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Jeffrey Scott Vallens

Criminal defense Attorney at Encino, CA

4.7   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    We are a full service criminal and DUI defense firm located in the San Fernando Valley. From misdemeanor driving offenses to capital murder. We handle drugs cases, thefts, crimes of violence including assault and battery, weapons cases and more.

    27 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    We handle DUI cases from first offense misdemeanors to serious felonies including vehicular homicide while intoxicated and Watson murder.

  3. Personal injury
    As a courtesy to clients, family and friends, we handle injury cases for those in need. This is a small portion of our practice, but through the years we have handled hundreds of injury cases throughout California.

    27 years

Attorney Jeffrey S. Vallens has dealt with all kinds of criminal and DUI charges and he is prepared to stand by your side and fight for you today. He has more than 20 years of experience, and he wants to help you pursue a fresh start at life and get back on your feet again. He obtained his law degree from the University of LaVerne, after graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside. He has been admitted to serve in the courts throughout the State of California. Moreover, he has been admitted to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 

In his spare time, Mr. Vallens is the founding member of a winemaking cooperative and is a professional winemaker.  He enjoys travel with his wife, Jennifer.  Jeff likes to hike and camp.  He enjoys fishing throughout California and loves most watersports.  

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4.7 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Jeffrey Vallens is hands down one of the best lawyers in southern Cailfornia. He carries himself in an extremely professional manner, has great compassion in working with his clients, and is willing to go above and beyond to give you the best representation money can buy. Jeffrey has lots of experience in criminal law and has a gift in the way he tackles each case to give you the best outcome possible. Personally, he has saved my life on 2 separate occasions. It is worth noting that these two cases were nearly 15 years apart, one occurred when I was a young teenager, and one occurred recently. What amazed me was that the greatness of his work, compassion in dealing with each case, and his professionalism did not change in the slightest bit. I trusted him to go to bat for me with 2 separate felony cases, in which both were knocked down to misdemeanors and expunged shortly after he got me early termination of probation after serving 1 year of probation in both cases. I highly recommend Jeffrey in any criminal defense case. He will get you the best outcome while giving you comfort knowing that he truly cares about your life.
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Posted by Bryan | November 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
First impression
I reached out to Jeffrey with just questions, he promptly called me back and I told him I just needed an opinion. He was very eager to help and answered all my questions. He never asked for anything in return, only saying that if I needed anything else to let him know and he would be there for me. I’m not sure if I need a lawyer yet but the fact that he took time out of his busy day to listen and offer his advice for nothing in return shows me he is a stand up guy! Glad to have found him because you never know when someone of his expertise will be needed. I highly suggest anyone else in the same situation to give him a call and he will be there for you if need. Thanks Jeffrey, I appreciate your time.
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens November 3, 2020
Thank you for your review. It is fairly common in our industry to offer free consultations to potential clients. As are most of my clients, you were referred by a lawyer I have known and respected for many years. Stay safe and call me if you need anything else. Best, Jeff
Posted by SP | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly, Professional and Diligent
As a working professional, time is a commodity that I lack, spending time at the court house or jail was not an option. Jeffrey made a very nerve racking process easy, he went to court for me, avoided jail time and worked with the Judge to get me the best and fair judgment. Thank you sir, you are the best! Oh and he's works with payment, which was a life saver during the holidays.
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens May 6, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to post the review. I'm glad you were happy with my work and with the outcome of your case.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Empathetic, and Results!
Three years later notified that there was a bench warrant for my son due to an alleged incident. Was referred to Mr. Vallens who immediately met with us putting us at ease that he would research the alleged event and advise. Through his investigation it was concluded that the court process was not properly followed and we had a very good chance to bring the case before a judge for potential dismissal. Mr. Vallens represented my family and kept us updated throughout the process. The case came before a judge and a dismissal proceeding was ruled! We thank him for his efforts and true professionalism!
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Posted by Ziwei Xia | March 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and very professional
Jeffrey is very friendly and very professional lawyer, he helped me expunged my conviction and just within 2 months. I really appreciate he helped me. Now I can apply my job and no more worry about my background check. Thank you so much Jeff, you are best lawyer.
Posted by Greg | February 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
I retained Jeff for a legal matter and was extremely pleased with his professionalism and the disposition of my case. I would highly recommend Jeff.
Response from Jeffrey Vallens February 16, 2016
Greg, Thank you for your comments and the recommendation. I really try hard to make each and every client happy and achieve the best possible outcome in each case. Jeffrey Vallens
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not your average lawyer!
