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Scott Christopher Williams

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   23 reviews
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Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All kinds of drug cases: Meth; marijuana; cocaine; heroin; pills; Labs; prescription drugs. Sales; transportation; possession; grow operation; cultivation

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Former criminal prosecutor of all DUI's in city of San Diego: Won Dui trials as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney; done 100s of DMV hearings with great success

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    I have great success with getting these cases dismissed.

    39 years, 500 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    successfully defended all types of Juvenile cases with many of the cases dismissed.

    39 years, 250 cases

  5. Sex crime

1.  Over 36 years of Legal experience;

2.  Voted Top " Three Best"  Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego, CA;

3.  Voted Top "10 Best" Criminal/ DUI Attorneys in California;

4.  Voted Top " 100 Best " Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in the Nation;

5.  Voted Top " 1%"  of  Attorneys in the Nation;

6.  Voted a  " Top Attorney in California"; 

7.  Voted a "SuperLawyer";

8.  Former Criminal Prosecutor;

9.  Former Judge Pro Tem;

10. Experienced in both State and Federal Court;

11. Represented 1000s of clients in all kinds of criminal cases;

12. Passed the rigorous CA state bar exam first time (only 18% passed).


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Law Offices of Scott C. Williams
600 B Street, Suite 2020
San Diego, CA, 92101


