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Southern California DUI Defense Attorney


Riverside - San Bernardino County Top DUI defense lawyer Manuel J. Barba is an expert in DUI Defense and his practice is limited to defending persons accused of DUI - driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation by the American Chemical Society, which is the highest form of scientific recognition available to lawyers that defend DUI cases. It is a milestone and stands as a strong indication that the lawyer not only knows the law but truly understands the science in a fundamental way.

Currently there are only six DUI defense attorneys in the State of California who have been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, and attorney Manuel J. Barba is the only ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist DUI attorney in the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial County areas.

Having this designation gives attorney Barba the knowledge and expertise to analyze the prosecution's chemical test results and look for errors in their analysis to help his clients get a better outcome on their DUI case.

If you have been arrested for DUI - Drunk Driving in Riverside or San Bernardino County, you need the expert legal representation provided by the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba to protect your rights and get you the best possible result in Court and at the DMV.



Remember, when arrested for a DUI, there are two (2) proceedings that will occur.  In addition to the Court wanting to punish you for allegedly violating the law, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will try to suspend your driver's license for a four (4) month, 1 year, 2 year period or longer depending on the circumstances of your particular case.

After a person is arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), the law enforcement officer confiscates the driver's license and issues a "pink" Temporary License/Order of Suspension at the time of release from jail. The pink Temporary License expires 30 days from the date issued and the suspension will go into effect automatically if your hearing rights are not preserved.

If you preserve your DMV hearing rights within the 10 days from arrest, then in most cases all action against your driving privilege is "stayed," which means that the DMV will take no action until a hearing is completed and the DMV will then make a determination whether to suspend the license or not.

DMV hearings are very important because it gives us access to all the evidence related to why the cop initially stopped the driver, evidence relating to the DUI investigation including Field Sobriety Tests, as well as evidence related to any chemical tests.

By gathering all of the evidence and analyzing it, we will have the best opportunity to win the DMV hearing so that your driver license will not be suspended.

The Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba are experts in DUI defense and have represented thousands of clients at the DMV and have won many many DMV hearings, thus saving our client's driving privilege.


Your Choices:

When arrested for a DUI, there are two choices that you can make:

Choice Number 1 - Do Nothing, and your driver license will be suspended and you will be convicted of a DUI; or

Choice Number 2 - Do Something, meaning hire an expert DUI defense lawyer to represent you, and you may not lose your driver license and your chances of NOT getting convicted of a DUI increase greatly.  When hiring a lawyer to represent you in your DUI case, be sure to hire an attorney that is an expert in DUI defense.

There are many lawyers out there that take every different kind of case that walks in their office front door, but they are not experts in any particular type of case. Successfully defending a DUI case requires specialized knowledge in DUI investigation, standardized field sobriety testing, breath testing, as well as blood sample collection, storage, and analysis.


Common Mistakes in Hiring a Lawyer to Defend Your DUI Case:

Mistake #1: Hiring a generic 'criminal defense' lawyer. Keep in mind that just because an attorney works as a "criminal defense" lawyer, he or she is not necessarily qualified to handle the defense of DUI case.

Many "criminal defense" lawyers that pretend to defend DUI cases have never taken a DUI case to trial.

DUI cases are very complex to defend and require specialized knowledge in DUI investigation, field sobriety testing, how the human body processes alcohol, as well as breath and blood alcohol analysis.

Without an expert DUI defense attorney defending you, you will likely not be able to get the best possible defense for your DUI case.

There are many "criminal defense" lawyers that pretend to defend persons accused of DUI, but all they do is appear for the client in court at the arraignment hearing, get an offer from the Prosecutor or the Court and then plead the client guilty at the next court hearing.

NO investigation was ever completed, NO evidence was gathered, and NO analysis of all the evidence was ever performed.  Nothing.  The lawyer simply pleads the client guilty based on what is written in an arrest report.

Mistake #2: Hiring a Former Prosecutor: There are defense attorneys that advertise that they were formerly a prosecutor (Deputy District Attorney).  They want you to believe that this experience somehow gives them an edge in defending your DUI case.  It does not.

The truth is prosecutors handle many types of criminal cases and have little expertise in any particular type of case, especially DUI.   A prosecutor's goal is to convict all persons who have been charged with a crime.  That's why the charges were filed to begin with. It's all about politics and how many convictions each prosecutor gets; that's how they move up in the prosecutor's office.

The reality is that these former prosecutors probably were not successful in the prosecutors office and left for one reason or another.

Mistake #3:  Hiring a Temporary (ProTem) Judge: Beware of attorneys that proclaim that they sit as temporary judges in the courts and that this somehow gives them some kind of special knowledge to better defend your DUI case. It does not.

The truth is that attorneys that sit as temporary judges usually don't fight very hard for their clients because they don't want to upset the court system. In order to keep their temporary judge position, they plead their clients guilty right away.

Think about it: if a lawyer has time to sit as a temporary judge, they must not be very busy defending persons accused of a crime.  Their ultimate goal is likely to become a judge, which means defending persons accused of a crime is secondary.

Also remember, for every DUI conviction, the court gets part of the fine, as does the law enforcement agency, and the crime lab.  Thus the courts have a vested interest in getting convictions, and those attorneys that sit as temporary judges want to keep the court system happy so that they can continue to sit as a temporary judge and perhaps be appointed to a judge position some day.

Mistake #4:  Hiring a Los Angeles or Orange County based law firm that claims to defend DUI cases all over southern California. Be weary of  law firms based out of the area that advertise DUI defense representation all over California.  Think about it: can a lawyer really defend people everywhere?   The fact is that the lawyer that you think you are hiring will very likely NOT be the lawyer representing you in court, and you will likely end up being represented by a local lawyer with no DUI expertise who is “associated” into the case to appear and then plead you guilty.

The Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba practices DUI defense exclusively. We take no other type of case. Period.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba is an expert in DUI Defense and has helped many clients resolve their DUI cases successfully.  Attorney Barba has had many DUI cases DISMISSED, REDUCED to reckless driving or other non-DUI charges, as well as found NOT GUILTY after a jury trial.

To successfully defend your DUI case, you need the expertise of the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba on your side.

Call today for a consultation regarding your DUI case:

Riverside - Corona - Temecula: (951) 680-9125

San Bernardino - Chino - Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 591-2256

Victorville - Barstow - Joshua Tree - Palm Springs - Indio: (760) 770-3377

Toll Free: (866) 442-2722

Law Office of Manuel J. Barba


Unlike many large DUI law firms that advertise office locations all over Southern California, attorney Manuel J. Barba meets with each client in person and personally represents each client in court and at the DMV. DUI Attorney Manuel J. Barba has offices in the Inland Empire and the Palm Springs area to conveniently serve the needs of his clients.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI/Drunk Driving, DWI, Driving Under the Influence or another crime, it is essential to have competent DUI criminal defense representation to protect your rights