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John Joseph VanDervoort

DUI and DWI Attorney at Chico, CA

4.6   14 reviews

also known as Joe VanDervoort


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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%
    all DMV and driving offenses and driving under the influence of any drug or alcohol or marijuana

    51 years, 25,000 cases

  2. Car accident
    20%

    51 years, 20,000 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    all alleged criminal conduct in any county north of Sacramento Ca

    51 years, 20,000 cases

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    injury accidents of Any Kind ANY WHERE in the United States..

    51 years, 10,000 cases

 Joe Vandervoort the DUI KING has MORE THAN 49 YEARS as a lawyer. He is the  ONLY lawyer rated as a DUI  SPECIALIST member by THE CALIFONIA DUI LAWYERS org from Sacramento to Eureka. Go to their web site ( then click on Butte County lawyers or what ever county in which you need a lawyer). CDLA  rates all dui lawyers in Butte county as well as in other counties. This lawyers organization, is the ONLY purely dui organization or web site in California. They do NOT get paid to advertise lawyers nor anything else, like all other rating and referal systems. Go to their web site for information on all REAL dui lawyers: .  STAY OUT OF JAIL!.  PROTECT YOUR DRIVING RIGHTS, job and if you hire us, you will NEVER HAVE TO GO TO COURT. You will NEVER have to deal with DMV!!!! CONSULTATION IN PERSON OR PHONE IS FREE, SO WHAT IS TO LOSE!!?? Check out and See all the qualifications: awards, education , community influence, and experience and information on DUI/DMV law and proceedure that will affect you and why you should consult with an experienced DUI lawyer if arrested or have a DMV matter. DO NOT HIRE A BEGINNER OR PART TIME DUI LAWYER AND DONOT TRUST THE INTERNET, BILL BOARDS, OR SAFFEWAY SHOPPING CART ADS OR BUS STOP ADS.

 IF you can find ANY other lawyer with MORE THAN 50 years experience (as of December 2022) like,"the KING", HIRE THEM!!! . FREE CONSULTATION.  We are now open for your convenience  6:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. and on lunch hour. We will meet with you on weekends by appointment. 

Licensed for 50 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1972
Updated 12/07/2022

