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Richard Wagner

DUI and DWI Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

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  1. DUI and DWI
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    25 years, 2,200 cases

24+ Years Professional Legal Experience. Former Prosecutor. Dedicated DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney Richard Wagner offers professional representation and proven methods for effective DUI criminal defense with a unique and insightful perspective on the California Penal Code and California Vehicle Code and related criminal laws. An intelligent, overly prepared, and tirelessly dedicated attorney, Richard Wagner earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and law degree from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. 

In law school, his academic achievements included serving on the Law Review, being awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.  Mr. Wagner’s work experience in law school included serving as a law clerk with the Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Edward Wallin (Ret.), California Court of Appeal, in Santa Ana, California.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Wagner worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the third largest municipal law office in the country.  During his tenure as a deputy city attorney, Mr. Wagner prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including drunk driving cases.  He also was a speaker at the Los Angeles Police Department, Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP) on Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony Training, and for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). 

Since 2002, Mr. Wagner has been in private practice, where his criminal defense practice has included an emphasis on criminal defense and drunk driving cases in state criminal courts and administrative suspension/revocation hearings before the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2006, he presented a lecture, “What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving” at Whittier Law School.

Mr. Wagner is one of the few dedicated DUI defense attorneys who has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.

Mr. Wagner managed the Orange County office for Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman, where he learned how to aggressively defend clients accused of DUI and other criminal charges throughout Southern California courthouses. 

Mr. Wagner represents privately retained clients, as well as, listed by Los Angeles Superior Court as an Attorney authorized to accept court-appointed cases through the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program (ICDA).  

Mr. Wagner has handled thousands of Southern California criminal defense cases, resulting in excellent results for his clients, including not guilty verdicts, acquittals, dismissals, and reductions of charges.

Mr. Wagner won a jury trial in Newport Beach for a woman accused by the Orange County DA of DUI in Corona Del Mar.  In another, he got a man’s DUI dismissed who was accused by the Los Angeles DA of DUI in the Compton Courthouse after two jury trials ended in mistrials.

In another DUI case, Mr. Wagner won a jury trial in Whittier for a man accused of his second DUI, defending against evidence put on by the LA District Attorney of his client causing a traffic accident, failing FSTs, and having a blood test result that came back at 0.19%. 

Mr. Wagner’s victories include a complete dismissal of felony charges for his client facing significant state prison time and lifetime drug registration accused by the San Bernardino District Attorney of second degree commercial burglary, transportation of marijuana for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale in the San Bernardino Superior Court.

Mr. Wagner also convinced the LA District Attorney to dismiss serious sex felony allegations in Bellflower, avoiding serious prison and sex registration for his innocent client. 

Mr. Wagner is admitted to practice law and defend clients in the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, in all state courts throughout California. He has successfully represented clients in criminal and DUI cases in Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, San Bernardino, Riverside, Tulare, Imperial, and San Diego Counties.  Mr. Wagner has even been hired to defend clients in Georgia, Idaho and New Mexico.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and the California Public Defender’s Association. 

