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Virginia Louise Landry

DUI and DWI Attorney at Laguna Hills, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    34 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    34 years, 1,000 cases

As a graduate of Western State University, Virginia L. Landry has grown her legal career over the past 28+ years. She quickly realized that criminal defense, particularly DUI, was her passion. As a fierce advocate for her clients, she never backs down from a fight and knows how to secure positive results on their behalf. Ms. Landry has handled countless DUI cases and is well-versed in the laws surrounding these charges. She has been Board Certified in DUI Defense, is a Regent for the National College for DUI Defense, and has received her certificate of instruction so that she can train others on DWI detection and standardized field sobriety tests used by law enforcement. With such a rich background in DUI, she is truly a premier DUI attorney in the Orange County area.

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Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
23046 Avenida De La Carlota
Suite 125
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653


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Posted by Ashley | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cant express how grateful I am for this entire office of lawyers and a team that truly cares!
I personally want to take a moment to share my gratitude. The office of Virginia Landry and the entire staff has tremendously helped me. I got my DUI, which was a felony due to the BAC and the fact there was an accident. I was terrified of what the entire outcome would be. As soon as I entered the office, i was treated as family. My stress lessened and I instantly knew that i was in great hands. They thoroughly explained the details of my case and instantly went to work. Apparently, they are very well respected in the court system. They did all the footwork for me. I still know that I made a huge mistake, but with their help, it definitely lessened the blow of what the judge could have and would have laid on me. This took place back in 2011, and with successful completion of all required by probation, they went back to work for me and got it expunged. Which, may not always be the case, but they did it. Now i am able to have this fresh start for my daughter and I. I can now go to school and get into the medical field, or there are so many more opportunities. Thank you all that were a part of this journey and always being so prompt and understanding. Thank you for helping change my life again, but for the best. I appreciate you all!
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Posted by Drew | October 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Second DUI Charge!
In July of 2014, as a 22 year old, I was arrested and charged, unjustly, with a DUI. This was my second DUI arrest, which is obviously a potentially serious and definitely stressful, situation for most to encounter. My first DUI arrest was four years prior, in July 2010, which I was later convicted for in February of 2011. I fulfilled all court requirements for that conviction, and learned my lesson thoroughly. My second DUI arrest happened in July 2014 and was not filed against me until December of 2014. I researched various DUI lawyers following my arrest, and consulted with multiple lawyers regarding my case. I decided to hire Virginia's firm after my consultations, and I must say I was fully satisfied with their thoughtful care in handling my case from start to finish. To expand on details in regards to my case, I was charged with a combination DUI, which includes drug impairment in combination with alcohol. The drug I was accused to be impaired by was marijuana, upon which I learned, through Virginia's expertise, that there are two levels of usage detection which are examined. The two levels of usage detection consist of: (1.) inactive marijuana chemical presence, & (2.) active marijuana chemical presence. Inactive chemical presence is considered long-term chemical presence, and does not, by itself, classify a user as currently impaired. Active chemical presence, on the other hand, can classify a marijuana user as "impaired," or "intoxicated." My blood results showed both inactive and active levels of marijuana chemicals, therefore, I was considered to be driving while "intoxicated." My BAC level was just .04, which is under the legal limit to drive, but my active marijuana chemicals in combination with those minimal alcohol levels, were what enabled the prosecution to categorize me as a "DUI." The major issue was that I never actually drove my car, but since I was technically behind the wheel of the car while the engine was running, at the time of the CHP officer's intervention, I was able to be legally classified as the driver of the car. I never intentionally moved the car, I only switched seats from the passenger's seat into the driver's seat, while the initial driver who caused the CHP to follow and stop my car, did the opposite (switched out of the driver's seat and into the passenger's seat). The real, true driver was given a driving citation for driving my car without an active driver's license. Since she was obviously the driver, and I only rode along as passenger, and switched into the driver's seat only after the initial driver's hysterical demand for me to switch seats with her, following our being pulled over, I had an optimistic place to begin my case in court. My lawyer (Virginia) essentially argued that I was never the driver of the vehicle, and took the stance that I was merely "defending my property," which is typically seen as an acceptable defense in court. She filed motions to suppress evidence, which essentially prevents the prosecution from using any evidence against me, that was obtained after we were stopped by the CHP. I was argued to have never been the "driver" of the car, and therefore, I could not have been charged with any driving offenses. Virginia handled all of my court appearances, with exception of the final appearance, in which I was required to appear in front of the judge. In this appearance, the Orange County District Attorney agreed to dismiss my charges altogether. At this point, in June 2015, all my worries disappeared, and I was able to carry on about my life without any worries of legal troubles. I was fully satisfied with Virginia's handling of my case, and highly recommend this experienced attorney to anyone facing DUI charges, or other various criminal charges. She has a wealth of successful experience in the industry, and should be at the top of your list if you're in the market for a defense lawyer.
