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Robert Matthew Cargal

DUI and DWI Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   19 reviews

also known as MATTHEW CARGAL


Licensed for 30 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
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    Experienced, Aggressive and Successful Criminal Defense!

    30 years

  2. DUI and DWI
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    experienced. aggressive and successful DUI defense!

    30 years

ATTORNEY MATTHEW CARGAL- SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING DUI AND OTHER CRIMINAL CASES FOR OVER 25 YEARS!

After an arrest for DUI or other criminal offense, it is important that you immediately take action to protect your rights and liberty. Without the representation of an experienced DUI and criminal defense attorney, you could be facing very serious complications. The Law Office of Matthew Cargal stands ready to fight to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Whether you are facing a felony offense or misdemeanor charge, you need to contact a Pasadena criminal defense lawyer from the firm as soon as Law Office of Matthew Cargal aggressively defends their clients throughout the entire legal process and works to ensure that they will obtain the best outcome. They will thoroughly investigate your case and give you the best possible defense. This can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Matthew Cargal has experience handling all types of criminal cases including  DUI, drug crimes, white collar offenses, violent crimes and federal crimes. You can be assured that your case is in good hands when you work with The Law Office of Matthew Cargal. Attorney Cargal has been focusing exclusively on DUI and Criminal defense for over 27 years! You should never trust your future to an inexperienced lawyer. If you have been arrested, contact Attorney Cargal immediately for a free consultation with the experienced legal counsel that you deserve. Working with the Law Office of Matthew Cargal can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Get started today!

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Licensed for 30 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 12/01/2022

