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John Joseph VanDervoort

also known as Joe ( (SINCE 1972!!), AKA: DUI KING (43 years experience)

 This lawyer has been disciplined by a state licensing authority.

About me

DUI KING MORE THAN 40 YEARS. ONLY LAWYER IN BUTTE COUNTY THAT HANDLES ONLY DUI/DMV CASES. Rated as the ONLY DUI/DMV  SPECIALIST member in the North State by The  rates all dui lawyers in the state.  They do NOT get paid to advertise lawyers nor anything else.Go to their web site for information on all REAL dui lawyers.They list NO OTHER lawyer in the north state that has even 20 years experience!! VANDERVOORT, who has 40+ years experience, is the ONLY LAWYER listed as a SPECIALIST member. STAY OUT OF JAIL!.  PROTECT YOUR DRIVING RIGHTS, job and insurance. 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 AVVO closely and See all the qualifications: awards, education , community influence, lawyer and client endorsements anmd legqal guides and legal questions answered. See More at

 IF you can find ANY lawyer with MORE THAN 40 years experince (no other purported Butte DUI lawyer has more than 20) and more trials than "the KING," HIRE THEM!!! .


Languages spoken: Spanish, American Sign Language, English

Contact info

1339 Esplanade
Chico, CA, 95926

Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    43 years, 20 thousand cases
  2. General Practice: 10%
    43 years, 30 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    43 years, 20 thousand cases



Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Terry Alan Wapner

    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.


    Terry Wapner DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Leigh Gretchen Fleming

    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.


