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David P. Shapiro


Managing Partner | San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

David P. Shapiro is a San Diego criminal defense lawyer licensed to practice law in the State of California. From the beginning of his college days through today, he has focused his career on protecting the rights of those charged with criminal offenses. As an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, David majored in Legal Studies, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude. From there, he received a scholarship to attend Tulane University Law School, where he continued to make criminal law the center of his studies. While in law school, David was a student-attorney at the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic. He fought for the rights of prisoners during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, and was recognized for his efforts in numerous news documentaries. He further honed his skills working for the rights of older prisoners, and is one of only a few students who argued successfully before the Louisiana State Board of Parole.

After graduation from law school in 2006, David continued to put his educational experience to work for defendants in criminal cases. First, he applied his skills on behalf of clients represented by the San Diego Public Defender’s Office, focusing initially on misdemeanor cases while a post-Bar Examination law clerk. His next step, once licensed as a practicing attorney, was to join one of the city’s most well-respected criminal defense firms where he stayed until 2010.

In 2010, he formed the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, where he has focused exclusively on the practice of criminal law, defending clients in DUI, DWI and a wide variety of criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies.

David is a member of the State Bar of California and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the California Public Defenders Association, among other prominent organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors for San Diego’s Criminal Defense Bar Association

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From New York to New Orleans to San Diego, David has been focusing on criminal law and the criminal justice system for over a decade.  He has represented clients in virtually every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to serious felonies.  While past results do not guarantee future results, David’s record of success is impressive, and is a testament to the quality of his work.  He has obtained not guilty verdicts at trial in every courthouse in San Diego County and is considered by many as one of San Diego’s best trial lawyers.

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If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to know that your attorney is placing your rights, and your interests, first; that he will fight for you using all his talents and experience; and that he will explore all avenues for your defense so that you will achieve the best possible result in your case.  David understands the effect that pending criminal charges have on your life.  He will devote himself to making sure that your defense is second to none, while  minimizing the damage which may be already done, allowing you to get your life back on track.

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Aggressive, Calculated Defense

The word “aggressive” may, for some, have negative connotations.  And David agrees that “blind” aggressiveness does not serve the needs of his clients.  This is why we say that the defense, while aggressive, should also be calculated.  On the other hand, a criminal charge is not social event, it is an experience that could jeopardize your entire way of life.  This is not the time to sit back casually; rather, it is a time for action.  David will leave no stone unturned when it comes to handling your case.  He will also utilize a dual-track approach, which means actively investigating the facts, and at the same time taking the steps necessary to alleviate any existing damage.  He will apply to the court for relief during the pretrial phase of your case, cross-examine witnesses, and take whatever other steps will aid in your defense.

A criminal charge is not social event, it is an experience that could jeopardize your entire way of life. This is not the time to sit back casually; rather, it is a time for action.

Not surprisingly, David’s accolades have been consistently recognized by clients and colleagues. Among other testimonials, they have also led to a “Superb” AVVO rating (the highest possible rating), which provides an unbiased view of an attorney’s background and profile. Today, David Shapiro enjoys the reputation of being one of San Diego’s finest defense lawyers.

If you have been charged with a crime, call us today and see how our experience can make a difference in your case. We offer a free, confidential case review, and we have convenient and realistic payment plans available.

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