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Matthew Ian Terry

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   32 reviews

also known as Matt Terry

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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After enlisting in the Marine Corps, Mr. Terry went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from California State University, Chico in 2003. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in May 2009 and passed the California Bar Exam two months later.

Mr. Terry began working with one of the high-volume top-tier DUI defense firms after spending the entire summer following his first year in law school watching jury trials in the San Diego courthouse. Throughout law school, he worked full time at the firm while attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law in the evenings.

Eager to get in the thick of the action, Terry began arguing DMV administrative hearings daily – literally cross-examining dozens of police officers & civilian witnesses every month. As he sharpened his advocacy skills, he began winning DMV hearings that many considered to be un-winnable. Word of his ability spread: local firms began to approach Mr. Terry, asking him to train their employees in his unique approach; other firms hired him outright, to argue on behalf of their clients on a per-hearing basis.

Mr. Terry continued to excel at oral advocacy, becoming certified by the State Bar under the PTLS program, arguing (and winning) multiple motions to suppress evidence (resulting in full dismissals), writs of mandamus in civil court (against the DMV) and even arguing before the Court of Appeals – the very day he found out he passed the California Bar Exam. He second chaired multiple DUI trials; misdemeanors and felonies.

In July of 2010, Terry graduated from the National College of DUI Defense Summer Session, held at Harvard Law School. He has since graduated from the rigorous summer program in the following two years: 2011 and 2012. He actively participates in continued training with the various NCDD events. In April of 2011, Terry graduated from La Pier’s rigorous DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course; he is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests under NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

  Terry Becomes Partner Within Five Months of Becoming an Attorney

 

Once an associate attorney and trial lawyer for Cole Casey’s firm, Mr. Terry continued to argue the gamut: jury trials, DMV license suspension hearings, pre-trial motions and appellate matters for the firm. In May of 2011, the associate became partner: the two lawyers decided to create Casey & Terry, LLP – an exclusive DUI Defense practice.

Terry Launches His Own Firm

 

Though both attorneys never lost a jury trial in the following months, Mr. Terry decided to step out on his own and launch the Law Offices of Matthew Terry, APLC. The focus continues to be on DUI cases, jury trials with an expanded approach to appellate matters and writs of mandamus. His practice continues to be fully committed to excellence in advocacy. He is usually found in the midst of a DUI jury trial.

The Terry Firm is now re-writing the rules of client representation in terms of comprehensive, rigorous advocacy. Attorney Terry has been described as “obsessively diligent” and “committed to excellence.” He describes his life path as being a never-ending pursuit in mastery of craft and person.

* Terry was nominated for the San Diego Daily Transcript “Outstanding Attorney” award in both 2011 and 2012.

 

** Terry was featured as “Rising Star of the Month” in June 2012 by Attorney Journal San Diego.

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Location

Law Offices of Matthew Terry, APLC
11622 El Camino Real
1st Floor
San Diego, CA, 92130

