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Ricson Cabungcal Dakanay

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   133 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Location

Dakanay Law Group
402 W. Broadway Ste. 400
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Roger | June 7, 2024
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Amazing representation
My experience with Dakanay Law Group was OUTSTANDING! I started with a high profile law group and was not satisfied. I was contacted by Attorney Dakanay who expressed that “he does not treat his clients like widgets.” He is a man of his word. Pricing was much better than the firm I started with and his hands-on representation has been exceptional. From the beginning, to representing me in court, getting a more than favorable plea outcome, to his successful DMV hearing representation is reflective of his knowledge of the system and his commitment to his clients. He treated me with dignity, went above and beyond with his advocacy, and found a way where I thought there would be no way out. He really cares and is committed. Today, I have my life back and my livelihood is intact because of his service. I recommend anyone who needs a “real deal” attorney who is truly there for his client to contact Dakanay Law Group. Thank you Dakanay Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2024
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Easy attorney to work with
Ricson was very easy to work with. He communicated clearly, concisely and timely. Happy with outcome. Would recommend to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2023
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5 Stars!!
Ric was great, communicative, and transparent! Every step of the way whether it was ensuring forms were signed or questions regarding the case, was collaborative.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2023
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A lawyer you can trust.
Attorney Ricson was able to get me into Veterans Court. He will always text/call you back directly to answer any of your questions. I never had to talk to his team to get to him. You will be speaking to him directly through the whole case. He has a good attitude and knows what he’s doing. Overall, excellent attorney!
Posted by Levi | September 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Ricson got my case dismissed!
I have hired Attorney Ricson twice now and both times he helped resolve my case quickly and efficiently. He’s an Amazing human and cares for his clients. I would recommend hiring Ricson for immediate relief with your case!
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2023
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10/10 would recommend, if you need a lawyer Attorney Dakanay is the one!
Attorney Dakanay is very knowledgeable and communicates everything well. The consultation I had with Attorney Dakanay confirm he was the lawyer for me. He listened and took notes, he explained all the possibilities and any question I had he was able to answer. This process was stressful but Attorney Dakanay relieved that stress by handling everything, I cannot express how grateful I am that I found him to be my lawyer.
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Posted by Allison O. | May 12, 2023
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Best of the best!
Attorney Dakanay is a true asset to the legal community here in San Diego. As a paralegal myself, I had a unique perspective when I was in need of his representation. My case had some difficult components that required a not only a well-crafted, strategic approach but a compassionate one as well. Attorney Dakanay’s attentiveness, superior professionalism, and empathetic style of service and communication rose so far above my expectations, by the time my case was adjudicated, he had earned my professional respect, and even more impressive, my personal trust and confidence. I felt that I was safe with his representation, heading into one of the most challenging experiences I have ever faced.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2023
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Attorney Dakanay
Atty. Dakanay was recommended to me by the mother of my former student. He was very helpful, kind, professional, and respectful. Whenever I called him or texted him, he does not failed to call back or text back even though he was in the court. He will text back that he was in the court. Whenever I needed help , he calls the people concerned and text me back right away . I highly recommend Atty. Dakanay to anyone who has legal problems. He fixed the problems right away. More blessingss and graces, Atty. Dakanay!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2023
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Not just a lawyer but a friend!
After 2 years my case came to and end! Ricson was there for me through the whole process. He gave me a deal which I was very happy with it. I had a lot of questions and he answered everything. I was scared, nervous, and overwhelmed with the whole situation, and talking to Ricson makes all my worries go away. He’s not just your lawyer he’s your friend.
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Posted by Dana | April 26, 2023
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Legal Expert
If you are seeking a criminal defense attorney, or for administrative hearings, the Dakanay Law Group is the way to go. I was seeking council on a tough case and he cares. He went above and beyond and for that I am truly grateful. Mr. Dakanay, Rick, is tough, yet firm, knowledgeable, and can think outside the box. I felt complete confidence in his ability. More importantly, he is honest, knows the law and will get the job done. If you want excellent representation, go with this “hands on” law firm. Without a doubt, you’ll be making the right choice.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2023
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100% recommend
Mr.Dakanay was recommended through a friend and I am proud to give my recommendation to anyone reading this review. He is a very personable lawyer, very communicative, and knowledgeable in his field. In my personal experience with him, he made the process of court understandable and painless. He guided me step by step and I never had a worry that my case was going to take a unexpected turn. Truly he possesses the most important quality a lawyer should have which is to be able to trust them with your life. You won't regret hiring him for your case.
