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Peter Carl Swarth

DUI and DWI Attorney at West Hills, CA

4.7   6 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    35 years

  2. Criminal defense
    All Misdemeanors and Felonies, Sex Crimes, Theft, Assault, Narcotics

    35 years

  3. Domestic violence

    35 years

  4. Civil rights
    Use of Excessive Force by Police

    35 years


Peter Swarth has been a criminal defense attorney for over 25 years with extensive trial experience in Federal, State and Juvenile Court for both misdemeanors and felonies. He is certified, by the State Bar of California, as a Specialist in Criminal Law.  He specializes in DUI and DWI defense, and has experience in holding police accountable. He is passionate about the law and defends his clients with equal amounts of concern and guaranteeing their rights under the law. He is steadfast in his belief that everyone has the right to an aggressive defense and to have a fair hearing, and will rigorously defend you against criminal charges.

A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, Attorney Peter Swarth was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. He is a certified specialist in criminal law defending the rights of the accused. Los Angeles Defense Lawyer Peter Swarth has also distinguished himself in the field of Criminal Law and Trial Skills, having taught this area of practice for 15 years at the University of West Los Angeles Law and Glendale College of Law. He has also been a guest lecturer at UCLA presenting Psychology and the Law. He has been a frequent lecturer at Public Defender Conferences on the subjects of Infant Homicide, Drug Rehabilitation and the Law, and Learning Disabilities and the Law. And Peter Swarth has been published in the Hastings Comm/Ent (Communications / Entertainment) Law Journal. He is active in the Los Angeles County Bar Association as Chairman of the IPEL section.


Peter Carl Swarth
6520 Platt Ave # 557
West Hills, CA, 91307-3218


4.7 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
Great Attorney, would highly recommend.
Peter Swarth helped me out with my case, he was very professional. His staff was always courteous and friendly. I was very impressed with Mr. Swarth's skills. He really knows his stuff. Don't let his size fool you, he'll go head to head with the big bosses. He helped me out every step of the way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Lindsey | September 29, 2014
Really helped me when I needed him most
Peter Swarth was an amazing attorney who has helped us through some troubling times. He's incredibly knowledgeable and one of the friendliest attorneys I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is also very responsive and has answered my calls long after most attorneys call it a day.
Posted by Andy | December 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I have dealt with
Excellent attorney! I don't have enough words to describe how much better than I expected the experience became once I hired Peter. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a defense lawyer.
Posted by Robert | October 28, 2014
WOW just WOW!!!!
I had been in great suffering, mentally , at the thought that I may have had an outstanding warrant. It was pure paranoia because of a chance conversation. I called Mr.Swarth out of pure desperation and mental anxiety, he scoffed at first (as anyone would) but he checked my file free of charge, on a hunch of his , I guess, anyway, turned out I had a warrant and he called me immediately to inform and counsel me as my intuition was true!!!!! It took 2 days and the payment of a fine.....$50,000 WARRANT...Lifted, gone. AND...AND 5 years of probation with really stiff constrictions...GONE!!!!! And He has filed to have my record expunged!!!!! I have no idea why people do not like lawyers...This guy is a CLASS ACT!!!! ...He even bought me a coffee at court and offered to hold my cellphone as the bailiff had a problem with me .....A1 guy and EXCELLENT lawyer!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Awesome attorney
Peter is not only an amazing attorney but an amazing person as well. He has always been very quick to answer my calls or get back to me as soon as he is out of the courtroom. It's not often you find an attorney with as much experience as he does who still has the passion for his job as someone fresh out of college. Hopefully I won't need his services again anytime soon, but if I ever have a run-in with the law he'll be the first person I call :)
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If he can cut deal he will cut a deal.
In the middle of trial the man handed me phone in the holding cell and told to speak to my wife about taking a deal. Now what makes him great is that I understood that if he is doing that the sheriff, da (Morris) and the knew because he would not risk his livelihood for a kid out south central. So if you get him as a state appointed let him juice it.... He will get a deal from th D.A. he went to school with to keep his buddy's #'s up.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Peter Swarth
  • 2000 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • 1989 - 2000


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Harris
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v Brown
  • Not Guilty


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2000 - 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Entertainment Law Writing Competition
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property & Unfair Competition Section
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Peter
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter has an uncommon combination of experience, expertise, and dedication to his clients. It's very rare to find lawyers with a similar level of any one of these attributes -- let alone all three. It is no accident that he consistently gets results for his clients, in a wide variety of types of criminal cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Peter Swarth. Hard working, skilled, and dedicated to his clients. A respected member within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter is one of the most adept criminal lawyers I know. Just as important, Peter cares about his clients. He puts in all the extra work required not just to get the job done but also to make his clients feel at ease during what is often one of the most troubled periods of their lives. I recommend and endorse Peter Swarth without hesitation."
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