Why hire Eric?

Call for a free consultation, (760) 216-4941 .  You’ll speak with me directly.

  • Lawyer-Scientist Designation, as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Section of the American Chemical Society.  I am one of the select few in the entire world to earn this designation.
  • I am the ONLY attorney in San Diego trained in DUI blood testing (alcohol and drugs) by the American Chemical Society.
  • Trained in DUI breath testing.
  • Qualified to train police on DUI field sobriety tests and investigation.
  • Graduated Gerry Spence’s 3-week Trial Lawyers College, July 2013.
  • Publications include “Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California” 2013 and 2015 editions; California Drunk Driving Defense, 2011 and 2013 supplements; and #DUIdata, my blog about DUI science, trial techniques, and criminal procedure.
  • Incredibly OCD about calling/emailing back clients.
  • DUI law is the ONLY law I do.

A little about me:

I am the ONLY San Diego trained on DUI blood testing (called gas chromatography) per the American Chemical Society and through the foremost experts in this science, Drs. Harold McNair and Lee Polite.  Through this, I earned the Lawyer-Scientist Designation, as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Section of the American Chemical Society.  I am one of the select few in the entire world to earn this designation

I am also trained on breath machines, including the Intoxilyzer 8000, used by San Diego police.  I am trained to train police in DUI Field Sobriety Tests and the science and origin of these tests.  I have attended countless DUI science trainings, more than any other firm in San Diego.

I am very, very proud to say I am a DUI Trial Lawyers, and focused on DUI science, and DUI Defense is the only area of law I practice (unlike many who run a general criminal law practice).  I am a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College.  While I am not arrogant by any means, I confident in what I know, and how I can execute it.  I have earned a strong reputation in San Diego as a DUI Trial Lawyer, and win cases on DUI science.

DUI defense is a particular area of law, very complicated with science, police and DMV procedures, Constitutional rights, and rules of criminal procedure.  Very few attorneys have invested the time and money to understand this area of law, how to approach the DMV hearings, and how to prepare a solid DUI defense.

Call me at (760) 216-4941 for a free consultation.  You will speak with me directly.  Not an assistant or sales manager, assistant, paralegal, or lawyer from a different firm.

Questions to ask a DUI attorney?

Sadly, there are many, many, many lawyers who will gladly take your money for a DUI arrest in San Diego.  But few really understand how to prepare a defense.

You can download a list of questions here to ask lawyers if you are calling around.

It’s a great start to ferret out who knows DUI law and science, and who is taking DUI cases to trial.

Testimonials:

The following is just from one DUI client.  Although I have a page for other testimonials, and print each one verbatim.

Anon. DUI Client
My husband did a lot of researching for the best lawyer and I’m so glad he found Eric. Eric always made time for my husband, whether it was by phone, email, or in person. What I appreciate the most is the genuine compassion Eric has for his clients. He listened, gave knowledgeable advice, and never stopped working to seek justice for my husband. I can go on and on about how talented Eric is at what he does, however I will put it short and simple: Eric saved us.

You can also see a list of my recent successes here.

Education:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor

Northern Illinois University, BA in Music Education

Publications:

Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California, 2013 and 2015 editions

California Drunk Driving Defense, 2011 and 2013 supplements

#crimpro, my monthly column about California criminal procedure in the North County Bar Association monthly magazine

#DUIdata, my blog about DUI science, trial techniques, and criminal procedure

Trainings & Certifications:

Graduated Gerry Spence’s 3-week Trial Lawyers College, July 2013

Trained in DUI blood testing (headspace gas chromatography) by the American Chemical Society

Trained in DUI breath testing (infrared breath testing)

Qualified to train police on DUI field sobriety tests and investigation

Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator’s Course, 2012

Forensic Chromatography III: Theory and Practice; Axion Labs/American Chemical Society, 2011

DataMaster DMT and Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, 2011

Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases, 2011, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and International Chief of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course, 2010

NHTSA and IACP DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course, 2010

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program: The Drug Recognition Expert Process, 2010

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Voir Dire Regional, October 2012

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Closing Arguments Regional, May 2013

Presentations:

“Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: Evaluating the Evaluation”; American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, 2012

“Understanding and Attacking DUI Field Sobriety Tests”; San Diego County Public Law Library, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

“Understanding and Attacking DUI Field Sobriety Tests”; San Diego, North County Bar Association, 2012

“Foundations of California DUI Laws”; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2012

Legal Organizations:

I am admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Southern District of the United States District Court of California. In addition, I am actively involved in:

DUI Defense Lawyers Association (founding member)

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

California DUI Lawyers Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego

– Board Member (2012 – 2016)

– Photography Co-Chair (2011-2013)

– Champagne & Chocolates Affair Co-Chair (2012)

San Diego County Bar Association

– New Lawyers Division Board of Directors, Community Service Chair (2012)

– New Lawyers Division Board of Directors, Newsletter Chair (2011)

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Alumni Association (2009 – 2014)

– President (2013-2014)

– Vice President (2011-2013)

Awards & Achievements:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year (for co-teaching one of the Trial Practice teams with Renee Galente), 2015

Thomas Jefferson School of Law A. Thomas Golden Honorary Alumnus of the Year, 2015

SD Metro Magazine’s Best Lawyers in San Diego, DUI/DWI, 2012

San Diego Daily Transcript Top Young Influential, 2012

San Diego’s Top 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metro, 2011

San Diego County Bar Association Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer, 2011

San Diego Daily Transcript 2010 Young Attorney Finalist, 2010

Disclaimer:

***This page and this entire website may be seen as a solicitation.  Although I try to simply make them informative, please understand it may be seen as a legal communication, and a solicitation at that.