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Paul Thomas Greco

DUI and DWI Attorney at Santa Maria, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
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Paul Greco is formerly one of the top criminal prosecutors on the Central Coast. He is now dedicated to using his vast expertise in criminal law to vindicate the rights of his clients.

Paul has been practicing law since 2002 when he graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to entering private practice, Paul Greco was the Chief Deputy District Attorney of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria branch, placing him in charge of all the prosecutions in the region.

Before his promotion to Chief Deputy District Attorney, Paul Greco’s criminal law career began in 2004 when he became a deputy district attorney in Tulare County. There he spent years prosecuting high level gang members and other serious crimes. He later joined the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in 2010. Greco prosecuted gang and narcotic cases in the Santa Maria area for several years prior to his promotion to Supervising Attorney in the Lompoc office in 2013, where he led the office’s criminal cases until his promotion to Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2014.

Throughout his career in criminal law, Paul Greco has argued cases ranging from DUIs, assaults, homicides, and other serious crimes, gaining unparalleled expertise in the legal issues and tactics that anyone accused of a crime needs for their defense.

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Posted by Nik | July 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and talented lawyer
Paul handled my case with the utmost skill and professionalism. He was responsive to phone calls, knew the ins an outs of the law, and was very effective in advocating for my case. The case was a few years ago regarding a speeding ticket and my review didn’t post so posting again.
Posted by Lawrence | April 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Trustworthy and Efficient
I hired Paul to handle my DUI case. Never having been in the situation before, he walked me through the process explaining the process in a clear, straightforward and honest manner. His experience with many different DUI cases and situations allowed him to explain how my case would get resolved. This helped to minimize the stress which was worsened by the delays due to Covid. He did his best to bring the case to a resolution as quickly as possible. Also, his knowledge of the local legal system in Santa Maria were helpful in negotiation of the sentence. His paralegal, Leandra, was equally as efficient and trustworthy. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Peter | March 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down best lawyer in our area !
I had a nightmare of a case I had a previous record and a prior for the same offense, it was not looking good for me, I was looking at doing some jail time, i hired Mr. Greco on the advice of another criminal attorney and it was the best decision i ever made, he was always there to answer calls with any questions I had, he was very understanding and helpful, his prices were more then fair I was really surprised that he was willing to go to trial for me at the price he was charging me and he set up a great payment plan and was more then fair and understanding I can not say how happy I am about the entire situation, he never let up and fought for me the whole time, the D.A. wanted me to do some time and they were not budging at all, I really thought it was a hopeless situation and I was pretty much resigned to the fact that I was going to do some time I was just hoping for as little as possible, but because Paul Greco is such a good lawyer he actually got my case dismissed, it blew me away, and i really think if i had any other lawyer it would not of been the same or if I just had a public defender i would probably be sitting in jail right now, he is as good as it gets in our area he really knows the law and how to work his way around the court system, If you have any trouble at all if you find yourself having to goto court I HIGHLY recommend you give Mr. Greco a call, consultation is free, Mr. Greco is your best choice for a favorable decision, if he cant do it then I dont think it can be done, he is an incredibly good, knowledgeable attorney whatever the case is small or large if you are going to court you need someone that knows what they are doing, someone that will fight for you and put your mind at ease call Paul Greco, it will definitely be the best decision you ever made, In my opinion Paul Greco is hands down the best attorney in the area, thanks for everything Mr. Greco !
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Paul is very professional and personable in all matter, without judgment. Paul took phone calls of questions all the time. He is a true professional and you should know that you are gonna be in good hands as soon as you hire him to be your lawyer. I am extremely happy that I hired Paul.
Posted by Martin | April 7, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional service
I can only give the highest mark and recommendation for Paul Greco. Not only did he have a thorough understanding of the law with regard to my case, but he was able to communicate my options clearly. He was very reasonable. Again, I would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I am a student who needed help with a highway ticket incident. Paul was very generous and helped me out for a Very fair price.
Response from Paul Greco November 22, 2019
Thank you so much for the kind review.
Posted by Tina | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Very professional and courteous. I hired Paul Greco to fight a case that all the odds were against me. He was diligent and fought hard every step of the way. He saved me over 14,000$ and I couldn't be more satisfied in the way he handled my case. I would highly recommend Paul Greco law no questions asked. He has made my life a lot less stressful and I appreciate the time he invested in me. Thank you Paul Greco I am very grateful for what you did for me.
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Posted by Rhea | December 29, 2017
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Call Paul Greco
Paul was fantastic! I needed an attorney who took my case seriously and after several days of searching I found him. Professionalism with a big side of kindness. I can’t thank him enough. Call Paul Greco!
Posted by Rich Fuentes | December 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Paul was great to me and really worked hard for me . I think he is here to help people.
Response from Paul Greco December 18, 2017
Rich, thank you for putting your trust and confidence in our firm. Please call us if you or anyone you know needs legal representation. Paul Greco Law
Posted by Scott | September 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Not just a great attorney, a great person because in my experience he is emotionally connected to the case.
By far the best attorney I have ever used, either for criminal or legal business matters. Paul is very thorough, he kept me in the loop, and has gone above and beyond as my attorney.
Response from Paul Greco October 12, 2017
Scott, thank you for entrusting us with your case and thank you for taking the time to 5 star us. We're glad you found Paul and staff helpful. Please keep us in mind if you know anyone needing legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Greco Great Service and an Attorney that cares
To say that Paul Greco and his staff are great is an understatement. Paul cares about his clients and people period! He clearly understands the law and what it takes to have successful results on behalf of his clients. Paul worked with me on his retainer, made it flexible for me to afford and will soon be working on removing any blemishes off my personal history. I recommend Paul to anyone looking for an honest attorney that acts with integrity and does not hold back. My family and I are eternally grateful to Paul and his staff. Thank you Paul
