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About Me

A Proud Native Of Santa Cruz

Rick Gazipura - Santa Cruz DUI LawyerI was born in Santa Cruz County and went to high school in Monterey. I received my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Minor in Business. After college, I got a job in San Diego working as a research assistant in a biotech lab doing gene sequencing using mass spectrometry. I also taught English at a technical university in China.

I went to Santa Clara University School of Law where I received the Witkins Award (top of the class) in my Trial Techniques course. I also received a Pro Bono Award for volunteer work at the Katherine and George Alexander Free Legal Clinic, helping a client with his asylum petition in Immigration Court. I was on the School’s Trial Team as well, traveling to other schools to compete.

In 2008 I graduated and passed the bar. I worked as a public defender (and also handled some private criminal defense work) in Inyo County from 2009-2012. When I left Inyo County, I was awarded a plaque for “Exemplary Service to Inyo County and its Community.”

I worked as a public defender in Tulare County from 2012-2013. And then as a public defender in Santa Cruz from 2013-2017. As a public defender and private attorney, I’ve handled thousands of cases and tried many misdemeanor and felony cases.

I’ve always enjoyed DUI Defense. I’ve negotiated good settlements and successfully fought for not guilty verdicts. I file important pretrial motions, which helps me achieve better deals for my clients, and I try cases when needed.

I’ve appeared in front of the Judges in Santa Cruz many times and I have a good reputation in the court system. I’m familiar with the ins and outs of the Santa Cruz Court process and I enjoy assisting my clients with negotiating the system for their benefit.

I’m a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and I’m on the Board of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association.

I’m proud to be a native of Santa Cruz and serving my community in the legal field since 2008.

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