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John Rich Coniglio

DUI and DWI Attorney at Monterey, CA

5.0   42 reviews

also known as John R. Coniglio, Attorney At Law


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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    As an experienced DUI lawyer, John R. Coniglio works quickly and diligently to help individuals charged with impaired driving in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Calra Counties and more.

    22 years

  2. Personal injury
    40%
    Monterey and Santa Cruz Personal Injury Attorney - Attorney, John R Coniglio seeks to maximize the recovery in his clients' litigation cases. We only take a handful of Personal Injury cases each year. This allows us to focus our efforts to achieve t

    22 years

  3. Criminal defense
    10%
    Trusted Criminal Defense - Being charged with a crime is one of the most frightening and confusing situations that you can face. Put your trust in John Coniglio Attorney At Law for all your criminal defense matters.

    22 years

As a fourth generation native of Monterey, California and a graduate of Monterey High School Attorney John R. Coniglio is grounded in the community. A graduate of Brigham Young University, he earned his law degree at San Joaquin College of Law. Attorney John R. Coniglio is also a former associate of Hudson, Martin, Ferrante & Street, the oldest law firm in Monterey County.

With over 17 years of experience practicing law, California Attorney, John R. Coniglio brings knowledge and wisdom to every case he handles. His breadth of experience serves as a platform for the tenacity and attention to detail that produces successful results and satisfied clients. He has represented individuals facing  serious criminal charges,  including high profile cases, which have attracted media attention. He has been recognized several times in the news as an impressive criminal defense lawyer.  Mr. Coniglio is often consulted by other attorneys due to his expertise in the fields of DUI, including prescription and illegal drug cases where persons have been charged with vehicular manslaughter/murder. Because John R. Coniglio has developed a reputation for the highest level of representation and ethical standards, he is often referred cases by local judges and prosecutors.

Attorney, John R. Coniglio is an experienced catastrophic personal injury lawyer who provides legal representation for clients throughout California, including Monterey County, Monterey (South) County, Santa Cruz County, Santa Clara County and San Benito County John R. Coniglio offers personal service as a DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney to his clients by listening to their side of the situation and by thoroughly explaining the charges they are facing. John R. Coniglio is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA). John R. Coniglio has received training on both the Draeger 7410 "EPAS" breath machine and the Alco- Sensor IV breath machine, and own the latest version of the Alco-Sensor IV.

For aggressive, experienced representation, contact the Law Offices of John R. Coniglio at , they offer reasonable fees and a free case evaluation. For your convenience, the Law Offices of John R. Coniglio will schedule after hours and Saturday appointments. Attorney, John R Coniglio, along with his caring team, has dedicated his life to achieving the best results for his clients. The Law Offices of John R Coniglio do not charge for the preliminary consultation.  If you are in need of a personal injury and/or defense attorney and need assistance with your legal case, contact the office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at . We offer competitive rates. The Law Offices of John R. Coniglio and its staff are here, with integrity and honor, to help you.

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Licensed for 22 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact John

