Daniel Smith

San Diego Defenders
  • Criminal Law
  • Arizona, California
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Practicing exclusively criminal defense since 1990. I started my career with Federal Defenders of San Diego and continued on to state criminal defense. I was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1992 and have handled both state and federal matters in Arizona. Our firm has four associated attorneys, all of whom practice criminal defense exclusively. We have an accomplished DUI attorney in Jon Pettis, a 37 year veteran of criminal defense in Alan Spears, and our Spanish-speaking attorney Paulo Ochoa. We pride ourselves in using the round table method to attack and defend each case.

California Western School of Law
J.D. / Criminal Law
Advanced Criminal Procedure involved filing an appeal on a criminal case which resulted in the only published opinion of any of the class members.
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award - Trial Practice
Activities: WestLaw Trainer for entire school. Gafford Mock Trial Competition Advanced Criminal Procedure
Arizona State University
B.S. / Economics
Wonderful School and Campus. Go Sun Devils!
Honors: Economics Honors Society
Activities: Intramurals, Skiing, and Triathelons
Professional Experience
Founder and Supervising Attorney
San Deigo Defenders
- Current
As the founder of San Diego Defenders, APC, I have had the opportunity to build a law firm from the ground up and surround myself with great lawyers. We created the www.youtube.com/DUIminute to educate the public on the basics of the DUI defense. We have handled every type of case including two murder cases in 2011, several federal wiretap cases, and over 400 DUI cases since we formed.
Senior Trial Lawyer
Pacific Law Center. LLP
I was asked to come aboard as the Federal trial lawyer in a large law firm setting. I was then asked to supervise the SouthBay Division of the law firm and the federal cases.
Trial Attorney
Law Offices of Daniel M. Smith
As a solo practitioner, I encountered the challenges of marketing a successful law office and how to deal with state cases in all jurisdictions.
Trial Lawyer
Federal Defenders of San Diego
A great organization to learn the art of criminal defense in the federal courts. This was a wonderful learning experience and I am forever grateful to have been a part of Federal Defenders.
Trial Practice
American Jurisprudence Award
Outstanding achievement for booking the Trial Practice class taught by then Presiding Judge, the Honorable Arthur Jones.
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
California DUI Lawyers
- Current
- Current
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
Practice Area
  • Criminal Law
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Contact & Map
San Diego Defenders, APC
585 Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Telephone: (619) 233-6900