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Michael James Kennedy

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Juvenile

About Me

I am second to none in a combination of scholarship, effective aggressiveness for my clients, and insights into the system and what it does and should be doing. You could do no better than have me on your side in a fight against the system; you could, however, do much, much worse.


It is imporant to understand that I handle cases in all of Riverside and San Bernardino and Imperial counties, and I will take cases in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties if the issues are interesting enough or if the client is facing certain hardships or criminal sanctions that I suspect would not be properly handled by attorneys in those areas. Unfortunately, AVVO's system does not allow a person to reflect that he handles anywhere that he does not have a physical office, thereby depriving those seeking help the full range of possibilities for the help they seek.  I am availble in most places where the Constitution is in peril; feel free to contact me wherever your problems might be occurring. No matter where they are, you could do no better than having me help, and you always could do much, much worse.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    28 years, 750 cases
  3. Juvenile: 5%
    18 years, 300 cases



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (90 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

37 total 

  • Joshua Matthew Dale

    Michael J. Kennedy is also known in the lawyer world as "Captain Motion" - he is a brilliant trial lawyer, advocate, and friend to all who fight for the Constitution!


    Joshua Dale DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • George Fredrick Mueller

    During the birth of the California Drunk Driving Law book and the California DUI Lawyers Association, a vision of epic criminal defense emerged. Michael Kennedy took the helm, contributing more than any other constitutional rights advocate, as he raised two mighty hands to help develop the foundation of The Book and The Team. A legendary speaker in and out of court, Mr. Kennedy deeply touches the heart and soul of judges, juries and lawyers everywhere. Mr. Kennedy's dreams have been embraced by decades of aspiring DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys. I whole-heartedly endorse this outstanding lawyer's work. Any citizen in need of help look no further.


    George Mueller DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy

82632-B Hwy 111
Suite 3 [Cabrera Offices]
Indio, CA, 92201



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 1994


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

    Michael’s comment: “Solely for two drunk driving incidents within 6 years of each other, over 20 years ago. Never anything related to competence nor ethics. If drunk driving disqualified a person from serving the public's needs, GW Bush could not have been president, Don Rumsfeld could not have been secretary of defense, and Dick Cheney could not have been vice president!”

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Private Defenders of California, Inc.2013
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Lifetime Achievement Award ["The Eddie"]California DUI Lawyers Association2011
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney - OwnerLaw Office of Michael J. Kennedy2012 - Present
Attorney at LawKennedy & Roe2007 - 2012
Attorney at LawLedger & Kennedy2004 - 2007
Deputy Public DefenderSan Bernardino County Public Defender1991 - 2004
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Michael J. Kennedy1986 - 1991
Deputy District AttorneyDistrict Attorney of Riverside County1984 - 1986
Attorney at LawUnited States District Court1982 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2004 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1990 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Kent MorganTrtal acquittal.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Univ SOLN/AJuris Doctor1981
Widener UnivEnglishB.A.N/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Many, many, starting date below through presentCriminal, Constitutional Law and Defense1990