David Lehr Criminal Defense Attorney Ventura

  David Lehr - Criminal Defense

David M. Lehr, Esq., is a defense attorney whose credentials include 13 years of experience with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. As a practitioner in the field of Criminal Law, Attorney Lehr has had the opportunity to exercise his legal talents both as a prosecutor and an advocate for offenders accused of criminal misdemeanor and felony charges.

At the onset of his career, Lehr’s focus and aplomb were implemented in pursuits of justice on the behalf of Ventura County and the State of California. During his tenure as a prosecuting attorney, Lehr was able to develop and demonstrate his substantial courtroom skills and work his way from being the new Deputy District Attorney in 1993 to being recognized as the Outstanding Team Prosecutor of 2006. During his prosecutorial career, Mr. Lehr was responsible for successfully bringing ninety-nine jury trials to verdict, and in 2006 alone, he separately resolved more than 1,000 felony cases without going to trial.

By the end of his tenancy with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lehr had determined that his skills might be better put to use by practicing criminal defense. The insights and experience that he had gained through his work as a prosecuting attorney provided him with an advantageous perspective of the law and the strategies utilized to bring suspected criminals to justice. And his advantageous perspective could be utilized as an invaluable asset to help accused offenders face, fight and, in some cases, even defeat the charges being leveled against them.

Dedicated, steadfast and well-versed with the intricacies of legal procedure, Attorney Lehr has received several acclamations and commendations for his work:

  • 1996 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Prosecutor of the Year
  • 1998 Victims’ Rights Week Prosecutor of the Year
  • 2006 Senior Prosecutor – Outstanding Team of the Year (Ventura County DA’s Office)


“… [David] served the people of this community well and with distinction. He is very bright and an outstanding trial lawyer. This, combined with his high ethical standards and work ethic, will make him one of the county’s premier private practitioners…I am very proud of his accomplishments!” – Michael D. Bradbury, Esq.

“David is an experienced, top-level trial attorney and will provide excellent representation to any person facing a criminal charge of any nature or degree of seriousness…It is a great advantage to a criminal defense attorney’s client to have an experienced trial attorney who is able to analyze a case from the unique perspective of the prosecutor in planning strategy and anticipating tactical moves.” – Louis “Chuck” Samonsky, Esq.

  • 1993 California State Bar #165490
  • 1998 – 2006 Criminal Justice Attorney’s Association of Ventura County, Treasurer
  • 1998 – 2006 Ventura County Prosecutor’s Association, Treasurer
  • 2006 – Present Ventura County Inns of Court Member, Board of Directors

David Lehr - Experienced - Proven

Over 22 years experience in Ventura criminal courts, and nearly14 years in the District Attorney's Office. My goal is to continue to provide aggressive and successful defense of my clients in their criminal cases. 

David Michael Lehr -  California State Bar Number #165490

Specialties: Criminal Defense. Expert DUI defense, drug possession and sales, drug and alcohol treatment, and all types of serious crime: murder, rape, and gang crimes. I am a very experienced trial attorney.

President David Lehr 
Law February 2007 – Present (7 years 8 months)

Senior Attorney 
Ventura County District Attorney's Office
October 1993 – February 2007 (13 years 5 months)

Recommendations   -  AVVO Lehr   Reviews   Nolo Lehr

Tyler Liljekvist

"I have known Dave for many years. In addition to attending the same church, I first knew him when he was working at the Ventura Co DA's office and I was with the Ventura Co Sheriff's Dept. When Dave began his own defense firm I was again able to see him work as a brilliant attorney and a great businessman. For a short time I worked for Dave as a Field Investigator and thoroughly enjoyed the way he looked out for each and every client. I do not believe one will ever find a more honest attorney."

Alisa Sparkia Moore, J.D.

"David did a great job for us!"
​October 24, 2008, Alisa was David's client

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