Jeff showed more interest in helping me than receiving a retainer. He listened, ask questions and came up with a game plan on the spot. If you are honest with him I'm sure he can help you or somebody you know! One thing I look at when a lawyer walks into a room is how the other lawyers respect them. I've watched him walk into a courtroom, shake hands and his case was called right after that. My case was lowered and my life was forever changed! Thank you Mr. Vallens. You are the man!
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens October 9, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. I am glad that I was able to help you and that you were happy with my work. I hope everyone understands that while I strive to obtain the best possible results for my clients, every case is different and every outcome is different. Jeffrey Vallens
Posted by KV | June 13, 2015
Highly recommended
I am so happy that we hired Jeff to defend my husband in his criminal case. He is a great lawyer and I would recommend him to my friends and family. This being our first (and only) brush with the law, we were very unsure of what to do. Jeff is extremely helpful and knowledgable and walked us through the entire process. He never made promises that he couldn't keep and always was honest and realistic in telling us what to expect. I feel that Jeff really cares about us and is not just after our money like other attorneys. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone looking for a competent, experienced lawyer.
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens June 16, 2015
Thank you for your kind words. I have always said that if a lawyer tries to promise you the world or to scare you to death, run like hell. If you want an honest opinion about your case and a lawyer that will do everything he can to achieve the best possible results for you, call me. Jeffrey Vallens
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Posted by Marcela | July 30, 2014
I got into trouble and immediately called Jeff. The next day we met and he put me at ease, in regards to my legal troubles. He gave me the sense that a load had been lifted, as he was taking charge of my legal troubles. The end result? My case was dismissed! I cried when Jeff gave me the amazing news!
Posted by Alex | May 15, 2014
Jeff is the man for any criminal case or DUI
Jeffrey has helped me and several members of my family as well as friends of mine. We trust him and would not consider talking to any other lawyer for any criminal case or a DUI. Jeff is the man.
Posted by Russell M. | December 27, 2013
Professional and experience Lawyer!!!
Jeffrey handled my case in a very professional manner in a criminal case. He is knowledgable about the laws. He kept me informed about the procedures every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs a attorney in his field of expertise.
Posted by Jason | December 17, 2013
Top Notch Attorney
I can't tell you how grateful I was for Jeff and his help in my case. Unfortunately I wasn't even living in California at the time of my DUI (I was working on an extended project), but Jeff guided me through the legal system with professionalism, expertise, and helpfulness from start to finish. From day 1, he told me exactly what to expect - from what I would experience in the courtroom to how long he anticipated I would be penalized for - and he was right on target with everything. He clearly knew the court - and those that were working in it - and I certainly appreciated his help throughout the entire process. He fought for me and what he thought was right for my case - and gave me sound advice when it got to the decision-making point. I obviously hope I never have to go down that route again, but I would most definitely hire Jeff without any hesitation if I had any issue in the future. He is absolutely a top notch attorney.
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens February 16, 2016
I get a lot of calls from people who do not live in California, but get in trouble here. Often I get calls from the parents of younger people who get in trouble here in California. The right lawyer can often help to make the clients lives as easy as possible as we guide you through the criminal justice system. Parents have frequently told me how they appreciate the work I have done to make their lives easier in avoiding unnecessary court dates or accommodating their schedules or even transferring probation to other jurisdictions and fulfilling terms of probation while out of state. Jeffrey Vallens
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Posted by Kathy | December 17, 2013
The Best DUI Attorney in Southern California
Mr. Vallens defended my daughter in 2 DUI cases, years apart. Unfortunately, she had developed other issues by the time her second DUI came. Due to her addiction, she was racking up so many probation violations she was headed towards serious prison time. Mr. Vallens superior professionalism and his basic concern for her kept her out of jail which gave her enough time to finally get her act together and become a responsible adult. If it weren't for him, the rest of her life would have resulted in her being a habitually institutionalized felon. He treated her with dignity and respect. I now have my lovely daughter back and Mr. Vallen's dedication has been paramount. There can be success stories if you find the right advocate and we did. Words cannot express our gratitude. I am so confident in Mr. Vallens that he will be looking out for her for the rest of her life. It is a huge responsibility that he has graciously accepted. Not many people will step up to the plate as he and that should show others that there are some real good trustworthy attorneys out there.
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Response from Jeffrey Vallens February 16, 2016
I must admit that it can be a bit strange as I get to know my clients and their families over years and sometimes generations. This is probably good for me in that it keeps me on my toes and helps to avoid complacency. Kathy, it has been nice getting to know you and your family over the past ten or so years and I look forward to seeing you for lunch when I am back in town next week. Jeff
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2013
Jeff gave me a 2nd chance
