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About me

I am a hard-working, energetic, and compassionate attorney who strives to achieve the best results for his clients. I am a readily accessible, affordable, and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to your criminal case. 

I have practiced as a public defender and as a private attorney so I understand how to manage a caseload effectively, communicate with the district attorney or opposing counsel and get results. 

Contact me for a free consultation. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    7 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    7 years, 500 cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 25%
    6 years, 100 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Richard Alan Wingerden

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to witness his work in the courtroom and have found him to be diligent and hardworking. He is well respected in the legal community.


    Richard Wingerden Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Douglas Alan Goss

    I have a client who needed an attorney in Santa Clara for a traffic matter. After speaking with Mr. Coughlin regarding the ticket, I put the client in touch with Mr. Coughlin. From what I have heard from the client, the matter is being dealt with professionally. I endorse Mr. Coughlin.


    Douglas Goss Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselThe Law Office of Leon Mezzetti2012 - Present
Panel AttorneyCriminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program- Alameda County Bar Association2012 - Present
Appearance AttorneyKapsack and Bair2012 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderHumboldt County Public Defenders Office2010 - 2011
AssociateRutledge & Rutledge2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Traffic Ticket San Mateo CountyReduction in charge/fine
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bail Issues MCLEBail Issues and Representation2016
Plea NegotiationsPlea Negotations MCLE2015