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Jerrold Bodow

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.5   15 reviews

also known as COASTAL LEGAL CENTER APC

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jerrold

Learn Jerrold’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I started as a prosecutor for the first four years I practiced law.I know what to expect from them. Since then, I have actively and successfully represented and defended clients in criminal prosecutions including but not limited to theft, white collar crimes, alcohol, drug, sex, assault, and death related cases in state and federal courts. Free consultation.

    46 years

  2. Personal injury
    20%
    I aggressively represent those injured in accidents caused by another's negligence. From auto, motorcycle and pedestrian injury accidents to slip and fall, and trip and fall accidents, I actively investigate and preserve the evidence needed to win the case. In most cases I advance costs for the client, and I take no fee if there is no recovery for the client. Home and hospital visits?Free consultation? Of course!

    42 years

  3. Car accident
    10%

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    As a former prosecutor of hundreds of DUI/DWI cases, I know the ins and outs of defending drivers charged with alcohol related cases. I vigorously defend my clients in court, and at DMV hearings to maintain my clients' privilege to drive after an arrest. Free, no obligation consultation.

    46 years

  5. Wrongful death
    4%

  6. Brain injury
    3%

  7. Motorcycle accident
    3%

I have lived in, and practiced law in San Diego County for over 32 years. For the first four, I was a prosecutor. After that experience, which gave me great insight into the prosecutorial mind, and led to many lasting relationships with court personnel, judges, and career prosecutors, I went into private practice, emphasizing  criminal defense, representing those injured inj accidents due to the negligence of others, and military defense inbcluding courts-martial, and administrative discharge boards. My office staff has many years of experience, and speak fluent Spanish as well as English. I make myself available to my clients for emergencies via my cell phone. If someone is arrested, I work with bailbondsmen who make themselves available to me 24/7 to get our client out FAST! Please call me with complete confidence for the best in legal representation.

Location

Jerrold M. Bodow
COASTAL LEGAL CENTER APC
501 West Broadway, Suite 1340
San Diego, CA, 92101-4904

