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by Jeanne W. on Blank Business Name
Case appealed

My husband and I would recommend Dan Smith and his team to anyone facing a confusing legal situation. We have hire Dan to represent us with our son. He was always available when we called. After a year of working with Dan he clearly helped to reverse a lot of extra legal expense and punishment. Dan was focused and involved in all social aspects that we faced with our son. Dan provided knowledge and helped us to trust the process of accepting that our son would have a chance to a fair hearing. His strategies involved his ability to carry out all the objectives that he had planned. Dan was assertive when confronting the legal opposition when necessary. We have the upmost praise for Dan Smith,federal criminal attorney. Thank you So Dan.

by A. Jones on Blank Business Name
Thank you

As I read testimonials it brought tears to my eyes not for me but the many lives that Dan and his team have touched.
I am a professional in the workplace . However, my circumstances of actual theft made me out to be a common criminal. I was wrong. I didn't know or understand what or why I was doing things to break the law. What I did know is that I was tired. I wanted to go to jail. I know you say well, if you wanted to go jail stay with a public defender. Well, a part of me wanted to be here for my minor children. It was that part that put some fight in me for my life. i was facing over 11 counts of theft 4 of them felonies. I never had faith in the San Diego legal system but after this ordeal and the way Dan and Alan handled the specifics of my case, I have a different perspective. Here's the kicker. Even after I am given 6 months house arrest while keeping my job, Another of Dan's colleagues comes to recoup jewelry that belonged to my daughter. The judge over this issue was a jerk. I told him never mind, the in "your face your nothing more than a common criminal" was too much for me especially when I made just as she did. But oh no my attorney wouldn't let it go. He said what Layla said. Your property will just sit in storage lets get it back to your daughter. The bottom line is instead of doing 4 years in prison i still have my job and a new start with my children who have their dad. The service that Dan offers is more than affordable, it's priceless


On A Very Bad Summer Week - End around Mid -Night 2012... I got a DUI ...Coming from a friends home... 1.9 BAC.. Racing around Speeding 0 -70 in seconds - Twice before caught up too...charges reduced to the First time Min..... Then a Terrible Mistake Driving with a Suspended Licence with a DUI was Toss out... SD Defenders are very nice to work with in these hard times and made is as easy as they could... Thanks so Very Much from Jimmy of San Diego

by James Mocci on Blank Business Name
Felony Strike Dismissed

"Dan Smith the Absolute Best Criminal Lawyer In California" I was arrested at a club in downtown San Diego for fighting (P.C 243 Battery). It was a Felony Strike Battery with Serious Bodily Harm. I was looking at a sentence of 2-3-4 years in a state prison. During the arrest I was already on probation from a previous battery in North County, which I made the mistake of going with a no name lawyer and just wasted my money. I knew this time around I needed to make the best investment of a lawyer possible or I was going to be facing probation violation and a strike with time served. I asked around for the best lawyer 3 people I asked recommended Dan Smith. I immediately called him and he scheduled me for a personal face to face meeting. Walking into the office I immediately felt I knew I was in the right spot. Dan worked the case and explained all avenues of approach with me, he was the most stand up lawyer I have ever encountered and I been under care from 3 lawyers previous to him. Dan worked with the DA hand to hand and tried to get me the best deal possible but the DA would not budge enough for my liking or Dans we decided to take it to Prelim.The next few weeks Dan worked with me and anytime I needed him he was just a phone call away. We then were going into Prelim and Dan had told me "Judges are known to bind over a ham sandwich so do not be discouraged when the case gets sent to trial." Dan kept me calm and cool and then we entered the court room. We were in court for about 3 hours and he literally destroyed the other parties defense, (A police officer) (The alleged victim) (Bouncer from the club) and (Attorney). He found holes and mistakes in all of their statements reports and comments. After calling my witnesses to the stand and the alleged victim, the Judge turned around to the alleged victim and said "you are lucky you are standing here today with us and this man did not hurt you even more." The Judge then said he would not bind over the charged and dismissed my (P.C 243 D Felony Battery w. Serious Bodily Harm) right there on the spot. I walked out in tears thanking Dan for his righteousness and ability to provide the best service I have ever seen. I was never brought back to court and he was able to stop any issues from the probation violation. On top of the perfect service he provided me with an amazing payment plan which fit my income. HAT OFF TO YOU SIR THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! I WILL STAND NEXT TO YOU IN COURT ANY DAY!! Do not go anywhere else this is who you want to represent you.

by Luis Lopez on Blank Business Name
More Than Just A Defense Firm

Words can not do justice for the help that San Diego Defenders gave me when I needed it the most. Although I have not dealt with any attorneys in the past, there is no doubt in my mind that Dan, Layla,and Mr. Pettis are the best that there is. Not only were they able to get my case dismissed, they were there every step of the way to help reassure me everything was going to be ok. They worked with me when I had financial troubles to establish a payment plan that worked and was affordable to me. I never felt that I wasn't being taken care of. Layla was available every time I called to help advise me in my legal matters. They made me feel as if I had my own personal law firm that I could get help from whenever I needed it, but more than that they made me feel like a friend or family member when attending to my case. Dan and Layla are more than just attorneys, they are members of the South Bay community. They believe in their community and defending the people that need it. In all sincerity, the San Diego Defender team truly cares about the people that they help. I would give them my highest recommendation possible. Overall, they are just about the best people you could meet.

by Elphbert Laforteza on Blank Business Name
Excellent Lawyer

It's been nearly two years since Dan took my case, and I don't know how my life would be without his help.

He's outstanding at what he does. He knows the justice system very well and has the experience in the court room to know how to approach all types of unique cases.

What sets him apart is that he is very 1 on 1 with his clients. He gets to know you and understands that sometimes bumps in the road of life happens. He's calm under pressure and always professional in everything he does.

When he took my case, I felt like mine was the only case he was focused on. He's diligent and will always tell you, as the client, his game plan and if you ask if you're on board or not.

There's no one out there like Dan.

by Attorney Michael on Blank Business Name
True asset to the defense bar.

Dan taught me all I know. I owe my aggressive style, my sheer confidence in the courtroom to him. He is a consummate professional and a true asset to the defense bar.

by Mother of Client Dana G. on Blank Business Name
Dan is Heaven sent

Dan is Heaven sent...He is a real gentleman. They do not make attorneys like Dan anymore. He is an asset to the justice system, and we will always be grateful for his compassion.