San Diego County DUI Lawyer Center

San Diego, CA

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How does your business stand out?

Quality DUI and DMV defense for a reasonable price. Fee is higher than other Thumbtack attorneys but you get value and a $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form at Here's what they say: Rick is 1 of only 3 San Diego DUI Attorney "Specialist" Members of the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA). See what other Clients & Lawyers think of Rick on Avvo with the "Superb" Rating. Check out Google Reviews. Read Why use San Diego County's Specialist in DUI and DMV Law . Watch Rick "in action" in a DUI Seminar Video . Rick is known by the Bar Association as the "DMV Guru". Rick is the only DUI attorney who was the featured Speaker at numerous DUI seminars in San Diego County over the years. Rick lectured at the Annual DUI Seminar in connection with the American Bar Association at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Rick spoke at Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in California. Rick lectured at the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice DUI - DMV Seminar. Rick is the Editorial Consultant for California Drunk Driving Law, the most comprehensive reference book for California DUI law. No other attorney in San Diego County is an Editorial Consultant for this book. The book features much of Rick's hard work.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

As a DUI Lawyer, doing everything I can for my client. Saving my client's license, getting charges dropped/reduced, saving my client money starting with $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form, helping Client with insurance, helping save my Client's job, and keeping my client out of jail.
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San Diego, CA 92122

