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John Andrew Campanella

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   103 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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  1. DUI and DWI
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    I am active member of the National College of DUI Defense, a member of California DUI Lawyers Association, I am certified by the National Highway and Traffic Association for the administration of Field Sobriety Tests. I regularly attend DUI continuing education of the Bar, have tried over 35 Jury Trials, hundreds of pretrial motions and over 1000 DMV hearings all relating to DUI cases.

    30 years, 1,900 cases

You can reach Mr. Campanella for a free initial consultation by calling (NINE ONE SIX) TWO ONE THREE - 4200 His website is SacramentoDUIinformation. His office is located directly across the street from the Sacramento Court at 901 H St. suite 301 Sacramento, CA 95814. Email: Campylaw at yahoo dot com

I am an experienced criminal trial attorney with extensive experience in the area of DUI Defense.  

I practice in Northern California from Placer and El Dorado Counties throught the Interstate 80 corridor including the following counties:

Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Amador, San Joaquin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Marin and Alameda.

 

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John Andrew Campanella
901 H Street
Suite 301
Sacramento, CA, 95814

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Posted by Dragana N | September 13, 2023
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Happy Client
John and Sam are my knights in shining armor, They resolved my DUI and restored my life
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2023
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Excellent choice
I interviewed a number of attorneys before deciding on Mr. Campanella. I never had to look back. He and his staff handled everything. He was always available to talk or text (and I texted at odd hours/days). If I had questions, he always answered them. He calmed my nerves with his expertise as well as his listening. We got the positive results that he worked hard towards. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Kenneth | June 15, 2023
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Reliable and Honest
John Campanella was referred to me by another trustworthy Lawyer. I am glad I had Mr. Campanella work on my DUI case. He is very honest and breaks down your case to make it easier to understand. He and his team updates you with important information obtained from court and DMV in a timely manner. I am now more relaxed due to the final outcome. Thank you!!
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Posted by Karan | May 11, 2023
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DUI
Great services and always responsive and stayed communicated. Defenatily recommend John. Great guy and team.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2023
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Professional and Compassionate
Mr Campanella provided a professional compassionate service to me at time when I was in crisis. My case was not standard and John navigated it capably and earnestly. He always kept in communication with me and was always available to answer my questions. I wholeheartedly would recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2022
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Thorough and communicative
John assured me from the beginning that the case had strong procedural and evidentiary aspects in my favor, without making any promises as to the outcome. The approach we would take was clearly communicated to me from the beginning and followed through appropriately until the case was dismissed outright. Obviously I am satisfied with the outcome, but he was also very clear in communicating to me what to expect at each stage as we progressed through the legal process.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2022
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Thank you, John!!!
I cannot thank and talk highly enough of John. I made a huge mistake and got behind the wheel after I had been drinking. I felt ashamed and full of regret. John was extremely clear and to the point and explained in detail what to expect and how he was going to help. He never made me feel judged, but made me feel like we were on the same team. John handled everything from the arrest to the DMV to the court hearing and everything in between and after. John was always very available and would answer phone calls, texts, emails and help with any questions very quickly. I had a great experience with John and highly recommend him. Thank you again!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2022
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I’m a First Responder and John saved my career
I’m 53 years old and have over 25 career years as a first responder. Embarrassingly, I was arrested for my first DUI and I was faced with the devastating possibility to an end of my over 25 year career. I had never been on this side of the fence and I was so afraid and desperate, unsure what to do and who to turn to for legal advice. I called everyone and even turned to the public defenders office to find the best DUI attorney in town. I spoke with a lady and she told me, “If I had to hire someone, the best is Mr. John Campanella”. I made the call, explained my situation and hired Mr. Campanella. From day one, he confidently guided me through the entire legal process (case review, DMV, hearings, police reports, court, etc.) Facing my all important DMV hearing, I was up against a one year license suspension and a loss of the hearing would mean the end of my career. Mr. Campanella handled the hearing like an expert, guiding me every step of the way. After a hard fought battle, I was amazed to discover I won my DMV hearing and kept my drivers license. This was only the beginning of the good news for me. John continued guiding me through the entire legal process like a true professional. In the end, I was able to keep my drivers license and my 25 year first responder career. John Campanella never gave up on me and I can honestly say he truly does care about his clients. I can’t tell you in how many ways that this experience has changed my life. I now have over 2 years of sobriety and a new outlook on my career and life. Hiring John Campanella was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, he saved my career and changed my life. John is the best DUI attorney around!
