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James Nelson Dicks

DUI and DWI Attorney at Vista, CA

4.9   80 reviews

also known as jD LAW


Licensed for 34 years

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Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    35%

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    DUI, Drugs Crimes, Aiding and Abetting, Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes, Hit & Run, Expungements, Juvenile Crimes, Perjury, Violent Crimes, Warrants, Theft Crimes, Sex Crimes

    32 years

  3. Drug Crime
    10%

  4. Sex crime
    10%

  5. Domestic violence
    5%

  6. Federal crime
    5%

  7. Violent crime
    5%

Have you been indicted with criminal charges? Criminal charges are always serious and require the help of an experienced and dedicated attorney who will fight tirelessly for your rights and privileges. When you come to jD LAW, you will receive the help you need from a criminal attorney in San Diego. Attorney James Dicks has more than 30 years of experience defending clients of criminal accusations. He received his law degree from Western State University School of Law. He is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist—an honor bestowed by the Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar. 

Have you been injured in an accident? Here at jD LAW, we know how difficult it can be to move on with your life after a traumatic injury or accident. If you or a loved one has had your life upended by an injury caused by the negligence of another, you have the right to pursue compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, pain and suffering, and more.
The personal injury attorneys at jD LAW, are here to help you get justice. All personal injury cases present their own set of circumstances that make every case unique, which is why you need a lawyer who will focus on the details in your case and fight for the compensation you are entitled to. 

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Licensed for 34 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 09/14/2022