Contact John

www.DUIKING.com
1339 Esplanade
www.DUIKING.com
Chico, CA, 95926

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy Client
I would like to share the profound impact Joe VanDervoort and his staff has had on my life. I was facing long term, mandatory jail time and I was consumed with fear that my life was over. The best decision I ever made was placing the out-come in Joe's hands. I asked, "What was I to do?" Joe simply smiled and said, "relax, we're going to keep you out of jail. I'll take care of everything; you live your life." I followed his instructions and my life was not only restored, but improved as a result of this seemingly impossible experience. To say "money well spent" would be grossly understating the level of professionalism of Mr. VanDervoort and his legal staff.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. VanDevoort did a wonderful job for me.
I was facing allot of problems with my case and Mr. VanDevoort and I were able to sit and talk about the best way to resolve it. We probably did not always agree 100% on the route to go but in the end all was explained and we did choose the right one. He is very easy to work with and will always have your best interest in mind. His results were very satisfying. If you are in need of a lawyer I would recommend him 100%.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Mr. Vandervoort!
First, thank you to Dawn, Joe's always attentive and considerate office manager that I spoke to at least a hundred times! Dawn kept me sane at times when Mr. Vandervoort was unavailable and really helped me out with the whole legal process during my case. She went above and beyond what I expected and for that I say THANK YOU DAWN!!! As for Mr Vandervoort it was an education process from the get go! I believe when anyone hires a lawyer that they believe they have a chance at getting a fair deal out of it and I was no different. It has nothing to do with the fact that you hire this person to represent you in a manner that far exceeds what a Public Defender can or even will do for you but goes into the realm of above and beyond your expectations. This was the first time I have ever felt the need to hire an attorney and I must admit it was an overwhelming experience. I knew I was in over my head and I just had this gut feeling that getting a professional would be the way to go. I was so right! My initial visit was started on time, was not rushed one bit and I felt properly informed/prepared for what was to come. I thought for sure the first thing that was going to be discussed was PAYMENT. I was WRONG! That was the last thing we discussed and for that amongst many reasons are why I hired Mr. Vandervoort and his associates to handle my complicated case. My case had many, many, MANY different twists and turns but not once did I ever feel that I was not being represented properly. Mr. Vandervoort set my mind at ease during a very stressful period in my life. Not only did I lose a very close family member in the months before I walked into Mr. Vandervoorts' office but I was also relocating to a different area for a major medical operation that put me in the dirt in a major way. I thought I was screwed for sure because of being on so much medication and just being plain out of it. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only did Mr. Vandervoort, his associates and Dawn help guide me along with filing new motions to help me extend my trial so I could be coherent during the whole time but it was all done from about 250 miles away....and I felt great about it. This was not something I just threw money at and said, "take care of it." No. This was something that required my full attention to the best of my ability and together we achieved the best possible outcome. Now, I don't know about anyone else but handling a case in person is stressful enough but via telephone, email, fax and text messages? That is a whole different ball game but they nailed it for me and I couldn't be happier with my experience. In closing I would just like to say that if you find yourself in a compromising position and need the assistance of professional, courteous and prompt attorney then you should look no further than Joe Vandervoort! Thank you!
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Posted by John I | November 12, 2011
Favorable Results
Joe is very knowledgeable about defense pertaining to CA DUI law and procedures. He has a good working relationship with the courts which aids in favorable defense and satisfactory results. If you want the "mercedes" of DUI defense Joe is the attorney to call. His staff is knowledgeable about court and DMV procedures. They are very patient and courteous with your questions.
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Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
This office was established in 1972 in Butte County. Before that I was practicing in San Francisco as a county, state, and federal public defender. I also did work for the chief justice of the Ca supreme court and two teachers at hastings law school
Posted by John | October 19, 2011
Joe is fantastic!
Joe and staff did an overall fantastic job of representing me and getting me through the process and system! Considering my circumstances, I thought I was going to be toast, but with Joe, it wasn't so. He and staff kept, and continue to keep, me well informed of what's going on. I feel very comfortable and secure with the VanDervoort Law Office, and highly recommend them to any and everyone in need of legal representation or advice. I also found Joe's website to be extremely informative and enlightening. Make a lunch, pull up a chair, and read the entire thing; you will gain a great deal of knowledge from it.
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Response from John VanDervoort October 24, 2016
I appreciate this client's confidence in us. We have handled literally thousands of dui cases and DMV hearings. If you can find another lawyer who does ONLY dui cases and has more than 40 years experience, hire them.
Posted by John | May 11, 2011
DUI KING
The law offices of Joe Vandervoort recently represented me in a misdemeanor DUI alcohol and prescription drugs. Mr Vandervoort examined the record and and decided he could help. He certainly did in negotiating to have all charges modified to eliminate all driving charges with a no contest plea for a lesser non-driving related charge ... no jail, no probation, no loss of license or license restriction and a small fine, considering what it might have been. No attorney does the whole job of processing a case. Mr. Vandervoort's staff was always helpful, pleasant and professional. I always felt exceptionally comfortable and confident I was getting the best legal representation during the entire process.
