Peter Iocona

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Laguna Hills, CA

The Law Office of Peter F. Iocona
 | 22982 La Cadena Dr #239, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: 949-305-0343
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Peter F. Iocona is the Owner of The Law Office of Peter F. Iocona, or Peter F. Iocona - Attorney at Law, and a Founding Member, Owner, CFO, and Lead Trial Attorney for The SoCal Law Network in Laguna Hills, California, which he opened in 2016 with his two law partners, Alan Castillo and Marlo Cordero. Mr. Iocona was formerly the Managing Attorney and Lead Trial Attorney in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Cases for the Law Office of Barry T. Simons.

Mr. Iocona is committed to representing people across the State of California, including those in Laguna Beach and the Southern California Region. Mr. Iocona focuses his practice on handling cases that involve DUI or DWI in Southern California; but also handles general Criminal Defense Cases and Personal Injury Cases.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Iocona has an established track record of dismissals and/or reduced charges for clients in courts across Southern California. For his achievements, he has been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and is known as a successful trial lawyer. As an accomplished trial attorney, Mr. Iocona has earned a reputation of being one of the best DUI Lawyers in Southern California and througout the State of California, and because of this, has been named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, a Thomas Reuters Attorney-Rating Service.

Mr. Iocona holds an Avvo-Rating of "Superb" or "10/10" and OC Metro magazine has listed him as one of the area's "Top-Rated DUI Attorneys in Orange County, California". Mr. Iocona has also been selected as a "Superior DUI Attorney" by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD).

Mr. Iocona had been heavily involved in the reformation of the treatise called "California Drunk Driving Law," serving as a contributing editor to the book from 2003 to 2016. Every DUI Lawyer in the State of California uses this book to understand how to defend one of their own clients against a DUI charge in the California.

A published author, Mr. Iocona is active in the legal community and regularly delivers lectures and seminars on the defense of drunk driving. Mr. Iocona is a member and graduate of the National College for DUI Defense, a member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, and he lectures frequently about how to successfully defend against DMV APS Suspension actions and DUI Charges.

For the last decade, Mr. Iocona has been focused on protecting the rights of people who have been accused of drunk and/or drugged driving. One of Mr. Iocona's cases was even featured in an article that was published in the OC Weekly in 2016: "OC Judge Slams Prosecutor for Misconduct, Prosecutor Gets Promoted by DA Tony Rackauckus". This article is part of a lengthy series of articles by Scott Moxley of the OC Weekly regarding what has become known as the "Orange County Snitch Scandal". The article addresses the extent of Prosecutorial Misconduct in Orange County stating "Prosecutorial cheating apparently extends to relatively minor trials, too." The article demonstrates Mr. Iocona's zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients.

Qualified as a "Breath Test Administrator" and trained on the proper maintenance and calibration of breath test devices, he knows how breath testing devices should be handled, maintained and calibrated. Mr. Iocona has also been "Qualified" as a "Standardized Field Sobriety Test Administrator" as well as a "Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor". Mr. Iocona knows how Field Sobriety Tests should be administered as part of a DUI Investigation and his command of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, coupled with his training on the proper maintenance and calibration of breath test devices, has assisted Mr. Iocona in obtaining several "Not Guilty" verdicts over the course of his career as a Trial Attorney. 

Mr. Iocona also has extensive training related to DUI Alcohol Charges involving DUI Drug Charges. Having received training in the International Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, which is designed to teach law enforcement officers how to recognize and identify drug impairment, Mr. Iocona knows what is required of officers to properly conduct a D.R.E. Evaluation of a person suspected to be DUI-Drugs, or driving under the influene of drugs. Mr. Iocona uses this training to cross-examine officers and the State's Expert regarding the validity of their opinions. 

Because of this traning, Mr. Iocona was asked to served as an expert panelist for a DUI Drugs seminar sponsored by the Orange County (O.C.) Crime Laboratory and the California Association of Toxicologists (C.A.T.), entitled: "DUI Drugs, Says Who?". He was also the first DUI Defense Attorney to be asked to lecture at the Forensic Alcohol Interpretation Seminar regarding "The Role of a Forensic Scientist in DUI Cases". This course is sponsored by the California Department of Justice and attended by State Experts from across the country as part of their traning as a forensic scientist.