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
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James received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Lauren | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer !
Mr. Dicks is an amazing lawyer! When I was 18 and committed my first felony and I hired him. He of corse did an outstanding job and we walked away with the best deal possible. Unfortunately I went through a rough drug use period and when I ran into my last felony at the age of 24 and a federal charge at that I knew exactly who to go to for help, Jimmy! He is a man who knows the law and all the angles to get the result he knows is possible. I never once doubted his ability to take care or my case and still the result blew me out of the water. Im living a incredible life now and I owe so much gratitude for him seeing the good in me and providing the second chance I needed. I highly recommend him, hiring him was one of the best discussions I ever made!
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in San Diego
Mr. Dicks and his team have taken care of me in many cases, providing me with the best possible outcome in every situation. I will only ever hire him/his team if dealing with any legal issues. J.D Law is the best at what they do.
Response from James Dicks April 13, 2021
Thank you, I am proud to have helped you achieved your goals.
Posted by Miguel | August 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James Dicks
Had a very good job done by him, service is great along with all the hearing and communication.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PROFESSIONAL WITH RESULTS
Mr Dicks took my follow up court hearing on short notice when I was out of state and could not attend in person. After my hearing he informed me that he was able to have my case dismissed and record sealed, a better outcome then I expected. Thank you Mr Dicks for your professionalism and services! I highly recommend your services to anyone in need of a great attorney.
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Posted by Keith | August 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely Knowledgeable
First off I like to be very transparent and fair because I want others to know what they are getting clearly. I would say 4.5 starts to be completely accurate, but 4 was not fair so 5 is still the most accurate. The only thing I could have asked to be different, I felt James had a large caseload and so he had to be going fast at all times. This meant that only maybe 2 out of 15 times we talked he didn't have some info in front of him he needed and had to follow back up. That said, I do not feel that is a fault, just a part of a lawyer's experience when the lawyer is highly sought. James as history in law enforcement and has a lot of relationships with those you need on your side. When I talked to him initially he was straight forward but ensured me I would be taken care of. He has a responsive and pleasant staff. I feel he got me the best deal possible. He also had a hearing for DMV, they didn't suspend my license because of him. So yes, 100% I would hire him again, but I hope I never need to :)
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Posted by Manuel | July 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Muy buen abogado 1000% recomendado
El abogado James Dicks es excelente abogado. Es un abogado muy confiables, sincero y supo como ayudarme en todo el proceso de mi caso. 1000% recomendado.
Posted by Zachary | June 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He will fight for you!!
JD got me out of 9 years in prison. Didn’t have todo any time and that’s all because of Jd he doesn’t take no for an answer even for the hardest prosecutor in the court house he is the best in my opinion having many other lawyers he is the most passionate and and is a man of his word. Thanks JD honestly couldn’t put a price on your service it’s priceless.
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Posted by Linzie | June 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Hire him!
I have hired James Dicks on multiple occasions over the years and each time he does not disappoint. He is well known as the best lawyer in the North County/San Diego area. If you want to stay out of jail or get your case dropped, hire him. He is diligent while also knowing the inner workings of the Court system, as well as all of the important people. He is compassionate and caring while keeping realistic goals and always has a backup plan. He is very experienced and offers the Intel that only someone of his caliber can do. James Dicks is trustworthy and delivers results every time. Hire him!
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Posted by Ron | April 21, 2022
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Extremely Dedicated and Effective Professional
I was so pleased with the assistance Attorney Dicks provided a few years ago for a relative of mine that I recently turned to him again to represent the same relative. On both occasions Mr. Dicks immediately and effectively engaged on my relative's behalf in a highly professional manner and achieved the outcomes we had hoped for. My relative suffers from mental illness and Mr. Dicks resolved the issues without my relative needing to appear in court. It is so hard seeing someone you love failing in life. Mr. Dicks made my life much easier by quickly and completely resolving two difficult situations. He has my strongest possible recommendation.
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Posted by David | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick, professional and sincere
I contacted James and gave him the facts of my case. He listened intently and told me to relax and he would work to get me the best result possible. Within just over two weeks he had my case dismissed. Great results and very reasonable fees. I definitely recommend him.
Posted by Cindy | January 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Professional
James Dicks law firm was very pleasant to work with. He is very professional and will answer any questions you have to help you feel at ease. He help expunged my DUI this will definitely make a difference in my life now when looking for a good job. Thank you James for all your help!!!
Posted by Marcelo | December 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with outcome of my case
I’m very pleased with the outcome of my case and how it was handled in a timely manner. He did an excellent job and I highly recommend him. He was able to get my case dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
James Dicks at James Dicks Law is the Best Attorney in Town
After having a late night traffic incident at a concert, I called Mr. Dicks for some much needed advice. Mr. Dicks gave me a sound consultation to quickly address my concerns and provide a path forward in a challenging situation. His straightforward approach and practical advice eased my concerns and allowed me to move forward with confidence. I highly recommend hiring Mr. Dicks and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and genuine care
There’s a reason why James has so many positive reviews for his law office, my case was 100% handled by him and the professionalism and courtesy and genuine care and concern he showed the day of my court date made me feel a lot better about the process. My case was cleared and I owe it to James I could tell he is respected in this community by all the people involved in my matter and it helped me out in the end. Thank you!
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Posted by Natalie | October 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Mr. Dicks took care of all of my legal needs no sweat. He did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The ONLY criminal defense lawyer I will use or recommend!! Amazing team- ideal outcomes, communicative, best in town
I first retained jD Law after getting a DUI in 2019. I had hit several parked cars and my BAC was very high, although luckily there were no injuries. As my first offense, and considering the circumstances, I was understandably worried about the outcome of my case. I was quickly reassured and incredibly thankful I chose Mr. Dicks and his team to represent me. He and Liz are extremely knowledgeable of the criminal court system and were able to get me the best sentencing for my offenses. I received a mandatory 9 month DUI program and 9 days of the public service program. NO ALCOHOL ANKLE MONITOR, NO JAIL! I was also able to get my license back much sooner, and with less restrictions, than expected. Trust me, they are worth the money! Now, due to an unfortunate medical diagnosis, I’m unable to carry out my service days for the unforeseeable future. With the program finally opening back up, I knew I needed help if I wanted to remain in good standing with the courts. After contacting Jim regarding my situation, he decided to work pro bono and was quickly able to get that 9-day requirement stayed, or dismissed, as long as I continue to comply with the remainder of my probation. This was the best news I’ve received lately and I couldn’t be more grateful for the knowledge, care, and compassion this law team possesses. I can’t thank Jim and Liz enough!! If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would. If I have legal troubles again and need to retain a criminal defense team, I know to call jD Law for the absolute best lawyers in San Diego. I will highly recommend to friends, family, anyone and everyone in need of criminal defense.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Michael Pancer (San Diego Trial Lawyer of the year 2006 by the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar) referred me to Attorney James Dicks in May 2020. He mentioned that James Dicks was one of the top Criminal Defense Attorneys at San Diego County Vista Court. My Marijuana Case was dismissed! Thank you James!
Posted by Ricardo | January 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very profesional, his office took good care of me.
I initially contacted Mr. James when I knew i did something wrong. I gave him a call and he immediately let me know that he would take good care of me. He gave me some pointers over the phone on what to expect and what to do. I ended up hiring his firm. Every step of the way he would assure me that all was being done to have my case resolved with as little headache as possible, and his firm delivered. They made negotiations and got me a plea deal that was better than what i expected. Mr. James will do the right things for you. Would recomend.
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Posted by Richard | December 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional. Solved my legal case without going to court.
James Dicks went above and beyond to get me out of legal trouble. He was recommended to me by a retired San Diego police detective. He took our case and treated me like family. His colleagues Lisbette and Joanne were total professionals and worked closely with me and my wife. He was able to get my case dismissed without ever going to court or trial. I highly recommend his services. Thanks again Mr. Dicks thank god you were on my side. For anyone reading this you want Mr. Dicks on your side.
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Posted by Nancy | August 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Honest
If you’re looking for a honest, thorough and knowledgeable, Attorney, you will get that from Mr. James Dicks. I have known him professionally for 21 years and recently used him in a personal matter. He was professional, and the result was positive. I will not hesitate to refer him to any family member, or friends for any legal matter at all. JOB WILL DONE & MUCH APPRECIATED MR. DICKS!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Los Angeles County Office Of Public Defender
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Lawyer
  • Office Of The Public Defender San Diego County
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Police Officer
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • 1977 - 1987

