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William Carlos Makler

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

Mr. Makler is a former felony deputy public defender for both Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara Counties.  He was a law professor at Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law where he taught Evidence (2006-2008). He has more than 20 years of experience working in the state and federal criminal justice systems; including law enforcement. His vast experience and skillful lawyering brings his clients very satisfying results at a reasonable cost.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

47 total 

  • Mindy H McQueen

    If I were arrested for a DUI in Santa Barbara, I would hire William Makler to help me. He genuinely cares about achieving the best possible outcome for his clients, and is highly regarded by the Santa Barbara legal community and the DMV. His reputation as a fierce litigator will help achieve the best result for you.

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    Mindy McQueen DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • George B. O'Neill

    I have known and worked with Mr. Makler for at least ten years. I am impressed with his knowledge and integrity. I recommend Mr. Makler for any criminal law legal problem you may have in the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

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    George O'Neill DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact Info

Law Offices Of William C. Makler, P.C.

1114 State Street, Suite 252
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199605/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Honors in Trial AdvocacyMcGeorge School of Law1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Faculty MemberSanta Barbara College of Law2006 - 2008
AttorneyLaw Offices of William C. Makler2004 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderSanta Barbara County Public Defender's Office2001 - 2003
Deputy Public DefenderSanta Cruz Public Defender1997 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2001 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - 2007
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Better Business Bureau.MemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Bruce S.Not guilty on all counts
People v. Vernon F.Not guilty on all counts
People v. Shawn C.Not guilty of assualt on peace officer.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Santa Barbara Lawyer (blog)So What's the Big Deal?2009
Santa Barbara Lawyer (Blog)Does Parental Notification Violate Privacy?2008
Santa Barbara Lawyer (Blog)Pleading Not Guilty2008
Santa Barbara Lawyer (Blog)NO Canada!2007
Santa Barbara Lawyer BlogCriminal Convictions Reduce Longterm Earnings.2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of CaliforniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Know Your RightsConstitutional Rights2012
Know Your RightsConstitutional Rights2009
Know Your RightsConstitutional Rights2008
CPDA Basic Trial Skills InstituteTrial Skills2008
DUI DefenseDUI Defense2007
Crash Course in Legal RightsLegal Rights2007
Scientific Evidence in DUI CasesScientific Evidence in DUI Cases2005
DUI DefenseDUI Defense2005
Bench & Bar ConferenceDUI Defense Practice tips2005
Know Your Rights!Know Your Rights2004