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Jay Scott Finnecy

About me

DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney Jay S. Finnecy is an experienced criminal defense attorney who brings 20 years of experience to the benefit of his clients.  Mr. Finnecy began his legal career in 1995 as a prosecutor with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  Over a six-year period, Mr. Finnecy handled hundreds of criminal cases including over 40 jury trials. During his final two years with the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Finnecy was assigned to the J.U.D.G.E. Unit in North County where he prosecuted complex cases involving narcotics, gang violence, and probation/parole violators. 


In 2002, Mr. Finnecy opened his own criminal defense practice and has been successfully representing people accused of criminal offenses for over 13 years.  Mr. Finnecy has earned the respect of prosecutors and judges throughout San Diego County because of his broad experience, legal knowledge, and professionalism. 


Mr. Finnecy earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was active in student government and served on the University Center Governance Board.  Mr. Finnecy has been a featured legal commentator on KOGO AM-600, KFMB AM-760, and Court TV.   



Mr. Finnecy is proud to have been a faculty member at Mira Costa Community College where he taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law, and Evidence.  


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    21 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 45%
    21 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Roy Dickinson

    Mr. Finnecy is brilliant yet immensely practical. These qualities are rare but necessary to practice criminal law. Mr. Finnecy is the real deal. If you live in or near Vista, consider calling him to help with your criminal matter.


    James Dickinson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Christine C McCall

    Smart, experienced, practical, level-headed, fearless, impeccable judgment. Definitely on my short-list of people to call if I or a loved one need serious help. I can't praise any higher than that.


    Christine McCall
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy

380 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 363
Vista, CA, 92081


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2016
Client's Choice Award--Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Top Contributor--Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Appellate Moot Court JudgeUniversity of San Diego2013
Moot Court JudgeUniversity of San Diego2011
Volunteer Attorney AwardNorth County Bar Association2006
Volunteer Attorney AwardNorth County Bar Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Jay S. Finnecy2002 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMira Costa Community College2003 - 2005
Deputy District Attorney IIISan Diego County District Attorney's Office1995 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2016 - Present
Bar Association of North San Diego CountyMember2016 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2015 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2015 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI with prior (Second Offense)No jail time/No community service
Felony DUI with Serious Injury and Felony Child EndangermentProbation
PC459/Commercial BurglaryProbation/No jail
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Annual Criminal Defense Seminar: California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A2015
Cross Examination Seminar: CPDAN/AN/A2015
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Networking at the Crowne PlazaDUI and Criminal Defense Basics2015
North County Criminal Law CLECriminal Defense Practice in North San Diego County2012