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Daniel James Williams

DUI and DWI Attorney at Painesville, OH

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

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Criminal Law is the focus of Daniel Williams.  He represents clients throughout NE Ohio including Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  After working tirelessly for the past three years advocating for the rights of indigent criminal defendants throughout Lake County, Dan joined Dworken & Bernstein.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Dan moved to Chicago where he worked as an Account Executive for a nationwide mortgage lending company. But his pride in his hometown never wavered, and he returned to Cleveland where he graduated from law school at Cleveland-Marshall and married his wife Gina. Dan practices in the area of criminal law, including juvenile, adult misdemeanor and felony, DUI/OVI defense, and expungements.

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Licensed for 10 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/13/2022

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Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
1468 W. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH, 44113
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2022
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OVI Case
I contacted Dan after receiving an OVI and he accepted it. I gave Dan the details of my charge and he was very experienced and easy to work with throughout the process. We got great results in court and I highly recommend hiring Dan with any OVI cases.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2021
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Rare Find!!!
If you need an Outstanding Defense Lawyer - Look no further!! I've dealt with other lawyers and Mr. Williams is the Exception! He is very knowledgeable and able to explain things effectively. He's also compassionate and gives you his undivided attention. In the court room he's articulate and will do an excellent job representing you!
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2020
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Dan is the best
I didn’t even need to step in front of a judge Dan handled the whole thing such a professional
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2019
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Talented and Professional
I would highly recommend hiring Mr. Williams. I initially was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and trespassing. I was told by a public defendant the best case I could hope for is 30 days of house arrest and 6 months probation. I was also told by another lawyer they would not waste my money because he did not feel a better outcome was attainable. Mr. Williams provided me options to improve my case and show that I was remorseful for my actions to the prosecutor. Mr. Williams was successfully able to agree with prosecutors to allow me into the first offenders program, a much smaller penalty.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
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Anonymous
Mr. Williams was great from start to finish. I emailed him regarding possible representation for my petty theft case and he called me immediately that same day and walked me through what the process would look like. I had talked with other lawyers previously but did not feel comfortable with any and Mr. Williams was able to do just that. I was especially worried about a conviction due to my future career in healthcare and Mr. Williams really focused on that when working with my case and we ended up getting it dismissed entirely which was the biggest relief and an amazing outcome. He was there every step of the way and was there for me if I ever had a question or was unsure about something. I am forever grateful for Mr. Williams’s services and for his help in preventing my terrible mistake/lapse in judgement from hurting my future.
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Posted by Brandon | May 14, 2019
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Excellent outcome
Dan was very professional and personable. After hiring him, it took very little time (within a couple of weeks) for him to negotiate the charges down from a felony to a minor misdemeanor. This was an extremely favorable outcome and I highly recommend anyone who needs a defense attorney to meet with Dan.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
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Dan Williams
Dan Williams did an excellent job for me! He got my OVI/DUI dropped down to a reckless operation and in one court date. He was really helpful and thoroughly explained what was going on. I will recommend him to my family and friends and anyone who needs a great lawyer.
Posted by Renee | February 12, 2018
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Daniel Williams
I hired Mr. Williams to help me with false accusation filed against me. He was non-judgemental, professional, and always answered the questioned I had. He never made me feel dumb for not understanding how the judicial system worked. I hope to never need him again but would hire him again if I did!
Posted by Andrew | February 9, 2018
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Lake Country OVI
Daniel was very helpful in explaining everything in my case to me. This was my first offence, and I was not from the area, so that was very helpful and reassuring for me. As a first-time OVI, there are a few options that one can take to before the Court. Daniel recommended that I take a proactive approach and complete the Alcohol assessment and classes that the Court would almost certainly order me to ahead of time. As well as writing a letter of apology from myself to both the Court and the Police Department. Both of these actions, along with Daniel speaking with the Prosecutor on my behalf before the hearing were enough combined for the Judge to give me a relatively light sentence. I am very thankful for his representation, without which I believe that I would have spent several nights in Lake County Jail instead.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
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Excellent Service
Mr. Williams provided very informative consultation prior to court. He turned a bad situation into a very manageable one. Felony charge reduced to misdemeanor with diversion program and sealing of records in very short period of time. I would recommend him for any and all consultative needs.
Posted by Shawn | May 18, 2017
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Very good job.
