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John Wood Bussman

Gun Law Attorney at Fullerton, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as John W. Bussman

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All criminal matters, including serious felonies, DUI, drug-related charges, assault / battery, domestic violence, theft, fraud, elder abuse, sex crimes, weapons offenses and probation violations.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Defending against DUI charges both in court and with the DMV.

  3. Domestic violence
    Defending individuals accused of misdemeanor and felony domestic violence offenses. We also have extensive experience representing both petitioners and respondents in restraining order petitions.

  4. Drug Crime
    Defending against all drug charges, including, manufacturing, distribution, possession and transportation.

  5. Expungement
    Cleaning up old criminal convictions by dismissing cases, sealing records, reducing felonies to misdemeanors, restoring firearm rights, and modifying / terminating probation.

  6. Family
    Representing individuals in dissolution (divorce), child custody, paternity and restraining order matters.

  7. Gun Law
    Restoring gun rights and defending individuals accused of various gun-related offenses.

  8. Sex crime
    Representing the rights of individuals accused of sex crimes.

  9. Violent crime
    Defending individuals accused of various violent crimes, including assault / battery, domestic violence, murder, robbery, criminal threats, gang crimes and weapons offenses.

  10. White collar crime
    Defending against white collar charges, such as theft, fraud and embezzlement.


John Bussman has over a decade of experience succesfully defending against all types of criminal matters, including DUI, drug crimes, sex offenses, domestic violence, assault / battery, probation violations and 3-strikes cases.  He earned his reputation as a thorough and effective defense attorney by striving to consistently deliver outstanding results for his clients.

John is also an expert in the laws regarding restraining orders.  If you need the protection of a restraining order, or if you have been served with a temporary order, call John to discuss your options.

No other firm defends more cases on Catalina Island every year. John Bussman's office is the #1 criminal defense firm serving the Avalon Courthouse.

He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and studied political science at the University of Oregon.  He was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and performed over 100 hours of pro bono service through the University of San Diego's Legal Clinic.  

John Bussman currently practices criminal defense in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange County.  Free consultations and affordable payment plans available. 

Follow John's SoCal Law Blog for the latest legal news and analysis.  


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Contact John

The Law Offices of John W. Bussman
1440 N. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 900
Fullerton, CA, 92835


