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I was unsure of hiring Dan Smith

I was unsure of hiring Dan Smith to help me get my car from the border patrol
He explained what would happen so I decided to go there myself, everything that happened was exactly as he said it would right down to what there responce was.
So I decided to hire him, he definitely knows what he is doing. Dan Smith has gone above and beyond and has proved to to me that he is the right man for the job.
I want to thank Dan for his help, could never have done this without him.


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Just visited Dan's office for the first time

Just visited Dan's office for the first time. Gotta tell ya - Attorney Dan projects competence, confidence and compassion, in a way you can't fake. Yeah, I think you should call him.

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An Outstanding Lawyer

I highly recommend Daniel M. Smith of the San Diego Defenders to anyone having trouble with the law, as was the case with my son. I believe that Mr. Smith is an outstanding lawyer. Mr. Smith took a great deal of interest in my son's situation, and did a significant amount of research to build a case to help him, which led to a sympathetic response of the court, and to a large reduction of his sentence. In addition, he provided a great deal of encouragement and moral support to my son and to his family. I think that my son was lucky to find such an excellent lawyer.

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Highly recommend Dan Smith

I highly recommend Dan Smith and San Diego Defenders to anyone in need of legal assistance. Dan and his team have not only proven to be extraordinarily capable, but they also vest themselves in their clients well being on a personal level. Over the last 3 years my family and I have lived through a very unfortunate situation that, like many, became much more complicated than necessary once authorities became involved. I have great respect for the police and our legal system, this just wasn't a case that required their involvement. What should have been a simple intervention for addiction became an exaggerated criminal accusation with the State seeking maximum life altering sentences. My wife and I were very fortunate to have had Dan recommended to us and from the very beginning Dan did all that he could do to defend our son from an over-zealous DA. Dan was successful in reducing or clearing some of the charges, although a single felony remained despite his valiant efforts. This is were most attorneys would have given themselves a pat on the back and called it a day, but not Dan. He cared! He continued to fight to help for the early release of our Son to an addiction treatment center which Dan found HIMSELF! Our Son has had a complete turn around in his life, due greatly to Dan and his team's involvement! Even then, our Son had the stigma of a Felony record that has stymied much of his ability to move forward... Until today! Today my wife, our Son and I attended court with Dan's associate Jon who successfully argued for the State to expunge our Son's record!!! Dan's team has yet again gone above and beyond so as to allow us to recover from a past mistake and instead have the ability to look forward to a much brighter future! Thank you to everyone at San Diego Defenders! We will always be grateful!


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A career ending situation came about in my life

A career ending situation came about in my life involving getting behind the wheel , and these guys literally fought tooth and nail to save my ass. My case took about 7 months but after it was all said and done , I did not get a record or anything major to ruin my career or future. I recommend them any day of the week seriously. They even worked above and beyond and got me too keep my driving privileges through it all ! GREAT TEAM

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Outside the Box

Real people work here and will do right by you. Honestly I call NOT expecting much. I figured it would just be someone to tell me how much a retainer would be and kinda write me off like other lawyers I have spoken too in the past without answering any questions. INSTEAD I was greeted by a very polite women who listened to my concerns and questions then transfered me to Dan Smith an attorney there. My brother got in some trouble so I was seeking out my best coarse of action. After hearing my situation he told me hiring him wouldn't be the best coarse of action but then stayed on the phone with me answered all of my questions, looking up records, gave me advice on how, who, and where to go to help my brother and was sympathetic to my situation because he also has a brother he loves. This dude straight up gave me directions down to how many escalators I need to ride to get to who i need to talk to. Anyway I know its a long review but I wanted the reader to get a feel for how appreciative I am that there is still rad people in powerful places when you are at your most vulnerable moments. If you're considering lawyers just give them a call i am sure that after a brief conversation you'll know you are in good hands! Again Thank you Dan!


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The San Diego Defenders Law Office saved me!

We all make mistakes and I am no exception. I was charged with Felony DUI with injury. This was my first time every being arrested and I was terrified of what the consequences would be. I searched for a good local lawyer and was pointed in the direction of San Diego Defenders law office. I called and arranged for a consultation. I met with Dan Smith and he was very honest and patient with my questions. I decided to retain their services. I was represented very well by Jon Pettis. In the end I was faced with fines, scram (90 days), 3 month DUI class, probation and 10 day public service. This was much better than the alternative of 2-4 year prison sentence. The office was responsive to inquiries and responded quickly. I hope to never need their services again, but if I ever find myself in a legal bind again, I definitely will be calling on the San Diego Defenders!

