Michael Kennedy - Attorney At Law

Firm Overview

Because of the sheer volume and percentage wins of my criminal motion practice in the late '80's, when I would often have more motions on the Indio calendar alone than would the entire public defender's office, the vast majority of which would be won outright, I was dubbed "Captain Motion" by the local supervising judge of the criminal division. That nom du guerre has remained with me, and I am so billed in my many and ongoing lectures to various attorney groups about how they can improve their efforts in defense of our constitutional form of government.

I have won many, many cases, big and small, at the preliminary hearing, motion, and trial stage, and I am quietly consulted by people who work in the system, who recognize that I am the ultimate "go-to" person in this craft.

With nearly three decades of trial and appellate experience, I have successfully assisted, counseled, and represented people suspected of or accused of virtually every sort and level of crime, from First Degree Murder, to other assaultive crimes, to drug crimes, to Drunk Driving, to various other felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions, and I have taught other attorneys who handle the same sorts of cases. I have successfully represented those accused of committing offenses as juveniles, and I have taught other attorneys who handle those sorts of cases.Example casesJohn D. Rockefeller [whose adjusted fortune exceeded that of Bill Gates] once said that if you know how much money you have, then you don't have that much. I have had so many successes, in motions, writs, appeals, and trials, that they cannot be recalled, let alone recounted here nor anywhere. Nor is it helpful to give anecdotal examples of the outcomes of any cases, because the facts there are unlikely to match the facts of any other case, which could create unreasonable expectations, or insufficient expectations, regarding anyone's own case. Suffice it to say that I am to criminal law success what John D. Rockefeller was to monetary wealth, as is well known to those with intimate knowledge of my exploits over the decades.
Main Office
Peter Cabrera Suites
82632-B Hwy 111, Ste 3
Suite 3
Indio  CA  92201
  • (760) 863-3840
  • (760) 863-3842


Free Initial Consultation?
We do not charge for initial consultations.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees; the amount depends on the nature of the case, the characteristics of the defendant, whether or not there are complicated forensics matters, and other things peculiar to each case.
Hourly Rates
For the very few matters on which we will do ad hoc work hourly, it is $500/hour, with 6 hour minimum.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and as otherwise arranged. For emergency after hours, call (760) 964-1321.
Emergency After Hours
Criminal Defense
I have been practicing criminal and DUI and juvenile law for over 30 years.
I practice exclusively in the area of criminal, DUI, juvenile defense and criminal writs and appeals. I am well-known throughout the State and in other states, and I am called upon to teach other lawyers how to practice their craft in various continuaing legal education venues far and wide. When attorneys are in trouble, they call on me, and that says it all.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Criminal law functions in the exciting region between the rights of individuals and the power of the government, and if one feels moved by a mission to expand liberty and to repulse and to diminish power, which was the goal of the founding fathers, that is the sort of law he should practice. It is exciting to me, and I work hard and effectively there to leave the Republic a healthier and safer place for my boys to grow up in.

What do you like best about your career?
I assist and counsel those accused of crimes, and I force the government to negotiate the complex path that the Constitution and laws require before a lawful guilty verdict could properly be returned, and no attorneys are more effective nor more forceful in requiring the government to leap through all of the hoops that the Framers have erected than is Michael J. Kennedy. No attorney!

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

There can be only one attorney for a defendant in a case; it can be Michael Kennedy, or it can be the defendant exercising his constitutional right to represent himself. I have no problem with clients educating themselves on legal topics, and I think our system has gotten off-kilter somewhat due to the ignorance of the populace about what their rights and responsibilities are. At the same time, if people hire me to do their case, their opportunity to actively assist me on the law regarding their matter is quite limited, just as the brain surgeon does not hand the scalpel to the patient and allow him to start cutting his own scalp. My finite time must be devoted to educating the prosecutors and judges about the relevant law; I do not have the time to try to bring non-law trained clients up to the speed that many of those practitioners themselves sadly cannot grasp.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

If they are germane to the case, and competently executed, I am delighted to review, and even possibly to use, them.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not have the time to teach those untrained in the law to represent themselves, nor are they likely to be able to afford the many hundreds of hours of attorney fees that it would require for me to educate them to a level even to begin to master things that regularly elude even law-degreed attorneys and judges.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I occasionally, case-by-case, supply pro bono assistance to people if I think they are being abused by the system or if there is an issue I want to take up to improve the lot of everyone. I do not broadcast the cases which I take pro bono, because I am not doing such to win a pro bono award but instead to help overcome the diminishing integrity of the practice of law and of the administration of justice system.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

There is no one in this business who is more dedicated to his work than I, because this is not merely a job for me, but also a mission. I deplore bullies, and yet the system bullies people all the time, in the name of criminal "justice," and I am devoted to backing off and repelling systemic bullies with even more zeal than I would bring to the cause of backing down an individual one. People are increasingly oppressed by the government which touts itself as being concerned with proper and just treatment of its people, and it is part of my mission to back off that oppression, and I spend a lot of personal and professional time equiping myself to effectively do just that.

Michael J. Kennedy

Experience, Michael J. Kennedy:
Federal Judicial Law Clerk, Central District of California;
Deputy District Attorney, Riverside County;
Solo Practitioner, Blythe, Palm Springs and Indio;
Judge Pro Tempore, Riverside County;
Deputy Public Defender, San Bernardino County;
Ledger & Kennedy, Palm Springs, California (General Partner);
Kennedy & Roe, Palm Springs, California (General Partner);
Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy [Proprietor]
Professor of Law, Desert College of Law, 2004-2005;
Mandatory Continuing education Lecturer, many venues and organizations, throughout California, and in several other states, on adult and juvenile defense topics, 1991 to present;
Guest Radio Host, KNWZ, 2007 to present

AVVO: 10

Top Lawyers in Palm Springs, 2010-2013

Lifetime Achievemment Award ["The Eddie"] from California DUI Lawyers Association, 2011-2012

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Public Defenders of California, Inc., 2013

  • Bar Number: 101804
    California , 1981
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1981
    Los Angeles, CA
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