David R. Phillips

Attorney At Family Law

Serving Valparaiso & Surrounding Areas

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Valparaiso DUI Lawyer

Phillips Law Office

Are you looking for an experienced Lawyer in Valparaiso, Indiana? If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a crime, we may be able to help.

David R. Phillips, DUI Family Law Attorney, handles all criminal cases including, but not limited to, Family Law, Divorce, Child Support (see list).

If you want a Valparaiso DUI Lawyer who will personally handle your file and be available for consultation 24/7, someone who will fairly evaluate your case and determine your most favorable course of action, hire us.

Our philosophy is to find out as much as we can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.

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If you have a legal question, concern, or would like to schedule a consultation simply fill out the form below.

If this is an urgent matter please call 219-929-7060.

Attorney, David R. Phillips

David R. Phillips, has been in practice for over 30 years. His clients reside primarily in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Indiana; he can also refer clients to colleagues in Illinois when appropriate. Attorney Phillips currently specializes in Family Law and Criminal Law matters. Prior to his present firm in Valparaiso, Phillips had practiced at one of the area’s most prominent, large law firms which gave the foundation and experience in representing his clients. This work also gave him the opportunity to successfully represent clients in litigation and dozens of jury trials throughout Indiana.

In his family law practice, he takes the collaborative approach to law whenever possible, leading to the best possible outcome for all involved. He also approaches his criminal law clients with the utmost discretion. He strives to keep the individual needs of each client first and foremost.

Attorney Phillips has been ‘Highly Rated’ by his peers and honored as ‘Notable in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.’

David will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs, research the facts and the law and advise clients on all of their options. David will discuss whether certain evidence can be suppressed, the dynamics of negotiating an acceptable plea deal, and the potential risks and rewards of taking your case to a jury trial. David’s experience with the law and strategic mindset make him the right advocate to have on your side.

Commonly Asked Questions

Our firm is not right for you if

You are looking for a lawyer who will only tell you what you want to hear. I will work with you to honestly assess the facts of the case.

If you want to tell our law firm about your situation, you should. . .

I personally communicate with you whenever possible. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours, or less – most often, much less. My office phone is (219) 929-7060.

The typical cost to start working on your case is:

Most cases are handled on a flat fee basis, so you will know the total cost of your case from the beginning.

Our clients will tell you that:

My level of experience, knowledge of the law in Valparaiso, Indiana, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case bring the most favorable results.

Area of Practice

– Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Criminal Law
– DUI Defense
– Family Law
– Grandparent’s rights, Guardianship
– Paternity, Personal Injury, Premature Agreements, Protective Orders


J.D., Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 1988
B.S., University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign, 1984


1988 – present, Indiana State Bar Association
1988 – present, United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Do you need a DUI Lawyer?

Every state has some sort of “driving while intoxicated” statute. The term “driving while intoxicated” is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be “drunk” or “intoxicated” to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states).

a DUI Lawyer can help. . . .

Assess your legal situation

An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.

Explain the Consequences

The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DWI , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state’s motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

Manage the process

Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Represent you in court

An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.

Don't Know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some General Guidelines:


Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.


Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you’ve been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.


You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer in Valparaiso if you don’t understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don’t know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.



l hired this lawyer to deal with a felony charge I received. He got it dropped to a misdemeanor, and no jail time. He’s very talented and responds timely. He showed up at every court date I had before I even was there! Very very great lawyer. I highly HIGHLY reccomend hiring this attorney. If you are teeter tottering in hiring him, go into his office and have a chat with him. You’ll be convinced as soon as you hear this mans knowledge.


Highly Competent, Diligent and Effective Attorney!!!!

Attorney Phillips has been representing me on a family law case for the past year. Attorney Phillips is highly respected by his peers and the Courts in Northwest Indiana. He came recommended to me by multiple other counsel when I was looking for another family law attorney to take over the case, and I am very pleased that I engaged Attorney Phillips.

Charlie S.

Divorce is Hard; He Made It Easier

I know it’s easy to demand immediate results in today’s world but that’s not realistic in the divorce legal arena. David helped me understand that my case moved at the Judge’s pace — not necessarily mine. He would listen to me for hours when I wasn’t in my best frame of mind unlike other attorneys I know.

Talk to a Valparaiso DUI Lawyer today!

Contact Phillips Law Office at 219-929-7060 or via email with the form above.

How Can We Help You?

At the Law Offices of David R. Phillips, we are committed to protecting your freedom, your record and your rights. Attorney David R. Phillips has vast legal experience in the fields of criminal law, personal injury and family law matters. If you are in need of serious legal representation you need an experienced attorney to help you get through this difficult time in you life. David R. Phillips works hard to get his clients the best possible outcome for their situation. This is true no matter what the case may be.

Additional Resources

We have proudly served clients in several communities, including LaPorte County, Lake County & Chesterton.