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Great Attorney

Provided me with information that I needed over the phone. Great attorney had a client too and made the time to give the info that I needed. I definitely recommend him.

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We had a situation going on with my boyfriend's dad

We had a situation going on with my boyfriend's dad. He got picked up by US Marshalls and we had no idea why. We went to talk to Dan Smith and he investigated and it turned out he was being charged for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and conspiracy with 16 people involved. His dad was looking at over 10 years in federal prison. We went to Dan Smith and we discussed the situation. Long story short, his dad signed to a plea agreement for 30 months, which we thought was great, compared to 10+ years. Sentencing court date finally arrives, after 9 months, and we talk to Dan minutes before we go in and he gives us a rundown of what he's going to say and whatnot. Well, we left that courtroom happy as can be. The judge gave my boyfriend's dad 18 months! Dropped all the other charges and only charged him for marijuana. We couldn't believe it! Dan told us it was going to be a long shot, but he made it happen. We couldn't be more grateful. We went from 10+ years to 30 months to 18 months, and all thanks to Dan Smith.

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God bless Dan Smith

God bless Dan Smith, I was in a bind and no other attorneys would take the time to speak to me in person,as soon as I called I was emidiatly assisted and nothing came of the problem.


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Amazing an Professional Team

What an amazing an professional team! Unfortunately i got arrested for Dui in April and my alcohol level was really high. This was my first DUI and i was unsure of what might happen. The legal team there is knowledgeable about the laws. I just left their office and i am pleased what i was told. My attorney was able to get the lowest charges reduced and i will not be facing any Jail time. Thank you so much and I am pleased with the outcome. I am amazed about how fast everything got resolved. I highly recommend this team of criminal defense. And they do offer affordable payment plans for anyone who is facing financial difficulties.

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Glad I made the right choice in calling San Diego Defenders office.

If you are reading this, it is probably because you are doing what I did a little over 9 months ago, and that is surf the net for reviews on a good Criminal Defense Attorney. I was looking at four (4) Felonies and One (1) Misdemeanor, which meant jail time for sure. I was worried, petrified, and uneasy it all added up to considerable amount of stress. I drove by San Diego Defenders office almost every day, not realizing that I would need to contact them. During my first meeting with Mr. Daniel Smith, I felt a load off my back, my stress level reduced, because he was going to work on keeping me out of jail. He did not make any promises, but showed me that he was confident on his criminal defense skills, along with his Partner Jon Pettis, very knowledgeable and they work well together. Dan and his partner have a good relationship with the DA’s office, and Courts (I think that is very important). They knew the right people to get my case reduced, stay out of Jail with a low risk case; they also worked out a payment plan with the court. I was happy with the outcome and glad I made the right choice in calling San Diego Defenders office. Good Luck!

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Definition of Legal Tenacity

Daniel Smith is the definition of legal tenacity. My immigration case was complex. He worked diligently for over two years. With his extensive knowledge, he was able to exhaust all avenues and obtain a winning solution to my situation. Thank you San Diego Defenders!

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I was very shocked to find out there are good lawyers

I was very shocked to find out there are good lawyers in the Chula Vista area. I spoke to Daniel a possible issue I felt I was being shorted on and he was able to direct me to the right attorney. Most lawyers will ask for 100-1000$ for small information but not Daniel he was happy to help. Thank you Daniel!

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Very Professional and Honest Lawyer

He answer all my questions and he was very professional and honest lawyer I recommend him very much


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Excellent representation for DUI

Mr Smith represented me well, kept me informed along the way, help keep me calm and confident in unknown territory. Furthermore, when questions arose he took my call and answered all my questions. He made it easier to afford by offering a payment plan.

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Dan smith is the man

Dan smith is the man.! If u are in need of good honest lawyer to help u with your dui case don't hesitate and give San Diego Defenders a call they are the best and have the best price, they are in the business of helping people, not taking people's money. We had a problem, and he helped us the best he can. Thanks Dan and staff...

