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San Diego - Eugene Ellis "Mr. DUI" - Attorney at Law
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San Diego - Eugene Ellis "Mr. DUI" - Attorney at Law
Eugene Ellis

3990 9th Ave
San Diego CA 92103
(619) 563-1010

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San Diego - Eugene Ellis "Mr. DUI" - Attorney at Law

Please Call : 619-563-1010

After years of practice, Mr. Ellis concluded that the attorney who limits his practice to one area of the law inevitably gains sufficient expertise to have the upper hand in litigation. In the words of Russell Cromwell:

"Find something, anything, and do it better than anyone else in the world, and the public will eventually find out about you and beat a path to your door."
 
 

Benefits of Limited Practices to the Clients

When you do one thing to the exclusion of anything else, year after year, you obtain a cutting edge that is hard or impossible for other attorneys not so fortunate in being able to limit their practice to achieve. That is common sense and it is especially true of Medicine or Law because they are so complex. Of all the criminal law cases DUI lends itself especially well to limited practice because it is more complex than any other type of criminal case, except the very complex murder and rape felony complex of crimes. The metabolism of alcohol in the human body causes a person, for example, to be guilty of DUI one hour after his last drink, but not guilty twenty minutes after his last drink when he was stopped by an officer who saw him leaving a bar.

Known locally as MR. DUI, Eugene Ellis is one of the pre-eminent DUI attorneys in Southern California. With 34 years of legal experience, more than 30 years of his career has been dedicated exclusively defending DUI and DMV only cases.

Education : Mr. Ellis graduated from the Western State University  College of Law in 1975, took the 1976 winter California Bar Exam, and was one of the 37% of first-time exam takers to pass on the first attempt.  He went on to take post-graduate law courses at the University of Southern California, University of San Diego, and Hastings University School of Law.  After completing his education in San Diego, where he has lived most of his adult life, Mr. Ellis has continually upgraded his skills as a DUI attorney. Please take a minute to look at just a few of the courses he has taken that are outlined in the Expertise Is Required to Beat the System section.

Early Career : Beginning his career with a two-attorney medical malpractice firm, Mr. Ellis learned the lessons of David and Goliath.  At times facing defense firms with up to 60 lawyers, he learned he could take on difficult cases and beat the large firms at their own games. Unwilling to give in to the Goliath law firms, Mr. Ellis often worked around the clock fighting the frequently bullying tactics used against smaller firms. These experiences cemented his desire to fight on behalf of the underdog and are used in his battles against a massive government system designed to prosecute DUI defendants.

Please Call : 619-563-1010

Eugene Ellis

Known locally as MR. DUI, Eugene Ellis is one of the pre-eminent DUI attorneys in Southern California. With 34 years of legal experience, more than 30 years of his career has been dedicated exclusively defending DUI and DMV only cases.

Education : Mr. Ellis graduated from the Western State University  College of Law in 1975, took the 1976 winter California Bar Exam, and was one of the 37% of first-time exam takers to pass on the first attempt.  He went on to take post-graduate law courses at the University of Southern California, University of San Diego, and Hastings University School of Law.  After completing his education in San Diego, where he has lived most of his adult life, Mr. Ellis has continually upgraded his skills as a DUI attorney. Please take a minute to look at just a few of the courses he has taken that are outlined in the Expertise Is Required to Beat the System section.

Early Career : Beginning his career with a two-attorney medical malpractice firm, Mr. Ellis learned the lessons of David and Goliath.  At times facing defense firms with up to 60 lawyers, he learned he could take on difficult cases and beat the large firms at their own games. Unwilling to give in to the Goliath law firms, Mr. Ellis often worked around the clock fighting the frequently bullying tactics used against smaller firms. These experiences cemented his desire to fight on behalf of the underdog and are used in his battles against a massive government system designed to prosecute DUI defendants.

About Us

Successfully Serving San Diego Residents Since 1976

 

Eugene Ellis has successfully served San Diego residents since 1976. He opened the first and only San Diego Ticket Clinic in 1978 wherein he fought the DMV and the courts for San Diego citizens to keep their drivers licenses and their DMV records clear of DUI and other traffic related crimes… In those days San Diego was a lot smaller and many judges did not fully grasp just how important a driver’s license was in this town.

San Diego has grown up considerably since then, and with many years under his belt now, Mr. Ellis is known by many local DUI council as “the Professor” in the field of traffic law and DUI, which is his specialty.

