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David Michael Lehr

Criminal defense Attorney at VENTURA, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I only handle criminal defense cases. From DUI to drugs, simple battery to homicide, and every other type of case in between. I am a criminal trial attorney with about 160+ jury trials completed as of January 2021.

    31 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Ventura and Santa Barbara DUI defense for first time, and no record clients, to felony DUI crashes involving death and serious bodily injury clients. I also have extensive experience with both drug and alcohol DUI cases.

    31 years, 20,000 cases

  3. Drug Crime
    Drug sales and possession for sales of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl. THC sales cases are almost entirely gone now with recent changes in the law. I have also helped hundreds of clients find go treatment programs.

    31 years, 5,000 cases

  4. Sex crime
    One of the worst crimes to be accused of whether the client is guilty or falsely accused. Many cases end up in trial and experience is essential. Don't talk to the cops without me by your side.

    24 years, 800 cases

  5. Violent crime
    Whether domestic violence or stranger on stranger violence, I have handled most types of violent cases. The penalties get substantial. I help with gangs, guns, and robberies also.

    30 years, 300 cases

  6. Expungement
    I can help you get your record cleaned up after you are finished with the "live" part of the court case. Not every case can be expunged, but we can talk about your case and the charges that you want to expunge.

    17 years, 100 cases


David Lehr Law
VENTURA, CA, 93003

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Posted by Lacey.W | July 10, 2022
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Best lawyer in America
Dude for real this man is like the gods of all lawyers he js fantastic and honest and 100% real!!! Don't go to any other lawyer this is the man right here he also cares about his clients thanks David
Posted by Brent | January 31, 2020
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Best Attorney Experience EVER!!
David Lehr was absolutely fantastic, and got me better results then what I expected! David is the MOST COMPASSIONATE Attorney I have ever met, and even more awesome, his prices are extremely reasonable! I am beyond satisfied with how great of a job he did for me, I can not recommend him enough! Best Attorney in Ventura County!
Posted by James | November 30, 2018
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You have found your lawyer!
Do yourself a favor and stop looking now! You have found the attorney you are looking for. David was a no brainer decision from the word go. He actually takes the time to listen to you and make you feel like you matter. He always responded promptly and always made me feel like my situation mattered.
Posted by Shawn | October 9, 2018
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Hands down the best attorney in Ventura County
After being charged with 3 felonies and a misdemeanor, my family hired David to represent me. Since this was my diet one being in trouble with the law I was scared of the repercussions that cone with the charges I had against me. David stayed on my case and fought for me for 2.5 years. The outcome was nothing short of incredible. He was able to work with the DA to get my charges reduced to two misdemeanors which will be expunged at the end of my probation. I couldn’t be happier with the results of the case. I even spoke with other highly reviewed attorneys in the area to get a second opinion on my case. Both came to the conclusion that I would have atleast 1 felony and would most likely have to do a few months in jail. The outcome he was able to get me was beyond what I had expected. He has great relationships with everyone in the court, from the corrections officers to the DA’s to the judges, he is well liked and respected by everyone. If you are in trouble in Ventura County I wouldn’t hesitate giving his office a call. He made time for me any time I had questions and even gave me his personal number to reach him if anything ever came up or to get updates on the status of my case. He truly is a great attorney and will fight tooth and nail for you to get the best outcome possible.
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Posted by Alfred Avalos | April 12, 2018
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I was in deep trouble
I was arrested for a huge ammount of illegal fireworks, explosives, illegal assault rifle, and several other things. David was recommended to me by to friends of mine... $5000 later, i only ended up with 60 days jail time and a small fine!! I would hire David again and recommend him to anyone needing an honest, great lawyer!! Thank you David!!
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Posted by John | July 14, 2017
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Recommended without reservation.
My son was working with another attorney and his case was just plain going in the wrong direction. I got him in touch with David Lehr and had David take over the case. David was able to dig into it and get things sorted out and going in the right direction again. What started as a felony with certain jail time coming was turned completely around and the end result was the charges got reduced to an infraction that included only a very small fine. I would not hesitate to recommend David Lehr to anyone that could benefit from his services.
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Posted by Greg | April 23, 2017
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Very Satisfied
Outstanding trustworthy lawyer 5.0 stars David is an immensely skilled lawyer. He acts with great integrity and diligence. He tends to be somewhat pessimistic in his assessments, which is helpful. I find that I can thoroughly rely on his advice and judgment. I would enthusiastically recommend David in criminal defense.
Response from David Lehr May 1, 2017
Thanks Greg! As far as "somewhat pessimistic" is concerned - - - I believe that too many attorneys promise more than they can deliver. I prefer to give best and worst cast options. I plan for the worst and work to obtain the best possible outcome!
Posted by christopher | February 28, 2017
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i was in a scary situation facing 3 years in prison and he got it down to 60 days. not only that but hes so caring hes helping me get into rehab after hes accomplished his job. an attorney that actually cares for the future of his client, not just the moment. highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2016
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Very satisfied customer!
Recently, I required the services of a defense attorney. David was recommended to me. Throughout the whole process, David was supportive and positive. His preparation was thorough. He kept me in the loop and always made time for me when I had a question. In the end, my case was dismissed without going to trial. His rates were very reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2016
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Excellent service!