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Only Lawyer That Actually Gave Me Answers

I just got off the phone with Mr.Smith!
He was very helpful' answered my questions and made me feel better about this situation. He gave me free advice which was great! He was the only lawyer that actually gave me answers instead of telling no you just have to wait. And spoke to me about the APP they have which is helpful thank you mr smith. Even the his receptionist was wonderful on the phone. Thank you!


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I got myself into a bit of trouble, but dan helped me

This review is long over due. I got myself into a bit of trouble, but dan helped me out big time. This was the only time I have ever been in trouble, but Chula Vista court was trying to throw the book at me. I was charged with felony evading, disregard for public endangerment and driving on a suspended license. Dan got me out ASAP on parental O.R. After O.R failed. He got everything reduced down to a misdemeanor and fines reduced to $0 with time served. Dan and his staff amazing. I went in a year later to get a copy of paperwork and his secretary was great. She has a great memory!! I said my name and she remembered every detail. This is the perfect criminal attorney if your in need of one!!

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Dan Smith is the man

Dan Smith is the man. Answered my questions and out my mind at ease.


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Daniel is the attorney that you should be working with.

Ok. I am a very hard working technical professional always rushing to the next job. I was in a hurry a couple of months ago and received a speeding ticket. Daniel Smith represented me and was able to get the whole thing dismissed. Daniel's representation is unsurpassed and you need to call him today. His experience and track record is what you need.

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Forever grateful for the representation

Forever grateful for the representation, education, and peace of mind provided by the entire team at San Diego Defenders. To err is human, to seek proper representation is divine!

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I just got off the phone with Mr.Smith!

I just got off the phone with Mr.Smith! He was very helpful' answered my questions and made me feel better about this situation. He gave me free advice which was great! He was the only lawyer that actually gave me answers instead of telling no you just have to wait. And spoke to me about the APP they have which is helpful thank you mr smith. Even the his receptionist was wonderful on the phone. Thank you!

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DUI case

The case was dismissed. Mr. Smith was very helpful and answered all questions throughout the entire process.

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Great Team

My husband was Involved in a DUI accident with injury. We were very afraid of consequences and a possible bad criminal record. I found Mr. Smith through yelp services online. I like most people are, was skeptical about anything to do with any attorney or lawyer. I called for an appointment and we met with him after. Very on point and straight foward. Mr Pettis his associate Attorney handled most of my case, very nice man and smart. Fought long and hard for our family, we appreciate him very much. They know their way around the court and are well known by court staff. Altogether I would give San Diego Defenders a full 5 Stars for excellence and honesty.

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Bogus DUI Averted

I was riding in the passenger seat of my friends car. We were pulled over by the police claiming we hit the median of the street. I was subsequently charged with a DUI even though I was the passenger and the drive was stone sober. I hired Mr Smith and Mr Pettis to defend me and they did an excellent job of persuading the DA that the charges were bogus and the case was dismissed. They were extremely professional and personable. I felt that the case was in great hands and I was proved right. I would highly recommend them and would go to them immediately again if needed. Their rates are great and they went out of their way to help us out even further in that area. Once again highly recommended - Michael (Satisfied Client)

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Dan was a great choice

As soon as I had a legal issue a friend referred me to Dan Smith. Dan was a great choice. His expertise and professionalism helped me get through a case involving the military. A year later and living in Michigan, the issue came back up. Once again, Dan was very quick to respond and help me all the way in Michigan.


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Amazing Lawyer

My case started as a Misdemeanor Battery in October of 2016, it involved pepper spray and the other party placing me in a private persons arrest. During the initial contact with the officer I was asked about my dashboard camera. Unfortunate for me the officer took my dashboard camera as evidence against me. When the officer filed the paper work with the court he changed to charges from a Misdemeanor Battery to a Felony Illegal use of tear gas weapon. It was bad and I needed help fast. I had been doing research on local lawyers and decided to pay only two a visit. The first was flashy with her nice place and weird way of doing business. It felt very impersonal and made me feel like a number. I decided to take my business with San Diego Defenders. I made contact with San Diego Defenders over the phone and left a message with their answering service. I was contacted by Daniel Smith from San Diego Defenders. He got right to the point and asked me to come in for a chat. I was hesitant at first because I was not given permission to talk with the other attorney's I only spoke with case managers. So I went in to further discuss my situation. I left San Diego Defenders feeling great about my decision. As of January 2017 I am happy to say that the DA decided not to file charges against me and my life is back on track. I am forever in debt to Dan, Layla and Jon for all their help in my case. If it wasn't for the hard work from San Diego Defenders I would be in prison unable to return the favor in this small review. My monthly bill with Dan Smith comes in at a whopping $150.00 per month. If you are hesitant about conducting business with San Diego Defenders I ask that you take a deep breath and handle your business with people who are willing to go above and beyond for those they defend. DO NOT HESITATE, go in, speak with Daniel Smith FACE TO FACE, not a case manager and hear it from the horses mouth. YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSE IF YOU ARE NOT WORKING WITH Dan Smith, hire only the best at an affordable price. Thank you Dan, Layla and Pettis! All of you are amazing people doing great things to help those in need. I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication to my case. I am forever in debt to all of you. If I am ever in a bind again, San Diego Defenders is my go to Law Office

