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    Urgent: DUI First Aid

    If you’ve been arrested for DUI anywhere in California, you have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing with the California DMV. Sadly, this information is not always brought to the attention of people arrested for DUI.

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    The First 30 Days

    DUI charges are certainly serious, since convictions mean a long list of both direct and indirect consequences. No matter how bad a case may seem, there are ways to cushion or avoid these consequences entirely. However, time is of the essence. If you or someone you know is arrested for a California DUI first offense, don't hesitate to contact us for a consultation.

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    The Kavinoky Law Firm

    We provide our clients with a relentlessly thorough legal defense, and we do that work in a compassionate, caring, respectful way. We creatively explore every strategic option to deliver the best possible outcome for our clients.

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    Someday, this case will be done, and in the “rearview mirror” of your life. Choosing our firm to defend you means that when you look back on it, you’ll know you did everything possible to bring about the best possible result given the unique facts and circumstances of your case.

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    Darren T. Kavinoky
    Founding Attorney, The Kavinoky Law Firm »

    Darren T. Kavinoky is a criminal defense attorney, expert California DUI attorney, host of Deadly Sins, and a television legal analyst that has been dedicated to defending people accused of crime since 1994. He is the founding attorney of The Kavinoky Law Firm based in Encino with offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Sacramento. Darren is a Certified Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and has taught lawyers around the country to be more effective in defending DUI and drug-related cases, delivering lectures on jury selection, cross-examining law enforcement officers, effective use of the media in high-profile cases, and properly handling the ethical issues that can arise in criminal cases.

    He has authored two books relating to the defense of DUI charges. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the National College for DUI Defense, and has been named to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by the American Trial Lawyers Association each year since 2007. Darren has also been named to the list of Southern California SuperLawyers in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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    You are a great lady and worth every penny you charge.  I hope I don’t know anyone else who has to go through this but you can bet I will be singing your praises for years to come.”

    L.M. and T.M.

    - L.M. and T.M.,

    “Thank you, Susan, for your support and help. As always, the Kavinoky Law Firm came through for me. I am so glad I can count on you when I really need help!”


    - M.M., Los Angeles

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    Whether you’ve been arrested for a DUI, drug offense, or any other criminal offense, the criminal defense lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm can help you every step of the way. We’re one of California’s largest DUI and criminal defense law firms servicing the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and surrounding areas.  Our attorneys are skilled in fighting every type of criminal charge, ranging from DUI and assault, to murder and theft.

    We’re committed to finding the best possible solution to your legal problem and are proud of our proven track record of outstanding results. An overwhelming majority of our cases are resolved to our client’s satisfaction without ever going to trial. But, if your case does go to trial, we guarantee we will be there every step of the way.

    Expert DUI Knowledge

    Facing a DUI charge is a traumatic time, and nothing adds to the stress more than the inability to reach your attorney or the fear your lawyer is incapable. Each lawyer at the Kavinoky Law Firm receives unparalleled training, and is personally vetted by Darren Kavinoky and other senior staff attorneys. The lawyers of the Kavinoky Law Firm attend seminars and conferences across the country, and are up-to-date with the latest trial techniques and changes in California’s DUI laws. The firm is approved by the State Bar of California, and our attorneys pride themselves on their availability and dedication to each and every case.

    Each of the lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm have advanced training in drunk driving defense – each attorney is certified in standardized field sobriety testing, and have completed more than ten times the required amount of legal education outlined by the State Bar of California. Darren Kavinoky prides himself on ensuring he is on the cutting edge of DUI defense, and only hires attorneys who meet his standards.


    At the Kavinoky Law Firm, we pride ourselves on the accessibility of our lawyers and staff. Not only do we provide legal counsel, but we provide emotional and moral support as well. Each phone call and e-mail is returned as soon as possible, and every client receives the personal cell number of their attorney and attorney’s assistant.

    Though a public defender is provided free of charge by the American court system, the fact of the matter is they are overworked with heavy caseloads that ensure they won’t be able to spend much time on your individual DUI case. Most public defenders will not provide the same level of one-on-one attention we can, won’t answer phone calls on the weekends, and some may even forget to join you in court. If you are serious about getting the help you deserve, only qualified professionals like the lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm can help.

    It seems like everyone wants the resources of a large law firm, but fears getting lost in the shuffle. Similarly, they may want the one-on-one attention of a small law firm, but fear a lack of expertise. At the Kavinoky Law Firm you can have the best of both worlds. Clients of the Kavinoky Law Firm will gain access to the information and resources available at large law firms along with the individual attention and compassion small firms are known for.

    Familiarity with Local Courts

    Each of our criminal defense attorneys are assigned to specific courthouses enabling them to build trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and other members of the court staff. By growing accustomed to these courthouses, our attorneys know the ins and outs of particular courtrooms and have learned who to talk to and the most effective ways to attain a positive outcome.

    We know firsthand how the court system works, and use this insider knowledge to your advantage. While some attorneys take a ‘wait and see’ approach, the attorneys at the Kavinoky Law Firm take a proactive approach to each and every case. We believe there’s no time to waste, and get to work immediately. After all, the first few days following an arrest are integral; there’s no point in wasting them.

    DUI Experts

    The lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm are experts when it comes to DUI cases. The most pressing issue when it comes to a DUI is finding an experienced California DUI attorney who understands the complexities of DUI law in California. We understand DUIs occur unexpectedly, and the driver is rarely prepared for the complex legal issues that follow.

    A California drunk driving case usually begins with arraignment, ends with a court case and includes a DMV hearing to determine driver’s license status. If you hire a lawyer from the Kavinoky Law Firm to represent you in a DUI case, you can rest assured knowing we’ll take care of you every step of the way.  An experienced California DUI criminal defense attorney can help develop an aggressive strategy to attack both the court case and DMV action.

    Honors and Recognition

    Just as peer-reviewed journals gain credibility, choosing a law firm that receives honors, awards, and recognition from clients and peers in the industry is a safe bet. Darren T. Kavinoky has been honored time and time again for his legal knowledge, integrity and commitment to fighting for the rights of his clients. He has nearly two decades of experience practicing law, and has been named a SuperLawyer Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine.

    In addition to being a celebrated criminal defense attorney, Darren T. Kavinoky is in demand as a legal expert on national television and radio programs. He’s been quoted in a plethora of magazine and newspaper articles, and is a frequent guest on national media outlets ranging from Entertainment Tonight and the Today Show to CNN Headline News.


    A successful DUI defense calls for more than a by-the-books approach; it calls for creativity and innovation. The lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm are always searching for new ways to fight cases, and use the latest technological advances. We employ advanced software support and are committed to keeping you up-to-date about the latest developments in your case. We’ll provide you with a letter at least once a month outlining your case, so you won’t be left wondering about its status.

    Call Us Today

    If you’re facing a DUI or other criminal charge in the state of California, the expert lawyers at Kavinoky Law Firm can help. By placing your case in the hands of the Kavinoky Law Firm, you’ll be provided with the best defense possible. We understand what’s at stake in your California criminal case, and we’ll do everything possible to protect your rights. Call us today for a consultation.

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