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  23 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Making the best out of unfortunate situation
Scott was highly recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. He has over 30 years of experience so chances are good he has seen your situation before and will help you figure out the best path forward. He takes time to listen and understand and is very responsive. Would recommend to anyone in need of a great attorney they can count on.
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Posted by ERIC | April 30, 2019
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Scott Helped Me
I was scared. I faced three felony charges in business and basically thought my life was over. I didnt do it, and Scott believed me, and basically held my hand. Best Attorney ever, and the charges were inevitably dropped due to his hard work. He got all three dropped. All of them, and well deserved because it was all BS. The beauty in all this, is when I get done suing the folks that put me through that ordeal I'm going to send Scott half the settlement, kidding, but I cant thank him enough. He was rough around the edge and very forward with me, but that's what you need when your facing trouble. Best damn Attorney ever. ERIC DAHLBERG
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Posted by Erik | October 9, 2018
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DUI/DWI, ARI, or in Trouble with the LAW?
The first time I sought out Scott for some serious help, I learned that I could count on him and his expertise. From what I read online, I also learned that he has an impressive reputation and years of experience. If your looking for HELP and your case involves something above, You should feel comforted in knowing you have Scott Christopher Williams, a DUI/DWI, Criminal Defence, & Domestic Defense Lawyer on your side with 37 YRS in the field.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2018
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Truly the Best
Attorney Williams is a miracle worker. I had made a huge mistake and was facing potential jail time. I was terrified, but Attorney Williams made me feel reassured and worked with me to make the process as easy as possible. The outcome of my case was better than I could have ever hoped for or imagined in a million years. Thank goodness for Attorney Williams!
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Posted by Richard | October 11, 2017
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very satisfied
Excellent attorney, he told me what he would do, why he was doing it and the costs. Everything happens exactly like he said it would. No surprises, no excuses, just results.
Posted by Travis | June 22, 2017
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Misdemeanor Drug Possession
I hired Scott C Williams after being arrested in May 2017. I met with Scott based on his experience and reputation that I had learned researching online. When I sat down in his office there were numerous awards for #1 Attorney in San Diego which was very reassuring. He appeared for me at my arraignment so I did not have to miss work and called me to notify me all my charges were dismissed after the hearing. Throughout the process he was professional and communicated very clearly and thoroughly. If I had to hire an attorney in the future Scott C Williams would be my first choice! Thanks again Scott.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2017
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Absolute Best Choice In San Diego
I was recently charged with two extremely serious felonies and one misdemeanor that would ruin my life. I was referred to Mr. Williams by the Attorney General of a nearby state, and I am beyond grateful for what he did for me. He was able to get all three charges dismissed for a plea agreement to a very minor misdemeanor. I do not think anyone else could have accomplished this. Not only is he extremely experienced and competent, but he is well known and respected by fellow defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors alike. His sheer ability and knowledge coupled with the respect and admiration given to him by all facets of the legal community make him hands down the best choice.
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Posted by Danton | August 30, 2016
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Life changing
Atty scott was my lawyer since 2013, i was arrested twice, board of nursing problem, false accusation. Atty listened to me and help every step of the way, answers question and gives you the best outcome of the case. All my cases no charges. I owe my peace and life to atty scott. I am forever gratefull to him. Thank you atty.
Posted by JR, Sr. | February 25, 2016
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JRR's complete case
I would like to take this opportunity to write this review to express my most sincere gratitude for the excellent job Mr. Scott Williams did on behalf of my son. He excelled in handling this case from the initial phase of arrest to the completion of the last phase of expunging the record. This was a superb job; cannot thank Mr. Williams enough. He exhibited a high level of professionalism, determination, and confidence. The way he utilized his vast experience certainly made my son and I feel very comfortable; trusting his abilities to solve the case in a very positive way. I would like to wish Mr. Scott Williams continue success in his career as a lawyer and his life, as well. His attention and services were greatly appreciated!
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
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I was given a MIP at a country concert a little less than a month before I turned 21, Scott got this taken off my record, no fine and I never had to go to court! This made it easy to focus on my studies at school and not have to worry about getting my license taken away! I recommend him to everyone!
Posted by Zack | December 2, 2015
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I was charged with a federal DUI/OUI and was facing a criminal conviction. Scott was able to dismiss the charges within an hour and a half. I was very happy with the outcome and would highly recommend him in the future. Thanks Scott!!!
Posted by Erik | November 4, 2015
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Great Service
Got arrested for domestic violence . Hired Scott to defend me, who went to work immediately to make sure charges were never filed. Accomplished this without me ever having to go to court. Scott would answer his phone or returned calls almost immediately. He was extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. If you ever get in trouble, Scott is the one to contact.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2015
Simply the best attorney in San Diego County
Scott recently represented my daughter in a difficult DUI/ Hit and Run case. Not only was Scott easily reachable and communicative, he really went the extra mile to help guide her every step of the way. Through his vast experience and expertise, Scott was able to get her charges reduced from a DUI with enhanced penalties and a Hit and Run, to a standard DUI with minimal restitution and sentencing. Without Scott's efforts, the outcome would have been significantly more severe and would have taken months versus of a couple weeks to get resolved. We are extremely grateful. I would strongly recommend Scott to anyone facing a criminal charge. He is hands down the best attorney in San Diego county.
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Posted by Colter | May 12, 2015
Case Dismissal
I would like to express my families gratitude in this brief note.If not for Mr. William's prime expertise I am certain the ride would have been much more rough on the Family. Please consider me truly impressed .You're professionalism radiates from you as you enter the room. Thank you so very very much from the bottom of my heart for your services. God bless!
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Posted by fred and sadaf | February 24, 2015
Mr. Williams has expert attorneys who know the law and are committed 100% to their clients case.
“God sends angels in different forms for our family, and Attorney scott chritopher William was one of them. he is an awesome person who is always willing to go the extra mile. We did not feel alone during the hard times. Throughout the case (deportation), he was always supportive, caring, and understanding. he is an amazing attorney- very professional and knowledgeable. scott always returned my calls or emails whenever I had a question or concern, even when I had to talk to her during her days off. It is so nice to be able to express your concerns to an attorney and have things explained to you without being rushed or bombarded with terms you don’t understand. Our whole family is very pleased with scott Williams…he is just awesome. And WE are very happy to have our family member home. Thank you Mr. Williams .”
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Posted by Alexandra | January 16, 2015
About my experience
During Memorial weekend of 2014 I was cited for a MIP in San Diego, with me being 20 years old and my current job relying on me to drive I could not afford to loose my license. I figured the best way to go about this was to hire a lawyer. I read up on many reviews, talked to many lawyers about my situation and since I had no connections in San Diego I had to go off of reviews and credibility. Scott Williams was the lawyer that I felt would best fit the situation. His reviews were outstanding, he was very knowledgable and was able to answer every questions that I asked. After telling him my situation and what I could afford; he allowed me to make payments to him and was generous enough to work out a price with him. Williams is upfront about everything, emails back right away, and is completely confident is what he is doing. I would recommend him to anyone. After appearing to my court hearing and my following trail, I had no license suspension, my ticket was dismissed and my fine was reduced from 500 to 100 dollars. I couldn't thank him enough. I believe Williams is professional and worth every penny that you spend especially for him being a lawyer for over 33 years and knowing the ends and outs of it all.
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Posted by AR | December 26, 2014
Outstanding in Juvenile Matters
Scott Williams was there for our family to help us out with a Juvenile matter. It is beyond evident that Mr. Williams is extremely experienced in legal matters. He is upfront about where you stand, what he can do for you and the potential outcome. It was a relief and a comfort to have someone who kept in touch throughout the process and promptly responded to our inquires. Our sincere appreciation to Mr. Williams for showing us options that we didn't know we had and for taking action on those options to help produce an outcome that we were more than happy with.
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Posted by Dedric | December 16, 2014
A+++ Scott Williams Get the Job Done!!!
When I got into some legal trouble and told my family member, Scott was recommended for being the BEST in criminal defense. He saw me immediately, answered my questions and took my case. To make it even better, he worked with me to make payments for his services. I highly recommended him as the "go to" person if you are in need of an experienced and well known attorney in the San Diego area. He gets results.
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Posted by Frank | December 15, 2014
Excellent attorney
Scott Williams is an excellent attorney, I am very satisfied with his work. Scott Williams is a knowledgeable attorney with allot of experience. He got my family member probation and they were facing 4 to 8 years in prison
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
An excellent lawyer
I hired Scott for a family member who was in big trouble for drugs. Scott walked me through the whole process from beginning to end and everything he said would happen, he was right on. He really helped me and my family member, and in the end, got a much better result than I expected or really hoped for. He is the best and I would recommend him highly for any serious matter.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices Of Scott C. Williams
  • 1981 - Present
  • Professor
  • San Diego City College
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • San Diego Criminal Prosecutors Office
  • 1983 - 1984


