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Questions to Ask During Your Legal Consultation

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Where did you attend law school?

Surprisingly, the State of California allows future lawyers to sit for the Bar Exam even if they didn't go to an American Bar Association accredited school like Stanford, University of California, etc. Many fly by night "law schools" have popped up throughout the state that allow "instruction" by correspondence or online classes amounting to little more than a 4-year bar preparation course. Many of their students never pass the Bar Exam and some can take multiple attempts over years to do so.

While the American Bar Association has only accredited 21 law schools in the State of California, over 45 law schools have come into existence with names like Lady Liberty School of Law and California Desert Trial Academy School of Law.

You can find out whether your attorney went to an ABA accredited law school here: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions

How long have you been practicing law?

How long your attorney has been practicing can help you gauge whether or not they're the right attorney for you.

Have you been to trial on a DUI case before? If so, how many times and were they successful?

This is perhaps the best indicator of the experience, quality and knowledge of your attorney. Unbelievably, many attorneys claim they are "specialists" or "experts" or "experienced" even though they have never tried a DUI case. While everyone knows the benefit of successfully settling DUI cases, the rash of "dump truck" lawyers who refuse to stand up and fight when their clients deserve their best is devastating. Devastating to their past clients, their new clients, and their future clients. The defendant's only advantage in negotiations with the prosecution is the ability to take the case to trial successfully. If your attorney constantly threatens, but never actually puts their proverbial "money where their mouth is," they quickly become no threat to the prosecution because the DA's know they will always just "give up" when push comes to shove in a courtroom.

Do speaking engagements mean you’re more qualified?

Maybe. Generally, speaking to National Organizations of lawyers and scientists is probably a good indication that your attorney is respected in those areas. However, many of the organizations are small and speaking to the same organization over and over is simply indicative that you or your friends run the seminars.

Many seminars pay for their speaker's attendance so if you're running the seminar or your friends are, it's a good way to give a break to people you like. However, being involved in local, state and national organizations that focus on DUI defense and the science involved is generally a good indicator that your attorney is serious about learning, teaching and aggressively defending your rights in your DUI case.

Does writing books or chapters in books make you a better lawyer?

No. Most books are self-published with little or no income generated. Anyone can write a book and publish it with a promise to buy so many copies. The real test is how many people bought your book or use it. The answer is often none.

Can anyone claim to be a good DUI lawyer?

Yes. As long as you are actually a lawyer. Unfortunately, lawyers have learned to be wordsmiths. Sometimes they use those talents to give you a lingering belief that they are more qualified than they are. Terms like "trial tested" and "extensive experience" and "aggressive representation" are used often but mean little. you say you are trial tested it doesn't need to be in DUI cases and it doesn't mean you won. It doesn't even denote a number. It could be trial tested in one trial that was for possession of methamphetamine that you lost.

Do you practice law in the county I was arrested?

Amazingly, with the internet marketing approach to client retention, lawyers will advertise all over the state even though they haven't walked into a courtroom in the county where your case is. Some firms employ high pressure sales teams and marketing strategists to answer your calls and sell their services only to farm out your case to the lowest paid, most inexperienced attorney in the county. While you may pay them thousands of dollars, the attorney who is appearing may see as little as $50.00 per hour to plead you guilty.

Why Choose Middlebrook & Associates?

  • 38 Years of Collective Legal Experience
  • Over 250 DUI Trials Handled - With a 97.4% Success Rate
  • Handled More Than 8,500 DMV Hearings in Kern County
  • Expert Member of California DUI Lawyers Association
  • ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer - Scientist Designation
  • AV Rated by martindale.com - Leading Authority on Attorney Ratings
  • Teaches Lawyers & Scientists - DUIDLA, American Academy of Forensic Science & American Chemical Society
  • Founding & Board Member - DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in America - DUI Defense

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  • “Highly professional and effective.”
    I'm a civil trial lawyer practicing in another state. In 2020, after a questionable traffic stop, my daughter was arrested for DUI. Our family engaged Middlebrook & Associates to assist her. They identified weaknesses in the State's case and formulated a trial strategy. While waiting for trial, they prevailed in the administrative proceeding, allowing my daughter to retain her driver's license. On the first day of trial, I could tell Middlebrook & Associates had the respect of the trial judge and prosecutor. They developed an excellent rapport with the jury and demonstrated deep understanding of the science related to DUI cases. Their cross-examination of the arresting officer was respectful yet effective. The jury acquitted my daughter on one charge and deadlocked on the other, leading to an acceptable plea agreement and eventual dismissal and expungement of all charges. We are very grateful to Middlebrook & Associates for their highly professional handling of our daughter's case. I highly recommend them.
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    I was arrested for a first time DUI on December of 2015. I went to Mr. Middlebrooks's office the very next day and explained my case. He gave me a step by step overview of what is going to happen. It would be a shame on my part if I didn't review his teams work for me. I was updated promptly and they basically took over the entire area and only called me once or twice where I was actually needed with my case. After 6 months of deliberation, he managed to get my case thrown out due to technicalities and all charges were dropped against me. My greatest gratitude goes to his entire team. I've had sleepless nights over my arrest and how my future was going to be permanently affected if I had been convicted. After researching, I noted that he actually charges a bit more than the average for a DUI attorney in town, but I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever with his service and I would not hold back from recommending his office to anyone. I truly appreciate his teams commitment to quality of work they have done.
    - Gabriel
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    I was arrested for a first-time DUI in December 2015. Middlebrook & Associates gave me a step-by-step overview of what would happen. They updated me promptly, took over my case, and got it thrown out due to technicalities. The team was committed to quality, and I have no regrets recommending them.
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