There is a saying, “Common Sense is not so common,” but there is no need for you to leave your common sense at the kitchen table when you check out websites looking for a DUI attorney to handle your case.

Here is what Mr. Ellis has to say about it:

“I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant in La Jolla my wife took me to, to celebrate Father’s day. The waitress was wearing a colorful shirt that said ‘Proudly Celebrating 35 years since 1967 to 2002'.

“As I ate dinner I started to think about the significance of that shirt. My wife must have been thinking of the same thing because she said, pointing to the shirt as one of the girls passed by, “They must have good food and service here because you cannot stay in business in one town for that many years without making a lot of people happy and having a lot of return customers.” I agreed with her.

“Then I started thinking about my own service business and thought how similar my situation was to that Mexican restaurant. Both serve people off the street. In my case I have been in business for 27 long years happily serving San Diegans with their DUI and other traffic related problems.

“Also similar is the fact that 70% of my business comes from happy customers that referred me to their friends and relatives. In some cases I did not even win their cases, as no attorney can win all their cases, but in most cases they appreciated our efforts so much that they still recommended their closest friends to me. Like all San Diego businesses in similar circumstances I proudly wear the badge, “Serving San Diego residents since 1976,” and I recommend you look for that guarantee, in a profession where there are no guarantees of excellence, when you seek an attorney in such a serious matter as DUI and having a DUI on your record for life. Thank you.”

Mitchell Mehdy

Known locally as MR. TICKET, Mitch is probably the only attorney in San Diego who devotes his entire practice to low-cost defense of traffic tickets and DMV Hearings!

There are numerous reasons to keep a clean driving record:

1) As many motorists know, a clean driving record is important in keeping your insurance rates low.
2) A clean driving record is important in keeping your license.
3) For some, a clean driving record is important in keeping your job.

An attorney who specializes in traffic tickets will be better able to help you. Experience breeds expertise. Expertise helps clients with legal matters. Choose an attorney with more traffic ticket defense and DMV Hearing experience than any other attorney in San Diego.

Mr. Ticket, Mitchell Mehdy:

For sixteen years, Mitchell Mehdy has slugged it out in the trenches of the courts helping hundreds of clients per month. At DMV hearings Mr. Mehdy has helped many clients keep their licenses after multiple tickets! He can help you avoid getting points on your license after multiple tickets!

Jack Smith

Jack Smith is an experienced Police Practices and Procedures Expert that has qualified and successfully testified as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test expert witness in the Federal and State courts.

 

Jack has personally reviewed and evaluated well over 3,000 DUI arrests made in San Diego County by local police agencies and the California Highway Patrol.  Moreover, he has supervised and managed Law Enforcement  “Driving Under The Influence” investigations as a law enforcement supervisor and executive and is extremely competent in finding investigative error that supports a professional defense.

 

Jack Smith is currently President of JACK SMITH Consulting and Investigative Services, a full-service consulting firm providing assistance to government, attorneys, the business community and persons needing professional assistance regarding police practices and procedures.  His success as a consultant, investigator and expert witness is based upon his extensive law enforcement training, education, knowledge, skills and experience acquired over a 35-year law enforcement career.

 

Our company is pleased to be part of the Eugene Ellis team and provide professional expert testimony, advice and investigative assistance in a very effective and caring manner as we work together to resolve your important case.

 

Education

BS Degree – California State University at Long Beach, Criminology

MS Degree – Pepperdine University, Social Psychology

Graduate – Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy

 

Experience

President, JACK SMITH Consulting and Investigative Services

Own and manage a full-service consulting and private investigation firm, providing assistance to government, attorneys, the business community and private sector.

Serve as an expert witness on the subject of Police Practices and Procedures and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.

 

Assistant Sheriff, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Developed and directed the Human Resources and Support Bureau for the SD County Sheriff’s Department and co-chaired the San Diego Regional Police and Sheriffs Academy.

 

Chief of Police, City of El Cajon, California

General Manager of the El Cajon Police Department.

 

Los Angeles Police Department

Served 26 years with the Los Angeles Police Department as an officer, supervisor and manager.  Extensive experience providing critical policy review on traffic accident investigation, driving under the influence investigations and training, lawsuit evaluation and defense.