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A REAL ATTORNEY WHO WILL GO TO TRIAL for you

In October 2016 I was arrested by a private person when I used pepper spray on him. I was charged by police with a Misdemeanor. During initial contact with the officer who responded they noticed my dashboard camera and asked about it. The officer asked to place my dashboard camera in evidence (this evidence was used against me later). In December of 2016 the paper work was filed against me in court, but not as a Misdemeanor, it was for Felony use of illegal tear gas weapon. I was in touch with 3 different attorney's, they all said they would take my case, but I would definitely have to do some time. For obvious reasons I did not want to do business with any of them. They all were flashy attorneys boasting about their achievements, but couldn't do anything for my case and wanted a ton of money down. I contacted San Diego Defenders because of the yelp reviews. It was the best decision I have made in my entire life. As of January 2017 I was given a certificate of release and no charges were filed against me. I am currently paying off the rest of my debt to Daniel Smith from San Diego Defenders. My bill is $150.00 per month. If you are looking for the best representation and A REAL ATTORNEY WHO WILL GO TO TRIAL for you. look no further! Daniel Smith, Layla Smith and Jon Pettis are here to fight your case. If it wasn't for this great team I would be locked up somewhere talking with my daughter through glass. I am forever in debt to all of them and couldn't have asked for any better representation for a low low price. Please give them a call! They helped me out and I bet they will get you out of a bind!

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I definitely recommend this place

I went in yesterday because I thought I was going to get a DUI. I spoke to Daniel about my case and everything that happened that night. I was ready to hire him but was having second thoughts because I was unsure of my BAC level and unsure if I should wait. He was kind enough to take the time and check out my BAC report. After him checking he walked back in and told me that I didn't need his services and he gave me my card back. He didn't charge me anything but he was kind enough to help me out. I definitely recommend this place. He changed my view about lawyers.


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FELONY DUI DEFENSE

Mr. Dan Smith represented myself in a felony DUI with additional child endangerment charges. I was facing one year in jail since it was my second DUI . My case drug out for over two years and Mr. Smith and his team stuck right by my side the entire time. I paid one flat fee for his teams services. His team did such an outstanding job defending me throughout the entire process. He negotiated and fought for me using his years of experience and kept me out of jail and only on probation at the end. He also continued to represent me when a restitution hearing was brought against me for the same incident with no additional fee. Mr. Dan Smith and his team represented me very professionally and his teams action resulted in a second chance for myself. I owe my freedom to his law firm. This is the second time I have used Mr. Dan Smith and his team and I would use them again if ever needed (let's hope not).

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Well I have an acquaintance

Well I have an acquaintance, who shall remain unnamed, that got busted for trying to run from the cops on his motorcycle. Such a dummy, but hey we all make bad mistakes from time to time in life. Well he had a record from a long time ago, so the DA wanted to hold that against him. He originally called an attorney Sam Spital. But Sam is getting on in years and wasn't able to take the case, so Sam referred my friend to Dan Smith at SD defenders. Well after all was said and done, my buddy that got busted said Dan got his case reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, got to keep his drivers license, and got no fines attached. I guess the DA was hell bent on some custody time for my bro cuz he had priors. But Dan apparently got him work furlough, so he can keep his job, and get out every day for work! Lucky my bro did not have to go to to jail, and get raped in county jail lock up or anything crazy! I fly on the straight and narrow, but my buddy wanted me to write Dan at SD defenders a good review, since he doesn't have a yelp account, so here it is. Cheers!

