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Thomas Vinson Nash

DUI and DWI Attorney at Carmel by the Sea, CA

4.8   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1991

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    Monterey County's "DUI Guy" for nearly 30 years. Past President Monterey County Trial Lawyer's Association. Listed Contributor for over 20 years to the "Bible" of DUI defense, Kuwatch's California Drunk Driving Law. Extensive Trial and DMV hearing Experience. Practice limited to Monterey County.

    40 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Also represnting those accused of drug offenses and domestic violence.

    40 years


A Focus on DUI Defense

For over 39 years, Carmel attorney Thomas Vinson Nash has pioneered advanced DUI defense in Monterey County. Tom is the only Monterey County lawyer to be featured as a contributor in the authoritative statewide book, California Drunk Driving Law by Ed Kuwatch, Paul Burglin and Barry Simons.

Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and certified in the Drug Evaluation & Classification Training Program.

Mr. Nash is a Past President of the Monterey County Trial Lawyers Association and a longtime member of the California DUI Lawyers Association as well as numerous other Criminal Defense Associations, including National College for DUI Defense, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Tom is the lawyer other lawyers talk to when they have questions about DUI defense.

Personalized Criminal Defense Assistance

What sets attorney Tom Nash apart is his personalized approach. Tom Nash works personally with all of his clients and has the experience and understanding to support you during a tough time. Tom makes all of his own court appearances as well as DMV hearing appearances and supervises every file in his office himself. You will not be left to an associate or trainee to handle and discuss your case.

If you have been charged with a crime related to:
– driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
– driving under the influence with injury,
– driving on a suspended license related to former DUI convictions,
– possession of drugs while driving,
– or juvenile driving offenses.

The Law Office of Thomas Vinson Nash provides superior outcomes. Serving Monterey County and all Peninsula cities of Salinas, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Big Sur, Marina, Pebble Beach, King City, Soledad CA. 

If you have questions about DUI in Monterey County, “Call the DUI Guy”, Tom Nash.


Client's Choice 2015
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Law Offices of Thomas Vinson Nash
Heather Glen Court, #4
N. W. Mission St. & 8th Ave.
Carmel by the Sea, CA, 93921
Law Offices of Thomas Vinson Nash
Heather Glen Ct. #4, N.W. Mission & 8th
PO Box R1
Carmel, CA, 93921-1318
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  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Rodav | June 11, 2015
I am a nursing student. A couple years back, I was charged with a DUI, in the City of Marina. I was treated unfairly by "one" of the responding officers (Officer Canty) and sent to jail, for the FIRST and only time in my life. EVERY lawyer I contacted, in attempt to rescue my future/career, advised me to take a "deal" for the minimum consequences. ALL but ONE. Counselor Nash! We fought the Monterey County District Attorney's office for two years! Counselor Nash assuaged my worries, explained the possible outcomes & allowed me to FIGHT like a dog, for the LAST BONE. Counselor Nash, "Beat them, like a rented MULE!" WE WON! He had the DA settle for reckless driving. This charge was likewise, UNFAIR/UNTRUE, however, will expire from my record soon. I now carry a 3.5 GPA and will graduate with a Bachelor in Science/Nursing & conduct job interviews with a fighting chance, for employment, at any hospital in the state. If you hire ANY other attorney, it's a profound risk, in my humble estimation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2015
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If you've received an alcohol charge in Monterey County Tom Nash is the best advocate to have on your side. I received a DUI charge in Monterey after refusing the BAC tests. The first attorney I retained just told me how foolish I was to refuse and how he could have gotten me the minimum penalties since it was my first offense. Since I truly believed in my innocence I determined that wasn't good enough and so I called Tom Nash. Tom said he'd fight the charge with me as vigorously as possible. We took it all the way up to the day before trial and the Prosecutor's office called and dropped all of the alcohol related charges if we'd settle for a dry/reckless. Tom even got that expunged from my record a few years later at no charge. Needless to say, I highly recommend Tom Nash if you are looking for an attorney who will go at the other side full force.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1991.

Private reproval, public disclosure issued in CA, 1991
updated on 11/30/2016

Private reproval, public disclosure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Thomas's comment: “ironically, more than 25 years ago I received a supposedly private reproval from the State Bar, not because of anything to do with my law practice, but because I myself got a DUI late on a Saturday night. Here it is, showing up 25 years later. If you are a nurse, health, home or child care provider, real estate or insurance professional, pilot or truck driver, military (officer or not), lawyer or doctor, a DUI can severely impact your profession. Don't go unrepresented. Hire a DUI specialist.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas Vinson Nash
  • 1985 - 2016


  • Monterey College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983


  • Caifornia DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Monterey County Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1987 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Sixth District Appellate Program
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Introduction to DUI Defense
  • Defense of Driving Under the Influence Charges
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (11)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nash is very well regarded in the local legal community as a top-notch DUI defense attorney. I regularly see him in court and I've had the opportunity to watch him win trials. He works hard for his clients. I recommend Mr. Nash without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom for over twenty years, and he really is the DUI Guy in Monterey County. I would not hesitate to refer my clients to Tom if they needed the services of a competent DUI attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the most experienced lawyers in the county specializing in DUI's. You'll be in good hands. He truly is the "DUI Guy"."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"31 years of practicing criminal law is extremely experienced. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Local endorsements are stellar. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I completely endorse Tom Nash for your case - he has the most experience of the local Monterey Bay guys and gals - you shouldn't skip an interview w/ Tom or you'll be missing out on experience and strategies the youthful lawyers may not know about."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I practice criminal defense in the same courthouse with Tom. Whenever I want a second opinion about a challenging or unique case, I always like to pick Tom's brain. He has a wealth of experience that he is very generous about sharing. He is a very good lawyer and just an all around great guy."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Tom several years ago while attending a DUI conference in Monterey and was very impressed with his dedication to DUI Defense and his point of view on Client representation. It mirrored my view to the extent that we were both very passionate about our client's cases and put client service and communication at the forefront of our representation. Tom and I have continued to stay in touch and have each represented mutual clients in our separate jurisdictions. Those clients have always spoken very highly of Tom's representation and results in their cases."
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Carmel by the Sea DUI and DWI Lawyer Thomas Vinson Nash
Thomas Vinson Nash
DUI and DWI Attorney
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1991. See details