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2022
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The Best of the Best
I was arrested for a DUI with injury--a felony. I was also alleged to have refused a chemical test, an additional allegation that results in a one-year driver's license suspension. I immediately called John, as he has a reputation for being the best in DUI law. I can now affirm his reputation is not only accurate, but understated. He is the most knowledgeable, assertive, yet kind attorney I have ever encountered. In speaking with him, it was evident he was an expert in DUI. Most importantly, he was creative. He not only knew the law, but he knew how to use it. Ultimately, John took an otherwise hopeless refusal DUI case and turned it into a victory. He saved my license. In doing so, he saved my employment and dignity. He handled the entire matter with compelling professionalism and understanding. I am still in awe of this result. Thank you, John. You are truly the best.
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Posted by COREY | December 23, 2021
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the local authority for DUI
John has worked for me more than once, and there is nobody else I would hire if I needed help again. He has an incredible knowledge of the process and is on the front end of current legal legislation which he actively advocates for our rights. He professionally approaches each case and creatively finds many options for his clients. I speak first hand. Thank you John Campanella
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Posted by Curry | September 27, 2021
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Sensational
Mr. Campanella is a consummate professional whose representation yielded a greater outcome that was unimaginable. I was astounded with the results! Extremely courteous, re-assuring and honest. Very pleased!
Posted by Shannon | September 14, 2021
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So Grateful!
John Campanella did an amazing job defending me against serious DUI allegations. Mr. Campanella was a bright light in a dark place to say the least. He and his staff are warm and professional. After hearing my situation, He comforted me greatly by explaining the next steps in the process, in a way that only someone with deep understanding and experience can and elevated my fears. Throughout the court process, he was great at communicating, never leaving me in the dark. During the entire 5 month process, he and his staff were very responsive to my communications. As well as being a very effective representative for me, he was also very humanistic and empathetic. Having a great reputation he is well respected in his field, and this allowed for open communication with the DA on my behalf. I am extremely blessed he was able to get me a plea deal of a lifetime. No time in. I had a minimum time in requirement that was somehow avoided. I’ve looked extensively online with people in the situation as me, and none of them got out of going to jail. Absolutely none. Im incredibly grateful he was able to get me the best possible deal. He truly cares and it shows.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
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DUI case dropped
This year has been exceeded rough for me. On top of a loss in the family and covid, I found myself with a dui charge on my record. I reached out to John, and for hours we talked about the possibility of fighting my case. Because I am under the age, this incident could have severely effected my future endeavors, and it was in my best interest to fight the case. He was very involved throughout the process, and his hard work ultimately resulted in the winning of my case, and have all charges. Thank you Mr.Campanella.
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Posted by Todd | May 24, 2021
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Excellent attorney
After getting arrested for DUI I knew I need to find the best attorney to fight my case. I called my good friend who’s an attorney and he said the best one is John Campanella. I had a felling of relief after speaking John during our initial conversation as his knowledge and expertise was very evident in our conversation and I hired John on the spot. John was extremely helpful at answering all my questions and updating me every step of the way and assuring me he would do the best he could to get my case reduced. John came thru for me huge and indeed got my case reduced to a wet reckless which I was extremely ecstatic when he called to deliver the good news after he went to court. John did more for me and my family as now I’ll be able to keep my current job which if convicted of a dui I would have lost my job. Thank you John and your team you are amazing!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2021
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Extremely pleased with Mr Campanella