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Danny case

I Gloria when to consult Atorney Daniel Smith ,and he was very helpful, respectful, he give me advice, also,he found that my son had a charge that wasn't his,the attorney pull out the case,and got the inf.from the other person, for me,he gave me the inf.so that my son can ask for that charge to be removed, ,he really help me a lot, I recommend attorney Daniel Smith, he is a experience attorney, always ready to help.

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They're the best in the business

I've known Dan Smith for years, and recently he and his partner Jon Pettis helped a close friend get out of a sticky situation with top notch service at an incredibly affordable rate. As far as I'm concerned, they're the best in the business. I would wholeheartedly and without hesitation recommend and refer any and all of my friends and family to the San Diego Defenders.

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I called for a free consortium about my case

I called for a free consortium about my case and it seemed like he was a genuine guy at first. But as we began to discussed my case, Dan began to change his tone when we discussed the matter of the payments. I was constantly trying to get back to my case and discuss how we will fight it, until he eventually found an excuse to hang up. I didnt feel any comfort at all and he made me feel like all he wanted was money.

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Excellente attorney

He saved me and my husband from a mess of paperwork got my husband out with one of his fellow colleagues and made sure we still had an opportunity to get my husband paperwork by clearing all charges thanks Dan!! Your a miracle worker!!!!!

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He is the best most thorough attorney

I can't say enough about this team. From the minute you walk in the door you know your in good hands. Jon Pettis tried my case. I don't know what the outcome is yet but he should be on TV. He is the best most thorough attorney. I am so impressed. I would recommend him for any trial.


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Very knowledgeable guys and well known in the South Bay area

I knew I was in a bind when I received two tickets in one night at a concert at Sleep Train Amphitheater (I received one that was an infraction and one that was a misdemeanor). I knew that I couldn't have a misdemeanor on my record for school so my dad helped me out and found Mr. Smith. We met up with Mr. Smith within three days and he made a plan for my case at a reasonable price since I am a college student. Although I did not meet with Mr. Pettis, both him and Mr. Smith were working as a team to fight my case. I did not have to attend either of the hearings and the end resulted in one of the tickets being completely dropped and the other being reduced (neither of them affecting my record). Very knowledgable guys and well known in the South Bay area.

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I recommend them highly to anyone that wants the best chance for success

We were facing loosing our brother to a prison term if three years, who is also the caretaker of our mother to a DUI, and we saw no way out. He may never see our mother alive again if he went to prison for that long.

We then were fortunate enough to be led to Attorneys Dan Smith and Jon Pettis of SAN DIEGO DEFENDERS in Chula Vista. They were amazingly competent and skilled in handling the case.

They caught every discrepancy in the original report and even went to the location of the incident at the same time of day to verify the reports accuracy. These guys are the the real Perry Mason's! Never ever did we expect this type of support even from the office staff.

The time they spent on this case was as if this was their only case. They were never too busy to talk or unreachable.

We are grateful to them and for all the man hours they put into this case and for the VERY AFFORDABLE PAYMENT PLAN.

We did pray to be led to the perfect attorney...I BELIEVE HE ANSWERED.

I recommend them highly to anyone that wants the best chance for success.


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Dan Smith was surprisingly easy to get a hold of

My family and I weren't sure if we needed lawyer services for an issue we were going through, but I called anyway just to see what I could find out. Dan Smith was surprisingly easy to get a hold of and he's a pretty down to earth gentleman. After a follow up email and another phone call, he essentially told us that we didn't really need his services (no charges had been made, but still have to close the loop with the CBP office). Dan still offered us guidance and encouraged us to call him again if we had any further questions later on. To us, that speaks a lot about how this office is not out go get you and take advantage of a situation. If we need it in the future, we will definitely come back to them.

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I strongly recommend SAN DIEGO DEFENDERS to represent your criminal case!

I was extremely pleased with how my case was handled. Thank you Mr. Daniel Smith for getting my case dismissed. I realize every case is different . But I can attest to the fact that you will have an attorney with experience , passion for the law, and dedicated to putting the interests of the clients first. San Diego Defenders provided me with the following; A free consultation , reasonable fees, and an attorney whom will listen to your story , answer all your questions and concerns using terms you will understand, kept me updated on the status of my case for its duration , returned my calls and maintained an open line of communication , and most importantly, my attorney fought my case zealously.

