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    • People v Morfin (2018) SENTENCE REDUCED

      Client was arrested following a series of DEA wiretaps and in possession of more than 100 Kilos of cocaine. He was charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute. Our attacks on the wiretap evidence led to the case settling for 7 months in county jail rather than the 25 years in prison the prosecutor had sought.

    • People v. (Minor) (2018) CHARGES DISMISSED

      Juvenile client arrested for sale of marijuana on school grounds. We convinced the judge to allow the minor to complete a series of character-building classes in exchange for a dismissal of the charge.

    • People v. Ibanez (2018) DISMISSED

      We succeeded on having cocaine and ecstasy charges dismissed and proceeded to have his arrest record sealed so that nothing would appear in an employment background check and jeopardize his job search or career advancement.

    • People v. Jones (2018) RECORD SEALED

      Client had an old felony embezzlement case that had been dismissed 11 years earlier. The client had repeatedly sought and been refused job opportunities because the previously dismissed case still appeared on the client’s employment background checks. Putting to work California’s new recordsealing law, we succeeded in sealing the entire record of the client’s old arrest. The client has since obtained a very good job.

    • People v. McNamara (2018) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

      Client was charged with felony DUI causing serious injury after a collision. He had a separate pending DUI charge at the time. We got him released from jail pending the settlement of his case on condition that he would wear a SCRAM bracelet to detect alcohol consumption. Ultimately, we were able to get his case reduced to a misdemeanor and no county jail time.

    • People v. Negrete (2018) DISMISSED

      Client charged with possession for sale of 20 lbs. of marijuana. Employing the provisions of Prop. 64, we were able to get his felony reduced to a misdemeanor. After that, we succeeded in getting his misdemeanor dismissed per Penal Code Section 1203.4.

    • People v. Ruiz (2018) DISMISSED

      Client was charged with discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, a serious felony. He had prior felony convictions. We successfully attacked the credibility of witnesses to the incident, leading to a dismissal and thr4 client’s release from jail.

    • People v. Santos (2018) DISMISSED

      Client, a combat veteran suffering from PTSD, was accused of false imprisonment and criminal threats. We had the client’s case transferred to the “veteran’s diversion” court. There, he received treatment through the VA and succeeded in having all charges dismissed.

    • People v. Wyatt (2018) PROBATION

      Client was charged with grand theft of numerous automobiles, one of which was a $1.3 million dollar antique roadster. Following numerous motions attacking search warrants, we succeeded in getting the client probation rather than the 15 years in prison he faced.

    • People v Biane et al (2017) NOT GUILTY ON ALL ACCOUNTS

      $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) SHORT SENTENCE

      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) CASE DISMISSED

      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 outbursts.

    • People vs. Langford (2015) NOT GUILTY

      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) CASE DISMISSED

      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) PROBATION, TIME SERVED

      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) NOT GUILTY

      Attempt murder with a firearm causing great bodily injury. Jury returned verdict.

    • People vs. Castaneda (2015) NOT GUILTY

      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) NOT GUILTY

      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. Update: Client sued the county and arresting agency for the destruction of his property and recovered $191,000 in losses.

    • People vs. Berrerellez (2015) CASE DISMISSED

      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.

    • People vs. Bobowiz (2015) CASE DISMISSED

      Client was charged with felony child abduction during a custody dispute. We were able to convince the DA that out client did in fact have legal rights to custody at the time he was arrested and charged. DA dismissed the case.

    • People vs. Addae B. (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with one felony count of violation of Health and Safety code section 11359, Possession for Marijuana for Sale, and one count of violation of Health and Safety code violation of 11360(a) Selling and furnishing hashish marijuana. The case involved an uncover officer who presented himself as a medical marijuana patient. The district attorney made assertions that the defendant violated Proposition 215 thereby filing the two felony count complaint. Attorney McDonald fought the district attorney tooth and nail on every issue. He was able to pin-point several mistakes made by the officers. Mr. McDonald diligently went to each and every court appearance ultimately getting the defendant’s case dismissed in it entirety!

    • People vs. Erick B (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with multiple violation of California Vehicle code sections. Mr. McDonald petitioned the court pursuant to 1203.4 and was able to get the defendant’s guilty plea withdrawn, and the case completely dismissed. Now the client can seek out employment without having to admit that he has ever been in trouble with the law.

