5.0 stars 129 totalReview Mark Blair
Posted by Chinh
I blew a high BAC of .15 roadside, and Mark Blair was able to help me get a reduce fine of "wet and reckless."Mr. Blair also greatly helped with my DMV license being suspended. I highly recommend this Attorney Blair.
Posted by Todd
I am very happy that I chose Mark Blair as my lawyer for my DUI case. It was much more complicated than I had imagined, and he was fantastic in making sure I understood everything, at each step. Whether by phone or by email, he communicated clearly and answered all my questions. He told me everything I needed to do in order to best prepare myself for the court appearance, to optimize my chances of a favorable outcome. And when it came down to it, my outcome was as good as I had dared to hope. On top of his thorough knowledge of DUI law, I feel that his professional working knowledge of the Alameda County Court system was also helpful in my case. I have told my friends that I know who can help them, if they ever wind up in a situation like I did.
Posted by Jennifer
I would highly recommend Attorney Mark Blair!!
From our 1st phone call he has been kind, very knowledgeable and able to explain the law, procedures, & protocol with exemplary skill. He's always keeping me informed, and recommends the best advice. I had never had a DUI before, But he & his staff have held my hand and guided me wisely so far. He was able to bring my DUI down to a Wet and Reckless in court. We still have the hearing with the DMV coming soon, and I have no doubt he will do his best to help me attain a restricted drivers license verses any hard suspension as my business requires me to drive and i would face severe financial challenges and possible loss of clients if a Hard suspension is issued.
The Bottom Line is if you are facing a DUI Call Mark Blair! I did interview several other attorneys and Mark was the most knowledgeable and had the best "bedside" Manor.
Posted by anonymous
I would highly recommend Mark Blair as a DUI Attorney. He handled my case with ease and kept me informed at all times. He was honest at all times and did not over promise anything to me, which I appreciated. He was available when I needed him and spent lot of time on the phone with me answering any questions I had regarding my case. His years of experience show through his work and successful results. He was able to reduce my charge to a wet/reckless when my BAC would have pointed to a DUI. Not only was I impressed with Mark but with his assistant David as well. David was always available to assist me and handled a lot of details with the DMV and insurance that would have been time consuming and tedious. He was also extremely knowledgeable about my case and he followed through with every request I had. If you have been arrested for a DUI I would absolutely call Mark Blair. He made an unfortunate situation much more enjoyable.
Posted by anonymous
As for my case, I was facing a second DUI conviction. I was initially pulled over because I was accused of honking the horn illegally and then driving at an unsafe speed for conditions. I had no idea I was going to be questioned for alcohol because I drank the night before, slept at a friend's house, then started driving home in the morning. Well, I failed the breathalyzer and got 0.09. Went to the station and got 0.07. This is supposedly a very bad scenario because the DA can easily argue I was even higher at the time I honked my horn and sped.
I went straight to AVVO and found Mark to have a perfect score of 10, which was the determining factor for me in obtaining his representation. He got back to me right away and was very informative in our initial consult. I just knew he was the guy to hire. Throughout the process, he was very honest, gave realistic possibilities, and really did his magic in the courthouses as well as the DMV hearings.
Jumping to the outcome, my charge got reduced to a wet reckless, which is supposedly very rare for 2nd time offenders. Not only did that reduce some of the penalties, I did not even get my license suspended! It was an unbelievable outcome! Let me also state how well he handled my DMV hearing that I did not face a single day of driving privilege suspension during the whole process. I had so much to lose from this DUI charge, but now I feel like I can regain control of my life.
If you are facing a DUI charge in Santa Clara County, you are in for a rough ride because you may be facing one of the toughest DUI prosecutions known to have very little leniency. However, don't give up! If you're even thinking about hiring a lawyer, trust the AVVO score! Everyone's situation is different so there can't be any promises, but Mark will definitely give you the best outcome for your case because he actually cares. He handles numerous cases but he never hesitates to give you his full attention. Furthermore, he has so much experience with the Santa Clara County court system, his resources within the system is so invaluable. That is the magic I'm talking about. I cannot stress the importance of that. You may second guess whether or not you hired the right guy with other lawyers, but you won't with Mark.
Thanks for everything, Mark!
