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Nafiz M Ahmed

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.6   37 reviews

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  1. Criminal defense
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    Nafiz M. Ahmed represents individuals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who are charged with offenses ranging from serious felonies, to misdemeanors and infraction cases. Whether you are charged with a DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence offense or drug related offense contact Ahmed and Sukaram, Attorneys at Law at (650) 299-0500 right away for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your rights and how we can be of help. Or visit us on the web at www.ahmedandsukaram.com.

    16 years

  2. DUI and DWI
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    Nafiz M. Ahmed is twice nationally published author in DUI/DWI defense. He is also certified by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests. If you have been arrested for a DUI contact Ahmed and Sukaram, Attorneys at Law at (650) 299-0500 right away for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your rights and how we can be of help.

    16 years

Attorney Nafiz M. Ahmed is an owner and managing attorney at Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, a premier criminal defense law firm with offices in Redwood City and San Jose, CA.


Nafiz and his legal team have over 30 years of combined experience in criminal defense.

They’ve won over 3,000 cases and successfully defended over 50 trials. They know how to stand up to prosecutors and protect their clients’ legal rights.


Nafiz knew early on that he wanted to practice law. While enrolled at UC Davis, he served as a justice on the UC Davis Supreme Court and authored the court’s majority opinions for two years.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in three years, graduating early to attend law school at Santa Clara University School of Law.


While in law school, Nafiz competed in Honors Moot Court and learned how passionate he was about constitutional and criminal law.
His dedication and skills have earned him continued recognition in the legal community.

He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2012 through 2021 and is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.


The San Jose criminal defense attorneys at Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law handle all types of criminal law cases. They’ve helped clients who have been charged with assault, sex crimes, domestic violence, DUI, drug crimes, theft crimes, and more.


If you’ve been accused of a crime in San Jose or Redwood City, CA, contact Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law. Our Redwood City criminal defense attorneys are here to provide the honest legal advice and representation you need. Schedule a free consultation today.