    • People vs. John C (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The accused came to us prior to the district attorney filing charges. In most cases, this is the best avenue to take. There is a small window between the arrest and the filing of the complaint. It is during this time period that our office is able to present additional evidence to the district attorney in hopes of the persuading the DA not to file charges. We were successful. The case was rejected by the district attorney.

    • People vs. Heather B (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      This defendant was charged with a misdemeanor 415(2). Her future would have been destroyed if this charge resulted in a conviction. After two court appearances Mr. McDonald got the entire case dismissed! The client is happy this horrible ordeal is behind her.

    • People vs. Rikin S (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant suffered a wrongful arrest of defrauding an innkeeper, violation of Penal Code section 537. Sadly, innocent people get arrested. Mr. McDonald gathered all the evidence necessary to show that our client was innocent and was successful! In one appearance the case was dismissed!

    • People vs. Lacey W (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with violation of Penal Code section 647(f), disorderly conduct. The client never had to go to court and the case was dismissed within one court appearance.

    • People vs. Janice C (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with violation of Vehicle Code section 10851(a) and Penal Code section 496(d). The case was originally filed in 2002. Mr. McDonald filed a speedy trial motion “Serna” motion. The motion was granted, the case was dismissed!

    • People vs. Stacey B (2014) REDUCED TO WET AND RECKLESS

      The defendant was charged with two counts of driving under the influence. Her BAC was well above the legal limit of .08. Because of Mr. McDonald’s diligence, the DA dismissed both counts of DUI and in exchange a plea to wet and reckless was entered.

    • People vs. Kaitlyn D (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with violation of Penal Code section 282(a), Theft of Personal Property. This type of charge will scare away any potential employer. Mr. McDonald fought hard and was able to get the entire case dismissed.

    • People vs. Jose S (2014) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with two counts of violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(a) and (b), his BAC was .18 and .19. Because the case had aged over four years, Mr. McDonald filed a Serna motion which was granted by the court, the entire case dismissed.

    • People vs. Collin J (2013) PROBATION, COMMUNITY SERVICE

      Drug lab case where Mr. Jones was facing 10 years prison. We got him probation and community service.

    • People vs. Dameon M (2013) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

      Marruffo was charged with felony assault causing great bodily injury. Marruffo had a prior strike and the district attorney wanted him to serve 6 years in prison. We negotiated the case on a semi self-defense theory and eventually got Marruffo a misdemeanor with no probation and no jail.

    • People vs. Erick R (2013) REDUCED CHARGE

      Romero was charged with assault with a motor vehicle and gang participation. He had prior prison terms and a prior strike. His prison exposure was 16 if he went to a jury trial and lost. Following negotiations with the gang prosecutor, Romero was allowed to plead to a lesser charge in exchange for probation and community service.

    • People vs. Cory W (2013) PRETRIAL DIVERSION

      Watanabe was charged with possessing extacy for sale. He had more than 100 pills in his possession and admitted to police that he had been selling extasy for 6 years, at a profit of 10.00 dollars. After much negotiation, the district attorney agreed to allow Watanabe to take a drug class insteadof being convicted of a serious crime. When the class is complete, Watanabe will be able to have his case dismissed as if had never been filed in the first place.

    • People vs. Ben C (2013) CASE DISMISSED

      Driver sped through stop sign after nodding off at the wheel. He hit another vehicle broadside in the intersection, and a six year old was ejected from the car and died of blunt force trauma after hitting the pavement. The district attorney demanded a felony conviction from Mr. Chea, and Mr. Chea opted for a jury trial. At the conclusion of the two week trial, the jury acquitted M. Chea of all charges. The jury accepted the defense theory that the incident was an accident rather than a crime.

    • People vs. Rebecca S (2013) PRETRIAL DIVERSION

      Female facing a new robbery charge, and with a prior strike for residential burglary. When we took over her case, she was looking at 10 years in prison at 85%. We worked with the district attorney and explained that her failings were drug-based. The case settled as a huge victory when Ms. Sessions was admitted into drug court, had the robbery reduced to a non-strike, and was released.

    • People vs. Pedro R (2012) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant wrongfully accused of child molestation by daughter who wanted more freedom with her friend. She held onto her accusations, while we went out and pursued the truth. The girl's friends caslled her a big liar. Church pastors caught her making up lots of stories. Through exhaustive interviewing withesses, the girl's lie was exposed and the district attorney DISMISSED the case just before trial.

    • People vs. Mary R (2012) PROBATION, NO JAIL

      Defendant charged with kidnapping and child abduction. Defendant faced 14 years prison.. Mr. McDonald negotiated a plea bargain where defendant received probation and no jail time.

