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    Mark is involved with the San Diego Bar Association serving on its legal panel.

    Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

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    Nation's Premier | NACDA | Top Ten Ranking 2014

    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

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    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

    Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

    Mark Deniz has received AVVO’s prestigious Clients’ Choice award

    The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

  4. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

    Mark Deniz has proudly served as a member of the California state bar since 2003.

    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  1. Mark Deniz has been a member of the California State bar for over 11 years.

  2. Mark is involved with the San Diego Bar Association serving on its legal panel.

  3. Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

  4. Mark Deniz is a top contributor on Avvo providing outstanding legal advice. Mark Deniz also serves on the Avvo Legal Panel. The only San Diego Criminal Defense attorney who is on the panel.

  5. Mark Deniz is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

  6. Nation's Premier | NACDA | Top Ten Ranking 2014

    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

  7. Mark Deniz has been deemed by The Lead Counsel Rating for providing exceptional legal representation to individuals and businesses.

  8. The firm is a member of the better business bureau who ensures quality service for its clients.

  9. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  10. Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

  11. Mark Deniz has received AVVO’s prestigious Clients’ Choice award

  12. The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

  13. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

    Mark Deniz has proudly served as a member of the California state bar since 2003.

  14. Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Evidence “To Be Relevant Or Not To Be, That Is The Question”

The Law Office of Mark Deniz has the privilege of enlisting some of the best young legal minds in San Diego.  One of these persons is George Konugres.  George is a third year law student at Cal Western SOL.  He has an extremely impressive resume and has an intense desire to help people.   He was invited to write on subjects that he comes across while working with the firm.  In just this past week George 2nd chair a trial of ours in El Cajon as well as participated in a Felony Preliminary hearing. 

Today, he is writing about Evidence and relevance. 


“To Be Relevant Or
Not To Be, That Is The Question”

George Konugres


One of the most frequent objections during court proceedings
is relevance, from preliminary hearings to actual trial. Often people will ask
why certain witness statements or items were excluded from the proceeding. My
answer is usually relevance, which they have a hard time understanding.


I believe to confusion arise in the difference between the
legal definition of relevance and the everyday definition of relevance. The
everyday definition of relevance means something that relates to the matter at
hand. However, just because something may relate to the matter does not me that
legally it is relevant.

In order to be relevant in the court of law evidence must
(1) have a high probative value, and (2) it must be a fact or consequence to
determine elements of a claim, credibility of a witness, or background info
about a witness.


To have a high probative value the evidence must make
something more or less likely. For example some one may inquire as to why their
economic status may be relevant. Unfortunately if some one is very poor, and
they are being accused of stealing something, it tends to make it more likely
than not that they didn’t have money to pay, so they may have taken it. Conversely,
if someone is very wealthy, it may be less likely that they would steal because
they could probably pay for the items. Therefor certain aspects of a case my
come into evidence, not necessarily just because there is a connection to
information about the alleged crime, but based on the strength, validity, and
importance of the information’s connection.


As to point two, evidence will be relevant if, it is a fact
or consequence to determine elements of a claim, credibility of a witness, or
background info about a witness.

 An example would be
asking a witness if they were at the movies on a certain night. Being at the
movies may not seem relevant to ask a witness. However, if they were at the
movies on a night between a certain time then it less likely they were no
standing out on the street corner where the assault took place and probably
didn’t see the alleged assault take place.


Thus, just because something is relevant, does not indicate
it is legally relevant.

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges.  Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at (858) 751-4384 or send an email to mark@denizdefense.com. 


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