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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proactive, professional, and attentive to detail
I hired Matt Cargal for a recent DUI case back in March. Upon being hired, Matt was proactive and an attentive liaison making sure all court documents and details in order. While he has many clients, he was always easy to communicate with and answered all emails and calls in a timely manner--which I greatly appreciated throughout the process. Highly recommend because he is worth the investment.
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Posted by Jonathon | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you’ve found Matt then you’ve found hope!
Matt is a fully knowledgeable, caring, and to the point expert with decades of experience under his belt. His legal expertise helped me in ways that I honestly believe no other could have. I would quickly recommend him to anyone seeking a dynamic professional who will fight for you and your rights to the very best of his ability. Don't settle for anyone less than Matthew Cargal. I cannot express my gratitude to him enough.
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Posted by Peter | September 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best
Matt is highly intelligent, empathetic, and a shrewd negotiator, with years of experience working with prosecutors and judges. He’ll certainly make lemonade out of the rancid lemons of your situation. I’d recommend him to first-time and multiple DUI offenders, and I’m confident that his acumen on other criminal matters is just as strong. Most of all his greatest strength is his character, which shows in his deep relationships and respect with the courts and other attorneys. I simply can’t say enough about this fantastic attorney.
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Posted by Joe L. | July 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney of Attorneys
When considering a defense attorney, you have to ask yourself... What is it exactly that you want, or better yet, what do you and your family NEED? Do you want someone to be just professional and handle your case expertly, or do you NEED someone to work diligently day in and night out on your case, be thoroughly informative, and handle the entire weight of your legal situation both firmly and delicately? Do you want someone to contact you once your case is done or do you NEED someone to be available 24/7, through emails, calls, and office visits, have any and every question answered? You will always be informed with all the inner workings of court, even when you dont have to be present. Do you want someone that will give you a consultation and charge you and arm and a leg or NEED someone that has fair rates, understands whatever economic hardship your going through, and creates flexible payment plans that cater to you? His consultations are free and put your mind at ease. If you just want Joe Schmoe to take your money, and never hear back from, and most likely bend to the will of the court system than Mr. Cargal is not your guy. But, if you NEED someone in your corner to fight for and with you as I did during my overwhelming cases, than Matthew Cargal is most definitely the attorney you NEED to represent you! Mr. Cargal helped me with two of my cases, one in 2013 and another slip up in 2014. With a 98% success rate, I figured it would be a no brainer to look him up. In both cases, he successfully tipped the scales in my favor and my family are forever grateful. It's been 5 years now no incidents, and he is currently working toward expunging both. Matt and I have created a trust, that I will forever hold dear, and he would do so with everyone that stumbles upon him. So dont hesitate to give Matt a call! Thank you again Matt, you've saved me time and time again, and it's safe to say, you've changed my life for the better!
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Posted by Christopher | November 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There is no better option than having experience on your side!
Matthew Cargal is the epitome of what any respectable person needs in a legal situation that can affect their reputation and public record adversely. I have personally hired Matt two times over the last decade. In my first encounter with Matt he was extremely well spoken and detailed in his explanation to me of what my situation was and how he would be able to go about fighting the case. I knew right away that I had hired the best representation out of the sea of attorneys out there. My case was reduced from a DUI to a simple traffic ticket. Essentially saving me $10,000 in state fees/penalties and more importantly DID NOT adversely affect my driving record. Without any doubt it was Matt's expertise and negotiation skills with the prosecution that led to this result. More recently, I had an instance that brought me back into the legal system on a charge of intoxication in public. I can humbly say that this incident was embarrassing and I knew I could not turn to anyone other than Matt to help me figure out what needed to be done to keep my record clean and also keep me in peace of mind throughout the process. Again. I hired Matt right away after the incident. He was the first thought and the first person i contacted. He gave me clear and concise instruction on what I needed to accomplish before the court date and that he would get the records and also begin his plan of action to fight the charge. I did everything he suggested and he did what he does best - which is bringing his experience, expertise, negotiation skills, and relentless effort to the prosecutor on the day of court. Again, he was able to reduce my charge from a misdemeanor crime to a simple infraction. Its not unbelievable, its just Matt's canning ability to effectively do his in the best way possible time and again! I cannot express the level of Matt's knowledge of the court system and of the laws that govern them. He has been able to keep my life moving forward in ways that could not have continued without his representation in both cases. My recommendation here is that if you need a criminal defense for your legal mishap that Matthew Cargal is not just the best option but the ONLY option to represent you. He has saved me twice now and I cannot express enough gratitude or praise enough. My life gets to continue on a good track with a clean record because of him and what he has done for me. Call Matt first!
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy, great lawyer
I got in some drunken trouble and needed someone to help me navigate the legal system. I was very happy to find Matt because i first called him on the phone and he was able to meet me very quickly and discuss the details of my case and addressed all the concerns that I had. Throughout this ordeal, which took a few months to finally get resolved, he would be available to answer all my questions if I called him. He was very professional and was there beside me every time I had to appear in court. He was always very professional and made me feel that my case was in the hands of someone who knew what he was doing. In the end he was able to help me get a favorable outcome and I was very happy with the result. I hope to never need to a lawyer again but should I find myself in that situation I would not hesitate to contact Matt again.
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Posted by Tom | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tiny slip
I'm so happy to find a great lawyer. He was patient listen to me a help me keep my job. I'm so thankful to him for getting me a great deal.
Posted by Chris | December 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Matt!!!
Thank you Matt for sealing my juvenile record without a hitch. Your time, preparation, and results in my case prove that you are a skillful attorney that produces results. I am extremely grateful to have hired you for this and now I can move on with my life and put all of the negativity behind me. I would recommend Matt to anyone in need of a favorable result-producing criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Over a year ago, I had an incident that Matthew Cargal helped me with. He is an amazing lawyer and attorney, and I definitely recommend him!
Posted by Marika | May 8, 2015
Dedicated & Attentive! So thankful!
Matt was amazing with my DUI case from start to finish. He helped ease my nerves, was such a great communicator through out the whole process in keeping me informed & answering any questions I had. He was completely dedicated to getting me the best possible outcome, even when my court dates spanned for over a year. He ended up getting my .15 DUI lessened to a wet reckless. I am so thankful for everything he did for me, and would recommend Matt to anyone!
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Posted by Joyce | March 24, 2015
Thankful
Incredibly personable, dedicated and knowledgeable. He worked tirelessly to make sure we had the outcome we wanted, and made sure to make me feel safe and reassured along the way. It is usually difficult to find a good lawyer, and after searching through many options, Matthew Cargal definitely was the right choice. I would recommend his law offices to friends and family for any predicament pertaining to the law. Thank you!
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Posted by Shiva | July 12, 2014
One of the best DUI lawyers out there!
I'm not from this country and getting a DUI on the night of my birthday is the last thing I expected and felt the ground had been pulled from under my feet. I was very lucky to have come in the presence of Matthew who keeps a low profile but is actually considered one of the best lawyers out there by other professional attorneys and there is saying that goes on about him 'When somebody in the family of an attorney get into trouble, they go to Matthew Cargal...' so his reputation precedes him. Along with being thorough and professional with the case he was extremely generous and helpful throughout the process, returned my calls on each and every instance and even gave me a discount because i'm a student and was under a lot of financial pressure. The end result: He got my .12 DUI (which is pretty high) down to a wet reckless and got my penalties reduced considerably :) I'm so grateful to him and if you've got into the DUI trouble(bad timing or bound to happen) , I highly recommend Matthew as a great attorney to be represented by. All the very best with the situation!
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2014
Knowledgeable and Kept Me Informed
Really worked with me and from the very beginning . He did a great job in reassuring that he would handle this well. I'm so blessed that I hired him.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2014
He helped prove our son was innocent!
Mr. Cargal represented my son on a juvenile crime. Our family was devastated. He constantly called the cop investigating the case and the prosecutor to try to get the case dismissed. He did it! Mr. Cargal was able to get the charges dropped before it went to court. We knew our son was innocent and Cargal fought hard to prove it. He's the best!
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Posted by George | June 26, 2014
Life saver
Attorney Cargal took what was a complete nightmare and made it a thing of the past. Without going into detail I was facing an up hill battle and Attorney Cargal handled my issues quickly and diligently. He saved my future and I highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2014
Best Lawyer
My wife had four cases and hired Matthew Cargal he took are call met with us same day took his time he clearly explained how he could help us. He was very kind and helped her keep her job ,he was very supported. My wife went to Treatment and is a great mother again two our children. We could have not been more pleased with all the help that he gave our family in our most needed time in our life.
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Posted by David | June 3, 2014
Saved My Bacon
I am a little embarrassed, having found myself in a criminal situation.....that said.....thank God I found Matt Cargal. From just after the arrest when I reached out to him... to the completion of the trial Matt Cargal was the consummate professional. His knowledge and overall professionalism helped turn a disastrous situation into something quite manageable......and took virtually all of the stress off of my shoulders. I am not big on social media or writing reviews....but with his level of services I felt compelled to let others know. If you need an attorney, call Matt Cargal
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Posted by Todd | December 5, 2011
Exceptional DUI/DWI defense lawyer.
I was arrested for a DUI some months ago, and I decided to seek the legal expertise of Matt Cargal. If you want first-rate defense, want to save your license, want an aggressive, pro-active handling of your case, and want the DA bombarded with demonstrative evidence of your innocence, he is the perfect choice. I thought my life was ruined by my DUI. I considered my situation hopeless, even though I always proclaimed my innocence. Matt worked tirelessly, and my charges were completely dropped. I can't recommend his legal assistance enough. A+++++++++++++++++
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2009
Excellent Attorney!
Mr Cargal represented me in a DUI case and it was the best, most professional, and also very reasonable in his fees. I highly recommend him.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Matthew Cargal
  • 1997 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Matthew Cargal
  • 1997 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Myles L. Berman
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Kenneth Miller
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Laura Kerl
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Legal Intern/ Attorney
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Legal Intern
  • Santa Clara Count Public Defender
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Legal Intern
  • Law offices of Martin A. Schainbaum
  • 1985 - 1988
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Cambridge University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • 2nd Degree Burglary reduced to misdemeanor
  • Felony reduced to misdemeanor
  • 2nd Strike- assault with weapon
  • Reduced to misdemeanor-no jail only anger management class
  • 3rd offense DUI
  • reduced to reckless driving- no jail
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Associations

