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Richard O. Middlebrook

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Richard Middlebrook is a fifth-year Southern California Super Lawyer and is considered the preeminent DUI attorney in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. He focuses on the representation of persons accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and the forensic science associated with those areas. Richard has 27 years of legal experience that's specifically focused on DUI law. He spends hundreds of hours a year attending, moderating and lecturing at DUI seminars throughout the world to assist those defending allegations of driving under the influence while expanding his own knowledge and expertise.

He is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and currently serves as their Second Vice President. He is also a Sustaining Member of National College of DUI Defense and a Specialist Member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. He is trained as an Instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

He has tried 250 DUI cases throughout his career with only 8 losses. He has acted as lead counsel in over 10,000 administrative hearings, writ proceedings, motions, and appeals. His success rate in those proceedings is unmatched anywhere in California. Additionally, he is the only lawyer in Kern County with a Lawyer Scientist on staff, along with an AV rating, AVVO rating perfect 10, and Super Lawyer combined.

    AV Preeminent 2014

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    • California Lutheran University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1990)
    • University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King School of Law (J.D., 1993)

    Professional Experience

    • Judge Pro Tem for Kern County Superior Court
    • Judicial Arbitrator for Kern County Superior Court and the State Bar of California


    • California State Bar, 1993

    Community Involvement

    • Rotary, Bakersfield West (2015-Present)
    • Active 20-30 International
    • National Director, (2002-2003)
    • National Pres.-Elect, (2004-2005)
    • National President (2005-2006)
    • Int. President-Elect (2006-2007)
    • Int. President (2007-2008)
    • Bakersfield Active 20-30 Club,
    • Board of Directors (2000-2003)
      • 2nd Vice-President (Fall 2001)
      • 1st Vice-President (Spring 2002)
      • President (Fall 2002)
    • Kern County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, (1996-2003)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Founding Member and Second VP, DUI Defense Lawyers Association
    • ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation
    • Sustaining Member, National College of DUI Defense
    • Specialist Member, California DUI Lawyer's Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • American Chemical Society
    • Member, American Academy of Forensic Science
    • California Bar Association
    • Kern County Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

    Award-Winning Representation

    • Avvo Rating - 10.0 Superb
      Avvo Rating - 10.0 Superb

      This is the highest rating available from the most comprehensive rating system used to rank attorneys in a given location.

    • ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
      ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist

      This designation is awarded to attorneys who utilize scientific methods as a part of their legal strategy.

    • California DUI Lawyers Association
      California DUI Lawyers Association

      This association allows the DUI attorneys of California to compare notes and learn from each other.

    • Super Lawyers®
      Super Lawyers®

      A lawyer being included in this magazine means that they have been nominated by their peers and track record; less than 5% of attorneys.

    • Best DUI Lawyers in Baksersfield
      Best DUI Lawyers in Baksersfield
    • Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification
      Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification

      Forensic Sobriety Assessment Certification: An attorney holding this certification has been trained in determining if an individual is intoxicated.

    • Avvo Clients’ Choice
      Avvo Clients’ Choice

      Mr. Middlebrook was voted the client favorite DUI/DWI lawyer in his area by the foremost lawyer rating system in the country.

    • Avvo Top Attorney DUI
      Avvo Top Attorney DUI

      Factoring in endorsements from peers as well as clients, this is awarded to the top attorney in each legal field.

    • National College for DUI Defense
      National College for DUI Defense

      This is a non-profit seeking to propagate information regarding drunk driving law to the public.

    • Three Best Rated®
      Three Best Rated®

      Richard O. Middlebrook was chosen Top 3 Dwi lawyers in Bakersfield, CA.

    • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
      Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings

      Recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethics.

    • Three Best Rated Businesses of 2020
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