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Paul Henry Neuharth Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.6   11 reviews

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    I accept all State and Federal criminal cases with the exception of Death Penalty cases.

    34 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

    34 years

  3. Administrative law
    20%
    Specializing in DMV hearings and Writs of Mandate.

    34 years

I was a Law Enforcement Officer with the State of California for seven years, working my way through Undergraduate and Law School.  I provide excellent service to all of my clients and am primarily referral based.  I have been chosen preeminent in my field by my peers and have enjoyed this status since 1998.  My goal is to have all of my clients extremely pleased with the outcome of their interaction with myself, my staff and their legal issue.

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Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Paul

Law Offices of Paul H. Neuharth Jr., APC
402 W. Broadway
Suite 720
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the Best!
Mr. Neuharth recently defended my son in a jury trial. My son was initially charged with three counts that would seriously impact his career. And these were charges my son was completely innocent of. From the first meeting with Paul, he worked hard - always for my son's benefit. He and his staff (Ryan, Christina, Ava) were always professional, organized and available to us. We just finished a three day jury trial and my son was found NOT GUILTY of all charges. I would highly recommend Paul for any type of criminal charge situation. He is simply THE BEST.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
As a consultant, I have worked with many defense attorneys over the years. Having worked with Paul in a professional capacity, I can state that he is a very detail-oriented and well-prepared attorney who knows how to get at the heart of the matter and accurately and efficiently present the client's side of the case in the courtroom. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Jeff | March 14, 2015
Superman is all I can say
I've never been in trouble with the law, work with kids, have 3 kids, have a great life, surf all the time, and had a couple of surf punks set me up and basically was going to be charged for battery and assault with a deadly weapon. This group had tried to get me, I avoided issue for several years, but they finally got me. Next thing I know I get a letter and I am going to get fingerprinted with a potential year in jail.....not to mention they were setting me up for a lawsuit. My wife had spoke with someone who knew Paul and I called him. I never had never been in trouble with the law, never had to defend myself, and didn't know Paul. He felt confident he would get me off but I wasn't 100% in yet. The DA was new, got sick, assigned to another DA, delays......all not Paul's fault but it dragged out because of the DA's so I became anxious. Paul asked me if I wanted to go into court and just get it done and I said "no way am I going to sit in a court room like a criminal with people looking at me." I know a lot of people and I work with children and I didn't do anything. There is no way I am going to do that. The next morning he left me a message and I lost it. He got the entire case dropped, vanished, disappeared, and I lost it. I am not an emotional person but I choked up and I cried...a little. I don't cry. I couldn't believe it. Boom. It was over. I was so mad that those surf punks had dragged me into this situation for months but just because Paul got me off didn't stop the danger of me having to confront them again, especially with my 8 year old son. I asked Paul what I can do to keep them away from me. He suggested a restraining order and I said let's do it. Again, another delay by the judge because I had too many witnesses, but that wasn't Paul's fault. Another month but here we go. Now I'm in an actual court room. Never been in court other than traffic tickets. He has everything planned, gets my witnesses up there, performs the most magical feat I have ever seen (I didn't realize what he was doing until afterwards but more importantly the guy I was trying to get the restraining order didn't know either). By the end of the freaking hearing they mistakenly admitted to everything they denied because Paul did some reverse psychology on them and they then became proud to admit their faults because they didn't want to admit the other one and then "BAM" he got them!!!! Case closed and I won my court case with no traces and he got rid of a piece of trash that had been hassling my family. He's a great guy, he's a winner, and someone I am grateful for and admire. Thanks Paul. I am a surfer and have my surf lingo but there is a reason I call you Superman. I know people can say positive or negative things about attorneys and I have no idea what other type of cases you do, I suspect mine was small change, however you took care of me, you took care of my family, and now my family can go to the beach that they grew up on without being bothered. I am forever indebted and extremely grateful for what you did for me. Thank you
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Posted by Alma | December 21, 2012
The best Attorney is San Diego
After hiring a number of attorney's who badly represented my son i decided to look further more and wisely, I searched the internet for highly best reviews and backgrounds after long hours of search one caught my eye he was attorney Paul H. Neuharth, I immediately gave them a call and I was schedule for an appointment, at first view I was impressed at how kind and professional Mr. Neuharth and his staff were. All my questions and concerns were answered, I left their office with a piece of mind I have never felt before. After hiring Mr. Neuharth I was impress of how fast and quick he started acting, he took my sons special medical needs when before non of the prior attorneys I hired could do it, right there I knew I hired the right person to represent my son. During this whole process they keep me inform before and after any step further. My calls are always answered immediately and all answers are very clear. They are always prepared and on time. Mr Neuharth is currently representing my son on a criminal matter and my experience with him is compared to no other. I highly recommend Mr. Neuharth he is honest, Professional and very knowledged. Mr Neuharth is simply the best attorney in San Diego along with his staff. Thank you very much
