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Manuel J. Barba

Palm Springs DUI Attorney

Attorney Manuel J. Barba only does one thing. He provides professional and experienced DUI defense for the California Criminal Courts and the DMV. Attorney Barba is extensively experienced in DUI defense and has dedicated his law practice to defending people accused of DUI for alcohol and/or drugs, as well as other driving related cases. He is the only DUI defense attorney in the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties area with the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation and one of only six attorneys to have achieved this designation in the entire state of California. The American Chemical Society (ACS) and its Chemistry and the Law Division (CHAL) awards the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation to lawyers who have met the rigorous criteria and have demonstrated their knowledge of the science related to defending DUI cases. The ACS-CHAL designation of Forensic-Lawyer Scientist is the highest form of scientific recognition available to lawyers. 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. Having the ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist designation gives Attorney Barba the necessary skill to review the chemical analysis of his clients’ chemical tests in order to find problems and defenses.

In addition to achieving the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, Attorney Barba has attained the following accomplishments:

  • Nationally recognized Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) 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 lawyers.
  • Trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) protocols set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This gives Attorney Barba the specialized knowledge necessary to evaluate arrests made by law enforcement officers for DUI-drugs and skillfully cross-examine the arresting officer on issues related to drug evaluation protocols.
  • Received advanced training in Forensic Blood and Urine Analysis as it relates to testing for Alcohol and Drugs, including advanced courses in Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry at Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. in Chicago, taught by Dr. Harold Mc Nair and Dr. Lee Polite. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry are the processes generally used to analyze blood samples for alcohol and drug content.
  • An expert in Breath Testing Analysis, having attended various advanced courses related to breath testing analysis.
  • Attended the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. The National Criminal Defense College was formed in 1985 to continue the important work which had been performed by the National College for Criminal Defense in Houston after that organization closed its doors in 1983.
  • Attended the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice.


  • Undergraduate studies: California State University San Bernardino
  • Law school: Western State University, Fullerton CA

Bar Admissions

  • Active attorney admitted to The State Bar of California in 1999

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The State Bar of California
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense – General Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association – Founding Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • ACS Chemistry for Life

Awards & Accolades

  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award 2015 – DUI
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top Lawyers Award, Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • Top Lawyers Award, Inland Empire Magazine

To speak to a DUI lawyer in Palm Springs, contact Attorney Barba at the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba today. We serve clients throughout the Coachella Valley area.

Manuel J. Barba's Awards

  • ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
    ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
  • DUI Defense
    DUI Defense
  • Top Lawyers 2018
    Top Lawyers 2018
  • Top Lawyers In The Inland Empire
    Top Lawyers In The Inland Empire
  • Avvo 10.0 Top DUI Attorney
    Avvo 10.0 Top DUI Attorney
  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating
  • Avvo Client's Choice DUI 2015
    Avvo Client's Choice DUI 2015
  • 2015 Top Lawyers Palm Springs Life
    2015 Top Lawyers Palm Springs Life

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