Before becoming a lawyer I spent about 15 years in the Navy.
Because I first started as an Enlisted member (achieving E-5 before
being sent to college by the Navy) but later became a Fully
Commissioned Line Officer I am what you might call a "Mustang."
I was still an enlisted member the Enlisted Warfar qualification (ESWS)
had just been started so I was not able to attempt this qualification
as I had already been ordered to college at Oregon State University.
my time as an Officer I achieved several notable qualifications but the
two that I am most proud of (and some of the hardest to achieve in the
Navy) are Surface Warfare Officer and Officer of the Deck (Underway)
which I achieved onboard the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-61).
these 2 qualifications have nothing to do with the law they do
illustate vital attention to detail and my ability to master complex
(and detailed) concepts. These are directly applicable to DUI cases in
California because of the science and rules involved.
Once I left active service I attended Law School here in San Diego at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
While in Law School I was a member of the Mock Trial Team and spent
several years clerking for the Public Defender's Office where as a
Post-Bar Clerk I researched, prepared, filed, argued and won my first
suppression motion, my first pitchess motion, my first 995 motion, and
my first trial.
After I obtained my license to practice in
California I gained experience by assisting on murder cases, serious
felonies, and, of course, DUI cases for several years before deciding
that I preferred defending DUI for several reasons including the
challenging science involved.
Here is a list of Specialized Training that I have recieved and organizations that I am a member of:
Also, until recently I was the only San Diego DUI (only) Lawyer accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Intoxilyzer operator||CES Consulting||2006|
|Intoxilyzer Technician||CES Consulting||2006|
|Field Sobriety Testing||Associates||2006|
|Attorney||The Law Offices of Michael A. Richmond||2001 - Present|
|Attorney||San Diego Juvenile Dependency Board||2000 - 2001|
|Post Bar Clerk||San Diego Public Defenders Office||2000 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2003 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|People vs. XXXX||Not Guilty|
|People vs. SamXXXXXXX||Case Dismissed on pretrial motion|
|People v. XXXX||Case Dismissed|
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|Surface Warfare Officer School||Naval Tactics and Strategy||N/A||1990|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Oregon State University||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|