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Trial Attorney Todd Melnik

Todd Melnik goes the extra mile for his clients in criminal defense cases that require in depth investigation and analysis. He has the special distinction of saving a completely innocent man from Death Row who was wrongly fingered by an eyewitness and falsely charged with special circumstances homicide for allegedly executing a witness in another murder case.

To make his case, Mr. Melnik out-investigated several seasoned LAPD homicide detectives (again) with diligent fact finding through a unique investigation process involving the use of subpoenas, court orders and 21st century technology.

During the court presentation, with all the drama reminiscent of Perry Mason, Mr. Melnik was able to clear his client of all charges. His victory, and unbelievable persistence to find evidence to clear his client was reported around the world in over 50 countries. His win stunned a seasoned prosecutor who by her own admission, had never lost a murder case until she went up against Mr. Melnik.

After the case, Mr. Melnik discussed his experiences with United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who expressed his admiration to Mr. Melnik for his efforts to free an innocent man, and acknowledged the difficulties of defending persons wrongly identified by eyewitnesses.

Mr. Melnik has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as a paid legal analyst and guest speaker for numerous high profile cases. You may have seen him on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, Celebrity Justice, Hard Copy, KCBS, KABC, FOX, and KTLA.

Watch Todd Melnik Featured in the Documentary Long Shot Below

The staff and attorneys at Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm have a simple mission statement, “to understand and treat each client like our only client.” At the Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm, you are much more than simply a client. We understand that if you or someone you love has been arrested, charged, or is under investigation for DUI the experience can become overwhelming.  Regardless of the time of day, our firm will be there to assist your calls, answer your questions, inform you of the progress of your case, and provide you individual attention and legal advice into the merits of your case. 

At The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm, we are confident that our level of dedication and service sets the bench mark by which other law firms are measured by. Our attorneys are available all day, every day; their entire job is to help you through this challenging time. The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm is built on the sole practice of handling only DUI and criminal cases.  Each case is overseen by the firm’s supervising and chief trial attorney, who has nearly thirty years of DUI and criminal defense experience.   

For nearly three decades our DUI law firm has been tasked with aiding people in receiving favorable outcomes to their case. The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm uses a combination of experience, dedicated DUI defense, and years of developing personal relations with the Los Angeles County Superior Courts.  We provide individuals a unique defense strategy specific to their case. Our attorneys have built his name on the ethical, hardworking defense, of those charged with DUI in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm gains the benefit of our attorneys storied history, which is built on a framework of integrity, hard-work, dedication, and vigor. Every case we receive is a person’s life, and we will provide nothing less than excellence with that in mind. The attorneys at The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm will fight to protect your freedom. 

Many defense firms miss the bigger picture about what it means to be a “good law firm.” Professionalism is a major part of the job; aggravating the Prosecutor or the Judge is rarely a good idea. However, some attorneys take that philosophy too far, they are afraid to press the important issues. An attorney who is more concerned with their reputation than their client’s freedom cannot be considered a good attorney. At Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm, we understand that there is a time, and place, for aggressive representation and we do not back down from a fight. 

The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm knows that fighting back is precisely what is supposed to be done in most cases. There are times to be passive, but this should not be mistaken for weakness.  

We have almost thirty years’ experience successfully defending people accused of DUIs. Every day we strive to improve ourselves so that we can continually provide the highest caliber of defense to our clients. 


After nearly 30 years of exclusively practicing criminal defense law, our law firm has handled thousands of cases. We take great pride in having come up against police officers, SWAT member members of the Department of Defense, and Border Patrol agents and eviscerating their testimony against his clients.


Criminal Defense Law Firms that are in competition with Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm tend to make promises they simply cannot keep; or at least they aren’t being entirely honest. They may claim that they will make court appearances as it relates to every aspect of your case. The reality is that these firms “farm out” the appearances, sending outside counsel for the sole purpose of that individual hearing. They pay that attorney a couple hundred dollars, and then charge you an arm and a leg! While this is clearly unethical practice, most clients will never even know. At Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm, the attorney you started the case with, will be the attorney on your case throughout the entire process. We are not interested in maximizing profits; we are interested in maximizing wins.