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Posted by Linda | December 3, 2012
My experience with Paul H. Neuharth
From the very beginning, after reading my write-up of my experiences, my lawyer said he thought he could reduce my charge and have the case completed within 4 months. Only 2% chance it would go to trial. It was challenging, with tough lawyers and DAs on the other side. At the 11th hour, after some anxious moments, my lawyer achieved exactly what he promised....a reduced charge and it only took 3.5 months instead of 4. I am grateful that I was able to secure Paul Neuharth as my lawyer. I highly recommend him...he is empathetic, efficient, personable, and excellent at what he does. He is knowledgeable and skilled in dealing with the criminal law system. Without his understanding of all that happens in a criminal case, it could have been a much more harrowing experience. I am very pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by Michael | October 29, 2012
Client
I was dealing with the California DMV on an out of state suspension which was affecting my California driver's license. I had a hearing at the local driver safety office and the hearing officer suspended my driver's license and Mr. Neuharth didn't think that this was the right thing to have happen. Mr. Neuharth came highly recommend once I started my search for an attorney who had experience battling the California DMV. I hired Mr. Neuharth to sue the DMV and get me my driver's license back. Mr. Neuharth not only won against the DMV, he got me money back. We settled out of court and the DMV had to pay me money! I was so thrilled with the results and felt like no other attorney in town had the experience dealing with DMV and could get me the results he did. I recommend Mr. Neuharth to anyone who needs an aggressive attorney to fight for them!
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Posted by David | February 18, 2012
Incredibly effective lawyer and staff
Mr Neuharth makes a new definition of the word "lawyer". He treated me with non-judgemental respect even though I was in a very intense situation. He put up with my nervous babbling and calmly explained what I was facing. He has put together a staff that is a super-team also so any calls are quickly returned. I recommend Mr. Neuharth to anyone that needs representation. His credentials are not just "brag". He earned them in the trenches. He is down to Earth and very easy to talk with. He is the best lawyer I have ever encountered. Plus, as a man, he told me that he does for his clients as he would like to be done for him if he were in similar circumstances.He really does what he says. He also worked with me on payments because of my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2011
Outstanding Defense Attorney
Mr. Neuharth did an excellent job of defending me in a DUI case. Through his assistance and defense, I prevailed in a jury trial, and also with the DMV adminstrative process. I highly recommend Mr. Neuharth without hesitation.
Posted by Michael | December 13, 2010
Don't even consider another attorney if your going to court !
I retained Mr. Neuharth for a DUI in 2003. I could not have asked for better results,worth every penny. More important I have have refered 5 people to him and every one has called me to thank me. When anyone of my friends have someone they know that have a legal problem they tell them to call me for "that attorney's name". This guy is hands down the best. I am an adjuster by trade and have represented the honorable Judge John Einhorn when his house was destroyed in the 2003 firestorm. I have many notible attorney's on my reference list. There is no one else that I would want on my side if ever in trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2009
Great Attorney
He always returned his phone calls and kept in touch with me.. My cases results wee very good, and I was happy that I hired him. Was able to get my license back and my DUI reduced.
Posted by Dave | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run the other way
Paul is brazen and very confident, yet does not pull through in the end. He does not know the tenants of family law, and hinges his entire argument based off of his blow-hard ability to argue. To say that Paul changed the outcome of my life for the worse is to put things very lightly. Paul took on my family law case, telling me that there was no issue with the case and that there were no bounds for it. That it was basically an easy win. I spoke with about 25 other lawyer prior to hiring Paul. They all agreed. I went with Paul because he was middle-of-the-road in terms of price. I figured, hey, there is no bounds for this case, but I'm willing to spend a little bit more money to make sure there are no screwups. Big mistake on my part. He didn't take the case seriously, and not only did we lose, but I lost my son. I lost all legal rights to my son, and most of my physical custody rights. I am now paying an exorbitant amount in child support. I have no idea if Paul is any good at criminal law. He told me that he is. He took on my family law case, and didn't appear to realize that the burden of proof in family law is much lower than criminal law. He had no idea. We had 2 witnesses present at the hearing that Paul never called upon. I had gathered evidence showing credibility concerns against the petitioner. Paul never submitted it. When I told him we need to submit this evidence, he argued with me and told me it didn't matter. Paul never asked me for my version of the events at the hearing. Paul brazenly told me we would be done with the hearing by lunch. It went until 4 PM. At the end of the hearing, the judge reported, "because we don't know respondent's version of the events, we only have petitioner's version to go off of. Therefore, respondent must have committed the allegations." I had no idea that I was supposed to give my version of the events. That's why I hired Paul. So that he could steer me through the confusing waters of the law. He steered me straight into a hurricane sized storm, and then abandoned the ship. If you are considering Paul, do yourself a favor. Run the other way.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Paul H. Neuharth, Jr. APC
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Grimes & Warwick
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Police Officer
  • State Of California
  • 1983 - 1990