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Best Lawyer in San Diego

Dan Smith and his team are the best option for anyone facing any kind of legal problem. I have never been in any kind trouble or needed an attorney before, so I was very inexperienced when I was placed under arrest and facing four felony charges. I thought my life was over and could not stop the constant flow of tears. Dan was able to alleviate my distress by being supportive, confident and determined to help me figure out what steps to take next. From the beginning of my case, he knew what to do WHY and HOW to do it, which made all the difference for me. We prepared for the case together and he walked me through my entire case. He kept me informed and stood by me in all of those decisions. He went above and beyond in all aspects, making phone calls, working weekends, and even traveling out of town on my behalf. It has been three long, stressful months and Dan was able to make a deal with the prosecutor that ended with me being charged with one misdemeanor and three years' probation, down from four felony charges. He literally saved my life, and gave my the opportunity to start over. Dan treated me and my family like his own and made sure he was doing the best he could for us at all times. I would recommend Dan to anyone, and I hope that people understand that having a lawyer that is truly invested and cares about helping you makes all the difference in the outcome of your case. I hope to never need Dan's assistance again but I will never forget what he's done for me. Thank you!

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I would highly recommend his counsel

I asked for Mr. Daniel Smiths advice when a man saying to be with the DEA called my house claiming that I was making illegal purchases on the web. The DEA agent then went further to say that I could clear my name of the felony by wiring him 1,800.00, and he gave me half an hour to do it. This man sounded extremely convincing, he had a badge number, case number... the whole nine yards. I had my car keys in my pocket and I was just about out the door when I remembered the Legal Guide in the Reader. I called Mr. Smiths completely out of the blue and he told me it was a scam. I don't have much experience with lawyers but I can honestly say that this experience was extremely helpful. Mr. Smith was courteous and understanding about my situation and I would highly recommend his counsel for anyone who feels like they need a good attorney.


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I called for some advice

I called for some advice on a case where charges were not being filed. Daniel was extremely helpful to answer all of my questions and was quick to return my calls. I had called two other law offices, neither which would speak to me without an appt or without making me aware of the $5000 retainer fee. He made me feel at ease about the situation. I would highly recommend him!

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Fought diligently and aggressively for me

Last year I caught a very serious criminal charge (I won't go into detail about the charge but I will say it is very far from a DUI). For the next 12 months my life was one big worry. The DA treated me like I committed the crime of the century because I had a prior strike. The deals all involved prison time and they would not strike the strike for me to be eligible for probation even though I was doing good and had a full time job. I retained Daniel late in my case but as soon as I retained him he went straight to work. I thought all my options were exhausted because my public defender made it seem like a good idea to take the prison time the DA offered. With the knowledge and understanding of the Law and how these things work he researched my case carefully and also answered all my questions (I got tons of back and forth emails if you want to see), fought diligently and aggressively for me until the very end and would not lay down for the DA or anybody seeking to send me to prison (probation recommended 4 years even though the DA only wanted me to do 2 years with 85%). In the end my strike was stricken with Romero Relief (motion to strike a strike in the interest of justice) and I was granted probation and 1 year of Work Furlough. Gonna be scraping by for the next year but its better than being locked up! I also have to give praise to my Judge Timothy Walsh because he saw I was not the person I was being made out to be on paper anymore, he's tough but he's fair. So take it from me, if youre in a jam with the law RETAIN DANIEL SMITH. He is surpremely knowledgeable, affordable, hard working and he will fight for the best possible outcome that he can get for you!

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Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you

Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you......a hard curve ball. Thank goodness for Dan Smith and his staff for going up to bat for me when I needed legal representation. He was referred to me by a good friend of mine that I trust. I had never needed an attorney and didn't know what steps to take. When we met he made me feel comfortable and gave the best advice. He was very detailed with my options and different outcomes but assured me that he would do his best. So ultimately SD Defenders made a really bad situation .........much, much better then expected! I have referred a couple people to Dan Smith for his services and will continue to do so. He gets results!

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I would not hesitate to strongly recommend SD Defenders

San Diego Defenders were one of the best investments I have done. I was arrested for a DUI, with a BAU of 1.5. After notifying my employer, it became obvious, that I was in jeopardy of loosing my job. My attorney was able to negotiate a reduction of charges, and safe my job. I hope I never have to refer anyone, however, it the need came up, I would not hesitate to strongly recommend SD Defenders.


