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David Gregory Cohen

Criminal defense Attorney at Roseville, CA

5.0   5 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have represented clients in cases ranging from petty theft to first degree murder. A large portion of my practice deals with defending clients in drug and theft related offenses.

    30 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    I have represented drivers facing DUI charges ranging from first offense cases to homicides. I represent my clients before the DMV in Administrative Suspension hearings and throughout the criminal case attacking the deteniton, arrest, testing procedures, and expert testimony.

    30 years, 1,300 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    30 years, 500 cases



David Cohen is the founder of the Cohen Defense Group, a nine attorney law firm dedicated to providing the best criminal defense for our clients.  As the largest private criminal defense law firm in Placer County, we are well staffed and well equipped to handle every type of criminal case from petty theft to murder.  We assist clients at every stage of a criminal process including arraignments, pre-trial motions, preliminary hearings, Department of Motor Vehicle hearings, criminal records sealing and expungements, and jury trials.

David G. Cohen has been representing clients in exclusively in criminal defense in Northern California since 1996.  Mr. Cohen has been involved in representing defendants in felony and misdemeanor cases and has tried many felony jury trials. His current caseload includes felony cases, “three strike” cases, sexual assault cases, homicides, and appeals.  Moreover, Mr. Cohen is the firm’s primary attorney who handles driving under the influence cases (DUIs). 

Mr. Cohen has been an active member of the Placer County Bar Association, where he served as President in 2004. Mr. Cohen has served as a mentoring attorney for the Peer Court program every year since joining the firm and as a Peer Court judge since 2005. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohen was in private practice in San Francisco serving primarily as a court-appointed motion expert on homicide cases.

Mr. Cohen graduated from Northwestern University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech. While at Northwestern, he served as a Defense Advocate for students charged with crimes in the University Hearing and Appellate System. Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1994, and tried his first criminal case as a certified law student. Mr. Cohen also received awards for oral argument and written brief in Moot Court competition. He was admitted to practice in 1995.

Mr. Cohen was born August 23, 1969 in San Jose, CA. Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (B.S. in Speech, 1991); University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco (J.D., 1994). Member: State Bar of California, Placer County Bar Association (member, 1996 to present; Board of Directors, 2001 – 2005; 2004 President), California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California DUI Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense.

We know that there is no substitute for an attorney who knows the local system, and are proud of serving clients in Placer County for over 23 years.  We have the knowledge, experience, and dedication to vigorously defend you.

While we primarily service Placer County, we represent clients throughout Northern California, including El Dorado County, Nevada County, Sacramento County, Yolo County, and Yuba County.  Call or email us for a free consultation.


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Cohen Defense Group
919 Reserve Drive
Suite 130
Roseville, CA, 95678
Cohen Defense Group
1515 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA, 95603
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Posted by Lori | July 28, 2011
Wonderful Experience
My youngest son has been arrested quite a few times for drug possession and sales, and this year was facing a long prison sentence for Probation violation. Mr. Cohen has been the attorney for my son through the various arrests and rehab attempts, and he has continued to advocate for fair and compassionate sentencing and access to both drug and mental health resources. After months of hearings and delays, this last case was just resolved without prison time, and included provision for the mental health piece that has been missing in the past. I have to say that the important part of our story is that this situation with my youngest son closely approximates the same situation we went through with my older son, and which Mr. Cohen also guided us through. After many, many arrests and a 1 year prison term, my older son has been clean for nearly 5 years now, is completely off of parole/probation, and has not had an incident with the law in all these years. So, both Mr. Cohen and my family know that given a chance, recovery can happen, and these kids can turn it around. Unfortunately, we have come to think of Mr. Cohen as an integral part of our family... but I'm always grateful that he's there when we need him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014
Highly Recommend
Very professional and knowledgable - I was treated with the utmost respect by David and his staff. He was always prompt to respond to any call or emails I made to his office. He clearly communicated my options and was able to negotiate a lesser punishment. He went above and beyond with DMV, who lost my paperwork on more than one occasion. I highly recommend him and would strongly discourage hiring a lawyer via a flyer in the mail.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2017
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Phenomenal representation!
I was charged with 7 felonies and I was facing jail time and over $10,000 in fines. I hired a highly rated attorney who charged me over $12,000 and, after a year of efforts, was not able to successfully negotiate with the DA. I found Mr. Cohen and after meeting with him, immediately dropped my first attorney and hired him. Mr. Cohen was very proactive in handling my case and worked very hard to come up to speed regarding my situation. He was very effective in his reasoning and negotiations with the DA. He communicated with me regularly and returned my calls promptly. I have had multiple attorneys on other issues in the past, and none were as responsive as Mr. Cohen. He was successful at reducing my charges to a single misdemeanor (that was subject to expungement) and also cut the fines almost in half. He also kept me out of jail. I honestly can't say enough positively about how Mr. Cohen resolved my case. If he can't get satisfactory resolve in a case, then no one can. He is a great attorney. Highly highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2015
Excellent, Respectful and Trustworthy
David Cohen represented me on for a DUI expungement in El Dorado County. He was extremely respectful and courteous even though the expungement was not as straightforward as possible. Was open and honest from the beginning about the process, and anticipated fees. The result was that my prior conviction was expunged and he gave me a refund as the court did not charge some anticipated fees. Prior to selecting Mr. Cohen, I called several different attorneys in the area. A few seemed to have a sliding scale that rocketed skyward when they heard about the particulars of my case. Mr. Cohen's price never wavered. Throughout the whole process he explained quickly and easily how he would approach it and present it to the court. Unfortunately, I have had a few experiences with criminal defense attorneys but I have never had a better experience with an attorney. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Harry | July 19, 2011
Recommendation David Cohen
David Cohen handled my DUI case. While the charges were favored heavily against me, continued work by David exploring all possible avenues significantly reduced my penalties. I was kept aware of the case status at all times and responded to questions usually that same day if not first thing in the morning. I would recommend David Cohen to everyone. He is one of the sharpest attorneys I have dealt with.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Law Offices of Mark A. Berg
  • 1996 - Present


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Northwestern University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science in Speech
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DMV v. Gerald W.
  • Driver's license reinstated.


  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Cerification as a Specialist in Criminal Law
  • California State Bar
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (14)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen is not only an excellent advocate for his client, but he manages a staff of professional attorneys that always do their best for their clients, which must be a result of his leadership."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Great knowledge of criminal defense law and a strong advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with David for a number of years and I highly endorse him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found him to be a competent, experienced, and zealous advocate for his clients."
General practice Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is at the top of his peer group in his area and represents his clients to the fullest. John VAndervoort lawyer 40+ Years Chico ca"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great DUI defense is hard work and Dave Cohen consistently demonstrates in court that he is one of the best DUI lawyers in Placer County and the Sierra Foothills. I have consulted with Mr. Cohen on a number of complex cases and he has shown a commanding skill and knowledge of DUI defense. I would not hesitate to recommend him. As with a lot DUI cases, there can be significant anger directed towards the client. Recently, I witnessed in court a difficult high profile case, where Mr. Cohen was representing an older client, charged with causing a serious accident to a cyclist. He deftly took the 'heat' and ended up getting a great result for his client. Those of us who specialize in DUI defense appreciate fellow attorneys like Dave Cohen."
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Roseville Criminal defense Lawyer David Gregory Cohen
David Gregory Cohen
Criminal defense Attorney
Roseville, CA
Licensed for 29 years
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