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Arrested for DUI in Palm Springs – Coachella Valley - Joshua Tree?


Palm Springs' Top DUI Defense Attorney Manuel J. Barba dedicates his practice to defending people accused of DUI - Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs throughout the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree areas.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation by the American Chemical Society, which is the highest form of scientific recognition available to lawyers that defend DUI cases. It is a milestone and stands as a strong indication that the lawyer not only knows the law but truly understands the science in a fundamental way.

Currently there are only six DUI attorneys in the State of California who have been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, and attorney Manuel J. Barba is the only ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist DUI attorney in the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial County areas.

Having this designation gives attorney Barba the knowledge and expertise to analyze the prosecution's chemical test results and look for errors in their analysis to help his clients get a better outcome on their DUI case.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, it is essential to have an attorney that is an expert in DUI defense to protect your rights.

DUI cases are not “open and shut” cases and are very defensible.

Remember, it is not illegal to drink alcohol and then drive a car.  It is only illegal if the driver is 'under the influence' of alcohol and/or drugs, which is a legal conclusion that the government must prove with reliable evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.  It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more, which also is a legal conclusion that the government must prove with reliable evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.  Both of these legal conclusions are not always so easy for the government to prove.

The Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba will fight hard for you to get the best possible results in your DUI case.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba is a nationally recognized Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, having completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) / International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Program, and has taught SFST courses throughout the United States to other attorneys.

In addition, attorney Manuel J. Barba is an expert in blood alcohol testing, having received advanced training in Forensic Blood and Urine Analysis as it relates to testing for Alcohol and Drugs, including advanced courses in Gas Chromatography taught by Dr. Harold Mc Nair and Dr. Lee Polite.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba is an expert in Breath Testing Analysis, and has attended various advanced courses related to breath testing.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.  For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the AV® Preeminent™ rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can depend on this important, trusted rating.

The Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary.

In addition, attorney Manuel J. Barba has been awarded a "superb" #10 rating by, the highest rating a lawyer can receive.

Attorney Barba was also awarded the "Top Lawyers" award by Palm Springs Life Magazine in both 2012 and 2013.

To successfully defend your DUI case, you need the specialized knowledge of attorney Manuel J. Barba on your side. Call today (760) 770-3377 to discuss your DUI case.

Common Mistakes in Hiring a DUI Lawyer:

Mistake #1: Hiring a 'criminal defense' lawyer. Keep in mind that just because an attorney works as a "criminal defense" lawyer, he or she is not necessarily qualified to handle the defense of DUI case.  Many "criminal defense" lawyers that pretend to defend DUI cases have never taken a DUI case to trial.

DUI cases are very complex to defend and require specialized knowledge in DUI investigation, field sobriety testing, how the human body processes alcohol, as well as breath and blood alcohol analysis.

Without an expert DUI defense attorney defending you, you will likely not be able to get the best possible defense for your DUI case.

There are many "criminal defense" lawyers that claim to defend persons accused of DUI, but all they do is appear for the client in court at the arraignment hearing, get an offer from the Prosecutor or the Court and then plead the client guilty at the next court hearing.   NO investigation was ever completed, NO evidence was gathered, and NO analysis of all the evidence was ever performed.  Nothing.  The lawyer simply pleads the client guilty.

Mistake #2: Hiring a Former Prosecutor: There are attorneys that advertise that they were formerly a prosecutor (Deputy District Attorney).  They want you to believe that this experience somehow gives them an edge in defending your DUI case.  It does not.

The truth is prosecutors handle all types of criminal cases and have little expertise in any type of case.   A prosecutor's goal is to convict all persons who have been charged with a crime.  That's why the charges were filed to begin with. It's all about politics and how many convictions each prosecutor gets; that's how they move up in the prosecutor's office.

The reality is that these former prosecutors probably were not successful and were let go from the prosecutor's office.

Mistake #3:  Hiring a Temporary (ProTem) Judge: Beware of attorneys that proclaim that they sit as temporary judges in the courts and that this gives them some kind of special knowledge to better defend your DUI case. It does not.

The truth is that attorneys that sit as temporary judges usually don't fight very hard for their clients because they don't want to upset the court system.  In order to keep their temporary judge position, they plead their clients guilty right away.

Remember, for every DUI conviction, the courts get part of the fine, as does the law enforcement agency, and the crime lab.  Thus the courts have a vested interest in getting convictions, and those attorneys that sit as temporary judges want to keep the court system happy so that they can continue to sit as a temporary judge.

Mistake #4:  Hiring a Los Angeles or Orange County based law firm that claims to defend DUI cases all over southern California. Be weary of  law firms based out of the area that advertise DUI defense representation all over California  -  because the lawyer that you think you are hiring will very likely NOT be the lawyer representing you in court, and you will likely end up being represented by a lawyer with no DUI experience who is “associated” into the case to appear and then plead you guilty.

The Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba practices DUI defense exclusively.  We take no other type of case. Period.

Attorney Manuel J. Barba is an expert in DUI Defense and has helped many clients resolve their DUI cases successfully.  Attorney Barba has had many DUI cases DISMISSED, REDUCED to reckless driving or other non-DUI charges, as well as found NOT GUILTY after a jury trial.

To successfully defend your DUI case, you need the expertise of the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba on your side.

Call today for a consultation regarding your DUI case: (760)770-3377


Law Office of Manuel J. Barba


Palm Springs Drunk Driving defense lawyer Manuel J. Barba is dedicated to defending people accused of Drunk Driving, DUI, DWI, Driving Under the Influence, as well as other crimes.

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Meets with each potential client in person and personally represents each client in court and at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Palm Springs CA DUI attorney Manuel J. Barba has offices in the Palm Springs areas to conveniently serve the needs of his clients.