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Nafiz M Ahmed, Redwood City Criminal Defense Attorney
Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys At Law
1922 The Alameda
Suite 201
San Jose, CA, 95126
Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law
600 Allerton St Ste 201G
Redwood City, CA, 94063
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Posted by Joseph | March 18, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Ethical and to the point
We had a consultation with Nafiz on whether to move forwards with a case. His advice was very useful and ethical; saved us time and money. Based on our experience with Nafiz, I strongly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Nafiz was very efficient, prudent and skillful when he represented me. His communications are always quick and on point. The outcome I received was better than I had anticipated was possible. Honestly cannot think of a single negative thing to say about my experience. Worth every penny.
Posted by Steve M | February 20, 2015
Petition for factual innocence
I hired Nafiz to take care of a petition for factual innocence after a previous attorney had the case dismissed before trial. We met Nafiz in his office and he patiently listened to our story. At our second meeting, Nafiz took the phone in front of me, called the district attorney to discuss the case. He was very outspoken and confident. This started an email thread that ended up with the district attorney agreeing with the factual innocence finding. Nafiz was also very quick at filing with the court a very convincing and complete petition for factual innocence. The day of the factual innocence hearing arrived with the DA themselves suggesting factual innocence to the judge. This was executed so well by Nafiz. Only his dedication to the case and his extrovert personality and high confidence could end up with such a result. Nafiz is a winner! Thank you so much for being so good!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2013
Drunk In Public
Nafiz was great--he was smart, available on short notice, and super nice. I would recommend him to anyone. He also just seemed incredibly trustworthy and like a good guy. Most importantly, he won my case!
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2012
I highly recommend Nafiz Ahmed
I am so grateful that I had Nafiz on my side! I had never been in trouble with the law before and was facing some serious charges. Nafiz walked me through all the necessary steps and kept me as calm as possible along the way. His professionalism and knowledge is beyond compare. In the end he was able to get the charges dropped and I no longer have to worry about this incident impacting my future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2011
Great Lawyer!
Nafiz and his wife Sheri were great, they helped me keep calm and ensured me that they would get me out of my situation--which they did. They turned it from absolutely horrible, to good. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be where I am now. Great communication between us and was very nice to me, my parents, and other family members. Thanks, definitely recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2011
Red light camera violation
I received two red light camera tickets last year in San Mateo County. I was surprised when I received these notices in the mail because I truly didn't remember running through two red lights. I was even more shocked to hear how expensive they were! I never once made a court appearance, Nafiz took care of everything for me. He followed up with the police department for the discovery, appeared for my traffic arraignments, trial, and always kept me informed with everything that happened. Long story short he got both cases dismissed and saved me over $1000! I highly recommend him. Thank you Nafiz.
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Posted by Adam | May 6, 2011
HE WON MY FELONY CASE
Hiring Nafiz Ahmed was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I was being charged with a felony and faced a year in jail, Nafiz guided me through the darkness and he was always positive towards me that everything would turn out great. I trusted him fully and treated me like a true friend, he was blunt and to the point about the moves he would be making and gave great advice. When it was time to execute the motion to suppress WE WON! He literally made lunch meat of the DA and the judge was completely in our favor after reviewing the case. He literally saved my life, I have never been in trouble with the law and THANK GOD he pull me out of this horrible, depressing situation. The other great thing about Nafiz is he worked with me on lowering the cost of his services as he understood I recently fired a previous lawyer. I strongly recommend him to anyone who has trouble with the law.
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Posted by Jaime Peraza | April 25, 2011
Brilliant
Brilliant is the best way to describe this Guy. This is not the first time that Nafiz help me with a traffic violation and each time he does it , he always surprise me with the results. Now in days is very difficult to find some body that is reliable and some body you can trust and most inportant some one that you know will handle business in a professional way. Thank you Nafiz for been there for me.
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Posted by Shakeel | March 25, 2011
Outstanding Lawyer
This is an efficient lawyer who helped me out through my case in getting a positive outcome in the end. i would gladly recommend this lawyer to anyone who is involved in any case from minor to major.
Posted by Sean | March 3, 2011
knowledgeable
Nafiz is very knowledgeable and responsive. He answered all my questions and gave me valuable advice. I thank him very much for his expertise.
Posted by Carol Ann | January 20, 2011
Fantastic experience -
Nafiz did a fantastic job, he took my case immediately, always responded to my quesitons in a very timely manner, he walked me through all the steps that I was going through. I couldn't have had a better experience
Posted by Alan | November 30, 2010
Go Getter!!!
I was shopping for a lawyer after my DV arrest. I searched endlessly online and by luck I saw Nafiz Ahmed’s website. I read his profile and was impressed by his achievements and biography. He was a local bay area, Californian who was a part of the JV and Varsity football team and was also the captain of the Varsity wrestling team in Burlingame High School. He then went on to UC Davis and Santa Clara University to pursue his law credentials where he achieved many other accomplishments. Even though he was young, I took a chance due to his proven track record and great background. I was very well impressed when meeting him in person. He was genuinely concerned with my case and listened to my whole issue during the initial consultation. He never spoke anything about his costs and payment until I brought it up with him, which I felt was very polite and the opposite of what I got from other attorneys I interviewed. He let me pay for his services on my own financial conditions and throughout my case never mentioned anything about payment. Nafiz is very aggressive in fighting for what you want and doesn’t settle for anything less if possible. He actually cares, and isn’t just another sleeze ball attorney collecting a check. He brought my DV charges down to a public disturbance misdemeanor whereas most defendants get a DV dropped to battery charges. (Important if you own or plan to handle firearms). I recommend Nafiz as he is passionate about his work, and is very professional. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney, and he has completely changed my mind about my prejudice toward lawyers aka “liars” hahaha.
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Posted by Frances | August 29, 2010
Very Trustworthy and Thoughtful
Mr. Ahmed was recommended to us by a friend. We were in need of legal representation for our son. The unknown - our legal system can be very frightening. He listened to the situation and gave our son very good advice. Through all of this, he kept my husband and I informed of the situation and put our minds at ease as he waded through our sons several legal problems.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2010
Excellent Attorney and Firm
My family & I highly recommend Nafiz Ahmed as a defense Attorney. The Ahmed and Sukaram law firm from my personal expereince is an incredible safeguard against the injustice of being tangled in the legal system.He was very aggressive and thorough in preparing my case into succession throughout a very unsure and devestating situation. They were very reassuring and positive from beginning to end. I would use this Attorney and Law Firm any day. My family and myself are very thankful to have found them.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2010
Intelligent, Courteous, Responsive, and Tenacious
I had never been in any legal trouble in my life so I was very scared when I found out I was facing criminal charges. Nafiz was very comforting and I always felt like I had a champion in my corner. I was facing jail time and in seven hours, Nafiz was able to convince the the DA and Judge to dismiss the case completely. I never even saw the inside of a courtroom. I would rather have Nafiz try a case for me than Robert Shapiro and that is no joke. He is tenacious, responsive, and he genuinely cares about his client’s cases. I hope I never need to use Nafiz again but if I ever need a lawyer, it will be a no-brainer.
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Posted by Stephanie | January 29, 2010
Extremely helpful
I had a traffic ticket that I wanted to fight because I was not eligible for traffic school and it would have been a point on my license. Nafiz was extremely helpful, discovered that the cop sited me under the wrong code, attended court on my behalf and got my case dismissed. I didn't have to do a thing. I would definitely recommend Nafiz to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2009
Outstanding legal representation
Mr Ahmed recently defended me against the California DA's office who charged me with 9 counts of criminal terrorist threats. Mr Ahmed listened to my side of the story sympathetically and then diligently mounted a vigorous defence. He kept me informed at all stages of the proceedings, day and night, via phone and email. He also answered my questions on legal matters promptly and took great care to simplify technical details of the law. On the first day of the trail, thanks to Mr Ahmed's efforts, the DA gave up and the judge, who acknowledged how well I had chosen my legal representation, dismissed the case. Had Mr Ahmed not worked so tirelessly on my behalf to get these spurious charges dismissed I was facing possible trouble with my immigration status as well as the vaguries of California's correction system. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for excellent legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2009
Professional, Reliable and Enthusiastic
We had a great experience with Nafiz Ahmed. He handled my felony and misdemeanor juvenile theft case with great professionalism and enthusiasm. He is very straightforward as he gave us the best and worst case scenario possible and helped us prepare for both, and in the end the charges were completely dismissed! He responded to emails and phone calls promptly and provided us with a wealth of information to ease any worries we had for our case. We are so thankful to have worked with Nafiz and highly recommend him to anyone who needs any type of legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2009
Excellent Legal Services
Outstanding service and abilities. Mr. Ahmed knows sections of the law that brought our case to the very best possible outcome. Provided solid research and background which turned our case around and created a positive outcome. Also very responsible and kept in regular communications during a lengthy period of time. Made himself available 24/7. Very professional, highly respected and highly recommended.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law
  • 2006 - Present
  • Litigation Associate
  • Private Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • San Mateo County Legal Research Department
  • 2003 - 2003

