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Phillip James Crawford

DUI and DWI Attorney at Salinas, CA

5.0   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Phillip

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2018 RECIPIENT - PRESIDENT'S AWARD - CALIFORNIA DUI LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

"You exemplify the passion and spirit that all trial lawyers should have."

- Felipe Plascencia, President, California DUI Lawyers Association, Nov. 6, 2018

The Crawford Law Firm has been committed to its clients for over fourteen years. Our focus is DUI and criminal cases in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

Free consultations are by appointment and we here to ease your mind and fight for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.



 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Location

The Crawford Law Firm, Inc.
The Crawford Law Firm, Inc.
1414 Soquel Ave.
Suite 224
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Lisa | December 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Phillip is an amazing and very patient lawyer. Taking his time to get to know you and your case. He is " Amazing " and performance in courtroom is exceptional. Without Phillip's commitment to his work and expertise I would have lost my DUI case . So "Thankful" for Phillip's hard work.
Posted by M.M | October 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and dedicated Attorney
Mr. Crawford is an outstanding attorney. He thinks strategically and pays attention to important details. His court performance is amazing. He talks to the jury like he is one of them, he engages them, provide them with the facts, and raises questions for them to thinks about with a suggested answer. He utilizes logic to explain complex matters. He deeply cares about his clients and work day and night to achieve what’s best for them. He goes out of his way to help a client. He was extremely helpful in my DUI case. He fought for me and was there for me every step of the way.
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Posted by Kim & Don | December 4, 2023
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Choices
Hi! We have so many choices in life. We would like to share with you our amazing choice in choosing the Crawford Law Firm. We together with our son made the choice to hire Mr. Phillip Crawford to represent him in a 2 year+ delayed DUI case. That choice proved to be the best choice ever made. We are so Grateful and Thankful for Mr. Crawfords years of Experience, Professionalism, Knowledge & Ease in which to speak with him. We could not be happier with the results. Our son can keep moving forward being the Best Man he can be. If you need help with a case, make the right choice and hire Mr. Phillip Crawford. K & D Krull
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Posted by Gwyn | July 25, 2021
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Finally Success!
I was facing five years probation, over $2000 in fines, a license suspension, a mandatory alcohol/drug education class, and the sheriff's work alternative program. Mr. Phillip Crawford got this down to a $220 fine with one year probation and no class, no points on my driving record, no work alternative. I'd say I'm very happy with his work for me.
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Posted by Kerri | August 5, 2020
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Professional, communicative, caring & committed!
While visiting Monterey in 1985, I was arrested for DUI. Due to a series of events, I was not able to attend my hearing and a bench warrant was issued. I have lived with this dark cloud of fear and guilt for 35 years. I finally decided to see what I needed to do to make things right. As I currently live over 2,000 miles away, I needed to find an attorney that I could truly rely on to help me long distance. I spoke to a few other attorneys, but they just didn't instill confidence. I contacted Mr. Crawford in late April and he explained the steps we needed to take to finally clear things up. He immediately accepted my case for a very reasonable fee. Due to COVID19, we had to wait for the courts to reopen. He went to work as soon as they reopened and today, after two hearings, he let me know that the case has been dismissed!! Thank you so much Mr. Crawford!! A huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders!
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Posted by Gary | February 26, 2020
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The best DUI attorney not only in Monterey but in California
My name is Gary. I called Philip Crawford I had a five-year DUI warrant within about 5 days he recalled the warrant then he spoke to the district attorney and made it possible for me to plead down to a wet reckless I really appreciated his attorney skills is ethics in constant communication with me on how this my case is going to proceed I heard anybody that has a DUI to call Phillip Crawford top-of-the-line attorney
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Posted by Jim | February 23, 2020
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Incredibly Professional
I am very happy I hired Phillip Crawford as my lawyer. I had never been in this position before and I initially had little idea what to expect. Well, Phillip told me what to expect.....and then proceeded to exceed those expectations. Very dependable in returning my calls, texts and emails. Extremely knowledgeable about the entire judicial process. Thanks to Phillip’s stellar work on my behalf, I had a very positive outcome with my case. Thank you Phillip Crawford......job well done.
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Posted by Marianne | January 30, 2020
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God Sent
I had never been in this position ever..but for the fact I hired Mr Crawford I can finally go on with my innocent life with integrity. I could not have done this without all of his endless time and effort to prove my innocence and prove there is a TRUE justice system..THANK YOU THANK YOU
Posted by Greg | September 24, 2019
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Definite thumbs up!
I can't not recommend Phillip and Julie enough! They are excellent at what they do, and treated me like my case was the only thing on their plate. Super easy to talk to and great communication.
Posted by Armando | May 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Unjustified DUI Charge
I was pulled over unjustly by a CHP officer in July of 2017 and charged with a DUI. I had never been in trouble with the law before and did not know who to turn to for help. I looked online and saw that Phillip was a lawyer that was willing to fight for his clients no matter the situation. I took a chance and hired him to represent me. My case was dragged out for nearly two years due to issues with the cop, and I felt like I did not want this process to go any further and felt like taking a plea deal to reduce my charges was the easy way out. Phillip assured me that we had a chance to win and we went to trial in May 2019; it was the most stressful, nerve wrecking experience I have ever been through. I am glad I took his advice because Phillip was amazing in the court room, proving the officer and the prosecutor wrong on everything, and after a three day trial I was found NOT GUILTY. He is sincere and personable and will be patient with you on any questions you have. I am a college graduate with a professional career and I am currently pursuing a masters degree; a DUI would've been detrimental to the advancement of my career, I am forever grateful that I had a caring and knowledgeable attorney at my side like Phillip.
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Posted by Carolyn | February 26, 2019
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Outstanding
Phillip Crawford is an excellent attorney. He made the legal process easy to understand and laid out all of the possible avenues very clearly so I could make the best desicion for my situation. I could tell that he paid close attention to details, and as my case was changing he made sure to update me promptly. Very professional and well versed in law. If you need someone on your side, he would be a strong advocate for you.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2017
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Passionate on my behalf
Phillip worked with me for a prolonged pre-trial DUI arrest and a stressful and challenging trial with absolute dedication and passion on my behalf. I felt that he was prepared for trial and was able to convey his confidence of my case to the jury. Professionally, all emails were answered in a timely manner and extra effort was made by his wife, Julie and their office assistant Carla to get additional court documents to necessary parties. Do yourself a favor and hire Phillip, you will be in good hands. My case was found not guilty.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
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AWESOME!!
What can I say, Phillip did an amazing job on my case. I felt he controlled the courtroom from start to finish and was able to really get in touch on a personal level with the jury. So many times the law really makes you feel hopeless in a DUI situation. Making you feel "Guilty Until Proven Innocent", but Phillip was there for me every step of the way. Answering all my questions and really putting my mind at ease. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PHILLIP CRAWFORD. I feel if it wasn't for him, i would have been unjustly convicted of a DUI. -E
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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Perfect Job
Philip is a very articulate and humble lawyer that makes you feel not only comfortable about your case but about your lawyer-client relationship. His communication during my case was perfect and he fought to the end to get the best deal we could get. I was facing a felony DUI with a GBI included and Philip was able to bring that down to a misdemeanor and the GBI dismissed; I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2017
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DUI
I am from out of state and received a DUI. Having never been in this situation I was scared and my anxiety was more than i could bare. I was so fortunate to find Phillip Crawford. He reassured me and walked me thru the process easing my fears . He won my DMV hearing and also the DUI criminal charges were dismissed. I truley believe had I not had Mr. Crawford as my attorney the outcome would not have been the same. He is an amazing attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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Thank you
After getting not just dui but dui with injury I thought my life was over but Mr Crawford was there for me every step of way. He is very deligent and really gets to know everything about your case. He will do everything he can for you. In the long month after months process, finally the injury part of my case was dropped and I was only charged with dui and I am very happy and relieved about the outcome. My license wasn't revoked for a year. It is definitely true that he will fight for you and do everything that he can for you, just as he did for me. Thank you Mr Crawford for giving me my life back
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2016
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A Terrific Job
Phillip did an amazing job for me. I was facing a second DUI offense with damning CHP audio and video, and blood alcohol tests above .15. Phillip was thorough and diligent working with me, the court and the prosecuting attorney. As a result he was able reduce the charge to a "wet and reckless" with no jail time or sheriff work program. A terrific job.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Crawford Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Monterey College Of Law
  • 2013 - 2013

