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Richard Carl Daubenberger

DUI and DWI Attorney at Media, PA

4.1   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1997
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21 West Third Street
Media, PA, 19063


4.1 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Steve B | July 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in the business!!! Hands down
Rich saved me years of my life, and I am forever greatful. I have told everyone who asked about my lawyer "If you got a case you cant afford to lose then you need look no further then Richard Daubenberger." He is a Man of integraty and values and will fight for you like a great lawyer should. thanks again rich and I Know who my council is.
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Posted by Jeff | May 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
110% satisfaction is what Rich and his firm delivered!
Found Rich on Avvo on a Tuesday night AFTER 10:30pm. He called me personally with ing 10 mins of my Avvo message. I instantly liked him on the phone and went to bed feeling much better after our conversation. His secretary was kind and made paying and signing our agreement super easy. He returned texts I sent promptly and made himself available on the phone as well. He reassured me (even though my situation was complicated) that he would handle it as we discussed and when the time came, he delivered!!! Everything he told me was right on! He delivered me the exact result I needed and asked for. I’ve hired many lawyers over the years. With mixed results. Rich is my favorite. Both personally and professionally I recommend Rich And would definitely call him first if I have another problem. Spend your money wisely and have this guy represent you. I did. And would’ve paid more if he asked. Which he did NOT. Fees were 100% reasonable and money well spent!!!!!!!
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Posted by Stephanie Salla | June 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful we found rich!
Almost 3 years ago my fiancé and I walked into Rich’s office with little hope that we would be successful in our mission to clear my fiancé’s name! Rich was so helpful in giving us a step by step run down that this would be a long but successful journey if we stick with him! And that is exactly what happened! Having to take the case to appeal court, after a long wait the day has come that rich won our case for us! We have obtained a great relationship with rich and are so thankful to his hard work and dedication to the case!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2017
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One of his top five resolutions!
Our son was represented by Rich for criminal charges. From the first meeting, Rich was respectful, confident and high spirited. He immediately began working the case. He set clear expectations as to the best & worst possible outcomes, and promised to represent our son the best way possible given our goal to prevent jail time. He was direct, to the point, and always available to answer our questions and concerns, no matter how trivial. Rich was compassionate to our financial difficulties when offering/determining restitution. Rich keenly negotiated with an extremely difficult victim in a complex case. The outcome Rich negotiated was FAR BEYOND our expectations. He was true to his word and made sure he communicated with us at every stage.
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Posted by Marvin | July 16, 2017
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No jail time
Richard was my son lawyer and he made good with his promises. Richard was honest and upfront from the start. Richard did not make promises that he would save my son from his "stupid" mistake he did promise he would do his best to keep my son out of jail and he did. My son and I are truly grateful for Richards knowledge of the law. My son ended up with probation and I could not be more pleased with Richard help in this case. I would referral anyone with legal issues to Richard.
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Posted by Jordan | January 28, 2015
We all know the story about a young guy that does stupid things (that's me!)...well those drug charges could have sent me to state prison for just marijuana! Thankfully, I hired Rich. It was clear he knew everyone and knew the process. I walked right out of the charges and on to a smarter life....not in prison! Thanks Rich...I owe you everything!
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Posted by Tay | October 8, 2014
No jail and no suspension!
I am 19 years old and stupidly got a DUI. It is the first and last time I will be "young and dumb". At the time I thought that life was over (as we young people tend to exaggerate). However, Mr. D. calmed me with his confidence. To make a long story short, he wound up getting my record expunged and I never went to jail (phew). Thanks Mr. D!
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Posted by Bill | March 11, 2014
Delivered the result
I recently blew a stop sign while on the shoulder in a school zone! Big oops! I hired Mr. Daubenberger to handle my traffic tickets. I was worried that traffic tickets might be at the bottom of the lawyer's list but Mr. Daubenberger made me feel like my case was the most important case in the world. He was confident and got me a great result. No points and no suspension and only a $25 fine. Thanks Rich!
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Posted by Eric | March 10, 2014
Helped in a First Offense DUI
Back in 2006, I was arrested for DUI in West Chester. Stupid decision and I am glad I have not repeated it since then. Rich put me in a position to be able to learn from my mistake without having its consequences be detrimental to my personal or professional life. I am grateful for his assistance throughout. Good guy and an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Stephen | November 27, 2012
Simply the best
I had a drug and DUI case. While I know he handles a lot of drug cases, Rich made me feel like my case was the most important case in the world to him. I thank him for always being available and for doing a fantatic job.
Posted by Sara | October 13, 2011
Best outcome I could have expected
I hired Rich for a DUI and was in a terrible situation. Not only did he make me feel at ease, but he was quick, responsive and got me the best outcome I could have hoped for. He helped me turn everything around.
Posted by AIS | August 29, 2011
Recommendation for Richard C. Daubenberger
As a resident of Maryland who is unfamiliar with the Pennsylvania legal system, I was intimidated and concerned about finding the right attorney for a case in Pennsylvania. After looking through Avvo and reading the biographies and reviews, I hired Mr. Daubenberger to help with our PA criminal case. Mr. Daubenberger is professional, responsive and resourceful, it makes no difference that we are 100+ miles away in a different state. In addition to his skills as an attorney, he is compassionate and empathetic to the issues and difficulties his clients and their families face as we try to deal with the issues and move forward in a positive direction. Although our case is still in progress, I am happy to write this review for Mr. Daubenberger as he has already demonstrated that he is a trustworthy and does all he can to represent his client in the best way possible.
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Posted by Steven | April 8, 2011
He saved me
I had a second DUI (which I have learned from) and the difference between my first DUI lawyer and Rich was amazing. The first was slow to respond and I felt like I was bothering him. Rich guided me through the second and always took the time to answer my questions (even the silly ones) and guided me through a painful process by making it smooth and simple.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2011
Previous client
Our son was represented by Rich on several occasions and he was not only knowledgeable, professional and helpful, he went beyond our expectations with regards to the personal interest he took in our son and his desire to see him take a positive path in his life, which he has done!
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1st Offense- Stupid Mistake/Decison- NO JAIL (DETAILS MATTER)
