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Lauren Ruth Angelos

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   28 reviews

also known as ANGELOS LAW GROUP


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About Lauren

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As founder and Partner of Angelos Law Group, Lauren Angelos focuses her practice on the representation of juveniles and adults accused of misdemeanors and felonies in the criminal justice system, as well as DUI and traffic matters. Her passion for justice and holding police officers and prosecutors accountable makes her an unparalleled advocate.

A native of Santa Barbara, California, Ms. Angelos began her work in the legal field answering phones and running errands for a criminal defense and family law office. While the position was initially administrative, Ms. Angelos developed a strong interest in the law; a passion that would lead her to law school as she worked her way up to Legal Secretary.

Ms. Angelos received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University of Malibu, California, graduating with Honors. Thereafter, she moved to San Diego, California to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate.

During her time in law school, Ms. Angelos worked with both the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender and the Office of the Alternate Public Defender, handling adult and juvenile matters for clients in the Central Misdemeanor Unit, Adult Felony Division, and Juvenile Delinquency Division, graduating with Pro Bono Honors for providing well over 400 hours of free legal work to clients. This tenure made it clear that there was only one career path for Ms. Angelos; criminal defense.

Upon graduation, Ms. Angelos was offered a position at a prestigious criminal defense firm in San Diego, California. During her time with the firm, Ms. Angelos gained unparalleled experience and a keen understanding of the serious collateral consequences that can follow from even the most simple misdemeanor conviction, such as the potential loss of a job, career, security clearance, teaching credential, professional license, in addition to significant jail time. Because of this, no case is too small.

In 2015, Ms. Angelos opened Angelos Law Group and continues her work in criminal defense. She is committed to the intelligent and effective representation of the firm’s clients.

The firm also handles post-conviction matters, such as Probation Violations, Motions for Early Termination of Probation, Expungements, and Pardons. She is licensed to practice law in all state courts in the state of California and the United States District Court, Southern District.