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Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
The client is correct. Every person working here is extremely experienced in their field
Posted by Jim | February 10, 2011
Joe VanDervoort
Mr. VanDervoort's experience was a big plus. His knowledge of the local policies and personnel in the county court system was evident. His staff is also very good.
Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
few lawyers have as many years in as we do. there are NONE in the Butte area that specialize in DUI/DMV, no not one.. they may advertise they are good, but they are beginners
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2010
Trustworthy & Upfront
VanDervoort was upfront about everything that was happening in my case. I was kept welll informed the entire time, absolutley no surprises. Since I was a full-time student (21.0 units) he even gave me a discount from $5,000 to $3,500, which was quite generous of him. Since he knows so many people in the legal community he was also able to get me out of jail time. He's well known and respected throughout the legal/court system in Butte county.
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Response from John VanDervoort September 26, 2022
Consultation is ALWAYS FREE and we have payment plans and discounts for students, military and elderly. Read on "below" there are many recommendations from clients and lawyers .
Posted by Anthony | April 28, 2010
Top Notch Attorney
Mr. VanDervoort is a true professional. He was quick and decisive in dealing with my DUI. I felt that he keep me very informed throughout the DMV and court process. Whether it be by phone or correspondence. I chose to represent myself on a serperate simple restitution hearing. I failed to appear at my hearing because of a personel matter. Mr. Vandervoort reconiized that I was not responding to my name being called in court and stood up to represent me. This saved me from having some serious legal repercussions. I'm am truly grateful.
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Response from John VanDervoort March 30, 2016
We represent out clients in EVERY stage of the proceedings. I represented Anthony even though he was not a client because I knew he would lose and a warrant might go out for his arrest. No other lawyer nor the judge were going to help and the prosecutor certainly would not so I stood up and said I would represent him. I never sent him a bill. We handle ALL aspects of Dui cases: Criminal, DMV/licensing, restitution as in this case, insurance, criminal defense, professional license consequences, probation and violations of Probation. sentencing alternatives,rehabilitation and AA etc IF needed by the client
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2010
Great experience
Joe VanDervoort is awesome! I was very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him. He actually made the DUI experience a positive one. He is very professional and presents information in a concise and easy to understand manner.
Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
Our web sites explain in detail in lay language all the issues and procedure in DUI /DMV and criminal cases.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2010
Not inexpensive, but worth it.
Joe was very knowledgeable in the are of DUI. He know the laws well and helped some with the DMV issues as well. He also helped me realize I wasn't a horrible person for making a mistake.
Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
You get what you pay for. There is a night law school, I help start 30+ years ago. They let anyone in and graduate anyone with money. Most graduates stay here . Most work as part time public defenders (at least 27 lawyers) there are over 400 lawyers in Chico. almost one for every 100 people. We need about 25, Experience and training + time is ALL a lawyer has to sell. Pick your "champion" carefully. Check out the rating system that rates ALL doctors and lawyers and dentists in the USA. We are the highest rated in Butte and the state in many categories.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2009
Randy Chpaman
Joe came through as promised, Very professional and responsive. I gave up when Joe didn't. I appreciate the dedication to the case and hard work put into it. Thanks Joe!!
Response from John VanDervoort May 24, 2016
There is no "second place" for a real trial lawyer. Check our credentials on: www.avvo.com or at California dui lawyers org www.california-dui-lawyers.org (Joe is the ONLY specialist member in the Butte County AREA).
Posted by Phil | February 24, 2012
DUI charges
When I was picked up one night by CHP, I thought my life as I knew it was over. My wife all but disowned me. I had many, many people in my life to explain the situation to. My circumstances were I was off the freeway, outside my vehicle, and CHP never saw me driving. But as I found out later, these circumstances still can get you for DUI. I did not know where to turn or what to do next. I found this law office on the internet. I wound up meeting with Geoff Dulebohn from this law office. He was able to guide me through the whole process and answer my questions along the way. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, I would not hesitate to call upon this office to get you through.
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Response from John VanDervoort July 29, 2013
Tough case. But, when the going gets tough the tough getting going. We did in this case!
Posted by Branden | June 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely disappointed
I'm just really disappointed with my experience with this office. They really let me down. I gave Mr. Bently who works for Joe vandervoort $5,000 to write court documents for me. Although this was a lot of money I was confident that he knew what he was doing. I had to constantly call the office to get him to work on it(around 50 calls) most of the time i was unable to reach him. He said himself that he would need me on the phone while he worked on it, So he only spent a couple hours on my documents. 1 year later my documents were denied and mr Bently said it would cost me another $1500 to appeal it. I was homeless and broke. I borrowed the money from my family. If this was done correctly I would have been living happily with shelter and family but I had to live in my vehicle throughout the pandemic and not to mention I got covid 19. I wish they cared enough to not rip me off, I wish that mr. Bently treated this matter professionally and correctly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 2016
updated on 08/29/2017

