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When you have been arrested or charged with a crime, Attorney Mike Brewer is an aggressive and dedicated legal advocate who will protect your rights in the court system and fight for your exoneration. Experience matters, and Attorney Brewer's prosecution and defense experience has enabled him to develop the wisdom and creative thinking needed to apply the law and develop the defense strategy to your case.

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Attorney Mike Brewer is a former legal instructor for most major California law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the sheriff's departments of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. He has also worked, consulted and trained with the FBI, US Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force, US Attorney's Office and US Army JAG Corps. Criminal defense lawyer Mike Brewer went over 5 years as a prosecutor in Los Angeles County without losing a single case, and over 2 years without losing a case as a criminal defense lawyer with the public defender in Los Angeles.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense - General
DUI and other Driving-related Charges
Domestic Violence

White Collar Crimes


The following information includes frequently asked criminal defense questions. The answers stated are general in nature and are not intended to apply to every situation. Each case is different and carries its own set of circumstances which must be taken into consideration by competent legal counsel. By contacting Southern California criminal defense Attorney Mike Brewer at (888) 533-5798 or (949) 863-9682, you can receive a personal consultation regarding your specific criminal defense case.


"Your evaluations reflect the highest marks of any presenter."

Letter received following a mock DUI trial at Loyola Law School, in which Mike Brewer trained other attorneys in the trial of DUI cases.


Newport Beach:
5030 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Telephone: (888) 533-5798; (949) 863-9682

DUI / Driving Offenses

Although the charge is commonly referred to as drunk driving, the fact is that "driving" is not necessarily involved and one need not be "drunk," within the usual meaning of the word. A person who is in actual physical control of a vehicle need not be driving to be arrested if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Simply sitting behind the wheel of a parked car with the ignition keys in your pocket can satisfy the driving part of the offense. To most people, the term "drunk" refers to someone who is staggering, incapable of coherent speech, etc., but this is not the standard for a DUI offense.

White Collar Crimes

High-tech professionals, corporate executives and clergy who are criminally charged for offenses such as corporate theft, counterfeiting, embezzlement, forgery, hacking, fraud, tax evasions or bad checks are often referred to as "white collar" offenders and are prosecuted for white collar crimes. In some cases, first-time offenders are convicted and sent to prison, even with no prior criminal history.

Theft-Related Offenses

In criminal law, fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately deceiving another in order to damage them - usually, to obtain property or services from him or her unjustly. Fraud can be accomplished through the aid of forged objects. In the criminal law of common law jurisdictions it may be called "theft by deception," "larceny by trick," "larceny by fraud and deception" or something similar. Fraud can be committed through many methods including mail, wire, phone and the internet.

Violent Crimes

Homicide Cases:

One of the most serious areas of violent crime is Homicide - killing a person, whether lawfully or unlawfully. Justifiable homicide and excusable homicide are lawful homicides, while criminal homicide, negligent homicide, reckless homicide and vehicular homicide are unlawful homicides. Unlawful homicide comprises the two crimes of murder and manslaughter.

Drug-Related Offenses

Drugs and Narcotics laws have tried to keep up with the changing perceptions and real dangers of substance abuse. By 1970, over 55 federal drug laws and countless state laws specified a variety of punitive measures, including life imprisonment and even the death penalty. To clarify the situation, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 repealed, replaced or updated all previous federal laws concerned with narcotics and all other dangerous drugs.


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