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Susan L. Hartman

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   24 reviews

also known as Sue Hartman

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 16 years
    California - CA 20 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    Aggressive, accessible, exclusively drunk driving defense. Appearances in all San Diego County courts and the DMV.

    15 years, 300 cases

Aggressive, accessible, exclusively DUI defense attorney.  Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and 5-Stars on Yelp and Facebook.

Susan L. Hartman, Esq. is a Connecticut native who attended the University of New Mexico for her undergraduate degree. She earned a Bachelor in Arts degree in Criminology, with a minor in Sociology, with a 3.52 GPA. Then, in 1998, she moved to San Diego to attend law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, were she graduated Cum Laude in December 2002.

Following graduation from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Susan opened her own office with a focus on estate planning. A few years later she was offered a position as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County, where she practiced as a trial attorney. In 2010, after her tenure as a public defender, she reopened her practice, exclusively defending individuals accused of DUI in the San Diego area.

Location

Law Offices of Susan L. Hartman
8880 Rio San Diego Dr.
Suite 800; PMB 846
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Franco | August 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A rather special feeling
The legal outcome Susan negotiated far exceeded my expectations. I anticipated horrible penalties and instead received, comparatively speaking, a slap on the wrist. Susan made it so that this whole excruciating ordeal was merely a wake up call, a catalyst for change and growth, rather than something life shattering. It was a rather special feeling knowing someone of Susan's ability was advocating on my behalf. Aside from her handling of every last detail of the case (this was truly a full service experience) she kept me perfectly informed of what was to come, and where we were at with the case. All the while, she treated me with compassion, without judgement, affording me serenity during an emotionally difficult time. I was wowed by her professional skill but also by her humanity. I feel lucky to have her on my side. Thank you Susan.
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Posted by Alphanso | November 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing advocate
It was a great blessing for me to work with the Law Offices of Susan L. Hartman. Words can't express how thankful I am for her help during a very difficult time in my life. Susan was prompt and thorough in her updates about my case-I can't describe how relieved I was working with her. In my experience working with her, she's more than an advocate. Susan is a kind and reliable person. I highly recommended her!
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Posted by James | March 15, 2021
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A first class result!
Susan handled my case efficiently and effectively during the pandemic. She kept me up to date, explaining every development and its impact to me overall. In the end, the impact to my life has been minimal and will quickly be resolved. If you need help in this area, give Susan a call and trust her judgement as she will steer you in the right direction.
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Posted by Jared | March 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results and an Amazing Personalized Experience
Susan was amazing throughout the entire legal process. She helped not just with the necessary documentation and procedures but also made me feel comfortable with updates and expectations throughout the journey. I would recommend her in an instant to anyone!
Posted by Kelly | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Susan Hartman is an amazing attorney
Susan Hartman is not only an amazing, smart and professional attorney, she is also a very kind, caring and honest person. She actually wants to HELP you and she WILL. She was able to reduce all of my fines and fees and also got me out of county services which is huge. She was able to alleviate so much of my stress and gave such honest and helpful advice. Do yourself a favor and hire Susan Hartman. She WILL help you. I'm so thankful I found her and hired her.
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Posted by Avary | October 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She fights for her clients!
Susan was an excellent advocate for me during this trying time. She was extremely professional and efficient in her handling of my case. Her diligence was paramount in reducing anxiety during this extremely stressful time. She was calm, open and reassuring while explaining ALL possible and predicted outcomes. I highly recommend her council and cannot say enough wonderful things about her. An absolute must for any DUI case! She was such a kind and helpful person, MORE than worth her retainer, and I recomend paying for her to handle the DMV hearing as well (make sure you request the hearing within 10 days of arrest). I had NO suspension or restriction from the DMV.
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Posted by cera | July 20, 2017
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Susan truly cares
Susan not only got me the best possible outcome for my case, but she truly cares, and will take the time to answer any and all questions, which is so crucial when you're feeling stressed and hopeless! I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Dana D | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!!
Susan Hartman is very knowledgeable of the dui process. She always made me feel at ease and I didn't have to worry. I have and DO recommend her to anyone. She's affordable and great to work with. Susan made the process less stressful for me. Thanks Susan! Dana D.
Posted by Melissa | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
