Phillip Crawford

Santa Cruz DUI Lawyer
Award-Winning DUI Attorney

Phillip Crawford is an award-winning DUI attorney.  In 2018, he won the California DUI Lawyer's Association's top honor when he received the President's Award for excellence in DUI defense and, in 2020 was elected as their Vice President.  In August 2021, he lectured other DUI attorneys at the California DUI Lawyers Association's Annual Seminar.  In June, 2022 he presented a webinar entitled "BAM! Effective Opening Statements”.

He is a champion of human rights.  While in law school, he completed an internship with the Monterey County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and went on to serve on its Board of Directors.  He has served as the President of the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system.

Phillip is a graduate of Monterey College of Law, where he later served as an adjunct professor, designing and teaching an elective course on the criminal justice system. His opinion pieces on issues of social justice have appeared in the Monterey County Herald and in The Barline, the newsletter of the Monterey County Bar Association. He has delivered speeches on issues of human and civil rights at events sponsored by the NAACP, the Monterey County Bar Association, the Monterey County Nonviolent Action Committee and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center (where he served as President of the Board of Directors for over three years).

Both inside and outside the courtroom, Phillip has built a reputation as someone who fights tirelessly for the rights of the defenseless and oppressed. Phillip is regarded by judges, prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys as a diligent and creative lawyer who fights passionately for his clients. His ability to communicate with jurors is exceptional. His skilled written and oral advocacy and his extensive knowledge and understanding of the law lead to remarkable results in the courtroom. As one judge told a defendant after dismissing all charges against her: You are free to go. You should thank your lawyer for doing such a great job on your case.

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  • Exceptional DUI Lawyer

    Phillip is an amazing and very patient DUI lawyer. Taking his time to get to know you and your case. He is " Amazing " and performance in courtroom is exceptional. Without Phillip's commitment to his work and expertise I would have lost my DUI case . So "Thankful" for Phillip's hard work.

    I had never been in this position ever..but for the fact I hired Mr Crawford I can finally go on with my innocent life with integrity. I could not have done this without all of his endless time and effort to prove my innocence and prove there is a TRUE justice system..THANK YOU THANK YOU
  • Unjustified DUI Charge

    I was pulled over unjustly by a CHP officer in July of 2017 and charged with a DUI. I had never been in trouble with the law before and did not know who to turn to for help. I looked online and saw that Phillip was a lawyer that was willing to fight for his clients no matter the situation. I took...

    Saved my life...and integrity! He is the best DUI attorney and I would recommend him to any and all that was ever in my situation. Can not thank him enough for giving me the opportunity and right to have my life back. THANK YOU MR CRAWFORD!!!! THANK YOU!! True justice!
  • Worked Passionately on My Behalf

    Phillip worked with me for a prolonged DUI arrest and a stressful and challenging trial with absolute dedication and passion on my behalf. I felt that he was prepared for trial and was able to convey his confidence of my case to the jury. Professionally, all emails were answered in a timely manne...

    What can I say, Phillip did an amazing job on my case. I felt he controlled the courtroom from start to finish and was able to really get in touch on a personal level with the jury. So many times the law really makes you feel hopeless in a DUI situation. Making you feel "Guilty Until Proven Innoc...

Top-Rated, Award-Winning Criminal Defense Attorneys


The Crawford Law Firm has been committed to its clients for over fourteen years. With offices in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Salinas, CA, our focus is DUI and criminal cases in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

Free consultations are by appointment and we here to ease your mind and fight for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.