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Sean Leslie

Criminal defense Attorney

5.0   31 reviews

also known as Sean F. Leslie, Attorney at Law

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sean

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I am a successful criminal lawyer and dui attorney with over 20 years of experience in the courtroom and experience as a former law enforcement police officer. I am proud to represent those individuals prosecuted by governmental agencies and accused of crimes

    34 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    I am a successful criminal lawyer and dui attorney with over 20 years of experience in the courtroom and experience as a former law enforcement police officer. I am proud to represent those individuals prosecuted by governmental agencies and accused of crimes

    34 years

  3. Personal injury

    34 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt

    34 years

I am a prosperous lawyer with over 25 years of practice in the courtroom and skills as a former law enforcement police officer.

My commitment to excellence means striving for achievement at every turn. This dedication brings about an atmosphere of success that enables me to confidently offer the best legal service to my clients in the areas that I practice. This commitment to my clients has resulted in achieving the highest rating (“AV,” Very High to Preeminent) available from Martindale-Hubbell, the most reputable independent legal rating source in the Country.


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5.0 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
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Posted by James | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sean Leslie = FIVE STARS
Mr. Sean Leslie is an amazing attorney. He came across my path in a major time of need and has been helpful for the past almost 9 months. He is a bulldog in the courtroom and knows what he is doing. He is very easy to communicate with, he knows his plan of action, and always has your best interest at mind. I would recommend Sean Leslie to anyone looking for representation in tough times. He is top of the line. 5 Stars! Thank you Sean!
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Posted by Diony | April 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
I would like to thank Atty. Sean Leslie and Paralegal Kamron Henriquez for representing me and helping me get my speeding ticket dismissed. Everything has changed due to COVID. Consultation and communication were done thru text and phone calls. They were very professional and knowledgeable in advising me my options. Win or loose I would still highly recommend Atty. Leslie. In my case I won so double highly recommend. I will no longer speed.
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Posted by Paul | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
Considering that the charges that had been filed against me, were of grave consequences, my only hope was that my time would be a short term, this lawyer had gone above and beyond my expectations and my case was completely dismissed. Sean Leslie and associates I will forever be in debted too. I personally will recommend this lawyer and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great services
Amazing service! I could not have chosen a better Legal Group to handle my case. I recommend Leslie Legal Group to everyone who needs someone to taken care of their tickets, infractions, ect.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most helpful legal group I found
I called around North County SD and found prices and consultations to be all over the place. Some attorneys charged 3-times what Mr. Leslie's group quoted. I spoke with both of Mr. Leslie's associates in the office while he was in court. They not only answered my questions but offered to call the court to check the status of my case. And Mr. Leslie himself txt me after a long day in court to make sure I was satisfied. I did not find this level of service with the other attorneys I spoke with. If the DA had not dropped the charges, I would have hired Mr. Leslie.
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Posted by Steven | October 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Truly Excellent
From my first consultation with Mr Leslie, he was very straightforward and informative about how I stood regarding my case. He and his staff were attentive to my needs and took time to understand the background of my case. As a result, I could not have asked for a better outcome. Choosing Mr Leslie to represent me was definitely the right choice -- no regrets whatsoever.
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Posted by Paul | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great help!
Great help! There communication was great and were always responsive to emails and phone calls. Left it in their hands and they handled everything. Would highly recommend!
Posted by David | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I worked with Kamron, very professional and answered everything i asked promptly. This law firm delivered on their promise of what they can do!
Posted by Lynne | August 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Compassionate
Amazing, compassionate and professional service during a difficult time. So happy to have found Mr. Leslie and his firm.
Posted by Leo | January 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence Arrest
I was arrested but not charged on a bogus domestic violence accusation. However, I still had the arrest on my record. In this type of case the burden of proof is on the accused and the arresting parties (police) strongly resist the motion because you may be able to sue them later for arresting you without 'probable cause'. Sean was very thorough in presenting my case and I was exonerated: 'No reasonable cause exists to believe the arrestee committed the offense for which the arrest was made. Petitioner is factually innocent of the charges listed below and is hereby exonerated. Hereafter, the arrest shall be deemed not to have occurred, and the petitioner may answer any questions relating to the arrest accordingly'. Thank you Sean for helping to give me back my life and reputation!
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Posted by Ryan | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won the Case
Got me out of a frivolous speeding ticket. Handled everything over the phone and notified me by text when the ticket was dismissed.
Posted by Stacie | November 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fabulous attorney!
Sean Leslie is an awesome attorney, has a great great staff, is extremely helpful, highly experienced and he absolutely gets the job done. Kamron (a paralegal I dealt with there as well) is a gem and is great to work with. Everyone there goes above and beyond. Got my speeding ticket (they said I was doing 61 in a 45) dismissed completely. Fantastic firm...I would most definitely recommend them to anyone needing help.