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11 Reviews
  • Lissa T. May 19, 2016
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Alexandra F. Mar 9, 2016
    I'm so glad I found Rick Mueller to serve as my attorney. I was completely lost and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to handle a DUI, but Rick took care of everything and made the process as simple and stress-free as possible for me. I HIGHLY recommend Rick Mueller to anyone who is looking for the right DUI attorney!
  • Sam P. Oct 20, 2015
    Happy with the way Rick handled my case. Went above and beyond his duties to help me out. Very prompt in answering my emails, even at odd hours of late night. He is a great lawyer and helping his clients in every way possible is always his first priority. Highly recommended.
  • Laurie A. Aug 10, 2015
    Getting a DUI can be very stressful . Having Rick Mueller defend me made this situation a lot easier. He is always there for you, returning emails immediately, phone calls and keeping you informed . My outcome was excellent more than I expected. Once again, THANK YOU Rick.
  • Sylbourn S. Jun 11, 2015
    Couldn’t have asked for and got a better lawyer, Rick fought my case every step of the way, Communication was clear and readily available at ALL times, the thing I remember the most is he said to me “not to worry I’ll fight for you” and so he did, thanks Rick.
  • Dana H. Apr 27, 2015
    A DUI charge can be a very traumatic experience, but Rick Mueller's calm demeanor, expertise, and diligence put my mind at ease. Rick handled every facet of my case with exceptional professionalism, communicating clearly and thoroughly explaining how he planned to address each step in the process. I felt I had his undivided attention throughout this ordeal and am very pleased with the results he fought hard to achieve for me. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
  • Jay J. Mar 31, 2015
    Rick Mueller does one thing for you - he fights. With his knowledge and expertise in the DUI/ DMV field, he was able to get my case completely dismissed. If you're going to get an attorney, I highly recommend Rick.
  • J.K. L. Mar 7, 2015
    I am a drug and alcohol counselor and treat literally hundreds of people dealing with DUI's every year. Rick is by far the best DUI attorney I have dealt with in California regarding DUI issues. Here is why: -He wins more DMV cases than any lawyer I have ever heard of. Remember you have TWO hearings whenever you get arrested and charged with a DUI. A court hearing and a DMV hearing. The DMV comes first usually and they give you TEN DAYS to even request a hearing or they will AUTOMATICALLY suspend your license and you are screwed. -He answers emails and other communication immediately...often out of business hours. He is the most responsive lawyer I have ever dealt with. -He is a SHARK in the courtroom (where he needs to be) but a VERY KIND HUMAN being with his clients. Rick is one of those rare attorneys who actually understands and cares that his clients are going through a lot of terror and turmoil. He is very compassionate and understanding and often acts as a sort of therapist (or "nice father figure" at least) as well as a Laywer when you are up a creek with a DUI. -He KNOWS the law. Rick has WORKED EXTENSIVELY on both sides of the DUI SYSTEM and understands the prosecutors' role as well as the defending attorneys' role. This is invaluable when it comes to choosing a good DUI attorney. -HE IS HONEST. He will tell you if your case is even slightly winnable or not. He will refer you if you need more of a specialist (a jury trial specialist for example) and is less interested in money than he is in really helping you out. -He NEVER gives up. -I have had more clients happy with him than any other attorney. I refer all of my clients to him and they all are happy. We need more attourneys like him in California. A DUI is a horrible terrible thing to get and CA does not screw around. They will ruin your career, life, driving privikages and bank account. DO NOT believe the people that say it's a waste of money to hire a DUI Laywer. If you were unfairly handled by law endorsement or your case has holes in that help you, Rick will find them and use them to help you in your favor. I can't say enough good about him.
  • Chip C. Feb 24, 2015
    Extremely satisfied with the results Rick obtained in my case. He will walk your through the process and is very professional and informative. My case was for a DUI in a parked car, and Rick was able to get the case dismissed. A consummate professional who gets results. Highly recommend.
  • Mark G. Oct 9, 2014
    Rick and his team are very good at communicating/responding with you quickly via email. I was facing very stiff punishment for my (1st and what will be my only) DUI, my BAC was a lot higher than i expected and this made the punishment very severe. I informed Rick of a string of bad things/personal issues happening in my life and he was able to discuss these mitigating factors with the prosecutor and judge and get rid of an Ignition Interlock Device and Public Work Service (trash detail) requirement upon my final court date. Without his empathy and diligent effort upon that last court date, my life would be a lot worse than it is now.
  • Erik W. Jul 25, 2014
    If you, or a loved one, are in need of legal representation due to a DUI charge, I cannot recommend Rick Mueller and the San Diego County DUI Law Center enough. Thorough, experienced, patient, and completely professional. All questions and concerns are answered immediately. In my case, I was facing a possible felony charge, jail time, and monitored probation. In the end, I received a misdemeanor conviction and no jail time. The DUI process, both the DMV and Court sides, is lengthy, stressful, and at times disheartening. Mr. Mueller will help you get through it while at the same time providing the best advice and strategy for your particular case. You will not be disappointed.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Proposal sent after you Begin with Free Online DUI Evaluation at $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Begin with Free Online DUI Evaluation at $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Regular attendance at continuing education is not just a State Bar requirement but for DUI cases is a requirement by both the National College for DUI Defense and the California DUI Lawyers Association. Speaking is another way of keeping up with the latest developments: Presentation Name Conference Date Attacking & Defending DUI Cases Annual DUI Seminar 2009 Strategies & Tactics Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in California 2008 Advanced Strategies & Tactics for Handling California DMV APS Cases Annual DUI Seminar - Rules of the Road CACJ 2008 Administrative Per Se (APS) Hearings for DUI Cases Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in California 2007 Handling Writs From A to Z Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in California 2004 Strategies at DMV APS Hearings DUI / DMV Seminar - North County Bar Association 2004 DMV Consequences in DUI Cases Criminal Defense Seminar, sponsored by the Public Defender's Office 2003 Attacking DMV's Evidence, Attacking Blood and Breath Test Evidence, Tendencies, Under 21 / Zero Tolerance Cases, Refusals Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in California 2001 DMV Writs DUI Seminar sponsored by North County Bar Association 2001 How to Handle DUI Cases DUI Seminar for San Diego County Public Defenders 2001 Objections, Successful Strategies and Tactics, New Developments, Shifting the Burden of Proof, Rebutting the Presumption, Hearing Officers, What Your Client Should Know Before Testifying Strategies in Handling DUI Cases & Introduction of Mary C. McMurray of Forensic Associates to California DUI Defense Attorneys 1999 DUI / DMV Defense DUI & Drug Defense Seminar at San Diego Bar Association 1998 DMV issues in DUI cases DUI Seminar for North County Bar Association 1997