    • People vs. Andrew L. (2012) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with possession of body armour, prior strike conviction and gang enhancements. Exposed to 14 years prison. Case dismissed at preliminary hearing for insufficient evidence.

    • People vs. Carter (2012) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with carjacking, terrorist threats, spousal battery, car theft and assault on police officers causing serious injury. Defendant was looking at 24 years in prison. We convinced the prosecution, through exhaustive witness interviews, that the lead officer had a personal vendetta against the defendant based upon a personal relationship. The officer had written a grossly exaggerated and misleading report and it came back to bite him. The defendant pled no contest to a misdemeanor "resisting arrest." Everything else was dismissed.

    • People vs. Charlotte L. (2011) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with a Penal Code 148 (interfering in police investigation & resisting arrest). She was innocent of all charges and did not want to plead to anything.The district attorney offered a 415 (disturbing the peace) infraction. We prepared for jury trial, provided a long list of defense witnesses, and the district attorney gave up the fight – dismissing the case.

    • People vs. Josh T (a Minor) (2011) CHARGES REDUCED

      Juvenile charged with robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a motor vehicle. He was facing up to seven years in California Youth Authority for these strike offenses.The case was thoroughly investigated by our “in-house” investigator. The case settled when Josh admitted a lesser offense and received probation.

    • People vs. Donald D. (2011) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with child molestation against three separate victims over the course of years. He faced life in prison. After an exhaustive re-investigation of the facts by our in-house investigator, the alleged victims’ stories began to unravel. Based upon our investigations, the district attorney conducted its’ own re-investigation of the case, eventually agreeing with the defense that the victims’ horrible allegations against our client were false. Donald D. went from facing life in prison to being a free man when the prosecutor dismissed the entire case prior to the preliminary hearing.

    • People vs. Martin S. (2011) CASE DISMISSED

      Possession of illegal Assault Rifle. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Maria P. (2011) REDUCED TO INFRACTION

      Defendant charged with commercial burglary of merchandise in excess of $500. Case settled for an infraction.

    • People vs. Kelly O. (2011) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

      Our client was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance with a prior strike. She was facing 9 years in state prison.We employed a recognized defense allowing a defendant to temporally possess even a large amount of controlled substances, if possession is for the purpose of disposal.The prosecution allowed our client to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and be released from jail with no probation.

    • People vs. Kelly O. (2011) CHARGE REDUCED

      Our client was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance with a prior strike. She was facing 9 years in state prison.We employed a recognized defense allowing a defendant to temporally possess even a large amount of controlled substances, if possession is for the purpose of disposal.The prosecution allowed our client to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and be released from jail with no probation.

    • People vs. Brian H. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with a battery charge.Through careful investigations, the attorney was able to prove that the reporting officers embellished the facts of the case. The defendants battery charge was dismissed.

    • People vs. Brian H. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with a battery charge.Through careful investigations, the attorney was able to prove that the reporting officers embellished the facts of the case. The defendants battery charge was dismissed.

    • People vs. Edward D. (2010) NO SEX REGISTRATION

      The defendant was charged with five counts of felony stalking & annoying and molesting a child under the age of 18 years of age. The defendant faced registration as a sex offender and a prison sentence. We were able to settle the case for a single misdemeanor charge of “peeping.” This charge required no sex registration and our client stayed out of jail.

    • People vs. Edward D. (2010) NO JAIL TIME

      The defendant was charged with five counts of felony stalking &annoying and molesting a child under the age of 18 years of age. The defendant faced registration as a sex offender and a prison sentence. We were able to settle the case for a single misdemeanor charge of “peeping.” This charge required no sex registration and our client stayed out of jail.

    • People vs. Richard O. (2010) REDUCED CHARGE

      The defendant had two strike priors, he was charged with his third strike and three felony counts of burglary, petty theft with a prior, and stolen public property. In addition, the district attorney alleged 8 prison priors against the defendant. The defendant went to a jury trial as a three striker was found guilty of just petty theft.

    • People vs. Richard O. (2010) CHARGE REDUCED

      The defendant had two strike priors, he was charged with his third strike and three felony counts of burglary, petty theft with a prior, and stolen public property. In addition, the district attorney alleged 8 prison priors against the defendant. The defendant went to a jury trial as a three striker was found guilty of just petty theft.

    • People vs. Jeffrey B. (2009) REDUCED TO INFRACTION

      Defendant charged with third DUI. Facing a year in jail. We showed the DA the problems with proving the case, and the DA let the case go for a simple infraction.

