Need a DUI Lawyer?    Attorney Manuel J. Barba is a Top-Rated Palm Springs – Palm Desert Criminal Defense Attorney

Top-Rated DUI Lawyer in the Coachella Valley

Attorney Manuel J. Barba understands how devastating being arrested for a DUI or other crime can be.  A DUI conviction can bring severe penalties, including the suspension of your driver’s license, jail time, steep fines, alcohol classes, and tremendous increases in insurance rates.

Did you know that a sizable percentage of all DUI arrests in California end up in something other than a DUI conviction? Many DUI charges can be dismissed or reduced when handled by the right attorney.  In most cases, attorney Barba can appear on your behalf for the entire process, meaning you never need to step inside a courthouse.

When you entrust the Law Offices of Manuel J Barba with your case, we devote ourselves to developing an effective defense plan-of-action and reaching a favorable resolution for your case.

You Can’t Afford to Plead Guilty

Remember, getting arrested does not necessarily mean you are Guilty of a crime.   Although the fact that you got arrested for a DUI can’t be changed, the goal now should be to do whatever you can to not get convicted of a DUI.

You have two options. Option #1: Do nothing. By doing nothing, you are giving in to the cop that arrested you, you are giving in to the prosecutor who has accused you, and you are giving up your right to defend yourself in court, and at the DMV. By doing nothing you are choosing not to contest the alleged evidence against you – and the result will be that your driver’s license will be suspended by the DMV, and you will be convicted in court of a DUI.

Option #2: Do something. Do something means that you contest the charges against you. In other words, you question evidence. You question the alleged observations of the arresting officer and his DUI investigation; you question the legality of why the cop stopped you; you question the legality of the drawing of the blood sample or the breath test; you question the reliability and accuracy of the alleged chemical test results; and you question the equipment that was used to determine the alleged blood alcohol concentration or drug level. It is your constitutional right to contest all the evidence against you.  DUI defense attorney Manuel J. Barba has the knowledge, skill, and expertise to contest all the evidence in the case against you.

Some people think: I drank, I drove, I got arrested, so I must be guilty of DUI. Not at all.

In California, it’s not illegal to drink alcohol and then drive a car. It is only illegal if the evidence shows that you were “under the influence” of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of driving, or that at the time of driving your blood alcohol concentration was .08% or more. The prosecutor must prove these conclusions beyond a reasonable doubt with evidence that is accurate and reliable; and that is not always so easy for the prosecutor to do because on many occasions the evidence has flaws.

Expert DUI Defense for the Court Case

Attorney Manuel J. Barba provides complete defense representation in the California Criminal Courts. He has successfully defended DUI cases in the local courts, all the way through the jury trial phase countless times. We understand what it takes to successfully defend your DUI in court.

Expert DUI Defense for the DMV Hearing

When it comes to the DMV’s Administrative Per Se Hearing (DMV DUI Hearing), we understand how to successfully represent you to help you keep your driving privilege. DMV DUI hearings are very complex and are different from the court case, and we understand these differences.

If You Were Arrested for DUI We Can Help!

Time is limited to prepare a successful defense. Arrested for DUI? You have 10 days to request a DMV hearing!

We only defend DUI cases, nothing else. We are ready to start your defense now.

Professional DUI Defense, in The Court and The DMV

DUI Lawyers & DUI Defense Attorneys Who ONLY Defend DUI

There are many choices when it comes to choosing a DUI Lawyer/Attorney to defend you in court and at the DMV.

Our expertise in DUI defense and our level of commitment is what makes us different from the rest.


Unlike most other attorneys, we only practice one thing – DUI Defense. Many attorneys that claim to defend DUI cases also practice other areas of the law. We ONLY defend DUI cases in the Courts and at the DMV. This is what we do, what we know, and more importantly this is the advantage we provide to our clients.

DUI Experience That Counts

Manuel J. Barba has been awarded the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation. He is the ONLY DUI Defense attorney in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, & Imperial County with this designation. This gives Barba the knowledge & expertise to defend against the prosecution’s chemical test results better than other DUI attorneys.

Local Attorney/Lawyer Defense

Other attorneys claim to have offices and defend you all over California. The truth is you end up being represented by an “associated” lawyer, not the lawyer you thought you hired. We have an office located in the Center of the Coachella Valley (Cathedral City) and we do not outsource our clients for a referral fee.

Why Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba?

We have both the legal and scientific knowledge required to effectively defend your DUI case in Court and at the DMV. Attorney Manuel J. Barba has spent years developing his DUI defense expertise. He has developed many strategic and successful defenses. Although each case we handle is unique, clients can always count on:

Peace of Mind

The mission of attorney Manuel J. Barba is to deliver peace of mind to each and every person that needs us. We’re committed to defending each client and making sure their rights are protected.

Aggressive Defense Strategies

Did you know there are many reasons breath and blood tests can be wrong? Attorney Manuel J. Barba examines all of the prosecution’s evidence against you, each leverage point is discovered, and every law enforcement action is questioned. No stone is left unturned in defending your case.

Exceptional Service

We don’t just promise excellent service, we deliver it. We have a case manager that monitors your case and is always available to answer your questions and keep you informed about progress.

We Defend DUI Cases in The Courts and DMV. Nothing Else.

Awards and Recognition for our DUI Defense

Our experienced DUI defense representation has earned us countless awards, but the best reward is the professional defense we provide to each and every client.

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The Only Area We Practice is DUI, PERIOD!

DUI Defense Feedback From Our Clients

Career Saver! Attorney Manny Barba took over my case after the first attorney I retained took a couple of grand and let the DMV & DA steer the course. As a Firefighter with a Class B License I had my job at stake. After the first attorney failed to represent me at DMV hearing and wandered aimlessly trying to figure how to handle my case Manny took over like a Pit Bull at a Poodle show. After nearly 7 months with the first attorney, Manny picked up the pieces and had my Class B back in my hands in a little over 60 days with the DMV suspension set aside. Don't expect Glitz and Glamour , Just Shock and Awe. I would HIGHLY Recommend Manny Barba as the FIRST CALL you make if your career depends on your License.


I strongly recommend Mr. Barba and his team. I live in Los Angeles and I was arrested in Riverside County for suspected DUI, while on vacation. Mr. Barba and his team of professionals fought for me in court through all of the hearings and trial. I don't believe another attorney could have fought for me any harder against the D.A. and the highway patrol. I saw his experience in DUI trials first hand. He was able to present an outstanding case and subsequently got a Not guilty verdict on my behalf. If you are being accused of DUI I strongly suggest you hire an attorney who specializes in DUI cases like Mr. Barba.


We Defend DUI in Riverside & San Bernardino County.

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Please contact us if you or someone you know recently got a DUI. DUI cases are EXTREMELY time sensitive. We’ll be happy to answer your questions at no cost or obligation. Our team typically contacts you back immediately when available, if not always the same day. For immediate assistance use our contact phone numbers below.

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Our Riverside Office

3800 Orange Street, Suite 100
Riverside , CA 92501
(951) 680-9125
Toll Free
(866) 442-2722

Our Cathedral City Office

68457 E Palm Canyon, Ste 1
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 770-3377
Toll Free
(866) 442-2722