San Diego DUI Lawyer

Matt Terry, Esq.

Advocacy with a Commitment to Excellence   

San Diego DUI Lawyer / San Diego DUI Attorney Matt Terry.
San Diego DUI Lawyer Matt Terry
(619) 851-0804

San Diego DUI Lawyer Matt Terry is nationally recognized for providing the most comprehensive defense possible for his clients.

From representation at the DMV license suspension hearings to the criminal prosecution for DUI charges, Matt Terry’s mission has been to provide the most complete and thorough investigation of each client’s case. Only then will the best possible results be achieved.Working from this core philosophy, San Diego DUI Lawyer Matt Terry prepares every case for trial.

With that philosophy, his results in recent years are unprecedented. From dozens of jury trials, DMV hearings overturning license suspensions and overturned convictions in the appellate court, his commitment to his craft is legendary and undeniable. His results — especially in regard to the smaller caseload he maintains — are equally undeniable.

His Work Ethic is Prolific

As the former State Delegate for the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Matt Terry is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable DUI lawyers in San Diego County with work ethic nothing short of prolific.

Because of the immense work this requires, Terry seeks to keep a small caseload of clients at any given time and does not accept every potential client. Terry will nonetheless offer a free consultation on anyone’s DUI arrest — to assist those accused in making the decision whether to hire a DUI lawyer and if so, what to consider while making this all-important decision.

No other decision should be made until all evidence is on the table. It is the constitutional right of the accused to take the case to trial or decide on a plea bargain, and Matt Terry refuses to charge additional legal fees if the case does proceed to trial.

Attorney Matt Terry has learned and refined his skill-set from the best trial lawyers in the country. He continually practices with a commitment to mastery of craft — effectively representing those accused of DUI and refusing to cherry-pick the easy cases.

No DUI charge is the same. There is no one-size-fits-all defense. As a trial lawyer, Matt Terry believes it is fundamentally wrong to discuss plea bargains and negotiate cases until all cards are on the table. A full, thorough investigation of the government’s evidence & case is essential — not only to properly negotiate the client’s case, but to provide the client with the ultimate end result: the best possible outcome given all the facts of each case.

Attorney Journal Featured San Diego DUI Lawyer Matt Terry as the “Rising Star of the Month” in the June 2012 issue

“The skill and determination on the prosecuting side of the courtroom is second to none. If you are a defense attorney in San Diego, representing a client accused of DUI — and you try cases with any sense of regularity, you know one thing to be true: a defense attorney that is almost as prepared as a prosecutor will lose every time. Regardless of innocence or guilt.

But here’s the second part: if you are a DUI defense attorney going to trial in San Diego County, and you are equally prepared and as practiced as the prosecutor across from you, you will lose every time. Regardless of innocence or guilt.To even have a chance at winning DUI trials in San Diego County, or to obtain the best possible plea bargain during a DUI defense / prosecution in San Diego County, you must be the most prepared advocate in the courtroom — every time. You must have a commitment to excellence in everything you do for your client. If you don’t, the end result is predictable. And it won’t necessarily be justice.”



  “Three weeks ago, he garnered national attention after being one of the first attorneys in California to have a warrantless blood draw suppressed as violative of the Fourth Amendment — under the new SCOTUS case of Missouri v. McNeely. Though the allegations against his client claimed a blood-alcohol concentration of .23%, with the District Attorney Appellate Specialist brought in to argue the contrary, the court ruled on behalf of Terry’s argument. The prosecution dismissed the case as a result.”

San Diego DUI Attorney Matt Terry is a relentless advocate for the Constitution, protection of the accused and preserving the presumption of innocence.
San Diego DUI Attorney Matt Terry is known as a relentless advocate for the Constitution, for protection of the accused and preserving the presumption of innocence.

DUI-defense-logo* Terry is the former California State Delegate for National College of DUI Defense. Only one attorney per state holds this distinction and honor.

California DUI Lawyers Association

 * Terry is a proud member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. This is an organization including some of the finest legal minds specializing in DUI Defense. 


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers* Terry is a proud member and supporter of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The National Criminal Defense College is one of the finest trial lawyering schools in the country.  Through NACDL, Terry was awarded a scholarship,  graduating from the NCDC after being taught by the finest defense attorneys & constitutional advocates of our day. 

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