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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!”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2015|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||The Private Defenders of California, Inc.||2013|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2012|
|Lifetime Achievement Award ["The Eddie"]||California DUI Lawyers Association||2011|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2011|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2010|
|Attorney - Owner||Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy||2012 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||Kennedy & Roe||2007 - 2012|
|Attorney at Law||Ledger & Kennedy||2004 - 2007|
|Deputy Public Defender||San Bernardino County Public Defender||1991 - 2004|
|Attorney at Law||Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy||1986 - 1991|
|Deputy District Attorney||District Attorney of Riverside County||1984 - 1986|
|Attorney at Law||United States District Court||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Faculty; California Delegate||2014 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2004 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|People v. Kent Morgan||Trtal acquittal.|
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|Southwestern Univ SOL||N/A||Juris Doctor||1981|
|Many, many, starting date 1990 through date below||Criminal, Constitutional Law and Defense||2015|
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Michael James Kennedy's professionalism, experience, and DUI expertise proved to stellar, and favorable in my case. Not only did he have my teacher credetnial renewed, he also had my case dismissed. Mr. Kennedy directly communicated with me promtply throught the case and always accomplished what he told me. He won the DMV hearing, he supressed motions, had my credential renewed and had my case dismissed. What more can I ask for? I highly recommend Mr. Kennedy to any teacher who finds themselves in a simliar situation.
Posted by David Quesenberry
First off, my name is David and I am a former client of two plus years and not a competitor of any kind. I've deliberated on how I would write this review for some time now and have decided to offer up only the facts about my experience.
Mr. Kennedy has a great deal of experience in the DUI arena. His knowledge of the subject matter is unmatched. He has argued on behalf of a great many people and he has had a certain level of success over his many years.
That said, my personal experience was as follows. (Just the Facts) If you're looking for great communication between you and your counsel, you will be very disappointed. Among my emails, texts and phone calls, I found that he would answer about half of what I asked. That was a big deal for me, it may not be for you. I was told multiple times that my case was "winnable" and along with his boundless self promotion, I bought into the idea that we could win this case. In my first meeting with him I was given his oral resume' quoting statistics of his successes which I was never able to confirm. Mr. Kennedy is prone to pushing paper and requesting postponements, his nickname is "Captain Motion". We spent months/years searching for the perfect judge to hear our case, in the end there was no such thing as the perfect judge. Over this two year and five month episode in my life, we did not win a single motion with either the court or the DMV. We took my case all the way to a jury decision which we lost unanimously after an hour and a half of deliberation during the lunch break. We lost to a rookie ADA who was arguing her very first DUI case. And finally, while Mr. Kennedy and I walked out of the courthouse, we discussed some follow up with the DMV and the appeals process which he promised to keep me abreast of. I never heard from the man again.
Fact: Hiring a lawyer along with a an expert witness cost me an extra $10,000. If I had plead guilty day one and avoided taking my case to court, I would have already completed all classwork, had my full driving privileges reinstated by now and would have saved myself a ton of stress and anxiety along with the aforementioned cash.
I will offer my one and only opinion to the reader. Do not get caught up in the idea that your case is "Winnable". If you're truthful with yourself and you know what you did was wrong and you know that most reasonable people will find what you did was wrong as well, give that fact just as much weight as you do anything else. We all want to walk away with the least amount of damage done. And in the end, your lawyer wasn't driving the car, You Were...
Posted by Pedro maldonado
I had a lost case from the beginning to start with but after hireing mr. Kennedy not only he kept me out of jail but fought hard enough to dismiss my case and he did it.
Forest Wilkerson, Violent crime Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Michael Kennedy is one of the most intelligent, dedicated, and bold attorneys I have had the privilege to learn from. He is truly an advocate for justice, and one of the greatest defenders of the Constitution that you will find in Riverside County and the surrounding counties. Through hard work, true intellectual brilliance, and experience, Mr. Kennedy (aka Captain Motion) has earned the right to be the boldest justice advocate in SoCal, and the judges take notice when the Captain challenges the prosecution. Captain has been a mentor and a hero to me for as long as I've known him. I am privileged to have him as a colleague. If I ever faced criminal charges, Captain would be my first call. He's a hero, a champion, an outspoken wizard in legal matters. Thank you Captain for all you do to promote justice and to halt the overreaching of the government. We have all learned from you, and it's been our privilege. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney.
Timothy Nilan, Criminal defense Attorney
I've seen some of the motion work he has done. I have seen him at seminars he's given for attorneys. I have heard about his results from fellow attorneys. He may seem eccentric at times. But no one in the criminal defense business, including judges, and of course DA's, and including the "criminal law specialists," know their stuff like this man. Anyone who is not aware of that, including judges, and opposing prosecutors, learn that REAL fast. My endorsement for Mr. Kennedy is one word: Amazing.