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Thomas Matthews

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Thomas P Matthews

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced, Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Exреrіеnсеd Sаn Dіеgо Criminal Dеfеnѕе Lawyer Thоmаѕ P. Matthews рrоѕесutеd оvеr Thousands of саѕеѕ, including dеаth реnаltу trіаlѕ, durіng his 26 years аѕ a рrоѕесutоr.

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Our Law Firm Gets Reduced Sentences & Dismissal For All San Diego County Cities DUI/DWI Cases. Thomas Matthews is an experienced and aggressive San Diego County DUI lawyer with 26+ years of experience in helping clients

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    We are prepared to fight for your rights in court. Give us a call today and learn about how we can ensure you get the results you want from your Domestic Violence case. We have helped countless individuals throughout the San Diego

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Expungement
    Do not let Expungement matters ravage your normal life. San Diego, Downtown area courts can be brutal, and overwhelming to handle alone. The legal professionals of Law Office of Thomas P Matthews have spent 25 years providing proper representation

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Sex crime
    Sex offenses carries heavy penalties in California when convicted. Because of the heavy penalties associated with sexual offenses charges it is important that you hire a skilled and experienced sex crimes attorney in San Diego with proven results

    32 years, 1,000 cases

Thomas Matthews is a graduate of the prestigious Cal Western School of Law located in San Diego. With over 25 years experience in defending all types of criminal charges in San Diego County cities like Escondido, Vista, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, La Mesa, Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Cajon, Encinitas, San Marcos, Nationa City, North County cities etc. Tom attributes the majority of his success to hard work and dedication. There’s no doubt that he gives each of his clients the respect and attention that their cases deserve, 100% of the time. Tom has represented clients in both State and Federal Courts, with extensive successful outcomes in both. He handles cases such as:

  • Alcohol Related Crimes, including:
    • Driving Under the Influence
    • Minor in Possession
    • Open Containers in Vehicles
    • Open Containers in Public
    • Possession of Fake ID
  • Alien Smuggling
  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Assault
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Attempted Murder
  • Straight Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Check Fraud/Passing
  • Bad Checks Conspiracy
  • Counterfeiting
  • Carjacking
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Drug related crimes, including:
    • Possession of Marijuana
    • Possession of Cocaine
    • Possession of Methamphetamine
    • Possession of Prescription Drugs
    • Transportation of Controlled Substances
    • Manufacturing Controlled Substances
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Felon in Possession
  • False Statements of License Applications
  • Extortion
  • Elder Abuse
  • Illegal Entry or Re-Entry into the Country
  • Kidnapping
  • Making Terrorist Threats
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Murder, First and Second Degree
  • Negligent Homicide(Manslaughter)
  • Perjury
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Sex Crimes, including:
    • Prostitution Pandering
    • Indecent Exposure
    • Lewd Acts with a minor
    • Rape
    • Solicitation
    • Sexual Battery
    • Statutory Rape
    • Sodomy
    • Oral Copulation
  • Theft Crimes, including:
    • Shoplifting
    • Petty Theft
    • Grand Theft
    • Receiving Stolen Property
    • Robbery
    • Embezzlement
    • Fraud
    • Residential Burglary
    • Commercial Burglary
    • Auto Burglary
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Welfare Fraud
  • White Collar Cases, including:
    • Embezzlement
    • Real Estate Fraud
    • Forgery
    • Recording Forged Documents
    • Defrauding a Federally-insured Lending Institution
    • Insurance Fraud
    • Securities Fraud

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Law Office Of Thomas P. Matthews
110 W C St #1201
San Diego, CA, 92101


