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Peter Matthew Depew

Criminal defense Attorney at San Luis Obispo, CA

4.9   44 reviews

Licensed for 9 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the process to prevent a criminal conviction or driver's license suspension can be complex. A lawyer experienced the both the Superior Court and the DMV can help.

  3. Expungement
    10%
    In California, many felonies and most misdemeanors can be expunged from a person's record as soon as the probation period is over. If a charge is dismissed retroactively, a person can truthfully say they never suffered that conviction.

  4. Juvenile law
    10%
    Juvenile law applies to young children and teenagers—usually defined as less than eighteen years old, depending on the state. Minors accused of breaking the law are processed under a juvenile justice system. This system is completely separate from th

  5. White collar crime
    10%
    White collar crime defines a criminal activity committed without using violence. Examples include insider trading, insurance fraud, tax fraud, securities and investment fraud, and identity theft.

  6. Cannabis Law
    5%
    Criminal defense as it pertains to the cannabis law of California.

  7. Military law
    5%
    Military law attorneys have experience with The Uniform Code of Military Justice, which is the law that applies to members of the armed forces. Military law attorneys prosecute or defend troops court-martialed in cases of discipline or disobedience of a lawful command.

US ARMY VETERAN - PEPPERDINE LAW GRADUATE - CLERK TO THE SUPREME COURT OF RWANDA'S CHIEF JUSTICE

Peter Depew is a veteran of the United States Army, a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, and a former clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. He is a member of the Surfrider Foundation’s Legal Issues Team and enjoys all things involving the Pacific Ocean.