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Felony DUI
  • Misd DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Case Dismissed

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1988 - Present
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2005
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2000
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 1995
  • Criminal Law American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 1987
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Publications

  • California Public. Defender Journal
  • Cross Exam of Police in Under the Influence of Drugs Cases
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
  • Under the Influence of Drugs Defense
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (89)
Given (507)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney James Nelson Dicks is a tremendous defense lawyer and is deeply committed to provide excellent representation to his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James 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. I have known Jimmy for over 20 years and he is an excellent lawyer. I proudly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is the kind of lawyer who you'd want to hang out with. He's friendly and reassuring. He is a stellar advocate who an give it to you straight and always has a smile. With his extensive background with the criminal justice system he brings more than the standard experience to his cases- which is a huge boon for his clients. I would never hesitate to send a referral his way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James has experience! He makes sure he is up to date on the newest laws and is always thirsting for more knowledge and education in his field; ultimately benefitting his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Dicks is a skilled attorney who consistently achieves the best result for his clients. James is well respected in the criminal defense community. Judges and prosecutors alike have a great deal of respect for James. James is a constant professional, experienced in the field, and a clever advocate for his clients. I highly endorse James Dicks."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jimmy is a wonderul attorney. He is extremely ethical and straightforward. He zealously represents every one of his clients and always obtains favorable results for those clients. Highly recommend this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Dicks is one of the best attorneys I have ever encountered in the practice of criminal law."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a tenacious attorney that will fight tirelessly for his clients. He is brilliant in the courtroom and is well versed on the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dicks is an experienced attorney that focuses on results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is only one of five criminal defense lawyers in the entire county that I would refer to a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A great attorney who works hard for his clients and gets great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"27 years of practicing law is experienced. When you combine that with being an ex public defender in two counties and a policeman before that you get the perfect recipe for criminal defense work. Read his reviews! clients love him. If you are in or near San Diego do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a very knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Being a former police officer and investigator gives him special insight into criminal defense cases."
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