Monterey County Law Offices of John R. Coniglio
490 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA, 93940
Santa Cruz County Law Offices of John R. Coniglio
1840 41st Ave., STE 205
Capitola, CA, 95010
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Posted by Jesus | November 2, 2022
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You won't regret hiring John
I was beyond happy with the results of my case due to John's hard work. John and his teams communication was excellent and they made sure to explain everything very clearly. John was very personable and very professional, I can honestly say that this was the best decision I could of made. John guided me and helped me through out the process, my case was over a year and a half long and John worked diligently in that time to ensure the best results for me. I would recommend John to anyone who is in need of an attorney, you will not regret hiring John!
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2021
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Best lawyer in Monterey!
During one of my darkest times, I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. John made me and my family feel at ease during my case and he kept us updated throughout the entire process. Thank you John, you are the best!
Posted by David | June 18, 2021
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John was great.
John was very helpful through the entire process. He set accurate expectations and followed through with his actions. I would recommend John.
Posted by Jeremy | April 20, 2021
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General Contractor
John and his staff helped us through a challenging situation. They are very professional, informative and kind. I recommend John and his staff to anyone that needs a lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2021
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Great job
John did a great job handling my case. He's friendly, very professional and walked me step by step through the legal process. As this was my first time dealing with the legal system.
Posted by Alonso | February 16, 2021
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The Best Lawyer In Monterey for anyone & Veterans
Thank you so much John for having my charges expunged. My family and I appreciate you and your team for helping and keeping us inform during this hard times. As a Army Retired E-7 to all my Fellow Military Veterans I highly recommend John and his team with any charges from guns to criminal. Thank You John.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
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Exceptional Attorney
John is an outstanding attorney with an eye for details. He is generous with his time and makes himself available for his clients all the time. He has a wealth of knowledge and goes above and beyond to help his clients.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
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great service
Mr Coniglio went above and beyond his call of duty, fluid communication, fast reply, helpful, Military Friendly, Well respected by the law enforcement community and personalized service.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2020
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Great DUI Attorney - Highly Recommend
I contacted John after my DUI which carried additional charges stemming from the incident along with a refusal. He immediately helped calm me down and walked through an approach for my case. He helped me through every step of the process with both the court and the DMV which ultimately took over a year to resolve. He clearly communicated a strategy, what was happening, and set clear expectations for each step of the process. John was always willing to make himself available and patiently answered all my questions which really helped alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety the whole ordeal was causing for me. He fought hard for my case and secured a very favorable court settlement and got my refusal overturned.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2020
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An Attorney with Commitment
My original case started in 2016 and ultimately didn't get resolved until recently this year 2020. Mr. Coniglio was always present to help and provide support to me throughout the entire time. He was able to provide connections to a competent Appellate attorney when my case required it which resulted in my case being reviewed and ultimately being dismissed. He believes in supporting his clients and truly helping them. I cannot support him enough based off how he's helped me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
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John helped me out a lot!
I was charged with a DUI and John came highly recommended. He helped me out a ton. He was always available to take my calls/texts promptly and is very professional. I complicated circumstances surrounding my case and John was great in communicating this tome and in handling the courtroom/judge/prosecutor. I highly recommend John. He is a good lawyer/person who went above and beyond to help me handle my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2019
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A DUI Defense Attorney You Can Trust
If you're looking for a lawyer you can trust to take your DUI case, John Coniglio is your choice! He reached out to me immediately after my incident and put me in the best position possible for my case throughout the process. He is very professional and personable with his clients. You will not regret choosing him!
Posted by Michael | June 4, 2019
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Great Job Very Grateful
John help my daughter with a very difficult situation. He is very professional and always called back or emailed when we had questions.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
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John Saves the Day
Classic Nightmare Situation: Otherwise upstanding, gainfully employed, 100% law abiding guy commits a minor traffic infraction and gets pulled over. The bad news? I'd had a few drinks. What happened was an exception, not the rule, insofar as my behavior, and I didn't want an exception hamstringing my future. I'd heard John's name around Santa Cruz and Monterey in the past - he has an excellent reputation, so I called him. He got it done, period. He was meticulous, methodical, responsive and educated me on the (in many cases totally illogical and harsh) DUI laws. It became clear as we worked together that everyone respects him - the DAs, other lawyers, and judges. His network and credibility is an invaluable asset. Initially I was facing a misdemeanor DUI charge, along with a 12 month DMV license suspension for refusal. The charge was reduced to a Wet Reckless, and we beat the DMV to get the license suspension thrown out entirely. Bottom Line: John saved my license, and kept a DUI off my record. I'm looking forward to working with him to get the Wet Reckless expunged down the line.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2018
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Exceptional Attorney in Monterey Area
Mr. John Coniglio came highly recommended to me by someone else who had been through a DUI and used his services. I was not disappointed. Mr. Coniglio immediately put me at ease, by meeting with me immediately and giving me specific instructions on how to save my license from being suspended. I was facing DUI with injury. Mr. Coniglio attended my court appearances for me. I only ended up appearing at the sentencing. He fought tenaciously to have the injury dropped from my accident and was successful. I not only was able to keep my license, but I totally avoided jail time. I ended up with DUI classes and home confinement. I am eternally grateful for his expertise, reassuring manner and professionalism. I would highly recommend him to anyone in this situation.
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Posted by Dave | May 6, 2018
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John is an amazing lawyer
Mr. John Coniglio did an exceptional job of representing me. I live in Southern California and my DUI occurred in Santa Cruz. He took care of the DMV hearing without me having to attend court, working his magic to keep me from having my license suspended. In addition, I did not have to attend any of the criminal court hearings and John was able to get my DUI dropped to a wet and reckless and I did not have to do any jail time. He is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
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Someone you can trust
Collision with pedestrian and serious bodily damage. Received a refusal for denying blood test. Met quickly with a very informative Mr. John Coniglio whom illustrated our options very clearly. Able to get charges down to wet and reckless and fought the long battle with dmv on the refusal to keep my license instead of taking it away for a year. I believe we had a great outcome because of Johns attention to current process and procedural details involved with law enforcement. He is the best! True facts! I would highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2017
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Best Lawyer in town
You wrote a review for John R Coniglio Attorney At Law A moment ago 5.0 star rating 10/9/2017 John and staff literally were a life saver. I had never been in trouble before and they made the process is painless and smooth as possible. John made sure to be available around the clock for any annoying questions I had and was able to calm my nerves immediately as I am a very anxious person to begin with. I highly recommend John and always will to family and friends. Well worth the money for SURE!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2017
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Client
John was very courteous, professional and prompt. He completely took care of me in my case and guided me in the right direction with the best advice. He fully represented me in my DUI case and helped me contest it as best as possible. The outcome of my case was minimal fines and minimal punishment.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
John has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to DUI cases. The minute I hired him, I started noticing that my case was moving into the right direction. John took more than two hours to discuss my case with me--all free of charge. Other lawyers wanted to charge me for consultation. John didn't. He replied to all of my emails and text messages in a timely manner. He even replied during holidays and weekends. He examined every single angle of my case and presented a motion to suppress, other lawyers were not willing to do it. His amazing staff members; Rebecca and Anthony are experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. John sees the humanitarian part of the DUI case and knows how to articulate that aspect and present it. I also have seen other lawyers call John just to pick his brain on their case. I am grateful to John; he has done wonders on my case. I can't thank him enough.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of John R. Coniglio
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • People v. Wilder Amaya
  • DUI Murder Charge Dismissed- lesser charge obtained

