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Daniel William Cohen

DUI and DWI Attorney at La Mesa, CA

5.0   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
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Attorney Daniel Cohen
9001 Grossmont Boulevard
La Mesa, CA, 91941


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Jessica | November 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
I am writing to thank both you and your entire staff for all that you did for me throughout the past year (October 2015 - October 2016), as you managed a very difficult time in my life; due to all that was riding on the outcome. I can only state unequivocally, that there is no doubt that the outcome was clearly due to the professionalism and experience of your firm and the strategies employed by both staff and yourself. I do not believe the outcome would have been the same had i retained services of some other self appointed "expert" in this area of law. Mr. Cohen truly lived up to his reputation and mission. I also would like to state, I will be forever grateful in how your firm and yourself specifically, never made me feel anything other than comfortable in your strategies which included letting me actively participate in the process. Mr. Cohen made me feel as if i could help myself in this matter which was something I needed in order to face my charges pro-actively. I would be remiss to not specifically thank Mr. Cohen for his unwavering support and friendship throughout this process. Mr. Cohen is clearly a credit not just to his firm but to the legal community as a whole. I will recommend Mr. Cohen and his team to anyone that finds themselves needing the Best, once they find themselves accused.
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Posted by Michael | August 10, 2016
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Amazing work
Dan has been an amazing help to me getting through my DUI. He was upfront with me about my case, explored all options that could have been available to me and in the end was able to get my community service time and IID time reduced from the original lengths. Dan has also been great about working out a payment plan with me, as I was unable to pay the full cost upfront.`Dan has been more helpful than I could have expected. If you need legal representation after a DUI this is the man to see.
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Posted by Brandee | November 30, 2023
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My hero
Dan has been a light in tough times when I needed help with legal matters. He is a strong, confident attorney who gets the job done as efficiently as possible and he fights for his clients rights. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a high class, extremely competent attorney!
Posted by Ray | November 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
knowledgeable and helpful
I hired Dan to represent me in my DUI case. He explained the law and the consequences, and guided me through the process, making it as painless as it could be. The web application he uses for secure messaging and document management was easy to use and convenient. He responds promptly if you leave a message, online, text or voice. Overall I am completely satisfied with the services Dan provided. I would hire him again and I would recommend him to others.
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Posted by Justin | April 17, 2018
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Reliable and Trustworthy
In this modern world, we have an abundant amount of resources at our hand. Daniel is one of the best resources you can have for criminal defense. He has handled all of my cases with support and with a quick response, although my outcomes aren't desired, he did his job. He is very adaptable when communicating with him, as he accepts e-mail, text, and phone calls. He was within my legal network, which he acknowledged, allowing me to retain him for multiple cases (criminal defense, traffic). Daniel is very knowledgeable of the law and will defend your rights immediately. You can depend on Mr. Cohen to handle all of your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2016
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What?!! All speeding tickets don't destroy. Attorney Dan Cohen took care of everything!!
Attorney Dan Cohen took care of everything!!! I didn't have to take off work to plead "not guilty. " I didn't have to spend days making diagrams, taking measurements, etc. that the judge could ignore on his whim. Mr. Cohen took care of it all!! And in the end, I didn't have to pay a thing!!
Posted by Max | April 28, 2015
I got a DUI, and I'm 19 so I thought I was screwed. But Dan Cohen got it down to just infractions! I don't know how he did it but he did, and that's all that matter! I would definitely recommend him to anyone who get charged with a DUI!
Posted by Michael C. | April 1, 2014
This man did the impossible for me!
★★★★★ 5 Stars! I recently had a 3rd DUI and was looking at 6 months in municipal pound me in the @$$ jail and 6 months of Work Furlough Mr. Dan Cohen somehow, someway, (I'm assuming he's a wizard or something of the sort) went to court in lieu of myself the entire process case, saving me the additional grief associated with going into court. I liken it to both the DMV and putting your head in a vat of acid simultaneously. He constantly kept me informed as to the happenings of my case and explained everything to me in a way I could understand. This man is passionate about his profession is the impression I felt throughout my case. I can tell he rolls up his sleeves before he steps into that courtroom. I assumed, BEST case scenario I would have 6 months of Work Furlough and 6 months of house arrest. When it was all said and done, I was approved to continue my personal business under work furlough which I am eligible to be off of in as soon as 90 Days! And no House Arrest! This man, The Cadillac of Lawyers in San Diego saved my butt! I am in debt to this man. And his fees are extremely reasonable and fair; I felt like I was getting this man's expertise for a steal. He is down to Earth, personable, and most important of all, not a robot! LONG STORY SHORT, YOU NEEDN'T LOOK ANY FURTHER, MR. DAN COHEN IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. ★★★★★
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Posted by Troy | February 12, 2013
My Stop Sign Ticket Dismissed... Amazing Attorney!!!
I worked with Dan on a traffic violation (stop sign ticket). He was able to get the ticket dismissed without any traffic school or ticket fees. I could not be happier with the experience. Dan was very knowledgeable and responsive to all of my questions. I would strongly recommend anyone with a traffic violation to have Dan represent them.
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Posted by CW | October 6, 2010
****** Great Lawyer ******
Mr Cohen recently assisted my family and I with a very sensitive and potentially serious case. From the moment we met with Dan, he put my wife and I at ease. He actually listened and showed genuine concern for our situation. Long story short, Dan did for us what other attorneys said was not possible. I can not endorse Dan enough. You will be in good hands with Dan....Thanks again Dan for all that you have done for my family.... CW
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2010
Dans the man
I had a few issues that i needed help with and mr Cohen kept me informed and made me comfortable and calm about the situation insuring me that everything was going to be alright. He did a great job he is very professional and knowledgable without being condescending. I really appreciate all that you have done thank you.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cohen & Cohen
  • 1997 - Present
  • Assistant City Attorney El Cajon & Imperial Beach
  • McDougal, Live, Rckis & Grindle
  • 2007 - 2007


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Undergraduate
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Goldstein
  • Drug charge dismissed; DV Disturbing the Peace -reduction to infraction in 12 months
  • People V Watkins
  • Not Guilty
  • People v Ontiveros
  • Dismissed
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  • Foothills Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Director
  • 2016 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • A+ Rating
  • 2012 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Chair - Former Criminal Law Section
  • 2003 - 2007
  • La Mesa Kiwanis
  • Former President
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • BV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Scholarshp Montery Death Penalty Seminar
  • CDLC
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Private Group
  • Law and Regulations
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
Endorse Daniel
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Dan many years ago when we worked a co-defendant case. I was impressed with his level of professionalism and skill rarely seen in our business. I continue to turn to Dan for guidance on complex legal issues. He is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in California."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen is an experienced criminal defense attorney that provides excellent representation on behalf of his clients. He has a great reputation in the legal community and has great knowledge of criminal law. I strongly endorse Mr. Cohen as a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Cohen is an excellent lawyer. He always zealously advocates for his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help for criminal law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dan for about 15 years. He is very dedicated and works hard for his clients . He knows his stuff. Attorney Andrea Schneider"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel Cohen has the last experience, track record, and drive to achieve the best results for his clients accused of a crime. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Daniel is respected attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan is a superb trial lawyer. I have personally watched him handle very serious cases and his is fearless in court."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Daniel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Cohen is a very knowledgeable attorney. He is passionate about the law and treats his clients with respect. My experience with Mr. Cohen has been consistently pleasant and he has always shown that he is more than capable to handle any matter that comes to him. I highly recommend him."
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La Mesa DUI and DWI Lawyer Daniel William Cohen
Daniel William Cohen
DUI and DWI Attorney
La Mesa, CA
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
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