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Posted by Jean | July 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Representations
As a Criminal defense Attorney, Sean Leslie demonstrated a level of competency second to none while handling, not one but two traffic violations for me. He successfully managed and litigated my cases to dismissal on both occasion. I highly recommend Leslie and his assistant Kamron D. Henriquez for your cases.
Posted by Katie | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience!
He is a clear and consise communicator (unusual in his profession!). Handled my case swiftly and effectively, and kept me informed of all next steps and warned of all possible outcomes. Will use again.
Posted by Al | May 14, 2015
Astute, Compassionate, Intellect, Reasonably priced, GET'S RESULTS FOR CLIENTS
Sean Leslie helped me out with a case I had concerning Domestic Violence in the home. I am older (56) and my wife about the same age. Not to go into the details of our case it is fair to say that the police arrested me without any cause. It was beyond ridiculous and unprofessional. Of course when Sean Leslie took on the case and presented the FACTs to the DA the case was dropped. Furthermore, the Carlsbad police trampled my name through the public and are incompetent. I asked them to seal and destroy the arrest record since it was total BS. They of course refused. I went back to Sean and he did the paperwork for the petition to seal and destroy. Once again - HE GOT RESULTS. The DA did not even oppose the petition and it is approved. When our government overstepped its role and entered into my home you may have to wait it out. But in the end our judicial system protected me from abuses of the Carlsbad, CA Police. Sean is the man you want in your corner. He is a winner and I am grateful for all he did for my family and me. This may be a long review but I am telling you ... DON'T MISS THIS ONE! If you need legal help Sean Leslie is your advocate. A man of integrity energy and gets the job done in a reasonable time.
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Posted by Indra | February 16, 2015
Great Appreciation for Legal Services Par Excellence!!!!!
Sean Fitzpatric Leslie is not only an excellent attorney, I also judge him to be a good, decent, and honest person in a world where the word "Lawyer" has become far too synonymous with deception and greed, in my usual opinion. Fortunately my experience with the Leslie Legal Group was all around facile and much more pleasant and successful than anticipated. I also must confess that I have got to be one of the most willfully challenging clients to work with for most any attorney. I am a fierce and uncompromising advocate of helping to restore the rule of Constitutional Law to the United States of America and do my best to exercise my First Amendment Rights in particular whenever and wherever possible. In my case, a badly spoiled ex-girlfriend with a ludicrously wealthy multi, multi, multi-millionaire father was wickedly and willfully lying and had essentially financially and socially motivated others to back her blatant bald-faced lies. I called them all out repeatedly and incessantly throughout the pre-trial process, continuously issuing Polygraph Challenges to the pussified prevaricators. In short, I was basically a nightmare of a client for most any attorney since I refused to keep my big, loud, & proud mouth the funk shut. Sean Fitzpatric Leslie and his very humanely talented and authentically talented staff handled all of my issues with talented confidence, despite the fact that I often chose not to follow good sensible legal advice for personal and ethical reasons. I refused to accept a plea deal since I was not guilty of the charges, and in fact the other party was intensely and thoroughly guilty of what they attempted to use typical entrenched societal gender roles to frame me with. Since at least the times of the O.J. Simpson fiasco, males have been badly discriminated against in the California legal system. Personally I won't tolerate discrimination of any sort and am very thankful that Mr. Leslie' calm and reasonable negotiating style and good relations all-around was able to successfully get the charges dropped and the case dismissed just as the trial was set to begin. I do not necessarily advise being as hardcore and uncompromising while standing up to a broken and discriminatory 'System' in these trying times as I have chosen to be, yet I definitely do highly advise retaining the affordable and efficient legal services of Sean Fitzpatric Leslie and Leslie Legal Services if you do.
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Posted by Alex | December 21, 2014
Review Sean Fitzpatric Leslie
Mr. Leslie was very knowledgeable in his field of expertise and able to direct me to the best resources. His services were complemented by a most efficient and personable paralegal. Communication was thoughtful and responsive.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
Leslie Legal Group
Mr Leslie and his legal team worked diligently on my case from the moment I hired them to represent me. Mr Leslie outlined what I should expect in the upcoming court hearings. He proceeded to inform me how he will approach defending my case. I was informed and kept appraised what my responsibility would be...And when I needed to fulfill my responsibility. The team kept me informed every step of the way. Mr Leslie and his team were able to get me a favorable result possible. I would recommend the Leslie Legal Group.
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Posted by Carol | September 19, 2014
I hired Mr. Leslie to help me fight a speeding ticket. I felt like Mr. Leslie was very personable, thorough and very competent! He was successful with fighting my speeding ticket so I didn't have to pay! Thank you Mr. Leslie! Please give him a call!! You'll be so glad you did!
Posted by Kevin | August 21, 2014
Excellent Job!!
Sean was very helpful and very timely in all of our dealings. Kamron (in the office) was very helpful as well and always provided the information I needed quickly. Excellent representation by all!!
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Leslie Legal Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Sean F. Leslie
  • 1997 - Present
  • Partner
  • Switzer and Leslie
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Riverside County Public Defender's Office
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bonne, Jones, Bridges, Mueller & O'keefe
  • 1990 - 1991
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  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • San Diego State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Colbert
  • Successfully avoided death penalty ruling