Licensed for 10 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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ANGELOS LAW GROUP
401 West A Street, Suite 1420C
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
G.S.
Lauren is a sharp attorney. She is extremely helpful, patient, diligent, a great listener, and very confident in her line of work which helps put your mind at ease. We appreciated the time Lauren took for our consultation, and for her attention to detail. Lauren was able to help us with information that brought us peace of mind. Through her research and direction, we didn’t need to take anything to the next step which was incredibly helpful. We are very grateful we found Lauren and would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Diane | June 26, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Stellar service on DMV matters
I was referred to Lauren by another attorney who thought she would be better suited to address my unique DMV matters. That attorney was right; Lauren was spot on with my specific needs. Bravo Lauren.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a relief!
Lauren reduced the anxiety of going through the complex process known as our legal system, the process of going to court, and dealing with fees. She negotiated with the court to allow counseling over roadside clean-up. This is smart because counseling helps over the long run and is more meaningful for self-awareness of any underlying triggers. Lauren is up-front and prepares clients for exactly what to expect during the process. Her years of experience, professionalism, and expertise are exactly what a client wants and needs! I highly recommend Lauren, and am so grateful to her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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Peace of mind
two days in jail and a month of house arrest vs one month in jail. Horrible choices but then again so was my choice in action. Ok, two actions. Lauren’s appearances on my behalf while I worked made me feel secure. The fact she did get the penalty reduced was God sent to my rescue of stupidity. Thank you Lauren
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Lauren went above and beyond to help me through a very difficult time in my life. She continued to represent me even when the case was postponed many times. I was very confident that she always had my best interest in mind and that I was represented fairly in court. I highly recommend Lauren.
Posted by Brenda | June 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
CRIMINAL/DUI
I have hired Lauren Angelos twice for two different clients and have been very pleased with her work. She always gets back to me promptly and is very detailed. Lauren has been a blessing in the legal world and I would hire her again with no hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney You Want on Your Side! Won Domestic Violence Case and Successfully Obtained RO!
I was the victim of domestic violence in January 2017. I was scared, nervous, ashamed, and didn't know who to turn to for help. I learned about Lauren from other references and decided to meet with her for a free consultation. Right away she made me feel comfortable, welcome and strong. To feel strong after an experience so damaging was so important. She provided me with an in depth knowledge of the law and kept me in the loop on everything she did. If I ever had a question or concern, she was always a phone call or email away. Immediately following my DV incident, she aided me in successfully obtaining a temporary restraining order. As my court date neared for the permanent RO, she prepared me for what to expect and how to get through the terribly traumatic event of seeing my ex face to face. She was extremely prepared, professional and calming to have by my side. I had no doubt walking into that court room that I was being represented by the best. And, I was right. We won the RO case! I was able to walk away that day with my head held high and not worry about being tormented by my ex any longer. If you want the best criminal defense attorney in San Diego, you want Lauren Angelos!
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Posted by Tammy | February 13, 2017
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Wonderful!
Lauren handled my son's DUI. He has Cystic Fibrosis and was trying to get through school and she was very compassionate and helped him with these issues so that he could complete his sentence while maintaining school and hospitalizations. I highly recommend Lauren!
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, honest, and punctual
Seeing that this was my first time prepa ring to go to court I was nervous didn't know what to expect. Ms. Angelos gave me guidance every step of the way and always remained punctual with time agreements and meetings as well as responding to questions and inquiries in a timely manner. Her services were affordable and realistic and I never felt judged.
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Posted by Arthur | November 30, 2016
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Look no further...!
I found Ms. Angelos after interviewing at least a dozen lawyers and law firms in San Diego. I had just been convicted for my 3rd DUI and knew that in order to maintain my quality of life I would need an experienced-professionals help. It sounds as bad as it looked on paper; but I wasn't the typical monster that the courthouse was used to throwing the book at. Ms. Angelos recognized that and it made me feel safe and secure knowing she genuinely cared about my future. Best. Decision. Ever. Mandatory jail time (3mo - 1yr), Fines ($$$), Community service, In-patient rehab (substance abuse), Suspended driver’s license (1 - 3 years), Ignition interlock (car breathalyzer) and an ankle monitor. Not to mention my new profession with the city and state medical license were on the line. Ms. Angelos, after countless hours of work and thinking outside of the box was able to get my case DISMISSED! She went above and beyond; drafting letters to my employer and the State Medical Board in order to help me keep my job. She was always there when I needed her, and kept me updated throughout the case. From setting up meetings outside the office, to court updates via text; there was never a moment I didn't feel completely accommodated. Though the burden was shifted to her, it was a relief knowing that she was giving her absolute best when it came to my defense. Worth. Every. Penny. Thank you so much Ms. Angelos for all of your help. I couldn't have done it without you. Here's to never meeting under such unfortunate circumstances ever again! You're the best!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2016
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Lauren Angelos
I was helped in my Civil suit & Restraining order case. Lauren, was very informative, professional and made me feel very comfortable in my most difficult moments. And I felt very confident in court having her represent me. And, yes WE WON!!! Thank you for everything. We wont hesitate to use her services again. Benjamim Ambriz
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Posted by Nina | July 14, 2016
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Criminal defense
Lauren is is my opinion the best criminal defense lawyer. You are not just another case to her. she represented my son with excellent results.She is compassionate she know the law. Lauren will fight for you and your rights.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
All Lawyers are NOT all alike. Some are exceptional.
When going through a divorce, emotions are running high and it is imperative to your over all well-being to have someone on your side who is not only knowledgeable in the law, but who is also compassionate to the pain a predator can cause. Lauren is willing, able and ready to fight for you in the manner that best suits your case, personality and values. She is kind, considerate, intelligent and MOST importantly has the highest level of integrity not only as an attorney, (so rare) but as a person. That is truly the BEST way to win. Although Lauren is not a fan of civil cases such as this, I asked her to handle my divorce when my “wusband" continued to show his true colors and his ego led attorney created a bogus temporary DVRO in his STUPID attempt to "win." He didn't “win” anything…not the RO or any respect. As far as I am concerned, stooping to such a level such as that isn’t “winning.” I believe “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” So, “when you can't fix stupid”~Ron White, just smile and hire Lauren to handle the rest. Lauren kills them with kindness and in my book, that's "winning." Intelligence and integrity over dishonest stupid tactics always WINS! "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see."~ Muhammad Ali. It is with much love and gratitude to say I HIGHLY recommend Lauren in any capacity to swat those pesky flies.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Criminal defense attorney review
Lauren did an excellent job handling my case. She made me feel like my case was a priority to her. She was easy to get in contact with and was thorough in answering any and all questions I had. Lauren is an amazing lawyer who truly cares about her clients individual cases.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If you want the best, go to Lauren!
I had a second DUI in San Diego before I moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. I had let it go on for a little too long and hadn't completed the classes or community service that was required so I had a warrant out and needed serious help. Lauren came highly recommended and was so helpful. She took the time to explain everything thoroughly, helped me with my paperwork, and got my warrant lifted before I knew it. I thought for sure there would be some added punishment, but she was so good the judge didn't add anything extra. During these stressful times you want to be in good hands and Lauren goes above and beyond to ensure just that. If you want a lawyer you can count on to get you the best outcome on your case then she's the one for you. Thank you Lauren!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I hired Lauren after being charged with a felony DUI. She was very patient and answered all my questions. She laid out what the process would be so I knew what to expect. In the end she got an amazing result for me. I hope to never need her services again, however I'd recommend her to any friends or family that needs a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by markos | September 1, 2015
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best decision i ever made
I caught my case in San Diego but I live in Los Angeles. The communication with Lauren Angelos was always there. she made me feel like there was no dumb questions.. And I had lots of them. She was there every day and at every court date reassuring me. Best decision I made when looking for an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Defense Attorney review
Lauren was the epitome of the consummate professional. Her dedication and hard work was nothing short of impressive. She was always very prompt in returning correspondence when I had questions about my case and left nothing to the imagination. I was very lucky to have her assigned to my case. She is very intelligent, knows the law, and strives to do her best for you. I wouldn't recommend anyone else in need of a DUI/DWI defense attorney! She's at the top of her profession. -Thank you Lauren!
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2015
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Lauren Angelos; quality DUI defense attorney!
Lauren Angelos is a quality DUI defense attorney. I will sum this up quickly. I don't know anyone that has ever won a DMV hearing dealing with a DUI. Well Lauren was focused and made the officer she questioned cry. Long story short she won my DMV hearing for me and that doesnt happen very often. I should have more than likely gone to jail this was my 3rd DUI... Yeah, I know. However, she and her team are wonderful! They got me no jail and not even community service, nothing. Got yourself in a bind! Call Lauren, she is not only a great attorney. She and her team make you feel like family. Highly, Highly Recommended!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2015
Excellent service!
I was referred to Lauren by a friend and from the moment we had our consultation, I knew she was the best fit to represent me. Not only did she provide me with exemplary service, she also took the time to ensure that I understood each step of the process. She has gone to great lengths to accommodate me and has never compromised her high level of professionalism. I feel that she has kept my best interest in mind by keeping in close contact with me regarding any updates throughout my case. Her strong work ethic and commitment to serve her clients has made a very overwhelming experience digestible; and for that, I am most grateful. I will continue to recommend Lauren because of what she has done to help me. Thank you for everything, Lauren!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Angelos Law Group
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Casey & Wood, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • San Diego Alternate Public Defender
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Pepperdine University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Warrantless Blood Draw, Motion to Suppress
  • DUI dismissed
  • Title 17 Violations, DUI charges dismissed
  • DUI dismissed; plea to Drunk in Public