    Leigh Fleming DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 1992


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

    John’s comment: “Not about a client or job related. Totally politics. For 4 political donations (indirectly) of $99, without a disclosure ( fair political practice act - not criminal ) to a county politician.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"SUPERB" rating perfect "10"www.AVVO.com2016
Trial Lawyer of the YearTOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS2016
Life Member "SPECIALIST" designationCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2016
"top" contributorAVVO.com2016
SPECIALIST member designationwww.california-dui-lawyers.org2016
"SPECIALIST" member designationCalifornia-dui-lawyers.org2015
Life Member "SPECIALIST" designationCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2015
"SUPERB" rating perfect "10"www.AVVO.com2015
TOP 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Trial Layer of Year AwardTop 100 Trial Lawyers2015
Specialist Member DesignationCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
"SUPERB" "perfect "10" designationAvvo2014
Life MembershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2014
Specialist member designationCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2014
Certificate of coompletion of dui seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Specialist designationCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2013
Certificate of seminar completionCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2013
Certificate of completion of seminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2013
"SUPERB" DesignationAVVO2013
Ceretificate of completion of seminarNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Life membership recognition. only one in north stateCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2013
MembershipNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2013
membershipthe National Advocates for DUI defense2013
Certificate of life membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)2012
"superb #10" Highest in United States www.avvo.comAvvo2012
Designation of "SPECIALIST" memberCalifornia DUI Attorneys association2012
Clients ChoiceAVVO2012
"superb" #10 highest in USAvvo lawyer rating system2011
Specialist DesignationCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2011
certificate of life membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2011
Graduate of legal seminarNational College for DUI Defense/Harvard school of Law2010
Certification of life membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2010
Certificate of completionMABA2010
Designation as "specialist" memberCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2010
Certification of llife membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2009
Designation as "SPECIALIST" memberCalifornia DUI attorneys association2009
Certification of seminar completionNationlal Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Specialist Member DesignationCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2009
Certification of completion dui seminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2009
"superb #10" highest in state or USAvvo lawyer rating system2009
Certification of completion of dui seminarCalifornia Public Defenders Association2009
Certification of completion of dui seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2009
Certification of llife membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2008
Certification of completion of dui seminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2008
Certification of completion dui seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2008
Certification of seminar completionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
certificate of advanced dui trainingCalifornia Public Defenders Association2008
Designation as "SPECIALIST" MEMBERCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2008
Certification of seminar completionCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2008
Certifications of completion dui seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2007
Certification of llife membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2007
Certification of completion of dui seminarCalifornia Public Defenders Association2007
Designation as "Specialist" memberCalifornia DUI Attoneys Association2007
Certification of completion dui seminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2007
Certification of seminar completionNational association of criminal defense attorneys2007
certificate of advanced dui trainingCalifornia Dui lawyers Association2006
Certification of completion dui seminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2006
Certification of good standingCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2006
Certification of llife membershipCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2006
Certification of completion dui seminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2006
Specialist DesignationCalifornia Deuce (dui) Defenders2002
Specialist designationCalif Dui Attorneys Org1995
designation as "Specialist" membercalifornia-dui-
Certificate of participationNational Legal Aid and Defender Association1986
Chairman of the BoardCity of Oroville Planning Commission1985
Certificate of AppreciationOroville Judicial District Courts1981
PresidentOroville Chamber of Commerce1980
Academic Scholarship AwardSanta Barbara Scholarship Foundation1972
Snodgrass Moot Court WinnerHastings College OF the Law U.C.1971
Academic ScholarshipSanta Barbara Scholarship Foundation1971
Moot Court Litigation AwardUniversity ofHastings College of the Law1971
Academic ScholarshipSanta Barbara Scholarship Foundation1970
Community College Law Teaching credentialState of California1970
ScholarshipSanta Barabara Foundation1969
Several scholarshipsBank of America ., U.C. etc1969
Deans list ScholarUCSB1969
Deans list ScholarUCSB1968
Deans list ScholarUCSB1967