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Oxford University, Magdalen College, Oxford England
  • Law; Matriculated
  • 1979
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts; Matriculated
  • 1975
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Legal Cases

  • People v. Martinez
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Ibbotson
  • Dismissed
  • In The Matter of a Minor
  • Not Guilty/Trial
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  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 3 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego
  • ThreeBestRated
  • 2015
  • Top "Ten Best" Attorneys in California for DUI
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nations Top One Percent of Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top lawyers in California
  • Legal Network
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Excellence, American Jurisprudence
  • American Jurisprudence
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Williams is an excellent lawyer. He has a stellar reputation amongst lawyers, judges and those in the legal field in the San Diego community. He always zealously advocates for his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help for DUI or criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Williams since I began practicing law in San Diego. Highly respected by other defense attorneys as well as judges and prosecutors, Scott is one of the most highly respected criminal defense lawyers in the community. I would recommend him to anyone facing a criminal charge in San Diego."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Scott Williams for nearly 20 years and he is an excellent lawyer. He fights hard for his clients and always strives for the best possible result. I have worked with Scott on numerous cases and he is extremely dedicated and ethical."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Williams for a number of years and find him to be an asset not only to his clients, but to the legal community as a whole. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great Attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is the person I refer my clients to when they have a criminal matter. He is highly experienced and dedicated to each of his cases. Scott has obtained results that appeared unattainable. I know our clients are in good hands in their criminal matters when Scott is their criminal attorney. Each client we have referred to Scott expresses their appreciation for the referral. I highly recommend Scott."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Williams is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend him."
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San Diego DUI and DWI Lawyer Scott Christopher Williams
Scott Christopher Williams
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 41 years