DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Providing Aggressive & Successful Defense
for over 25 Years

For more than 25 years, Pasadena criminal lawyer Matthew Cargal and the rest of our team at the Law Offices of Matthew Cargal has been helping people accused of DUI and other criminal offenses. Our practice is focused exclusively on DUI and other criminal defense and we have successfully defended hundreds of cases. Successfully defending any criminal case is complicated and requires a Pasadena criminal defense attorney who is very experienced in that area.

  • “Not only he was dedicated, he was very caring to understand his client’s anxiety.”


  • “His knowledge and overall professionalism helped turn a disastrous situation into something quite manageable......and took virtually all of the stress off of my shoulders.”


  • “Life saver! Attorney Cargal took what was a complete nightmare and made it a thing of the past.”


  • “I would recommend his law offices to friends and family for any predicament pertaining to the law. Thank you!”


  • “I never really had liking for lawyers, but quite frankly I had never met Matthew.”


  • “Matthew was the best! I am so glad I called him.”


  • “Matt worked tirelessly, and my charges were completely dropped. I can't recommend his legal assistance enough.”


  • “I have already recommended him to other people, and will continue to do so. Matthew Cargal is an incredible attorney.”

    Pearl J.

  • “I am extremely grateful to have hired you for this and now I can move on with my life and put all of the negativity behind me”


  • “Without your help with my case, and my career would most definitely be over.”


  • “He proved our son was innocent! Mr. Cargal represented my son on a juvenile crime. Our family was devastated. He constantly called the cop investigating the case and the prosecutor to try to get the case dismissed. He did it! Mr. Cargal was able to get the”


  • “I have recommended him several times to people who have been unfortunate enough to get arrested for DUI and other things. Thanks Law Offices of Matthew Cargal!”


  • “He did a great job in reassuring that he would handle this well. I'm so blessed that I hired him.”


The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal Is Your Best Choice

  • We Are Thorough

    We do a thorough investigation of every case in order to determine your best defense.

  • We Find Alternatives to Jail

    We are experts in finding alternative options should jail be an issue in your case.

  • We Keep You Informed

    Our clients are kept updated about their case at all times and return all communication promptly.

  • We Get Results!

    We do what it takes to get the best possible result, including motions and jury trial.

  • You Get the Attorney You Hired

    Matthew Cargal — not a paralegal, assistant, or junior attorney — will handle your case and will be available to discuss your case with you at your request.

  • We've Handled Hundreds of Cases

    Matthew Cargal has handled hundreds of cases in Pasadena, Los Angeles County and throughout southern California. This means he knows the court, judge and prosecutor that will be handling your case.

  • We Handle Administrative Cases

    Matthew Cargal has successfully represented hundreds of clients before the DMV and other government administrative agencies.


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The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal

of Counsel to the Law Offices of Myles L. Berman

Being arrested for a DUI or other criminal offense is traumatic and can result in serious consequences. However, being arrested does not mean that you must suffer the consequences of a conviction! With the right Pasadena criminal defense lawyer your side, you have a chance of getting the charges dismissed or reduced.

Your best chance of a successful defense lies in your choice of attorneys. To ensure that you have the best possible outcome, you need an experienced, focused, and aggressive Pasadena criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of success. You need Pasadena criminal defense lawyer Matthew Cargal!

Here are several benefits of hiring our criminal defense attorney in Pasadena, CA:

  • Access to expert advice and legal counsel
  • Ability to properly weigh the risks and benefits of plea bargains
  • The ability to build a strong defense case for trial
  • Knowledge of state laws, court procedures, evidence rules, sentencing guidelines, etc.
  • Negotiation power with prosecutors for lesser charges or reduced sentences
  • Creative strategies for courtroom proceedings
  • Assistance in preparing documents such as motions or appeals
  • Accurate explanation of your rights throughout the whole process
  • Support and guidance during the entire process
  • Representation in court, from bail hearings to sentencing

Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is one of the best decisions you can make when facing criminal charges. A good criminal defense attorney will have intimate knowledge of local laws and procedures, as well as be fully prepared to fight for your rights in court.

Attorney Cargal understands how the system works, what strategies work best in different cases, and how to properly weigh the risks and benefits of plea bargains. With his help, you’ll have access to expert advice that can help maximize your chances of success.

Incredibly personable, dedicated and knowledgeable. He worked tirelessly to make sure we had the outcome we wanted, and made sure to make me feel safe and reassured along the way.

- Former Client

Understand the Importance of Working With a Legal Professional

It is important that you understand the level of influence that a conviction can cause, so that you can better comprehend the importance of working with a legal professional. A criminal conviction can stay on your record for years or sometimes permanently. Criminal conviction information is usually available to the public and will appear on most background or immigration checks.

The consequences can include: jail, prison, probation, parole, large fines, registration as an offender for life, loss of employment, inability to obtain employment, loss of professional license and in some cases deportation.

For more than 25 years, Pasadena criminal defense lawyer Matthew Cargal have focused exclusively on defending the freedom of those charged with various crimes. Pasadena criminal defense attorney Matthew Cargal has successfully defended hundreds of cases in the past. We continue to fight to obtain the best possible results for each of our clients. If you or someone you know has been arrested, contact our criminal defense attorney in Pasadena, CA, immediately to discuss how we can help!