While I regret being in this unfortunate situation I feel blessed that somehow I was directed towards Mr Campanella. From my first conversation with him I knew I found the right man for the job. Mr Campanella has been extremely helpful, displaying patience, kindness, and extreme knowledge and professionalism. While I am very sorry to have made such a horrible decision to put me in this predicament, I am extremely grateful to Mr Campanella for all of his hard work. I would recommend him to my family and closest friends.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2021
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Highly reccomended!
I was down bad when I had just gotten into an accident and also had got arrested for a DUI. I knew I could not fight this case alone and decided to look for a lawyer with direct expertise in the field of DUI's. Through a few hours of googling DUI lawyers and talking with several in the Sacramento area, I landed upon Mr. John Campanella. He stood out from the rest with his great reviews and once I actually got to talk to him through the phone I knew had to hire him. I settled down and hired Mr. Campanella to represent me in my DUI case and was not disappointed! John got the job done and got me the best outcome possible for my specific case. He answered all my questions and doubts and put up a fight where the fight was worth it!. Thank you Mr. Campanella for your efforts and services!
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2020
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The best lawyer I ever worked with & he saved my law career!
Let me preface this with a full disclosure. I am an attorney myself and have worked with hundreds of attorneys! But guess what I too am human and in 2018 I got myself into a nasty DUI mess. Suffice to say it was not just a DUI there were other factors involved, I am a federal attorney subject to background checks, I was relocating to another state within two weeks for a new position, and I received additional charges associated with my case. I know better to ever represent myself and so I frantically started calling “expert/experienced DUI lawyers”. All of them recommended I contact John based on my unique situation and so I did. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe John that will fit in this review but please believe me when I tell you he went above and beyond for me, never made me feel ashamed, consistently answered every call/email/text from me, prevented me from ever having to go to court back in CA and managed (god only knows how) to get my charges eliminated with the ultimate result being just a DUI (I do not say that lightly). But it wasn’t over...CA erroneously charged me with outlandish restitution fees about a year later and I desperately reached out to John again. Once again he took my case cleaned up the mess in my favor! Please believe me when I tell you do not assume you do not need a lawyer when you get a DUI! Get the best, one such as John who is not just an expert in his field but also comes highly recommended by his peers. John is a lawyer who cares about his clients and does not pass judgement! On a final note I have so much respect for him that I will be hiring him yet again next year to expunge my record. Forever thankful to John and his law firm!
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Posted by Gilbert | August 31, 2020
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Job Well Done
John diagnosed my case through court and DMV hearings which took about 1yr. John assured me that he would do everything he could to overcome this challenge and he did. John saved my career, my livelihood and made things easy for me since I live in a different county from which my court hearings were. All I can say is damn I love this man for his hard work THANK YOU JOHN
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2020
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DUI case
John did a phenomenal job of representing me in my DUI case. He took the time to explain everything to me at our first meeting (before COVID). He made me feel at ease with how he would handle the case. He brought up great arguments to strengthen my case based on the video footage and claims made by CHP. John attended all of my hearings and allowed me piece of mind as I continued to work without interruption. He kept me up to date with any all new information and where we were at with the case over the course of 6 months. He also, suggested utilizing an expert witness, which inevitable helped us reach a wet and reckless plea. I did not receive a DUI and I thank John for making that happen.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2020
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Excellent!
Mr. Campanella was a godsend! He was recommended by a fiend of a friend (another lawyer), who said that Mr. Campanella was one of the best DUI lawyers in Sacramento. I was so glad and relieved when I spoke to him, because he was very straight forward and told me exactly how he thought it was going to go. And he was right! Our case was a bit different than the usual. Mr. Campanella thought my case had a good chance of going through the mental health diversion, and we took that chance. He recommended a great court psychiatrist, who hounded me for hours into my whole life, and because of that we ended up having a good case, since the judge could see the entire story. We won the case, and once I compete all the mandatory court stuff, my case will be dismissed! I'm so very grateful to Mr Campanella and his secretaries. The ladies were so helpful, compassionate, and kind. Thank you, all.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Office of John A. Campanella
  • 1994 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Sacramento County Public Defender
  • 1993 - 1994