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Posted by Michael | May 31, 2013
A million thanks to Virgina L. Landry
The Law Offices of Virgina L. Landry is the best. They got me out of jail on what's called the "ScramX" program, which is basically home confinement plus alcohol monitoring, which I believe is going to save my life. I'm 25 years old and got my third D.U.I. From the moment I retained their services, they made me feel comfortable and confident that everything was going to be all right. Given my circumstances this was a massive feat. They answered all my collect calls from jail and went above and beyond what I expected. In the courtroom they fought as hard as they had to to get the best deal for me and they succeeded in doing so. I would still be sitting in jail for a long long time if it weren't for them. My gratitude to them is never ending. Thank you so much.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2013
Thank you Ms. Landry
I contacted many lawyers during my initial research. My issue was a regulatory DMV matter, with which I got responses ranging from no return-calls to quick hang-ups. When I called Virginia Landry, she treated me like I was the most important call of the day. She listened carefully and respectfully, and then gave her straight forward opinion and input on my case. Her knowledge was very impressive and hit on all the points that I was concerned with. I highly recommend calling her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2012
Excellent lawyer and fantastic legal support team.
In late October of 2010 I was pulled over and arrested for a DUI with a BAC of .17 in LA county, around the South Bay. I had also been accused of speeding and swerving beyond the standard DUI codes. Naturally I was terrified and completely overwhelmed by the situation. I did my due diligence and researched several lawyers in both LA and OC who I met with and discussed my case. They all were successful attorneys and very expensive, but something about them didn't feel like a right fit. Finally a friend recommended Virginia's office. He had acquired a DUI charge when he was young and then some time later was pulled over again with another DUI. Unfortunately he obtained a 3rd DUI while the 2nd was still open which you can imagine is an extremely serious situation. Virginia's skill and savvy resulted in absolutely no jail time for my friend and a very agreeable resolution to a series of events that could have ruined his life forever and had long reaching consequences preventing him from having the success he enjoys today. After hearing that experience I called Virginia and related my turn of events. She spent time thoroughly answering my questions and letting me know that due to the speeding element I stood to have an additional "enhancement" added to my list of charges which entailed jail time (which the other lawyers had mentioned but had not gone into the same detail over), which was especially unnerving as I already had been charged with a BAC over 2x the legal limit. This obviously alarmed me; however Virginia assured me she would do everything to ensure I was taken care of and she did not disappoint. I did not have to show up to any court dates, both my DMV hearing and my court case in LA were entirely taken care of and I received a standard DUI, without any enhancements, only 3 months of DUI classes and a restricted license with the addition of a Ignition Interlock device. The matter remained private, no one in my family or at work found out about the incident as Virginia's office made the process as painless as possible, consequently I didn't have to miss a day of work and had the security of knowing I was in good hands. I must also mention that Virginia's paralegal Lorena Hughes was such a patient and helpful member of her team and the support she provided was an incredible help. She constantly kept in contact, helped assuage my concerns at every point of the case, worked with me to ensure all my documents were taken care and even continued following up a year later to ensure that my fines/fees were all applied and resolved properly. I can confidently say that if you choose Virginia's legal office you will be more than satisfied with the results of the verdict and the quality of service provided along the way. This is especially true if you are being charged with a BAC of .16 or higher and have other elements of your case that carry severe penalties in addition to what is faced with a standard DUI. I have recommended her to several friends and hope whoever is reading this will consider my positive experience with her office as a reason to pick Virginia's office to represent them.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2011
Outstanding professional service and genuine care is what the staff of Virginal Landry’s office specialize in. My experience has
Outstanding professional service and genuine care is what the staff of Virginal Landry’s office specialize in. My experience has been extremely pleasant and everyone on her staff is to be commended for their dedication to their clients. A special thanks is extended to Suzie, for all her compassion and concern during our stressful time with my sons’ dui.
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  • Retainer Always
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
  • 1989 - Present