Lou Pilato

Lou Pilato

High energy  and  detail oriented  attorney  with  over  25+  years of experience in either prosecuting  criminal offenses  or  engaging in criminal defense work;  in  implementing   problem   prevention  programs;   in  supervising  and/or  managing  staff  and  support personnel;  and  in  developing  expertise  as  a  litigation  or trial specialist.

Background includes over  ten years of public  service with regional  prosecutor’s office where attained status of chief trial attorney and ultimately engaged in well over 150 jury trials and countless non jury proceedings and hearings.  Later,  managed general practice law  firm  where  focus  of  attention  was on engaging in criminal defense matters and in that capacity was involved in another 50+ jury trials, etc.  More recently have engaged in criminal defense work on contract basis handling variety of criminal cases in the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego.

As a prosecutor,  achieved  a  95%  conviction rate,  and  the  duties included heading the homicide  bureau,  the  career  criminal  bureau,  and  the  special  investigations  bureau (which was responsible for all major or high profile matters).   Became  the  leading trial attorney for the office. Cases included over thirty homicide trials, a variety of organized crime situations, violent sexual offenses, bank robberies, home invasion matters, etc.

Cases as a private defense counsel included  the  same  type  of  criminal offenses.  Have achieved a 75% rate of acquittal for charges lodged against the clients, was recognized as one of the premier attorneys in the area  and  often received referrals from other attorneys or law firms when  they could  not  negotiate  a  reasonable deal for their clients and the cases were scheduled for trial.

Licensed  to  practice  law  in  both New York State and California.   Able  to  effectively  negotiate  settlements  and/or  to  successfully  argue positions  to  lay  people,  attorneys,  and  judges  and  juries  on  variety of matters to most certainly include criminal issues.

 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mr. Pilato  has made the field of  criminal law a specialty by obtaining extensive experience on both sides of  the aisle.    Beginning  his legal career as a  prosecutor,   he quickly  rose  up  the  ranks  so  as to become the  leading trial attorney in his office and so as to also gain  invaluable  insight  into  the attitudes and procedures being utilized by law enforcement agencies and officers.   He  then shifted gears and for over 15 years has been  a  polished  criminal  defense  attorney,  handling  all  types  of  criminal matters in local, state and federal courts.   While  Mr. Pilato  is  most comfortable in the courtroom fighting for his clients before judges and juries,  and  has  engaged  in  well over 300 jury trials, he also knows that the two pre-requisites for a favorable end result are establishing a  trusting  relationship  with  his  client  and  then conducting a thorough and exhaustive investigation.    That  is why he takes whatever time is necessary to know both the client and the agencies or officers that have commenced the proceedings against the client.  His successes  have  resulted  in  Mr. Pilato  being cited in Marquis Who’s Who In American Law on multiple occasions.

 

As examples of Mr. Pilato’s achievements, the following are noted:

 

Client Charged With Intentional and Felony Murder:

At the conclusion of a two week trial, not guilty verdicts secured on all charges.

 

Client Charged With Criminal Sexual Act and Sexual Abuse:

Following motion arguments and trial, almost all charges dismissed or resolved with not guilty verdicts and sole conviction for the lesser charge of sexual abuse resulted in a sentence of probation.

 

Client Charged With Two Separate Sets of Charges Dealing With Possession And Sale of Drugs Based Upon Alleged Hand to Hand Transactions With Undercover Officers and Execution of Search Warrants:

This matter never went to trial.  Legal research and ingenious motion arguments resulted in dismissal of all charges.

 

Client Charged With Multiple Sales of Drugs to Police Informants:

Investigation and plea discussions resulted in resolution of charges with a plea to a lesser charge and sentence of probation.

 

Client Charged With Multiple Burglaries/Larcenies Based Upon Fingerprint Evidence:

End result of investigation and trial, including effective cross examination of the fingerprint technician, was acquittal on all charges.

 

Client Charged With Home Invasion Burglary and Robbery:

Investigation and discussion with authorities resulted in withdrawal of all charges.

 

Client Charged With Bar Room Assault With Broken Bottle:

End result of trial was acquittal on all charges.

 

Client Arrested and Convicted for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer and Was Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Based On Representation By Another Attorney:

Mr. Pilato was hired to handle the appeal and the end result was overturning of the conviction and re-trial of case which resulted in acquittal.