We recently had to unexpectedly seek an attorney due to a stupid mistake that could have resulted in a life altering direction with the possibility of facing jail time. The case was unusual due to a registered fire arm being involved with a small amt. of Marijuana. Rich was responsive, direct and wanted to ensure everyone understood the options and the direction that was being taken. He was accommodating and accessible for meetings via conference calls and email when needed. He explained the process throughout as it related to hearings, options and what to expect at each one based upon his 20+ years of experience, which was accurate. His knowledge of the process, the court system and legal associates personalities proved to be valuable. His ability to see the good in people and recognize the qualities in people resulted in being able to present the case/facts to the Judge in an open plea decision. The result...NO JAIL time for a felony conviction based upon what the DA sentencing recommendations were (23 mos. incarceration) ...but a sentence of 30 day home monitoring and 2 yr probation. THANK YOU RICH for recognizing that all guidelines do not fit the crime and working to keep a path open and impacting a young mans future that could have gone in a totally different direction! We'll keep our deal and be in touch after probation!!!! (The details MATTER in the law)
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Posted by Anthony | July 25, 2023
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I hired rich thinking he was the best lawyer in Delco and he wasn’t
Rich never believed in me… I wasn’t a felon before he made me sign a deal that I didn’t want to.. now he made me sign a deal for 21 to 58 months and I wasn’t on probation and I got a drug dealing charge without selling it to a C.I .! I believe that I would have probably received a better deal with a public defender than with him . He charged me 8,500 to go up state anyway. I am an addict, NOT A DRUG DEALER! Not to mention I’m a single father to my 12 yr old daughter her whole life! Which now I have to leave to be with family. I needed rehabilitation NOT incarceration!!!
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Posted by Austin | March 25, 2017
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This man changed my life
For over a decade I have been stuck on probation because Richard lied to me. Richard Daubenberger fooled me with his upbeat charm and promises. I don't want to waste too much energy on this evil man who blatantly lied to me to take a deal, but I feel it is my responsible duty as a citizen to make my peers aware of what happened to me for his $10,000 retainer. Long story short- I was innocent and would have went to trial to prove my innocence but Richard talked me into taking a deal because he was "96% sure" he could get me off of all charges but if just a couple charges stuck I would have done more time then the deal offering. The suspicious part is he told me all along I had nothing to worry about and not to lose a night rest over my case. Knowing I was innocent, I didn't lose a nights rests. When the first 2 deal offers came he told me as he had too but he also advised that I not take deal and tell the DA to shove it. Then it was getting down wire and the third deal came and was going to expire; this is when I got a call from him to come in. I went into his office without a fear in the world and he is telling me I have to take the deal. I was shocked as my stomach fell to the floor. I said "no way" because that is not what he was telling me all along. With all the fear he instilled in me that day, I felt like he was my friend and lifeline and I had to listen to him- I was young and naive. He told me the deal was the best way to go because it was going to be minimal jail time, followed by 2 years probation and then I would be a free man with a personal judgement against my credit for the restitution---- THIS WAS A COMPLETE LIE After several hours of being in his office that day, being told all sorts of information that was the complete opposite of what he was telling me the prior months leading up to this day, he also told me that we had to go to the courthouse that day and sign the deal because the DA, Gregory Hurchella was leaving on vacation and the deal was expiring the following day. I took the deal, did the time, did the parole and probation and at this point a few years had passed and I thought this was all behind me; It was 1 week until my sentence expiration and I was going to be a free man when the call came from Delaware County telling me I had to come in to be re-violated because of restitutions. I told them that there was a mistake because my attorney told me after my probation, the restitution was going to turn into a personal judgement and I was going to be a free man. I owed almost $100,000 in restitution so by no means would I have ever taken a deal if he would of been honest with me and told me that my probation was going to continue forever until the restitution was paid. Of course I called him after I got the call from Delaware County and he pretty much laughed at me over the phone and hung up. I followed up with an email and his response was "if you contact me anymore, I will have a restraining order placed on you" WOW I don't know how Rich can sleep well at night knowing a decent family guy like myself, is still stuck on probation almost 15 years later. Knowing I can not get off probation because of this restitution. If I would have just known the truth, I would have left our consultation that day with accurate information and put the $10,000 in life savings towards my restitution and hired an average attorney but I didn't, because Rich saw an opportunity to make some easy money, sweet talker and lied to me. I went along with it all because I thought he truly cared.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2014
Very unhappy- I PAID you for your legal advise and you did not even bother to help with my case nor made any efforts to help. YOU came HIGHLY recommended and failed to live up to expectations.
Posted by Austin | February 21, 2014
This man is sneaky and has no integrity- I found this out when it was too late. He will take your money though!!
Leave review for Rich in AVVO In 2005, I hired Rich and had him retained for a $10k fee. After he heard my alleged "Securities Fraud", he told me not to lose a night of sleep. As the months past he only reported good news but made me aware of the deals that the District Attorney was offering, because he had too by law. I still remember to this day, when he called me and reported he received the discovery from my former Securities Attorney and "we were going to hit this one out of the park" A day before the deal expired, Rich called me into his office and told me I had to take the deal- this was the last thing I ever expected and it contradicted everything he ever told me. Within hours of not knowing where to turn, he said I would "stay at county jail for 24 hrs then be transferred to state prison. You will wait up state prison for a couple weeks while a platoon opens up then do 6 months of bootcamp and be home by Thanksgiving". He continued to tell me that I had to take the deal that day because the DA was leaving on vacation later that evening. Rich told me that this deal would put me in the best physical shape of my life and when I got out, I would be on probation for 2 years then this would all be behind me. He said my large restitution would become a personal judgement and I could move on with my life. This was the furthest thing from the truth and I regret the day I allowed Richard to talk me into this $10k deal, under pressure, that ultimately I could of applied towards my restitution. First off, I never got home by Thanksgiving, infact I didn't get home until March the following year, but this fact I could live with. After flawlessly completing my sentence I am still on probation to date with Delaware County (2014) continuing to hinder my life monthly. Delaware County told me that they would be violating me every 2 years and keep me on probation the rest of my life until my restitution was paid. This was not the deal Richard C. Daubenberger promised me. Who would take a deal that essentially would turn into a life sentence for $10K fee? Nobody I called Richard when I was a week before my 5 year max to tell him this must be a mistake. He actually laughed at me on the phone and told me I cannot get off probation until I pay my restitution; how cocky he was and how stupid I felt. When he laughed at me and said that my heart dropped and I was speechless. I wish he would of been honest with me so I could of made the appropriate decision. I would of spent the 10k towards my restitution so I have a chance of getting off sooner and not listened to his LIES at his consultation before you got my retainer. This is man is cocky, arrogant, thinks he is better then most and has absolutely no integrity- he just wanted my money!!! Talk about adding insult to injury- I feel like Richard really kicked me when I was down
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Robert C. Wright
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Delaware County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2001