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Christine S | August 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Hiring Jerrold Bodow was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. He was always available to answer my questions and concerns. He was empathetic to what it feels like to be in a situation where you’re facing serious consequences. He made me feel like I was not alone in this and that he genuinely cared. He is professional and very experienced. The outcome of having the charges dropped was everything. I highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by David | July 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Had a Great Experience Working With Jerry
I was recently arrested and facing felony charges after a night of heavy drinking in San Diego. This was my first criminal offense and after being released from jail I was very unsure of how to proceed in finding an attorney to handle my case. After reaching out to my Uncle who is a Judge in Maricopa county he gave me a handful of recommendations in the San Diego area, Jerry being one. After consulting with each of the lawyers I quickly felt that Jerry was the right choice and hired him for my case. Jerry was extremely knowledgeable, professional and got to work on my case immediately. He was always easy to contact and he kept me regularly up to date on anything pertaining to my situation. After thorough follow up with the Police Department, Jerry informed me that my case would not be moving forward and that I very fortunately would not be going to trial. I am very thankful to have had Jerry in my corner during a very difficult time in my life and would highly recommend his representation.
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Posted by Joshua | February 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Lawyer and a Great Person
Frankly I was in a bad position before contacting Mr. Bodow. I was initially charged incorrectly and due to covid, my case continually got pushed back for over a year. Luckily this gave me a chance to contact a lawyer as I felt my situation was complicated and hopeless. I attempted to get into contact with multiple lawyers, Mr. Bodow responded the same day, and all others never responded period. Not only did he listen thoroughly to my situation, he was optimistic about it and firm in his thoughts regarding my mischarge. In the 6 months following hiring him we were able to get my charges dropped completely. I can not thank him enough for his help and this review certainly doesn't do justice how Mr. Bodow helped me. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, but friendly as well. If I ever need legal help again or need to recommend to someone legal help, I without a doubt will contact him.
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Posted by Nicholas | January 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best man in the State of CA
Jerrold helped me a lot personally with great advice and got me the best possible outcome for my situation when I was in a very difficult place in my life. I am utmost grateful for this man answering my phone call.
Posted by Quadre | June 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Military Defense Attorney
I really don't know where to start. Being in the military, I was facing and administrative discharge due to an alleged article 112.a. This man and his associate Jeffrey Wayne Carver put so much dedication into my case. Eventually there was so much reasonable doubt in regards to the case, my command had no other options but to dismiss all alleged charges. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone in the military facing alleged charges. In addition, he helped me with my response to Department of Defense (DoD) Consolidated Adjudications Facility to keep my security clearance. Because of him, I still have my career, dignity, and a fully reinstated security clearance!
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Case
Mr. Bodow was personally recommended to me by another San Diego attorney. I came to Mr. Bodow in regards to a first time DUI charge and he did not let me down. He immediately put me at ease about my stressful situation and I hired him on the spot. When my blood work came back I was over the legal limit of .08 yet he was STILL able to negotiate my charge down to reckless driving, which comes with half as many fines and consequences. I am very grateful and happy that I hired Mr. Bodow and I would recommend him to others, in similar situations, over and over again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
First Time DUI - Worst Night of My Life!
The worst night of my life occurred on July 2018. The police officer pulled me over because I stopped over the limit line. I told the police officer that I had four beers and dinner with some friends. I was arrested for a DUI VC 23152(a) with a .064 BAC level. I felt like a criminal going through the fingerprint and mug shot process. I was referred to Mr. Bodow from a family lawyer. Mr. Bodow's experience as a lawyer and a previous experience working for the district attorney was comforting to know. My first phone call consultation was pleasant and stressful. Mr. Bodow treated me with respect and listened to the worst night of my life. He asked specific questions and told me not to worry about a thing. He clarified my innocence throughout the lengthy process. He explained everything to me so well that I began to work on my self-esteem so that I concentrate on my family and work. Mr. Bodow reminded me to continue working and to focus on my day to day life duties. I felt the pressure when Mr. Bodow called me to inform me that the DA offered me a wet reckless, but those words did not satisfy Mr. Bodow. I gave up and was willing to take the plea deal so that I can move on with my life, but not Mr. Bodow. Mr. Bodow was not satisfied with the plea deal and continued fighting for his client: me. He assured me that there is more to the story. On October 2018, I received a phone call from Mr. Bodow. I can't thank him enough. He got the DUI dismissed and the charges reduced to a traffic stop infraction with the option to go to traffic school. All along, Mr. Bodow believed in my innocence and work diligently to his satisfaction to make me a happy client. I highly recommend Mr. Bodow.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2013
Jerrold Bodow Review