  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Rotary Club of Pasadena
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Appreciation of Service
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 2002
  • Appreciation of Service
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 2001
  • President's Award
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 1997

Publications

  • LawReview-CLE
  • Your First DUI Case
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of DUI case
  • DUI Trials- How to Win Them
  • 2013
  • California Defense Counsel
  • Your First DUI case
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their commitment and dedication to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer he is a true professional"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a dedicated advocate and a fine lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is an exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced DUI and criminal law attorney. I do not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a tough, thorough, and talented litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cargal is a caring, experienced and dedicated criminal defense and DUI lawyer. I see Mr. Cargal in the courthouse often and it is evident that the judges, prosecutors and court personnel have a lot of respect for him. He's always willing to share his knowledge with other lawyers and he gets excellent results for his clients. I highly endorse Mr. Cargal."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work: extraordinarily conscientious, extremely hardworking and very dedicated to each Client, Californians understand that Mr. Cargal is an excellent Pasadena trial attorney who is a beneficial asset to the entire California DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need of a superb criminal defense lawyer will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of reasons (but without enough character space to properly do this fine attorney justice), I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've know Matt Cargal for over 20 years. We've worked together on DUI cases and spent countless hours discussing DUI Defense. Matt will fight for your rights and do everything possible to win your case and save your license. Make sure to talk with Matt before you decide on the right DUI Lawyer. If I were in trouble in Southern California, I would be calling Mr. Cargal. He is one of those attorneys who other attorneys call to represent their friends, families, clients on DUI's."
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