Education

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • 1995
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor w/distinction
  • 1994
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. VonSchoech
  • Hung Jury
  • People v. McMillan
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Fontenot
  • Case dismissed
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Associations

  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Sacramento County Superior Court
  • Attorney
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2019
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2008
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Northern CA
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 DUI lawyers in northern California
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Forensic Chromatography VIII
  • Axion Labs
  • 2012
  • Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Qualified to Administer Field Sobriety Tests
  • La Pier and Associates
  • 2003
  • Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2003
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2001
  • Moot Court Honors
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1994
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1994
  • Dean's Honor Roll
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Sacramento DUI News
  • CA passes AB 60
  • 2013
  • Sacramento DUI News Letter
  • AB-60 Granting licenses to illegals
  • 2013
  • Law Office of John A. Campanella
  • Sacramento DUI Information Newsletter
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Sacramento Public Defenders
  • Calculating Blood Alcohol Levels
  • 2013
  • Sacramento DUI conference
  • CA passes AB 60
  • 2013
  • Community conference on Police conduct
  • How to protect your rights when you are stopped
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (29)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Campanella is extremely knowledgeable, has tremendous legal experience, and is greatly respected in the legal community. He is also great to chat with and is always helpful to fellow attorneys such as myself!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Campanella is extremely thorough, leaving no stone unturned. He meticulously sifts through every case, looking, and often finding, legal and legitimate defenses for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen John's excellent work in challenging blood draws on Fourth Amendment principles. John is a skilled DUI advocate who must be taken seriously by the prosecution. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is well known as an effective advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Campanella is a great attorney. He's always stopping by the office to let us know some valuable insight he's discovered through his hard work and dedication to the profession."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Campanella. He provides expert advise to questions pertaining to DUI law. I am a former judge who handled DUIs every day for 7 years and a former prosecutor who trained DAs about how to prosecute DUIs for another 7 years. Even with my experience, I learn from Mr. Campanella every day and you should hire him in an instant."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Campanella is a perfect example of a combination of IQ and EQ ~ his cerebral, legal knowledge base is top tier, but he is able to combine that with an equally powerful, first-rate emotional understanding of the jurors mind. Truly a delight to pick his brain on the science (and art) of trial lawyering. Highly recommended."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Campanella is a talented lawyer and provides his clients excellent advice and service. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is THE GUY to see on DUI/DWI matters in California. Not only does he know the law, he also knows how to use it effectively to help his clients. As a fellow attorney he is always willing to help and is a wonderful mentor."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John fights hard for his clients, and never hesitates to stand up for client rights all the way through his representation. He is an active contributing member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, and works hard to keep informed on developments in the law. DUI defense is tricky and requires mastery of both complicated science and the art of presentation to put on a good defense. John has both skill sets, and his clients benefit from both."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is the go to guy for attorneys for knowledge on dui's and dmv hearings/procedures. Highly recommend his services as he knows more than anybody else. I have known him as an attorney since he started in Sacramento quite some time ago."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Campanella is one of the most conscientious and knowledgeable attorneys in the DUI field that I know. He is hard-working, creative in his defenses and stays current in all aspects of the DUI field. When you pay for John's services, you do indeed get what you pay for: a good, hard-working lawyer that fights vigorously for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work: extremely conscientious, very hardworking and obviously dedicated to each Client, Californians understand that Mr. Campanella is an excellent trial attorney who is a beneficial asset to the entire California DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need of a superb criminal defense lawyer will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of reasons (but without enough character space to properly do this fine attorney justice, I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Campanella is one of the most knowledgeable DUI attorneys in Northern California. John has a vast amount of experience, cares for his clients, and is just an all-around great person to work with. I strongly endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is an attorney who does his homework. He regularly attends training sessions in DUI defense and is up to speed with all of the new developments in the law."
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Sacramento DUI and DWI Lawyer John Andrew Campanella
John Andrew Campanella
DUI and DWI Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 29 years