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Joseph Patrick Hougnon

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    Over the past fifteen years, I’ve won every DUI case I’ve set for trial, including cases that were dismissed on the first day of trial. I thoroughly review the evidence to uncover facts that can change the outcome in every case I handle. Depending on the evidence, negotiating for a reduction of the charges and more favorable sentencing could be the best strategy in your particular case. I offer free consultations and really good advice.

    29 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Administrative law
    I handle professional license defense. The State of California oversees and regulates the licensing of a wide variety of professions. These professions include everything from doctors and nurses to acupuncturists and real estate agents.

    24 years, 6 cases

  3. Personal injury
    If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important that you speak with a Personal Injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be feeling physically and financially overwhelmed, but understanding the process and where you stand may allow you to focus on what’s important - documenting your pain & suffering and doing everything you can to get better. My last case settled for $250,000. Let’s talk about your case first – it’s a free consultation.

    22 years, 8 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    The first jury trial I won was defending a client charged with battery on a police officer. The jury was only out 30 minutes and he was acquitted of all charges. I have a passion for defending clients who have been wrongly accused. But, since I began practicing law, sentencing has gotten so out of control. So, I stand up for my clients, even when their is some culpability, to give them a chance to keep their jobs and help them get their convictions reduced or expunged as quickly as possible.

    28 years, 1,000 cases


I graduated law school at the top of my class almost 20 years ago. I also won several awards. For the past nineteen years, I’ve provided successful representation in DUI/DWI cases, DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) Hearings, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury (PI) accident cases. I’m a successful trial lawyer and a skilled negotiator. 


I give my clients the personal representation they should expect from their attorney.

Over the past fourteen years, I’ve won every DUI case I’ve set for trial, including cases that were dismissed on the first day of trial.  


I tell my clients the truth and give them the best advice I can, even if it's not going to result in a retainer fee.  So, I'm a good place to start if you're looking for a free consultation from an experienced attorney with a great reputation.  I care about people and I fight hard to protect my clients' interests.

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Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law
901 H Street
Suite 301
Sacramento, CA, 95814-1808

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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
God sent. Awesome lawyer
This case is an outstanding lawyer. He is very passionate with sense of humor. He care so much after his clients. He helped me to actualize and achieve a great justice. Charges were all dismissed. God bless you my Joseph. If you're looking for an outstanding lawyer I strongly recommend Mr Joseph for any type of criminal charges. He is the man. Thank you for bringing back my sleep.
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Posted by Jana | June 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional who gets the job done
Attorney Joseph Hougnon handled our case with the expertise of an attorney who knows the system. He is professional who understands the laws, knows the steps necessary to complete the process and will lead you through the judicial maze providing compassion that provides you with the comfort of knowing you have someone on your side. He was able to get the false charges in our case dismissed without a trial or us even having to set foot in a courtroom. Highly recommended if you want someone who will fight for what is right and gets the job done.
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Posted by Andrew | May 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional & knows the ropes
Attorney Hougnon collaborated with me extensively, explained clearly his goals for the process from the moment I hired him, and knew how to bring my matter to the attention of the right people. As a result, all the (false, but that's another matter) charges were dropped by the District Attorney. Highly recommended.
Posted by samuel | September 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very amazing legal service
Joseph is very professional and amazing help with a friendly attitude. He is very confident and delivers what he said he will do. He helped me even after three years for a court mistake and he happily saved me from being penalized wrongfully. He was able to explain to the Judge providing all the proof needed to show the court room that it was their mistake. I am very satisfied with his amazing legal service and recommend him to anybody.
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Posted by Lissette | February 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best lawyers!
If you are looking for a lawyer, I would highly recommend that you hire Mr. Hougnon! Mr. Hougnon, is one the most compassionate lawyers I have worked with and he really cares for his clients. I have hired him on two separate occasions and throughout both times he has been there to answer every single one of my questions helping me feel at ease. He is sharp, intelligent, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law
  • 1997 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Public Defender's Office Sacramento County
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Intern
  • Office Of The Attorney General, State Of California
  • 1994 - 1996


  • Lincoln Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Avoiding a Checkpoint | Bad Stop | Suppression Motion (PC§1538.5)
  • Motion Granted - Charges Dismissed
  • Responsible Driver Gets Arrested for DUI
  • Case Dismissed at trial


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Premier Service Company - excellence and integrity
  • City
  • 2015
  • Best Oral Argument (Appellate Advocacy)
  • Lincoln Law School
  • 1996
  • Best Trial Advocacy Team
  • Lincoln Law School
  • 1996
  • Academic Achievement Award
  • Lincoln Law School
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a fantastic lawyer. Incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of the law. This is the type of honest, smart lawyer that all prospective clients deserve. Highly recommend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Hougnon is one of the best lawyers I have ever met. He is genuine and will go above and beyond for his clients. He works harder and smarter than most attorneys, and has a fantastic persuasive and dynamic personality. He cares about his clients. Mr. Hougnon has my enthusiastic endorsement."
Criminal defense