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Patrick Michael Coughlin

Criminal defense Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.8   23 reviews

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About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Handle misdemeanor and felony matters in all stages of proceedings. I offer flat rate fees and work effectively to get the best results for my clients.

    14 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    14 years, 500 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    25%
    I handle traffic tickets effectively in both cases where there is a defense and where clients need to avoid the negative consequences of higher insurance rates.

    13 years, 100 cases

I am a hard-working, energetic, and compassionate attorney who strives to achieve the best results for his clients. I am a readily accessible, affordable, and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to your criminal case. 

I have practiced as a public defender and as a private attorney so I understand how to manage a caseload effectively, communicate with the district attorney or opposing counsel and get results. 

Contact me for a free consultation. 

Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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Patrick Michael Coughlin
247 North 3rd Street
San Jose, CA, 95112

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony charges x2 - Dismissed!
Patrick was discreet, straight up and got me the best deal possible on 2 felony charges. Now that these are behind me (dismissed!) I am hopeful he can help me get them expunged...
Posted by Cameron Perry | January 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond
I had a speeding ticket and a carpool lane ticket at the same courthouse. Patrick handled both tickets and answered all my questions and kept me updated through the entire process. My infractions were rather minor, but he took them very seriously and went above and beyond any expectations I had. One of my tickets got dismissed and the other had a reduced fine. If I ever have more tickets to fight, or a more serious charge, I would not hesitate to hire Patrick again. Thank you Patrick!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2016
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Criminal Defense advice session
Coved the basis, explained things in detail, had good insight, very well done
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2016
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15-minute advice session
Patrick Coughlin called me within minutes of my Avvo payment, and he offered very useful advice.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Patrick Coughlin was very professional and provided great advice. I appreciate his services and honesty. Thanks, Carla
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
The receptionist Vitoria I spoke to on the phone was sensitive to my needs very professional. I was given the undivided attention with Julio Costello attorney at law very detailed he answered all my questions. I have spoke with attorneys in the past I feel I would be in good hands with this firm.
Posted by Megan | May 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patrick Coughlin
Patrick represented me in a case recently and helped extremely and thoroughly in getting an end result i was very content with...very friendly and professional and highly experienced..great appreciation for his handling of my case.
Posted by John Cardinalli | March 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended
Patrick was very easy to work with. He answered all my questions in a timely and professional manor and was able to get the best possible outcome to my traffic case.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-notch Lawyer
I was pulled over for driving on a suspended license after failing to take care of a very old speeding ticket. To my surprise, they actually filed a misdemeanor with two points. I needed help. Patrick Coughlin stepped in and made sure the matter was reduced to an infraction with no points. He also did so at a reasonable cost. I would recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by Jurgen | September 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attentive, professional & courteous
Mr. Patrick did an excellent job representing my brother and I am overall pleased with the service he provided, he's very helpful, professional and a great communicator he was very attentive and answered any questions or doubts I had.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent communication
I contacted Mr. Coughlin regarding a speeding ticket I received for over 100 MPH. Patrick responded quickly and professionally to each of my questions. The CHP officer cut me a break by citing me for the VC for speed in excess of 65 MPH, not the VC for speeding over 100MPH. Because I was only looking at a 1 point ticket, I decided not to hire Patrick to represent me. He gave me some advise on how to proceed on my own in hopes of getting the fine reduced. Based on the professional and courteous manner in which Patrick dealt with my minor problem, I would not hesitate in hiring him if I ever found myself in a situation where I needed his counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
Patrick is a competent, therefore busy lawyer. But when I talked to him, he made me feel that I'm his only client. Many lawyers start their conversation talking about their fee structures, so Patrick's genuine interest in my situation was super appreciated!
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
Patrick is a competent, therefore very busy lawyer. But when I talked to him, he made me feel that I'm his only client. Many lawyers start their conversation on how their fee structure works, so Patrick's genuine interest in my situation was super appreciated!
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and helpful.
Patrick was probably the most honest and helpful attorney I've spoken too. He sounded more concerned to give help than to convince you to retain him on every second (as other attorneys I've spoken to). I will definitely hire him in the near future.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2013
Great traffic lawyer, highly recommended
Wonderful experience with Patrick. He took my traffic ticket case through and got it dismissed without my headaches. Really recommend him.
Posted by shyambhagwat | October 8, 2013
My Review
I would like to thank Patrick for helping me out from the traffic violation -missing red light ticket. I am based out of Virginia and had travelled to California for work. During my stay in California , I mistakenly went past the yellow turning red traffic light for which I had received an traffic violation ticket. Patrick took up my case and helped me from this situation, while I was away back in Virginia. I definitely recommend him for this professionalism,knowledge and other factors. He kept me informed about the case proceedings. Many Thanks Patrick and thanks Avvo for helping me find Patrick.
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Posted by Mustafa | March 25, 2013
Helpful lawyer who resolved traffic tickets
I had multiple traffic tickets that I neglected before going on an overseas work assignment, and Patrick resolved the whole situation. He called up the traffic courts, set up trial dates, and he spoke on my behalf in court. He was communicative about what details he needed from me and he kept me informed about everything throughout the process. If you're looking for a thoughtful, hard-working lawyer with a positive attitude, I recommend Patrick.
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Posted by Leela | March 25, 2013
Need a responsible, knowledgable, and AFFORDABLE attorney? Use Patrick
Last year I was stopped because I was driving while on my phone. What I didn't realize, that due to an unpaid previous ticket and an address change, my license had been suspended. I was facing a misdemeanor driving on suspended with a hefty fine and points on my record. Patrick handled the matter from start to finish, and kept me in the loop constantly. Ultimately, he was able to have the charges reduced so that there would be no impact on my driving record, and had the fines reduced dramatically. The only fines I had to pay was my original speeding ticket that was originally owed to Mendocino County and the fine for driving while using a mobile device. He was professional, honest, and his fees were reasonable- he even took time to explain how his fee structure worked, and was flexible with how I could pay him. For all traffic and criminal matters, I would recommend Patrick to friends and family
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Posted by Darin | March 25, 2013
Mr. Coughlin is a fantastic attorney!
Patrick has been my attorney for a while now and is extremely knowledgeable, professional, thorough and attentive. He is well versed in the law making him a great choice for a wide variety of legal issues.
Posted by Zak | March 22, 2013
Great Lawyer
Patrick Coughlin is an extremely knowledgable, affordable, and well connected bay area attorney. He helped me avoid a hefty traffic fine and all I had to do was basically email him once. He kept me aprised of the procedings and I recieved a very favorable outcome. I would reccomend Patrick to any friend, colleague, or family member who needs a legal issue resolved in the Bay Area. In fact, if I ever require the services of a lawyer again Patrick will be the first and only one I'll call.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • The Law Office of Leon Mezzetti
  • 2012 - Present
  • Panel Attorney
  • Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program- Alameda County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Appearance Attorney
  • Kapsack and Bair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Humboldt County Public Defenders Office
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Rutledge & Rutledge
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Traffic Ticket San Mateo County
  • Reduction in charge/fine

