial, and professional repercussions.

Offering Hourly Consultations

I conveniently offer phone consultations which are billed hourly. This gives you the opportunity to gain better insight into your situation and decide for yourself how to handle the matter and whether you need an attorney for the duration of your case, or only to advise you on one or two key matters. Or, if you are just looking for a quick consultation, then consider a free initial 10-15 minute phone consultation with me. Together we can find the best solution based on your needs and goals.

Give me a call today at (619) 304-8499 to learn more about my services and how I can help you.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.
  • No Actual Custody It was about 4 p.m. and my client had a fight with his wife. He decided to drink 1/2 pint of Vodka and hit the car in front of him and got arrested. He had a .12 blood alcohol content. This arrest was 2 years after a previous DUI conviction. So, he was still on probation. He could have done 90 days to 1 year in custody on this new DUI because of his probation violation. However, he received no actual custody: 96 hours of jail satisfied by CPAC-house arrest, 1 day of Public Service instead of 5, Fines at $50 per month and a no ignition interlock device ordered.
  • No Custody Officer smelled alcohol, said she had slurred speech, red eyes and other symptoms of being under the influence. She had a blood alcohol content of .11 and did not pass the Field Sobriety Tests given by the officer. She had a DUI with 2 DUI priors. Her result was no custody, credit for time served when arrested, no public service and instead did volunteer work, fines at $35 per month, no ignition interlock device ordered and a fine reduction of $575 by client agreeing to do a program.
  • Appeal Our client was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young mom and her 4 year old daughter. After reviewing thousands of pages from the trial, interviewing witnesses and family members, we found some issues that had not been previously litigated and were able to get these issues sent to State Court.
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor DUI Client fell asleep at the wheel, swerved off the highway and hit the vehicle of a woman and she was hurt very badly. Lots of negotiations with the Deputy District Attorney and got this case reduced to a misdemeanor. Client did not do custody. He had a lot of restitution to pay back to cover the young woman’s medical expenses.
  • No Charges Filed My client slapped her husband after he pushed her and was “handsy” with her. He called the police and she got arrested for battery. He made various statements that were inconsistent and therefore no charges were filed.
  • Drug Court Instead of Prison Represented a client with multiple DUIs. Once he overcame his alcohol addiction he became addicted to pain medication and muscle relaxants. Her was later arrested for a DUI after he hit a parked vehicle. While the District Attorney's Office was testing his blood for drugs, he got in 2 more accidents while driving. I was able to get him Drug Court. Where is a closely supervised 18 month program that will help him achieve sobriety and a lawful lifestyle.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • What a huge relief to know that Andrea had my back and would truly be MY champion.

    “She was very quick to respond to any of my questions and gave me just the right amount of support. She made me feel empowered during this divorce journey and helped me see that I could survive this ordeal with her by my side.”


  • I left our appointment feeling empowered and capable of negotiating the divorce and child custody process.

    “She had genuine concern for me and my children at a time where it often felt like nobody was looking out for us. Andrea was also very flexible with scheduling and offered solutions on how to work with my budget.”


  • She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.

    “I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case. She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.”

    Brian Hansen

  • She patiently heard my questions and gave detailed answers.

    “I used Andrea’s services for a divorce case. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She patiently heard my questions and gave detailed answers. She went above and beyond to help me prepare how to communicate with my spouse.”


  • I would recommend her highly.

    “I am very pleased with the representation Andrea has done for me. Being very nervous and stressed with my DUI situation, Andrea has made me feel very comfortable. All of my imposed fines have been less and better than I would have ever thought.”