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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Laurie | November 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him now!
My husband was facing possible life in prison on felony gun charges. Mr. Matthews got his charges down with no prison time. I was able to work out a financial arrangement with his assistant so that I could hire him. He stayed in touch with me and always answered me quickly. So thankful for Thomas Matthews!
Posted by Clement | June 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
It is hard to understand the importance of a good lawyer until you need one. Even more important is when a loved one needs a criminal lawyer for reasons that are serious. Thanks Thomas for your professionalism. You handled our situation as if it was your only case. Thanks for the updates just because a few days had passed and you thought my wife and I might we worried. I sat in court while every other attorney searched for papers while unprepared. You were direct in filings and direct in motions. I could see the clerk smiling as if she knew you're always prepared. The key to us was you're realistic in expectation. Although the outcome far exceeded what we expected, your expectation was correct and delivered. As Thomas told my wife and me, every case is different. I hope I never need Thomas again for what our case was, but if by chance we do; Thomas and his staff have our confidence. Thank you so much, sir.
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Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the awesome review! I will always be there is you need a lawyer!
Posted by Anthony | April 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Lawyer- GOT ME OUT OF JAIL
I can not thank Mr. Matthews enough for keeping me out of jail. Tom was an amazing criminal defense attorney. I was facing multiple years in prison and was very nervous and more afraid than i had ever been in my life. Tom calmed me down and made me feel comfortable about the whole legal process. He treated me as if i was a family member or a good friend of his. Mr. Matthews legal expertise saved me from doing a lot of hard time. My case was a very complex case and ranged across a few states. Tom handled the case very professionally and I was very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Tom to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer that cares about the people he represents. Thank you again for giving me a second chance at life Mr. Matthews!
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Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the great review, I will always do my best for my clients!
Posted by Jose O | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom is the lawyer you need and want on your side.
Tom took great care of my case, he was able to put me and my family at ease with his cool and calm demeanor. He is honest and upfront with everything and the whole legal process. His knowledge of the law and statues ensured we got a fair trial and made sure we didn't get railroaded by the system. I've already recommended Tom to several friends and we have not been disappointed. If you want someone that has your best interest in both heart and mind then Tom is the lawyer you need and want on your side.
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Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the awesome review, I have been doing this for over 26 years and know the law inside and out and will always find a solution for my clients!
Posted by Amber | May 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Due to his skills and tenacity, he managed to get my case dismissed!!!!!!
mr. matthews represented me in a major felony federal drug case. i was looking at a possible 5 to 10 year sentence.Due to his skills and tenacity, he managed to get my case dismissed!!!!!! A great attorney, my family and I will forever be greatful for the amazing work he did for us......thank you so so much tom..I will always retain you if I ever need a great attorney again
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Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the positive recommendations, it was hard work but well worth the effort!
Posted by chris | March 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"I am so relieved to have Tom taking care of the business aspect of things so that I can concentrate on my recovery process." With Tom representing me, I had a peace of mind through the entire process and I received a very successful outcome! Honestly, i couldn't imagine going through that process without him representing me.
Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the positive reviews, I will be with you every step of the way!
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top Advocate
Having had experienced some personal dramatic occurrences, working with Tom and his team allowed for a professional and insightful strategic course of action. They were empathetic, charming, clever and most importantly professional. Trying to find a legal team that works tirelessly for your cause is a rare encounter. I am grateful for the introduction to this legal team and I am very confident in the professional services that they provide and would most definitely consider them when looking for an advocate to represent me.
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Posted by Shannon | January 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Criminal Defense Lawyer!!
Tom is an amazing criminal defense attorney. I have worked with him for over 10 years. He treats all of his clients with compassion and respect. In court he is a fierce fighter for his clients, which results in favorable outcomes such as not guilty verdicts at trials, case dismissals and reduction of charges. Tom handles both state and Federal criminal misdemeanor and federal cases and is always honest with his clients. I highly recommend anyone faces criminal charges hires him to represent you!!
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Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Love the review, thank you for recommending my service! I handle "Federal, Felony and Misdemeanors"
Posted by Pavel | November 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thomas Mathews
My very first case was a misdemeanor and hired Matthews for help. His experience with the law fought my case and dismissed it. With Thomas you have nothing to worry about as he takes complete control. If you need help as i did go with Matthews he will get you through it!
Response from Thomas Matthews July 19, 2017
Thank you for the great review, I will always fight for my clients and make sure I do whatever it takes to get your case dismissed!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Thomas P. Matthews
  • 1992 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Federal Defender
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Internship
  • Attorney General of American Samoa
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Internship
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Stockton State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Possession Of Heroin
  • Dismissed on Defense Motion


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1992 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Khmer

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Criminal Defense for the Non-Criminal Practitioner
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom Matthews is an extremely talented attorney who is able to focus on what really matters in a case. He fights hard for his clients and was a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Matthews has a tremendous reputation in the legal community especially in San Diego. I know that he fights with vigor to represent his clients and assures the best results. I endorse Mr. Matthews"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom and I went to law school together 20 plus years ago. He is smart, dedicated and cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best trial and defense attorney in San Diego county."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tom Matthews is a great criminal defense attorney. I've personally seen him win difficult motions, get charges dismissed and be an all around savior for his clients."
San Diego DUI and DWI Lawyer Thomas Matthews
Thomas Matthews
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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