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Ventura DUI Lawyer Jennifer Zide

At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we fight to protect your rights as an individual in the system and to win for you the best possible results in your case, whether your goal is resolution or proceeding to trial. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we provide the highest level of advocacy and expert client representation to clients charged with: Driving under the Influence and other driving-related offenses; Drug Crimes including possession for personal use, possession for sale, and transportation; Property Crimes including theft, fraud, and alleged financial takings; and other misdemeanor and felony charges. In all cases in which you are charged with Driving Under the influence in Ventura County, we retain an expert forensic toxicology specialist to evaluate your case, at no additional charge to you. We fully review with all our clients all the elements of a DUI investigation; the areas of attack, from alleged driving pattern, to officer observations and missing information, to the unreliability of field sobriety tests; and all the scientific issues involved in the area of your breath or blood test.


For our clients faced with drug charges in Ventura County, we defend you against charges of under the influence, possession, or possession for sales, effectively cross-examining narcotics detectives in the areas of their sales investigations and challenging officers in the observations used to support charges of possession and under the influence. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we retain our own specialist who reviews your case for any scientific issues involved in your drug defense. Did you know that a positive test result for any substance, either illegal controlled substance or prescription drug, does not prove that you are then under the influence of a controlled substance? Similarly, there are numerous limitations and issues of reliability which arise when dealing with officer-conducted drug influence evaluations.

For clients facing drug charges in Ventura County, who are seeking a residential treatment alternative in lieu of time spent in jail or in prison, we stand by you. I am proud of our record of obtaining for clients a residential drug treatment program alternative in lieu of time in jail or custody. Getting the court to allow you to do residential treatment instead of jail or prison and getting you into a good treatment program are some of the early and important steps. However, that is not the end of the road. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we see you through in your continuing journey. We understand that a drug or alcohol addiction issue takes a tremendous toll not only on you, the client, but on your family and loved ones, and that your decision to fight it is a courageous choice. It is our goal to help our clients who are facing drug charges in Ventura County, in which addiction is the underlying issue, move forward in a larger way in their lives. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we believe in you and in your potential.

At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we seek to provide you with the most comprehensive representation possible when you are charged with a DUI in Ventura County and to remove the burdens such a charge places upon you. We represent our DUI clients at your DMV admin per se hearing at no additional cost to you, once we are retained on your criminal case. Most importantly, we get our clients who are charged with Driving under the Influence in Ventura County the best possible results in the courtroom.

Whatever charge you are facing, you can trust us to represent you with the highest level of dedicated advocacy on your behalf. With over twelve years of skill and experience in officer cross-examination and in exploring and arguing all the areas of reasonable doubt in your case, you can rest assured that your rights and freedom will be protected. In addition to representing you at all stages of your case, and at trial, we contest any violations of your constitutional rights. We protect your rights with suppression motions to exclude evidence in cases of illegal stop, illegal search and seizure, or illegal arrest. We defend our clients’ personal freedom and constitutional right to remain silent in cases involving coerced confessions, seeking to suppress such confessions or to highlight how such confessions are inherently unreliable. To that end, we work with an expert in the field to explain how an innocent person might be pressured into agreeing with police officers, who are insisting on a certain scenario in the most pressure-filled of environments – the police interrogation room, and to explore the indicators of unreliability in any confession scenario. We help you move past the events of your past by bringing motions on behalf of our clients for early termination of probation and expungements to clear your record. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we care about you as a client and as a person.

Jennifer zide


A native Californian, I grew up at Lake Tahoe. I received my bachelor’s degree from New York University and my law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While at Loyola Law School, I clerked at the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California; the Alternate Public Defender, Los Angeles County; and the Los Angeles County Public Defender. I was also awarded the Public Interest Law Foundation grant. After law school, I participated in the AmeriCorps Vista Domestic PeaceCorps program in low-income legal services. My legal experience includes low-income legal services, representing domestic violence victims in a project of support and seeking restraining orders, and civil litigation, including negotiations, depositions, and trial. I have over twelve years of experience specifically in the area of criminal defense. I have been in private practice specializing in criminal defense since 2009. Before that, I was a deputy public defender in Mendocino County. While in Mendocino County, I received an award from the Mendocino County Criminal Defense Bar Association for exceptional advocacy on behalf of my clients. I have also worked as an extra help deputy public defender in Ventura County.


Through my years locally, I have built positive working relationships with our prosecutors and judges. You can count on me to provide you with the highest level of caring, personalized representation in your case. I care about protecting you as an individual in the system and about empowering you as a person. I am an active member in good standing of the State Bar of California. I am a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, the California Public Defenders Association, the California DUI Lawyers Association, and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. For me, the pursuit of justice as a criminal defense attorney is standing by you – my client – in your most difficult times and empowering you in a system that too often sees you only as a case number. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we are proud of the excellent results we have achieved for our clients, but, more than that, we are proud to say that we have earned our clients’ trust through our dedicated actions.

My office gives back to the community. My community involvement has included being a board member and providing financial support to Notes for Notes, an organization that provides free music education and positive music-making opportunities to our young people through our new studio at the Boys and Girls Club in Ventura. My office’s past support to organizations that help animals and the environment includes: Sierra Club California, Return to Freedom Wild Mustang Sanctuary in Santa Barbara County, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara, and Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. In my free time, I enjoy nature and animals, travel, and live music.


At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we protect your freedom. We know that this is a difficult time for you and for your loved ones. However, this case, and whatever you are facing now, is not the end of the road. At the Law Office of Jennifer Zide, we are here to remove the obstacles that are placed in your path and to get you the best possible results in your case. You can trust us to stand by you.

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