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Joseph Patrick Hougnon

Joseph Patrick Hougnon

Changing the outcome of cases that can affect my client's lives and future.
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law
  • California
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After working for the Office of the Attorney General and the Public Defender's Office, I graduated at the top of my law school class and opened my own office in downtown Sacramento in 1997. I've been running my own law office for almost 30 years now. I handle DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Administrative Professional Licensing Defense cases. I'm a skilled negotiator, and I've won every case I’ve set for trial in the past 20 years.

I offer a personal service and I have a passion for defending my clients - to protect them from the disruption and life changing aspects of criminal charges. I respect my clients and understand they are counting on me to do the best job possible, to communicate well, to work hard on their case, and to tell them the truth and what to expect well in advance of any consequences to their current situation.

My job is to try to change the outcome of the cases I handle, to mitigate the outcome in provable cases, and to protect my clients' future, and their livelihood to best of my ability.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law
  • Free Consultation
    Call me at (916) 730-5251 and I'll discuss your case with you in detail.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept all major credit cards
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For DUI's, I charge a lower up front fee than other Sacramento attorneys with my experience and skills. Why would I charge a client for a suppression motion (PC1538) for example before I review the evidence and make recommendations. I haven't lost a jury trial in 15 years, but only recommend trials when they make sense and my client has a good chance of prevailing.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Sole Practitioner
Private Practice
- Current
I opened my own law practice in downtown Sacramento in 1997.
Sacramento County Public Defender's Office
After working for more than a year as a certified law student, I was hired as an attorney for one year before opening my own practice.
Law Clerk
State of California DOJ - Office of the Attorney General
I worked in litigation support and wrote five criminal appeals that were confirmed by the appellate courts.
Lincoln Law School
Law Degree
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Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney
Best of the Best Attorneys
Top 10 Criminal Defense CA Law Firm
Best of the Best Law Firm
10 Best Attorneys
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service Award.
Top 10% Criminal Defense in the USA
Lawyers of Distinction
10 Best Client Satisfaction
American institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
Premier Service Award
City of Sacramento
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
Moot Court Award - Best Oral Argument
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 186152
- Current
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Joe Hougnon, Attorney at Law
Contact & Map
901 H St Ste 301
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 730-5251
Fax: (866) 570-9625