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.

John's comment: “NOT client nor job related.”

Public reproval with/duties issued in CA, 1992
updated on 08/29/2017

A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.

John's comment: “Not client nor job related..”

Work Experience

  • Attorney "of counsel"
  • Kavinoky Law firm "no cuffs" www.1800dwilaws.com
  • 2006 - Present
  • owner and chief trial lawyer
  • vandervoort law office
  • 1972 - Present
  • Chief trial attornerney and Owner
  • Vandervoort Law Office
  • 1972 - Present
  • Teacher of Bar Review
  • Nor Cal law school
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Justice Court of Oroville (now SUPERIOR COURT
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Chico Municipal Court (now superior court)
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Attorney, Owner ( North Butte County Defenders)
  • Butte County
  • 1985 - 1997
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Butte County Superior Court
  • 1985 - 1996
  • Owner/Partner of 1/2 of Butte County cases
  • Butte County Private contacted public defenders
  • 1980 - 1984
  • President
  • Chamber of Commerce. Oroville, California
  • 1976 - 1978
  • Partner & Contract Attorney (conflicts cases)
  • Butte County
  • 1976 - 1980
  • Partner
  • Law offices of Gilbert & VanDervoort
  • 1976 - 1985
  • Trustee/ and exalted Ruler
  • Benevelent Order of Elks B.P.O.E. Oroville
  • 1976 - 1980
  • Exhaulted Ruler
  • B.P.O.E. Oroville, California
  • 1975 - 1976
  • Attorney
  • Law office of Stanley Sedor
  • 1975 - 1976
  • President of planning commisiion
  • City of Oroville
  • 1975 - 1980
  • Director
  • Northern California Legal Services
  • 1973 - 1977
  • Officer
  • Benevolent and Protective Order Of Elks
  • 1973 - 1976
  • County Contract Attorney
  • Butte County
  • 1972 - 1976
  • Contract Attorney
  • Warren Schroder & Mueller
  • 1972 - 1975
  • Law Clerk and lawyer (student practice act) & intern
  • environmental protection agency
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Legal researcher and writer
  • Professor Robert M.Cipes Esq
  • 1971 - 1973
  • Law Clerk
  • Law office of (George Carr) International Law
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Legal Intern
  • Attorney At Law (Michael Kennedy) Criminal defense
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Writer
  • Gilberts Law Inc.
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Law Clerk & Teaching Assistant to X-CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER TRAYNOR
  • HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Legal intern, research assistant, writer and para-legal
  • Law offices of Many famous criminal defense lawyers
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Attorney (student practice act)
  • Federal Public Defenders Office
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Counselor
  • CCCJ Draft and military law
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Clerk
  • San Franciso Family Legal Assistance Foundation
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Law Clerk
  • California Rural Legal Assistance
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Attorney (student practice act)
  • Federal Public Defender
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Attorney researcher
  • Shepards Citator
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Writer
  • Legal Lines Publications Inc.
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Writer and researcher
  • Westlaw
  • 1970 - 1973
  • Law Cerk to Professor Jerome HAll
  • Hastings College Of Law
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Law Clerk and research assistant
  • Marin County Public Defenders Office
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Law clerk and teaching assistant to Professor Robert Cipes esq
  • University Of California Santa Barbara
  • 1968 - 1969
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Education

  • California Dui Lawyers Association
  • Dui seminar certificate
  • 2015
  • California Dui Lawyers Organization
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • United Institute
  • CLE
  • 2014
  • United Institute
  • Rules of Evidence
  • 2014
  • United Institute
  • CLE-Statagies in Defendind DUI cases
  • 2014
  • California Dui Lawayers Association
  • certificate of completion
  • 2014
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • California Dui Lawyers Association
  • Certificate of Dui Seminar
  • 2013
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • University of California at Hastings Law School SanFrancisco
  • Certificate of Completions
  • 2012
  • California Pulic Defenders
  • Certificate of seminar completion
  • 2012
  • California Dui Lawyers Association
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • Loyola law school MABA, Los Angeles
  • CDL Certificate of Completions
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense, Harvard Law School
  • Specialization in Dui/DMV recognized Nationally
  • 2010
  • California Dui Lawyers Assciation
  • Certification
  • 2010
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Certification
  • 2010
  • California Dui Attorneys Organization
  • Certificate of completion of specialization
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI defense
  • Certification
  • 2010
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Certicicate of Seminar Completion
  • 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Specialization Certification
  • 2010
  • Harvard Law School National College for DUI Defense
  • Specialization membership certificate
  • 2010
  • California Deuce (DUI) Defenders
  • DUI Specialist designation
  • 2002
  • California Attorneys for Criminla Justice
  • Life time Membership Status
  • 2002
  • California Teaching Credential
  • Secondary Community College
  • 2000
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor/top 10% scholarships
  • 1972
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts/ Pre Law/Deans list Scholar
  • 1969
  • Palomar College
  • AA Pre-law (4.0 GPA scholarship-Deans list)
  • 1966
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Legal Cases