Posted by Mike
A few months ago I wrote a review for Attorney Mark Blair on what an excellent job he did on my DUI case and what amazing results he obtained. He not only did a great job in court for me by getting the Best Possible Outcome for my case... but he also did a great job of Following Up on things afterwards. He helped me get my sentance of doing "Straight Time" switched to house arrest on the Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP). This was a huge thing for me because it saved me the horror and humiliation of doing Jail time ... and allowed me to continue to work and move forward on my path of getting my life back on track. He also helped me get things handled with DMV so that I could get my license back as soon as possible. And here is the kicker ... he did it all free of charge. This was on top of the Great Deal he gave me initially on the Fee for his services. I can say with absolute conviction ... he is not only the Best Attorney ...especially with DUI cases ... but he is also the Most Reasonable when it comes to the legal fees he charges. He and his Staff are very helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive to your needs. Furthermore ... he is not only an awesome attorney... but a really nice guy. I can't imagine anyone getting a “better shake” from an attorney ... unless they went with a Public Defender...!
And you would never get his kind of experience by going that route.
I would be happy to recommend Mark Blair to anyone needing legal counsel... and would be open to speak with anyone considering using him as their Attorney.
Posted by anonymous
On July 20th this year, I got arrested for a DUI. My situation is that I had pulled my car over and called my husband to come get me, but a resident who I asked for help with directions decided to call police. Police came, (I was not in car when they came, however, I admitted that I drove to that location), they arrested me, I spent night in San Mateo Jail and recorded a .21 BAC. It was a horrible depressing experience. I had never been in any trouble with the law before in my life. I spend the following two days after the arrest in bed crying and searching for a lawyer. Reviewing Marks clients reviews here was what attracted me to him and on the Monday morning, I called his office. I was still very upset on the phone, but David was so kind and not in the slightest bit judgmental when he took my details and informed me that Mark would call me back. Mark called me within a few hours and explained his business model. A one time only fee that covered both court and DMV hearing. Marks style of communication is mostly written via email, but he does take calls and is patient in his response. Communicating through email is a style that suits me perfectly. If you are someone who needs a lot of face to face time with your lawyer, you might want to have a conversation with Mark about that first. I'm pretty busy so not having to visit his office was fine with me. I travel a lot for my work and my court hearing was set on a day I was due to be away, so Mark handled it for me in my absence. This spared me the embarrassment and time of having to be in court. When the police report got revealed it was pretty damning. Mark immediately advised that he felt I would get DUI conviction, 3 years probation, a fine, community service and due to my high BAC a 9 month 'enhancement' DUI school term might be a likely conviction. He advised that I enroll in 3 month DUI class and attend 3x a week aa classes before court. (I attended a few short of 40 before the sentence date). As I mentioned above, I was unable to attend court due to work, so I watched emails all day and was so delighted to hear that although I had gotten convicted of first time DUI, I got credit for community service so didn't have to do any (yahoo :)), I got a fine and 3 month (not 9 month) DUI class, (as I had already started, I was more than half way through on this sentence.) This was a phenomenal result, a few weeks later, the DMV hearing was set. My expectation was that due to the fact I was convicted with first time DUI, I would get one month mandatory off the road and 4 months restricted license. Again, Mark handled the hearing for me and all that was left was for me to wait for his email. Mark pulled off a miracle!!!! My one month mandatory off the road date was set to one month earlier so I was immediately able to get a restricted license with no time off the road. I could not be more happy with the service provided by Mark. His emails were honest and pragmatic, he never committed to more than he could deliver (in fact, my experience with him was the opposite). I never met him in person, but know that he had my best interests at heart and am happy to advise anyone who finds themself in the unenviable position of getting a DUI to call him immediately. Another individual in my DUI class also has Mark as his lawyer, and Mark succeed in getting him a 'Wet & Reckless' although he had a .16 BAC. We are both very satisfied customers and having heard results from others in DUI classes, got lucky that we decided to work with Mark. Apparently a lot of other lawyers are a lot more expensive, have hidden fees and at the end of the day, their clients ended up with standard convictions. I'm sorry for you, if you have just been arrested, I know how it feels, believe me when I say, that this too will pass, Call Mark today, with him on your side, you will get the best possible outcome.
