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Peter Michael Liss

About me

I have over 30 years of experience and my law degree is from the top ranked University of California- Berkeley. I can help you if you or a family member has been arrested or charged with a crime in California. 

My offices are convenient with free parking, just off the 78 freeway in Vista and the 5 freeway in Carmel Valley / Del Mar. My Vista office is directly across from the Vista - San Diego County Courthouse, Jail, and Traffic Court. Your first consultation is free. All fees are reasonable and all major credit cards are accepted. I am available 24/7 with 24-hour in-person phone answering. Hablamos Espanol.

I'm a tough negotiator and successful trial lawyer. Judges and prosecutors respect me because I fight hard to obtain the best result for my clients. I guarantee the high quality of my work and my dedication to seeking the best outcome possible for you under the facts and law. If you are a parent or grandparent, you can retain me to defend your child, of any age, who has been arrested.

In most misdemeanor cases (except for domestic violence), 
I can represent you without you ever having to go to court. You won't need to miss work or activities.

I consider all criminal matters urgent and will respond as quickly as possible to your phone call. My phone is answered 24/7 by a live person. If you or a family member has been arrested for a crime, or if you think you are about to be arrested, please call me any time, any day, at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    33 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%
  4. Juvenile: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

19 total 

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  • Gregory Charles Garrison

    It is with complete confidence I endorse Peter Liss. Peter is an oustanding attorney who truly cares about the outcome of his client's cases. While Peter is an effective trial attorney, he also is highly skilled at obtaining the best possible outcomes for his clients without having to proceed to trial. Peter is highly respected in the San Diego and Vista legal communities.


    Gregory Garrison Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

380 S Melrose Dr Ste 301
Vista, CA, 92081-6653

11622 El Camino Real, Ste 100
San Diego, CA, 92130



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2010 Service Award WinnerSan Diego County Bar Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal & DUI Defense LawyerLaw Offices of Peter M. Liss1998 - Present
Deputy Public Defender & Supervising DeputySan Diego County Office Of The Public Defender1989 - 1998
AttorneyLegal Aid Society Of San Diego, Inc.1984 - 1989
AttorneyUnited Farm Workers Of America1983 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubMember2014 - Present
San Diego Affordable Housing AdvocatesPresident & Member Board of Directors2000 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyFaculty Member1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Criminal CasesDismissals, Acquittals, and Reduced Charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pacific Regional-San DiegoBuilding Trial Skills2015
Building Trial SkillsTrail Skills2014
Building Trial Skills-PacificTrial Skills2013
Pacific- Building Trial Skills CourseTrial Skills2012