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Licensed for 9 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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The Law Office of Peter Depew
1119 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Peter received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by david | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Decision
I wish i had more then 4,000 characters to write about the outstanding work Peter Depew has done for me but I will get straight to the point. In a time where i made the worse decision of my life and got behind the wheel while intoxicated, i made up for it by making the BEST decision and hiring Peter Depew. He offers a great payment plan and has already served us as a United States Veteran. By now you have already gotten about 50 letters from attorneys in your mail box, some printed on fancy paper assuring you how they are the best choice. Don't get fooled, if you want a true professional who has already once before put his life at risk to serve us please hire Peter Depew. You will get text messages with updates and ensure you that you are in good hands. He even offered to give me a ride to my court case 3 hours away. I can not thank him enough, he is not only an American Hero as a patriot but he is also the best choice.
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Posted by Ann | November 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was eager to write a recommendation for Peter Depew as he was exceptional. My relative's case was possession of a firearm which was a violation of his probation. Because of my relative's initial charge of possessing firearms (Peter did not handle this case), we weren't sure what the outcome would be. I was so impressed by Peter's respect, compassion and honesty. Peter was always punctual for court appearances and presented well in court. He communicated with me promptly. Most importantly, Peter was empathetic. He advocated for my relative as if it was his own family. My relative was given a considerably light sentence. Words cannot express my deep gratitude and respect for all Peter has done. I highly recommend Peter Depew!
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Posted by Derek | July 1, 2021
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Great Lawyer
Peter Depew is an excellent choice for representing his client’s. I hired Peter Depew and he went above and beyond fighting for me. I got my felonies reduced and wiped off my record with an expungement. He looked for every option possible. He went back to court for me a few times. I have had others just kind of give up without a fight. He searches for the ways needed to get the job done. I would highly recommend Peter Depew. Hope this helps someone else in need searching for a really good Lawyer.
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Posted by Brittney | June 9, 2021
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Would reccomend for all your legal needs
Peter Depew was very professional, knowledgable and timely in helping me with my case. I couldnt have gotten through what I did without his help. He awnsered each phone call and or called back quickly and obviously knew what he was doing. MONEY WELL SPENT!
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
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increible
Increible servicio brindado por Peter Depew desde un principio me dio mucha confianza y tranquilidad es un gran profesional que se ha preocupado y me ha dirigido paso a paso en mi proceso y me ha mantenido al tanto todo el tiempo. definitivamente recomiendo a Peter Depew tiene un servicio con una gran preparacion al detalle y con exelente profesionalidad.
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Posted by Jeff | February 5, 2020
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Great guy
Free consultation. Very understanding an helping of my questions. Took the time to explain what the outcome could be based on different scenarios. Willing to negotiate with payment to obtain. All in all very knowledgeable on the case number I had called about.
Posted by KH | October 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Aggressive!
Peter Depew is absolutely amazing! He is experienced and knows the local DA’s, and judges in San Luis Obispo. He’s smart, proactive and he will attack your case aggressively. He is responsive and approachable when it comes to communication. Charges fairly. In addition, he genuinely cares about his clients and approaches each case in a non-judgmental way. You want him on your team. Very good for military members. If you are having legal challenges, don’t hesitate. Call Pete!
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Posted by Laurie Gardner | September 11, 2019
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Hired Attorney
Peter Depew is an amazing lawyer. More importantly, he is a genuine, caring, down to earth, honest man. Prior to hiring Peter, I spoke with a few other lawyers in town, since there was only a handful who handled Pardon requests. However, after initial contact with Peter over the phone, I immediately knew he was the lawyer I wanted and needed to help me with my legal burden. He was both professional and empathetic during the course of our consultation. Immediately after hanging up with me, he went to the courthouse to review my case file. He then called me back within a half hour and walked me through the entire process, step by step. He was very well organized, knowledgeable, and passionate. He always returned my calls and texts promptly when I had questions or concerns. Through the whole two-year process, he kept me informed of any and all progress in my case, which gave me a sense of trust and relief. I was one of seven people to receive a pardon from Governor Newsom, and only the second person in San Luis Obispo to ever receive a full Governor’s Pardon. If you have legal concerns, trust me you want Peter Depew on your side. My name is Laurie Gardner, and I highly recommend Peter Depew for all your legal needs.
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Posted by Crystal | June 25, 2019
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Client
If you’re looking for lawyer. A good one. Someone to fight for your side I highly recommend Peter Depew. I had a great experience with Mr. Depew he was caring and so professional he did a excellent job handling my case. I was very satisfied with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2019
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Wonderful Criminal Lawyer
I would highly recommend Peter Depew for any criminal matter you may be facing. Peter is extremely responsive, caring, and easy to work with. It was clear from the outset of his representation that he is well versed in both the procedural side of the criminal system as well as the law itself. Peter achieved a highly favorable outcome for my case and charged a reasonable fee to do so. Criminal matters are stressful by nature and Peter was a god send during difficult times. I would highly recommend him to not just my friends and family but others as well.
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Posted by David | June 20, 2019
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Outstanding service by The Law Office of Peter Depew
Peter Depew is excellent. I found myself in trouble while visiting SLO from where I live, 6 hours away. I had no idea where to turn since I didn’t live in the area. So, based on the positive reviews for the Law Offices of Peter Depew, I figured that I should at least call for an over-the-phone consultation and hope that I could get a “feel” for the services that he would provide. Boy, the reviews were correct. He treated me like a person and didn’t look down at me. We spoke of strategy and possible outcomes, but the whole time he was realistic and informative. We agreed on the terms and I hired him. Throughout the course of my court dates, and because of the nature of my charges, he solely represented me without requiring me to make the 6-hour trip to SLO. He kept me informed all of the way via text, email, and phone and I was never left wondering what was happening. He explained his decisions and strategies so that I felt like we were a team versus him just going to bat for me. In the end, a deal was made with the prosecution that was too good to be true, let alone too good to pass up. I feel as though we won my case however even if my outcome wasn’t as good, my review of the Law Offices of Peter Depew would be the same. Mr. Depew was earnest, helpful, caring, sincere and fair. Not traits that you would normally state about an attorney. In a time that was pretty scary to me, he gave me confidence that I would get the fairest treatment and outcome possible. Thank you Peter Depew.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer
Mr. Depew: Professional, compassionate, and a great communicator. Very organized and detailed with a case that implicated factors that could easily have a unfavorable outcome and a nightmare for client and family. He explained, walked us through the process and asked us to be patient, legal cases can take long to resolve. The future of a young individual placed on a lawyers hands, we trusted him, the outcome was 100% better than expected, he delivered way more than he promised. I highly recommend Mr. Depew, if you ever have to deal with any legal matters, he is very knowledgeable and takes pride on his work, he delivers!
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Posted by Nate | April 25, 2019
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He is great!!
Peter was great to deal with! I had a case in California that was never fully handled 15 years prior. He assured me he would do his best to get this case dismissed. He followed up very well after every court visit. I was glad to have this finally resolved and put to rest. I had called several other lawyers prior about this case but am glad I went with him!! Peter is very professional and displayed great empathy with my situation. Thank you sir!
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Posted by Ed | January 28, 2019
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Outstanding service
I can't recommend Pete Depew highly enough! For my court case, I had no idea what to do or where to turn. Pete always took the time to explain all options and what he felt to be the best course of action. Every time I had a question, he would respond to me right away, even during after hours! There were never any "extra" or hidden fees, and the level of service I got always made me think I was getting an incredible deal. When everything was wrapped up, I was amazed; it went beyond fair- it was excellent! Starting with my first exploratory phone call, I felt I was getting not only a knowledgeable attorney, but one who knew the SLO court system thoroughly. I'll end this review the way I started it- I can't recommend Pete Depew highly enough!
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Posted by Alex | November 29, 2018
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Highly recommended
I had a pretty old case in San Luis Obispo and looked for someone to represent me in my absence, as I now live out of state. Peter responded quickly and was very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to my case. His initial fee was low, on the assumption that he would be able get at least one of the charges dismissed, and we could avoid a jury trial. Both those things happened, and I credit his knowledge of the court system, the judges involved, and the DA's likely preferences. I'm impressed and happy with his skills at negotiating the outcome, and even though I never met him in person, I clearly felt that he was thoughtful, caring, and empathetic - in addition to being a smart and skilled attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2018
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Case dismissed!
Peter Depew is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond to ensure that his clients receive the best legal assistance possible. Peter’s office has extended hours so that you can reach him at any time. He answers all phone calls and emails promptly to alleviate any concerns his clients may have. He even provides his cell phone number so you can text him or call him whenever you have a question or need reassurance. Peter met with me the day I called, sent out an investigator to obtain witness statements, and prepared a mitigation package to present to the DA within 48 hours from our initial meeting. Peter was able to get my criminal case dismissed by the DA due to lack of evidence and, therefore, no charges were filed and my name and reputation were not tarnished. Peter also works with his clients to set up fair and reasonable payment options. I highly recommend Peter Depew as a criminal defense attorney who will achieve the best possible outcome for your needs.
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Posted by Melissa | September 4, 2018
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The attorney that helped me clean up my record.
I didn’t know that expungement existed. But, this was brought to light while trying to obtain records for an interview. Personally knowing the importance of having an expert is immeasurable (Yes, I’ve tried to file legal paperwork without an attorney and it’s painful at best for the average person) I began to research and came across Peter Depew’s website. After phone interview, since I live out-of-town, there was no doubt in my mind he had all the qualities I was looking for in a lawyer. I immediately felt comfortable corresponding. His education, military background and down to earth personality makes him an excellent choice. He gives a realistic time frame and is always one step ahead, alleviating stress along the way. He follows up and follows through. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Peter Depew.
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Posted by Susan | August 27, 2018
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Susan
Peter was a pleasure to work with in a stressful time in my life. He provided much comfort as he answered all my questions in a timely manor. I found myself in need of a lawyer and I wasn’t a local. I poured over reviews for lawyers in SLO and found Peter’s name coming up favorably over and over. All his reviews spoke of how professional and compassionate he is and I certinally found this to be true! I felt he cared about my case and would do his best for me. Peter saved me quite a bit of time and money by appearing in court on my behalf as I live over three hours away from SLO. I highly recommend Peter should you find yourself in need of legal representation....his fees are fair and you will not be disappointed!!
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Posted by Sean C. | August 6, 2018
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Caring, professional and affordable
Pete handled our son's case in which three charges were reduced to just one. His communication skills, his negotiating skills with the DDA, his attention to detail (and the specifics of the case), his knowledge on how to navigate the court system and finally his recommendations throughout the process allowed Peter to exceed our expectations -- all at a very reasonable and affordable price. Our family is truly grateful for his work and the ultimate outcome. Thanks Pete!
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Posted by Wyatt | August 6, 2018
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Exceeded my expectations
I found Pete after a night of heavy drinking left me with 2 misdemeanor charges and 1 felony charge. He was able to get my charges reduced to a single misdemeanor charge which was punished by 2 years informal probation and a fine (which he got reduced from $1000 to $250. I am beyond pleased with the results Pete was able to achieve for me and would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Peter Depew
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Seppi Esfandi
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Volunteer
  • Legal Aid Clinic for Burmese Civil War Displaced Persons
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Clerk
  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • Straus Institute
  • Certification
  • 2013
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • California State University, Northridge
  • MA - Masters
  • 2007
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
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Legal Cases