Mr. Iocona is one of the few attorneys in the State of California who appeals erroneous DMV rulings by California DMV Hearing Officers through Writs of Mandate. Mr. Iocona is considered one of Southern California's "Best" or "Top-Rated" Attorneys as a result of his dedication to defending those charged with a crime, particularly DUI, and for those who have been harmed by the actions of others.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%): DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

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About Peter Iocona

Admitted: 2006, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.oc-duilawyer.com/DUI-Attorney-Peter-Iocona.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Awarded "Top Contributor" by Avvo
  • Received "Client's Choice Award" from Avvo Rating Service
  • Rated "Superb" "10/10" by Avvo
  • Rated by "Super Lawyers," 2015-2016
  • Named a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" in 2015
  • Featured in the annual publication of OC Metro Magazine of the "Top-Rated DUI Attorneys" in Orange County
  • Selected for inclusion on the 2015 list of the "Nation’s Top One Percent", as published by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • Selected as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Selected as a "Top-Rated DUI Attorney" by AVVO

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Operator - Alco-Sensor IV-Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) Test device
  • "Qualified" as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor
  • "Qualified" to Administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) under the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, The National Advocacy of DUI Defense
  • Member, California Association for Criminal Justice(CACJ)
  • Member, California DUI Lawyer's Association (CDLA)
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • California Criminalistics Institute (C.C.I.), Forensic Alcohol Interpretation Seminar Speaker, "The Role of a Forensic Scientist in DUI Cases," (Newport Beach: June 2017)
  • Contributing Editor to the two volume treatise: "California Drunk Driving Law", (often considered the "Bible of Drunk Driving Law" in the State of California) from 2003 to 2016.
  • California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA): "Effectively Handling D.M.V. A.P.S. Hearings" (Irvine: February, 2008)
  • Orange County Bar Association-Bridging the Gap: "What Is Administrative Law?" (Santa Ana: July, 2008)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA): "Effectively Handling D.M.V. A.P.S. Hearings" (Oakland: June, 2008)
  • California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA): "Effectively Handling D.M.V. A.P.S. Hearings" (Fresno: May, 2009)
  • California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) Panel Expert: "When is One Qualified to Render an Opinion?" (Anaheim: November, 2010)
  • California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) Panel Expert: "DUI Drugs-To Quantitate or Not to Quantitate?" (Anaheim: November, 2010)
  • 84th Annual California State Bar Seminar (California State Bar), "Effectively Handling D.M.V. A.P.S. Hearings & Writs and Appeals," (Long Beach: October, 2011)
  • 2012 "Fast Eddie" Kuwatch All-Day DUI Seminar, "D.M.V. A.P.S. Hearings: What Still Works," (San Francisco: March, 2012)
  • California DUI Lawyer's Association (CDLA): Occupy DUI San Diego, "DMV APS Hearings, Writs & Appeals," (San Diego, November 2012)
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse Seminar (Western State School of Law Seminar), "Drug And Alcohol Abuse And How It Affects Lawyers," (Panel Speaker), (Anaheim: June, 2013)
  • California Criminalistics Institute (C.C.I.), Forensic Alcohol Interpretation Seminar Speaker, "The Role of a Forensic Scientist in DUI Cases," (Newport Beach: April 2015)
  • Expert panelist for a DUI Drugs seminar sponsored by the Orange County (O.C.) Crime Laboratory and the California Association of Toxicologists (C.A.T.), entitled: "DUI Drugs, Says Who?

Video:

  • In 2015, Mr. Iocona was Rated by "Super Lawyers" and named a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" - a designation given to only 2.5% of all the lawyers in the State of California. Attorney Peter F. Iocona was Rated by "Super Lawyers" again in 2016. To learn more about this distinguished award, watch this video from Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Recognition Video, 2015
  • This short interview-style video of Attorney Peter F. Iocona discusses the reasons why he defends those charged with a crime, including DUI, and his approach to interacting with his clients at the SoCal Law Network., Peter F. Iocona - Attorney at Law
Office Location for Peter Iocona

22982 La Cadena Dr #239
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Phone: 949-305-0343

 

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Last Updated: 7/25/2017

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