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David Paul Foos

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.6   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    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 practice all aspects of criminal defense including felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile law. I handle all cases including drug matters, DUI, assaults, thefts, fraud, traffic matters, and sex crimes. I have represented thousands of clients and served for 16 years as a Judge Pro Tem of the Sacramento Superior Court where I heard misdemeanor and traffic matters.

    45 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Personal injury

    18 years, 400 cases

  3. DUI and DWI

    45 years, 700 cases


Foos Gavin Law Firm, P.C.
3947 Lennane Dr.,
Ste. 120
Sacramento, CA, 95834

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4.6 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by David Z | November 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top rate, responsive service with genuine personal concern
They were able to analyze and present all the possibilities to work with my difficult case. Professional, responsive (attorney even responded to my queries while they were overseas) and personable. Right up front they were able to allay much of my stress by explaining exactly what would need to be done with each step of the process and were timely and specific in what I needed to provide or take action with so I was never at a loss on what the next steps were. They were honest and open about the possibilities and always suggested or sought to pursue the approach that would provide the best outcome for me personally. They went out of their way to make special requests to pursue all possibilities and left no stone unturned. My attorney showed up for every court appearance and prepped and communicated with me before every court appt. Ultimately they succeeded in mitigating my legal issues with the best possible outcome for a difficult case and I am very grateful. I continue to use their services for my ongoing needs and they have gained a loyal customer. Highly recommend and definitely will be referring anyone I know that may be in need of service.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2023
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Free air
Thank you for lifting the weight I have carried for 20 + yrs. I took my first breath of Freedom through your excellent work. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Last minute retention of a wonderful attorney.
Due to financial reasons I was not quite able to retain an attorney until literally the EVENING before my morning court date! ( also the day before a very very big US holiday) This AMAZING attorney responded to my email immediately able to take my case ( THANK GOD). Although his retainer was significantly higher than others I consulted with, he didnt hesitate at all to work with me on the retainer. Just this experience with Mr. Foos alone has me at peace right now. Thank you. Foos Law Office. Thank you.
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Posted by Narine | March 19, 2018
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Incredible attorney
Whenever you have any kind f problems please rely on this attorney. He helped me several times for different matters. Very professional and intelligent person. He will resolve the issue as quickly as possible. I would never go to someone else for the help that I need.
Posted by An Lee | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
David Foos is my husband's current criminal court attorney and he is excellent! My husband has 3 different case where the DA was charging him with the sales of drugs and armed with a loaded gun and Mr. Foos was able to to combine all 3 of them, with the sentence of only 135 days on ankle monitor (my husband's original deal was 4 years in prison)! Mr. Foos is truly an attorney who will fight for u and is by far one of the best! i am so happy with his work! he truly cared about getting my husband the best deal ever. thank you Mr. Foos!!! U'RE TOP NOTCH!!!
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Posted by stephanie | April 10, 2017
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Best Attorney Ever!!!
Thank god for David Foos . I would give 20 stars if I could. This man is the best attorney you will ever work with. He is diligent, thorough, honest and will give 110% to your case. I don't know what would have happened if I had not retained him. I do know I can sleep better at night knowing my case is over with and was in my favor. :):):):):) If I ever need an attorney I know where I'm going. His staff is wonderful:) Heather is kind and helpful:) THANK YOU DAVID FOOS :):):) Forever great full!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2016
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Forever grateful
David Foos worked diligently on my case and through considerable effort was able to get my case dismissed by working behind the scenes to formulate an equitable settlement. I can't thank him enough for what he was able to do for me. Not only was he able to save me from the exorbitant legal fees of having to go to trial, but he also prevented me from having to pay the associated costs of having to post bail. Mr. Foos protected my present life, my family, and my future. There is little that I can say that will fully express my gratitude for what he was able to accomplish. I had never needed a lawyer before, but when I did I'm glad that I had David Foos by my side. His constant communication pertaining to my case, it's progress, and it's eventual outcome kept me reassured and confident that I was being looked after. He was able to accomplish more than I could have ever hoped for. Thank you Mr. Foos, sincerely, your work makes a huge difference in the lives of those in need of your services. I can't express my thanks enough.
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Posted by Thomas | November 5, 2015
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Man Of His Word
In the fall of 2015 I put myself in a situation to need an attorney for the first time in my 33 years. A close friend referred me to David. David took the time to look at all the facts and guaranteed he could help. I was sceptical being the severity of the charges. He worked with me for one week, went to court one time, and the DA decided to drop charges. David Foos, I owe you more than you could ever know. You are a man of your word and thank you . People make mistakes, most of us are not hardened criminals. Those mistakes must be learned from, but not always prosecuted over.
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Posted by Shelven Prasad | October 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
David Foos is excellent lawyer, along side his paralegal Eric. David handled my case work in a short amount of time, for great deal, and at same really understands about second chances. Even 7 months after my charges were dropped he still is willing to help his former clients. Thanks David for all your help... Cheers!!
Posted by John | July 30, 2013
Amazing Attorney if you need help with employment issues
I had a legal issue with my future employer who was denying me my job based on my background check. Although my background check did have charges on them, since I completed a drug diversion program I legally did not have to disclose my conviction because there are none, (PC 1210 in case you wondered). After literally weeks and weeks of trying to explain this to them, I hired Mr Foos and within 2 weeks they called me and re-offered me the job. It's unfortunate that they were not clear on the law and I had to go to this step, but he was confident, as was I, we would win. My suggestion to anyone would be to review your rights and know ALL your information before calling an attorney. It sometimes is more helpful going in. He was perfect!
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Posted by Brent | May 12, 2012
Excellent DUI Attorney
Mr. Foos handled my DUI case with great expertise. His fee schedule was more than fair, there were no hidden costs, he and his staff were very responsive, and the result was much better than I expected. I am grateful for the outstanding work Mr. Foos did on my behalf.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Attorney Foos
David Foos, saved me from a hectic future. I had not been in any trouble before and I made a mistake. Thankfully Attorney Foos was able to get me a dismissal from the D.A. And I am now able to Move forward. He is so awesome.
Posted by Ali | March 26, 2015
i will not recommand david foos
Mr foos accepted my case in 2010.and right before my court he drop my case(2014) and left me with a lot of medical and credit card bills.$350000 case ends up to $ other attorney will take my case ,they said my case is 4years old,(too old).going for bankruptcy now.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Foos Gavin Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Bowman and Associates
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Beyer, Pongratz & Rosen, PLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Sacramento Superior Court Commissioner
  • Sacramento County Superior Court
  • 1990 - 2005
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Sacramento County Public Defender's Office
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Solano County California
  • 1983 - 1988
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Can't
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Acierto
  • Case dismissed


