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"If you are looking for amazing criminal trial attorneys, look no further. After being arrested in October 2013, I went through two other law firms and a very biased Public Defender before I was blessed enough to retain the services of Bay Area Criminal Lawyers. David and Cherie are a dangerous pair. The time and preparation that was put into my defense far exceeded my expectations. I do believe I saw the D.A quiver during trial-you could see the defeat on his face. I was facing 20 years in prison. After 23 months of incarceration and an exhausting, intense trial, I was found NOT GUILTY of all charges against me. David and Cherie get things done! Thank you guys, you know how much you mean to me."
- [Name withheld to protect client confidentiality]
"David, thank you and your staff for the excellent and tireless job you did that eventually ended with the entire case being DISMISSED!! Your team was relentless in its pursuit of my case....Continued
Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC is proud to announce that our long time client received probation yesterday in the unfair prosecution of involuntary manslaughter brought by the District Attorney of Contra Costa County relating to allegations that he was responsible for the dog mauling death of his two year old step-grandson. He is also free on bail pending appeal being handled by our firm.
Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC won a major victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of United States v. Liu. In a unanimous 32-page decision authored by Judge Jacqueline Nguyen
The Ninth Circuit reversed a state court conviction where a prosecutor failed to disclose exculpatory evidence, and the court held that the California Court of Appeal's decision to the contrary was an unreasonable application of Brady v. Maryland. Aguilar v. Woodford, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15395
Bay Area Criminal Lawyers announced that they are working on a two-day Preliminary Hearing for a case involving a high profile possible Life sentence of a Kidnapping/Armed Robbery case.
Bay Area Criminal Lawyers filed a Motion to Dismiss due to DA's destruction of the urine sample in a Sacramento DUI case.
Superior Court Judge Mills in Contra Costa County reprimanded by Commission on Judicial Performance for personally involving himself in family member's case.
Federal Judge sentences two Berkeley men to sentences approximately half of the government's view of the United States Sentencing Guidelines in insider trading case.
The Supreme Court held that the use of a drug-sniffing dog on defendant/home-owner's porch to determine the contents inside the home constitutes a 'search' within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Florida v. Jardines, 133 S. Ct. 1409
Overruling one of its prior decisions, the Supreme Court held that, "Any fact that, by law, increases the penalty for a crime is an 'element' that must be submitted to the jury and found beyond a reasonable doubt," including facts that increase the mandatory minimum sentence for a defendant.
Experienced criminal trial attorney and owner David J. Cohen, Esq and his senior associate Cherie R. Wallace successfully represented a defendant facing serious felony sex charges involving a minor in Alameda County who was faced with a sentence of two decades. After 2 years of strategic and persistent litigation by the criminal attorneys at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, Not Guilty verdicts on all counts.
The dedication, persistence and hard work of firm owner David J. Cohen and associate attorney Michael J. Pellegrini, paid off in the dismissal of our client on all charges after three long years of motions and litigation
Associate Michael J. Pellegrini, Esq. received a favorable outcome in a case involving multiple felony charges, including sex offenses and forcible rape, from a 30 year exposure to 4 and a half months and non 290 registration
Defendant was originally charged with several felony sex charges with life-tops. Attorneys David J. Cohen and Cherie R. Wallace diligently presented and pursued an aggressive defense for our client resulting in dismissal of all counts except one, with a sentence of 1 year in county jail at half-time.
Case involving huge marijuana grow, alleged cultivation, and alleged money laundering in Butte County results in straight probation
Motion for release of individual confined for almost nine years at the Napa State Hospital after jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity was granted two months after Bay Area Criminal Lawyers was hired to handle the case and fix the interminable and ongoing confinement issue. The prosecution's motion for continuing indefinite confinement was dismissed and denied.
Our client was validated as a gang member in a high security California prison, denied good time/work time credits, and locked down in administrative segregation 23.5 hours a day. His release date was decreed by the CDCR to be five years later than initially calculated. BACL's motion for post-conviction relief succeeded in all respects. The client was released into the general population with good time/work time credits restored and his original release date five years earlier.
Retrial in 50 to life sexual misconduct case in San Mateo County resulted in mistrial, followed by complete dismissal of all charges. Client released to family day prior to Thanksgiving.
Trial in 45 year serious sex and molestation case in San Mateo County initially resulted in 38 month no contest plea after defense motions to suppress were granted; and later resulted in all sexually related charges and lifetime registration being dismissed and immediate release of client after motion to vacate the plea due to prosecutorial misconduct in withholding favorable information at the trial was GRANTED.
Arson Investigation resulted in no charges being filed after BACL was hired to deal with the matter.
Surgeon who was facing suspension of his medical license for alleged criminal conduct had all issues with the medical board dismissed after BACL secured a dismissal of all misdemeanor charges.
Psychiatrist who was facing loss of his practice and livelihood avoided any issues, and was able to avoid custody after BACL was hired to fix and have withdrawn a previously imposed jail sentence, and a previously sustained conviction that may have seriously affected his license.
Individual who was represented by an appointed lawyer at his trial for federal copyright violations was convicted on all counts and sentenced to an extended term in federal prison with an imminent surrender date. BACL was hired. The surrender date was vacated, and the client, after extensive motions and an ongoing hearing, was granted bail during the pendency of his appeal. BACL is currently handling the appeal, with the opening brief filed subject to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on an application to file a brief significantly longer than ordinarily permitted by the rules of the federal court of appeals.
Employed family man was charged with improper sexual assault in San Francisco. The initial charges were dismissed, and the client served no time in jail and was not required to register as a sex offender.
Client's felony marijuana charges in Marin County were dismissed in their entirety after negotiation with the District Attorney and a hearing before the Court.
Client in federal court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco was facing weapons and narcotics charges involving a minimum mandatory federal sentence of five years in federal prison. After BACL got involved in the case, the client received a sentence of five months jail and five months home detention, and the weapons charges and minimum mandatory charges were dismissed.
Army officer facing 20 years in connection with sex charges in San Mateo County was released after 8 months with a chance to save his military career.
Acquittal in three strikes case in Sonoma County in which client was facing charges for assault on a police officer and an attempt to grab that same officer's firearm.
Misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges dismissed in their entirety in Alameda County after BACL prepared for trial, investigated the case, and announced they were ready at trial call with evidence to defeat the charges.
Charges relating to illegal operation of a house of prostitution in Stanislaus County dismissed in their entirety after BACL was hired, looked into the matter, and spoke to the District Attorney and City Attorney.
Restraining Order request and temporary restraining order against a federal law enforcement officer dismissed in their entirety after a hearing within 45 days of BACL being hired in a matter that had been ongoing for several years.
Domestic violence charges involving injury dismissed in Alameda County when BACL prepared for and declared ready for trial after a complete investigation with witnesses ready. Client served several weekends in jail on lesser charge permitting him to continue his job without interruption.
Sex and witness tampering case in Alameda County resulted in a mistrial and no convictions after a six-week trial.
Assault and drug charges dismissed in their entirety in Santa Clara County.
Client had property seized from him by federal authorities at SFO. BACL contested the administrative proceeding and all property was returned to the client.
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