About Devermont & Devermont

A DUI is like no other criminal charge. The law, science and procedures are designed to get convictions. It takes special knowledge and experience to properly understand the machines, tests, effects of alcohol, physiology and chemistry which dictates the outcome. Expert knowledge beyond that of your average criminal lawyer is necessary to overcome the almost insurmountable odds. When first charged DUI it is easy to become intimidated and afraid because it feels impossible to win and the penalties are so severe. We are not intimidated nor afraid and will make sure you receive the best representation possible.

The law firm of Devermont & Devermont, a professional corporation, was co-founded by Dennis H. Devermont and his father Henry Devermont (1917-1991) over 35 years ago. Together they formed a law firm rich in family history and dedicated to the pursuit of justice. The firm has donated thousands of hours to charitable legal services. Over this time the firm and its lawyers have achieved a series of accomplishments spanning various courts and areas of law.

The firm first defended DUI’s in 1971 and received criminal court appointments from the presiding judge on a regular basis. We have handled various types of cases for over 20,000 individuals with substance abuse problems.

Dennis H. Devermont – President of the Firm

  • Professor of law: 1970-1985
  • Former Judge Pro tem: 1971-1985
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court 1975
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. 9th Circuit 1975
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. District Court 1971
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Customs Court
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Veteran Appeals
  • Admitted to practice before CA Supreme Court 1971
  • Special Master Superior Court of CA
  • Founded Legal Aid clinic at a law school

Derek Devermont, ESQ.

Experience

Law Offices of Devermont & Devermont
Santa Monica, CA

Associate Attorney
Represents thousands of plaintiffs in their efforts to obtain Social Security Disability Benefits; represents criminal defendants; experienced in all levels of the judicial system including administrative, state, and federal; handles numerous appeals including oral argument; responsible for investigation and review of cases and claims; experience in preparation, writing and filing of litigation documents; preparation of correspondence to clients and opposing parties and negotiations towards settlements and plea bargains with opposing counsel.

  • Licensed to Practice Before Supreme Court of California
  • Licensed to Practice Before United States Court of Appeal-9 th Circuit
  • Licensed to Practice Before United States District Court- Northern District of California
  • Licensed to Practice Before United States District Court-Central District of California
  • Licensed to Practice Before United States District Court-Southern District of California
  • Member of the National College For DUI Defense
  • Member of California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Member of National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representative

Bar Admission

  • Admission to California State Bar – State Bar Number 258563

Education

Juris Doctor , University of West Los Angeles School of Law

Recent Successes

.13 DUI breath reduced to dry reckless v.c. 23103

.12 DUI breath reduced to dry reckless v.c. 23103

.15 DUI blood reduced to dry reckless v.c 23103

.13 DUI breath reduced to dry reckless 23103

.09 DUI case dismissed

Penal Code 12020(a): case dismissed

v.c. 20002(c): not guilty at trial

v.c. 20002(c): convinced prosecutors not to file case

.09 DUI reduced to wet reckless wet 23103.5

v.c. 23136 (under 21 DUI) Not Guilty verdict at trial

Penal code 640(b): case dismissed

Penal code 640(b) case dismissed

Penal code 273.5 case dismissed

Penal code 273.5 convinced prosecutor not to file charges

COURT ADMISSIONS

v Supreme Court of the State of California

v United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

v United States District Court Southern District of California

v United States District Court Central District of California

v United States District Court Northern District of California

ORGANIZATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

v Certified in the administration and evaluation of Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s).

v Member of the California Attorney’s for Criminal Justice

v Member of the Criminal Courts Bar Association

v Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

v Member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives

v Member of the National College for DUI Defense

v Member of the California DUI Lawyers Association

v Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE ALCO SENSOR IV BREATH TESTING DEVICE USED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Contact Us

Contact Devermont & Devermont and we will provide you with the information you need to understand your California DUI arrest. We will provide a complimentary evaluation and what you need to know to resolve your California DUI case.

429 Santa Monica Blvd. #210
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel. (310) 393-0308


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