5.0 stars 35 totalReview Derek Devermont
Posted by a client
We hired Derek on 2 separate occasions for a family member. One was a DUI and the other a DV charge. Despite being handed many difficult situations by the client, the judge and D.A., Derek was able to literally pull out a few miracles. The client was able to get very lenient outcomes. Derek is a fighter and likes to win. Even better he doesn't like to lose, so if you need a good lawyer who will fight for you, hire Derek.
Posted by Brooke
I was dealing with a DUI refusal and I already have one DUI. Luckily Derek was referred to me and thanks to him my case was dismissed! He is tough and great at what he does, and I highly recommend him to any one in a similar situation.
Posted by J
When I got my dui, I was in shock. But not so much in shock that I didn’t think I could get out of it. Then reality hit hard and someone recommended Derek. Derek had no idea what he was getting when he took me on as a client. He was clear and concise. But more than anything, he was patient and he listened. Derek explained the same situation repeatedly, when I asked him to. He took my calls and answered my innumerable texts. He went above and beyond. Derek got me acquitted on the b count with a .12 BAC using an incredibly obscure and confusing defense. Eventually we settled for a wet reckless, but I got to keep my license. Before, during, and after, Derek was helpful and responsive. Only in retrospect do I see how miraculous he was in a situation that other lawyers wouldn’t have even understood. Derek really cares; he knows the law inside and out; and is totally relentless. But most of all, Derek is the absolute best criminal lawyer there is.
Posted by a client
I was arrested for a DUI refusal and I immediately hired Derek to represent me and It was the best decision I could have possibly made. Derek was able to successfully get my charges knocked down to an exhibition of speeding charge. Through the whole process, Derek was always available and made sure to always clearly explain each step of the process to me. Thank you again Derek!
Posted by AJ
A while ago I was in deep trouble, having a DUI refusal and expired license going against me. Derek was recommended and he was professional, easy going, and knew his field. He was able to knock it down to a wet and reckless and that's just because I decided not to go to trial because of my job and personal schedule. But I'm pretty sure, and he was pretty sure, that he could have won the case. Thanks, Derek!
Posted by a client
A DUI arrest is a frightening experience, one in which you have to act upon quickly while still in shock. I went with a friend's recommendation and so glad that I did! I met with Derek the day after the arrest (he was kind enough to meet up on a Sunday), and after discussing the situation and the process ahead of us, I decided to commit to him as my attorney.
Each case is different and difficult to predict, but six months after the event is when we actually went to trial. Even though the prosecution had no case they offered absolutely no deals and were committed to trial, which was a mistake on their part. The prosecution brought five people to the stand to testify and Derek tore each one of them apart. The arresting officer was of particular embarrassment as Derek knew the standards of the Field Sobriety Tests better than he did...this officer has made approximately 50 DUI arrests and doesn't even know how to properly administer a Field Sobriety Test. Needless to say, the jury came to a conclusion in 45 minutes. There was hardly any discussion necessary. Verdict was read...NOT GUILTY!
Derek is an incredible trial attorney which I witnessed first hand, but had this not been in the City of Santa Monica, I have no doubt that this would never have made it to trial. He has respectful relationships with LA Prosecutors, other Defending Attorneys and even several of the Judges. Derek knows the people, the system, the law and was truly committed to defending me and my rights.
I highly recommend hiring Derek if ever you find yourself in a sticky situation.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
I was charged with aggravated assault with a deathly weapon and mayhem. Mr. Devermont was able to get a deal with the DA and I walked out of Court without jail time. My family and I are amazed with the positive result.
Posted by a DUI & DWI client
When i was arrested for a DUI i was referred to Derek Devermont who thankfully agreed to take my case. He met with me quickly and answered all of my questions. He kept me informed of what was going on and i knew i was in good hands. He was able to get my DUI dismissed by the DA which was amazing. After that we still had my DMW hearing to deal with. He worked hard and was actually able to get the DMV to dismiss the case as well. I couldn't believe it. He is a great lawyer and i can't say enough good things about him. If you find yourself in the same situation hiring Derek Devermont would be the best decision you could ever make.
Posted by a DUI & DWI client
Derek saved my life... and my career. I was pulled over for a DUI during the summer and because the breathalyzer wasn't registering, I had to give blood (which they say is more accurate). My result came back at 0.18... over 2x the limit. And Derek had my case dismissed. I'm a healthcare professional... A DUI could have meant losing my license. Now, there's nothing on my record. It's like it never happened.
During the whole process, I dealt with things by not dealing with things. I pushed it to the back of my mind and let Derek worry about everything. I didn't show up for a single court date... I let Derek handle everything. He would call me to tell me the important things and was always available, but I pretty much didn't involve myself in anything.
It was a scary ordeal and it's finally over. I don't know what he did, or how he did it, but I am truly amazed that I'm walking away from this without a blemish. If you want the same results, I would say hire this guy. He obviously knows what he's doing. My case should have been an easy conviction.. people asked me why I even hired a lawyer in the first place. I'm glad to say they were wrong.
Posted by Kanin
Getting arrested for DUI is scary; spending a night in jail is equally scary. If you're reading this then you already have some idea. With a blood alcohol level of .12, a court date looming and a DMV hearing to contend with, I was told that it was best to get a lawyer for situations like this. I was referred to Derek through a friend. From the beginning, he was straight forward and clear as he explained each step in the process and how I needed to respond. Every step of the way I could ask questions and he was always willing to explain things so I never felt in the dark. This really came into play during the court proceedings. I arrived feeling very nervous but Derek kept me calm and informed. As a result of Derek's expertise and impressive knowledge of previous DUI cases, my case was dismissed completely – NO DUI on my record! I can't say enough about Derek Devermont.