For nearly three (3) decades, the lawyers at Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm have provided superior criminal defense to our clients. Our lawyers have a proven track record of successfully negotiating lesser charges and dismissals o complex criminal charges. We have a reputation that we seek to maintain every time we go into court. As a result the legal community in Los Angeles, and surrounding communities, have developed respect for our firm, and hold us in the highest regard. Our dedication to our ethical obligations and our devotion to adhering to the strictest of ethical principles has rightfully earned us a respected status in the Los Angeles legal community. If anyone you know has been arrested on suspicion of a DUI, contact us immediately at 424-285-5400 for a FREE consultation. We are confident we will provide superior representation in an effort to obtain the best outcome possible for your case.


The moment you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, you will likely have several questions. Will you serve time in jail if you are convicted? What is an arraignment, do you need a criminal attorney? How much will a DUI cost you? Can you even win against a DUI charge? 

This website is designed to answer all of those questions in relation to very specific questions. Take a moment to review our site and see if we have provided an answer to any question you might have. Ultimately, if you have been accused of driving under the influence, we encourage you to contact us at 424-285-5400 for a FREE DUI consultation. 


The first step, after you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence is known as an arraignment. At the hearing charges will be brought against you formally. At this point you have three options: plead guilty, plead not guilty, or plead no contest. You will eventually have the opportunity to challenge the charges against you. In order to challenge the charges against you, you will plead not guilty, and the Court will set a date for trial. The entire process can be, and typically is, and incredibly frustrating process. Having an attorney in your corner can help ease the burden of facing criminal charges and reducing the stress associated with facing a criminal charge, 


Once you have been arrested for driving under the influence, assuming your BAC is over 0.08%, the arresting officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a pink slip. This pink slip will operate as your temporary license for 30 days. From the date of your arrest, you will have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV to challenge the automatic suspension of your license that will immediately follow your arrest. Having an attorney with you at this hearing can substantially improve your chances of having the automatic suspension of your license set aside. 


If you are charged, and ultimately convicted of a DUI in California, you may face jail time in addition to potentially staggering monetary sanctions. Additionally, you may face a long term suspension of your driving privileges. Further, the Court may impose a wide variety of additional sanctions in connection with you DUI conviction. 


It is a common that the attorney Prosecuting your case will attempt to convince you that the case against you is ironclad, in an effort to persuade you to accept a plea deal. To not be persuaded by this wolf in sheep’s clothing, if you have been accused of driving under the influence, contact an attorney immediately. There are very few cases that are truly ironclad, and a skilled attorney can rip the Prosecutor’s case apart piece by piece.  Many attorneys seek to convince you to accept a subpar deal by informing you of the penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Below is an image of the penalties associated with a DUI, provided the Prosecutor can prove their case. With an attorney from Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm on your side, there is no such thing as a slam dunk. 

DUI Defenses

  • The stop, or the arrest, was in violation of your Constitutional rights.
  • The charge cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
  • The officer did not have “reasonable suspicion” sufficient to justify the initial traffic stop
  • Evidence was mishandled resulting in false results.
  • The officer obtained a statement in violation of your Miranda rights.
  • The Defendant passed the FST

These and many other defenses may be effective in your case. If you have been charged with a DUI in Los Angeles County, contact our firm today. The Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm will take the time to get to know you, and your case, while they craft a defense unique to you, and your case. Developing a strategy for defense should be accomplished early on in the process. Our attorneys will utilize the defenses above to advocate for your freedom.


Defending a DUI is not an easy task; it requires a lot of fact finding. Here at Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm, we pride ourselves on our aggressive approach to criminal defense. We will not passively wait for information to fall into our laps; we will proactively pursue that information. We know that there are a number of reasons why the case against you can fail, and we utilize a time tested approach in dealing with these cases, there are nearly 50 arguments against a breathalyzer test alone, and we will actively find the information we need to support those arguments. 


Many people who have been accused of a crime simply conduct a “Goggle search” and pick the first person they see. The problem with this is many of those firms are considered “mills.” A “mill” is a firm that promises you personalized results, but really just farms your case out to another attorney for pennies on the dollar. In many cases, you could have just approached that attorney yourself, and obtained a much better deal. That does not happen at Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm. When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet the attorney who will be handling your case from start to finish, you will receive their personal cell phone number, and they will speak with you at any time of day to inform you about your case. As mentioned above, if you aren’t allowed to relax, neither are the attorneys at Los Angeles DUI Law Firm; your freedom is at stake, and we take that seriously. 


