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Attorney David Boertje has dedicated his professional life to representing individuals accused of criminal offenses and also individuals who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. 

Mr. Boertje has personally handled over 1500 criminal cases.  He is experienced in handling all types of criminal cases including DUI's, drug crimes, warrants, domestic violence offenses, theft offenses, white collar crimes, probation violations, hit and run cases, three strike cases, manslaughter, and murder.   Mr. Boertje has obtained exceptional results for many of his clients charged with criminal offenses, including multiple not guilty verdicts, case dismissals, reduced charges, and very favorable plea bargains. 

Mr. Boertje has over 10 years of experience handling personal injury cases including auto accidents, bicycle accidents, products liability and wrongful death cases.  Mr. Boertje has obtained very successful results for many of his personal injury clients which has resulted in significant monetary settlements for his clients.

Mr. Boertje handles cases throughout Southern California including all San Diego County courts, as well as Orange County and Los Angeles County courts. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    13 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 5%
    13 years



Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Jerrold Bodow

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Boertje has an excellent reputation for his knowledge and professional attitude. I have seen him get great results for his clients due to his ability to work with D.A.'s and others. i recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law, human nature, and how to use them to his client's advantage.


    Jerrold Bodow Personal injury Attorney
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  • Denise Jean Yaniv

    I sincerely endorse David Boertje's work. He is very professional and dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for each and every one of his clients. He also has a great working relationship with and is respected by the prosecutors and judges in Southern California. If you want to feel secure with your choice of defense attorneys, hire Mr. Boertje. He's more action than talk, a refreshing difference when it comes to defense attorneys, and one that you will really appreciate when it comes to his handling of your case.


    Denise Yaniv Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of David M. Boertje

750 B Street, Suite 3300
San Diego, CA, 92101

Carlsbad Office

1808 Aston Ave., Suite 240
Carlsbad, CA, 92008-7365



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
A+ RatingSan Diego County Better Business Bureau2013
Clients ChoiceAVVO2012
2012 San Diego Award - Criminal Defense LawSan Diego Award Program2012
A+ RatingSan Diego County Better Business Bureau2012
ScholarshipUniversity of San Diego School of Law2001
CertificateChildren's Advocacy Institute2001
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2001
ScholarshipUniversity of San Diego School of Law2000
ScholarshipUniversity of San Diego School of Law1999
Honors AwardCalifornia State University, Fresno1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of David M. Boertje2003 - Present
Certified Law ClerkSan Diego Public Defender's Office2001 - 2002
Law ClerkCOZEN O'CONNOR2001 - 2001
Legal InternNativity Prep Academy2000 - 2001
Legal InternWilliams Jordan & Brodersen1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney Member2008 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationOfficer2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAttorney Member2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2003 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoAttorney Member2003 - Present
Criminal Law Society - University of San Diego School of LawPresident2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Assault with a Deadly WeaponCase Dismissed
Assault with Deadly WeaponNot Guilty Verdict
Armed RobberyNot Guilty Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal AdvocateThe Criminal Process2014
The Legal AdvocateThe Criminal Process2013
The Legal AdvocateThe Criminal Process2012
San Diego ReaderDefendants' Lost Voices2010
The Coast NewsMan acquitted of road-rage incident against bicyclist2010
The San Diego 10Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
California State University, FresnoPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law SocietyCriminal Law2002
Careers in Criminal Law - USD School of LawCareers in Criminal Law2001