OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Unlock Legal provides focused representation for California Licensed Professionals. There are no limits to the assistance we can provide. However, the three main services that we provide are as follows:

APPLICATION APPEAL Individuals retain us when they have concerns around their Licensing Board Application. Typically, the individual is ready to submit an application to their licensing board but is concerned that their application will be rejected due to past criminal convictions.

DISCIPLINE DEFENSE Licensed Professionals retain us when their license and livelihood are at risk. Generally, the License (1) is being investigated, (2) an Accusation has been filed by their licensing board, or (3) they have been convicted of a crime.

PETITION FOR REINSTATEMENT Individuals who have lost or surrendered their professional license for many and varied reasons retain us when they are seeking to reinstate their professional license. California’s Business and Professions Code allows one to petition one’s Board.

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Meet the Unlock Legal Team

Miranda Mccroskey

MIRANDA MCCROSKEY

Head AttorneyMiranda is the founder, owner and lead attorney at Unlock Legal. She dedicates her practice to defending Californians whose professional licenses are at risk. She has represented nurses, physician assistants, engineers, accountants, insurance, podiatrists, teachers, care givers, real state professionals, and more. She stands in front of their boards, and handles the collateral consequences of one bad choice.

Andrea Taborda

ANDREA TABORDA

Chief of StaffAndrea Taborda works directly with Miranda McCroskey in keeping Unlock Legal’s operations running smoothly. She has been with Unlock Legal since the firm’s inception and is an integral part of the team. Potential clients will interface with Andrea Taborda through all the stages from making the first appointment to receiving the concluding correspondence, Andrea is committed to making our client’s experience with Unlock Legal excellent in every way.

Bill Mccroskey

BILL MCCROSKEY

Director of OperationsBill McCroskey is the Director of Special Projects at Unlock Legal. He brings over 20 years of customer service and operations experience to the Team, and , as a licensed Real Estate Broker, he has personal understanding of the risk our clients face when discipline is pending. Bill keeps the business running smoothly so the attorneys can focus on our clients and their cases to bring them the best possible results.

Melissa DuChene 

MELISSA DUCHENE

Associate Attorney

Having previously worked at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office assisting clients with post-conviction relief, Melissa has extensive knowledge on how to reduce and dismiss qualifying convictions. This tool is especially useful for any aspect of professional licensing, whether it be a new application, reinstatement, or defending an open case.

CLIENT REVIEWS

I highly recommend using Miranda’s legal services for any type of situation. Miranda is very professional but at the same time demonstrates compassion and understanding. If you find yourself in need of legal advise look no further because Miranda will take care of you as if you are her only client. I’m speaking from someone who has been there and used her services.

MARIE

Miranda was referred to me by a very good friend. I got a speeding ticket. I paid Miranda a reasonable retainer and she took over from there. She kept me posted as to status via email. When the court date came, she represented me in court with me begin there. The officer didn’t show, and all charges were dropped! There was no charge other than the initial retainer.

MICHAEL

Miranda is a top notch defense attorney in Orange County. We have worked/consulted together on many matters. She is very knowledgeable and creative in protecting the rights of her clients. I endorse her!

ANDREW ROBERTS

Miranda has handled many of my speeding tickets and she has been an excellent attorney. I do recommend Miranda for any of you traffic tickets. She will get the job done with good news. I highly recommend her, she is prompt with any questions you have. Miranda will keep you informed with your case.

FRANK

Miranda and her team are truly amazing. I felt like they actually cared. This wasn’t simply a job. There was passion and a delicate touch behind every action. They made this entire experience something I will never forget. I think the most important aspect of all of this is the fact that I felt like she was truly in my corner. She was easy to reach and was able to answer all of my questions as well as address my concerns. She literally answered the phone while she was on her anniversary dinner with her husband (or might’ve been birthday) – who does that?! That alone sums up my experience. This was an uphill battle of a case, but we won and she killed it! Working with her felt like family and I truly, wholeheartedly appreciate everything Miranda and her team did for me. She’s first prize – all the way.