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Attorney Blackie Burak has nearly 40 years of successful criminal defense experience. He effectively uses this experience to mount an aggressive defense against even the most complex DUI / DWI charges. His keen focus on this area is based on his cutting-edge knowledge, skills and courtroom techniques. He is often able to obtain a much more favorable outcome than might otherwise be expected.

Attorney Burak defends his clients vigorously against DUI / DWI charges and has a remarkable record of accomplishment in hundreds of jury trials and thousands of hearings. He has secured acquittals, not-guilty verdicts, reduced charges and lessened penalties through his aggressive defense strategies.

Areas of Practice:

  1. DUI/DWI Defense
  2. Criminal Law


  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    • J.D. – 1971

  • La Salle University
    • B.A. – 1968
      Major: Pre-Law

Published Works:

  1. Diablo Magazine
    Top DUI Lawyers (2004)
  2. East Bay News
    Who You Gonna Call? (2002)
  3. San Francisco Banner/Daily Journal
    DUI Lawyer Brings Colorful Past to Court (1995)

Honors and Awards:

  1. Distinguished  – Martindale-Hubbell (2016)
  2. DUI Specialist  – California DUI Lawyers Association (1995)
  3. Certified Specialist – Criminal Law  – State Bar of California  (1983)
  4. USMC 1960-1964 Honorable Discharge
  5. California DUI Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  1. California DUI Lawyers Association
    • President (1994 – 1995)
  2. Contra Costa County Bar Association, Criminal Section
    • President (1991 – 1992)
  3. California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
    • Member (1983 – Present)

Work Experience:

  • Law Office of Blackie Burak (1972 – Present)

I wasn't driving but was arrested for a DUI. Innocent until proven guilty; Mr. Burak made sure that the jury understood my innocence. If found guilty not only myself but my entire family's life would have changed for the worst. There is no beating around the bush with this man, a Marine Veteran t...

A Satisfied Client Recommends Blackie Burak

I retained Blackie as my attorney and it was the best decision I could have made. I had no idea at the time that I was going to get the best possible outcome to my case. When you appear in court, you have to sit through other cases before it's your turn. This allows you to get a very good feel of...

Thomas Recommends Blackie Burak

Mr Blackie Burak is my hero. I got a DUI in Siskiyou County. I live in SF Bay area. After having a terrible experience with a first attorney I hired who gave me only lip service, I was directed to Mr. Burak. From our first meeting he impressed me by his wealth of knowledge in this field. He is a ...

Touraj Recommends Blackie Burak

I received a DUI charge at 18. Besides calming me down, which I can't express how much that meant, he won the DMV hearing. He later consulted with the DA and charges were never filed. Also, during that time his assistant took many calls from me and was very helpful. Over a year later I was back i...

A DUI & DWI Client Recommends Blackie Burak

Mr. Blackie Burak is a highly reputable and seasoned attorney and is worth contracting his services...especially for a DUI / DWI.I will not go into great detail about my case; however, I will state that he was able to reduce the sentence and was able to negotiate waiving my work / jail time (there ...

A DUI & DWI Client Recommends Blackie Burak

I used Blackie for a DUI defense in 1997. He did everything in his power to help me through it, and I was completely satisfied. He was a competent professional throughout the process. Then, just recently, I called on him again to help me with a misdemeanor violation. He helped me out again in cou...

Pamela Recommends Blackie Burak

About a year ago, I was charged with DUI in a rural Northern California county. Initially, I hired a local "rural attorney" in the area in which I faced charges, but after thinking about it long and hard, I remembered a situation over 15 years ago where I had also jumped the gun and hired an atto...

A Satisfied Client Recommends Blackie Burak

My 18 year old son made a very stupid mistake and was facing serious penalties. With Blackie's help and a small miracle, he did his time and got out just in time to start his first year of College. That would NEVER have happened without Blackie! Thank you Thank you Thank you Blackie! I would high...

Chris Recommends Blackie Burak

Best in his field. Gets it done. Reasonable fee. Very responsive. I highly recommend Blackie for any and all issues.

John Recommends Blackie