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Douglas Hugh Ridley

Criminal defense Attorney at Ventura, CA

4.9   30 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Doug Ridley is the primary attorney at "Ridley Defense". We defend all types of criminal matters in all California Courthouses including major crimes, drug charges, domestic crimes, gun crimes, white collar crimes, shoplifting, and more. Mr. Ridley uses his vast experience as a former prosecutor to engage in skilled negotiations with prosecutors and judges. We work with the court to reach the best possible outcome for our clients. Even when guilty, there are many options available that can help!

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Doug's DUI experience includes thousands of DUI files reviewed as a Deputy DA, hundreds prosecuted, and hundreds defended in private practice. Doug "speaks the language" of the court system and is able to work resolutions for his clients that are both creative and significantly impactful on their current and future situation. Doug has an excellent reputation with the prosecutors and the judges that will be making decisions regarding your case.

    23 years, 15,000 cases

  3. Sex crime
    20%
    Doug's last position at the DA's office was in the Special Victims Unit. His experience, compassion, and willingness to help create rehabilitation opportunities for select clients can save lives and families. Doug can help clients remain off sex offender lists, avoid jail, and more in certain circumstances.

    23 years

  4. Domestic violence
    10%
    Doug has handled many Domestic Violence matters successfully. One bad day should not ruin your life. Often times we are able to work with prosecutors to avoid Domestic Violence charges entirely. In other cases we can resolve matters with much better alternatives than proposed sentencing. Doug is an excellent choice for your Domestic Violence case.

    23 years

  5. Juvenile law
    5%
    Doug has handled many juvenile cases with exceptional results. Doug is a bright light in the lives of many youth through his advocacy, community efforts, and charitable work. Doug has helped many kids get back on track! Success in juvenile cases can be complicated; Doug is very skilled at handling those complexities. Doug is a person that you can trust with your child's future.

    23 years

Doug Ridley has experience with thousands of criminal cases and over 20 years in practice. We truly care about you, your family, your future, and your experience dealing with your case. Doug and his team of criminal defense attorneys serve clients in Ventura County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, SLO, Van Nuys, and all California courthouses.

Bringing on the Ridley Defense Team as early as possible gives you the greatest potential for a favorable outcome. Depending on the circumstances, it may be to your benefit to have our office contact the District Attorney’s office prior to your case being filed. Our attorneys have successfully obtained reductions and dismissals to charges before the case is even filed. Ridley Defense will also assist with getting your loved one released from custody, walking you through posting bail or pretrial services.

EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL & DUI DEFENSE LAWYER
If you have been arrested, charged with a crime or are under investigation, then hiring the best criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible can make all the difference in your case. Too many people try to go it alone, thinking their situation is hopeless or that there is nothing that an attorney can do for them. At Ridley Defense, we help to reduce and eliminate criminal charges. We are experienced criminal defense lawyers that fight hard for our clients.

Learn how we can help. Call for a Complimentary Consultation about your case.

Client's Choice 2021
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Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 09/12/2022