Education

  • University of San Diego
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Oxford University
  • 1986
  • University of California Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Peruta v. County of San Diego, Case No. 10-56971
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the San Diego County Sheriff had restricted 2nd Amendment rights in requiring "Good Cause" to issue concealed weapons permits, overturnig the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Petrus v. DMV, 194 Cal.App.4th 1240 (2011)
  • DMV suspension for 1 year overturned because of due process violations and DMV ordered to pay costs and fees.
  • Arthur v. DMV, 184 Cal.App.4th 1199 (2010)
  • Court interpreted failure to provide official indica of DUI Roadblock as merely a failure to give advance publicity.
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Associations

  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association chapter
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • Associate
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
  • Member
  • N/A
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2009
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 10 Lawyers
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • American Trial Lawyer's Association
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego County
  • Trial Bar News, DMV License Suspensions,"
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • What's New With DUI's
  • DUI and DMV Law
  • 2013
  • Continuing Education
  • DMV Procedure
  • 2010
  • Continuing Education for San Diego Legal Community
  • The Labyrinth of DMV Hearings De-Mystified
  • 2009
  • On-Line Continuing Education
  • DMV Interface
  • 2009
  • Continuing Education for the Legal Community
  • Sex, Drugs and Alchohol
  • 2007
  • Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • 2006 DUI Update
  • 2006
  • Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • DMV Interface
  • 2004
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Negotiating
  • 2002
  • Training for DMV Hearing Officers
  • Hearing Officer and Attorney Protocol
  • 1996
  • California Judicial Council
  • Understanding PAS devices
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (4)
Endorse Paul
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a fine and gifted lawyer. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work together."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Neuharth is in the upper echelon of lawyers in California. He has the knowledge and skill that few lawyers possess. Tenacious and relentless in his advocacy he is a lawyer's lawyer in that he is often consulted by other members of the bar when confronted with complex legal matters that we all know Paul has handled. I strongly endorse Paul Neuharth."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He works tirelessly for his clients and always obtains the best results possible. Highly recommended. I endorse this lawyer."
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!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul's track record of success speaks for itself but I can personally attest to his expertise. Paul knows every trick of the trade when you are dealing with the DMV or criminal courts. He has been down every road before so you cant go wrong by hiring him to fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For 18 + years, I have seen this excellent attorney display the most exceptional lawyer skills in San Diego County. Mr. Neuharth utilizes that essential blend of top-notch criminal defense lawyer abilities with keen street sense and strong, fearless command. Mr. Neuharth is not afraid to push the envelope. Mr. Neuharth is a leading pioneer of creative and first-impression case law and effective defense analysis. When you retain Mr. Neuharth to advance your cause, you know you will receive value for the highest level of professional service. Few attorneys have done for their clients what Mr. Neuharth has accomplished for his. Simply put, you cannot be in better hands if you need the help of an attorney such as Mr. Neuharth. For a plethora of reasons which will become obvious to anyone who meets Mr. Neuharth, but without enough character space provided here by this website to highlight his brilliant career, I strongly endorse and recommend this elite attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a very knowledgeable attorney, and he consistently obtains excellent results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is an excellent attorney, who always has the answers when I have tough question. He is a winner, and anyone who retasins him is making the right decision."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working for Mr. Neuharth for a number of years and have always been extremely impressed by he and his staff. Mr. Neuharth and his staff effectively represent their clients through changing circumstances with great results. My father and I continue to utilize Mr. Neuharth's expert advice for legal questions involving our own clients. He is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in San Diego and his results warrant this endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a prosecutor, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Paul as opposing counsel on a number of criminal matters. Attorney Neuharth zealously advocates for the best interests of his clients. He is also a fantastic mentor in our criminal defense attorney community. I highly endorse Attorney Neuharth."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been a DUI attorney in San Diego since 1985. As of 2010, San Diego has a good number of simply outstanding DUI lawyers. Out of all of those incredibly dedicated, top shelf attorneys, Paul Neuharth gets my nod for tied for first place of them all - a very rare accolade - the best of the best. Paul is tougher than nails - tough as granite. His personal experience as a peace officer gives him tremendous insight. Paul is a winner."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Paul Henry Neuharth Jr
Paul Henry Neuharth Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 32 years
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