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Mr. Duarte has a strong legal background as he attended one of the top law schools in the United States. Mr. Duarte is licensed to practice in all state courts of California and the Federal Districts of Central, Northern, and Eastern California.

Mr. Duarte specializes in Criminal Defense and DUI Defense, but also provides legal assistance in the areas of Landlord/Tenant, Bankruptcy and Business Formation including creating LLC's, S-Corps, C-Corps, etc. 

Prior to opening his own office Mr. Duarte worked at a leading law firm in the creditors rights division representing corporate clients such as Wells Fargo, Chase, and US Bank. After leaving the corporate law firm Mr. Duarte was admitted to the prestigious Academy of Justice litigation program with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. The program was taught by some of the most respected attorney's in the LA City's office on topics such as DUI, gun & weapons possession, domestic violence, and prostitution. After the completion of the program Mr. Duarte was assigned to handle criminal jury trials on behalf of the LA City Attorney's office as a Pro Bono Deputy City Attorney. Mr. Duarte's experience having litigated cases from both the corporate and government prospective is a clear benefit to his clients as he is very familiar with their litigation tactics. 

In Mr. Duarte's brief time as a solo-practitioner he has acheived some impressive results for his clients. Last November Mr. Duarte's client was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol with a .14 blood alcohol level. Mr. Duarte took the case to trial and after completion of trial all charges were dismissed. Mr. Duarte has recently had another clients charges reduced in another DUI case with a .10 blood alcohol level to a speeding exhibition. Mr. Duarte has also successfully taken numerous clients through the bankruptcy process wholly discharging their unsecured debts.

California DUI lawyers association member, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum, Mexican American Bar Association member, Academy of Justice Fellow, UCLA Law Fellow


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Bankruptcy: 5%



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  • Gerri Dolores Marshall

    Miguel is both a sweetheart of a person and a tough zealous criminal defense attorney. Our firm refers criminal defense clients to Miguel because we know that he provides quality representation to all clients. I can attest to the fact that he is also an amazing bankruptcy attorney. He has been practicing long enough to couple his experience and knowledge of the law to produce the best results for all of his clients. You are in great hands with Miguel


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  • Antonio Villegas

    Miguel is a top-notch DUI lawyer who has obtained incredible results for his clients. I have personally seen him command the respect of prosecutors and judges to secure outstanding results for his clients. You cannot go wrong with with obtaining Miguel as your lawyer when confronted with a DUI charge.


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Law Offices of Miguel Duarte

10829 Downey Ave.
Downey, CA, 90241


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TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Miguel Duarte2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Mexican American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - Los AngelesN/AOther - BachelorsN/A