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    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

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    Congratulations Mark!
    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

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

    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.

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

    Mark Deniz is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

    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.

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

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

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

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  5. Mark Deniz was recognized with the "Top Contributor" award by Avvo, which provides an open forum on which legal questions concerning DUI Defense and criminal law by qualified legal practitioners.

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    Mark Deniz won the Attorney Spotlight for January - San Diego Attorney Jornal

  1. AVVO Top Contributor

    Congratulations Mark!
    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

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    Congratulations Mark!
    Having earned 1,500 contributor points this year, we are pleased to present you with the Top Contributor Award.

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

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

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

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    Mark Deniz has achieved Premium status for Lawyer.com which reinforces his credibility and status to the legal community.

  19. Mark Deniz was recognized with the "Top Contributor" award by Avvo, which provides an open forum on which legal questions concerning DUI Defense and criminal law by qualified legal practitioners.

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    Mark Deniz won the Attorney Spotlight for January - San Diego Attorney Jornal

How do you get criminal charges dismissed or reduced in San Diego? Some basics on how to handle a case. San Diego DUI Driving Under the Influence and other cases. Getting the best result in a case in San Diego. San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney DUI

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Why would a prosecutor dismiss or reduce punishment in a case?

As a former prosecutor of almost 10 years, there are several possible reasons why a prosecutor may decide that criminal charges against a defendant should be dismissed or deserve reduced punishment. Some of the reasons include:

  1. The evidence they needed to prove guilt was suppressed by the judge (see above).
  2. The prosecutor learns that there is very strong evidence that the defendant is not guilty.
  3. The prosecutor learns that their evidence that the defendant IS guilty is not as strong as they thought.
  4. The defendant decides to cooperate with law enforcement against other defendants in exchange for having his own case reduced or dismissed.  This happens only in a small percentage of cases.  

Numbers 2 and 3, above, deserve some additional discussion. It has been observed by me that inadequate defense attorneys read the police reports and think they know what happened in their client's case. Average defense attorneys read the police reports, then ask their client what happened, and after that, they think they know what happened in their client's case. Good defense attorneys know that in most criminal cases they need to jump into the evidence and look for all of the evidence that the police either missed or willfully failed to mention in their reports. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz now for a consultation at (858) 751-4384. 

Getting a better offer

Convincing a prosecutor to dismiss a case because there is a very good chance they will lose in front of a jury is a beautiful thing. Prosecutors are often afraid to lose jury trials. The reason that prosecutors are afraid to lose jury trials is that prosecutors all work for a politician, who is elected and must stand for re-election. One of the things that these politicians love to brag about is their "win-loss" record. Any subordinate that brings down the office's win-loss record may find themselves out of a job.

I do not want to be too simplistic.  Everything I said above is 100% true.  However, most of the attorneys who work in prosecution are dedicated public servants who work hard for the public good. Getting an offer from a prosecutor is a task because they are doing the right thing for the right reasons.

Make the notes for the prosecutor

A part of a comprehensive defense is to have a plan.  The first step is to let the prosecutor know who your client is.  If the charge is going to have an undue impact on their job and life, the prosecution will take that into consideration in most cases.  This can be done with pictures, resumes, letters of recommendations, etc.  You want to get this before the court date, which is why our office is dedicated to getting the ball rolling.

The next step is to craft a proactive plan for a client.  This may consist of getting in classes early.  It may have them completing volunteer work.  Every case is unique and narrowing the issues of the case is key.  

Finally, the key is to get evidence to unearth the case to find the issues that will rise.  Most evidence is made up of men and machines, which make mistakes.  The key is to alert these issues to the prosecution and tie into a defense theory. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz now for a consultation at (858) 751-4384. 

Conclusion

San Diego Defense Attorneys have a challenge in their cases because the prosecutors are very tough, diligent, and dedicated to their work.  The key is to be proactive and has a proven when working with them.  If someone believes that showing up to court and getting favor because they are a good person, then they are mistaken. There is no "good guy mulligan".  The prosecution dismisses and reduces charges because they acknowledge flaws in their case and determine resolution is the best course.  Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz now for a consultation at (858) 751-4384. 

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