Associations

  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Bail Issues MCLE
  • Bail Issues and Representation
  • 2016
  • Plea Negotiations
  • Plea Negotations MCLE
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (28)
Endorse Patrick
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney, with experience, knowledge and passion. He is a savvy problem solver, a force to be reckoned with in court and a serious advocate for his clients. He is driven by a killer work ethic and invested in achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. He is respected and liked by judges, prosecutors, court clerks, bailiffs and his clients. I highly recommend his legal services!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coughlin is as intelligent and knowledgeable as they come. His grasp over the law and how it affects a case is unparalleled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Couglin is an exceptionally hard working attorney who always puts his clients first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a hard working, effective, and experienced criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Patrick for more than ten years. He is an excellent attorney who is well known and respected within the Santa Clara County court system."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A true advocate for his clients and respected by his peers and the court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is very well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to witness his work in the courtroom and have found him to be diligent and hardworking. He is well respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have a client who needed an attorney in Santa Clara for a traffic matter. After speaking with Mr. Coughlin regarding the ticket, I put the client in touch with Mr. Coughlin. From what I have heard from the client, the matter is being dealt with professionally. I endorse Mr. Coughlin."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Coughlin without hesitation. Mr. Coughlin is well respected by both sides as an ethical and smart advocate. He is both professional and personable. He is an excellent lawyer, mentor and friend."
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San Jose Criminal defense Lawyer Patrick Michael Coughlin
Patrick Michael Coughlin
Criminal defense Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 14 years
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