Susan Hartman helped me at a very stressful time. She is confident, open and kept me updated on every step of,the process. She is easy to talk to and understands my worries and fears in a stressful situation. She knows the law and keeps updated on all changes so she can get the best result for the client. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by barbara | March 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
suspension of driver's license for medical incident
I hired Susan Hartman to represent me after a medical event while driving in December 2016 resulting in the suspension of my license. She is an amazing attorney. She explained what would be required from my specialists, what would happen at the hearing. She exuded a calming presence, which I absolutely needed for my anxiety about the process. She walked me through what I would likely be asked at the hearing, what the hearing officer would most be interested in. I couldn't have gone through this without her. I highly recommend Susan.
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Posted by Alexis | March 16, 2017
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Perfect
she dropped my charges down to exactly what i wanted. Helped me so much with anything I needed. all my questions were answered. She truly cares. She drove down to Escondido to see me. She just all in all is perfect. I would recommend her.
Posted by Matt | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing DUI Lawyer!
When I was first arrested for a DUI with a car accident, I felt hopeless. I had contacted a few lawyers prior to contacting Susan Hartman, but was met with disappointment when they said they couldn’t do anything to help my case. I stumbled upon Susan’s website and saw that she was very dedicated to fighting DUI’s, with all the blog entries she had on there etc. When I called her, she did not disappoint and gave me hope. It was then I hired her as my lawyer. I am so thankful I did because I ended up getting my DUI reduced to a wet reckless, which I did not think would be possible to achieve in my case. I would definitely recommend Susan Hartman because not only did she give me the best possible results I could hope for, she was very informative on my case and helped the process go by that much easier. Thank you Susan!
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Posted by Erin | January 27, 2017
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Life saver!
Susan was amazing at an extremely stressful time in my life. Yes, she did an amazing job with my case and helping to reduce my charges, but much more than that, she gave me piece of mind and helped to elevate my fears, all with a caring and thoughtful attitude. That was worth more than anything. I would recommend her to anyone I know in the same situation!
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Posted by Ronald | December 27, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
The Law Offices of Susan Hartman helped me during a stressful time in my life. From start to finish she walked me through all the steps of my DUI case. She was always there to answer any question and lend support to the best of her ability. She represented me while I managed my busy schedule. She is not only knowledgeable but also very understanding. My case in San Diego was resolved by her representation and am beyond grateful for her services. I would highly recommend Susan Hartman when dealing with your legal matters.
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Posted by Meredith | October 22, 2016
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Susan is Fantastic!!!
We hired Susan to expunge a DUI as my client was traveling to Canada (and you can't go there with a DUI). We didn't have much information on the DUI so with little information Susan got all the history and got the charge expunged from my client's record. She was very upfront and clear about the process, so we were never left wondering what has happening. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, courteous and kind. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Julissa | September 4, 2016
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Highly Recommend
The Law Offices of Susan Hartman helped me during a stressful time in my life. I was dealing with a DUI in a different county and still had unresolved and current legal issues in San Diego. She represented me while I was away. She is not only knowledgeable but also very understanding. My case in San Diego was resolved by her representation and am beyond grateful for her services. I would highly recommend Susan Hartman when dealing with your legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2016
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Best DUI Representation
Words can't express how grateful I am to have had Susan represent me during this difficult time in my life. From the moment Susan took my case I felt a great sense of relief because I knew that she would represent me in the best light possible. She explained to me clearly and precisely what the processes of a DUI hearing were and the possible outcomes as they pertained to my case. Susan always kept me informed of the law processes and made sure that I understood what she was working on for my case. What struck me most was what a professional and yet caring person she is. She not only helped me get through this on a legal level but personal as well. No doubt about it, you are in the best of hands with Susan when she represents you.
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Posted by Rafael | February 8, 2016
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DUI
Ms. Hartman was very professional and informative. There was not a time that I did not know or understand what was going on. I live outside of the area so her constant communication, from phone calls to e-mails, was very much appreciated. She made sure I received copies of all documents related to my case. She even worked with me during financial difficulties. I will forever be grateful for that and for her handling my case so well. I would definitely recommend utilizing her services as I have dealt with attorneys that were not as professional and informative as Ms. Hartman and was only left feeling like my case was not handled properly.
