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Richard O. Middlebrook

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Richard Middlebrook is a ten-year Southern California Super Lawyer and is considered the preeminent DUI attorney in the 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 29 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 served on its board since its founding. He is also a Sustaining Member of the National College of DUI Defense and a Specialist Member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and also sits on its board. He is trained as an Instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

He has tried over 280 DUI cases throughout his career with only 8 losses. He has acted as lead counsel in over 15,000 administrative hearings, writ proceedings, motions, and appeals. His success rates in those proceedings are unmatched anywhere in California. Additionally, he is the only lawyer in California who holds all the following distinctions:

  • ACS-CHAL Lawyer Scientist
  • AV rating
  • AVVO rating perfect 10, and
  • Southern California SuperLawyer

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
    Three Best Rated Businesses of 2020
  • Top Attorney Winner Top Attorney Winner

    Attorney Richard Middlebrook was selected as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Bakersfield area out of 49 qualified local attorneys.

  • Three Best Rated Businesses of 2021
    Three Best Rated Businesses of 2021

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