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Manuel Jess Barba

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Top DUI Defense Attorney Manuel J. Barba is an expert in DUI Defense and is dedicated to defending people accused of DUI, as well as other driving related cases throughout Southern California.


Attorney Manuel J. Barba represents people accused of DUI throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County.


Attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded "The ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS.”  The American Chemical Society (ACS) and its Chemistry and the Law Division (CHAL) awards the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation to lawyers who have met the rigorous criteria and have demonstrated their knowledge of the science related to defending DUI cases.  


The ACS-CHAL designation of Forensic-Lawyer Scientist is the highest form of scientific recognition available to lawyers. It is a milestone and stands as a strong indication that the lawyer not only knows the law but truly understands the science in a fundamental way. 


Currently there are only six attorneys in the State of California who have been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, and attorney Barba is the only DUI defense attorney in the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino County area with the ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist designation.  


Having the ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist designation gives attorney Barba the knowledge and expertise to analyze the proscution's chemical test results and look for errors to help his client's get a better outcome on their DUI case.    


DUI Defense Attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded the AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.  For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the AV® Preeminent™ rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can depend on this important, trusted rating. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary.


In addition, attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded a “superb” #10 rating by, the highest rating a lawyer can receive. 

DUI Attorney Manuel J. Barba is a Specialist member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and is a member of its Board of Directors.  Attorney Barba is also an active member of the National College for DUI Defense, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Attorney Manuel J. Barba has also attended the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, as well as theTrial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba is also a nationally recognized Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Instructor, having completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) / International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Program, and has taught SFST courses throughout the United States to other lawyers.


Attorney Barba is also trained in Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) protocols set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This gives Mr. Barba the specialized knowledge necessary to evaluate arrests made by law enforcement officers for DUI-Drugs and skillfully cross-examine the arresting officer on issues related to drug evaluation protocols.


In addition, attorney Manuel J. Barba has received advanced training in Forensic Blood and Urine Analysis as it relates to testing for Alcohol and Drugs, including advanced courses in Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry at Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. in Chicago, taught by Dr. Harold Mc Nair and Dr. Lee Polite.  Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry are the processes generally used to analyze blood samples for alcohol and drug content.


Attorney Manuel J. Barba is also an expert in Breath Testing Analysis, having attended various advanced courses related to breath testing analysis.


Attorney Barba is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.  A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.


Attorney Barba has been awarded the "Top Lawyers" award by Palm Springs Life Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and again in 2015.  Attorney Barba has also been named a Top Lawyer in Inland Empire Magazine for 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

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