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Posted by Kristin | March 30, 2023
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Awesome work
My lawyer is amazing. Got my case cleared very fast .I’m very satisfied and will recommend him to anyone
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
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Excellent communication & very supportive DUI lawyer
I was represented by Ricson in a DUI case & he was extremely knowledgeable. He excelled in always calling back immediately whenever I had questions, so I never had to wait & worry. This was a stressful situation & I felt like I was in good hands. Highly recommend Ricson! Thanks for all you did to help me!
Posted by Susan | January 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Indebted forever
Ricson, it is with Extreme Gratitude i write this for all you have done. I owe you so much representing me with your tireless efforts and professional services. Facing a conviction of Extreme DUI and hit and run, my case was dismissed. His advice ( when i wanted to throw in the towel ) freed me from the conviction i was facing. He invested in me as a client with intelligence and enthusiasm. Such a joy to work with for nearly 2 yrs, honest with a kind demeanor that i now can call him friend. I will forever be indebted to him … With gratitude a respect… Thankyou Ricson.. Susan H
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2022
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Exceptional Attorney, Exceeding our Expectations! Highly Recommend!
When a family member was arrested, taken to jail, and I was not able to communicate with him, I called Ricson Dakanay. I felt helpless and scared. It was after hours, and I was able to speak to Ricson right away. Ricson patiently and empathetically listened to my concerns and the predicament my family member was in. He went to Southwest Detention Center the very next morning to speak to my family member, letting me know he was okay, relieving my worst fears. Throughout the entire process, Ricson quickly responded via text message, answering questions and/or concerns, putting me and my family member at ease. Ricson is knowledgeable, companionate, honest, professional and exceeded my expectations! I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by Blake | September 29, 2022
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Amazing experience through and through
Ricson and staff were truly wonderful to have fighting my case. They were very timely on all matters and kept me informed and in the loop through the whole process which took around 4-5 months. Not only that but he is just a great guy in general and very easy to talk to while understanding, respecting, and appreciating my situation. I came to them with 2 felony counts charged against me and they worked hard with the DA to come to an agreement to drop them to misdemeanors and serve no time. They did such an immaculate job that even the judge had a difficult time looking at my deal and accepting it, telling me I’m very lucky and that if he had this case while he was a DA or public defender, that I most certainly would have been serving time and been in a worse situation. Very much appreciate this firm and staff and my relationship with the attorneys and, though I don’t expect to ever need their council again, hope that I get a chance to just hang out more with them in the real world outside of law! Thanks again guys, much love!
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Posted by Paola | September 24, 2022
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Ricson Dakanay is a great lawyer!!!
Ricson Dakanay helped me through my Veterans Diversion program. He was there for me for an entire year. It was very helpful to have him as an attorney on my side. I couldn’t have done it without him. He is attentive and always there for you when you need answers. Thank you so much!
Posted by Kyle | September 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Literal Life Saver
I would not normally complete a review like this and only do so to encourage anyone considering Ricson and his team of Valerie, Vanisa, Kelsea, Maria and other associates to retain this team for their legal needs. I had quite an obscure case as well and like others, a lot riding on it and these guys went to bat for me (and listened to my moaning) from start to finish. From facing probable jail time to having my case dismissed I'm happy to say the outcome of my case far surpassed my expectations and if ever I have a need again (which I hope I don't haha) I will not think twice about who can get the job done. Professional, responsive, attentive and caring are only a few of the words I would use to describe my experience and Ric himself was right there next to me when I was required to appear in court! Thoroughly satisfied and worth every penny and more. Thank you all for your help, I owe you one.
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Posted by David | September 8, 2022
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Proesssional and Diligent
My Name is David I am going to be straight forward and say this. Rickson is an excellent attorney that knows what,he is doing.If you Hire Rickson,listen to him and take heed, to what he says.He is there to fight for you in the court of law. I have hired Rickson,in the past for old cases,that needed to be expunged. I hired Rickson a second time,for a situation that involved a BAD APPLE of a person,that caused me alot of personal stress and anxiety and made plenty of false claims about me. I was able to settle with the outcome and I am very thankful. Point is having Rick as your attorney and working with him,can have a very good outcome.