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Dan Smith the Absolute Best Criminal Lawyer In California

"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.

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Thank you for all your help

After running into some legal troubles, I saw an ad for San Diego Public Defenders and called them up. I am so glad that I did. Dan, Layla and Jon were all amazing to work with. Layla was always available to answer any questions I had and was nothing but genuinely friendly. Dan is an amazing lawyer and gets the job done. He doesn't make promises that he knows he cannot keep and was upfront with me about my options. Dan had my misdemeanor charge dropped to an infraction and I couldn't be more grateful for everything they have done to help me through this difficult time. Thank you for all your help! I would definitely recommend them to anyone.


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I can't say enough about this firm

I can't say enough about this firm. Daniel and his staff are knowledgeable, professional and will get the job done. When you are in a bind and need a top notch lawyer....call the San Diego Defenders! Thank you!!

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He is Very Professional

Prior to my case I've never been in any sort of contact with the law, so when I was arrested I had no idea how to handle the situation or what the outcome would be. Luckily, my parents found Dan Smith and he took my case, which ended up turning into a high profile case.

As a lawyer he is very professional. You have complete confidence in his knowledge and ability. He talks to you step by step at the process and state your case is in at the moment and lets you know exactly what kind of action he is going to take next and makes sure he has your consent. As his client he makes you feel like you are the only client he has. When he consults you its always on a personal level and he doesn't do anything to keep you in the dark. I always felt like he did everything possible to get the best result for my case.

As a person Dan is patient and very empathetic. He understands that you are probably in a lot of stress during your case and he takes that into account when he talks to you about your case. During my case there was a lot of pressure being put on by the media but he always made me feel like it was all manageable and he gives you the impression that no matter what curve ball is thrown at you guys, he'll know what to do and how to handle it.

Highly recommend Dan Smith. Great lawyer and great person, you can't go wrong with him.


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I would give him my highest recommendation

San Diego Defenders are very professional when it comes to legal advice or representation. When I met with Daniel M Smith he assisted right away and I would give him my highest recomendation.

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Excellent Attorney

Very professional but at the same time is very understanding. He got me through one of the toughest times of my life, and he never made me feel like my case was lost. He's very encouraging and you know just by working with him that he knows precisely what he is doing. He'll help you get through your case and will fight with everything he's got to make sure you get the best results. He's very experienced and has been doing this for years. He knows a lot of the court judges and attorneys at the court house, and knows how to strategically position your case in a way that will give you the best outcome. I wouldn't recommend anyone else. Dan's one of the best San Diego has.

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Dan Smith did a great job

(En español más abajo) When my husband was arrested it was a complete surprise to me and I felt completely lost and confused as to what would happen to him and our family. After meeting with Dan Smith, it was immediately clear to me that I was in good hands. He exuded confidence in his ability to handle the case and was backing it up with his experience dealing with federal criminal cases in San Diego. Dan Smith was crucial in my ability to face life without my husband which was almost traumatizing at first. He prepared all legal documents so I could deal with my family’s affairs and was extremely compassionate towards me and my situation. He took great pains in explaining the legal process and the time frame in which events would unfold. At first I was very nervous and questioned many things but he was patient in explaining everything to me while keeping the course. Looking back I have to admit that everything happened the way he said it would happen and his expertise allowed my husband to mount the best legal defense possible under the circumstances. As a result he got the best possible sentence. Still today, both my husband and I cannot believe how short the sentence turned out to be compared to others in his situation. Who knows what could have happened if we had another lawyer or if Dan Smith had allowed my fears to change his course! If you are currently in my situation look no further and stick with Dan as your criminal defense lawyer. You will not regret your decision. El arresto de mi esposo fue una sorpresa total y me sentí perdida y confundida en cuanto a lo que le sucedería a él y a mi familia. Después de hablar con Dan Smith, me quedó inmediatamente claro que me encontraba en buenas manos. Se mostró confiado en su capacidad de manejar el caso y lo respaldaba con su experiencia en tratar casos criminales federales en San Diego. Dan Smith tomó un papel crucial en mi habilidad para enfrentar la vida sin mi esposo lo cual parecía traumatizante en el inicio. Él preparó todos los documentos legales para poder administrar los asuntos administrativos de mi familia y se mostró muy compasivo hacía mí por la situación que atravesaba. Se empeño en explicarme el proceso legal al cual se enfrentaba mi esposo y me dio una idea de los tiempos que llevaría cada fase. En el inicio cuestionaba todo pero fue muy paciente en explicarme cada punto mientras mantenía firme el curso que había trazado. Al mirar hacia el pasado debo admitir que todo sucedió de la forma que él había dicho y que su dominio de la ley resultó en que mi esposo recibiera la mejor defensa legal posible en las circunstancias. El resultado fue que recibió la mejor sentencia posible. Aún el día de hoy me es difícil creer que tan corta fue la sentencia a comparar con otros presos en la misma situación. Quien pudiera decir lo que hubiera sucedido con otro abogado o si Dan Smith hubiera permitido que mis miedos cambien su curso de acción. Si estas enfrentando la misma situación que yo no busques más y quédate con Dan como abogado de defensa criminal. No lamentarás tu decisión.

