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Richard Wagner

Excellent Southern California DUI Defense Attorney

The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation

7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 714-403-6317


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About Richard Wagner

DUI Attorney Richard Wagner has devoted his distinctive legal career to upholding and defending the United States Constitution. The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation, stands by its solemn mission: to courageously represent the underdog, to right wrongs, speak truth to power and stand up for and fight for people who have nobody in their corner. DUI Attorney Richard Wagner works skillfully with select expert witnesses, the finest consultants, and front-line private investigators to deliver a powerful defense. Richard Wagner earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1989 from University of California, Santa Barbara. Richard Wagner earned his law degree in 1998 from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. In law school, examples of Richard Wagner’s academic excellence include the Law Review, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Richard Wagner gained authentic legal work experience while a law student by serving as a law clerk at the Orange County Alternate Public Defenders Office and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Edward Wallin (Ret.), California Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, California. Richard Wagner made an impact upon passing the California Bar Exam on his first and only attempt. Richard Wagner worked tenaciously for two years as a criminal prosecutor in downtown Los Angeles for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. While a Los Angeles Prosecutor, Richard Wagner prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including DUI, drunk driving, domestic violence, prostitution, vandalism, assault and battery, and firearms cases in LA. Richard Wagner lectured at Parker Center (former LAPD headquarters) to police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department during the Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP) on “Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony Training.” Richard Wagner also lectured at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) in May 2000 and March 2001. Since 2002, Richard Wagner has been a DUI Defense Attorney in private practice. In 2006, he presented a lecture, “What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving” at Whittier Law School. In addition to giving lectures, Richard Wagner has shown his dedication to the profession of DUI defense by successfully completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course. Richard Wagner has exceptionally handled thousands of Southern California criminal defense and DUI cases, resulting in excellent results for his clients, including not guilty verdicts, acquittals, dismissals, and reductions of charges. In one unforgettable trial, DUI Attorney Richard Wagner won a jury trial in Newport Beach for a woman accused by the Orange County DA of DUI of alcohol and refusing to take a breath or blood test in Corona Del Mar. In another eventful case, DUI Attorney Richard Wagner got a man’s DUI case dismissed who was charged by the Los Angeles DA of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more, in the Compton Courthouse after two jury trials ended in hung juries. DUI Attorney Richard Wagner won a jury trial in the West Covina Courthouse in Los Angeles County very few lawyers, if any, would have taken to trial. California Highway Patrol accused his client of speeding, almost colliding with the CHP car, and having a blood alcohol concentration BAC of .19 percent on the Datamaster breathaylzer. The 12 person jury was not convinced and unanimously voted not guilty – to acquit – on all charges. Along with the acquittal, Mr. Wagner got his client’s DMV suspension (set aside) dismissed. In another DUI case, Richard Wagner won a jury trial in Whittier for a man accused by the LA District Attorney of DUI with a prior DUI conviction, defending against evidence that his client caused a traffic accident, failed the FSTs, and had a BAC of 0.19% measured by a blood test. Top-Notch DUI Attorney Richard Wagner’s distinguished victories include a complete dismissal of felony charges for his client facing significant state prison time and lifetime drug registration accused by the San Bernardino District Attorney of second degree commercial burglary, transportation of marijuana for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale in the San Bernardino Superior Court. In another very important case, Richard Wagner persuaded the LA District Attorney to dismiss serious felony sex charges in Bellflower, avoiding prison and life-time sex registration for his client. DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner defends clients with distinction in Federal Court in the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and in all State courts throughout California. He has successfully represented clients in criminal and DUI cases in Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, San Bernardino, Riverside, Tulare, Imperial, and San Diego Counties. Richard Wagner has defended clients in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Idaho and New Mexico. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, State Bar of California, California Public Defenders Association, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, The National College for DUI Defense, and California DUI Lawyers Association.

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