Awards

Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys Client Satisfaction

Location

The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation
7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618
The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation
24881 Alicia Parkway
Ste., E-351
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2023
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Fantastic Attorney
Mr. Wagner is the best! He helped me every step of the way with my case! He always makes himself available anytime and answers promptly! He fought for me every step of the way and made it less stressful! I absolutely recommend Mr. Wagner for your legal needs!
Posted by Tracy cabrera | August 24, 2022
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Tracy cabrera
Mr Wagner was always available, informative. We were kept in the loop at all times. I would highly recommend his service and would use him again.
Posted by Jerry | July 13, 2021
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An angel on the devils playground
Mr. Wagner fought my DUI Case by filing my expungement which was dismissed! After being treated unfairly in an illegal arrest and risking having my record tainted, I reached out to him regarding my lamentations and personal story. He listened, clearly discussed the possibilities and showed empathy while maintaining professionalism with integrity. I can’t explain the happiness I have from receiving the good news from Richard. I recommend his business because he showed me results and God affirmed that the work of his hands is blessed. Beyond thankful to Jesus Christ for Richard Wagner!
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2020
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Never had to appear in court
Fantastic attorney! DUI case was dismissed and I never had to appear in court
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2020
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The Best
I got my first DUI Feb. 2020. Never been in any trouble. I was scared & didn't know what to do. I googled "DUI attorneys" & I entered my information. Less than 2 mins later I get a call from the Law Offices of Richard Wagner. I spoke with a very nice lady named Rasha who reassured me that I was in the best hands & that he could take my case. I never go with the first option but I did in this case & the price was very reasonable & it was the best decision I ever made. Mr. Wagner was right on my case & handled everything I needed to have done. He appeared at my DMV hearing & got that dismissed. Now I'm just waiting on my court case. He communicates very well & always makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. He has very good experience & knowledge. Thanks Mr. Wagner...you're AWESOME!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2020
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SGS
Dear Mr. Wagner, I’m writing to thank you for being there with me every step of the way through this scary and stressful time. After my entire case was dismissed I feel as though my life is back on track, and I can continue living my life with peace in my heart. I KNOW that my case wouldn’t have had the same outcome if I hadn’t relied on your expertise and professional representation! I cannot recommend you more highly, and will be forever grateful you!
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2012
Client Experience
I am very grateful to Richard Wagner. He did an awesome job defending me throughout the trial. In court, Richard talked about the law, science, facts of case, and convinced the jury to find me not guilty. Richard definitely knows how to successfully defend a DUI charge in trial. Thanks to Richard Wagner, the DUI charge against me has gone away like it never happened and I got my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2011
Results over & above what was expected
A family member was facing 5 serious counts against them, one carrying a strike if convicted. Richard worked with the court, judge & prosecution & 2 of the charges were dropped, including the charge that carried the strike. He negotiated a sentence that was much less than expected & took care of everything as the family was not able to attend. He called before the court date to explain the process & hopeful outcome. He called directly after the deal had been made,giving a detailed account of what occured & how our family member was. His work is impressive and his experience & expertise was top notch.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2009
CEO DISCOUNT TUXEDOS
Mr. Wagner helped me out of an impossible situation. He was forthwright and sensative about my situation, and used his knowledge and expertise to get me the best deal possible.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2009
Great Representation
From our first meeting with Richard Wagner I knew we had the right attorney. He explained our DUI case and options to us very clearly . Once we signed on with him he took control and did all the work. After a couple of months the plan he layed out for us unfolded flawlessly which ended up in a case dismissal. We can't thank him enough.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 55 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney Myles L. Berman
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Wagner & Zielinski, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Prosecutor
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • Chapman University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Violation of Criminal Protective Order - Case Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • Domestic Violence - Case Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • 2nd DUI .19 Blood Test - Not Guilty - DMV Suspension Overturned
  • Not Guilty - Acquitted at jury trial
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Independent Defender Program
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Dean's Award For Academic Excellence
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 1998
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 1996
  • Law Review
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Random Lengths News
  • The Crime Fitting The Description
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day at Whittier Law School
  • What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving
  • 2006
  • Trial Advocacy Project (TAP)
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2001
  • Trial Advocacy Project (TAP)
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2001
  • Trial Advocacy Project (TAP)
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (88)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Wagner is a tremendous advocate. I have known him for several years and can attest to him work!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wagner is a talented, experienced, and skillful criminal defense attorney. He has a solid reputation for employing the best possible strategies to exploit the specific weaknesses in his client's cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I considered Rich a mentor when I became a lawyer. He is an excellent attorney. I have also worked with him on many cases and would absolutely recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Friend
"I have know Richard a long time and he is an excellent attorney!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor he has one huge advantage. "they know that he knows what they know". This coupled with his education and contributions to local law enforcement training uniquely benefit him and you as a prospective client. Read the reviews. If you are in or near Irvine give him a call first for a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wagner is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Wagner. I've recently had the pleasure of working with Richard on an out-of-state criminal case. His knowledge of the law is impressive; his ability to calm rattled clients equally so. Richard is dedicated, thorough, and persistent in his pursuit of justice for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard will get the job done right."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"While I have never met Richard personally, I feel that I know him well as we worked together across the country on a case in which I served as local counsel. We had several conversations and strategy sessions, and Richard was always pleasant and easy to work with. His reasoning is sound, and his abilities solid. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again. - McP"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Rich is the type of lawyer that can't sleep until he knows he has done everything in his power to help his clients. In the arena of criminal law, there are two types of lawyers. Those who care enough about their clients to continue to fight the good fight, and then there are those lawyers who don't. Rich operates with empathy and respect in pursuit of the best resolution available - and is the most technically proficient attorney I know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've ready many of Mr. Wagner's responses to questions on AVVO. His responses are knowledgeable and concise, and he is a valuable contributor to the legal community. I endorse Mr. Wagner without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rich is a fantastic attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wagner is the type of attorney that promotes our profession. He is 100% dedicated to his clients and relentless is his advocacy of their interests. Not only does he work tirelessly to ensure his clients rights are protected but he also has that personal touch which engenders trust and confidence from his clients. Rich Wagner is the real deal."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wagner goes the distance for all his clients. He is dedicated, educated, aggressive and smart when it comes to defending his clients. He is a great coach to have on your team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Wagner is one of the hardest hitting trial attorneys that I have had the pleasure and honor to know over the course of my career. Richard will never settle for second best when it comes to securing a favorable outcome for his clients. When a prosecutor is unwilling to be reasonable when negotiating a plea agreement, it's go time for Mr. Wagner. He will not hesitate tell the judge to call in the jurors and get the ball rolling for trial. Moreover, Richard is one of the most prepared defense attorneys that I know. When he comes to court he comes armed and ready to go with pretrial motions and a plan of attack. If you're looking for an attorney who will really go to bat for you and protect your rights at all cost, then Richard is the attorney for you because he brings the fight to the prosecutor. I cannot recommend Richard highly enough."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard Wagner as a great top choice when searching for your lawyer in DUI or regular criminal law. Interview him as one of your top three choices and I'm sure you'll see he is the one you want on your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wagner is a tough, devoted advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wagner is suberb advocate for his clients. He has a mastery of the law and more than that he knows how to effectvely present his client's case. Mr. Wagner is respected and liked by the prosecution which allows him to acieve successful results for his clients. In shore, he is an effective advocate who achieves successful results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Irvine DUI and DWI Lawyer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
DUI and DWI Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 25 years
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