When I was facing a DV restraining order and possible criminal charges, I contacted several attorneys to explain my situation. Jeff, unlike other attorneys empathized with me and was more interested in helping me than collecting his retainer. He worked with me over the months and always returned my calls as I was foreign to all of this and very uncertain of the outcome. Everything from my job, my license, my citizenship, and my freedom was at stake. Jeff's experience, expertise, and network was vital to my success with fending off the restraining order and the criminal charges. He is very calm and level headed and knows his stuff. Not only does he know his stuff, he was very good at relating to me through this whole ordeal. I have the utmost trust in Jeff's work and his word. Thank you!
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Posted by Kelly | December 17, 2013
Excellent Defense Attorney
I would HIGHLY recommend Jeff, he is extremely competent, knowledgeable and more than fair in his fees and willingness to help make payment arrangements if necessary.
Posted by Rafael | November 7, 2013
Excelent Attorney
Jeffrey helped me with my DV case plus an added charge for violation of probation and also got the Restraining order down to level 1 . I am starting to get my life back together i am grateful for all the help that Jeffrey gave me. i would defenetly recommend his services
Response from Jeffrey Vallens November 24, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad to hear that your life is getting back together and I am pleased that I could be a party to helping make that happen. Good luck and don't forget to call me about getting the cases expunged as soon as probation expires! Jeff
Posted by Jon | October 11, 2011
Highly recommended!!!
Jeffrey defended me in a DV case in which I was found not guilty. I would definitely recommend him in any defense case. His knowledge of the law and his confident demeanor makes a not so good situation very comforting.
Response from Jeffrey Vallens February 16, 2016
Trials are always risky, especially in domestic violence cases. This case was won because of preparation, jury selection and --- yes, I am saying this -- a little luck. I am truly happy we earned such a fantastic outcome for you and I hope your divorce and custody battle is finally over. Jeffrey Vallens
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Posted by C | November 8, 2010
Very thorough, composed & respected in my court experience with Mr. Vallens - HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I secured Jeffrey Vallens to represent me as a criminal defense attorney in a case where I was falsely accused of criminal behavior on multiple counts including drug charges (marijuana) and some property damage to a property. I was one of four persons served a warrant for these charges. On the surface, the case looked clear, that all four individuals were clearly at fault for the above mentioned charges. However, in my situation, I was familiar with the individuals and the circumstances, but I was not involved with their criminal behavior. (In fact I purposely stayed away from them after I knew what was happening!) But unfortunately the persons who were guilty had forged my signature on rental documents which implied my participation in their whole adventure. My father was referred to Jeffrey Vallens office through a bail bonds company that claimed Jeff was family-oriented, trustworthy and truly-dedicated to ensuring justice even in very complex courtroom situations. Mr. Vallens' was absolutely all that the referring company described him to be... x10 !! Being that my situation was fairly complex and very sensitive (because my ex-boyfriend who was involved was also threatening me)... Jeff was extra careful as to the position I was put in throughout the entire experience. To our benefit, the District Attorney was taking a very long time to gather any evidence against me (because there was none!) so Mr. Vallens took the opportunity to question the witness much more strategically in a way that forced him to admit the truth... which was that there was no evidence of my participation in the whole shenanigan. So the process was long (and sometimes difficult because I had to miss work), but my experience with Mr. Vallens made the difficulties more manageable because I was confident that he would take every step necessary to proving my innocence. And he did. In fact the judge followed up a witness' (who was blatantly lying under oath!!) testimony by saying that I was dismissed from his court based on the grounds that there was no evidence of my knowledge or even participation in that matter presented in his court. From the first day that I met Mr. Vallens, I was very comfortable speaking with him honestly about all details of the situation. I told him every detail I knew so that he had the tools needed to defend me. Throughout the entire experience it was clear to me that Jeffrey Vallens was well-educated, experienced and not intimidated by my complex case. He spoke very eloquently in court and I felt proud to have him as my lawyer. And most importantly for myself, he always made sure that I was 100% clear about what was being argued/questioned in the court so that I would be prepared to answer a question honestly if spoken to. I could go on for days, but only to re-emphisize that I think Mr. Vallens is a commendable lawyer and if I needed to hire someone to defend a close friend or family member to me in a criminal case, I would absolutely choose Jeffrey Vallens. Not because he "won" by getting my charges dismissed. I would pick Jeff Vallens because he gave me the confidence that he would prove my innocence no matter how long or how complex the case might get.
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Posted by Erin | June 1, 2010
Mr. Vallens Was Most Helpful!
First of all, Mr. Vallens website was informative, easy to use, and easy to find on Google. After finding him on the WWW, I decided to email him. His response was VERY prompt. His advice and guidance were extremely helpful. I would not hesitate to use his services again in the future, if ever necessary.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Getting him to help was like pulling teeth and the talks to you like you’re an idiot. Demeans anything you say and doesn’t walk you through anything. There’s no way he’s available 24/7 he doesn’t care it’s not his life on the line. Just keep paying him to be treated like you’re bothering him
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Valley Attorney Group
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens
  • 1996 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles City Attorney
  • 1993 - 1995


