Attorney Richard Wagner
Defense Lawyer Richard Wagner upholds and defends freedoms and liberties found in our United States and California Constitutions.
The Law Office of Richard Wagner, A Professional Corporation, stands by its solemn mission: to courageously represent the underdog, the excluded, 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.”
Top-Shelf Lawyer Richard Wagner works skillfully with expert witnesses, the finest consultants, and front-line private investigators to deliver a powerful defense.
Richard Wagner earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1989 from 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 genuine legal 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 specialized 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 addition to giving lectures, Richard Wagner has shown his dedication to the profession of DUI defense by successfully completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.
In addition to praise-worthy representation of privately retained clients, DUI Defense Attorney 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 Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments (ICDA) Program through the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Richard Wagner has exceptionally 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.
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 case dismissed who was charged by the Los Angeles DA of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more, in the Compton Courthouse after two jury trials ended in hung juries.
DUI Attorney Richard Wagner won a jury trial in the West Covina Courthouse in Los Angeles County 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 blood alcohol concentration BAC of .19 percent on the Datamaster breathaylzer. 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.
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.
Top-Notch DUI Attorney Richard Wagner’s distinguished 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 life-time sex registration for his client.
Topflight DUI Lawyer Richard Wagner defends clients with distinction 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:
American Bar Association,
Orange County Bar Association,
State Bar of California,
California Public Defenders Association,
The National College for DUI Defense,
California DUI Lawyers Association,
and serves 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.
For help with your case, contact or call The Law Office of Richard Wagner for a Free Consultation 714-721-4423.