    • People vs. Marviena M. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with two felony counts of violations of Penal Code section 503 (embezzlement) and 487(a) (grand theft). Since the defendant was not brought to trial within the parameters as outlined in the US Constitution, we filed a motion to dismiss the defendant’s case. The motion was granted.

    • People vs. Marviena M. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was charged with two felony counts of violations of Penal Code section 503 (embezzlement) and 487(a) (grand theft). Since the defendant was not brought to trial within the parameters as outlined in the US Constitution, we filed a motion to dismiss the defendant’s case. The motion was granted.

    • People vs. Merritt M. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant was arrested for violation of Penal Code section 422 (terrorist threats), a felony and a strike. As Merritt’s lawyers, we had to prove that the client was innocent of the charges. Ultimately, Count 1, Penal Code section 422 was dismissed. The defendant plead guilty to an infraction of disturbing the peace, with no consequences whatsoever.

    • People vs. Merritt M. (2010) REDUCED TO INFRACTION

      The defendant was arrested for violation of Penal Code section 422 (terrorist threats), a felony and a strike. As Merritt’s lawyers, we had to prove that the client was innocent of the charges. Ultimately, Count 1, Penal Code section 422 was dismissed. The defendant plead guilty to an infraction of disturbing the peace, with no consequences whatsoever.

    • People vs. John C. (2010) NO JAIL TIME

      The defendant was charged and held to answer at preliminary hearing for Felony kidnaping and Infliction of Corporal Injury on a spouse. The office conducted numerous investigations and had many meetings with the district attorney regarding the case and the lack of any injuries on the alleged victim.The client was facing over 15 years in prison, the attorney convinced the district attorney to dismiss all counts and allow the defendant to plead guilty. The defendant never had to spend a day in jail and is on summary probation.

    • People vs. John C. (2010) SUMMARY PROBATION, NO JAIL

      The defendant was charged and held to answer at preliminary hearing for Felony kidnaping and Infliction of Corporal Injury on a spouse. The office conducted numerous investigations and had many meetings with the district attorney regarding the case and the lack of any injuries on the alleged victim.The client was facing over 15 years in prison, the attorney convinced the district attorney to dismiss all counts and allow the defendant to plead guilty. The defendant never had to spend a day in jail and is on summary probation.

    • People vs. Alex T. (2010) CHARGES REDUCED

      The defendant was charged with Burglary and Forgery, a case with serious consequences. Mr. McDonald worked with the district attorney and convinced him to allowed the defendant to undergo drug treatment and do community service out-of-state, rather than go to jail.

    • People vs. Alex T. (2010) NO JAIL

      The defendant was charged with Burglary and Forgery, a case with serious consequences. Mr. McDonald worked with the district attorney and convinced him to allowed the defendant to undergo drug treatment and do community service out-of-state, rather than go to jail.

    • People vs. Brian G. (2010) CHARGES REDUCED

      The defendant was charged with several counts of DUI with serious injuries or death. He was facing over 16 months in State prison. He told us he wanted to finish the police academy an become a sworn officer. We worked closely with the prosecutors and the judge, and achieved a misdemeanor outcome for Brian. He stays in the academy, and has learned a valuable lesson.

    • People vs. Brian G. (2010) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

      The defendant was charged with several counts of DUI with serious injuries or death. He was facing over 16 months in State prison. He told us he wanted to finish the police academy an become a sworn officer. We worked closely with the prosecutors and the judge, and achieved a misdemeanor outcome for Brian. He stays in the academy, and has learned a valuable lesson.

    • People vs. Worley (2010) CHARGES DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with felony transportation and possession of methamphetamine. We convinced the district attorney to dismiss all charges at the defendant's first court appearance (his arraignment).

    • People vs. Andy L. (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with felony vehicle pursuit from police, and an enhancement of criminal street gang activity behind the pursuit. Andy was facing 14 years prison. The state presented evidence at a preliminary hearing. We cross-examined the lead officer and the gang expert. The court dismissed the case in its entirety, agreeing with the defense that the officer had not been credible in his story about the vehicle chase.

    • People vs. Gonzalez (2010) SENTENCE REDUCED

      Defendant caught with 13 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. District attorney sought a 19 year prison term. Based upon our filing of motions in his defense, his 19 year prison dropped to 2 years. He will serve 5 months of that.