  • People v RNB
  • Case dismissed 2016
  • People v G.R.
  • plea to first/no jail 2016
  • People v M.H.
  • Supervised probation..no jail
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Associations

  • the National Trial Lawyers : Top 100
  • Top One Hundred Trial Lawyer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Chamber of Commerce Chico
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Trial Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyer member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense Harvard Law School
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association for DUI Defense
  • Trial Lawyer Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National College of DUI Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California dui lawyers association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Avvo
  • Attorney "superb" desination
  • 1995 - Present
  • Calvary Chapel Chico
  • volunteer
  • 1989 - Present
  • B.P.O.E #1484
  • Past exhalted ruler and trustee
  • 1987 - Present
  • Californa DUI Lawyers.Association (CDL) www.California-Dui-Lawyers.Org
  • Attorney "SPECIALIST" designation
  • 1980 - Present
  • National Assoaciation of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Ciminal Justice CACJ
  • Attorney.Life membership award (only one -Nor Cal)
  • 1977 - Present
  • Justia Lawyer
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association NLADA
  • Attorney Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney trial lawyer
  • 1973 - Present
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • Butte County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Ca;lifornia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • California Courts of Appeal
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Butte County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Elks B.P.O.E.
  • member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Butte County Bar Associateion
  • DUI/DMV criminal defense section
  • 1972 - Present
  • National Rifle Association
  • Member
  • 1968 - Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Barrister's Club
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Top Ten Best
  • 2008 - 2014
  • CLARA Net Law
  • Attorney Member
  • 1986 - 2011
  • Northern Ca Rural Legal Assistance
  • Officer
  • 1983 - 1995
  • Lions Club
  • Member
  • 1980 - 1986
  • Chamber of Commerce. Oroville California
  • President
  • 1980 - 1981
  • City planning Commission
  • Board of Commissioners
  • 1979 - 1989
  • Benevelent and Protective Order of Elks
  • Trustee
  • 1978 - 1986
  • Exchange Club
  • Member
  • 1978 - 1991
  • Barrister's club of Butte County
  • Attorney Member
  • 1977 - 2003
  • Northen Ca Legal Services
  • Board of Directors
  • 1977 - 1981
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • President
  • 1976 - 1977
  • B.P.O.E.
  • Exalted Ruler
  • 1976 - 1978
  • B.P.O.E.
  • Loyal Knight
  • 1975 - 1976
  • American Bar Association ABA
  • Attorney Member
  • 1975 - 2000
  • B.P.O.E.
  • Leading Knight
  • 1975 - 1976
  • National Grange
  • Member
  • 1975 - 2000
  • California Deuce (DUI) Defenders
  • Criminal Defense specialist
  • 1975 - 1980
  • California Trial Lawyers Association CTLA
  • Attorney Member
  • 1975 - 2008
  • Chico Legal Services
  • Board of Directors
  • 1974 - 1975
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1974 - 2000
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 1974 - 1977
  • B.P.O.E.
  • chaplain
  • 1973 - 1974
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Officer
  • 1973 - 1976
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • Member
  • 1972 - 1996
  • California Public Defenders Association CPDA
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - 2009
  • Federal Public Defenders Office
  • intern
  • 1970 - 1972
  • Marin Co Public Defenders office
  • intern
  • 1970 - 1972
  • California Rural Legal Assistance
  • intern
  • 1970 - 1972
  • San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation
  • intern
  • 1969 - 1972
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • American Sign Language
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2016
  • Nominated for top 100
  • Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • "SUPERB" rating perfect "10"
  • www.AVVO.com
  • 2016
  • SPECIALIST member designation
  • www.california-dui-lawyers.org
  • 2016
  • "top" contributor
  • AVVO.com
  • 2016
  • Life Member "SPECIALIST" designation
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2016
  • "TOP" CONTRIBUTOR
  • AVVO.com
  • 2015
  • "SPECIALIST" member designation
  • California-dui-lawyers.org
  • 2015
  • Life Member "SPECIALIST" designation
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2015
  • TOP 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • "SUPERB" rating perfect "10"
  • www.AVVO.com
  • 2015
  • Trial Layer of Year Award
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Specialist Member Designation
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • "SUPERB" "perfect "10" designation
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Specialist member designation
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Life Membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2014
  • Certificate of coompletion of dui seminar
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • "SUPERB" Designation
