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Who is Ken Hamilton?

Veteran trial lawyer and criminal law specialist Kenneth Hamilton has successfully represented clients charged with DUI throughout the state of California. Recognized as a criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California, he is our lead attorney at Exclusive DUI Defense.

Since law school, he has devoted his training and experience to helping people charged with crimes. His practice is defense-oriented. He has never arrested people, and never argued to send people to prison.

Kenneth Hamilton educates other lawyers and public defenders howto litigate DUIs. He is qualified to administer field sobriety tests after completing the NHTSA curriculum on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. In 2014, he was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Private Defenders of California for aggressive DUI litigation.

When not in court defending the innocent and wrongfully accused, he can be found shooting at the range, sailing on the sea, or brewing beer in the garage. Helives in Ventura with his wife and four children.

Mr. Hamilton is a certified criminal law specialist for expertise with DUI defense and appeals in Santa Barbara, Ventura & the entire South Coast. He provides consultation for criminal defense lawyers throughout California and trains public defenders and private lawyers on effective DUI defense strategies. He is qualified to administer standardized field sobriety tests after completing the IACP/NHTSA student course on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and understands their limitations.

Kenneth Hamilton in His Own Words

"All of my education and experience has been constitutional criminal defense. I believe in protecting the innocent by providing zealous advocacy to all accused."

"I've never been a cop or prosecutor. I've never arrested people or argued to send people to prison. I never had to work for the leviathan, and never wanted to. I've always represented the little guy--the defendant--against the enormous weight of the State. If you think you can work for the leviathan for 10 or 20 years arresting people and sending them to prison and then all of a sudden switch sides and effectively represent defendants like a seasoned defense lawyer, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you."

"I was Valedictorian of my graduating class at law school. While in law school I interned with criminal attorneys for 3 years including a private firm and a public defender's office. I served as a public defender for Ventura County and Tulare County."

"With regard to appellate law, I have successfully written appeals for clients all throughout my time practicing law, and worked in the appellate division of the Ventura County Public Defender's Office. I am the attorney of record on multiple published opinions (addressing Second Amendment and Fourth Amendment law) and I am currently on the Appellate Panel for the Los Angeles County Superior Court."

"I understand the relationship between mental health and criminal law. I represented clients detained at mental health hospitals, and defended them in LPS proceedings. I have also received special training to represent clients with mental illness in court and participated on the Ventura County Mental Health Board for over 2 years where I assisted the local behavioral health organizations in formulating and reforming programs and policies developed to assist individuals with mental illness."

I am ready to fight your case with extensive pre-trial motions, demonstrative evidence, photographs, defense witness testimony, videos, defense experts, and, in certain instances, your testimony. Essential cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses, including the arresting officer and the state’s criminalist will always be accomplished, Clients come from all over California and from other states to retain my services.

I focus on cases in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura, counties (previously I handled cases in Los Angeles, Orange Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties and may still be able to help people in these courts.): Oxnard, Ventura, Ojai, Simi Valley, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, Ilsa Vista, Goleta, Gaviota, Hollister Ranch, Buelton, Solvang, Lompoc, Vandengerg, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Osos, Orcutt, Los Almos, Nipomo, Santa Maria, Santa Paula, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo.

If having your license and your freedom play a large part in your life, call (805) 966-0812 now for your appointment, or contact me by e-mail to: