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Douglas Lee Gardner

Criminal defense Attorney at Redding, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor and public defender now practicing in a solo office, offering representation to adults and juveniles accused of felonies, misdemeanors &/or parole or probation violations. I can also do post conviction expungements.

    37 years

  2. DUI and DWI


     I have spent the last 28 years of my career practicing 100% criminal law in the North State, and building relationships and a reputation. That reputation has developed overtime and has been influenced by the different roles I have played in the criminal justice system here.  As a deputy public defender for 2 years, at a time when it was a privately run office with a contract with the county, I learned the ropes of criminal defense and became an effective advocate for the accused.  As a Deputy District Attorney I leqarned the importance of keeping different cases in perspective, and what keys to look for to differentiate one case from another, even where the charges were the same.  In other words, how to evaluate a case from the prosecution/ the people's perspectrive.  I believe I deveoped a reputation for fairness over the 20 years I spent there, and that I was abel to pass that to younger lawyers I later came to supervise as a Senior Deputy District Attorney.  Since then i have worked diligently to use that experience for the benefit of my clients, and have done so with considerable success.


Douglas L. Gardner, Attoenry at Law


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Nick | May 9, 2013
Good Trial Attorney
My case was a DUI case and attorney Douglas Gardner handled my case very professionally, though I agree that he was late few times due to being caught in the other city court house, he was very skilled and proficient once he started talking and arguing my case. He did not agree with the prosecutor on the sentencing and the hearing was turned over into a mini trial. As expected he was very forceful with his questioning and very professional, I would highly recommend him and give him 5 star for being a knowledgeable and dynamic attorney.
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Response from Douglas Gardner November 18, 2014
Thank you, Douglas L. Gardner
Posted by Kirk | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Douglas Gardner as the perfect attorney for any alcohol related offense in the north state. You can have great confidence in his exceptional local knowledge. If you want a favorable outcome and an affordable defense you can count on Mr. Gardner to treat you professionally.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Charges and Return to Court
My DUI was 2 years ago. Mr. Gardner was always timely with his correspondence, he investigated and explored every avenue of my case to give me the best possible chance heading into my court appointment. My case unfortunately didn't give me a ton of wiggle room to get out of anything, but with the difficult position that I was in, Mr. Gardner was still able to reduce significantly the charges the D.A. was hungry for and I was able to get through that difficult time in my life with as much ease and support as there could be. I had to return back to court recently. I had it in my mind that the DUI VIP program through Shasta County Court had a deadline of the end of my probationary period, which was not the case. Apparently you need to finish in a lot more timely manner than I had. I live in Chico now and it's extremely difficult to ask for time off of work to spend a whole day at court, especially a new job. I called Mr. Gardner's office and was greeted with the most helpful, respectful, thorough assistant I have ever spoken to . I explained that I had completed my VIP program which the court had receipt of, but my court date was still mandatory for me to attend. I asked if there was any chance of Mr. Gardner showing for me for fear of losing my job. He assured me that Mr. Gardner would most likely be open to that, but of course he would need to confirm with him. It wasn't a phone call from his assistant that I received next (the very next day), but from Mr. Gardner himself. He wanted to review my case with me so that he went in with a thorough understanding of what had happened in the past 2 years so that he could represent me to the very best of his ability. He then assured me that I need not be there and that he would absolutely stand up and speak for me when my name is called. I have never known, nor heard of an attorney who happily goes out of their way and goes above and beyond the way that Mr. Gardner and his team have for me. I will be forever grateful and continue to not only sing Mr. Gardner's praises, but refer everyone who needs an attorney for a difficult time in their life to the professional, respectful and 110% effort of Mr. Gardner and his law office.
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Response from Douglas Gardner December 18, 2017
Thank you, for both Steve and I. You're very kind. Keep up your good work. Doug
Posted by Debbie | October 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Doug. Unfortunately I have used his services twice. I had never been through anything like this and did not have a clue of what to do. Doug represented my young son in a Juvenile matter. He did everything possible to turn a very uncomfortable situation around. He explained the process every step of the way. And again, I used his services for my son in an Adult Criminal Case. He worked with us and convinced the courts to my place my son into an alternative Drug Program instead of jail/prison. It has turned my sons life around. Doug and his staff are exceptional. Very easy to talk to Punctual at court and appointments Kept us informed every step of the way Met with us and explained options and the court process Made phone calls to Alternative Programs for options instead of jail or prison time. Hired private investigator He went above and beyond my expectations.
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Response from Douglas Gardner December 18, 2017
Thank you Debbie it was a pleasure working with you, and your son. It's always rewarding when someone takes advantage, when they are given the chance by the system, to straighten things out and improve their chances for the future. I'm just glad we could help get him that chance. Doug


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Douglas L. Gardner Attorney at Law
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Sr. Deputy District Attorney
  • Shasta County District Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Shasta County Public Defender
  • 1987 - 1989


  • California State University, Chico
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976
  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • The top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Doug is a an attorney of integrity. He is very well respected in the legal community given his professional manner and his decades of experience. I highly endorse this attorney for DUI and criminal defense work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug Gardner an extremely experienced and knowledgable Criminal Defense attorney. He is my go to referral in Shasta County and the Redding area. If you want an attorney who knows what he is doing and is trustworthy, then call Doug. I highly endorse Doug as a Redding criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is one of those attorneys who has handled virtually every type of criminal case. There is very little in the field of criminal law that Doug has not already seen or done. Especially in Shasta County and the surrounding counties of Northern California, Doug is respected as one of the most knowledgable and experienced attorneys around. But more important than his experience, Doug is an attorney with sterling character and great integrity. I highly endorse Doug as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Douglas and I worked together on a three strikes re-sentencing case. Our client had previously been sentenced to life in prison, and both Doug and I worked to have that sentenced reduced to credit for time served. I was very impressed with Mr. Gardner's legal knowledge, his prompt attention to detail, and his warm personality. He experience is apparent, and it was a pleasure working with him. I highly recommend Doug for all criminal types of cases in the Shasta County Area."
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Redding Criminal defense Lawyer Douglas Lee Gardner
Douglas Lee Gardner
Criminal defense Attorney
Redding, CA
Licensed for 38 years