He was very good. He told me all the possible outcomes. Answered emails and phone calls in a very timely manner. He ended up getting all the charges dropped for me. He is helping me with some other stuff I have going on. He gave me advise on it and going to be in the right direction to continue forward with. A big thanks to him for all his help.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2017
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Highly recommend
Daniel did a great job in clearly communicating all possible options I had in front of me before I made any decisions regarding my case. He was very knowledgeable, and professional.
Posted by Lauren | March 10, 2017
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Informative and direct
Dan was very easy to work with and was available as needed. He outlined all possible scenarios and options for me to consider. I was satisfied with the outcome of my case and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him in the future.
Posted by J | February 3, 2017
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Daniel Williams is an outstanding DUI/DWI lawyer
Dan Williams handled my OVI (DWI) case in Willoughby Ohio. I had 4 charges: ovi (.156); seatbelt; driving recklessly; and driving with a suspended license. It was my first time with such charges and I was a travelling visitor from out of town. Needless to say these were significant offenses, but Dan was great with hearing my situation and coming up with a proper defense. All these charges were significantly reduced to a lesser misdemeanor non moving violation (with no DL points) of 'Control of Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence', and a voluntary agreement to take a 3 day Driver's Ed prevention course. Considering the charges involved and the prosecution's video evidence, I would say it was a better than expected outcome. I am deeply grateful to my attorney Dan Williams and his office of Dworken and Bernstein and I would strongly recommend him for any similar legal matters in the Painsville/Mentor/Willoughby area.
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Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2017
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Do Not Hesitate
Dan is an excellent attorney who demonstrated a strong working knowledge of DUI laws and has effective working relationships with other attorneys and judges in Painesville. He achieved the best possible outcome for me and he comes highly recommended if you are in need. Do not hesitate to contact him and retain him as your representation.
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Posted by Keith | December 12, 2016
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Professional, knowledgeable, helpful.
Mr. Williams was professional and very helpful. He was knowledgeable and able to navigate the confusing legal process we were facing. He was timely with email responses, and thorough in his updates and explanations. Lord willing we will never need his services again, but I would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2016
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Great Professional Service
Dan Williams acted with great professionalism and respect. His own confidence and knowledge of the ropes in court proceedings instilled confidence and comfort in my family throughout our time working with him. He gave sound, fair advice regarding my case. His services resulted in a favorable outcome. I would recommend Dan to others.
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Posted by daniel | January 26, 2016
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Daniel Williams
Couldn't of asked for a better outcome with my second ovi case very professional. Did exactly what he said he was gonna do didnt lead me in the wrong direction. Also at first I was in a financial bind and that didn't phase him one bit still did everything he could do to help out worked with me every step of the way.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I was a client of Mr. Williams. He and his law team provided excellent advice for my case and when it was over, the outcome was better than fair for me. My hope is that I do not need his services again :) However, if I ever get into any circumstance that requires an attorney, Dan is the first I will call. Thank you, Dan, for all that you and your team did for me.
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Posted by Ken | September 29, 2015
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Well Recommended!!!
I was very happy with the outcome of my case. Dan handled everything from the beginning and explained to me in detail my options throughout the process. He was able to negotiate with the prosecutor and get me a lesser charge. I would refer Dan to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2015

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • St. Edward Legal Eagles
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Public Defender Trial Advocacy Program
  • National Defender Training Project, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Advanced DUI Defense Seminar and Trial Skills Academy
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced OVI Seminar Attendee
  • 2021
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Best in the Midwest DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2020
  • Lakeland Community College
  • O-H..V-I? An examination of Impaired Driving in Ohio
  • 2016
  • Alcohol & Drug Awareness Week
  • O-H..V-I? An Examination of Impaired Driving in Ohio
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is the best criminal defense lawyer in the area. He is approachable and treats his clients with the utmost respect, always giving them sound advice they can trust in. You can count on him to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan is a great attorney who will go to great lengths to help his clients. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a very good lawyer who works hard to get his clients the result they deserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Attorney Williams. I have been able to witness first hand how he has handled cases for my clients and have not hesitated to refer to him for any type of criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a zealous advocate that is driven to provide his clients with a complete and competent legal defense. Having the pleasure of working with Dan for three years, I witnessed him excel as an effective communicator and skilled advocate. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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