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Rachel D Miller

Rachel D Miller

Professional compassionate criminal defense
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
  • California
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Rachel Miller has been a criminal defense attorney for 14 years in El Dorado County. Ms. Miller started in this county out of law school working for the now Honorable Steven C. Bailey (South Lake Tahoe, Dept. 3) as an associate attorney, handling criminal defense cases and some civil cases. Ms. Miller transitioned into the El Dorado County Public Defenders office and worked in that office for 9 years, assisting indigent criminal defendants. She represented both misdemeanor and felony clients, as well as juvenile criminal clients. Ms. Miller was the attorney assigned the collaborative treatment courts including drug court, DUI court, Veteran's court and Behavioral Health court. Ms. Miller has specialized training and education in dealing with difficult addiction issues, co-occurring addiction and mental health issues and behavioral health cases. Ms. Miller is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as well as the California Association of Collaborative Courts. Ms. Miller opened her office in September of 2014 and has been practicing in El Dorado County and Placer County primarily offering legal services for criminal defense and DUI defense.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of Rachel D. Miller
- Current
Specializing in criminal defense work including driving under the influence, white collar crime, theft, drugs cases, mental health issues related to criminal charges, victim advocacy, and domestic violence.
Deputy Public Defender IV
El Dorado County Public Defenders office
Specialization: Criminal Defense. Assignments included felony preliminary hearing calendar, vertical felony and misdemeanor assignment, juvenile delinquency, conservatorships, treatment court calendars including drug court, DUI court, Veteran’s court, and Behavioral Health court. Prepared for and tried numerous preliminary hearings, misdemeanor and felony jury and court trials, restitution hearings, violation of probation and parole hearings, and post-sentencing hearings. Conducting investigation and meetings, prepared for trial with clients. Researched, filed, and presented all types of pretrial motions, trial motions, writs and appeals. Prepared and filed appeals briefs. Tried numerous jury trials and court trials, won more than half. Personal caseload in excess of 500 files annually. Founding member of drug court team, a dedicated problem solving behavioral court for drug offenders and Proposition 36 drug treatment clients, model DUI court program, and Veteran’s treatment court program. Responsible for collaborative process and meet and confer with various county agencies, judges, probation and treatment providers, as well as advocating for client’s best interest in treatment court process.
Associate Attorney
Law Offices of Steven C. Bailey
Specialization: Criminal Defense, Administrative Law, Juvenile Dependency. Involved in all aspects of the litigation process with a specialization in the area of criminal defense and administrative law. Defense of clients in administrative law hearings which consisted of DMV per se, licensing actions, hearings regarding Community Care licensing issues, and Department of Real Estate license hearings. Also responsible for small civil case load including personal injury cases. Drafted, filed, and argued writs regarding results of administrative hearings before the Superior Court. Consulted with clients and negotiated settlements regarding licensing issues. Researched and drafted suppression motions, motions to dismiss, speedy trial motions, and related court appearances and other motions. Researched, drafted and argued Penal Code section 995 motions to dismiss in regards to three strikes cases and life cases. Researched, drafted and argued a successful venue motion in a death penalty retrial. Researched and drafted multiple writs and appeals briefs on various criminal issues. Represented parents and juveniles in juvenile dependency cases. Participated in approximately 20 court trials regarding contested dependency petitions, jurisdiction hearings and disposition hearings. Researched and filed writs and appeal briefs on behalf of clients. Personal caseload of approximately 50 cases.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Hillsdale College
B.A. (1998) | Political Economy
Certificate of Excellence
California Association for Collaborative Court Professionals
Professional Associations
State Bar of California # 221677
Speaking Engagements
Panel Speaker, Topic – Making Prop 36 work in a rural county, NADCP 15th Annual Drug Court Training Conference, Washington D.C.
Panel Speaker, Topic - Team Building, CADCP Annual Collaborative Justice Conference, San Diego, CA
Panel Speaker, Topic – Case Management, Making It Work!, A Statewide Technical Assistance Conference for the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, San Diego
California Association for Collaborative Court Professionals
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2 Questions Answered

Q. What does post release community supervision mean?
A: Post release community supervision is the new term for parole for those who did a prison sentence in the local county jail. It's basically supervision by the probation department. See this blurb from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website: "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN OFFENDER IS RELEASED? When an offender has completed his/her sentence, he/she is released to either state supervised parole or county-level supervision also known as post-release community supervision. The type of supervision is determined by the California Penal Code. The more serious and violent offenders and high-risk sex offenders are released to state parole and the non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex offenders are released to county-level supervision. Currently, the law requires that parolees be returned to the county that was the last legal residence of the offender prior to his or her incarceration. A parolee may be returned to another county if that would be in the best interests of the public. DAPO carefully reviews each case and makes such decisions on an individual basis.... Offenders released from prison to county-level supervision will be supervised by a local law enforcement agency. CDCR no longer has jurisdiction over any person who is released from prison to county-level supervision." See further information at:
Q. So my daughter brought over her pregnant friend the other day, they're both 13 years old and another girl their age
A: This is considered a crime regardless of whether the girl is pregnant. A battery by definition is a willful and/or unlawful touching of another in a harmful or offensive manner. There are various degrees of battery from a simple misdemeanor to battery with serious bodily injury as a felony. The girl or her parents should report this to law enforcement so they can investigate this case and refer it to the district attorney's office.
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Law Offices of Rachel D Miller
463 Main Street
Suite D
Placerville, CA 95667
Telephone: (530) 903-8117
Fax: (530) 748-0151