Mr. Bodow is professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and most importantly, RESPECTFUL. I have dealt with my fair share of rude and difficult attorneys, who are both difficult to communicate and work with. Mr. Bodow takes his time out of his busy schedule to address all of my questions and concerns. The staff at his law office is also very polite and friendly; Humberto has gone above and beyond to assist me with my case as well. I would recommend Mr. Bodow to anyone! He helped me with an expungement case back in 2005; it is now 2013 and we are still in touch - he is currently helping me get licensed.
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Posted by ryancrystin | June 24, 2013
He gets the job done!
If you are looking for a great military defense lawyer Mr. Bodow is who you want fighting for you! I just went through an Administrative Separation Board and we had a unanimous vote to retain me in the Navy. Mr. Bodow and his counter part Mr. Carver are no none-sense, straight forward hard hitters! They probed and questioned every aspect related to my case and had the board members questioning themselves for two hours because of their very well planned strategy and tact. They saved my career and guaranteed a secure future for my family and me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2013
General Court Martial of an E-3
I was facing a maximum of nine years in a military prison, a dishonorable discharge, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. I wasn't comfortable with having my entire life placed in the hands of my assigned JAG defense attorney. I hired Mr. Bodow and his partner, Mr. Carver to represent me. After hiring Mr. Bodow and Mr. Carver I immediately felt like I had a fighting chance. Leading up to my trial date, Mr. Bodow kept me informed on what was going on in my case. He always proposed what he believed was the best options for my defense, and to why he believed that was the best option. He always let me decide on what option I wanted to proceed with. In court, Mr. Bodow was professional, passionate, trustworthy, and knew what to expect and what to present next. In the end, based on the evidence , it was my choice and best option to sign a pre-trial agreement. At the sentencing phase, I was sentenced reduction to the grade of E-1, forfeiture of $500 pay per month for 6 months, 45 days confinement, 3 months hard labor, and 2 months base restriction. NO PUNITIVE DISCHARGE, 45 DAYS CONFINEMENT, AND AWARDED CLEMENCY!! I expected to be confined for at least a year with a bad conduct discharge. I could have still been in military prison right now, but I am not. As a young man, hiring a civilian military attorney was the best and most logical decision I made. I am very thankful for Mr. Bodow and his legal defense team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2010
Excellent service, great results!
I was popped in San Diego on a possession of Marijuana charge and hired Jerry Bodow to represent me in my case. When my case was over, I pled guilty to an infraction of disturbing the peace and a $300.00 fine. I was very happy with the way he handled my case. He was always professional, kept me well informed on my case, and got me a great result.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2010
represented me after an auto accident
I was visiting San Diego for a convention, when I had an accident in my rental car. Mr, Bodow helped me get medical treatment in San Diego, and then followed thru with my docotr and my treatment when i got back home. He coordinated all my insurance benefits so I didn't have to pay a penny out of my pocket. He was very aggressive with the other driver's insurance company and got me a great settlement without my having to return to San Diego. His office always returned my call in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2010
Great Criminal Defense Attorney
I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone in San Diego who needs a good crimnal defense attorney to represent them. Jerry was easy to get ahold of and responded to my concerns and questions quickly.
Posted by James | April 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Beware! Don't give him more than you can afford to lose.
I hired Mr. Bodow for a friend's DUI and he did a great job and then again when I was charged with Marijuana distribution in 2014. After my arrest I had my girlfriend find an attorney. She mistakenly hired Mr.Bodow knowing I had used him in the past. She dropped off 186k in cash to him. He hired a federal attorney for me with 70k since he has no experience trying federal cases. He then attempted to keep the remainder of the funds and was unreachable for over a year so I was forced to file a formal complaint with the CA bar association. The day before his license was to be suspended he called me at the jail. He pleaded with me to withdraw the complaint and offered to return part of the funds. I accepted whatever I could and consider myself lucky to have received anything. I'm giving a brief overview in the hope I can possibly save some future grief and misery for someone. I'd recommend him for DUI's or minor traffic related crimes but given his blatant dishonesty I'd say run the other direction.
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Posted by Adriana | May 19, 2017
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Bad Experience
In ends of October of 2016 my family and I hired Jerrold to be my brothers criminal defense attorney. Our first phone conversation went well so I proceeded to hire him. I expressed my brothers concerns as well as our families. He said he'd be able to assist us with all of them. However as the the days went by and court dates came I heard less and less from him. My brother had asked Jerrold for a power of attorney so I could take care of my brothers personal business and pick up his belongings from customs or DA. Jerrold said that we could get one done when his arraignment trial came. The date came and went by and he never assisted us with that. He told me to give him till miss of December to get in contact with the DA so I could pick up my brothers belongings. January came around so, again I tried to get a hold of Jerrold and not much of a response. It's now mids of May and STILL NO BELONGINGS ARE IN MY POSITION. We've all politely called, sent text messages, sent email, and what not. He doesn't bother to send us any sort of response. He pretty much cut communication with us as soon as he got his money. The day after the arraignment nothing more disappointing than that. No power of attorney, no returned property, no explanations. Had I known he wouldn't keep to his word I would have paid a little more for someone else.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jerrold M. Bodow, A.P.L.C.
  • 1983 - Present
  • Deputy City Attorney
  • San Diego City Attorney
  • 1979 - 1983

