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About me

I have been practicing criminal defense for 22 years. I graduated  at the top of my class from the University of San Diego School of Law.

I got into criminal defense because I liked helping people to get through one of the worst periods of their lives with less stress than they ever thought possible. I am there so my clients can get back to their families,their jobs and their life. In many instances, my clients never have to go to Court at all.

I  worked as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court for years.  I am well respected by the Judges, attorneys and prosecutors in Court. I am aggresssive and I will fight for you.


Call for a Free Consultation. My fees are affordable and monthly payment plans are accepted.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    27 years, 400 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    27 years, 400 cases



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Contact info

Law Office of Susan C. Burkland

380 S Melrose Dr Ste 301
Vista, CA, 92081


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Noth County PresidentLawyers Club of San Diego2005
Judge ProTemSuperir Court of San Diego2005
Judge ProTemSuperior Court of San Diego2002
Outstanding Dedcation and ServicNorth County Bar Association2002
Judge Pro TemSuperior Court of San Diego2001
Outstndin Dedication and ServiceBar association of North San Diego County2001
Jude Pro TemSuperior Court of San Diego2000
Judge Pro TemSuperior Court of San Diego1999
Commnty Outreach VolnteerSuperior Court of San Diego1999
Jude Pro TemSuperior Court of San Diego1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney-OwnerLaw Office of Susan Burkland1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Bar of North San Diego CountyAttorney Member1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaLicensed member1991 - Present
Lawyers Club of San Diego (North County chapter)President and Board Member2000 - 2006
San Diego Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem1998 - 2005
North County Bar Association Criminal DivisionBoard member1997 - 2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLECriminal Defense Practice2002