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Reviews

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Posted by Matt | April 6, 2019
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Dui client
Matt represented me to the full extent. He helped get me through a really tough time and gave me excellent advice and made me feel like all was good as things were falling apart around me
Posted by Brett | April 3, 2019
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DUI help
Matt was a huge help with my duI. I’ve used a couple lawyers and was recommended Matt Terry to handle my case. As much as it is a pain getting a duI, Matt’s energy and proactive approach was a huge breath of fresh air. He was extremely helpful in breaking down my situation and explaining the steps needed to complete my case. I would completely recommend Matt Terry.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2019
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Great guy, awesome results!
I received 2 duis within the first 6 months of living in San Diego, 3 months apart from each other. I was referred Matt by a friend and he was able to help me get the cases combined and the end result was that I only have 1 dui showing up on my record. I was very happy with his professionalism, attitude and candor when discussing the case. It could have gone a lot worse, but I’m extremely grateful for Matt’s help with the case.
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Posted by Gregory | September 7, 2017
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Amazing
As difficult as it was professionally and personally, I contacted Mr. Terry to represent me....as a law enforcement officer with a DUI. Matt provided excellent services and helped me through the most trying time of my life. I don't know where I'd be without his legal expertise.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2017
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Professional and remarkably knowledgeable
When my son got his DUI it was going to ruin his career that he worked so hard to start. To say we didn't know what to do or where to turn was an understatement. Matt Terry came highly recommend by a friend. During our initial consultation Matt treated us with respect and relieved some of our undeniable fears. We could tell right away that he wasn't just knowledgeable in his profession but that he really did care and took our case seriously. Matt went to bat for us like we were his only client and took the time and effort to not only get the charges dropped but most importantly make sure our son was able to keep his job with no future repercussions. We couldn't have hired a better lawyer for my son and are forever grateful to Mr. Terry.
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Posted by Dennis | November 22, 2016
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When you need an expert...
Matthew Terry's expertise is exactly what I needed. He is a professional every step of the way and I felt comfortable in his hands. He was well prepared for my case and knew exactly what to do and expect at all times. I strongly recommend him for anyone in their time of need.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
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A consummate, trustworthy professional
We found ourselves with the very scary and intimidating need to consult an attorney we could trust to effectively represent our interests. We were very fortunate to have been referred to Mr. Terry. He immediately made us feel comfortable with his genuine concern for our situation and for doing the best for us. He is clearly knowledgeable and experienced but what most impressed us was his down-to-earth approach. He did not talk down to us and explained our options in terms we could understand. He embodies all the qualities one desires in an attorney. We are very grateful to him and would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Patricia | March 16, 2016
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Best Attorney
First of all, this is the 2nd time I have hired this attorney. The first time Matt Terry was able to reduce my sons DUI to a wet wreck less, which only stays on your record for 3 years which is much better than a DUI. The 2nd time we hired Matt Terry, he had a felony reduced to a misdemeanor. The best part of all is once classes are taken for 3 months he will have no criminal record, he also got the least amount of probation for this case. If you want a winning attorney I would highly recommend Matt Terry he is the best in town and will give you the best outcome for your case.
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Posted by Will | March 2, 2016
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Outstanding Professional Attorney with a Personal Touch
I could not recommend or thank Matt enough for the outstanding representation I received... After one conversation, I knew hiring Matt was the right thing to do and I was blown away by the results. I knew I was getting an established attorney with a deep experience level, but what sets Matt apart is how he combines his professional skill with the personal touch and care you'd expect from family. I made a bad decision, and decided to drive after drinking and was arrested at a checkpoint with a BAC of .12. I called Matt and he was frank, yet optimistic about reducing the charge and ultimate dismissal so I could move past this dark spot on my record. Matt delivered, getting my dui reduced to a wet reckless with a probation of 3 years... After 18 months, Matt filed a motion to early terminate probation and dismiss the charge (all included in his initial hiring). It was a very dark time for me but I was able to move forward because of the above and beyond services that you'll only get with Matt Terry.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2015
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Creative thinker and great advocate
Matt is a fantastic attorney. I was referred to Matt by my first attorney, who ended leaving his firm. From day 1, Matt was more engaged in my case than my prior attorney (who was a very highly rated former prosecutor). Matt took the time to understand my situation, and negotiated a great deal with the court, over the prosecutor's objections. If you need someone that will listen to you situation, fight vigorously for your rights, and come up with creative strategies to resolve your case favorably, Matt is your guy.
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Posted by Kristopher | June 1, 2015
Dedicated and Loyal