Education

  • La Pier & Associates
  • Certificate of Training
  • 2012
  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • law
  • 2005
  • Univ of California Davis
  • undergraduate
  • 2002
  • Burlingame High School
  • 1999
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Legal Cases

  • A.K. v. Western Career College
  • UNPRECEDENTED VICTORY AT WESTERN CAREER COLLEGE
  • W.B. v. San Francisco Police Department
  • RETURN OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT
  • People v. A.B.
  • POSSESSION OF A METH PIPE DISMISSAL
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Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Diversity Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association Client Relations Committee
  • Memeber
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2017
  • Criminal Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2012
  • Felony Attorney - Private Defender Program
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Misdemeanor Attorney - Private Defender Program
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)
  • A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Perspective on Common Firearms Issues in California
  • 2013
  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)
  • Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Redwood Law Center
  • Medical Marijuana - Cultivation, Transportation & Sales
  • 2011
  • Redwood Law Center
  • Gun Rights
  • 2009
  • Redwood Law Center
  • Discovery Issues with Breath Testing Devices
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nafiz 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 | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nafiz is a true believer in his client's cause. I have seen him in battle and get results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nafiz, he has shown great skill in fighting cases all the way. I have personally watched him battle for his clients in the face of strong opposition from judges and prosecutors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A tireless attorney who fights hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, Nafiz fights for his clients in and out of the courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his dedication. I see Nafiz in court fighting for his clients in Motions to Suppress evidence, and he is well schooled with the knowledge it takes to win. You would be surprised how many attorneys won't do Motions to Suppress because they are afraid of the judges yelling at them for doing a motion, but not Nafiz; he is a fighter and this is just the first step he takes in your case. He is a great trial lawyer because he not only knows the law, but the science of blood testing and breath testing. If you are in his office looking to hire a lawyer, go no further; just hire him now!!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nafiz knows his way around a courtroom, especially in San Mateo County where I know him to have handled 100's if not 1000's of cases. He's a well respected lawyer and person and has the perfect blend of integrity, experience and understanding needed to best serve his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nafiz takes the time, spends the money, and travels to every necessary location to gain practical and applicable knowledge to help him win his cases. I met him at La Pier's SFST Instructors course in Irvine, and it was apparent that he has the education and real world applicable ability to excell at criminal defense. He continues to learn at every opportunity, and cares about his clients and the outcome of the cases he is retained to defend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While I have not personally used Nafiz for his legal services, I have heard nothing but praise and high remarks from all of his clients I have encountered."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer and his work. Countless lives have been placed back on track solely due to his hard work and dedication. Nice guy too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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