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Posted by Robert | November 14, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Susan is Smart AND Does Extra Stuff!.....
I called her out of the BLUE about the sentencing components of my DUI case .......Basically gave me half an hour as a professional courtesy.....She speaks quickly and clearly.....If she was appearing with you, you'd be in good hands......Can hardly believe I'm personally recommending a lawyer!..
Posted by Belinda | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Pleased with My Outcome
I retained Susan's services as a result of a DUI charge. There were a couple of concerning factors in my case that I believed having representation and someone knowledgeable in DUIs could help tremendously in my situation. Initially I was hesitant to retain Susan because of her fees. I chose to consult with other attorneys whose services were less, but was not very pleased with what they had to say. The attorneys I spoke with seemed more willing to accept what the city attorney would offer rather than seek alternatives to accommodate my day to day activities of work and managing a single parent household. What truly won me over with Susan was that she took the time to discuss multiple outcomes of my case and what she would do to ensure it would be reasonable and attainable so I could continue my regular day to day activities. Meeting Susan prior to my court date was even more reassuring. She provided multiple scenarios in the direction of my case may go and what she would do to come to a reasonable decision. On my actual court date, Susan kept me well informed and communicated with me throughout the day. When the agreement was negotiated for my case Susan confirmed if I wanted to proceed prior to moving forward. I was provided with a thorough closing letter informing me of everything I need to satisfy the case. Overall considering the circumstance I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. I would highly recommend Susan to anyone that is in need of a DUI attorney.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Susan L. Hartman
  • 2010 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Offices of the Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Sole Practioner
  • Susan L. Hartman, Attorney at Law
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Sarah W. Wellington
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of San Diego, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Hiv/Aids Clinic
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of New Mexico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. J.F.
  • Early termination of probation and expungement granted. Client was subsequently able to enter and relocate to Canada.
  • People v. A.M.
  • Case dismissed.
  • People v. G.G.
  • Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Greater San Diego Business Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Gay San Diego
  • 2016
  • Certificate, DWI Detection and FST's Student Course
  • La Pier & Associates
  • 2015
  • The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2005
  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2002
  • Trustees' Scholarship
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2002
  • National Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2002
  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2002
  • Trustees' Scholarship
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2001
  • National Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2001
  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2001
  • National Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2000
  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2000
  • Law Review
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 1999
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • University of New Mexico
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Hartman is an aggressive and impassioned advocate for her clients. Your matter could not be in better hands. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sue is a good person and a good attorney. I'd trust her with my friends and family and I wouldn't hesitate to call her if I needed assistance for myself. You're in good hands with her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a friend and colleague. Highly respected and a responsible attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Sue to be an extremely dedicated advocate for her clients. Her knowledge of the law, willingness to fight and the personal care she affords each and every client makes her a valuable asset in the legal community. I would highly recommend Sue to anyone facing a legal issue."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this Attorney Hartman. Over the years, I have come to respect her character and integrity in the courtroom. She is a tough litigator that knows her way around the courtroom. You cannot go wrong with Attorney Hartman on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a fabulous criminal defense lawyer in San Diego, that has the ultimate respect of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar. You can't go wrong hiring Susan."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a battle tested warrior for her clients that will not back down until she flushes out all issues. She is someone that fights every step of the way and knows what she is doing. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Susan is a tenacious criminal defense attorney who goes the extra mile for her clients both in and out of court. We've worked together on cases in which the client's are accused of criminal misconduct and have a professional license (which our firm protects), and I have first hand knowledge of her competence and diligence!"
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San Diego DUI and DWI Lawyer Susan L. Hartman
Susan L. Hartman
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 20 years
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