  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc.
  • Certificate programs
  • 2005
  • Western State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Manning v. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Drivers License Reinstated with Precedent


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Regent
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2003 - 2011
  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1992
  • Law Review
  • Western State University of Law, Fullerton
  • 1985


Speaking Engagements

  • NCDD Summer Session Boston, MA
  • First Person Opening Statement
  • 2011
  • CPDA DUI Defense Practice
  • DMV Issues on DUI Cases
  • 2011
  • WOCBA Meeting
  • Legal Updates for DUI's and DMV hearings
  • 2010
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Luncheon
  • Nuts and Bolts of a DUI Case
  • 2009
  • Ridin' Dirty Radio Show
  • Weekly discussions via talk radio
  • 2009
  • CACJ Rules of the Road
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Hearings
  • 2007
  • CPDA Annual DUI Seminar
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Hearings
  • 2007
  • WOCBA Could It Happen to You?
  • What to Know When Handling or Facing a DUI and DMV Hearing
  • 2005
  • Chapman Law School
  • Driving Under the Influence "A Primer"
  • 2004
  • CDLA A Unique Approach to DMV Hearings
  • How to Take on the DMV and Win
  • 2003
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Department of Motor Vehicles, Yes Virginia You Can Win These Things!
  • 2003
  • OCBA Bridging the Gap
  • Driving Under the Influence and DMV Administrative Per Se Hearings
  • 2002
  • OC Paralegal Advisements
  • Driving Under the Influence and DMV Administrative Per Se Hearings
  • 2001
  • 2001 Annual Meeting of the California State Bar
  • Deuce-A-Rama, Steering Clear When Representing the DUI Client
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (8)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney and extremely knowledgeable in the area of DUI defense. A colleague that I truly admire. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Landry is a very respected lawyer. She stays current on the law by attending numerous seminars, and she uses that knowledge to effectively advocate for her clients in court. You are in great hands if you retain her for your matter. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia is a leader in the legal community and is very well-respected by judges, prosecutors and fellow counsel. She possesses advanced knowledge in DUI defense, and leverages her depth of experience, trial skills, and consummate reputation to consistently deliver fantastic results for her clients. I strongly recommend her!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Landry is truly the DUI Queen of California. She is nationally renowned as an expert in the field of DUI defense. Her firm's decades of success is nationally known within the DUI defense bar. Wholeheartedly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia is very skilled and readily shares her knowledge with fellow attorneys."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.This lawyer has an expertise in DUI defense. By attending DUI seminars throughout the year to keep up on the latest in the law, field sobriety testing, blood testing, and breath testing, this attorney is an asset to the clients. This lawyer is a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was privileged to have Attorney Landry as my instructor at the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test course in October 2013 as she is one of the nation's best DUI defense attorneys. She has a wealth of DUI defense experience to draw upon. This experience is reflected in praise from clients for her zealous work and praise from other attorneys for her professionalism and skill. Attorney Landry consistently serves as an excellent role model for other professionals for her approach to law practice by her knowledgeable, competent, aggressive representation of clients and impeccable work ethic. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia is a smart, hard-working criminal defense attorney and one of the rising stars of DUI defense. Watch this space!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Landry is a respected member in the legal community. He is a pillar in the National College of DUI defense. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I attended a seminar on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing at which Virginia was an instructor. I've also been a fellow member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, of which Virginia has been a VERY active and well-respected participant. I've found her to be extremely dedicated, knowledgeable about any DUI-related issues, and she is a very engaging and comforting lawyer. Any client would be lucky to have her as an advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Other
"Virginia Landry is an awesome DUI lawyer. Met her at Harvard DUI seminar. She taught me much about opening statements in DUI trials. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently had the opportunity to meet Attorney Landry at the NCDD Summer Seminar. As Regent for the National College of DUI Defense, Virginia is highly regarded around the nation as one of the best DUI attorneys in California."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Virginia Landry when she was a student in the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor course that I was co-teaching with Robert La Pier. Virginia Landry was one of the top students in the class and is now a NHSTA Qulaified Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor. Virginia Landry is a very knowledgeable DUI attorney and is a good person as well. I higly recommend her as an attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia is a true warrior. Her reputation as a skilled DUI attorney extends well beyond the state of California borders. I am from Oklahoma and can attest to her knowledge, ability, dedication, and will to fight. I trust in her for guidance and help, I know you can too."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia Landry is a one of the premier DUI defense lawyers. Unlike other DUI firms, Virginia Landry will represent you in both your criminal case as well as your administrative hearing with the DMV to save your driver’s license. I would highly recommend Virginia Landry for any of your legal needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over 10 years now, and as an annual attendee of two to three national DUI defense seminars, I have been privileged to get to know many of our nation's finest DUI defense attorneys. Virginia Landry is undoubtedly amongst this select group. Her reputation for professional excellence far exceeds the borders of California. Her reputation as a well trained, experienced, ultra talented yet deeply compassionate, DUI defense attorney is not only national but matched by very few. I proudly and loudly endorse Virginia Landry. The citizen accused could be in no better hands. Period. The fact that she is a dear friend is but a bonus."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a Founding Regent of The National College for DUI Defense,I have had the pleasure of observing Virginia Landry for sixteen years in both the summer trial college sessions and winter programs. During these skill building events Attorney's are called upon to demonstrate skills of our profession and to teach/share ideas to foster growth for Attorney's across the country. Virginia has always been a leader,innovator and teacher in all these sessions.Virgina's reputation is for her hard work.high degree of professionalism and compete dedication to her clients. I certainly highly endorse Virginia Landry to one and all."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Virginia Landry is the premier DUI defense lawyer in Orange County. There is no one more dedicated to providing aggressive and personalized legal counsel to clients in Orange County. If you are someone you know has been arrested for a drunk driving offense, ranging from a first time DUI to a felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter, call Virginia Landry. You will receive the guidance and representation that you need in the face of your DUI charges. Her firm will provide legal counsel both in criminal court and atyour administrative DMV hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles."
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Laguna Hills DUI and DWI Lawyer Virginia Louise Landry
Virginia Louise Landry
DUI and DWI Attorney
Laguna Hills, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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