Posted by Gabriela
I was facing my second dui with a BAC of .09 with a possible refusal charge in addition. Mark was able to get me the minimum sentence for a 2nd dui charge, no refusal charge, and reduced fines. The judge was even surprised at how lenient my sentence was. My only complaint would have to be that I sometimes felt when we spoke over the phone that he was confused about the details of my case and often mistaked details with other cases he was working. He was very easy to get a hold of when I had any questions and responded to emails/phone calls very promptly. I met with a handful of other lawyers regarding my case and Mark definitely was the most knowledgable of Dui's. I would definitely recommend Mark Blair to anyone facing a DUI!
Posted by Mike
A little over 4 years ago a received a DUI in Santa Clara County … which is very strict on DUI’s. It was my second within ten years… so I was very worried about what the possible outcome would be. I asked around and did some research on DUI Attorneys. I was told by several people that Mark Blair was the best… but I got schmoozed by another Attorney that said he was” The Best”…and promised that he would get My case dismissed or at the very least reduced to a lesser charge. Since my Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was very low … right at .08% …as determined by a Breathalyzer Test…and the reason for the traffic stop was bogus… and I had two witnesses… I believed him. When I spoke to Mark Blair he was less optimistic and more realistic … So I decided to go with the other attorney who was three times more expensive than Mark Blair on his Initial retainer fee. Since I was making a lot of money at the time … and wanted to beat the DUI charge and not just reduce it… I thought it would be worth it. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my decision …! My Attorney dragged out the case for 14 months … and blew way over the initial retainer fee. I came to find out soon thereafter that he was charging by the hour … (for everything…!) and not a flat fee for all services up to the time it went to trial … if that happened… like Mark Blair does. In the end … after spending over $19,000 dollars on just attorney … I didn’t get anything dropped or reduced to a lesser charge. Although my sentence was not excessive (9 days of WWP) … I was charged with a 2nd DUI and also lost the DMV hearing and received a 1 year suspension of my driving privileges and 3 years probation. I was devastated by the whole experience and by the financial impact it had on me. During the whole 14 month duration of my DUI case I kept in touch with Mark Blair who gave me not only strait forward advice but also support and was very sympathetic with my plight. We kept in touch occasionally even after my case had been resolved. During that time I sent him several referrals whenever someone I knew got arrested and charged with a DUI. I was always pleased with the service he provided and outcomes of the cases … as were the people I referred. A little over 2 months ago I was arrested for another DUI … I was just barely finishing up all of the consequences from my last DUI and still on probation and My Suspension of my driving privileges had also not been lifted as I thought it had because of an oversight by DMV. My Blood Alcohol Level was also high at .19%... I was extremely afraid of what the consequences would be and rightfully so … I called Mark Blair and told him what had happened. He was sympathetic … and because of what I had been through the last time… and because my Financial Situation had changed for the worse… he gave me a great deal on his services… and I retained him immediately. He also helped to ease my stress by giving me an honest and accurate estimate of what the possible consequences would be. Sure enough he took care of everything with The Court Case and DMV Hearing …and advised me of what to do on my own (AA Meetings, Alcohol treatment Programs, etc.)to get the best possible outcome for my case. I followed his advice to the letter and beyond and it really paid off. I received the minimum sentence possible … which was almost exactly as he had predicted after reading the police report and charges filed against me. He also had the whole matter resolved in a little over 2 months and I was very relieved not to have it hanging over my head anymore. I would highly recommend Attorney Mark Blair to anyone arrested for a DUI charge. It’s not often in Life you can get the Best Service for the Best Price. Mark Blair deals with a high volume of cases … instead of exploiting the few unlucky clients that come their way … like many attorneys do. I would be happy to be contacted by anyone who has questions about Attorney Mark Blair.
Posted by dcmartin10
I recently recieved my second D.U.I. After many hours of stressful research and going through the many attorney letters I recieved in the mail I decided Mark Blairs Law Office was the correct route for me. From my first call to his office I realized this was deffinately the way to go. He is extremely professional, kept me informed on every outcome that could possibly happen; good or bad. Although untill the day of my court date I had not met him face to face, he made me feel comfortable with my choice and with no question in my mind he was the one to trust with the outcome of my case. I would highly recommend Mark and his office. The outcome of my case was a first offense D.U.I. with the minimum in all fees with no jail time. Thank you Mark I appreciate the hard work and professionalism.