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DUI Attorney Richard Wagner

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Defense Lawyer Richard Wagner upholds and defends freedoms and liberties enshrined in our United States and California Constitutions. 

Richard was able to achieve an even better outcome for my case than what we initially thought was possible. I couldn’t be more grateful to him for this than I currently am. I highly recommend hiring him.” J.P., Garden Grove

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Richard Wagner has a reputation for treating each case as if he or a close family member was the one charged. His past clients love working with him.

He is easy to get a hold of, he returns calls and emails promptly. His office has a user-friendly online case management system. Clients are kept informed about their cases. Clients have 24/7 access to their files. 

The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation, stands by its solemn mission: to courageously represent the underdog, the excluded, and the marginalized. To right wrongs, speak truth to power, and stand up for and fight for people who have nobody in their corner.

The Criminal Defense Strikeforce is grounded by the words of the great American John Coltrane who said, “I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”

I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”


Top-Shelf Lawyer Richard Wagner works with expert witnesses, the finest consultants, and front-line private investigators to deliver a powerful defense.

DUI Attorney Richard Wagner
DUI Attorney Richard Wagner
For over 2 decades, Richard Wagner has successfully handled thousands of Southern California criminal defense and DUI cases, resulting in excellent results for happy clients, including not-guilty verdicts, acquittals, dismissals, and reductions of charges.

Compare Your Case To DUI Attorney Richard Wagner’s Successful DUI Results

In one unforgettable trial, DUI Attorney Richard Wagner won a jury trial in Newport Beach for a woman accused by the Orange County DA of DUI of alcohol and refusing to take a breath or blood test in Corona Del Mar.

In another eventful case, DUI Attorney Richard Wagner got a man’s DUI dismissed after he was charged by the Los Angeles DA with DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more, in the Compton Courthouse after two hung juries.

DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner won a jury trial in the West Covina Courthouse in Los Angeles County that very few lawyers if any, would have dared to take to trial. CHP accused his client of speeding, almost colliding with the CHP patrol car, and having a BAC of .19% on the Datamaster breathalyzer. The jury was not convinced, however, and unanimously voted not guilty – to acquit – on all charges. Along with the acquittal, Mr. Wagner got his client’s DMV suspension (set aside) dismissed.

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In another DUI case, Richard Wagner won a jury trial in Whittier for a man accused by the LA District Attorney of DUI with a prior DUI conviction, defending against evidence his client caused a traffic accident, failed the FSTs, and had a BAC of .19% measured by a blood test.

DUI Attorney Richard Wagner’s victories include a complete dismissal of felony charges for his client facing significant state prison time and lifetime drug registration accused by the San Bernardino District Attorney of second-degree commercial burglary, transportation of marijuana for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale in the San Bernardino Superior Court.

In another very important case, Richard Wagner persuaded the LA District Attorney to dismiss serious felony sex charges in Bellflower, avoiding prison and lifetime sex registration for his client.

DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner has defended clients in Federal Court in the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and in all State courts throughout California.

He has successfully represented clients in criminal and DUI cases in Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, San Bernardino, Riverside, Tulare, Imperial, and San Diego counties. Richard Wagner has defended clients in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Idaho, and New Mexico.

Richard Wagner is a member of the

American Bar Association,

Orange County Bar Association,

State Bar of California,

California Public Defenders Association,

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100,

Independent Defender Program,

The National College for DUI Defense,

California DUI Lawyers Association,

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice,

and served on the DUI Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. NACDL’s DUI Committee is committed to the support of quality impaired driving defense.

Richard Wagner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Richard Wagner earned his Juris Doctor law degree in 1998 from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California.

In law school, examples of Richard Wagner’s academic excellence include the Law Review, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Richard Wagner gained  legal valuable work experience while a law student by serving as a law clerk at the Orange County Alternate Public Defenders Office and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Edward Wallin (Ret.), California Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, California.

Richard Wagner passed the California Bar Exam on his first and only attempt.

For two years, Richard Wagner worked as a prosecutor in downtown Los Angeles for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney.

While a LA City Prosecutor, Richard Wagner prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including DUI, drunk driving, domestic violence, prostitution, vandalism, hit and run, assault and battery, and firearms cases in downtown LA.

Richard Wagner lectured at Parker Center (former LAPD headquarters) to police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department during the Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP) on “Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony Training.” Richard Wagner also lectured at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) in May 2000 and March 2001.

Since 2002, Richard Wagner has been in private practice – he is a well-respected Criminal Defense Attorney with extensive training in DUI defense.

In 2006, he presented a lecture, “What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving” at Whittier Law School.

In choosing the best driving under the influence (DUI) Lawyer, it is crucial that you choose a DUI Lawyer who has received specialized training in the defense of driving under the influence (DUI) cases. This should include successfully completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) course. 

Mr. Wagner uses his knowledge of Field Sobriety Tests for his clients’ benefit to defend DUI cases in Southern California.

In addition to his praise-worthy representation of privately retained clients, DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner is listed on the Los Angeles County Superior Court panel of defense attorneys authorized and selected to accept court-appointed criminal and DUI cases through the Independent Defender Program (IDP) through the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

For help with your case and to get a DUI evaluation, call The Law Office of Richard Wagner for a Free Consultation at 714-721-4423. You will get an honest and frank discussion with DUI Attorney Richard Wagner about your case. Richard Wagner is very approachable and will give you the information you need to hear to help you. He has helped thousands of people just like you.