    • People vs. Cory K (2010) NO JAIL

      Defendant charged with felony robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Defendant's felonies all dismissed, and case resulted in simple misdemeanor assault with no jail.

    • People vs. Sidhu (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Larson (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with grand theft and embezzlement. We filed a motion to dismiss the felonies before trial, arguing insufficient evidence. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Whiteford (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with fraud and grand theft. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Leday (2010) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR, NO JAIL

      Defendant charged with felonies, assault with a deadly weapon and a special allegation of causing great bodily injury. After extensive negotiation, case settled for a simple misdemeanor battery and no jail.

    • People vs. Martin (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with grand theft. We filed and argued a "speedy trial" motion. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Bryce F. (2010) REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

      Defendant charged with felony evading police chase, and participating in criminal street gang. He was facing state prison time. Case reduced to misdemeanor traffic violation.

    • People vs. McCombs (2010) CASE DISMISSED

      Suspended license and probation violations. All dismissed.

    • People vs. Joseph C. (Juvenile) (2010) CHARGES DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with arson, terrorist threats and filing false police reports. He was facing a long time in the California Youth Authority. Felonies were dismissed and defendant was released from juvenile hall.

    • People vs. Armstrong (2009) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with possession for sales of controlled substances and maintaining a residence as a place of sales. We filed a motion to quash and traverse the search warrant used to get in his house. Motion granted. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Jonathan G. (2009) COURT REDUCTION

      Defendant charged with burglary and possession for sales of large quantities of stolen prescription drugs. Defendant received drug court.

    • People vs. Natalia P. (2009) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with DUI. We filed a "double jeopardy" motion on client's behalf. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Anthony M. (2009) LOW SENTENCE

      Defendant charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury. While he was facing a life term in prison, he received only a two year term after we put up a vigorous defense.

    • People vs. Awad (2008) NOT GUILTY

      Defendant charged with felony terrorist threats. We took the case to a jury because the district attorney demanded 5 years prison. Defendant found Not Guilty.

    • People vs. Ortega (2008) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant was charged with molesting a child, through negotiations with the district attorney, the defendant’s charges were dismissed.

    • People vs. Rago (2008) CHARGE REDUCED

      Defendant was charged with under the influence (.08 bac), convinced the district attorney to reduce the charge to a wet reckless.

    • People vs. Andy L (2008) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant was charged with murder, torture, and kidnapping. He was facing life in prison. Case dismissed just before trial after exhaustive efforts to show the district attorney had charged the wrong man. Defendant was released from custody the same day.

    • People vs. James M. (2008) NO CONVICTION

      Defendant was charged with home invasion robbery, case went to trial, hung jury - no conviction.

    • People vs. Jeffrey B. (2008) CHARGES REDUCED TO A FINE

      Defendant faced a second DUI and a violation of probation. His DUI and probation violations were dismissed prior to trial and he pled guilty to drinking in public. He was fined.

    • People vs. Purnima K. (2007) CHARGES REDUCED

      Defendant shot husband in the hip during an argument and was charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm. She faced two life terms in prison with a minimum of twenty-five years in prison if convicted. Defendant obtained a plea-bargain where she was allowed to plead guilty to “assault with a firearm” and receive probation with electric monitoring in lieu of jail.

    • People vs. Avalos (2007) NOT GUILTY

      Defendant tried on charge of theft from a merchant and acquitted.

    • People vs. Adan Z. (2006) CASE DISMISSED

      The Defendant Adan Z. was charged with rape and kidnapping, facing life without parole. Case was completely dismissed at Preliminary Hearing at the Southwest Justice center located in Riverside County. The defendant was released from jail the same day the case got dismissed. He did not have to post bail, nor does he have to be under any court supervision. He is a free man, as if nothing ever happened. Upon Mr. Z's release from custody, he went out for a big dinner with his family and is now back to work.

    • People vs. Steven M. (2006) CHARGES REDUCED

      The Defendant Steven M. got caught up with a high speed pursuant with the California Highway Patrol. The chase was televised and received a lot of media attention. Mr. M was charged with evading a peace officer and driving while under the influence. Mr. McDonald convinced the judge to give his client drug court. Mr. M has completed drug court and is successfully working.

    • People vs. Kraig S. (2005) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer, causing injury. Case dismissed at Preliminary Hearing.

    • People vs. Robert D. (2005) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with transportation and sales of controlled substances. Case dismissed.