  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Univ of California Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, English
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • D.G.
  • Exhibition of Speed, no jail, no alcohol school.
  • People v. JZ
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. M.R.
  • Probation and community service with anger management classes. No jail.
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  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Valley Community Legal Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • U. S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Delegate
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Criminal Defense Blogs
  • Feedspot
  • 2019
  • 10 rating
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 50 Criminal Defense Blogs
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Overview of DUI Trends/Legal Perspective
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance in Repeat DUI's
  • 2019
  • KCBS News
  • DUI Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (19)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Professional, extremely astute, ethical, experienced, caring lawyer; asset to our community and profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff Vallens is a rare combination of courage and ability. His good heart and keen legal mind make possible for him to achieve remarkable results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Jeff for over 10 years and cannot say enough about his integrity and ability as a criminal defense attorney. I've seen, firsthand, Jeff resolve cases from the most basic misdemeanors to the most complicated felony matters in a fashion that benefits his clients. Full endorsement here!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome lawyer and Eagle Scout. Always looks out for the best interests of his clients. Everyone I've referred to Jeff has been THRILLED with his expertise and advice!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff Vallens is a great attorney and a great person. Not only is he highly experienced, but he uses his experience and no-nonsense attitude to get things done. I strongly recommend Jeff for anybody looking for a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Most criminal lawyers are just routine deal-getters. Mr. Vallens is a fighter. Rather than just taking your money and getting you whatever deal the prosecutor feels like handing out that day, Vallens gets in there and looks hard at each case differently, and sees if he can tear the State's case apart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Did a great job representing a client of mine for criminal domestic violence. Excellent Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey Vallens. I have known Jeff for almost 20 years and know him as an excellent attorney and a compassionate and ethical person. Jeff serves his clients well and works tirelessly to protect their rights and dignity. I am often amazed at the results he obtains even when faced with difficult facts. His clients are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an excellent lawyer! He's exceptionally smart and extraordinarily personable. I can honestly say that he is one of the few criminal defense lawyers the prosecution is usually happy to see. It because they know they are going to work with someone that is fair, reasonable and intelligent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vallens is an excellent criminal defense / DUI defense attorney in the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Vallens is known for his meticulous preparation and investigation of each and every case. Mr. Vallens strives to give each of his clients the time and attention each needs to properly and effectively handle each and every case he and his law firm undertake. Mr. Vallens and his firm handle a variety of criminal offenses from driving offenses to serious and violent felonies. No case is too small and no case is too large. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is the best in the business. When my civil clients break the law and find themselves over their heads in criminal court, I insist they retain Jeff Vallens for the best protection and representation. Hiring Jeff is mandatory."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Vallens is a great defense attorney. He was opposing counsel on a federal misdemeanor case where I was the prosecutor acting as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. I highly recommend him."
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