I've worked with Matt for over 5 years. I've assisted his DUI clients with their Sr22 filings and walked them step by step through the DMV process. I've never once had a client of his be unsatisfied and a matter of fact they have amazing things to say about him. This man is not afraid to go to trail and will fight to the end for his clients. I'd recommend him to any friend or family member of mine for sure.
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Posted by Will | March 18, 2015
A Highly Professional, Extremely Diligent and Very Trustworthy Attorney
Highly professional, extremely diligent and very trustworthy attorney is how would summarize Matt Terry's approach to my son's case. I would definitely recommend him to any of my family and friends. We are truly fortunate to have him during our time of need. Thank you Matt for your hard work and steadfast dedication!
Posted by Will | March 18, 2015
A Professional, Diligent and Trustworthy DUI Attorney!
Matt Terry is a highly professional, extremely diligent and very trustworthy attorney is how would summarize his approach to my son's case. I would definitely recommend him to any of my family and friends. Our family is truly fortunate to have him in our time of need. Thank you Matt for your hard work and dedication!
Posted by Kare | November 10, 2014
THE BEST DUI ATTORNEY IN SAN DIEGO
It was sort of a given how remarkable he was the moment I met him. He was there for me before money was even mentioned. He fought hard for me, knowing the hardships and heartaches I've been through and am still going through. He is diligent, informative and tenacious to the end. I couldn't recommend anyone higher. He's your man.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Errors in the Police report found by Matt
I recently got arrested for a DUI and I was referred to Matt Terry by a friend. He has helped many people in San Diego with DUI cases. Matt scheduled a DMV hearing right away. On the day of the hearing I was impressed With his aggressive knowledge of the law.Matt found a few errors in the police report and I am hoping that the charge gets dropped and there is justice. Thank you Matt for all your help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
Highly Recommended
Matt is one of the most eloquent and passionate individuals I have had the pleasure to meet (unfortunately due to an undesirable incident). His tenacious diligence brought to light how I was victimized. Matt always took the time to make sure my questions were addressed in a timely manner, and was constantly optimistic and enthusiastic about how things progressed. At a dismal time in my life, Matt proved to be a very powerful presence and I would highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.
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Posted by David | March 21, 2014
Matthew Terry is the best DUI lawyer in San Diego
During my DUI case Matthew Terry gave me hope when I felt there was none. I had consulted with multiple lawyers before him. The first thing all other lawyers discussed was money. They made me feel like there was very little that could be done to help my situation. Matt on the other hand gave me options, put my mind at ease and talked to me like a human being. My case involved an accident with another vehicle, a very high BAC and witnesses. I was looking at multiple offender charges, jail time and no chance of having my charges reduced. Matt was able to reduce my charges with no jail or public service. Matthew Terry is the real deal. No gimmicks. Give him a call if you're in a bad spot. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Carolyn | February 4, 2014
M. Terry is the best DUI lawyer in San Diego!!
Matt Terry was an amazing lawyer to have, I was first referred to him by a friend. I decided to call him for a free consultation. I am very young so the pricing was a little high for me but he was very understanding and allowed me to make my payment in installments. Being that this was my first offense he put my mind at ease know that I was in good hands. He did an amazing job with my case as well, so the price was definitely worth it! He fought tooth and nail to get me the best settlement possible. To this day, he continues to assist me when I have questions about fulfilling my tasks for my settlement. I feel very fortunate to have him as my lawyer. I I work full time so it was rather difficult for me to attend court. Matt was able to go to court for me in my absence whenever needed. After every court appearance he attended on my behalf, Matt would follow up with me on any recent developments. Matt is always there when you need him!
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Posted by Geronimo.B | September 15, 2013
Best of the Best for DUI
I recently got a DUI with a .18 B.A.C. That is over twice the legal limit. I was recommended to hire Matthew Terry by a reliable source. One of the best decisions I ever made. Matthew was able to beat my DMV hearing in about 15-20 minutes. The percentage of beating a DMV hearing in the state of California is about 7%. I was able to keep my driving privileges. Matt is a reliable person and always responded to me in a timely manner. Matt was very professional and even gets you pumped up to fight your case. Matthew is the best of what he does. If you need someone to represent you and fight for your rights... Matthew Terry is the man for the job! My court hearing is still on going case but will right a review when done. I highly recommend to hire Matthew Terry. You will not regret it!
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Posted by Allie10 | August 16, 2013
Phenomenal DUI Attorney
Matt Terry is a phenomenal DUI attorney, hands down. Searching for a lawyer can seem like quite the task, especially in a time of overwhelming chaos. I was lucky enough to have received a personal referral from a reputable source who has witnessed Matt's successful results. From the minute I walked out of our first consultation I felt like I could trust him. I valued the fact that he was personable; I didn't feel like I was "just another client." I knew he was genuine because after I hired him he continued to "walk his talk." His passion for the law is captivating and it sure shined in the court room. He handled my case throughout the entire event and there was never a doubt in my mind that he wouldn't defend me to the very best of his ability. Being in this position for the first time was terrifying but Matt made sure that my story got told. I went in looking for results, and that's exactly what I got.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Owner
  • Law Offices of Matthew Terry, A.P.L.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney (former Law Clerk)
  • Law Offices of GCC, A.P.L.C.
  • 2006 - 2010

