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Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook

Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook

Central Valley’s Preeminent DUI Attorney
  • DUI & DWI
  • California
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Mr. Middlebrook is a Southern California Super Lawyer, is AV Rated (highest rating available by Martindale Hubbell) and has a perfect 10 rating on He is considered the preeminent DUI attorney in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. He spends hundreds of hours a year attending, moderating and lecturing in seminars. He exclusively represents persons accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and the forensic science associated with those areas. He is a Founding Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and currently sits on their Second Vice President. He is a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense. He is a graduate of multiple summer sessions of the National College of DUI Defense held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Winter Sessions held worldwide. He is trained as an Instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a regular attendee at Mastering Scientific Evidence Seminars. He is an full member of the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American Chemical Society. He is one of only six lawyers in the State of California and less than 50 worldwide to be designated by the American Chemical Society as a Lawyer-Scientist. The ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist is one who uses validated and legitimate science for the benefit of justice. These are lawyers who study the science and apply it legitimately in the courtroom. They expose invalid or non-validated science and use valid science in the courtroom. They eschew the smoke and mirrors techniques of old and embrace the science for the benefit of all. He has tried over 230 DUI cases throughout his career with a 97% success rate. He has acted as lead counsel in over seven thousand administrative hearings, writ proceedings, motions, and appeals. His success rate in those proceedings is unmatched anywhere in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

Practice Area
    DUI & DWI
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Middlebrook & Associates
- Current
Managing Partner
Richard O. Middlebrook, A Prof. Corp.
Borton Petrini & Conron
Prosecuting Attorney
Kern County District Attorney
Prosecuting Law Clerk
Yolo County District Attorney
University of California - Davis
J.D. (1993) | Law
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California Lutheran University
B.A. (1990) | Political Science
Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Assistant in Political Science, Multiple scholarship and award winner, Dean's List all four years
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American Chemical Society
One of less than 50 Lawyer-Scientists in the United States.
Client's Choice
Since 2012.
Southern California SuperLawyers
2012 - 2013, 2017 - 2022
AV Rating
Professional Associations
Driving Under the Influence Defense Lawyers Assoc.
Founding Member; Board of Directors; Second Vice President (2019); First Vice President (2020);
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Activities: Founding Member and Board of Directors
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American Academy of Forensic Science
- Current
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American Chemical Society
- Current
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National College of DUI Defense
Sustaining Member
- Current
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Activities: Attend almost all statewide programs.
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California State Bar  # 167723
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Hair and Air: Follicle Testing and IID's, NCDD Summer Session, Harvard Law School
National College of DUI Defense
Websites & Blogs
Middlebrook & Associates
Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered
Q. If someone had a DUI in another state, and then gets another DUI in California, what would most likely happen?
A: Generally, a DUI within 10 years anywhere in the United States is chargeable as a prior so long as the law in California is substantially similar to the state of conviction. California is a “movement” state requiring a vehicle be moved to meet the driving requirement. Some states, are control states meaning you only need to be in control of the vehicle. If the laws are different it is not priorable in California.
Q. I was arrested for a DUI in California on July 4th and DMV is still not showing my arrest/suspension.
A: First, you are not in suspension based on the arrest. Your DUI Suspension begins on the 31st day after the arrest so your legal to drive. It will show up when it goes into suspension. If you want an immediate restriction, and this is a first, get the IID installed, sign up for the alcohol education program, file the sr-22 for insurance purposes then go to the local dmv to request the restricted license. You’ll have to pay their fees too.
Q. Can a lawyer get my hospital and morgue class dismissed since they were delayed and I'm now out of state due to COVID19?
A: Yes. You may make a motion to the court to modify your sentence.
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Contact & Map
Middlebrook & Associates
8501 Brimhall Road
Suite 404
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Telephone: (661) 443-4700
Fax: (805) 636-1343
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