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Jason Burkhead

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   8 reviews

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About Jason

Learn Jason’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    I am prepared to handle your DUI case through all stages, including the DMV hearing attempting to preserve your license. Early retention is important with DUI charges as some options expire quickly.

  2. Drug Crime
    State and federal drug crimes need immediate representation. Both can have life altering consequences, frequently including prison. I am available to help you throughout the entire case.

  3. Criminal defense

  4. Juvenile law
    Juvenile charges are handled differently than adult charges. I have the experience to get your juvenile through the process and to the best outcome possible.

  5. Sex crime
    Even accidental sex crimes can have you registering as a sex offender. I have experience with having cases dismissed or reducing the charges to ones which do not require registration.

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Traffic tickets seem minor until the points on your license add up to increased insurance premiums for years. I have experience, as a police officer and an attorney to handle your traffic matters.

After spending 20 years in the USAF as a military police officer I was disappointed with the quality of police work I saw from other officers. There were too many mistakes made that compromised the rights of the suspect and the officers simply wrote around them in their report. That re-inspired me to go to law school so I could defend the rights of others. After lengthy experience in both criminal law and civil litigation, I committed myself to criminal defense. Thus, Burkhead Criminal Defense was born. My goal is to provide quality, affordable criminal defense representation.

My background gives me extensive experience in evaluating police reports and evidence. I have been certified on most of the same tools and techniques used by local law enforcement including, portable alcohol systems, intoxilyzer, and National Field Sobriety Tests among others. As a former criminal investigator and major collision investigator I have the knowledge and eye for detail to find flaws in the police reports the prosecutors use to charge defendants.

Please give me a call and see how I can help you.

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Licensed for 2 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 12/07/2022

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

Contact Jason

Burkhead Criminal Defense, P.C.
2514 Jamacha Rd Ste 502-37
San Diego, CA, 92019


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Albert | January 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
Jason went above and beyond to make sure I got the best outcome possible. I had very little knowledge of the law, and what to expect regarding my battery charge. He explained the whole legal process and what he intended to do. Because of his expertise I avoided fines, probation, and having a charge on my record. I highly recommend hiring Jason as your attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Burkhead was a massive help. I hired him to help me with my legal issues. He was able to get my fines and time lowered all whilst helping me through very scary times. If I had any questions I was always able to get in touch with him day of night.
Response from Jason Burkhead November 18, 2021
Thank you!! This is another example of a great client helping me get the best available outcome. Thank you for letting me help you through your issue, and I'm always available if you (hopefully not) or friends need help.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very kind, informative and helpful
Answered my questions and explained the details to me so I could understand my situation better. This was absolutely appreciated and his information was clear and simple. Very knowledgeable and kind attorney. I would recommend Jason to anyone. Thank you again.
Posted by Natalie | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cares for his clients
After being contacted by the police about an ongoing investigation, I immediately contacted Mr. Burkhead and consulted with him about our situation. He walked me through the steps I should take and with his advice my problems were resolved as fast as they came. He is reliable, very knowledgeable and was very quick to respond to any of my questions. I'm forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Attorney Jason Carroll Burkhead fought hard for me. He went above and beyond and did everything he could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better Attorney. He gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. He was a calming and confident presence during very difficult court proceedings. My doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism. I very much appreciate the support I received.
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Posted by Abdullah Tabra | October 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer I've ever had
This lawyer made sure I was always updated on everything as soon as possible. He was very proactive and attentive with his work, you can really tell his passion for criminal justice. I saw him more as a friend than a lawyer after a few weeks of working with him, he takes care you and makes sure that you will get the best outcome possible. I highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of an amazing and experienced lawyer.
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Posted by Desilyn | October 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest Excellent Lawyer
Jason Burkhead is an excellent lawyer. I hired him for a specific case and he did his job so well that he also helped me clear my name from another case years back due to his diligence in searching records. He is honest and up front about the way things could play out when dealing with the law but never the less he always had a plan in place to counter any negative motions. He reassured me that everything was going to be fine and constantly told me to let him worry about my situation as it was his job to do so. He listens to your concerns as a client and buys time to consider all options. His advice was solid in my time of distress even when I wanted to take the easy way out but he fought for me and my highest good. He is awesome at what he do.
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Response from Jason Burkhead October 26, 2021
Thank you! Your case was a great example of how deep knowledge of the law can be leveraged into the very best outcomes. Plus, you were a great client.
Posted by shane foster | October 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HELLO !!! I am forever grateful for Jason Burkhead. First let me say he is an outstanding person he has his way of putting the everything at ease he has an amazing personality and will treat just like family . He has always on point with everything and not a minute too late. He is very honest and straightforward. When working with him anything I needed to be done was done with the quickness. As long as you are alert and follow his instructions you are golden and go to go ! He was always on call and took his job very serious ! So again I am very happy I have met him he definitely felt safe with him and his work Thank you very much
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Response from Jason Burkhead October 26, 2021
Thank you so much! You and I had a lot of homework on your case but we got through it and ended up with the best available result. I hope things continue to go well for you.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney/Owner
  • Burkhead Criminal Defense, P.C.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Don't Talk Legal Center, P.C.
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Law Clerk
  • Naumann Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Cruz, Brownwood, & Cannon
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Small Claims Court Mediator
  • Superior Court Of California, County Of San Diego
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Westlaw Representative
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Legal Intern
  • Heffel Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Security Forces
  • US Air Force
  • 1994 - 2014
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  • California Western School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2018
  • American Military University
  • Criminal Justice
  • 2014

Legal Cases

  • Importation of Methamphetamine
  • Accepted to Military Diversion.


  • California Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Judge Advocate-Post 2275
  • 2022 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Excellence in Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Student of Distinction
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2017
  • Academic Excellence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2017
  • Academic Excellence Award in Advanced Legal Writing
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Jason
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jason has impressed me with his work. He has a level of detail that helps make his theories and arguments very effective. I was a prosecutor for almost 10 years, so I have had the experience of dealing with hundreds of defense attorneys via negoatiations. Jason is the kind of advocate you want in your corner. I enjoy working with him and seeing his proven success. I fully endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attention to detail. Works very hard for his clients and obtains great results. Would definitely recommend him to anyone considering hiring him for their criminal defense or DUI needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is an honest and compassionate attorney. He cares about his clients and getting the best possible outcome under the circumstances. If you are looking for an attorney to defend you in a criminal matter, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a zealous, thorough, knowledgable, and dedicated advocate for his clients. He will go to great lengths in order for his clients to get the best possible outcome for their set of circumstances. I have known Jason since law school and have personally seen his growth and development and I am fully confident in his abilities to represent his clients. Jason ensures that his clients are well taken care of. I fully endorse Jason in his areas of specialty."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Jason from law school. I have witnessed firsthand his strengths and knowledge in the area of criminal defense. If you're looking for an attorney who is competent and compassionate and a FIGHTER, Jason is your guy!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason Burkhead is an amazing attorney who takes the inventive approach to get the best results for his clients. He presents the best defense for his clients with his research and motions. I would highly recommend him!"
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San Diego DUI and DWI Lawyer Jason Burkhead
Jason Burkhead
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 2 years
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