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Response from Paul Greco August 30, 2017
We appreciate your positive feedback about the service you received from Paul Greco Law and Staff. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. If you know of anyone who might need our service, please provide him/her with our contact information. Referrals are greatly appreciated. Best wishes! #lawyer #civil #traffic #criminal #santamaria #sanluisobispo #santabarbara #attorney
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Posted by Samantha | December 28, 2016
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Bankruptcy help
Paul was so helpful to me and explain everything out to me that I didn't understand, he took the time to talk with me and help me out he is a awesom person thank you so much...
Posted by Julie | December 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Full-service Attorney
If you ever find yourself in the situation of needing an attorney, Paul Greco is the one to hire. He explained the entire process, walked me through step by step, was available to answer all questions, and most importantly, put my mind at ease. The case was handled swiftly, with the absolute best possible outcome. I am extremely impressed by his skills in the legal realm, as well as with handling clients. I felt like I was his top priority at all times. Mr. Greco is truly a full-service attorney.
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Posted by Gladys | November 15, 2016
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Gave Us Peace of Mind
Mr. Greco represented my son in a misdemeanor hit and run case. When we initially looked for representation, we were a bit discouraged because we have limited means and could not afford to retain counsel. We thought that our only alternative was to go with a public defender or accept whatever deal was presented to us. We contacted Mr. Greco and he was gracious enough to work out a payment plan with us. My son was facing possible jail time, suspension of his license, points on his record, and most likely large monetary fees. We were afraid of how this would affect my son's education and his future being marred with a misdemeanor. Mr. Greco fought for my son and was able to reduce the misdemeanor charge to an infraction (ticket) and a small court fine. We are very happy with Mr. Greco's representation. He made us feel at ease and confident that he would fight for a positive outcome.
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Posted by Blanca | August 9, 2016
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Great lawyer
If your looking for a lawyer that will be there and help you out , well Paul Greco is the one you want . I had a problem with Walmart due too petty theft so I had no idea what to do I was searching for a attorney so I found Paul and said I'll give it a try and see how it goes and it went great , I didn't had to show up too my courts he said he will do it and he did . He did everything too get me out of this nightmare . He would keep me updated with everything that was going on , he also told me too take some classes that were recommended too get out of this matter and I did and everything went smooth he's a great lawyer and he will also take payments and that helped me out too pay my classes he will understand you and have your back he's diffinatley a lawyer you want too hire. I'm really thankful I found him !
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Posted by Marc | May 13, 2016
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Honest, Knowledgeable, Compasionate, and now a Friend
We found out our son was in some pretty serious trouble, and found ourselves lost in a fog of worry and panic. Called a few lawyers and felt like they were "scaring" me into retaining them. From the very moment I called Paul, he had a calm demeanor and sounded compassionate to our situation, and immediately started to explain how this whole process would go. I retained him right then. He stayed in touch each moment along the way, and even though we got the case dismissed (YEAH!), I felt so reassured because he laid things out straight, upfront about all outcomes and made sure that we didn't get too far ahead of ourselves with the 'what ifs' all along the way. He sincerely came across as wanting a second chance for our son, and was able to afford him one. If you find yourself in need of help with law problems, there is no one that I would recommend other than Paul Greco. I can't thank you enough Paul.
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Posted by Kayla | March 4, 2016
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Case Dismissed!
Paul Greco will work exceptionally hard for you. He’s a competent skilled criminal defense attorney and understands with sincerity to what you’re going through. I am very blessed to have found him, with his expertise my charges were dismissed. Unfortunately, I had my first encounter with the law over a heated argument. I made a few phone calls to several law firms to get advice but most of them tried to scare me into retaining them. I gave up until about one week before my hearing, I started to panic, so I ask several of my professional friends that practiced law and they highly recommended Paul Greco. I liked Paul instantly, being he was different than the other attorneys, instead of scaring me like the others, he was comforting and told me exactly how he was going to help me. I retained him immediately. Paul went to work right away and within several days he had my case rejected by the DA’s Office. If you are in a bind with the law, I highly recommend Paul Greco, with expertise from years of experience as a DA, you will be in the best of hands.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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Very dedicated lawyer.
Paul Greco represented me on a matter I was having a lot of trouble with. He knew I was quite anxious about the problem and did a good job assuring me that he could handle the situation. And he delivered. He was able to obtain an outcome far better than I ever expected, and he did it by dedicating himself to the task until he got results. I was very impressed. Anyone who wants a lawyer who actually cares about his clients and getting positive results can do no better than Paul Greco. I highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Paul Greco Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chief Deputy
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Tulare County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2010


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999


  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Santa Maria Elks
  • 2014
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Porterville Exchange Club
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Drug Endangered Children
  • DEC
  • 2016
  • 2015 Gang Update
  • Gangs
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Greco is a great a lawyer and mentor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Greco is a very experienced criminal lawyer who knows his way around the courts in Santa Maria and SLO and always willing to assist his colleagues. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Opposed Paul on a case that could have gotten really out of hand. He was smart, professional, and exercised good judgment. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Greco. During his time in the Prosecutor's office I had many battles with him. He is a knowledgeable, aggressive advocate. Mr. Greco knows more about the inner workings and weak spots of the Santa Barbara District Attorneys Santa Maria Division than any defense lawyer practicing today."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is the person you want for you in court. I worked with Paul several years as a prosecutor. He works well with people and brings smiles to faces. However, when it is time he switches gears and becomes the consummate advocate. He knows the law and his arguments are sound. His experience will no doubt help his clients in court. I HIGHLY endorse."
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