Education

  • Monterey COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. R.D.T.
  • Case dismissed!
  • People v. JTK - DUI with accident
  • Case Dismissed!
  • People v. LCH - DUI with an accident
  • Case dismissed!
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Associations

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2018

Publications

  • The Barline (Monterey County Bar Association)
  • Book Reviews
  • 2014
  • Monterey Herald
  • Proposition 36
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • A Booster Shot for DUI Defense
  • Trials and Errors: Lessons Learned from Trying DUI Cases
  • 2021
  • CPDA Annual DUI Defense Seminar
  • The Ethical One Percent
  • 2020
  • Live Broadcast
  • The Legal Implications of the 2016 Election
  • 2017
  • Panel on Mass Incarceration and Jail Reform
  • Jail Reform
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Committed to his clients, his practice, and getting results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He fights hard for his clients and gets great results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is fabulous. Works very hard for his clients and gets great results. Is a good hardworking lawyer. And a great guy as well."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Phillip for years and consider him a fine attorney. As a matter of fact, I consider him a resource that I use, drawing on his experience and expertise."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Philip is an extremely committed, principled, hard-working attorney that cares deeply about his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is knowledgable about the law, passionate about his cases and has a lot of savvy in dealing with prosecutors and judges. His commitment to his clients is second to none. He brings a tenaciousness and zeal to his defense of his clients that is rarely to be seen among defense attorneys. I strongly endorse Phillip if you or a loved one is in need of a top-flight attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip is one of the most hard working, passionate, and caring advocates I have ever known. Phillip is not afraid of a fight, and is always prepared for anything. He has an incredible amount of knowledge and skill, specifically in the area of DUI defense. Phillip will do whatever it takes to guarantee the best chance of success for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Crawford is a good attorney with a reputation for fighting for his clients. I recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Phillip is a knowledgeable, compassionate and creative lawyer. If he is in your corner, you have a great advocate and can rest assured he will get you the best possible outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Phillip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Phillip Crawford is has a brilliant legal mind. I am in awe of the innovative ideas he comes up with regarding how to get charges dismissed, evidence admitted in court and how get the judges to do what he wants. I have never seen anyone work as hard as Phillip does. He is in a class by himself."
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