Once you have been arrested, it is understandable that everything in your mind is a jumble; the legal system as it relates to DUIs are incredibly frightening. In addition to the fear that is caused by being charged with a crime in the first place, California has the harshest DUI laws in the country; this can only make it worse. 

If you are charged with a DUI, it is unique to you. At Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm we understand that you are not just another number. This accusation affects your life, and you want an attorney who is interested in minimizing the effects on your life that this accusation will have. 

When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet the attorney who will be involved in your case from start to finish. We will not substitute another attorney in; your attorney is your attorney. They will take the time to get to know you, and understand what outcomes are, and are not, acceptable to you. If you have an attorney from Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm on your side, you will never have to wonder whose interests they are representing; it is, and always will be, your best interests. We encourage critical questioning in our interviews. You have hundreds of option when it comes to hiring legal counsel, and we are confident that you will quickly discover that we are the best around. 


As mentioned above, it is a common misconception that criminal defense attorneys are all the same. Many shows and movies make it seem as if all criminal defense attorneys do is seek a plea deal and collect a check. This is not the motto of Los Angeles DUI Attorney Law Firm. At our firm, we take pride in accomplishing the impossible, and providing our clients with truly beneficial outcomes; this is in stark contrast to getting a bad deal and convincing our clients it was a good deal. We will fight for you, we will fight for your freedom, and we will fight to minimize the consequences you might face. 


Every firm makes promises they can’t follow through on. As mentioned above, when you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet the attorney who will be working on your case start to finish. Additionally you will receive their personal cell phone number, not their work phone number. Our attorneys are always available to guide you through the quagmire that is a DUI charge. We understand that you can’t get rest without knowing what is going on with your case, and we promise (and deliver) that you will never wonder if your attorney is fighting for the best outcome possible to your case. 

Call Los Angeles DUI Attorney today for a FREE DUI consultation at 424-285-5400

Los Angeles DUI Attorney
355 S. Grand Ave 
24th Floor #2428 
Los Angeles, CA 90071

We Handle All DUI Cases In These Regions:

Major Divisions of the County

  • East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, portions of the Pomona Valley
  • West: Westside, Beach Cities
  • South: South Bay, South Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles Harbor Region
  • North: San Fernando Valley, Crescenta Valley, portions of the Conejo Valley, portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley
  • Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Northeast Los Angeles

Census Designated Places 

Acton, Agua Dulce, Alondra Park, Altadena, Avocado Heights, Castaic, Charter Oak, Citrus, Del Aire, Desert View Highlands, East Los Angeles, East Pasadena, East Rancho Dominguez, East San Gabriel, East Whittier, Elizabeth Lake, Florence-Graham, Green Valley, Hacienda Heights, Hasley Canyon, La Crescenta-Montrose, Ladera Heights, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lennox, Leona Valley, Littlerock, Marina del Rey, Mayflower Village, North El Monte, Quartz Hill, Rose Hills, Rowland Heights, San Pasqual, South Monrovia Island, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, Stevenson Ranch, Sun Village, Topanga, Val Verde, Valinda, View Park-Windsor Hills, Vincent, Walnut Park, West Athens, West Carson, West Rancho Dominguez, West Puente Valley, West Whittier-Los Nietos, Westmont, Willowbrook

Other Communities

Agoura, Antelope Acres, Athens, Bassett, Big Mountain Ridge, Big Pines, Big Rock, Boiling Point, Bouquet Canyon, Castaic Junction, Del Sur, Del Valle, Florence, Gorman, Juniper Hills, Kinneloa Mesa, Llano, Pearblossom, Two Harbors, Universal City, Valyermo, Centennial

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Turned a Bad Situation Into Saving My License

I thought my DUI case was hopeless, but my lawyer got the charges dismissed when he discovered the police didn't follow protocol with the field sobriety tests.

Written by: Lucas M.

No Jail Time Instead Community Service

I was facing a months-long jail sentence, but my DUI lawyer got the charges reduced. So I got community service instead.

Written by: Monica L.

Experience Matters When It Comes To DUI

My DUI lawyer had an independent BAC test done, and it came back under .08. End result—my DUI case was dropped!.

Written by: Phillip T.