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Jennifer Sarah Zide

DUI and DWI Attorney at Ventura, CA

4.9   11 reviews

also known as Jennifer Zide

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    18 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Specializing in defense of DUIs, drug charges, domestic violence, fraud/theft cases and other misdemeanors and felonies. Caring, personalized representation; dedication to protecting your individual rights; and reasonable rates that make private representation possible for everyone

    18 years

     At my office, we care about you as a client and as a person. We are dedicated to protecting your freedom and your individual rights. I am a native Californian with family roots in Ventura. I grew up at Lake Tahoe before attending New York University undergrad and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. In private practice in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for over seven years, I have developed expertise and experience working within the criminal justice systems of both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

     Both as a deputy public defender and in private practice, I have represented clients charged with Driving Under the Influence and other driving-related offenses, fraud/ theft, crimes of violence, resisting arrest, and drug crimes including possession for personal use, possession for sale, and transportation, all with excellent results. From dropped special allegations in clients' DUI cases to getting clients residential treatment in lieu of time in prison, we stand by our clients and fight to get them the best results. In recent case victories for clients facing drug-based charges, I successfully argued for a one year residential treatment program for a client instead of close to seven years in prison and, in another case, won my client facing multiple drug-based violations the chance to successfully complete a three month residential drug treatment progam (with 3 month sober living follow-up) in lieu of what would have been a three year prison commitment.

     My trial record includes: Hung Jury in favor of the defense for a client charged with Driving Under the Influence in a .11/.12 DUI with an accident (case subsequently dismissed); Hung Jury in favor of the defense for a client charged with Felony Drug Possession and Transportation (case subsequently dismissed); Not Guilty for a client charged with felony domestic violence (jury trial); Not Guilty for a client charged with theft (court trial).

     As a Deputy Public Defender in Mendocino County, I gained extensive experience representing clients charged with driving under the influence, drug offenses, domestic violence, theft/fraud, and a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony charges. I also received the "Fly in the Ointment" award from the Mendocino County Criminal Defense Bar Association for tireless advocacy on behalf of my clients.

     At my office, we honor the service and sacrifice of members of our U.S. military, enlisted and officers, active duty, reservists, and veterans, with special retainer options. We also believe in supporting legal advocacy on behalf of animals through the Animal Legal Defense Fund and making sure that young people in our community have free access to music education and a positive music-making environment with the Notes for Notes program at our local Ventura Boys and Girls Club. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we stand by our clients and we give back to our community.

     For more information, please visit our website or Ventura DUI Attorney Jennifer Zide on facebook.





Jennifer Sarah Zide
950 County Square Dr. #111
Ventura, CA, 93003

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4.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Omar n | May 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best service I have ever received in my life I couldn't be any happier with the service assistance and communication I would recommend to all speak to her and she will guide you to success it was exceptional
Posted by Carl | July 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
She's like family member you call when you need legal support "Dui"
She's like the family member you call when you need legal support. DUI, I honestly can't say enough about her, Amazing is one word I could use to describe her. Her rate was very reasonable, was able to sit and explain things for me and how it all works. Very knowledgeable about Ventura county's system. We were able to create a game plan and execute it. She gave me very reliable information, suggestions and what to avoid. Getting a DUI is tough enough, hiring Jennifer made it very easy. Weather it was talking me through the process or referring me for insurance to getting signed up for work release. Jennifer was there the whole way, and made her self available to work with my schedule. She was able to get my sentence reduced and get my legal life back on track. Couldn't of done it without her..
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Response from Jennifer Zide July 28, 2016
Thank you so much! I'm happy I could help and be there for you.
Posted by Chris | October 8, 2015
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Outstanding Lawyer!!!
Our son got arrested for a DWI offense in California and living in New York we had no idea who to hire as an attorney. After flying out to California we found Jennifer Zide on the Internet. With our son we met with Jennifer shortly afterward. She was able to keep our son out of jail and reduced his sentencing to just work release, alcohol education and fines. I highly recommend Jennifer Zide because besides being a skillfull attorney, she is a compassionate and caring individual.
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Posted by Nicholas | October 8, 2015
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Jennifer Zide goes the extra step to get best possible result
Jennifer Zide is very attentive and took care of matters promptly . This allowed me to continue work and resolve court issues simultaneously. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case, she fought to get me the best possible deal against many odds. I felt informed while not being overwhelmed by the circumstances. Thank you Jennifer
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2015
Highly Recommend
She is an amazing person and lawyer! She always keeps you up to date on your case and she will fight hard for you and all for a reasonable price. I highly recommend Jennifer Zide she is the best and will directly communicate with you.
Posted by Lawrence | June 21, 2015
Dedicated to clients, military and civilian
With a lot of hard work and a very reasonable price Attorney Zide took on my case, effectively getting me the best results I could ever hope for! While I was in the military I needed help, Ms. Zide worked with me around the almost non-stop schedule of military life. Recently, as a civilian, I required her services again. Attorney Zide always is professional, prompt and very knowledgeable. She truly cares about her clients' lives as well as their legal matters. I will always recommend attorney Zide to anybody who needs legal help.
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Posted by Ravil | May 14, 2015
Amazing person and lawyer!!
Jennifer zide is such an amazing person and lawyer who handle the the cases great like how she handled mine, I got the resolution I wanted instead of spending time in jail and she'll always keep you posted on what's going on with your case.. She also took care of my insurance problem for no additional charge.. I recommend her to other other people who's looking for a great lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2010
Very Highly Recommended
Jennifer Zide did a great job with my case. I was not sure that hiring a lawyer would be worth the expense, but she was affordable and absolutely worth every penny. She was available to talk with me when I had questions and worked to get me a deal that was a hundred times better than what the court would have offered me had she not been on my side. She was knowledgeable, assertive, and really went the extra mile to walk me through every step of my case. I would highly recommend her services to anyone that wants someone reliable and kind-hearted in their corner.
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Posted by David | June 28, 2010
Great Representation
I had the chance to have Jennifer Zide represent me in a DUI/Possession case and she was Excellent. She battled for our deal that the judge wasnt going to give but she hung in there even when I saw the judge shut down quickly all of these other Attorneys with their 3000 dollar suits on trying to get even worse deals then mine before we went before the judge.(I got the best deal that day with a DUI and I even got a good deal on the possession where its off my record in 2 years) She was aggressive and unfazed by the judge. I am so glad I had her with me in court that day. If you want an attorney who will still help even after court is settled then call her because she is the best and argues in court for you like no other. David
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Posted by Andrea | June 24, 2010
There when you need someone
Jennifer Zide is very dedicated to her clients. As a person she is very kindhearted. You can always count on her. When I needed her help she gave me her personal phone number so that I could reach her at any moment and speak to her about the case. If you do not speak english, she will look for a translator. She is passionate about helping others and has an astounding amount of patience. I do not hesitate when I recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Todd | March 1, 2015
Calm During The Storm
Jennifer was very helpful during a tough time. She was calm and understanding while the process moved forward. The resolution was as expected, but I was happy with Her communication and her positivity while I was struggling through it. Now that is it far behind me, I'm appreciative of her approach and her ability to be my advocate while no one seemed to be. She was knowledgeable and provided solid communication throughout. I would recommend her.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • Law Office of Jennifer Zide
  • 2009 - Present


