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Howard M. Van Elgort, Attorney at Law
Howard Van Elgort

2820 Porter Street
Soquel CA 95073
(831) 462-4231

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Howard M. Van Elgort, Attorney at Law

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Santa Cruz Drunk Driving & Criminal Lawyer

DUI Defense Attorney

Howard M. Van Elgort

2820 Porter Street, Soquel, CA 95073

Serving Santa Cruz, Monterey & San Benito Counties

(831) 462-4231

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I have extensive experience in the criminal justice field having been a prosecutor, a public defender in the Federal and State court systems, a Judge and a private criminal defense practitioner. I have handled a wide variety of felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases. My current practice is limited to criminal law cases with an emphasis on the defense of those accused of drunk driving (driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs - DUI).

In addition, I help clients with cases involving Domestic Violence (spouse & child abuse); Drugs (possession, use, transportation, and under the influence of controlled substances); Probation Violations; Criminal Threats; Assault and Battery; Child Abuse and Neglect; Theft (including fraud embezzlement and bad checks); Residential and Commercial Burglary; Juvenile Delinquency; and DMV license suspension and revocation hearings. 
 
I aggressively defend those falsely accused, improperly charged, or illegally arrested/searched. Other cases require negotiation and advocacy seeking reduction to lesser charges, lesser punishment, and alternative sentencing such as work release, work furlough, home detention (electronic monitoring), drug and alcohol treatment programs, and sober living homes (SLE).

I serve clients in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties, including the communities of: Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Felton, Davenport, Freedom, Corralitos, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Marina, Prunedale, Castroville, Salinas, and Hollister.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

April 1997 - Present: Private law practice, Soquel, CA. Criminal defense only.

December 1996 - April 1997: Private law practice, San Francisco, CA. Sole practitioner handling criminal defense cases exclusively.

January 1996 - December 1996: Internet Marketing, Thetis Island, British Columbia. Conducted several home-based marketing businesses over the Internet.

January 1995 - December 1995: VP & General Counsel, Ground-Loc Systems, Inc. CA. & WA. Developed marketing strategies, programs and materials. Negotiated and prepared agreements. Analyzed production costs and product pricing.

January 1990 - December 1994: Private law practice, Joshua Tree, CA. Conducted all aspects of sole practitioner law office business unassisted by any other personnel. (criminal defense only).

January 1983 - December 1989: Private practice. Martin & Van Elgort, PLC., Yucca Valley, CA. Partner in two-man, three secretary general practice law firm with emphasis on litigation.

July 1979 - December 1982: Supervising Municipal Court Judge, Morongo Basin Division of the San Bernardino Municipal Court District, Joshua Tree CA. In addition to presiding over civil and criminal caseloads, I developed and implemented numerous innovative programs to improve the delivery of court services to the community.

January 1977 - June 1979: Judge of the Justice Court, Twentynine Palms Judicial District, San Bernardino County. Presided over both criminal and civil court cases and conducted private law practice on the side. Filed law suit requiring the State and County to upgrade the Court to a Municipal Court, thus bringing increased services to residents of the area.

October 1973 - December 1976: Assistant Public Defender for County of Riverside, Indio CA. In charge of branch offices in the desert portions of Riverside County. Supervised staff of 8 attorneys, 2 investigators and 2 secretaries.

January 1972 - October 1973: Deputy Federal Public Defender, Central District of California, Los Angeles. Staff attorney in newly formed federal program. Represented clients accused of various federal offenses.

June 1966 - January 1972: Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach. Developed and managed federally funded, 4 office, 18 attorney legal services program. Also served as a consultant on legal services for the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

July 1965 - June 1966: President and General Manager of private escrow corporation In Los Angeles. Operated small private escrow company consisting of 3 escrow officers.

October 1963 - July 1965: Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. (Criminal) July 1962 - October 1963: Private practice of law, Beverly Hills, California.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

April 1997 - Present: Private law practice, Soquel, CA. Criminal defense only.

December 1996 - April 1997: Private law practice, San Francisco, CA. Sole practitioner handling criminal defense cases exclusively.

January 1996 - December 1996: Internet Marketing, Thetis Island, British Columbia. Conducted several home-based marketing businesses over the Internet.

January 1995 - December 1995: VP & General Counsel, Ground-Loc Systems, Inc. CA. & WA. Developed marketing strategies, programs and materials. Negotiated and prepared agreements. Analyzed production costs and product pricing.

January 1990 - December 1994: Private law practice, Joshua Tree, CA. Conducted all aspects of sole practitioner law office business unassisted by any other personnel. (criminal defense only).

January 1983 - December 1989: Private practice. Martin & Van Elgort, PLC., Yucca Valley, CA. Partner in two-man, three secretary general practice law firm with emphasis on litigation.

July 1979 - December 1982: Supervising Municipal Court Judge, Morongo Basin Division of the San Bernardino Municipal Court District, Joshua Tree CA. In addition to presiding over civil and criminal caseloads, I developed and implemented numerous innovative programs to improve the delivery of court services to the community.

January 1977 - June 1979: Judge of the Justice Court, Twentynine Palms Judicial District, San Bernardino County. Presided over both criminal and civil court cases and conducted private law practice on the side. Filed law suit requiring the State and County to upgrade the Court to a Municipal Court, thus bringing increased services to residents of the area.

October 1973 - December 1976: Assistant Public Defender for County of Riverside, Indio CA. In charge of branch offices in the desert portions of Riverside County. Supervised staff of 8 attorneys, 2 investigators and 2 secretaries.

January 1972 - October 1973: Deputy Federal Public Defender, Central District of California, Los Angeles. Staff attorney in newly formed federal program. Represented clients accused of various federal offenses.

June 1966 - January 1972: Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach. Developed and managed federally funded, 4 office, 18 attorney legal services program. Also served as a consultant on legal services for the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

July 1965 - June 1966: President and General Manager of private escrow corporation In Los Angeles. Operated small private escrow company consisting of 3 escrow officers.

October 1963 - July 1965: Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. (Criminal) July 1962 - October 1963: Private practice of law, Beverly Hills, California.

TYPES OF CASES

TYPES OF CASES

This is a partial list of the types of cases handled by criminal defense Attorney Howard M. Van Elgort:

  • Driving under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (DUI)
  • DMV license suspension hearings
  • Domestic Violence
  • Possession, use, transportation, and under the influence of, controlled substances (drugs)
  • Probation violations
  • Criminal Threats
  • Assault and Battery
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Theft (including fraud and embezzlement)
  • Residential and Commercial Burglary

I serve clients in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties, including the communities of: Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Felton, Davenport, Freedom, Corralitos, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Marina, Prunedale, Castroville, Salinas, and Hollister.

 

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CRIMINAL CASES

Here is a partial listing of some of the questions and issues that we will discuss if you have been arrested for some offense other than driving under the influence:

  • What will happen to me in Court?
  • Should I plead guilty or not guilty?
  • What may be my punishment if I plead or am found guilty?
  • Do I need a lawyer?
  • What are my options for legal representation?
  • Did the officer have probable cause to detain and/or arrest me?
  • Are there any defenses to my case?
  • Did the law enforcement officer follow the correct procedures?
  • Were any of my rights violated?

Give me a call to schedule your free office or phone consultation.

831-462-4231

Serving clients in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties, including the communities of: Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Felton, Davenport, Freedom, Corralitos, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Marina, Prunedale, Castroville, Salinas, and Hollister.



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