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Ratings, Reviews, & Results

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Perfect 10 avvo rating
A+ BBB rating
5 Star Yelp Reviews
Super Lawyers
National Bar membership
Best of the bar
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
5 Star review on Google+
The National Trial Lawyers
2017 Top 40 under 40
American Bar Association
Top 10 under 40


  • Stalking & Harassing Electronic Communications Charges = Not Guilty after Jury Trial. Vista Courthouse.  The case started as a felony, was reduced to a misdemeanor after Preliminary Hearing.  The client ultimately acquitted of all charges by a jury.
  • Strike Felony Assault w/ Great Bodily Injury & Criminal Threats Case = Dismissed by District Attorney 2 weeks before Jury Trial. Downtown San Diego Courthouse.  Was able to establish viable self-defense argument with evidence elicited at Preliminary Hearing.
  • Attempted Murder Charges, among other Strike Felonies = Client received Probation with release from Jail to Residential TreatmentVista Courthouse.  Preliminary Hearing testimony led the District Attorney to reconsider their original position requiring a violent felony plea with one year in jail.
  • Felony Child Endangerment (2) & DUI Charges = misdemeanor “Wet Reckless” disposition after Winning Motion to Suppress Blood Test ResultsVista Courthouse.   Prevailed at Motion to Suppress Evidence obtained from Unlawful Obtained Warrant.
  • DUI (.10 BAC) = Not Guilty after Jury TrialSouth Bay Courthouse (but El Cajon case).  Reasonable doubt client was Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or had .08 or higher BAC at the time of driving.
  • Felony Hit & Run, and Felony Accessory Charges = Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
    South Bay Courthouse.  Factual discrepancies regarding what Client knew regarding the accident.
  • Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury + Multiple Victim Enhancements = Reduced to Misdemeanor at Preliminary Hearing
    El Cajon Courthouse.  The court granted Esteybar motion after hearing character/mitigation evidence about Client.
  • Numerous DUI Charges Dismissed After Winning Motions to Suppress Evidentiary Hearings &/or on Day of Trial
    All Courthouses in San Diego County
  • Numerous Felony Counts of Insurance Fraud & Welfare Fraud = all charges dismissed at arraignment
    Downtown San Diego Courthouse.  Proved Client had no knowledge of Co-defendant husband’s actions.
  • Felony Grand Theft with Multiple Prison Priors = Misdemeanor Probation
    El Cajon Courthouse & Downtown San Diego Courthouse.  Same Client.  Several years apart.
  • 5+ Separate Residential Burglaries (Strikes) = Probation and Credit for Time Served
  • Possession for Sale of Cocaine (with strike Prior) = Probation after Court struck strike
    South Bay Courthouse.  Extensive mitigation packet presented at sentencing on both cases (years apart).  Great lawyering.
  • Residential Burglary (Strike) Charge = dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
    El Cajon Courthouse.  Successfully argued the insufficiency of the evidence.
  • Strike Felony Charges of Dissuading a Witness from Testifying = Not Guilty verdicts after trial
    Downtown San Diego Courthouse.  Insufficient proof beyond a reasonable doubt as to the elements of the offense as required under the law.
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