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Oceanside Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Lawyer

At The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette, my firm handles legal matters that immediately threaten your well-being or freedom. Our main effort is to help the Oceanside community to remain safe and just, one client at a time. If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of another, we want to help you piece back together your health and finances. If you have been charged with a crime, we want to make sure your rights are protected.

Our practice areas can be briefly summarized by the following:

Seek Value, not Discounts

Don’t be taken in by the false promises and low bids of less-effective attorneys. Discounted fees and guarantees should be a red flag. With discount rates, you’re likely to get what you pay for, and many guarantees are either false or illegal. But it’s the only way untrained and inexperienced attorneys can compete. You’ll feel like the most important person in the world until you sign on the dotted line, but after intake, communication will dry up in a hurry.

You want an attorney who will give you the time and the access to truly get to know your case. And this costs more than minimal service. Our rates aren’t exorbitant. They’re fair, and you get what you pay for: the full service of a local Oceanside Attorney with litigation experience to deliver results. We don’t make guarantees. We simply provide honest assessments and work extremely hard to bring you results.

Dedicated to the Individual Needs of Each Client

At the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette, I take the time to connect with every single one of my clients. You’ll find plenty of lawyers who will take your money and do the bare minimum. But if you are looking for a dedicated advocate, look no further.

By understanding you and your situation on a personal level, including your family and friends, I improve my ability to prepare your case and win the results that you need the most. No two cases are the same and I will do whatever I can to maximize the outcome of your case. I am thorough and methodical in the way I handle cases, ensuring that nothing important is ever overlooked. I connect with the client, conduct a deep investigation of the facts, research the laws, file motions if necessary, conduct focus groups and mock trials as needed, and consult with other attorneys when beneficial.

No Substitute for Trial Skills

Trial practice is sadly becoming a lost art in the legal profession. Many lawyers go their entire career without trying a case, and their clients suffer for it. When the stakes are high, you need a lawyer who knows the courtroom and isn’t afraid to take your case before a jury. With credentials from the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College and the Western Institute of Trial Advocacy, Richard Duquette is one of the few real trial lawyers left. Mr. Duquette has made a career doing jury trials. Insurance companies and prosecutors know this, and this means his clients have bargaining leverage even when they don’t go to trial.

Work as a Team with Your Attorney

My firm is also team-oriented and is always giving back to the community. When you retain my firm, your lawyer will work with you as a team to obtain the best possible results for you. My firm is staffed with efficient and friendly administrative assistants who will provide consistent and helpful communication throughout your case. These assistants will also assist you during the litigation process. With the support of an attentive lawyer and amiable support staff, you will never be lost or confused about what is being done for your case. You will remain in constant communication with my firm and will always be able to contact someone with questions and concerns.

The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette proudly represents clients in bicycle injury and criminal defense cases. If you have been seriously injured in a car crash or premises liability accident, I can help. I am also highly qualified to handle your bicycle crash case, as I am an enthusiastic cyclist myself and have obtained the Traffic Skills 101 Certificate from the League of American Bicyclists. If you are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI), theft crimes, or any other offense, I am also skilled in providing aggressive defense in court.

Having over 34 years of legal experience, since 1983, my firm stands as one of the most prolific in the area. And over this time, we have not lost the drive to deliver the best possible outcome for each client we help. If you are in a situation that requires legal assistance, make sure to work with an attorney truly dedicated to your best interests.

Call my firm today at (760) 545-5563 to take charge of your legal matter!