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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of Breed
My experience with John Bussman as my attorney was more than satisfactory. He was respectful, honest, dedicated, and very easy to work with. I had 2 charges, both misdemeanors but both posing a huge risk to my personal and professional life. Under less than ideal circumstances, he was still able to deliver. At the end of the day, I am a satisfied customer. John Bussman presents tremendous value both financially as well as legally.
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Posted by ES | May 21, 2012
Helpful and Knowledgeable
John was highly recommended to me by a friend. I called left a message and within 2 minutes he was talking me through the proceedings I was going to have to go through. I told him that I already had a lawyer (Bill Kroger) that had done absolutely nothing for me and he still took time out of his day to help me. Did he ask for a fee? No. He was just being a helpful professional. God forbid I ever get a Marijuana DUI again but if I were to ever run into trouble with the Law this is the first person that I would call. Even if he lives in Orange County! ; )
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Posted by David | September 20, 2012
John is a great attorney. He is knowledgeable, honest and very blunt, but thats what you need in a lawyer.Someone who wont beat around the bush.He had my felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. His fees were reasonable and even drove 3 hours each way to the courthouse. Thank you for your dedication John!
Posted by Jonathan | December 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend Mr. Bussman
I was arrested Oct 2021 for DUI after speeding and blowing a 0.00%. The DA never filed DUI charges against me, and I needed help to seal those arrest records one year after the arrest date. The first lawyer I hired: Mr.Dunn, was unresponsive and didn't seem to care about my case. I fired Mr.Dunn. Mr. Bussman responded to one of my Avvo questions, and I liked his accurate answer, so hired Mr. Bussman. Mr. Bussman responded quickly to all of my emails before and after I hired him. Mr.Bussman sent copy of the seal records order when the job was completed. I recommend hiring a lawyer / law firm to complete expungement related issues correctly, and I recommend Mr. Bussman for that job. Thanks
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Response from John Bussman December 19, 2022
Thank you, Jonathan! I'm glad we could help.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Straightforward and thorough answers and information
Consulted on here and he gave excellent advice and confirmed with several comments directed towards me and other lawyers, regarding what the motions my husband was granted can, and cannot do, for him. Appreciate the support and straight forward answers.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I contacted John regarding marijuana laws and licensing questions. Not only did he take my call right away he answered all of my questions over the phone and didn't require me to pay a huge consultation fee. There are still honest lawyers out there who actually are here to help. Thank you John and I will definitely keep your information on file.
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Posted by Ray | July 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Friendly, informative, knowledgeable, and patient.
I contacted John to consult him about a potential criminal charge I might be facing related to marijuana cultivation. After talking with John, my experience with him was so positive while despite my situation not necessarily being positive, I felt compelled to write a review to express my appreciation for his time and patience. When I called his office he took my call immediately and we proceeded to talk on the phone for about 40 minutes. He was very realistic with me about my situation and what to expect. There was no display of frustration or impatience as I continued to ask question after question. He did not make me feel like I was a burden to his schedule, pressured to stop asking questions, or display impatience after deducting that my best course of action did not require retention of legal counsel. He responded to each one of my questions with very detailed and comprehensive answers that demonstrated a deep understanding about the mechanics of the judicial system as well as the marijuana laws which are currently shrouded in grey areas. What really stood out to me was the patience he exuded and his willingness to divulge information without trying to push me to retain his services. He took 40 minutes out of what is probably the busiest time of his day to patiently answer questions for someone whom he has never met, someone who has not committed to his services, and he gave me legal advice without the slightest indication that he expected me to retain him. I have spoken to dozens of attorneys throughout my life and even though my experience with John was over the phone and for a brief 40 minutes it was clear to me that he is cut from a different fabric. I do not know what will happen with my situation and whether I will end up requiring legal counsel but I would recommend John to anyone who wants to get an unbiased, non monetary motivated, no use of fear mongering tactics assessment of their situation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Of The Best
I hired John to help me fight a Restraining Order. John was very meticulous and professional and I was able to beat the RO. I highly recommend John to all my friends and families
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2012
Outstanding Service
Mr. Bussman recently represented me on a minor criminal issue and he was outstanding. He was clear as to the charges, the potential penalties and the procedure. He stayed in touch with updates, reacted very quickly to last minute issues and represented my best interests throughout and, as a result, the charges were dropped. Thank you Mr. Bussman for your representation and your professionalism! I would recommend you to anyone who needs a good attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2012
Thank You Mr. Bussman
After being sued for something I did not do. I had to file an appeal after losing the initial hearing. I had a hard time finding a lawyer who would take my case because I could not afford their fees. John worked w/ me and on very short notice took my case and represented me with pure professionalism. Because of his quick attention to my case, we were able to win the appeal. Thank You Mr. Bussman for helping me when I was down to the wire. I cannot thank you enough!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2011
John Helped Me Out
I screwed up when I was on probation but John went to court for me and got me reinstated. It was great because I didn't have to go to court because I hate going to court.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2011
Bussman Fan
Mr. Bussman was tremendous during the most difficult time of my life. He always treated me with respect and was always honest.
Posted by Greg Rizio | December 21, 2010
Very knowledgeable about the law
I have recommended John to a few of my friends already after the great service I had received. From the very first phone call John was friendly, compassionate yet presented the facts to me about my situation and what needed to happen next. He was with my throughout the whole process, showed up to court on time, and went out of his way to see that my case was presented correctly and that the DA dropped the charges!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • The Law Offices of John W. Bussman
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Rizio & Nelson
  • 2009 - 2012


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • USD Institute on International and Comparative Law
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • American University
  • Certificate
  • 2003
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Legal Cases

  • People v. J.B.
  • Dismissed on defense motion (violation of speedy trial rights)
  • People v. J.M.
  • Dismissed on defense motion (unlawful arrest)
  • People v. A.S.
  • Dismissed on the day of trial
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  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 3 Best DWI & DUI Lawyers in Fullerton, CA
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Commendation for Pro Bono Service
  • University of San Diego
  • 2009
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  • The Criminal Justice Experience, by Professor Laura Berend
  • Alternative Sentencing Options for Non-Violent Drug Offenders (article)
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Chapter Conference
  • Commercial Cannabis Industry
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse John
Gun Law Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Bussman are consistly accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great attorney. He is down to earth but is professional and will fight for your case. He is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney definitely give him a call"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Bussman. He is one of the best criminal defense attorneys that I've come across. He is always willing to go to the mat with the DA's and that has gained him extreme respect from prosecutors, judges and fellow defense lawyers. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Criminal Defense, DUI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a hardworking, motivated, intelligent, and ethical attorney who I am proud to endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for over four years. John is passionate about the law and I know him to be zealous advocate for his clients. I have and would recommend John to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney throughout Southern California."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have worked with John for over a year and he is very knowledgeable, compassionate, and gets the job done correctly. He goes above and beyond and it can be seen in the results that he has been able to produce since joining my firm. I have confidence in John and would recommended him to both friends and family."
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Fullerton Gun Law Lawyer John Wood Bussman
John Wood Bussman
Gun Law Attorney
Fullerton, CA
Licensed for 13 years
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