El Dorado County Criminal Defense Lawyer

No criminal defense lawyer can promise you an acquittal or a favorable plea bargain. Making such guarantees is unethical. However, if you or a family member are facing criminal charges, an aggressive and experienced defense is critical to obtaining justice. Michael Phillips personally handles every case and you will never be assigned a junior associate or an "outside contractor". He has over 30 years experience defending criminal matters and brings his extensive experience to each and every case. Do not be intimidated by an aggressive prosecutor trying to scare you into accepting a plea deal. Unlike many criminal layers who never go to trial, Michael Phillips has done over 100 jury trials, and prepares every case as if it were going to trial.

Since every situation is unique, you deserve an El Dorado County criminal defense lawyer who will take the time to understand your specific needs. Regardless of the nature of the crime you are accused of committing, you will receive this extraordinary level of personal attention through every step of the legal process.


El Dorado County DUI Defense Lawyer

We have extensive experience defending people against drunk driving charges. The DUI defense attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have focused on criminal defense and DUI defense, and have been standing up to overzealous prosecutors for over 25 years. While most DUI attorneys start talking about a plea bargain at the first meeting, few attorneys actually take DUI cases to trial. Mr. Phillips prepares every case from the beginning as if it were going to trial. He has actually conducted over 100 jury trials and and is not afraid to reject unreasonable plea offers on behalf of his clients. You will most likely receive letters from attorneys offering to handle your DUI for a few hundred dollars, but a word of caution: Any attorney can enter a quick guilty plea on your behalf or push a plea deal on you, but if you were arrested in El Dorado County for allegedly driving drunk, you need the best DUI lawyer on your side. At the Phillips Law Offices, we provide our clients skilled and unparalleled DUI defense, not a quick plea deal.


El Dorado County Marijuana Defense Lawyer

Mr. Michael Phillips offers a dedicated, aggressive and committed representation for all his clients involved in legal proceedings for all marijuana charges. The Phillips Law Offices offers a range of services that include:

  • Marijuana Felonies
  • Marijuana Misdemeanors
  • Marijuana-DUI matters
  • Juvenile and marijuana-related charges
  • Civil Forfeitures and seizure of personal items

With the experience and expertise of the Phillips Law Offices, we can help defend you at all proceedings, whether it be a "second strike" drug case or a "third strike" drug case. California’s medical marijuana laws are vague and confusing, and it is important to have an experienced attorney that understands exactly how to argue these cases. Unfortunately, many local governments do not respect the California Medical Marijuana Laws. We handle all marijuana-related charges and felonies.


El Dorado DMV Hearing Defense Lawyer

Thousands of California motorists have their driver’s licenses suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles every year for a variety of reasons. These reasons range from DUI arrests, too many "points", being a negligent operator, failure to pay traffic tickets or child support, fatal and serious injury accidents, or suspensions for medical conditions. Although the DMV can’t suspend a driver’s license without a hearing, and the driver has certain rights, the process can be difficult for those not familiar with the procedure. The Phillips Law Offices have conducted thousands of DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) hearings and can help with yours.

Every DUI arrest, even for out-of-state drivers, will trigger California’s “Administrative Per Se" (APS) or “snatch and grab” license suspension law. A "Notice of Suspension" issued at the time of arrest by the police officer and only gives a driver just ten days to request an APS hearing and contest the suspension of their driver’s license. The hearings can be very complex and technical, and the issues are whether the driver was lawfully arrested, whether he was in fact the "driver", and whether he was above the legal limit at the time of driving. The APS hearing is a critical opportunity to show that the suspension or revocation is not justified, making it imperative to be represented by a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the DMV hearing process. It is always a good idea to schedule the hearing within the 10 days and immediately talk with a lawyer experienced in handling Administrative Per Se hearings. We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about DMV license suspensions