ScholarshipUniversity of California1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney "of counsel"Kavinoky Law firm "no cuffs" www.1800dwilaws.com2006 - Present
Attorney, OwnerVandervoort Law Office1997 - Present
Teacher of Bar ReviewNor Cal law school1995 - 1997
Judge Pro TemJustice Court of Oroville (now SUPERIOR COURT1988 - 1991
Judge Pro TemChico Municipal Court (now superior court)1987 - 1991
Attorney, Owner ( North Butte County Defenders)Butte County1985 - 1997
Judge Pro TemButte County Superior Court1985 - 1996
Partner and Contract Attorney (North County)Butte County1980 - 1985
TrusteeBenevelent Order of Elks B.P.O.E. Oroville1976 - 1980
PresidentChamber of Commerce. Oroville, California1976 - 1978
Partner & Contract Attorney (conflicts cases)Butte County1976 - 1980
PartnerLaw offices of Gilbert & VanDervoort1976 - 1985
Exhaulted RulerB.P.O.E. Oroville, California1975 - 1976
CommissionerCity of Oroville1975 - 1980
AttorneyLaw office of Stanley Sedor1975 - 1976
DirectorNorthern California Legal Services1973 - 1977
OfficerBenevolent and Protective Order Of Elks1973 - 1976
County Contract AttorneyButte County1972 - 1976
Contract AttorneyWarren Schroder & Mueller1972 - 1975
Law Clerk and lawyer (student practice act) & internenvironmental protection agency1971 - 1972
Legal researcher and writerProfessor Robert M.Cipes Esq1971 - 1973
Law ClerkLaw office of (George Carr) International Law1971 - 1972
Legal InternAttorney At Law (Michael Kennedy) Criminal defense1971 - 1972
WriterGilberts Law Inc.1971 - 1972
Legal intern, research assistant, writer and para-legalLaw offices of Many famous criminal defense lawyers1970 - 1972
Attorney (student practice act)Federal Public Defenders Office1970 - 1972
CounselorCCCJ Draft and military law1970 - 1972
ClerkSan Franciso Family Legal Assistance Foundation1970 - 1972
Law ClerkCalifornia Rural Legal Assistance1970 - 1972
Attorney (student practice act)Federal Public Defender1970 - 1972
Attorney researcherShepards Citator1970 - 1972
WriterLegal Lines Publications Inc.1970 - 1972
Writer and researcherWestlaw1970 - 1973
Law Cerk to Professor Jerome HAllHastings College Of Law1970 - 1972
Law Clerk and research assistantMarin County Public Defenders Office1970 - 1972
Law clerk and teaching assistant to Professor Robert Cipes esqUniversity Of California Santa Barbara1968 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
the National Trial Lawyers : Top 100Top One Hundred Trial Lawyer2015 - Present
American Institute of Personal Injury AttorneysTrial Attorney Member2014 - Present
Chamber of Commerce ChicoMember2014 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI Defensemember2012 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial Lawyer member2011 - Present
National College of DUI Defense Harvard Law SchoolAttorney Member2010 - Present
National College of DUI AttorneysAttorney Member2009 - Present
National Association for DUI DefenseTrial Lawyer Member2009 - Present
AvvoAttorney "superb" desination1995 - Present
Calvary Chapel Chicovolunteer1989 - Present
B.P.O.E #1484Past exhalted ruler and trustee1987 - Present
Californa DUI Lawyers.Association (CDL) www.California-Dui-Lawyers.OrgAttorney "SPECIALIST" designation1980 - Present
National Assoaciation of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member1977 - Present
California Attorneys for Ciminal Justice CACJAttorney.Life membership award (only one -Nor Cal)1977 - Present
Justia LawyerMember1975 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1975 - Present
National Legal Aid and Defender Association NLADAAttorney Member1973 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney trial lawyer1973 - Present
Benevolent and Protective Order of ElksMember1973 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
California Courts of AppealAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1972 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
Butte County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1972 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
Elks B.P.O.E.member1972 - Present
Butte County Bar AssociateionDUI/DMV criminal defense section1972 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1972 - Present
Butte County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1972 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Ca;liforniaAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
National Rifle AssociationMember1968 - Present
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2013 - 2014
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseAttorney Member2012 - 2014
Barrister's ClubAttorney Member2010 - 2013
California Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2009 - 2011
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysTop Ten Best2008 - 2014
CLARA Net LawAttorney Member1986 - 2011
Northern Ca Rural Legal AssistanceOfficer1983 - 1995
Lions ClubMember1980 - 1986
Chamber of Commerce. Oroville CaliforniaPresident1980 - 1981
City planning CommissionBoard of Commissioners1979 - 1989
Exchange ClubMember1978 - 1991
Benevelent and Protective Order of ElksTrustee1978 - 1986
Northen Ca Legal ServicesBoard of Directors1977 - 1981
Barrister's club of Butte CountyAttorney Member1977 - 2003
B.P.O.E.Exalted Ruler1976 - 1978
Chamber of CommercePresident1976 - 1977
California Trial Lawyers Association CTLAAttorney Member1975 - 2008
American Bar Association ABAAttorney Member1975 - 2000
California Deuce (DUI) DefendersCriminal Defense specialist1975 - 1980
B.P.O.E.Loyal Knight1975 - 1976
National GrangeMember1975 - 2000
B.P.O.E.Leading Knight1975 - 1976
Chico Legal ServicesBoard of Directors1974 - 1975
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1974 - 2000
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member1974 - 1977
Chamber of CommerceOfficer1973 - 1976
B.P.O.E.chaplain1973 - 1974
Fraternal Order of EaglesMember1972 - 1996
California Public Defenders Association CPDAAttorney Member1972 - 2009
Marin Co Public Defenders officeintern1970 - 1972
California Rural Legal Assistanceintern1970 - 1972
Federal Public Defenders Officeintern1970 - 1972