David knew exactly how to take care of my needs in order for me to have the best outcome possible. He was always very to the point and was able to tell me, without hesitation what it was going to take to get this taken care of. I am beyond grateful for the turnout of my situation. David was able to reach an agreement that I never imagined was possible. Thanks again my friend!
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
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Get the best for your future
It's unusual to find a combination of dedication, knowledge, support and sincere care as Mr. Lehr and his staff. They do what they do best. Law with results. My son and our family are fortunate to have had you on our side when bad decisions were made. Thank you David and Rachel.
Posted by Paul | May 12, 2015
Lehr Law ... Ventura Co. Professionals
My life for the last 30yrs was shadowed by a Felony Violation of Probation Warrant in Ventura Co. With the probation revoked many years ago I faced a certain 3yr. suspended state prison sentence. Over the years,living on the east coast, I retained two separate prominate Ventura Co. attornies. Each reviewed the cases and concluded that the only option I had was to come back and plead for mercy. Last October I hired David Lehr .Today after his lengthy negotiations with the judge, probation and D. A.s office I appeared for the the first time in thirty years on these cases......the result -------- 1 yr. probation & no jail. Thank You David, Rachel & gave me my life back. PAUL
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Posted by William | May 12, 2015
This is a man of integrity, intelligence and honor. Always responsive and willing to help me understand things that are hard to understand. And he stepped up in a manner that protected my family and me. I do recommend him all day.
Posted by Nichole | July 23, 2012
Case Dismissed!
David let us know exactly what to expect with our case. He knew what we wanted and what we were willing to accept. We got the best outcome and I owe it all to him. I would recommend him to anybody that needed a criminal lawyer.
Posted by Rick | March 27, 2011
Great Hands
David was very responsive, professional and didn't blow smoke ... ... ... to get more fees, he managed to get my DUI case dismissed, for 5K, that is priceless in this county. Having spent 500K on lawyers formy defense against the SEC, Feds and the US Justice Department, David's help was a breath of fresh air.. You will be happy you retained him. Rick R 805-705-7055
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Posted by Randy | May 4, 2010
When experience and compassion count!
My family contacted Mr. Lehr from out of state and asked if he would look at my case. From that first consultation in the interview room at the county jail David's jovial personality and professional manner set me at ease. But the most important aspect of who David really is as a person is his compassion for others. Do to my circumstances and not being a resident of Ventura when I was released from the county facility at 11:30 p.m. David arrived shortly after and drove me to a near by hotel so I didn't have to walk the streets that night. I can't say enough about the staff at David's office from the moment I walked thru the front door and with each phone call I make I truly feel respected. Throughout the court proceedings David has always updated and would let me know precisely what was going on. His mannerism in the courtroom is remarkable. I do highly recommend David Lehr and his staff I am very thankful for the services.
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Posted by Travis | January 3, 2010
Don't look any further. I can't imagine a better lawer.
David Lehr represented me in a horrific case of false accusations. After reviewing few different lawyers I decided to go with him for several reasons. Other lawyers to me sounded like a used car salesman during the consultation yet David was very professional, direct, informative and no BS. He has a great reputation. I spoke with a LOT of other individuals who have had legal troubles, David Lehr was the most often recommended Lawyer and he has an excelent track record. During the entire ordeal David always kept me updated and let me know exactly what was going on. I never felt like I was being told what I wanted to hear. His performance in the courtroom is very impressive. I highly recommend David Lehr and am very thankful for the services.
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Posted by Amy | December 15, 2009
David Lehr rated 5 stars
David Lehr not only represented me thoroughly, effectively and honestly but he also gave great thought, concern and insight to my needs. He handled my affairs promptly and I found success in all areas of his dealings. I could not have had a better lawyer. I am forever greatful.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 2007


  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • law
  • 1992
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • 1990


  • Ventura County Inns of Court
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ventura County Inns of Court
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Criminal Justice Attorney’s Association of Ventura County
  • Treasurer
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Ventura County Prosecutors Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1998 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Senior Prosecutor – Outstanding Team of the Year
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006
  • Victims’ Rights Week Prosecutor of the Year
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1998
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He knows the law better than most, and he is compassionate and understanding."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only does David Lehr have brilliant legal mind, but he genuinely cares about his clients. David is honest, kind, and thoughtful. He takes all aspects of his clients' lives into consideration when helping them decide the most appropriate course of action. I emphatically endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Lehr is an experienced, caring, bright attorney. He is an asset to the legal community, and provides his clients with excellent legal representation. I have known him for many years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all my clients with criminal defense matters to David Lehr, and these clients report great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a fantactic, hard working, dependable and experienced criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lehr is an outstanding criminal attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and true credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is reliable and trustworthy. He has helped me out when I needed coverage on a case in his area and I will go to him again if the need arises. Very professional, he serves his clients with the same dedication he showed to me. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known David for several years, and worked with him in Inns of Court. I can't think of a better way to put it than this--David is one of the first people I would call if I or a family member were charged with a serious crime."
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