Derek Ewin has a wealth of Criminal Law experience including more than thirteen years in County Prosecutors’ Offices. Eleven of those years Mr. Ewin worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County. As a Deputy DA, Mr. Ewin prosecuted thousands of cases, including but not limited to: Robbery, Homicide, Drunk Driving/DUI, Possession, Possession for Sale and Sale of Illegal Drugs, Three Strikes, Theft, Burglary, Auto Theft, Domestic Violence, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Illegal Firearms, Vandalism, Sex Crimes, Stalking, Gang cases, Arson and Drive By Shootings. At the DA's Office, Mr. Ewin worked in several divisions including Misdemeanors, Felony Trial Team, Calendar, Juvenile, Felony Filing, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Preliminary Hearings and Homicide/Gangs. As a Criminal Defense Attorney, Mr. Ewin has handled numerous cases in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. He has successfully defended misdemeanor, felony and drunk driving cases.
Mr. Ewin’s extensive experience includes Jury Trials, Court Trials, Preliminary Hearings, Motions to Suppress, Motions to Dismiss, Discovery Motions, Pre-trial Negotiations, Plea Bargaining, Sentencing Hearings, Probation Violation Hearings, Investigations, Mental Defenses, Victim Representation, DMV License Suspension Hearings and Post Conviction Reductions and Dismissals. He has also lectured in criminal law, legal updates and constitutional law to various local police agencies. In law school, Mr. Ewin focused on Criminal Law and Trial Practice. He tutored legal writing and competed in the National Moot Court competition.
Mr. Ewin has a reputation of integrity, honesty and skill with local prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and court staff. Mr. Ewin works tirelessly to help his clients get their lives back in order and to get them free of the Criminal Justice System. Clients and Former Clients continually call and write to tell Mr. Ewin how his representation of them has changed their lives for the better.
Mr. Ewin was born and raised in the East Bay, where he continues to reside with his family. He is an avid dirt bike rider, wake-boarder, shooter and outdoorsman. He is also involved as a teacher at his local church.
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I have known Derek about 25 years now. I have had the pleasure of watching a good attorney hone his professional skills to a nice edge. While he does his utmost to settle a case he will not hesitate going into a trial situation if necessaary. I have referred more than a few to Derek and always heard great things.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Justice of the Moot Court Board - National Team||U.C. Davis School of Law||1993|
|Lead Attorney||Law Office of Derek R. Ewin||2005 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Contra Costa District Attorney's Office||1994 - 2005|
|Volunteer Attorney||Ventura County District Attorney's Office||1993 - 1994|
|Court Certified Legal Intern||Yolo County District Attorney's Office||1992 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2010 - 2013|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2008 - 2013|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|California State Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|People v. Paul Bland||Example of Homicide Case when I was a DA|
|People v. J.D.||Felony Assault with firearm reduced to misdemeanor|
|People v. M.D.||.17 BAC DUI case reduced to wet reckless|
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|University of California at Davis School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Every 15 Minutes||Legal Consequences for a DUI||2013|
|Every 15 Minutes||Legal Consequences for a DUI||2010|
|Police Academy Training||Constitutional Law||1999|
|Officer Training||Constitutional Law||1995|