San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundationintern1969 - 1972
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v R. C. SCR# 70877 Butte Countydui reduced to dry reckless
People v. N.B. Butte SCR 71742Dui and exhibition reduced to reckless.
People v. S.C.Dui with refusal reduced to wet reckless no jail
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Publication nameTitleDate
DUI King web updatesDui Information2014
North Valley Attorneys webDui Law Summary2014
AVVO DUI guideHow to protect your license after a DUI2014
AVVO DUI guideDo I need an attorney for a DUI or alcohol related offinse2014
AVVO DMV guideWhat happens if I donot call DMV within 10 Days?2014
AVVO DMV guideif you decide to contact DMV yourself2014
AVVO DMV guideContacting DMV upon arrest for DUI2014
AVVO Legal GuidesMultiple DUI offenders, refusal cases and minors2014
AVVO Legal GuidesDMV Ten day rule2014
AVVO Legal GuidesExpungements of DUI of alcohol, drugs or both whether adult, minor or juvenile, Class A,C or other2014
DUIKING web site information section on attorneysHow to chose and hire an attorney2014
DUI/DMV web siteDUI information on Juvenile Court2014
DUI/DMV web siteInformation on obtaining a restricted license with DUI conviction2014
DUI/DMV Web siteProbation or revocable release conditions in DUI cases2014
AVVO Legal GuidesHow Long will a DUI/DMV remain on my record?2014
Interstellor StudiosVandervoort & Dulebohn Criminal defense Magazine2012
Chico State Orion News DepartmentDUI King Magazine2009
Butte County Bar Association Law ReviewDeterminant sentencing law1990
Butte County Bar AssociationCriminal law changes for the year manual form for all Butte Co. lawyers1989
Butte Coiunty Bar Association Law ReviewCriminal law changes for the year manual form for all Butte Co. lawyers1989
Butte County Bar Association Law ReviewButte County Bar Association review of new laws1986
Advanced Criminal Procedure Book for Law Students, lawyers and persons studying for the Bar examLegal Lines INC. (now Gilbert's)1971
Legal Lines Inc.(now Gilbert's)"Torts" (Personal injury) book for students and State Bar examination1971
Legal Lines Inc (now Gilberet's)Community Property Handbook1971
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Dui Lawyers AssociationDui/DMVDui seminar certificate2015
California Dui Lawyers OrganizationSeminar in DUI DefenseCertificate2014
United InstituteCross examination of police officerCLE2014
United InstituteLawRules of Evidence2014
United InstituteLawCLE-Statagies in Defendind DUI cases2014
California Dui Lawayers AssociationDUI/DMV Alcohol and Drug Defensecertificate of completion2014
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeDriving Under the InfluenceCertificate2013
California Dui Lawyers AssociationDUI/DMV lawCertificate of Dui Seminar2013
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeDUI/DMVCertificate2012
University of California at Hastings Law School SanFranciscodui/dmv and Criminal defense and advocacyCertificate of Completions2012
California Pulic DefendersLawCertificate of seminar completion2012
California Dui Lawyers AssociationDUI/DMVCertificate2011
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeLawCertificate2011
Loyola law school MABA, Los AngelesCriminal and Driving Under The InfluenceCDL Certificate of Completions2010
National College for DUI Defense, Harvard Law SchoolDUI DefenseSpecialization in Dui/DMV recognized Nationally2010
California Dui Lawyers AssciationDUI/DMV criminal defense and advocacyCertification2010
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeDUICertification2010
California Dui Attorneys OrganizationDui/DMV & Criminal lawCertificate of completion of specialization2010
National College for DUI defenseDUICertification2010
California Public Defenders AssociationCriminal DefenseCerticicate of Seminar Completion2010
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCriminal DefenseSpecialization Certification2010
Harvard Law School National College for DUI DefenseDUI LawSpecialization membership certificate2010
California Deuce (DUI) DefendersDUI/DMV Legal DefensesDUI Specialist designation2002
California Attorneys for Criminla JusticeDUI/DMVLife time Membership Status2002
California Teaching CredentialLaw and JurisprudenceSecondary Community College2000
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor/top 10% scholarships1972
University of California - Santa BarbaraPre-LawOther - Bachelors1969
Palomar CollegePre-LawAA Pre-law (4.0 GPA scholarship-Deans list)1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chico State UniversityLaw1999
Calvery Chapel Chico SeminarsEvangelistic Out Reach1999
Legal avocation speeches Butte CollegeLaw School, law, and Attorney avocation1996
pre-law class (Chico State UniversityLaw and politics1990
Annual Butte County Bar Association conferenceDeterminant Sentencing Laws1990
Butte County Bar AssociationNew laws for the year1989
Yearly review of general plan changesCity Planning rules and law1986
Review of Criminal law and proceduresButte County Bar1986
election of officers and presidentCity planning commision inaguration of me as President1985
City of Oroville General plan reviewGeneral plan laws and changes1984
Yearly review of laws and changesCity Planning rules and law1983
Oroville City Planning Commissioner 4 yearsPlanning Law1982
New City general plan and laws affecting itCity of Oroville General Plan1982
My Election and Inaguration as President of the Oroville Chamber of CommerceCity of Oroville Chamber of Commerce Elections and Review1980
Montly Trustee meetings and lodgeABC law1980
Butte Bar review of law yearlyCriminal procedure and sentencing1980
pre law classLaw and political science1979
Chico State UniversityLaw1979
Yearly review of events, rules and incomeABC Laws1978
Yearly review of finances and activitiesAlcohol sales and gaming ABC rules1977
My Inaguratuion as Exalted rulerLaws,Rules and Rugulation and ABC law1976
Chamber of Commerce and Fraternities law review, OrovilleLaw1976
Legal reviewLaw1975