  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2011 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 1997 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1999 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent
  • 2011
  • Highest Possible Rating in Ethical Standards
  • LexisNexis
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Superior Court of the State of California
  • 2002
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • USD School of Law
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (4)
Endorse Sean
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean Leslie is a highly respected member of the San Diego legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is an excellent attorney with a deep grasp of the law and a ton of practical experience. I've sought his advice several times on complicated cases, and always rely on his opinion. An excellent attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have work with Sean Leslie on multiple high profile cases in San Diego Superior Court. Whether the case involves economic fraud or a crime of violence he represents his clients in a dedicated and determined manner, which leads to outstanding results. Mark A. Chambers Attorney at Law"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a great lawyer and a real asset to the AVVO family!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Leslie. He has earned the excellent reputation he enjoys across Southern California."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A great attorney who works hard to get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sean. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely motivated, honest, caring, and intelligent attorney who works hard for the clients rights. Keeps up with the law by attending seminars on a regular basis. I recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Leslie's prior experience in Law Enforcement gives him a significant edge in matters Criminal...especially when issues related to law enforcement overreach, probable cause and police procedures are at issue. I have worked for him and with him on multiple cases and would send clients to him with confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Leslie. He is a skilled criminal defense attorney with experience ranging from simple matters to capital trials. He is straight forward and knowledgeable."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Leslie for over four years and have had the opportunity to work with him. He is an excellent attorney with regard to both his knowledge and his character. I would easily recommend him as a fair and ethical attorney who cares for his clients and the outcome of his cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Leslie is an outstanding attorney and I would highly recommend him. I know him to be well respected in the legal community and very experienced and knowledgeable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Sean over the years on various legal matters. I know him to be an excellent lawyer and of high integrity. I am pleased to recommend Sean to anyone who is looking for a highly effective lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Leslie for the last five years. His prior career as a police officer has provided him a unique understanding of both sides of the law, enabling him to be a superb criminal defense attorney. I know if I were ever in trouble with the law, he would be the first attorney I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sean Leslie has been practicing 20 years and knows the criminal justice system inside and out. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking quality legal representation. He is a highly qualified and very ethical criminal attorney."
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