5.0 stars 25 totalReview Manuel Barba
If you're looking for an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney, look no further than Mr. Barba. He handled my case which ended up lasting over 2 years. He looked over my case with a fine tooth comb and discovered many flaws that I would have never picked up on. We decided to go to trial which ended up lasting over a week. In trial Mr. Barba fought hard and brought the absolute best expert witnesses in to testify on my behalf. He was able to completely discredit the arresting officer and get my first count a NOT GUILTY verdict. His witness who spoke about the problems with my blood sample was amazing, and had some of the jury members shaking their heads at the DA. In the end, I was given a not guilty verdict on the first count (a first time DUI has 2 separate counts), and a hung jury on the second count. Of course the DA wanted to retry my case to save her bruised ego, but Mr. Barba and his team was able to talk her down into giving me a plea bargain of a wet reckless!!
Overall, I would highly recommend hiring Mr. Barba if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a DUI. He will find every possible flaw with your case and use that to get you a lesser sentence or even a full dismissal. My only critique would be that I would have preferred more communication from the office. I would often have to call to inquire what happened at a court date that I didn't need to attend. The office does send letters after each court date with the pertinent information, but an email or phone call would be preferred to get the information right away so I don't have to wait 2-5 days for my letter to come in to see when my next court date will be.
Overall - HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Mr.Barba has truly saved my life. I was faced with a very difficult case, with a long prison term attached to it. But with the help of Mr. Barba and his staff I got the best possible outcome I could get he kept me out of prison saved my job and my home, I was about to lose everything. My family and I are truly grateful for all the time and work put into my case and got it settled. if anyone is in need of a great attorney this is your guy.
Posted by a client
Attorney Manuel Barba has not only excellent legal skills but a full understanding of the science related to the toxicology and forensics necessary to argue competently for a defendant with DUI charges. He is calm and methodical when working thoroughly to challenge the DA's data and makes it easy for the jury to understand and comprehend the nuances of breath and blood results, how they were obtained, tested and interpreted. His strong presentation of the laws, rights of the defendant to good science and how the testing lab failed to meet those requirements resulted in a jury that was engaged in really questioning the validity of the numbers. Attorney Barba fights with two swords- legal and scientific.
Posted by a client
I had been convicted for a DUI about five years ago and had been arrested for another DUI several months ago. I was terrified as I did not want another DUI on my record. I met with Mr. Barba and somehow I instinctively felt confident that even if the charges were not dismissed that they would at least be reduced. He was able to get get the charges reduced to wet reckless. The only thing I was left with was paying a fine.
I trusted Mr. Barba and his staff from the time I met them. They answered all of my questions precisely and always in a timely manner. They kept me informed every step of the way. Mr. Barba and his whole staff are a true model of professionalism. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by David
Mr. Barba worked very hard on my case. It was a difficult case to win. Mr. Barba brought in great experts and his staff was extremely helpful.
My trial ended with a hung jury and the DA made a deal.
Couldn't have asked for any more.
Thanks, Mr. Barba
Posted by Charlie
Mr. Barba heard my case and used his specialized skills to argue the charges. Not only was I amazed by his knowledge and tactics but so were others in the court room. I would highly recommend him. He stood by me and kept me informed on the process for the entire 15 months my case took to come to an end.
Posted by a client
I am a 64 year old lady who unfortunately was arrested on March 17th for suspected dui and I rear ended another car. The driver was taken to hospital and I was taken to jail
I had hit my head on the steering wheel and had some memory loss and not realizing how hard I hit my head had a concussion and contusion I had told the deputy I was fine but when I was released the next day had no memory of any phone numbers and fortunately one of the inmates gave me a ride home.
I am from the UK and because the driver of the other vehicle was injured Thankfully not seriously I could have been convicted of a felony and deported.
Manuel Barba was wonderful.He was not judgmental He was very knowledgable and informative and explained everything to me.
He was patient and had empathy for my situation
I have never been in any trouble in my life and this experience was something I never want to go through ever again
Manuel plea bargained with the DA and The outcome was a misdameanor DUI
I was so relieved and grateful to him and his associates. I would most certainly recommend Mr Barba to anyone getting a DUI
Posted by George
I highly recommend Mr. Barba's services for DUI related cases. He has a very well organized team and they treated me with the outmost respect and professionalism. They kept me informed about my case every step of the way. They made the whole ordeal simpler and way less stressful. There were no hidden fees or unexpected charges. I felt truly represented throughout this whole process. I was really lucky to find Mr. Barba.
Posted by a client
I paid $5000 upfront and had to wait an entire year for my court case. I didn't even meet Mr. Barba until 2 days before the case was finally going to court. I drove all the way to Palm Springs to meet him (i live 5 hours away and would have preferred to have been told beforehand that i didn't need to appear in court and could have been told the bad news via a phone call) and within the first 5 minutes, he said "I can't get you a lesser sentence."
Important things to know...
1. If you have a BAC over .11 from a breathalizer machine, you are screwed. Apparently, doing a blood test is better option.
2. They could have told me I didn't have a shot in the first 5 minutes of my initial called. I would have preferred to get the whole ordeal over with right away and spend that $5, 000 on fines.
3. Because he postponed the case for an entire year, I had to have a restricted license twice! If you go to court right away, the restriction runs concurrently with the DMV suspension/ restriction.
There were a few more details that could have saved me time and money had they communicated with me. I was hopeful, of course, things would have turned out better, but because of the lack of communication and the fact that all lawyers just make deals with the DA, chances are you are wasting your money on this one.
Posted by a DUI & DWI client
If you're faced with a DUI, no one will fight harder and smarter than Mr. Barba. He is phenomenal, and the absolute best at his trade; "Not Guilty" on a DUI involving Blood.
Very seldom in life we're faced with challenges that can shape our future in a big way. When faced with a first time DUI Charge, I quickly found out the havoc a DUI can have on my Family, Finances, Job, and Future Aspirations. In all honesty, please take a DUI charge very seriously, even a first time DUI; this is a career ending charge for many people.
Even though the DA was very aware that an Alcohol related charge (DUI) would end my career, the DA didn't care. Moving forward with the Trial was the best decision I could have made. Mr Barba took a very tough case and completely demolished any leverage the DA had. During a very hard fought 1 week trial, the DA tried every trick in the book to convict, without any success. Mr. Barba fought incredibly hard on every point and didn't leave any stone unturned. I have a high amount of respect for people that take their trade seriously, and Mr Barba is an absolute expert in DUI - At many times, he left the Government "Expert" witnesses fumbling for words, destroying their credibility.
With the help of a highly skilled lawyer like Mr. Barba, I was acquitted of the DUI charge and my name is clear! "Not Guilty"..the best two words I could hear!
I've definitely learned that Drinking and Driving is simply not worth it; in this process I've had the privilege of meeting a great man like Mr. Manual Barba who fought so very hard for my future.
I owe my future to you Mr. Barba; from the bottom of my heart, Myself and My Family are eternally grateful.