 

Multiple Clients Arrested for DUI With The Additional Claims That Their BAC Level Was Higher Than .08

On all of these matters,  Mr. Pilato’s first task,  which is something he routinely does, was to attempt to obtain a dismissal of the charges  based  upon  negotiation  with the prosecutor  and/or  motion argument.   When that did not produce the desired results, the matters were taken to trial.   As of today’s date,  the results of the various trials have been acquittals on  75%  of  the  charges, a figure consistent  with  his  prior  record  and amazing in light of community attitude about DUI matters.   

 

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate, Buffalo School of Law

Bachelor of Arts, University of Miami (Magna Cum Laude)

 

AFFILIATIONS AND CITATIONS

Member of California Bar Association

Member of New York Bar Association

Former Member of MVBA Ethics and Criminal Law Section

Admitted US Federal Court – Western District of NY

Cited Numerous Times in Marquis’ Who’s Who In American Law

Veteran of US Army – Commendations Received For Work With The

Army Chief of Staff and The Secretary of Army

Jeff Bullingham

JEFF BULLINGHAM graduated from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a degree in Political Science and was a part of the school’s prestigious “Thematic Options” Honors Program. Thereafter, Jeff attended the University of San Diego School of Law, obtaining his law degree in 2002. While in law school, Jeff interned for the San Diego Alternate Public Defender’s Office, working extensively on a high profile death penalty case, in addition to several other serious felony matters.

Jeff next worked for the law firm Spital & Associates where he was in charge of the day to day operations of the firm’s criminal division and successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with DUI / Drunk Driving. Most recently, Jeff worked for one of Southern California’s largest DUI firms where he exclusively represented clients accused of DUI / Drunk Driving.

Some of Jeff’s successful case results include: obtaining a complete dismissal of all DUI related charges for a client charged with a third DUI offense and a blood alcohol concentration nearly twice the legal limit, a judgment of acquittal for a commercial driver still on active probation accused of his second DUI offense within two years, a dismissal of all alcohol related charges for a client accused of driving with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, and a complete dismissal of all charges for a client accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. Jeff has a real passion for his clients and works tirelessly to insure every client receives individual attention and are given the maximum possible chance at success.

Charles Gilliland

Charles Gilliland, Attorney at Law
20 Years Experience
“3 Strikes” Advanced level felony jury trial attorney.
Respected by judges as firm but gentle,
highly honorable, and trustworthy.

Charles received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego.  He has practiced Criminal Defense exclusively for over 20 years handling all types of cases from misdemeanor to felonies including “three strikes” cases and other potential life cases.  Charles has handled thousands of DUI cases, both misdemeanor and felony, through all stages of the court process.  He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and regularly attend continuing education seminars in the field typically amassing nearly double the hours required.

Recent Results

Recent Results

Results. That’s the bottom line of what everyone is looking for. Mr. Ellis has a long track record of successful results with hundreds of DUI clients. Here are the results from a few people our law office has recently helped:

DECEMBER 2010
INITIALS RESULT
C.G. CASE DISMISSED
A.M. NON DUI – BAC 0.13
J.P. ACQUITTAL ON ALL COUNTS
B.H. CASE DISMISSED – BAC 0.18
J.E. CASE DISMISSED – BAC 0.15
M.E. NON DUI – BAC 0.12
L.G. VC23140 DISMISSED – BAC 0.09
C.L. CASE DISMISSED – BAC 0.21
C.K. CASE DISMISSED – BAC 0.11
R.O. NON DUI – BAC 0.12
NOVEMBER 2010
INITIALS RESULT
K.K. 3RD DUI WITHIN 3 YEARS – NO JAIL
F.B. NON DUI – BAC 0.14
L.Y. 5TH DUI – NO JAIL
A.U. NON DUI – BAC 0.10
J.G. NON DUI – BAC 0.11
R.L. NON DUI – BAC 0.16
T.T. VC23140 INFRACTION
J.P. NON DUI – BAC 0.13
O.B. DRY RECKLESS – BAC 0.19
R.S. NON DUI
W.K. CASE DISMISSED – BAC 0.19
T.D. NON DUI – BAC 0.17
J.V. NON DUI – BAC 0.15
J.H. CASE DISMISSED – 0.16
B.M WON APPEAL – BAC 0.27
B.M. NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS – BAC 0.16

Although we have been successful in these cases, please be aware that he cannot and does not guarantee any particular result for your case.


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