  • DUI - Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • DUI - Criminal case dismissed / No nursing board sanction
  • Dismissed
  • Felony Probation Terminated Early
  • Petition Granted
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Associations

  • Surfrider Legal Issues Team
  • Criminal Justice Section Council
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Luis Obispo County Employees Association
  • Legal Services Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • NAACP
  • Criminal Justice Section Council
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Olympic Committee: USA Boxing
  • Judge
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Attorney
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Law Attorney - California
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top Ranking Criminal Defense Attorney
  • American Association of Attorney Advocates
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Criminal Law Attorneys Nominee
  • American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2019
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Litigator of the Year Section
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2018
  • Executive Member Invitee
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Lawyer of Distinction Nominee
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Excellence for the Future Award
  • CALI
  • 2013
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2006
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Depew's reputation is the highest and I confidently endorse this lawyer. He is dedicated to justice and committed to assist people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer. -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently endorse this lawyer’s work and standing in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete Depew seems to have fantastic rapport with every client I have seen him interact with - and Pete has the legal knowledge and aggressive attitude to effectively advance their interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Depew provides valuable information to people in need of answers to legal questions on Avvo."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Matthew Depew aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Matthew Depew is an outstanding attorney who I would not hesitate to recommend for representation on criminal defense law matters. He works hard for his clients, he is agressive in court, and provides a high level of professionalism and compassion. You can't go wrong with him defending you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Peter Matthew Depew knows the law extremely well and cares about making sure people understand their rights and obligations. Anyone needing assistance with a criminal defense law legal matter would be well served to contact him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. He has a tremendous amount of respect among his peers. He is also well-thought of by his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Aggressive and fights for his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Depew gives great comprehensive advice to those in need."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Depew is an exceptional attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
Military law Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Depew is very knowledgeable in several difficult areas of law where experience is critical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Depew is an expert in Criminal law and a valuable contributor to the AVVO community."
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San Luis Obispo Criminal defense Lawyer Peter Matthew Depew
Peter Matthew Depew
Criminal defense Attorney
San Luis Obispo, CA
Licensed for 9 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available