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Jon Martin Pettis

Jon Martin Pettis

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About Me

I grew up knowing I was going to be a defense attorney.  I never conceived of any other profession.  Once  I started practicing criminal defense, I found that while any lawyer will take a DUI case, few had dedicated the time and effort to learning the science well enough to look for possible defenses in almost any case.  Instead, they just got good at telling their clients they needed to plead guilty without thouroghly evaluating the case.  I do my best to never let that happen with my clients' cases.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. DUI & DWI: 100%



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

162 total 

  • Hector Jesus Tamayo

    Few if any possess the knowledge and skill set needed to tenaciously defend a DUI that Jon Pettis has He is a skilled negotiator and aggressive trial attorney. His knowledge of the science and intricacies of DUI cases are second to none.


    Hector Tamayo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Pettis. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

591 Camino de la Reina, Suite 1125
San Diego, CA, 92108




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Moot Court Award WinnerUCLA School of Law1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Chief Trial CounselLaw Office of Jon M. Pettis1996 - 2012
InternSan Diego Public Defenders Office1995 - 1996
InternNorthern California Legal Services1994 - 1994
InternUCLA Student Legal Services1992 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMemeber2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - 2008

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. Maria L.Case dismissed.
People v. John W.Case dismissed.
People v. Cleaveland N.Not guilty.

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Publication NameTitleDate
DS Criminal Law Group Web SiteDS Criminal Law Group2011


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UCLA School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Univ of California Santa CruzHistory and Politics Double Major with Honorsundergraduate1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
DUI Defense AmmunitionDUI Science and Strategies2012