Associations

  • Run Women Run
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2013 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lawyers Club
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Membership
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Finalist- San Diego Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • FINE Magazine- San Diego
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Premier 100 Criminal Attorney
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • General member
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Honors
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2011
  • Dean's List Scholar
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2011
  • Jefferson Medal Award
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2011
  • CALI Excellence; Corporate & White Collar Crime
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2010
  • Dean's List Scholar
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2010
  • Witkin Award; Corporate & White Collar Crime
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego County Public Defender Training
  • Introduction to DUI
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the privilege to work with Lauren and owe much of my professional development to her expertise in DUI and criminal defense. She is a great advocate for all of her clients and truly an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Angelos is passionate and truly cares for her clients. Ms. Angelos is smart and not afraid to take on complex matters. She is able to think quickly and provide great representation for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Angelos is a fantastic attorney. Her single priority is her clients' best interest. This is apparent to both prosecutors and judges alike, and allows Ms. Angleos to consistently obtain the best possible results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Friend
"Lauren is top of the line when it comes to criminal defense in San Diego. She is professional, knowledgeable, and works extremely hard for her clients. If faced with criminal charges, I would not hesitate to hire Mr. Angelos. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a tenacious defender of the rights of her clients. With an unparalleled knowledge of the law, she is well equipped to secure the best possible results for her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is an advocate. She was taken in by some of the best in the business and has gone to new heights. She is unflappable. I have seen her advocate for her clients and there is sincere passion. She is organized and efficient. She is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and her colleagues in the defense bar. I highly endorse her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I see Lauren day in and day out battling it out for her client's in Court. She is not one to back down without a fight and keeps up on all of the latest laws. She is one hell of an attorney! I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a fantastic attorney who knows CA DUI law inside and out. If you are contemplating having her help with your case you should know you will be in the best of hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I often see Lauren Angelos in court, and have had an opportunity to observe her working on behalf of her clients. What I have noticed is that she is always very professional and she is well-liked by the legal community in San Diego. I can tell that she is an intelligent attorney and a great advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ms. Angelos. Through her work at the Public Defender's office and now her defense work in the private sector, Mr. Angelos continues to be a tireless advocate for those facing life changing criminal charges. Her compassion, creative thinking and work ethic make her a formidable opponent and an asset to those who are fortunate enough to work with her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Lauren Angelos. She is a highly talented, highly respected attorney in the San Diego DUI and criminal defense arena. She is known for her attention to detail, her professionalism and her ability to work well with even the most difficult of prosecutors and judges, accomplishing spectacular results for her clients. I am proud to work with her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Ms. Angelos. She is an amazing attorney with a keen eye towards legal issues. She has championed many victories for her clients because she finds issues that other attorneys do not. She is an excellent trial attorney as well! You will be hard pressed to find a more talented attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren possesses a strong work ethic and a charming personality. She is intelligent and persuasive and is someone you would be wise to have in your corner."
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 | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Absolutely amazing. Brilliant, charming and as persuasive as she is likable. Jurors adore her and prosecutors trust her. Phenomenal lawyer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is one of the nicest people in the courtroom and gets along with all the DAs around the county. Although she works for a competitor, I would recommend her to any client needing help for a DUI! I endorse this lawyer"
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