About Ventura DUI Attorney David Lehr

David M. Lehr, Esq. is a Ventura DUI defense attorney whose credentials include thirteen years of experience with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and more than five years of private practice in criminal and DUI defense. In his distinguished legal career, Mr. Lehr has represented the State of California and private individuals in thousands of cases involving Ventura DUIs.

A Highly-Effective and Well-Respected California Prosecutor

As a prosecutor, Mr. Lehr developed adept courtroom skills while handling a substantial case load of DUI charges and other criminal matters. Beginning his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in 1993, Mr. Lehr worked his way through the ranks of the prosecutor’s office, culminating with his recognition as the Outstanding Team Prosecutor of 2006. During his prosecutorial career, Mr. Lehr was responsible for successfully bringing ninety-nine jury trials to verdict, and in 2006 alone, he separately resolved more than 1,000 felony cases without going to trial.

Ventura County DUI Defense Lawyer | David M. Lehr

From the Prosecutor’s Office to the Defense Table

Nearing the end of his time with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lehr determined that his skills would be better put to use representing Ventura criminal defendants. Transitioning into private practice as a Ventura DUI attorney, the experience that he gained through his work as a prosecuting attorney provided Mr. Lehr with a unique perspective on the laws and strategies used to bring suspected criminals to justice. Today, Mr. Lehr’s uses this perspective and his honed courtroom, research and negotiation skills help his clients face – and often defeat – Ventura DUI charges. He has helped numerous clients protect their rights and avoid punishment in cases involving illegal arrests, unjustified charges, faulty evidence, and other issues, and has quickly become one of the most well-respected Ventura DUI lawyers and drunk driving lawyers in Southern California.

A Recognized Advocate for Ventura DUI Defendants

Dedicated, steadfast and well-versed in the intricacies of DUI law and legal procedure, David Lehr has received several awards and commendations for his work:

Honors and Awards

  • 1996 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Prosecutor of the Year
  • 1998 Victims’ Rights Week Prosecutor of the Year
  • 2006 Senior Prosecutor – Outstanding Team of the Year (Ventura County DA’s Office)


“… [David] served the people of this community well and with distinction. He is very bright and an outstanding trial lawyer. This, combined with his high ethical standards and work ethic, will make him one of the county’s premier private practitioners…I am very proud of his accomplishments!” – Michael D. Bradbury, Esq.

“David is an experienced, top-level trial attorney and will provide excellent representation to any person facing a criminal charge of any nature or degree of seriousness…It is a great advantage to a criminal defense attorney’s client to have an experienced trial attorney who is able to analyze a case from the unique perspective of the prosecutor in planning strategy and anticipating tactical moves.” – Louis “Chuck” Samonsky, Esq.

Professional Licenses and Affiliations

David Lehr is admitted to practice law in the State of California. He served as Treasurer of the Criminal Justice Attorney’s Association of Ventura County and the Ventura County Prosecutor’s Association from 1998 to 2006. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Inns of Court since 2006.