How did you get started doing this type of work?
DUI cases are very difficult and challenging. I've always pushed myself to work harder than anyone else. I knew that if I worked hard, I could help those people facing the most difficult laws and most challenging circumstances.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Those who get $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form, get back or save driver's license, keep client out of jail, and handle everything in DUI court and at DMV from A to Z.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
"3rd dui incident. rick mueller saved my life" Posted by danny, a DUI client, 27 days ago. "Overall rating Excellent Trustworthy Excellent Responsive Excellent Knowledgeable Excellent Kept me informed Excellent He handled my DUI / DWI matter. I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers. Rick Mueller is the best dui attorney out there. Retain him and pay him, he is well worth it. The very first day I emailed him, he replied right away. since than he became my friend in a sense. I never met him , but became very close to him. he is a great guy at heart. Rick Mueller will take care of you. He is very honest , cheerful guy. I promise he will not let you down. Rick Mueller got me a deal that was unheard of! throughout the process of the court dates , Rick would calm me down when I was real stressed out and answered all my questions ASAP. Everybody that heard my 3rd dui story couldn't believe the outcome of it! I did not have my license suspended, I did not have to complete an expensive DUI alcohol program, I did not have to pay a high fine, and I did not feel like I was treated like a criminal. if you want a good result , go to rick Mueller! He is a very hard worker and is determined. I love rick Mueller!" See all current reviews on Google, Avvo, Yahoo and Yelp.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Start by saving $$$$ - $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form. How can you know if you found a qualified San Diego California DUI Lawyer for yourself? Various types of lawyers handle San Diego drunk driving cases, including public defenders, general practitioners, criminal defense lawyers, and DUI Specialist attorneys. Some excellent questions to begin asking when searching for a San Diego California DUI lawyer are: What are his California DUI attorney's qualifications? Is he a Specialist member of the California DUI Lawyers Association? How long has he been a member of the National College for DUI Defense? How long has he been handling DUI cases? Does he teach other attorneys in San Diego how to handle DUI cases? Is he a Contributing Editor to the Bible for California DUI Defense - California Drunk Driving Law? Is he a Contributing Editor/Author to the hottest best-selling DUI book: Attacking and Defending Drunk Driving Tests? Does he maintain a library of DUI materials, books, manuals, studies, memos, points & authorities and documents solely designed to help a person accused of a San Diego County DUI? How much of his practice is DUI Defense? Does he actually go in the "trenches", or is he in the Office while he sends less experienced lawyers to Court and DMV? Is he quick and thorough when responding to emailed questions or concerns?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Can I get a $1,000 DISCOUNT for completing Online Evaluation form? Yes. A San Diego DUI charge is a California misdemeanor. San Diego judges will not allow you to represent yourself alone. That means you must retain a San Diego DUI attorney to represent you in court. You should also hire a San Diego DUI / DMV Lawyer for DMV as it is not a good idea to try to handle the administrative license hearing on your own. Remember, you only have ten calendar days to get this done. CDLA Specialists handle both the DUI in court and the driving privileges action at DMV. San Diego DMV’s deadline to request a hearing is absolute. To preserve your driving privileges, your DMV attorney has only ten (10) calendar days to contact DMV in San Diego! When you take the time to research San Diego DUI attorneys, it’s best to start with California DUI Lawyers Association recognized “Specialists.” Here’s the actual CDLA list of the San Diego DUI lawyers who are deemed “Specialists” by CDLA. You can speak to San Diego DUI lawyers or research online to discover most everything you need to know about the whole San Diego DUI & DMV defense proceedings. San Diego DUI prosecuting attorneys and careless DUI police in San Diego county prefer you just to somehow plead guilty. San Diego DUI Attorney Specialists actually care. How do you start your search for the best DUI Attorney Specialist in San Diego? Are you going to rely on Television or TV ads? Sponsored Google and Avvo Ads can be done by any lawyer who wishes to pay to be at the top. So many so-called San Diego DUI lawyers maintain they are the best. Few are California DUI Lawyers Association certified “Specialists.” Online reviews are a wise starting point. How did the San Diego DUI Attorney Specialist do “in the trenches” for actual clients? What about San Diego DUI attorneys who speak as lecturers for other lawyers hoping to learn how to defend cases? Or San Diego DUI lawyers who write Articles about the ins and outs of DUI cases in California? If arrested for a San Diego DUI, emailing a drunk driving defense attorney is smart. Get information. Retain the one you are comfortable with. Ignoring the existence of free San Diego DUI attorney consultations is a a bigger mistake than not retaining a California DUI Lawyers Association “Specialist.” Arrested for Driving Under the Influence is different from a DUI conviction and does not automatically mean you will be convicted in San Diego DUI court or lose your driving privileges at DMV. Obviously, a San Diego DUI Attorney Specialist recognized by CDLA will make a difference in your DUI and DMV cases. Unlike public defender attorneys who cannot even be applied for unless unemployed without assets and who do not handle DMV hearings, Specialist DUI Lawyers in San Diego devote the necessary energy and experience to properly assist with defending these actions. DUI Attorney Specialists are trained and skilled at obtaining the most favorable result for you in both court and with your driving privileges. San Diego DUI Attorney Specialists working for you is the preferable option. Even if you could do it yourself – and that would be extremely unlikely, and reasonably unwise, if not impossible – do you really want to try?! Could you count on yourself to not make a critical mistake? Would you want to risk it? Most mistakes cannot be later fixed by even the best San Diego DUI attorneys.