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Posted by David | July 23, 2022
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Best attorney
I am very pleased with services provided by Ricson Cabungcal Dakanay. Atty Dakanay helped me when I really needed it. He provide me with great advice saving me money and getting all charges dismissed. I recommend Atty Dakanay 100% and will always have his number in my speed dial.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Riverside County Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Michael A. Scafiddi, Inc.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Cozen O'Connor
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of Miriam B. Riedmiller
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • West End San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • US District Court - Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • US District Court - Southern Division
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobreity Test Practitioner
  • Robert La Pier & Associates
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in California
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • The Mike Riddell Distinguished Alumni Award
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School
  • 2014
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Winning Strategies for Winning Lawyers"
  • DUI Law, Speedy Trial Rights, Informants
  • 2017
  • State of the Courts, Sentencing, People v. Sanchez, MJ Legalization, Expert Witness Hearsay
  • 2017 Criminal Practice Bench Bar Symposium
  • 2017
  • Child Sexual Abuse Sexual Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS)
  • How to Debunk and Challenge CSAAS in Trial
  • 2017
  • Professional Responsibility for Practitioners
  • Refresher Course on Professional Responsibility Law and Principles
  • 2016
  • Bias, Ethics, Substance Abuse Blitz
  • Bias, Ethics, Substance Abuse Blitz
  • 2016
  • NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing: Student Course
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's)
  • 2015
  • Gang Seminar and Investigations
  • Gang Charges and Enhancements
  • 2015
  • Body Cameras in Law Enforcement
  • Body Cameras in Law Enforcement
  • 2015
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School 2014 Graduation
  • Commencement Speaker
  • 2014
  • San Bernardino County Mock Trial
  • Aquinas High School Mock Trial Attorney-Coach
  • 2014
  • ADA Basics Workshop
  • Legal Overview of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • 2014
  • Occupy San Diego
  • State of DUI Law and Current Trends
  • 2012
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Introduction into the Legal Profession
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (36)
Endorse Ricson
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ricson is what you want in an attorney. He is professional, sharp, and is passionate about defending the rights of his clients. When I would have cases with him back when I was a DA, I always took Ricson seriously because he presented his cases well and argued persuasively for his clients. I endorse Ricson as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dakany is an excellent lawyer and aggressive advocate for his clients. He is always prompt and professional in his court appearances and is well respected by Judges and Prosecutors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Dakanay has been my go to Attorney for all criminal matters. He is professional, knowledgeable, and aggressive. Mr. Dakanay has helped some of my own family members and friends with their cases. I highly recommend him for all criminal issues!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very passionate and extremely competent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've seen Ricson at work and have entrusted him on my own cases. He is a hard working and incredibly intelligent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ricson Dakanay. He is a true advocate for his clients, leaving nothing on the table. I highly recommend Ricson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard working caring lawyer who has a great passion and desire to serve his clients. Well respected for his command of the law and dui case Rick is a great advocate for his clients. I have had the pleasure to watch rick recently in a dui trial. He controlled the courtroom. I highly recommend him !"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly recommend Mr. Dakanay."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent record as a great defense attorney. Keeps his clients up to date and explains technical matters in a way clients can understand."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dakanay always fully dedicates himself to his work so that his client can obtain the best possible resolution. Mr. Dakanay also keeps up to date on the newest information by attending workshops to help his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Ricson at SFST DUI training in California. He has a wealth of knowledge on the subject and is taking the extra steps to help represent his clients. I would not hesitate to give him a call for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Ricson for several years as an associate in the same office. He works extremely hard to make sure that he receives the best results for his clients and he puts in countless hours guaranteeing that he is always prepared. Ricson has especially excelled at DMV hearings where he has saved many licenses for happy individuals. I strongly endorse Ricson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ricson works hard for his clients. He is one of the few lawyers that personally goes to the DMV and court to fight for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ricson is a skilled and compassionate advocate. He works hard for his clients to get them the best possible outcome on their cases. He is highly respected by the District Attorney's office as well by the judges that he practices in front of. He has an excellent reputation among the defense bar and is always willing to help other attorneys. I strongly endorse Ricson as an amazing attorney that will fight hard for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, an excellent advocate and well respected throughout the land courts. He knows the judges, prosecutors and has an excellent reputation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dakanay is a great criminal defense attorney. He is compassionate towards his clients and is a zealous advocate on their behalf. Mr. Dakanay is respected throughout Southern California by opposing counsel, the bench and the defense bar. He truly cares about each and every client. Lastly, through hard work and determination Mr. Dakanay obtains nothing but favorable results for his clients. I without hesitation endorse Ricson Dakanay."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ricson is a wonderful attorney who always goes the extra mile for his clients. He treats each case with the utmost care."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Ricson for several years and I highly endorse him for his criminal defense skills. Ricson is an extremely well-versed attorney and a sharp in-court litigator that you want on your side. He consistently demonstrates to judges and peers alike that he will always be prepared to defend his client's interests. He provides his clients with the effective advocacy that brings real results."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great lawyer!"
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Ricson Cabungcal Dakanay
Ricson Cabungcal Dakanay
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 13 years