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Daniel Smith is an Trustworthy, Respectful, Knowledgeable Lawyer

Daniel Smith helped to put me at ease in a really difficult time. He took his time and talked to me with confidence and consideration. He and his team were responsive to answer any questions or concerns that I had. They also kept me informed by calling me and emailing me when ever there was something that I needed to do and/or know. When my wife and I first walked into his office we were nervous and concerned. We had many questions running through our minds, such as the outcomes of the case and even payment of a lawyer. His team took their time to listen, ask questions and pay attention to every detail. They made an educated, knowledgeable decision as to whether or not they could help me from the legal problem I was facing. They even offered a payment plan if needed. Once they took on my case I felt totally at ease. I knew I was putting my life in trustworthy hands. He made a connection with me and did everything that it took to help my case. He made me feel safe enough to trust him and to be totally open with him, in order to have the best outcome for my case. In the end, he was able to get my case reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony/strike. He was respectful, compassionate, understanding, and sympathetic to my needs at all times. I hold Daniel in high regards for this. He helped me get my life back and I have NO DOUBT in my mind that he would do the same for anyone else! He is excellent lawyer and a caring human being. He will go the extra mile to help anyone he can and for this I recommend him to anyone that is looking for help when they are in legal need.

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You get the whole package

I wanted to give my endorsement for Attorney Daniel Smith and San Diego Defenders. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. When it comes to legal advice or representation, you definitely don't want to go bargain basement or (heaven forbid) the public defender route. A very close friend of mine landed into some legal problems. After much research, Attorney Daniel Smith was chosen by my friend's family to represent him in court. Attorney Smith's attention to detail and knowledge really made a huge impact. Attorney Smith has great rapport with members of the court and is well respected among his peers. He treats his clients in a kind, caring, compassionate manner. You get the whole package. Attorney Daniel Smith is a winner.

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Felonies are now ancient history

It had been many years since I had needed an attorney and I thought my past was in the past, as I had done my "time", 23 years ago. The company I currently work for was doing an intense background check and I found that my felonies that were supposedly reduced and expunged, were not. I send great thanks and respect to Dan Smith and Alan Spears of United Trial Group. They were able to put everything right in quick order before my company completed the background check. Today, my past and record is clean. Thanks again Untied Trial Group!

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Best Criminal Defense Team in San Diego

I contacted Dan Smith with the United Trial Group in San Diego for my brother who was wrongfully arrested for a serious Felony. Dan was very calm with my mother who was very nervous. Dan was a professional through the entire process and when it was our turn to talk in court, Dan was a fireball! We really felt like he was fighting for my brothers life! I can not say enough good things about their staff. From Shari at the front desk who always greeted us with a smile to Tom, who helped us get the law firm hired. My brother now wants to get into law for his career so he can help someone like Dan did. Incredible experience for all of us.

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Go to San Diego defenders you won’t be disappointed

I called him seeing how many great 5 star reviews he had on “Yelp” and I spoke to him over he phone and I can say I understand and see why he has been rated 5 star for what he does he is very honest and does his job out of heart not for the money but to sincerely help someone in need he gave me free advice on how to go about my process.. without charging me and not many people do that so honestly goes along way if you are looking for a honest criminal justice lawyer please go to “ San Diego defenders “ you won’t be disappointed.... thank you San Diego defenders for listening to my case and giving me your honest opinion