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

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Ridley Defense Ventura Office
Ridley Defense Santa Barbara Office
7 W Figueroa Street
Suite 350
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Ridley Defense Moorpark Office
18 East High Street
Suite A
Moorpark, CA, 93021
Ridley Defense Simi Valley Office
2655 First Street
Suite 250A
Simi Valley, CA, 93065
Ridley Defense Thousand Oaks / Westlake Village Office
2629 Townsgate Rd.
suite 235D
Westlake Village, CA, 91361
Ridley Defense Calabasas Office
5023 Parkway Calabasas
Calabasas, CA, 91302
Ridley Defense Malibu Office
29201 Heathercliff Road
Suite 1206
Malibu, CA, 90265
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Douglas received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Mike C. | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best choice I’ve ever made!
I would definitely give a six star rating if it was possible. I really can’t explain how thankful I am to Ridly Defense. At first I wasn’t too sure how to go about getting a lawyer for my situation but this 3rd time around I knew I had to. I was referred by a really good friend of mine who was in a similar situation but even worse. If you’re looking for someone who is gonna fight for you. These people are the ones to call. I want to give a big shout out to Michelle. Not all heroes wear capes. She got me the best deal I could have got. I couldn’t even believe it at first. I was expecting the worst thing to happen to me. I will forever be thankful to Ridly Defense. They treated me like family.
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Posted by Karlis | May 25, 2021
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Respectable, honest and Understanding
The support and honesty I received from Ridley Defense was top notch! My case was delayed for over a year due to COVID but when Michelle came aboard she was on top of keeping an eye out for when my court date was rescheduled. She then proceeded to attend all appearances on my behalf and was very open and honest when she felt that I was given a fair deal. I could not recommend this firm more for any legal services that you may need. Both, Michelle and Brian were very helpful a helping me understand the legal process and were flexible and willing to work with me on a payment plan. As much as I respected their guidance, I hope I will never have to use them again.
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Posted by Alan | May 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Pros
I have worked with a lot of attorneys in my multi-decade career in both the entertainment and "green energy" industries, none better than Doug, Michelle (and associate Brian). I hired them to help me with a traffic incident, where the police thought I was DUI and were looking to press charges. After months of dedicated work, they got all charges dismissed. As it turned out my BAC was .02, but it took a lot of dogged work for Ridley Defense to get through the bureaucracy. They are Pros and probably the best attorneys you could find.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Douglas Hugh Ridley and his incredible team. We did not just hiring an attorney with Doug. We hiring a great team at was there for us throughout the whole process. They were there for us, gave us piece of mind and kept us update. Special thank you to Michelle for checking up on us on a regular basis.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed, great work by great people
Professional, never left me out of the loop, caring, and excellent at their respected job. All of my issues were resolved quickly and satisfactory.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal representation. Would highly recommend.
I retained the services of Ridley Defense after a stupid incident landed me with some pretty serious criminal charges. Like anyone in that situation, I was stressed and anxious and having watched too many prison movies, I was ready for the worst. I called around for a few free consultations just based on a simple google search result for Ventura area lawyers and Ridley Defense was one of these results. I ended up having an incredibly informative consultation with the office manager, Brian, who was more than happy to let me take a day to think things over after we were done. When I decided to move forward with hiring Ridley Defense, I was immediately put in touch with Michelle, who, like Brian, was also incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring. Over the next 1.5 weeks before my arraignment, she scheduled calls for us to check in and made it clear that I could contact her if I had any questions or issues arise. The last time I spoke to her was the day before my arraignment where I admitted I was nervous about the following day, and that was when she asked if I was ready to feel better - all my charges had been dropped. Talk about feeling better! Michelle and Ridley Defense were able to get my case thrown out even before the arraignment, and that was without a doubt the best outcome I could have hoped for. All in all, I can't recommend Ridley Defense enough if you ever find yourself in hot water like I did. I hope I never have to need their services again, but if I do, I know I'll be in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
They took care of everything and made the process for my case painless. Answered all of my questions and made things make sense. Thank you!
Posted by Enrique | April 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michelle Silva
Last year in the summertime I decided to drive drunk inexcusably. In this really strict county, I got arrested for my second DUI. I realized I wanted to hire an attorney immediately, but whom should I hire?  What should I do first? Money was tight, and I knew that due to COVID, I wouldn't be capable of meeting anyone in person. I was recommended to Ridley Defense by a family member. I had called and spoken with Brain, the business manager. He had answered every single one of my questions and also made me feel like my life wasn't over. Immediately after I reached out and ended up spending an hour with Brian, we both went through my case and provided me with precisely what I needed, honesty and guidance. Michelle Silva represented me in my DUI case, and I couldn't have selected a better lawyer. I could indeed inform you, Michelle could very well assist you with every inch of the process. Her recommendation on this unpleasant procedure was made much easier for me by her expertise. Her check-ins with me every week (often many times per week) had me aware of my case and made me feel relaxed and also on the right path. That only goes to show how much she really cares for her clients and as well as there well-being. You could very well feel gradually more confident of your opportunities as you proceed with Michelles' plan. I was very comfortable and reassured of the outcomes after the process came to an end. I was not just happy for a favorable result. I am so proud to say that I'm satisfied as a client, I'm currently back to being employed and participating in a DUI program. She also went above and beyond with assisting me with my application for my ankle monitor as well. This wasn't simple, but worthwhile. Michelle is indeed a lawyer that cares for your improvement as an individual.  I can't really imagine anyone else helping me more! I'm so thankful more than anything else for having Ridley Defense, but most of all Michelle by my side. Thank you so very much Michelle!
