The Law Office of Dan Koukol

Firm Overview

The Law Office of Dan Koukol provides effective, aggressive and ethical criminal defense representation. Dan possesses the knowledge, skill, expertise and experience required for defending any allegation of criminal conduct. We are dedicated to providing diligent representation and obtaining the best result possible in every case. It is our mission to provide the highest quality criminal defense service conceivable. We believe that every client should be provided with the same level of care, preparation, and expertise as we would wish for our own loved ones. Our firm focuses on providing unsurpassed criminal defense that involves careful consultation with the client followed by extensive investigation and trial preparation. We also do extensive planning and preparation for settlement negotiations. If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime and need straight forward, honest legal advice concerning your case and all the possible options available, contact the Law Office of Dan Koukol for a free consultation at (866) 606-4182. Visit our web site to read client testimonials.

I began my private practice in 2006 after practicing criminal law as a public defender in Placer County since 1987.

Example cases

Over the past twenty-one years I have handled literally thousands of criminal cases. I have gone to trial on several high-profile capital cases that resulted in not-guilty verdicts. On one occasion, I defended a twenty-two year old woman charged with special circumstance murder. The prosecutor was seeking the death penalty. The young lady was eventually found not guilty of all murder charges.

To see current client testimonials we encourage you to visit my website:

Main Office
Heritage Oak Place
Suite 6
Auburn  CA  95603
  • (866) 606-4182
  • (530) 852-0150


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, I offer a free initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
All cases are different. I generally need to speak to potential clients before I can predict the level of service they will need.
Hourly Rates
$250 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Brenda Petersen.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I find criminal law very interesting and I love the challenge being a lawyer presents.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that the more clients know about the law, the better they will be equipped to make decisions and to assist our team in their defense.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients. However, I have created an extensive library of motions and other documents that are needed to effectively defend my clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I discourage the idea of coaching clients who want to represent themselves.

Dan Koukol

Prior to starting a private practice in 2006, I worked as a public defender in Placer County. In 1996, my partner, Len Tauman, and I were awarded the contract to provide public defender services to Placer County. Fulfilling this contract required me to employ approximately 24 attorneys, 8 investigators, and a support staff.

My experience as a public defender and my experience running a public defender's office gave me enormous experience handling this line of work.
My experience as a public defender and my experience running a public defender's office gave me enormous experience that I draw upon as a lawyer.

My primary strength is that I have a solid understanding of criminal defense in California. Because of my background creating the CrimeTime sentence calculation product, I have a unique ability to recognize opportunities and to reach mutually beneficial settlement agreements if the client requests that I do so. I also believe I have a reputation for being a hard-fighting litigator, as I am a very experienced trial attorney.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my family. My current hobby is photography. I also like sports and traveling.

  • Bar Number: 122526
    California , 1986
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984
    Sacramento, CA
    International Moot Court Honors.
  • California State University
    B.S. , 1980
    Sacramento, CA
    Business Administration.

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