  • California Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
  • Associate Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • F Warrior Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associate Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Judges Association
  • Judicial Member
  • 1990 - 2007
  • California Court Commissioners Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1990 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Service Appreciation Award
  • Sacramento Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Community Focused Court Planning Award
  • Sacramento Superior Court
  • 2006
  • Appreciation Award
  • Sacramento Indigent Defense Panel
  • 2000
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  • Sacramento Superior Court
  • Traffic Court Procedure
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Traffic Adjudication Seminar
  • Insurance law
  • 2006
  • Traffic Adjudication Conference
  • DUI Procedure
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Foos is an extremely competent lawyer who will make sure he is providing the best level of representation for his client. David consulted with me on a matter with one of his clients because David wants to make sure he is covering all the basis with any potential collateral consequences."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an excellent attorney and an even better person. He works cases hard and cares deeply about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse David Foos. I have had the pleasure of working with him on several cases and he was always very knowledgeable of the law and well prepared. He is well regarded by everyone in the Courthouse. He takes the time to truly listen to what his clients have to say and explains all of their options. You are in excellent hands if you have David as your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Foos has proven himself to be an effective advocate for his clients. He is well-respected among the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an excellent attorney who upholds the highest ethical and practice standards. I worked with David at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College and was impressed by his character and dedication. You are lucky to have David as your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have witnessed David's case preparation in person. His approach is methodical and instinctual. I highly recommend David to anyone needing superb and caring representation in the fields of criminal or personal injury law."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A compassionate lawyer whose client's are lucky to have him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"David applies the knowledge he gained from years on the bench for his private clients, with tremendous results."
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Sacramento Criminal defense Lawyer David Paul Foos
David Paul Foos
Criminal defense Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 45 years
Free Consultation