  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • Upper Darby Police Foundation
  • Treasurer - Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Person of the Year
  • Upper Darby Police Foundation
  • 2012

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rich is considered a preeminent criminal defense attorney by his peers. His background as a former prosecutor gives him a unique advantage compared to many other criminal defense attorneys. Hire Rich before your co-defendant does!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rich is extremely knowledgeable in criminal and juvenile matters. His experience as both a defense attorney and former high-ranking prosecutor is evident during consultation and in the courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Rich is very knowledgeable about the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know. Rich is well prepared and ready to fight for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure that I endorse Richard. He is an outstanding attorney. Further, he is intelligent, diligent, and deeply cares for every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Daubenberger is an excellent criminal defense attorney that knows the law and represents his clients very well. When speaking to both police and prosecutors, he is well versed on the facts of his clients case, protecting the rights of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He meets the highest professional and ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Rich for the better part of 16 years. Having first met Rich while he was working as an assistant district attorney, I then found him to be thorough, well versed in the law and confident and comfortable in the courtroom. Years later and now a partner rather than as an adversary, I have a first hand view of those same fine characteristics. It is without hesitation that I endorse Rich in the area of Criminal Defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rich for over 10 years. During that time we have worked together on cases and opposed each other. Rich is aggressive, intelligent and extremely talented in the court room. Of the clients I have sent to him, they all commented how Rich listened to their concerns, and, most importantly, fought for them. I highly recommend him if you have a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"This is not an area of the law in which I practice, but I do know a satisfied client when I see one. Rich is an excellent communicator with his clients and an excellent advicate in court!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"A former Drug Task Force prosecutor, Rich now puts his talents to use in defense of individuals charged in the criminal courts. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and gets excellent results for his clients."
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Media DUI and DWI Lawyer Richard Carl Daubenberger
Richard Carl Daubenberger
DUI and DWI Attorney
Media, PA
Licensed for 25 years