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David Allen Brooks

Criminal defense Attorney at Fair Oaks, CA

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies and misdemeanors. Death Penalty defense qualified. Extensive jury trial experience. Extensive negotiation experience.

    38 years, 6,000 cases

  2. Child abuse
    Child Dependency cases involving Child Protective Services. Reuniting parents and their children.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    Representing children accused of criminal conduct and probation violations, with an emphasis keeping them out of the system.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

David A. Brooks, Attorney at Law has been finding solutions to troubled times since 1985. Practice limited to Criminal Defense, Juvenile Defense, and Child Dependency. Call me when experience matters and you need solid and understandable legal advice. Misdemeanors, Felonies, Child Protective Services. Practicing in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Amador Counties. 

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David A. Brooks, Attorney at Law
10100 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Suite A
Fair Oaks, CA, 95628


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Posted by Carrie | February 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expertise makes the difference
Mr. Brooks has a reputation for helping clients overcome legal obstacles that seem insurmountable, that's why another attorney advised me to call Mr. Brooks. I have very complex, personal and painful legal proceedings against me for child abuse allegations in juvenile dependency court and criminal court for allegations of violating a restraining order. This attorney, Mr. Brooks was so very kind and so very helpful to me his gentle helpful nature was the absolute best he gave his time freely to me he listened he answered he shared his extensive knowledge with me and helped me to develop a plan. He told me what I needed to hear I am thankful for his sharing with me the truth of the reality of the situation which I am currently in of having my parental rights to my children terminated and what remedies I have available to me. His words came from a very sincere genuine desire to be helpful to me in a time of great need, confusion and hopelessness. Mr. Brooks gave me competent and effective ideas and helped me to have a logical and practical plan that provided me with a renewed sense of hope. Mr. Brooks knowledge and years of experience in the idiosyncrasies of juvenile dependency child abuse hearings criminal defense proceedings is what enables him to find a way for me and to help me regain control of my life. I am so thankful to him for being a compassionate kind man who helped me in a time of great need I wish there were more people like him in this world!!!
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Response from David Brooks February 25, 2017
Thank you very much. Reading this made my day.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
Non Judgemental and Caring
David Brooks was extremely helpful and understanding in my child's case. He called and informed me of all the scenarios that could occur and kept in frequent contact with me about what was happening with the case. He even met me at the detention facility on a Sunday which was so reassuring since I had never been to such a place before. Everything was resolved and we are very very thankful for David Brooks representation.
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Response from David Brooks February 25, 2017
Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
Horrible Lawyer Tried to make me plea to something i didn't do
He was my attorney ones and as soon as i tried to fire him he left to vacation. He tried to make me plea to 250 days saying that's the best offer i would get, when i fired him and represented myself I end up doing 8 days. He lied to me and said i don't have bail. I had to ask police and they said i do have bail. He tried to make me take a deal, without my will. David Brooks the worse lawyer. Will not recommend him to no body. He will wake sure u stay in jail the longest
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Response from David Brooks January 26, 2015
??? Not a chance this happened as described, and it seems unlikely that I represented someone in the past who could be this confused. I am very thorough when it comes to any waiver of rights. No attorney can make a client take a deal. An attorney can advise, explain, or suggest. Sometimes we even strongly suggest. We can explain why a particular plea negotiation is a good or a bad idea. There are no rubber hoses involved. Before a deal is accepted a defendant has to prove that it is willing, knowing, and intelligent change of plea or admission. A change of plea has to be done in open court, and isn't accepted by a judge unless the judge thinks that the Defendant appears to know what they are doing. A defendant in a criminal case should NEVER represent themselves, and a Judge will always do whatever they can to reinforce this. Something called a "Farretta Advisement" is done, and it is written in a way that no defendant in their right mind would sign it. I can't recall a client ever soloing, thank heavens. As to the existence of bail, it is either set or isn't (and isn't set in some very specific situations.) There is certainly no reason to make anything up, and the existence or non-existence of bail is certainly a matter of record. What does sometimes happen is that a Judge and DA might be interested in doing what they can to not allow bail, but a bail was previously set "according to schedule" shortly after arrest. When that happens, it can be a bad day to discuss bail since it looks like bail is more likely to go up rather down. The tactics regarding when to argue bail and when to not argue often cause confusion. It is difficult to say who I apparently angered or what the actual source of their unhappiness might be. I will continue to try to offer my clients an understandable explanation of the court process and advance their position so that they get the best outcome possible.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • David A. Brooks, Attorney at Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • El Dorado County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Senior Supervising Attorney
  • Placer County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Placer County Public Defender
  • 1985 - 2006
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • People v. Many Dozens of Criminal Jury Trials
  • In Re: Hundreds of Juvenile Court Hearings
  • In The Matter Of: Hundreds of Juvenile Dependency Hearings


  • El Dorado County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1985 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 1985 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 1985 - Present
  • Judicial Council of California
  • Mental Health Subcommittee
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Judicial Council of California
  • Collaborative Justice Committee
  • 2014 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor Award: Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award: Juvenile Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award: Child Abuse Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014


Speaking Engagements

  • Carmen Lecture Series
  • How to Kill Your Lover
  • 2020
  • El Dorado County Bar Association
  • Voir Dire Strategies
  • 2015
  • Northern California Authors
  • "Foresthill": Selected Readings
  • 2014
  • Lawyers as Storytellers
  • Telling the Client's Story
  • 2014
  • Medical Marijuana: The Laws at the Federal, State, and Local Level
  • Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Cultivation
  • 2013
  • Negotiating the Difficult Case
  • Results Oriented Case Negotiiation
  • 2012
  • Realignment and AB 109: What You Need to Know
  • Realignment (AB109)
  • 2011
  • Investigation of California Sex Crimes
  • Sex Offender Registration Crimes
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (55)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great experience of working with Mr. Brooks. He is an honest, hardworking person. Mr. Brooks is a very ethical person. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the law and legal procedure. He has a sincere drive and determination to help his clients achieve the best result possible. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a compassionate and skilled advocate who gets results. He has handled simple infractions, capital murder cases, and everything in between. His calm demeanor makes him a compelling and persuasive advocate in front of a jury. I would highly recommend his services."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse David. His wealth of knowledge is a true asset to both the legal community and to his clients. He is a fixture in the foothills community and potential clients would be well served by his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an exceptional attorney now and during the 28 years he spent as a public defender. Thousands of cases have passed through his very capable hands. If you want quality and experience you have arrived. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first. Experience matters!"
Child abuse Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Brooks is an excellent attorney. Very thorough and tough. He is always willing to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. He has great people skills and really knows how to relate to clients, other attorneys and judges. Not only is he very good at what he does, he is a nice guy too."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.he gives solid advice and excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse David Brooks. He is a heavy-hitter, the go-to guy for anyone in need of high quality legal advice and representation."
Child abuse Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
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