San Luis Obispo DUI Attorney
Hello, my name is George B. O'Neill.
I founded the O'Neill Law Firm in 1975, and the Drinking Driving Defense Clinic in 1981.
San Luis Obispo County has one Superior Courthouse for all offenses occurring in in the surrounding cities of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo , Grover Beach, Templeton, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach.
My legal practice is limited to Criminal Law; the majority of my practice is defending Driving Under the Influence cases and the related Department of Motor Vehicle proceedings.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I worked as an engineer in the Aerospace Industry for ten years, and until I completed my law studies in 1975. After passing the bar I returned to San Luis Obispo and opened my own law practice.
Since 1975 I have been representing clients with DUI cases, however I began concentrating on these cases when the State of California began its focus on DUI cases in the early 1980's. I only represent clients with criminal cases; 95% of those are DUI.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor DUI offense, you have signed a Promise to Appear in court at a future date. If I represent you, you will not normally have to make any court appearances yourself; I will be in court on your behalf. However, if you are charged with having committed a felony, you must be present with your attorney.
The majority of DUI's are misdemeanors. For a case to be considered a felony, at a minimum there must have been an accident with injury to someone other than yourself. There are also felony charges for folks who have already been convicted of three prior DUI's in the last ten years, or have had a prior felony DUI, but if you are in that category you probably know that already.
The following pages of information will outline the more frequently asked questions.