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Posted by Robert | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Defense
Doug and his partner Michele S. provided me outstanding guidance and advice in defense of a DUI charge. Michele took the lead and kept me informed during the process and was able to work on my behalf to have my case dismissed after fulfillment of court ordered treatment. Prior to this experience I had never worked with an attorney for any reason however the care and compassion provided by Michele and Doug was much appreciated.
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Posted by Mark | March 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
The team was with me every step of the way. I was contacted regularly to check up on how I was doing. They really do care about you. My issue was dealt with professionally with very positive outcome.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic experience
I am extremely pleased I chose Ridley Defense to represent me during my DUI case. I had the pleasure of working closely with Michelle who expertly guided me through the entire process. She is a very kind and attentive lawyer and I felt that she always gave her full undivided attention to my case. I was pleasantly surprised at how often we spoke and at how easy it was to get in touch with questions. She made sure I was fully informed at all times and provided great advice when requested. Additionally, it was clear that she understands the law inside and out and I believe I received the best representation possible. I would highly recommend both Michelle and Ridley Defense!
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend! Very professional!
Doug and his team are very responsive and professional. I have used them twice now and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a criminal defense or DUI attorney.
Posted by Rita | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney around
I recently hired Ridley Defense to represent me when I found myself in an unfortunate legal situation due to a DUI arrest, and can honestly say I was 100% thrilled with their work. They truly know the court system and were able to get me the best possible resolution. They treated me with absolute respect and kept me informed every step of the way, even if it was just to tell me that there was nothing to report. They thoroughly answered all of my questions and helped me through an otherwise terribly uncomfortable situation. They kept me calm while giving me the best possible legal representation, and I could not be happier with the work they did on my behalf. I would recommend Ridley Defense without hesitation.
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Posted by A | December 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Effective, efficient, and kind.
Everyone at this firm is incredibly helpful. I called with an inquiry with no real intention of hiring an attorney. Then wound up hiring them to take care of an old matter. The price was fair and the results were excellent. I worked with Michelle. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service from Ridley Defense
Doug and Michelle took what could have been a really bad situation for us and turned it into something more manageable. We felt confident that they were representing us properly during all phases of the petty theft case. Michelle kept me informed of the status of the case, even calling me as she was leaving the courthouse on many occasions to give me the latest news on how the case was progressing. They were ultimately able to negotiate with the DA a much lighter sentence for the shoplifting charge, which was never disputed by us, to something that was much easier for our family to handle and manage. I highly recommend the services of Ridley Defense and trust that they will provide quality legal advice and service for anyone that comes through their doors.
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Posted by Stephanie | August 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Town
The Law office of Douglas H. Ridley is amazing!! Wish I could give him 10 stars! They really care about each and everyone of their clients. Doug and his team helped reduce my DUI tremendously. I am very happy with the results after such a scary experience. Michelle was always there for me if I had any questions or concerns. Thank you Doug and Michelle wouldn't be able to do it without you! :)
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Posted by Melissa | March 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A friend by your side!
I have worked closely with Doug for the last three years. I know him on both a personal and professional level, and continue to be amazed at the lengths he will go to in service of his clients. Not only will he stand in the face of adversity in the court room and ensure his clients' rights are upheld, but he is a consoling and compassionate individual who will put forth the energy needed, and has the extensive knowledge to reduce the anxiety of someone who has made a mistake. I have consulted with him regarding friends who were in need of some guidance, and he was more than helpful in a time of need. As a mother, should my child make a bad decision, and find himself in a situation where he needed someone by his side legally, Doug would be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doug Ridley
Doug Ridley and Michelle Silva have not only adept with DUI matters, they guided me through every process, and returned my calls promptly, They explained what we were doing, gave me a timetable, and release of worries. In short, I found Doug and Michelle to be not only excellent attorneys, but a compassionate team. In short, I found Doug Ridley nd Mihelle
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Posted by Tom | March 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
I highly recommend the entire team at the Law Offices of Douglas H Ridley! They provide incredible insight and develop fantastic strategies to benefit their clients tremendously. They handle cases with care, confidentiality, and precision. Even really good people make mistakes sometimes. In those times, good people absolutely deserve to have the highly sophisticated advocates at the Law Offices of Douglas H Ridley on their side!
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Posted by William | March 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A friend in time of need!
Doug Ridley is an experienced defense attorney. His passion for his work and his clients is evident! His law firm provide much-needed reassurance, and guidance during one the worst of times in my young life!. He took the time to listen to my concerns, and assured me that he could help! Help me he did, all charges were dropped before I knew what was happening. Thank you for your excellent work! Do not hesitate to hire Mr. Ridley, it is money well spent!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Ridley Defense
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2004

