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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|Graduate of the Summer Session at Harvard University||National College for DUI Defense||2013|
|Graduate of the Summer Session at Harvard University||National College for DUI Defense||2011|
|Graduate of the Summer Session at Harvard University||National College for DUI Defense||2009|
|Best DUI Attorney in San Diego||San Diego City Beat Magazine||2006|
|Graduate of the Summer Session at Harvard University||National College for DUI Defense||2005|
|Expert DUI Trial Attorney||The DUI Guys®||2003 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Western Sierra School of Law||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|CCARP||Director||2015 - Present|
|California Deuce Defenders||Member||2010 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2004 - Present|
|People v. Stephen G.||Unsafe Lane Change infraction|
|People v. Phillip M.||Unsafe lane change infraction.|
|People v. Raven R.||NOT GUILTY|
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|The Time To Educate The Jury About Your DUI Case Is Before They Ever Set Foot In The Courtroom||2015|
|Thomas Jefferson SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|California State University Sacramento||Communications||N/A||1985|
|Speaking of Justice||Shedding Light on the Legal System||2016|
|Part I - Defending the Misdemeanor - Introduction to DUI Defense||Fundamentals of Criminal Defense||2009|
Posted by anonymous
I do not casually say that Philip is the best. I met with other highly rated lawyers in SD, I have talked with others about their experience, and (most importantly) I have seen Philip's skill and dedication first hand.
It is important to note, that some DUI lawyers do not even go to court themselves, and some do not personally handle your case.
Really, the court just wants you to roll over and admit guilt, so they can move on to convicting others. If you want a lawyer that will FIGHT for you, please take my advice and choose Philip Gagnon.
I was arrested, taken in, and let the Police trick me into giving a blood sample (big mistake!). The BAC came back as a 0.24, which is very bad (and wrong!).
Because of this BAC, I was given no mercy in the court system. Philip initially won the Motion to Suppress (ruling that the Police unlawfully arrested me), but a 3 judge panel later overturned it.
Philip stuck with me, and fought by my side the whole time.
We eventually went to trial. Even though I had no prior arrests or convictions, I was guilty in everyone's eyes from the moment I stepped into the court room. The prosecuting attorney let Philip know that my case was a slum dunk for him. He was 100% certain that I would be convicted on both counts.
Philip worked with me to calm my nerves so that we could present a sharp and accurate defense. After 3 hard days of trial, we got word that Philip hung the jury (11-1 against me).
Guess what, our wonderful justice system decided to take me to trial again! Philip was Mr. Johnny on the spot, always showing up on time and prepared for everything the court put me through.
In the second trial, the judge was even MORE difficult to work with. Even though the prosecuting attorney stepped up his game against me, Philip fought tooth and nail. The result: Philip hung the jury again (this time 8-4 against me, even better!).
Philip then worked to get my charge reduced down to a traffic violation. Well done!
I am so happy I chose Philip Gagnon, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Val
Upon hiring Philip as my attorney I was quickly calmed by his demeanor and knowledge of the laws surrounding my case which are his areas of specialty. He informed me of specifics regarding police records and written documents that were not handled correctly as he researched my specific incident.
I had a strong feeling that I should challenge and put forth a fight against a pair of officers who were defeated by Mr. Gagnon's articulation of events, which informed the jury. Philip Gagnon communicated verbally, and by use of exhibits, to the jury who were engaged and interested while he spoke. I was faced with a charge by law enforcement that felt unjustified and unlawful so I made the huge decision to challenge it in court. Sitting in court being represented by Mr. Gagnon gave me a secure and even confident feeling while going through this challenging ordeal.
Philip never made any promises of outcome, but was thorough in his overview of my case and communicating to me the consequential results that could be the result. Bringing his years of experience into the courtroom, he presented the facts and variables in a highly skilled manner. In the end the jury found me not to be at fault. I would highly recommend Mr. Philip Gagnon to anyone needing help and a solid defense in the area of DUI or other criminal areas. Philip is an outstanding attorney; he is passionate about fairness and justice which is derived from his decency as a person in standing up ethically for his clients. I am extremely thankful I hired Mr. Gagnon and recommend him highly.
Posted by Bob
I have done business with Philip as a bail bondsman, President of a soccer gaming league and as an Attorney for a family member. He has always been an Attorney that I could trust in taking care of my clients in a very professional manner but mostly he defends his clients with a fervor that you don't see in many Attorneys.
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