David P. Shapiro is an experienced criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He hired Webstorytellers to produce an "about us" video for his home page, and several other videos that showcase his credentials. The other videos are also helpful in educating visitors to his site about legal issues involving DUI cases, theft cases, assault and battery cases, sexual assault, and drug cases.
My name is David P. Shapiro, I'm a criminal defense attorney in southern California, my office is located in San Diego, California.
I handle a wide array of cases anywhere throughout San Diego County, particularly in San Diego county but most of my practice is focused on DUI's and driving under the influence cases, theft cases, assault and battery cases, and drug cases. I have also handled and have trial experience in cases involving sexual assault, and the most serious felonies imaginable.
My philosophy in representing people accused of crimes is, you first and foremost have to understand that for many of these people, they are going through this criminal justice experience for the first time. They are scared, they don't know who to trust, they might be ashamed to talk with loved ones or even their family about the case. So, I try to put their mind at ease as best as possible given the situation.
In 2006 I moved here to SD, where i plan to stay for the rest of my life, and during that time i've handled, at this point in time, well over 500 criminal cases, taken tens of cases to jury trial, as well as represented people throughout San Diego County, in Vista, in El Cajon, in Chula Vista, and downtown SD, in any aspect of their criminal defense cases.
The dual track approach I take is, in one regard, I am presenting the client in the best light to the prosecutors and to the judges, and presenting whatever mitigating evidence there might be to resolve the case favorably for the client. On the other side, and at the same time, I am gathering facts and preparing defense strategies in the event the case is one that is appropriate for trial. We're prepared either way, no matter which direction the case goes."
The criminal law process, as a criminal defense attorney, can be very draining but every time I may be drained at 8-9 o'clock some nights if I'm up late working, I always think about the client and what it must be like for them.
As emotionally draining as it is for me as an attorney, this is the career path I chose. The people that I represent, at least to a certain degree, did not choose to be in the position they are in, so I always try to be motivated by them. And at the end of the day if we walk out of there and they feel appreciative of it, or if they feel relieved or some sense of relief and understanding of what's going to happen, whether it's after our first meeting, or whether it's after the conclusion of the case, that's why I do it. I do it for the clients and it's very gratifying.
With me, doing criminal defense, particularly here in San Diego, it's something that I enjoy doing. I don't mind going to the office on the weekend, I don't mind going to court, in fact I love it, i enjoy it and this is what I'm meant to do, I truly believe that. And that's my driving force each and every day that i hope relays in every aspect to each and every client I have.