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Jon Martin Pettis

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

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I grew up knowing I was going to be a defense attorney.  I never conceived of any other profession.  Once  I started practicing criminal defense, I found that while any lawyer will take a DUI case, few had dedicated the time and effort to learning the science well enough to look for possible defenses in almost any case.  Instead, they just got good at telling their clients they needed to plead guilty without thouroghly evaluating the case.  I do my best to never let that happen with my clients' cases.

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Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/06/2022

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

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Jon Martin Pettis
591 Camino de la Reina, Suite 1125
San Diego, CA, 92108

Reviews

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Posted by Laura | March 30, 2012
greatest dui lawyer
I was facing my third DUI in four years. I was sure I was going to jail for a long time. I hired Jon and he found flaws in the police conduct that led to the case being dismissed. He saved my job, my family and almost my life. Thanks!
Posted by Laura | March 30, 2012
incredible lawyer
I was facing my third DUI in four years. I was sure I was foing to jail for a long time. Jon poured over the police reports and found a way to challenge the arrest and got all the evidence suppressed. The case was dismised and he saved my job, my family and almost my life. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better of with a public defender
I retained Jon for my first (and only) DUI back in 2010. It was clear there was nothing outside of the standard arraignment he could do, but I had an important meeting on the day of my court date, so I figured, at the very least he could appear on my behalf. At the time of hiring his services, he was at a pretty well-known legal firm and a week after paying cash for his services, he let me know they went out of business and he would be working from home. Not a big deal considering he assured me everything would be handled properly. Days before my court date and on my actual court date, there was no communication despite leaving him voicemails for a call-back. I just had a gut feeling something was wrong, so I happened to checked the San Diego warrant site and my name appeared. I called him immediately to which he replied that he got court cases mixed up and failed to show. He did request the bench warrant to be revoked successfully, but created undue stress (and he was not cheap). I met him on the re-scheduled court date to make sure he would appear. After signing some documents, I had to ask what my probation details were (you'd figure he'd offer that without asking). I made sure he went through security and went home. I honestly feel I would have received the same stipulations of the DUI arrest with a public defender, minus the bench warrant for failure to appear and high cost tag. Regardless of it being over 10 years since I had to deal with Jon, I will never forget his unprofessionalism. Go elsewhere with your money.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Chief Trial Counsel
  • Law Office of Jon M. Pettis
  • 1996 - 2012
  • Intern
  • San Diego Public Defenders Office
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Northern California Legal Services
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Intern
  • UCLA Student Legal Services
  • 1992 - 1993
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Education

  • UCLA School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Univ of California Santa Cruz
  • undergraduate
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • People v. Kyle M.
  • One case was dismissed and the second plead to a wet reckless.
  • People v. Alan F.
  • The weapons charge was dismissed. Client plead to being a public nuisance which will be dismissed in 18 months and a wet reckless.
  • People v. John W.
  • Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Memeber
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Moot Court Award Winner
  • UCLA School of Law
  • 1994

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Defense Ammunition
  • DUI Science and Strategies
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (163)
Given (376)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pettis is a great lawyer and wonderful human being. When it comes to DUI & DWI law, he is my go to guy."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Few if any possess the knowledge and skill set needed to tenaciously defend a DUI that Jon Pettis has He is a skilled negotiator and aggressive trial attorney. His knowledge of the science and intricacies of DUI cases are second to none."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Pettis. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you have a family member who is facing a DUI charge, you can't go wrong with Mr. Pettis. With a practice focused on DUI defense, he shows his committment to his clients to get the best result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always putting the clients needs first."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon is one of the most knowledgeable DUI attorneys I have ever met. One of the first people I go to when I seek advice, and for good reason. He will aggressively advocate for all of his clients using his wealth of experience and knowledge."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"Jon is a talented and skilled lawyer. A true advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon has more endorsements from fellow lawyers than any other lawyer I know. Ive been a dui lawyer 42 years and he IS one of the finest and I recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon is a highly experienced DUi attorney who is not afraid to take on even the toughest DUI cases. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pettis has assisted clients of mine with their DWI cases in California with excellent results. I endorse this lawyer."
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