James Harwood is a dedicated criminal defense attorney, defending misdemeanor and felony DUI cases from first appearance, through pretrial negotiation, motions, investigation, jury trial, and appeal. His practice area covers the entire Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties.
Mr. Harwood is a native of Northern California, having grown up in Mendocino County. He received his college degree from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Harwood then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. There, he received training in criminal trial advocacy, and was awarded the CALI and Witkin Awards for excellent achievement in the study of Criminal Procedure.
After graduating from law school and joining the California Bar Association, Mr. Harwood served as a Deputy District Attorney. He successfully handled thousands of DUI cases, including many jury trials. He learned the intricacies of DUI law, and what defenses and techniques are most effective with juries. While a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Harwood received the 2006 Mendocino County Prosecutor of the Year award.
Since becoming a DUI defense attorney, James Harwood has employed the skills he learned as a prosecutor to serve his clients. He knows the most effective ways to persuade the district attorney and judge to make the best offers. When going to trial is the right move, Mr. Harwood uses his experience in DUI trials to find creative and persuasive arguments to fight the DA's case. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, you need an attorney with DUI trial experience, like former DUI prosecutor James Harwood.