Firm Overview

Superior Service for Every Client

Your defense is handled by me personally—an experienced, knowledgeable attorney with an exceptional reputation. I promptly answer your calls and emails keep you informed as the case progresses.

As your attorney, I always do my "homework." Positive outcomes aren't possible without thorough investigation, intelligent report writing, crime scene illustration, and legal research. Every client's case is given the careful attention to detail it needs and deserves.

A Defense Attorney Who Fights for You

  • Tremendously successful win/loss ratio
  • 25 years of criminal defense experience in Placer County
  • Excellent relationships and reputation with judges and prosecutors
  • Extremely thorough and conscientious investigation
  • Emphasis on avoiding a criminal record—alternatives are relentlessly pursued
  • Countless extremely satisfied clients with references available on request

When facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. I have practiced criminal defense in Placer County for more than 25 years. I am respected as an ethical and honest representative for my clients and, as such, I am very familiar and have outstanding working relationships with the judges, district attorneys, and probation office personnel you will encounter as you proceed through the criminal justice system.

Clients often experience stress and anxiety during this time. I am confident you will survive this process and do my utmost to minimize the stress you experience. I have established a reputation as a tough but fair negotiator who secures the best possible outcomes for my clients. I will always give you an honest assessment of your situation and fight for what is best for you.

Helping You Get Your Life Back on Track

A defense attorney's experience is not only essential for a favorable outcome in your case—it is crucial to help you get your life back on track. I have handled virtually every type of criminal case imaginable. Criminal charges can impact your life for years to come, so it is critical to entrust your future to an attorney who has expertise minimizing any long—term consequences associated with your case. Beyond criminal defense, one of my greatest assets is that I can help you see the big picture. Together we can create a plan for you to regain your mental and physical health and improve your family relationships, and I can provide insight and understanding so you can avoid criminal charges in the future.

Other Qualifications and Things to Think About

I am the owner and creator of CrimeTime, a software product used more than 1,000 times every day by California's judges, attorneys, and prosecutors to check the legal consequences of specific criminal charges. My expertise in providing accurate, detailed information regarding all of California's crimes means I know exactly what crimes carry what consequences, and how sentencing works.

Most criminal cases do not go to trial. They are settled in a manner that constitutes a fair and reasonable outcome to the particular charges and facts of the case. If you enter a plea negotiation, you can rest assured I have structured a settlement that ensures you do not endure avoidable consequences—giving you the best opportunity to successfully clean up your record in the future.

Placer County Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

The Law Office of Dan Koukol publishes the Placer County Criminal Defense Lawyer blog to keep clients and justice professionals informed of pertinent criminal law topics. Read more at

Free Initial Consultation

All initial consultations are free and confidential. I have designed my practice to provide the finest possible legal representation.