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Thomas Vinson Nash

Thomas Vinson Nash

The DUI Guy
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence
  • California
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Tom Nash, widely known as "The DUI Guy" has been trying and winning DUI cases for over 35 years in Monterey County. Past President of the Monterey County Trial Lawyers Association, featured as a contributor to the authoritative California Book, "California Drunk Driving Law" and a long time member of California DUI Lawyers Association, as well as the National College of Drunk Driving Defense, NACDL, CACJ, and other California and National criminal defense organizations, Tom is the lawyer other lawyers turn to for advice on the defense of Driving Under the Influence charges in Monterey County.

Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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Professional Experience
The Law Offices of Thomas Vinson Nash
Distinguished Service
Sixth District Appellate Program
Recognition for more than 10 years as board representative from Monterey County Bar Association
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
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National College of Drunk Driving Defense
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Monterey County Trial Lawyers Association
Past President
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- Current
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State Bar of California  # 112734
- Current
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Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Attorney Tom Nash
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. My husband got a DUI in Colorado in 2016. We live in California and he never appeared in court. What should he do?
A: It's best to contact a lawyer in the jurisdiction/area where your husband was arrested to get it cleared up.
Q. Should I reinstate my license at first opportunity or wait for my court date?
A: You may have to pay two reinstatement fees but it is definitely worth it to keep your license at this stage. Should you get caught driving without a license now, you are likely to be charged with CVC 14601.2(a), "Driving while suspended for DUI" even though you haven't been convicted of a DUI.

The second thing that comes to mind with your situation is that you should NOT finish your driving school at this time. You should contact them and tell them you need a leave of absence, etc. Otherwise you will be required to take the whole class over again after your conviction, if you are convicted. As long as it's still pending, unfinished at the time of your conviction or plea, then you will be able to finish it, even if it's only one class and get credit.

It's always better to contact an experienced DUI lawyer in your immediate area, ASAP.
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Q. I am applying for teacher credential and my.dui paperwork shows pled nolo contendere and got probation misd DUI.. put?
A: A nolo or no contest plea is the same as a guilty plea for purposes of a criminal court. So you must divulge it. Depending on what County you were convicted in, you would be on either a three year or a five year probation. Most probably you were convicted of either 23152 (a) or 23152 (b), not both.

Most counties have a computer portal where you could find that information or, if you were represented by counsel, contact them.
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Contact & Map
Law Officesof Thomas V Nash
PO Box R-1
Heather Glen Ct., #4, NW Mission & 8th Ave.
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 624-5000
Fax: (831) 624-9102
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Available for appointments after hours and weekends. Please call.
Telephone: (831) 424-9900