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 1998
  • CSU Fullerton
  • Master's Degree
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • The People vs. Shaun y Stanistreet
  • Got Decision Reversed in State Supreme Court

Associations

  • Provisors
  • Group Leader
  • 2012 - Present
  • Provisors Professional Network
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • FAST Magnet School Booster Club
  • President
  • 2008 - Present
  • Moorpark Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Calabasas Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Rotary of Moorpark Morning
  • Charter President
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Trusted Advisor
  • San Fernando Valley Business Journal
  • 2016
  • Trusted Advisor
  • San Fernando Valley Business Journal
  • 2015
  • East County Favorite Law Firm
  • Ventura County Star
  • 2014
  • Hometown Hero
  • Moorpark Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013
  • Small Business Award
  • United Chambers of Commerce
  • 2010
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Moorpark Chamber of Commerce
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI for Law Groups
  • DUI CLE
  • 2017
  • DUI for Lawyers
  • DUI CLE
  • 2016
  • DUI Facts
  • DUI CLE
  • 2016
  • DUI Executives
  • DUI CLE
  • 2016
  • Rotary Club
  • The Basics of DUI
  • 2015
  • High School
  • The Law when you turn 18
  • 2015
  • DUI Bar
  • DUI CLE
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (21)
Endorse Douglas
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is an excellent lawyer who handles cases with the utmost professionalism. More than that, he wins. I give him my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ridley is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very effective at getting a good deal for his client, and walking the client through the traumatic processes in the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Doug is an excellent lawyer. His work ethic is extraordinary. Doug has a unique ability to communicate with a listener. Whether it be a jury or a judge, Doug is effective in convincing his listener to see it his way. Whenever one of my clients needs an expert in criminal law and superior representation in a criminal matter, I make sure they call Doug."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is the type of attorney that you hope never to need but truly are glad to know when you need him. He is a former prosecutor and so he knows the ins and outs of the other side. You may not need him now, but you will be glad you know him if the need should ever arise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer! Mr. Ridley provides thorough, compassionate & zealous representation for his clients. He will explain your rights, responsibilities & will be there for you in your time of need. He has incredible character & I highly recommend him if you need an Attorney for criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is very knowledgeable in the areas he has chosen to practice, and knows the criminal justice system very well. He is also a very active member of the community, and knows what it means to "give back"."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Doug when we were both fellow prosecutors in the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. He was both an aggressive prosecutor and an ethical advocate. As a defense lawyer he has taken his extensive trial experience and used it to benefit his clients. He has the respect of the legal community and is a leader in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug Ridley is a good man and better lawyer. If things look bad he is the kind of lawyer you need. He is competent and professional. I recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Caring and tenacious advocate, as well as a former Ventura trial DA."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ridley is extremely intelligent, hard-working, trustworthy and well-spoken. He is committed to his clients and to what he does. I have referred clients to him in the past and he has treated them with the utmost professionalism and respect. I strongly endorse Mr. Ridley."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug has everything you need in a criminal defense lawyer: On the legal side, Doug brings the doubly valuable experience he gained from his years working as a prosecutor. On the human side, Doug has the compassion and understanding you need from your lawyer when undergoing the extreme stress of criminal proceedings."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a straight shooter and a class act. His experience as a former deputy district attorney is a real plus. Definitely recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug Ridley is a quality person and lawyer. He is an invested member in the community and someone I refer to with confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowing his background and reputation as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Ridley will be receiving all of my criminal matter referrals for Northwest Los Angeles and Ventura counties. I know his clients are in good hands."
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Ventura Criminal defense Lawyer Douglas Hugh Ridley
Douglas Hugh Ridley
Criminal defense Attorney
Ventura, CA
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available