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Certificate of completion of seminar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2013
  • Certificate of seminar completion
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Ceretificate of completion of seminar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • membership
  • the National Advocates for DUI defense
  • 2013
  • Specialist designation
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Membership
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2013
  • Life membership recognition. only one in north state
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2013
  • Designation of "SPECIALIST" member
  • California DUI Attorneys association
  • 2012
  • Clients Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • "superb #10" Highest in United States www.avvo.com
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Certificate of life membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
  • 2012
  • Specialist Designation
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • "superb" #10 highest in US
  • Avvo lawyer rating system
  • 2011
  • certificate of life membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2011
  • Certificate of completion
  • MABA
  • 2010
  • "SUPERB" #10 HIGHEST IN U.S.
  • AVVO LAWYER RATING SYSTEM
  • 2010
  • Graduate of legal seminar
  • National College for DUI Defense/Harvard school of Law
  • 2010
  • Certification of life membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2010
  • Designation as "specialist" member
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Designation as "SPECIALIST" member
  • California DUI attorneys association
  • 2009
  • "superb #10" highest in state or US
  • Avvo lawyer rating system
  • 2009
  • Specialist Member Designation
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Certification of completion of dui seminar
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 2009
  • Certification of completion dui seminar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2009
  • Certification of seminar completion
  • Nationlal Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Certification of completion of dui seminar
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Certification of llife membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2009
  • Designation as "SPECIALIST" MEMBER
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Certification of llife membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2008
  • Certification of completion dui seminar
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Certification of seminar completion
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2008
  • certificate of advanced dui training
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 2008
  • Certification of completion of dui seminar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2008
  • Certification of seminar completion
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Certification of llife membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2007
  • Certification of seminar completion
  • National association of criminal defense attorneys
  • 2007
  • Certifications of completion dui seminar
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Certification of completion dui seminar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2007
  • Certification of completion of dui seminar
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 2007
  • Designation as "Specialist" member
  • California DUI Attoneys Association
  • 2007
  • Certification of completion dui seminar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2006
  • Certification of good standing
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2006
  • Certification of completion dui seminar
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2006
  • certificate of advanced dui training
  • California Dui lawyers Association
  • 2006
  • Certification of llife membership
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2006
  • Specialist Designation
  • California Deuce (dui) Defenders
  • 2002
  • Specialist designation
  • Calif Dui Attorneys Org
  • 1995
  • designation as "Specialist" member
  • california-dui- lawyers.org.
  • 1993
  • Certificate of participation
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • 1986
  • Chairman of the Board
  • City of Oroville Planning Commission
  • 1985
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oroville Judicial District Courts
  • 1981
  • President
  • Oroville Chamber of Commerce
  • 1980
  • Academic Scholarship Award
  • Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation
  • 1972
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation
  • 1971
  • Moot Court Litigation Award
  • University ofHastings College of the Law
  • 1971
  • Snodgrass Moot Court Winner
  • Hastings College OF the Law U.C.
  • 1971
  • Scholarship
  • Teaching Assistant & scholarship student
  • 1971
  • Community College Law Teaching credential
  • State of California
  • 1970
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation
  • 1970
  • Scholarship
  • Santa Barabara Foundation
  • 1969
  • Scholarship
  • UCSB
  • 1969
  • Deans list Scholar
  • UCSB
  • 1969
  • Several scholarships
  • Bank of America ., U.C. etc
  • 1969
  • Scholarship
  • UCSB
  • 1968
  • Deans list Scholar
  • UCSB
  • 1968
  • Deans list Scholar
  • UCSB
  • 1967
  • Scholarship
  • University of California
  • 1966
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Publications

