People v Biane et al (2017)
$102 million dollar political corruption case involving four defendants
and almost 11 months of trial. More than 700,000 pages of investigation
reports. Our cross-examination of prosecution witnesses was so effective
that the defense did not need to present a single witness. After 8 months
of actual testimony, and closing arguments, the jury returned verdicts
of not guilty on all counts in the indictment after less than five hours
of deliberation. Governor Jerry Brown took to the podium when this prosecution
first began in 2010 and declared the case the biggest corruption case
in California History. He promised justice for the poeple of San Bernardino
County, and justice was served!
P v Reyes (2017)
Defendant possessed 120 kilos of cocaine and was caught following a wiretap
operation involving numerous co-conspirators. Negotiation with the District
Attorney resulted in the client receiving a short county jail sentence
and post-release supervision. He was looking at more than 30 years when
we first began to represent him in court.
P v. Malone A (2017)
Defendant was charged with Assault causing Great Bodily Injury. The alleged
victim was his sister. After lengthy back and forth negotiations, the
District Attorney agreed to dismiss the case entirely after becoming convinced
that a bipolar episode was the reason for the attack. The defendant sought
and obtained mental health treatment is on medication to control potential
People vs. Langford (2015)
Assault with a deadly weapon on a correctional officer. Inmate accused
of strking a correctional officer with a baton that the inmate had taken
from the officer during a struggle. The case went to trial before a jury
with the defense theory that the officer, unprovoked, had been clubbing
the inmate who was already lying prone on the ground. the attack on the
the inmate began when the inmate complained of a muscle spasm and sat
down on the ground to recover. The inmate, afraid he would be killed,
wrestled the baton from the officer and swung it at him, causing the officer
to back away. The jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal and the district
attorney opted not to retry to case.
People vs. Konich (2015)
Ms. Konich was charged with inflicting great bodily injury on a child,
resulting in death. She faced life in prison. We hired a renound neuro
pathologist who after examinating slides from the infant's brain samples,
concluded that the death was not the result of intentional trauma. Rather,
the cause of death was a blot clot originating from atypical circulatory
paths in the brain, ocurring naturally in the child. The state's pathologist
agreed with the defense, and upon further review, the district attorney
dismissed the case.
People vs. Bowman (2015)
Client charged with first degree murder with special circumstances of lying
in wait, exposing her to life without parole. She was able to show at
trial that she had killed her husband in response to decades of domestic,
physical abuse, and death threats. Following a 4 week trial, the jury
found the client guilty of manslaughter. Amazingly, we got her probation
and released from custody.
People vs. Orosco (2015)
Attempt murder with a firearm causing great bodily injury. Jury returned
verdict NOT GUILTY.
People vs. Castaneda (2015)
Gross Vehicular Manslaughter involving the death of a child. Child was
hit and killed whole walking on a sidewalk. Before a jury, we presented
evidence that sudden front tire blew out made the collision unavoidable.
People vs. Brewster (2015)
Client was cultivating 700 plants in a very sophisticated hydroponic grow.
He was supplying 9 marijuana dispensaries, until police raided and literally
destroyed his entire operation. Client was charged with cultivation and
possession for sale. He presented a medical marijuana, collective defense,
and had maintained sufficient paperwork that the jury decided his whole
operation was legal. NOT GUILTY. Update: Client sued the county and arresting
agency for the destruction of his property and recovered $191,000 in losses.
People vs. Berrerellez (2015)
Client was charged as one of nine defendants in large cocaine trafficking
operation, where wiretaps and numerous informants were utilized. We filed
a motion to suppress the search warrant for my client’s home and
car. The motion was granted and the evidence was not able to be presented
at trial. DA dismissed the case.
There are hundreds and hundreds of cases with results that represent victories
as stated above. It is not uncommon for Mr. McDonald, and his staff to
receive letters of thanks from his clients.