    • People vs. Clark (2005) CASE DISMISSED

      Defendant charged with residential burglary. Case dismissed

    • People vs. A.S. (2004) CASE DISMISSED

      The defendant's was charged with kidnap for ransom, carrying a prison term of "life without parole" Bail was set at $1,500,000 but Mr. McDonald was successful in getting his bail reduced to $100,000. As a result the client was out of custody so he can fight his case. Mr. McDonald then moved to have the kidnap for ransom case dismissed in its entirety because the defendant's right to due process had been violated. After written briefs and lengthy arguments before the court, the court dismissed the whole case.

    • People vs. Keith P. (2004) REDUCED TO A SMALL FINE

      Charged with Residential Burglary, gave a statement to the officers admitting to all the charges. Despite the odds, Mr. McDonald pled the defendant to a misdemeanor charge and the defendant got no time as a result of his plea, and his only term of probation was a small fine.

    • People vs. Richard Y. (2003) RELEASED THE SAME DAY

      The Public Defender's office had this case for almost one year, the best offer was 9 years state prison. Mr. McDonald was hired, filed a 17 page Motion requesting Prop. 36, the motion was granted, and the defendant was released from custody the same day. This is an example of effective counsel that takes a stand for his clients and gets results.

    • People vs. Tanya H. (2003) SENTENCE REDUCED

      Mr. McDonald took this nationally publicized case on from another attorney that had her case for over one year. Mr. McDonald's effective negotiating skills allowed Ms. Hadden to plead to a two year sentence rather than the 15 years she was being offered.

    • People vs. Jaime H. (2003) CHARGES REDUCED

      Charged with 245(a), assault with a deadly weapon, a strike. After only one court appearance Mr. McDonald was able to get the case down to brandishing a firearm and 28 days weekend work release.

    • People vs. [sealed name] (2003) CASE DISMISSED

      Charged with battery, Mr. McDonald was hired before any court appearances. The district attorney filed charges, however Mr. McDonald provided concrete documentation regarding our client's innocence and successfully convinced the Riverside District Attorney's Office to withdraw the filing and the case was listed as insufficient evidence.

    • People vs. Miller (2002) IMMEDIATELY RELEASED

      Felony Probation violation. Defendant was facing an automatic three-year prison term because he had a suspended prison sentence. We held a formal probation violation hearing. Mr. McDonald fought the process, and the judge found the defendant "not in violation" of probation. He was immediately released.

    • People vs. Gary V. (2002) CASE DISMISSED

      Charged with unfounded sex crimes. Mr. McDonald fought day and night. The district attorney ultimately dismissed the case after Mr. McDonald, through a forensic computer expert, showed that a detective may have fabricated computer porn evidence against Mr. Vertican.

    • People vs. Joe G. (2002) EXPUNGED FROM RECORD

      Charged with (2) counts of First Degree Murder. The case went to jury trial. The jury deadlocked, favoring a conviction for voluntary manslaughter. At sentencing Mr. McDonald proved the Mr. Gray's character was that of an up standing citizen. He was released from custody that day, and one of only a handful of people ever to get probation on this kind of charge. Today, Mr. Gray visits our office regularly and we all feel he is part of our family for life. In 2010, Mr. McDonald saw that Mr. Gray's manslaughter conviction was expunged from his record.

    • People vs. Steve C.(2001) DEFENDANT RELEASED

      Appeal, reversed and remanded for new trial. Defendant released from State Prison. Published Opinion

    • People vs. William C.(2000) NOT GUILTY

      Charged with Assault with a deadly weapon, case went to a jury trial, and the jury found him not guilty.

    • People vs. Charles H.(2000) NOT GUILTY

      Charged with attempted murder, jury found him not guilty. Exposure went from 16 years to 3 years at half-time.

    • People vs. Jack R.(1999) NOT GUILTY

      First Degree Murder trial, alleging special circumstances. The case went to jury trial, the defendant was facing LWOP. jury found him not guilty of First Degree Murder.

    • People vs. Michael M. (1999) CASE DISMISSED

      Charged with Rape, case was dismissed before trial, after battling with the district attorney for almost three years. This incident changed Michael's life after receiving his bachelor's degree he returned to school and is now working on his law degree.

    • In re Michael I, (1999)

      The California Youth Authority deprived Michael I his constitutional right to counsel. Mr. McDonald filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus and was successful. Published Opinion

    • People vs. Matthew L. (1998) CASE DISMISSED

      Rape charges on a minor, case went to jury trial, and the entire case completely dismissed. Defendant was released the same day. Today Matthew is married with a child and lives a normal happy life.