Education

  • National Criminal Defense College
  • JURY TRIAL ADVOCACY
  • 2012
  • LaPier DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification Program
  • Certification in NHTSA-Standardized FST's
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School
  • DUI DEFENSE
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School
  • DUI DEFENSE
  • 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • California State University, Chico
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Hodges
  • Case Dismissed (All Charges)
  • People v. (Former Military - Private)
  • Military diversion - no conviction
  • People v. Madden
  • Case Dismissed (All Charges)
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • State Delegate - California
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • Rising Star of the Month
  • San Diego Attorney Journal
  • 2012
  • Nominated for Outstanding Young Attorney Award
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012
  • Nominated for Outstanding Young Attorney Award
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Valley Center High School Graduating Seniors Presentation
  • DUI, Drugs & What Will I Do With My Life
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (15)
Endorse Matthew
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Terry is one of the best DUI attorneys in San Diego, hands down. It's always a pleasure seeing him in court fighting for clients. He is not one of those lawyers out to take your money and run; he wants to see you get the absolute best result possible. His passion and drive for his clients, coupled with his legal knowledge (especially on DUIs) makes him a destructive force in the courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt possesses the most knowledge about DUI cases than any other attorney I have met with. This knowledge creates a fear in the prosecutors and administrative agencies when they see his name. As an attorney, I use Matt as a resource. He is definitely an asset to our legal community!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a fierce advocate and I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Terry is an incredibly smart attorney. If your case is an easy one, than most good attorneys can win it. If your case has a few curveballs, loose screws, etc., then you need a master craftsman on the case. Mr. Terry is a master of his trade. Hire him and win."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is one of the most creative and brilliant attorneys you will find in San Diego. He is constantly challenging the government. He takes the time to go through your case with a fine-toothed comb. If there is an issue, he will spot it, identify it, and make it work to your advantage. He is a very talented writer and litigator. If you have the opportunity to see him argue in court, you will know that he is a well-researched and well-educated advocate for his clients, and certainly holds his loyalty and duty to his client above all else."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Beware AVVO ratings. Mr. Terry's rating bears no relationship with the quality of his skills. He is a true legal scholar with a deeper knowledge of the law than attorneys practicing twice as long. More importantly, he matches that scholarship with the passion of a true client advocate. Too many attorneys do their best work selling a client, rather than working for their client. Mr. Terry is one of the top DUI attorneys in town. I strongly endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I am a long time criminal defense lawyer in San Diego. Recently, I asked Matt Terry to assist me in a complex DUI case involving license suspension issues and some aggressive conduct on behalf of law enforcement. His assistance was invaluable and his enthusiasm was boundless. He did a great job. He handled the DMV hearing portion of the case and to my surprise we won. He is an excellent and a dedicated lawyer in DUI cases and I can't wait to work with him again."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I echo the sentiments of my colleagues in regard to Matt. He refuses to be outworked. His knowledge of DUI is top shelf. As a former prosecutor I have seen him in trial and if there was a stone he turned it over. You will get quality representation. I strongly recommend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matt without hesitation. I met Matt a few years ago at one of the national DWI seminars and was immediately impressed by his commitment to excellence and his desire to be the very best. Matt also paid attention during the presentations and attended all of the sessions which told me he is serious about taking care of business and he cares about his clients. In today's tough on DWI/DUI courtroom attitude - you need a well trained and experienced trial attorney. Matt is definitely one of my "go to guys" when I need to refer a case to the West Coast. Tell Matt that the Dude sent you his way and my endorsements don't come easy. Jamie "DWI Dude" Balagia"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a tireless worker and advocate. Further, his wealth of knowledge regarding DUI law in California is first rate. He will fight for you. I have worked with Matt on the defense side and have tried cases against him when I was a prosecutor. I know how strong he is in and out of the courtroom. I endorse him highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Firestorm - that is what Matt Terry is. He out works, out learns, and out lawyers the opposition. He is a dedicated and fierce advocate who truly is about mastering his craft. His approach to lawyering is something he was born with - it cannot be learned. You can learn the law, you cannot learn passion. Matt Terry was born to be a lawyer. To his client's benefit - he has chosen DUI as his area of practice. San Diego is lucky to have him as part of our legal community"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Attorney Terry. I can attest to the fact that Attorney Terry uses his reputation, knowledge and experience to minimize or eliminate the consequences that may come as a result of being accused of a crime. He has a well-earned and true reputation for being a professionally aggressive trial lawyer. Most of all I trust him. I know you will too."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This attorney immediately casts a spell over the room when he performs. One of the most striking communicators I’ve ever seen. I worked daily with Mr. Terry on cross-examination and closing arguments. You can’t teach what he is able to do. Despite obvious talent, this guy does not stop working. It would be unsettling if he didn’t look like enjoyed it so much. Very talented trial lawyer. I endorse Matt Terry without any reservation. "
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a positive, forthright, and enthusiastic person. These attributes have obviously carried over into his practice and, combined with his intelligence, determination, and practicality, make Matt a fabulous lawyer and advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Being a (lifetime) member of the National College for DUI Defense, and WV State Delegate, for over a decade now, I have been privileged to work with and get know many of the finest dui defense attorneys in the country. Matthew Terry is indeed a rising star in our industry heading straight for this status as well. He has excellent work ethic and desire to learn, grow and passionately defend his clients. I proudly endorse Matthew Terry and do so without hesitation. Sincerely, Harley O. Wagner, Esq. - WestVirginiaDUILawyers.com"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt Terry is an exceptional criminal defense and DUI attorney. He is a fellomw member of the National College of DUI Defense and really makes sure he has mastered the latest defenses and trial tactics available to defend his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to a close friend or family member."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Terry at the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner’s course in Irvine, California. Mr. Terry demonstrated a mastery of the subject matter. I also know Mr. Terry to be very involved with the National College for Dui Defense. Mr. Terry is well known to be an excellent attorney and a trustworthy person. If every in the need of a highly qualified DUI attorney I would not hesitate in contacting him. I highly recommend Mr. Terry."
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