Know What Your Arrest Could Mean For You

  • Permanent Criminal Record
  • Fines & Court Costs
  • Jail or Prison Time
  • Probation or Parole
  • Driver’s License Suspension
  • Loss of Professional License
  • Inability to
    Obtain Certain Jobs
  • Possible Deportation If You Are Not a Citizen
  • Registration for Life for Some Types of Cases
  • Loss of the Right to Own or Possess a Firearm

Backed By Hundreds of Results

We Have Successfully Defended Hundreds of
Criminal and DUI Cases

Some of Our Past Results
    • Possession of Marijuana for Sales & Transportation Reduced to simple possession
    • Fourth Offense Felony DUI, No jail, multiple probation violations. No Jail
    • DUI with Heroin, Case dismissed after proof of completion of drug treatment program. Case Dismissed
    • Extreme DUI from a Teacher, Reduced to wet reckless and no sanctions from school board Reduced to wet reckless
    • Felony Rape Charges Reduced
    • Felony Grand Theft Auto with Gang Allegation Reduced to misdemeanor
    • Extreme DUI Not Guilty
    • Reduced to dry reckless Reduced to dry reckless.
    • Second Offense Misdemeanor DUI Reduced to non-alcohol related charge
    • Extreme DUI, dismissed and convicted of drinking in public Dismissed
    • Felony Graffiti Reduced to misdemeanor
    • Case dismissed, convicted of exhibition of speed, DMV hearing won. Case Dismissed
    • Reduced to wet reckless, DMV hearing won. Reduced to wet reckless
    • Rape Charges not filed
    • Jury trial, Not guilty, license reinstated. License Reinstated
    • Reduced to wet reckless accident, commercial license restored. Reduced to wet reckless
    • Domestic Violence Not guilty
    • Felony Possession for Sales of Controlled Substance Reduced to simple possession
    • Juvenile Felony Sexual Assault Custody time avoided
    • Third Offense DUI, Jail sentence avoided. House arrest used as alternative to jail Jail sentence avoided
    • Child Endangerment, Case dismissed on first day of jury trial. Case Dismissed
    • Burglary Case reduced to petty theft and eventually
    • Reduced to wet reckless Reduced to wet reckless
    • Fourth Offense Felony DUI Involving Accident Jail avoided
    • Reduced to dry reckless Reduced to dry reckless
    • Juvenile Rape Charges dismissed
    • Felony Commercial Burglary Case reduced to petty theft
    • Reduced to dry reckless, DMV hearing won. Reduced to dry reckless
    • Commercial Burglary Reduced to petty theft
    • Felony Possession for Sales with Probation Violation Reduced to misdemeanor
    • Reduced to wet reckless and found not guilty on .08 BAC DUI, commercial license reinstated. Not Guilty
    • Grand Theft of Over $3000 Worth of Merchandise from Retail Store Reduced to misdemeanor
    • Jury trial, not guilty, driver's license reinstated Not Guilty
    • No charges filed after meeting with prosecutor, DMV hearing won. No Charges Filed
    • Reduced to dry reckless. Reduced to dry reckless
    • Extreme DUI from a Doctor, Reduced to wet reckless and medical license saved Reduced to wet reckless
    • Felony Possession Case Dismissed
    • DUI from a Nurse, Reduced to wet reckless and no sanctions from nursing board Reduced to wet reckless
    • Battery Case Dismissed
    • Jury trial, not guilty, driver's license restored. Not Guilty
    • Felony Possession of Methamphetamine & Pipe with Prison Prior Charges dismissed
    • Extreme DUI Not Guilty
    • Possession of 7 oz. of Marijuana for Sale Charges dismissed
    • Felony Possession for Sales & Transportation of Controlled Substance Jail sentence avoided
    • Kidnapping & Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Charges dismissed
    • Attempted Murder with Gang Allegations Carrying a Life Sentence Charge Reduced
    • Felony Possession Charges dismissed
    • Embezzlement Charges dismissed
    • Reduced to dry reckless Reduced to dry reckless

Dedicated to Defending Those
Charged With a Crime

Request Your Free Consultation

The consultation will be with Matthew Cargal and not an “associate attorney”, “legal assistant” or “paralegal”. We believe it is critical that you meet, interview and feel comfortable with the person who will be representing you! During the consultation, our Pasadena criminal defense lawyer will discuss all aspects of your case and answer any questions that you may have. In person appointments are available during the day, in the evening and on weekends. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing how we can help resolve this stressful issue for you.

What to Do If You Are
Suspected of a Crime

Or Involved in an Arrest

The success of your defense depends not only on who you choose to represent you, but also on what you do to protect your own rights.

If you are contacted by law enforcement and you believe you are suspected of a crime:

  • Do not make any statements without consulting with an attorney first
  • Do not argue with the law enforcement officers
  • Keep your hands visible, do not touch an officer, do not resist and
  • Never run from the police
  • Write down everything that happened as soon as you get an opportunity
  • Contact Pasadena criminal defense attorney Matthew Cargal immediately