Education

  • The Maxwel School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, Syracuse
  • M.P.A.
  • 1977
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • State University of N.Y.
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States of America vs. A
  • Jury Verdict of Not Guilty
  • Estate of Mrs M vs County of San Diego
  • $1,000,000.00 mediation settlement
  • Shelly H vs. Donald B, et al
  • Settled in mediation for $675,000.00. Client to recieve close to one milliion dollars through structured settlement
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Associations

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Sustaining Member
  • N/A
  • National Institute of Military Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation/Military Law Seminar Leader
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Job Giant
  • Reducing the Effect of A Conviction (Expungement)
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Meandering Military Law
  • Military Criminal Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (14)
Endorse Jerrold
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry and I periodically have clients in common when issues in my family law matters overlap with Jerry's criminal/DUI practice. Those clients invariably have nothing but the highest praise and compliments for Jerry."
Military law Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked on a tough case with him and he did a great job in an emotionally charged sentencing case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Bodow, a highly skilled and respected San Diego criminal defense attorney who gets results for his clients. As a peer, I can personally attest to his analytical skills and courtroom tenacity on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jerrold. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known him over 30 years and he is an outstanding attorney who works hard to achieve the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As an immigration attorney, many of my clients have questions regarding the effects of criminal prosecutions on their status in the U.S. Some cases have presented very complicated issues. I can always count on Mr. Bodow to render excellent opinions that have assisted in creating successful resolutions. When a non-citizen is charged with a crime it is imperative that he or she get competent criminal legal representation. I highly recommend Mr. Bodow in these cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerrold Bodow is a brilliant and popular criminal defense attorney in the San Diego Superior Court - for good reason! He is the type of lawyer who is never satisfied - he's always seeking the absolute best way to utterly destroy the prosecution’s case. Smart, likable and diverse. Jerrold is a terrific choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is actively involved in the criminal defense bar in San Diego. He is experienced, and works hard to defend his clients Robert Grimes, criminal law specialist"
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work.I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Jerry on a complicated wrongful death case, which was settled after multiple mediation meetings for seven figures. His strategy and legal tactics were well thought through, and won the day for our clients. He will not be stopped or stymied by the opposition. He works both hard and smart. I would strongly recommend him for any personal injury or wrongful death matter. He was easy to work with and always courteous to the clients, who, he made sure, were always kept in the loop, and always knew what we were doing. Additionally, I have often relied upon his thoughts and analysis on cases I have handled alone."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Jerrold to have an earnest, professional approach to his work, and as a result judges and prosecutors are responsive to his arguments, which translates into good results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jerry is an excellent lawyer and has a very good reputation in the legal community. I definitely recommend him to anyone seeking a San Diego criminal lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"i have known Jerry for over 20 years. during this time, i have had the opportunity to not only work on cases with him, but also to personally observe him in court on numerous occasions. jerry is extremely dedicated to his clients and is very well respected in the courtroom by both judges and attorneys alike. i endorse his work and his integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jerry and I tried a difficult smuggling case together that resulted in an acquittal. Jerry did a first rate job and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have personally worked with Attorney Bodow on cases in the past with much success. He has extensive experience in his areas of practice. Attorney Bodow strives himself on maintaining the highest level of integrity, professionalism and honesty. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known him for over 20 years and have referred several clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked on a number of criminal defense matters with Mr. Bodow. He was thorough, and argued both the law and the facts of the cases to great effect. I have also had the opportunity to observe his work with District Attorneys where he was able to negotiate excellent results for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of a criminal defense lawyer, or a military criminal defense lawyer."
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