  • Interstellor Studios
  • Vandervoort & Dulebohn Criminal defense Magazine
  • 2012
  • Chico State Orion News Department
  • DUI King Magazine
  • 2009
  • Butte County Bar Association Law Review
  • Determinant sentencing law
  • 1990
  • Butte County Bar Association
  • Criminal law changes for the year manual form for all Butte Co. lawyers
  • 1989
  • Butte Coiunty Bar Association Law Review
  • Criminal law changes for the year manual form for all Butte Co. lawyers
  • 1989
  • Butte County Bar Association Law Review
  • Butte County Bar Association review of new laws
  • 1986
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure Book for Law Students, lawyers and persons studying for the Bar exam
  • Legal Lines INC. (now Gilbert's)
  • 1971
  • Legal Lines Inc.(now Gilbert's)
  • "Torts" (Personal injury) book for students and State Bar examination
  • 1971
  • Legal Lines Inc (now Gilberet's)
  • Community Property Handbook
  • 1971
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Speaking Engagements

  • California Lawyers Association
  • Accidents
  • 2022
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Accidents
  • 2018
  • Chico State University
  • Law
  • 1999
  • Legal avocation speeches Butte College
  • Law School, law, and Attorney avocation
  • 1996
  • pre-law class (Chico State University
  • Law and politics
  • 1990
  • Annual Butte County Bar Association conference
  • Determinant Sentencing Laws
  • 1990
  • Butte County Bar Association
  • New laws for the year
  • 1989
  • Yearly review of general plan changes
  • City Planning rules and law
  • 1986
  • Review of Criminal law and procedures
  • Butte County Bar
  • 1986
  • election of officers and president
  • City planning commision inaguration of me as President
  • 1985
  • City of Oroville General plan review
  • General plan laws and changes
  • 1984
  • Yearly review of laws and changes
  • City Planning rules and law
  • 1983
  • Oroville City Planning Commissioner 4 years
  • Planning Law
  • 1982
  • New City general plan and laws affecting it
  • City of Oroville General Plan
  • 1982
  • My Election and Inaguration as President of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Oroville Chamber of Commerce Elections and Review
  • 1980
  • Montly Trustee meetings and lodge
  • ABC law
  • 1980
  • Butte Bar review of law yearly
  • Criminal procedure and sentencing
  • 1980
  • pre law class
  • Law and political science
  • 1979
  • Chico State University
  • Law
  • 1979
  • Yearly review of events, rules and income
  • ABC Laws
  • 1978
  • Yearly review of finances and activities
  • Alcohol sales and gaming ABC rules
  • 1977
  • My Inaguratuion as Exalted ruler
  • Laws,Rules and Rugulation and ABC law
  • 1976
  • Chamber of Commerce and Fraternities law review, Oroville
  • Law
  • 1976
  • Legal review
  • Law
  • 1975
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (61)
Endorse John
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe VanDervoort is not the DUI King for nothing! If you are looking for help with your DUI in Butte County, you want Joe fighting for you. He has a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication. I strongly endorse his work, and would recommend him to my closest friends and family. Call him today."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is one of the elderstatesmen in the area of DUI defense in California. As a part of the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA), he is sought after for his opinions and advice on how to handle a particular situation. He is a true fighter for his clients and anyone in the Chico area who is charged with a DUI will be better served by hiring Mr. VanDervoort. I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. VanDervoort is an excellent lawyer. He is recognized by most of us DUI lawyers as a true fighter and well versed in the area of DUI defense. He is worth every dollar you spend for his legal services. If you can afford him, you need to hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The undisputed DUI KING of Northern California. Joe's reputation for obtaining the best results possible and defending his clients is legendary. Highly Recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent. 42 years of dedication to his clients. Highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is a great guy, I endorse this lawyer because he truly advocates for his clients. When I worked against him as a prosecutor, Joe always fought hard to get the best deal possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected lawyer in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a fellow member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, I am aware of his vast knowledge of DUI and criminal defense. He is available to answer questions and offer guidance on the most difficult of cases. Anyone who retains him as their attorney is definitely in good hands!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. VanDervoort is an excellent attorney who serves his clients well. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. VanDervoort is a fellow lawyer in the DUI defense community and actively participates in education and skill enhancement to become a better attorney and represent clients effectively. I would not hesitate to recommend him to potential clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Quintessential gentleman & advocate"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. VanDervoort as an experience attorney, who's knowledge and experience can be of benefit to his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a aggressive defender of his client's rights and knows the law. I would not hesitate to retain him if I had a DUI.I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow member of California DUI Lawyers Association Joe has willingly given a lot of his time to assist the rest of us... I just checked and was surprised to see that over recent years he has submitted over 400 posts in response to other attorney's questions, perhaps many more than that! You can take that to mean that he definitely has knowledge that you can bank on for your case."
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