Pezhman Pakneshan graduated with honors from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Pakneshan also received a Certificate of Study in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of California.
Since receiving his law degree, Mr. Pakneshan has focused his practice on criminal and DUI law. Upon graduating from law school, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney. As a prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal and DUI cases and tried numerous jury trials. During that time, Mr. Pakneshan grew to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution of criminal and DUI charges.
As a prosecutor, Mr. Pakneshan handled over 1,000 DUI cases. Now, he specializes in DUI defense. Over the years, he has received extensive training by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services, in all aspects of DUI cases. That extensive training included alcohol extrapolation studies, as well as EPAS and Intoxilyzer analysis. He has also received extensive training and has experience handling DUI cases involving prescription medications and illegal drugs.
As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Pakneshan specializes in virtually every area of criminal law ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies.
Mr. Pakneshan's intricate knowledge of the criminal justice system affords his clients with unique "inside information" and gives him the advantage in defending criminal matters. Knowing how the prosecutor thinks gives him the opportunity to develop an effective defense designed to counter the government's strategy.
Mr. Pakneshan is also one of California’s foremost authorities on how to clear (expunge) criminal convictions. He is committed to helping people who have been unfairly saddled with a criminal record to expunge or seal their record.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers (selected for membership)||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Award for Exemplary Public Service||University of Pennsylvania Law School||2003|
|N/A||The Pakneshan Firm||2007 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Sonoma County District Attorney's Office||2004 - 2007|
|Intern||Philadelphia District Attorney's Office||2002 - 2002|
|Intern||Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project||2001 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Penn Law Northern California Alumni Society||Founding Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2004 - Present|
|Solano County DUI Case||District Attorney reduced charges to wet reckless. DMV refusal suspension hearing dismissed. Client avoided license suspension. Client needed license to drive to work and could not accept a license suspension for even one day.|
|DUI Case||Charges Reduced to Wet-Reckless|
|Alameda County Felony Matter||Dismissed|
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|University of Pennsylvania Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of California - Los Angeles||International Development Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Managerial Decision Making Presentation||Police Search & Seizure||2003|