Associations

  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Federal Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Judicial Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Finalist Best Lawyer Monterey County
  • Monterey County Weekly
  • 2016
  • Honorable Service
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Honorable Service
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2007
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (3)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is widely respected as the best DUI & DWI attorney on the Central Coast. I've seen is work and it is excellent. Not only is he a top notch attorney, he is a leader in his specialty. I have come to him for insight on my own cases because I know John is "the expert". If you want the best, go to John."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coniglio is an expert when it comes to DUI cases. He is well respected in the local legal community and he gets results. I endorse John Coniglio"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Coniglio and I go back quite a few years so when I tell you he is one of the brightest, most compassionate and passionate lawyers I have ever known, that should tell you something. When I hear that someone needs a great and caring lawyer in Monterey I immediately recommend John."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a hardworking attorney with an established reputation in Monterey County. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a fellow member in the California DUI Lawyers Association. This group contains the top DUI defense attorneys in California. On our list serve I interact with John and many DUI lawyers daily and discuss tactics, strategies, the law, etc. I've seen John's work up close as a result., and as such I can verify that he is in the elite category of DUI defense attorneys. He knows the ever changing law and science in DUI defense and uses the latest new and novel techniques to win cases. He is not just some average defense attorney. He is a top-notch DUI defense attorney. If you are looking for one in the Monterey area, there is no one better."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great lawyer for any cases in the area - you can't go wrong w/ getting a consultation with him just to make sure you're getting a fair shake. Give John a call for a consultation!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am pleased to endorse John Coniglio. Although John will be able to work with you on any criminal matter, we have been working together on DUI cases and attending seminars on DUI law for many years."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer,I endorse this lawyer, Mr. Coniglio is a lawyer with a tremendous skill set from aggressively fighting DUI charges to navigating the judicial system in Monterey County. He helps his clients get better outcomes from negotiated dispositions to not guilty verdicts he truly understands the complexities of criminal defense, specifically the area of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI & DUID). Despite his skills and knowledge, he's also a pretty nice guy...I'd want him in my corner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a great attorney. Whenever I have a criminal law question, he is the first person I call. I endorse him fully."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse John Coniglio. Whenever I need to make a referral in the Monterey Bay area, John is always at the top of the list."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Mr. Coniglio while I was practicing in Monterey County from 2003-2009. I would see him in court almost daily. Mr. Coniglio is an exceptional DUI attorney and all-around excellent criminal defense attorney. I would absolutely recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Coniglio. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a terrific and hard working lawyer. He fights for his clients and gets great results. If you are in need of a DUI attorney in the Monterey area, you should be calling John Coniglio. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a conscientious lawyer with the experience and knowledge you want in a DUI defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John Coniglio for a number of years and have served with him as a fellow board member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. John Coniglio is a talented lawyer highly qualified to handle any DUI case. He fights hard for his clients and has extensive knowledge in all areas of DUI defense. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member who was arrested for DUI in his area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his continuous assistance to other lawyers. How he finds the time to represent his clients with the great results he gets, and still help as many other lawyers who come to him looking for answers to help them win cases for their clients, I don't know. But, the fact the he gets so many lawyers asking him to help them is a great indication that you should be hiring him as your DUI lawyer if you have been charged with a DUI in the Monterrey, California area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have collaborated with Mr. Coniglio on a number of cases. Mr. Coniglio is highly qualified to handle any DUI case that presents itself. He fights for his clients and has considerable knowledge in all areas of DUI defense. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member who had an arrest in his area."
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