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Barak J Berlin

Barak J Berlin

Law Offices of Barak Berlin
  • Consumer Law, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI...
  • California
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Barak J. Berlin is the Senior Partner for the Law Offices of Barak Berlin. Barak graduated from Boston University in 1995 with a dual degree in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Religion. After working in Washington, D.C. at one of the top Intellectual Property Law Firms in the country and at Special Olympics International, Barak returned to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Law School. Barak graduated from Loyola Law School, passed the California State Bar in 2001, and was hired by the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. Barak has worked almost exclusively representing consumers in everything from Tobacco Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Debt Collection Harassment, Fair Credit Reporting, Bankruptcy, and Foreclosure Defense/Loan Modifications. Barak is a member of the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). He is the Temecula Chamber of Commerce representative on the Board of the Temecula Citizen Corps, as well as a former Board Member of the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Areas
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
Additional Practice Areas
  • Auto Fraud
  • Lemon Law
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    One hour free consultation.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of Barak Berlin
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Deputy Public Defender
San Bernardino County Public Defender's Office
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (2001) | Law
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Boston University
B.A. (1995) | Political Science & International Relations
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California # 216115
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National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Current
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Southwest Riverside County Bar Association
- Current
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Temecula Chamber of Commerce
- Current
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Wildomar Chamber of Commerce
Board Member
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Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered

Q. How does the current GM strike impact the law as far as amount of Tim my vehicle is in the shop?
A: It doesn't. GM is still required to fix your vehicle under warranty with a reasonable number of repair attempts (typically four times, but it is not set by law) or a reasonable amount of time (30 days, but again, there is no absolute, it can be more or less). Feel free to email ( my office if you have any additional questions.
Q. I purchased a car from Kia in 2017 and I'm having engine problems they have had my car for a month now what can I do
A: You may have a case against Kia under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly known as the California Lemon Law. If you do have a lemon, you are entitled to receive all sums you have paid or owe on your car, minus a mileage offset. Feel free to call or email ( my office for a free consultation.
Q. Can a collection agency come after you if the dept is over 4 years old for hospital bill under $2000,00?
A: A collection agency can essentially ask you nicely for the money at any time. However, if the debt is past the statute of limitations (i.e. you haven't made payments for over four years), then they cannot make any misleading statements. This would include threats to sue you for the past due balance or offering a settlement. If you believe the collection agency has done anything illegal, or you just want further clarification, feel free to email me ( or go to NACA ( to find an attorney.
Q. I am being sued by a debt collector. i pulled my credit report, and said debt is not there. I intend to answer with a
A: Debt collectors are not required to report the alleged debt to the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion). That said, they usually do as long as they can. If this is a debt which you have not paid for more than four years prior to the filing of the complaint, you have an excellent chance of success. I highly recommend you meet with a lawyer, as you may have claims against the debt collector for violations of the FDCPA, Rosenthal Act, and possibly even the FDBPA. These claims may actually put money in your pocket, and they include attorney fees and costs in the statute, so you will not have to pay an attorney up front. Go to to find a local attorney who may be able to help you.
Q. Should I file a response to a Civil Lawsuit
A: It sounds like you need to file an answer. You only have thirty days after being served to do so. You may have a defense based on the statute of limitations. You may also have a claim against the collection agency. You may be able to get a free consultation. Go to the National Association for Consumer Advocates website ( and use the "Find an Attorney" link.
Q. Can a 22 year old date a 17 year old if they got permission from the 17 year old parents
A: No. See Penal Code Section 261.5
Q. Can I make a small claim on a used car fraud?
A: While you can file a small claims case on this issue, you may have a case which an attorney can assist you with. Our firm handles auto fraud and we would be glad to review your case. Additionally, you can search the "Find an Attorney" section on NACA ( for other attorneys who handle auto fraud. For a free consultation, email all of your purchase documents to me at along with a summary of what happened when you purchased the car and the issues you have been having.
Q. California resident with a new vehicle that has been to the shop 6 times for electrical issues. Is it covered lemon law?
A: It never hurts to talk to an attorney in these cases. Most (including our office) offer free consultations. If you do decide to deal directly with the manufacturer, remember, you are entitled to everything you have paid or is payable on the vehicle. If they offer anything less, talk to an attorney. While this is not a guarantee, if you have gone in six times for the same issues and it is still not fixed, you probably have a good case. You should also remember that in a lemon law case, the manufacturer will pay your attorney fees and costs if you settle or win at trial.
Q. How is milage usages computation. Is it amount of car * (miles on car at first repair - miles on car when I bought it /
A: You are close. It is the amount of miles you have driven before you bring in your car for the first repair, divided by 120,000 (the statutory life of a car). As the manufacturer has to pay attorney fees and costs if they lose, I highly recommend you hire an attorney. Feel free to check out our website for more information:
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Law Offices of Barak Berlin
135 West Sumner Ave
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Telephone: (951) 296-6188
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