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San Francisco Attorney Representing Drivers and Defendants

Traffic citations, DUI charges, or misdemeanors are more than inconveniences. They can result in the loss of your driving privileges and leave you with a criminal record that can negatively impact your immigration status as well as your education and employment opportunities. The complexities of the Traffic Court system and the criminal justice system require a knowledgeable, experienced, and trial-tested attorney. San Francisco criminal lawyer David Uthman at the Uthman Law Office has a background in law enforcement and as Public Defender that enable him to assess a client’s case and defenses. He has a track record of using pre-trial motions to have charges dismissed or reduced.

David Uthman has been in the forefront of traffic law and criminal defense for over two decades. He served as a Police Officer for nearly a decade, prior to going to law school. His knowledge of law enforcement procedures, reports, and techniques gives him insight that few other attorneys possess. David Uthman knows how to challenge inaccurate and false police reports and testimony. He has filed formal Citizen’s Complaints against Police Agencies.

DMV Representation

Deciphering the numerous regulations and procedures of the DMV requires knowledge and experience at DMV Hearings and in DMV Law. A DMV hearing is different from a court proceeding, in that the hearing officer acts as both the judge and the prosecutor. DMV hearings are held in DUI cases and negligent operator cases. If the DMV has received reports that you are physically or mentally unfit to drive, they may seek to revoke your license or require you to retake the licensing test. In addition to helping San Francisco residents as a criminal attorney, David Uthman has a detailed knowledge of DMV Procedures. He can advise clients when to testify at a DMV Hearing and when it is better to challenge the reports used by the DMV Hearing Officer. He regularly represents clients at DMV Hearings, obtaining favorable results for numerous drivers, and preventing the loss of driving privileges.


Under California law, you can be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol level is 0.08% or higher. You may also be charged with a DUI regardless of the level of drugs or alcohol in your system, if your ability to drive is impaired. The penalties for a DUI conviction depend on the level of alcohol or drugs in your system, and whether you have been previously convicted of a DUI. San Francisco criminal attorney David Uthman can evaluate whether there are defenses to the charges against you. His thorough analysis of your case may and aggressive defense may get the charges dismissed or reduced to one with minimal consequences to your driving privileges and ability to work.

Traffic Tickets

Pleading guilty and paying fines for traffic tickets to save time fighting it in court can impact your driving privileges. Points are assessed for driving violations. Points may result in higher insurance premiums, loss of employment as a driver and suspension of your driving privileges. David Uthman will make three court appearances to fight your traffic citation. He is often able to have the citations dismissed or reduced to one that does not place points on your record. With decades of experience in Traffic Law and Law enforcement, he is uniquely capable of analyzing your citation and formulating a defense.

Criminal Defense

In a criminal prosecution your guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. David Uthman, a former Public Defender, has trial experience. As a former Police Officer, he has an intricate knowledge of police procedures and practices. He is able to effectively cross-examine law enforcement and detect violations of procedures and rights. He has filed numerous motions to exclude improperly obtained evidence so it would not be admitted at trial and has obtained dismissals of charges before trial.

Consult a Criminal Lawyer in San Francisco for a DUI, DMV, Traffic, or Misdemeanor Case

David Uthman’s meticulous and informed approach to Traffic and Criminal Defense has brought positive results for many of his clients. The Uthman Law Office assists drivers and other defendants throughout the Bay Area, including in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, and Marin Counties. Call us today at 415-556-9200, use our online form, or come to our office for a free consultation.

Client Reviews
David and his staff are exceptional when it comes to legal assistance. I had a particular case and his team was very knowledgeable and quick to respond whenever I had a question. Don't bother going elsewhere. David knows his stuff. Bob S.
I've been a taxi driver in the Bay Area for almost 8 years. I made a terrible decision and I was facing a one year loss of my license. I wouldn't be able to pay my rent or provide for my family so I was terrified. Incredibly he won my DMV hearing and I got no license suspension. He also got my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. He was very friendly and informative. He will always be the only lawyer that I go to! Jason
Oh yeah!! They are successful in obtaining a dismissal of your case in the San Francisco County Superior Court and no further action is required. Henry H.