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. J.R.: Client Received No Custody Time in DUI case
  • No Custody Time in DUI
  • People v. N.L.: Domestic Violence Charge Reduced, Probation Only, Exception Granted for Shorter Classes
  • Domestic Violence Charge Reduced, Probation only, no custody time, an exception outside of the statutory requirement awarded by the court as to classes
  • People v. T.M.: Client Found Not Guilty in Theft Trial
  • Not Guilty at trial
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  • Ventura-Loreto Sister Cities Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Ventura Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Notes for Notes, Ventura
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Fly in the Ointment Award
  • Mendocino County Criminal Defense Bar Assn.
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (35)
Endorse Jennifer
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Zide is a valuable asset to this community. Her dedication to the law and her clients is admirable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a hard working, passionate and ethical lawyer that truly cares about her clients. I recommend her highly,"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is highly knowledgeable. I recommend her, without any reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jennifer in DUI defense and of course would encourage you to get a consultation with her before selecting the attorney to represent you!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is someone you want on your side when being accused of a crime! She knows her way around the Court system and the law. She is an incredible advocate for her clients and will go the extra mile to see that justice is served. When you need someone on your side that will fight for your cause, look no further! I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a dedicated and very capable fighter in the DUI arena. We need more like her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"Jennifer has an extensive amount of experience and is a compassionate attorney. Jennifer has achieved tremendous results for her clients and has earned the respect of her peers. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney look no further than Jennifer Zide, I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Friend
"I take great pleasure in endorsing Jennifer Zide. Jennifer is a tenacious lawyer in Ventura County dedicated to fighting vigorously for her clients. She is a devoted advocate who has a broad range of experience in defending criminal cases. She cares deeply about her clients and is passionate about providing them with the best possible defense. She does so by working tirelessly and meticulously for them. She is a great advocate to have on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. Far too often, people place their trust in attorneys only to learn that, either because of lack of experience or dedication, they fail to get desired results. Jennifer is not like those other attorneys. She's in a league all her own--especially when it comes to DUIs. She's my go-to referral in her area of CA."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a hardworking and passionate criminal defense attorney in Ventura County. She always works hard for her clients and is available to them. Jennifer has much experience in criminal defense and has an outstanding reputation in the community.I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer takes initiative. She is an excellent lawyer. She has a personal touch to go with her innate ability to be aggressive in court."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer Zide is a passionate, hard-working attorney with great knowledge in her chosen area of practice. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, she has fantastic experience fighting for her clients. Being a public defender is often a thankless job, but there is no better place to learn how to be a great litigator. Ms. Zide has shown the compassion and professional skills that any client should be looking for when hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Zide several years ago. I find her to be professional, smart, compassionate and committed to the rights of her client. I highly recommend Jennifer to anyone that needs a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jennifer is one of the most knowledgable and compassionate criminal defense attorneys I know. Working with her in the same firm, I've had ample opportunity to observe her at work and see the dedication and commitment she devoted to every client. She let nothing stand in the way of making sure her client's rights are protected and obtained the results merited in every case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer Zide is one of the most ethical and knowledgeable attorneys in the area of criminal defense. She consistently produces great results for her clients and is passionate about advocating for their rights."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is one of the best DUI & criminal defense attorneys in Ventura. She's been practicing a long time, and really knows how to get her clients the best deals. She's also a very compassionate person and cares about her client's constitutional rights and keeping her clients out of jail. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
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Ventura DUI and DWI Lawyer Jennifer Sarah Zide
Jennifer Sarah Zide
DUI and DWI Attorney
Ventura, CA
Licensed for 26 years