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

    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.

    Avvo Top Contributor 2015 DUI

    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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  3. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    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

    Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney DUI

    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. Avvo Top Contributor 2015 DUI

    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. Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney DUI

    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.

January 2014 Archives

Jessica Enriquez Inside the huddle of the Law offices of Mark Deniz

Inside the huddle of the Law offices of Mark Deniz
Attorney Jessica Enriquez is an important part of the firm, which she joined in 2013. Jessica is “special counsel” to the firm and assists in the day to day operations. A former prosecutor intern, Jessica Enriquez has always cared about our community and the people in it.

Is Expungement worth it? A San Diego Expungement Focus

In today’s economic hard times, our firm receives numerous inquiries about clearing one’s criminal record. The concern expressed is almost always that a prospective employer may reject a job applicant who has a criminal record, or pass over an existing employee for a promotion or pay raise on the same basis.

Police using pre-written arrest reports in San Diego DUI cases

An increasing number of police officers are using pre-written arrest reports in drunk driving cases. In other words, they are writing out a batch of phony reports — including driving symptoms, slurred speech, failed field sobriety tests, admissions of drinking — and then just filling in the names, dates, etc., when they actually make an arrest.

Marijuana DUIs in San Diego & what you need to know

California continues its seemingly inexorable march toward marijuana legalization, but even if weed becomes legal, driving under the influence won’t. Tens of thousands will still be prosecuted for allegedly driving when they are impaired by weed.
As a former Prosecutor some of the most difficult DUIs to prosecute is a marijuana DUI. Read on…

Can a San Diego police officer pull me over for weaving within my own lane of traffic?

The report will claim the driver was “weaving”. However, upon further investigation you will find the officer actually mean the driver was “weaving within the lane”. Read on….

North San Diego DUI county arrests means you are heading to Vista for court

The Vista courthouse in Vista is where criminal cases occurring in the north county are heard. The communities under Vista court’s jurisdiction include San Marcos, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Valley Center, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Escondido, Vista, San Luis Rey, Rancho Santa Fe, Rainbow and the area surrounding Camp Pendleton, California. Read on…

San Diego Criminal Defense Citizens Arrest

There is a fight at the party or a bar in San Diego. Police were called to the scene. This is a very common occurrence all around San Diego.

Most everyone has heard of the term “citizen’s arrest”. But do you really know what it means? How about when you’re allowed to use it?

Honesty between the client and attorney A San Diego DUI focus

There are two people that it doesn’t pay to lie to – your doctor and your attorney.

However, the more details you share with your attorney about your crime, the more difficult it will be for them to prepare your case. You cannot expect proper defense if your attorney does not know all of the relevant facts.

San Diego DUI Jury Trial Focus Presumption of Innocence

In the true world of justice, that thought process is wrong because it is premised on the notion that the defendant had a predisposition to commit the San Diego DUIs based upon his four prior convictions. It is kind of like, if there is smoke, than there must be fire. Sadly, cases like this present the greatest opportunity for injustice because of that predisposition. As you read this, do you find yourself also subconsciously having that predisposition? I know I have to fight myself from having those presumptions. This thought goes against the mindset that our framers intended. Read on.

A San Diego DUI no assumptions please

The device of justice should not have any “APS”. I mean there has to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone of a San Diego DUI and are they trying to “speculate” and “assume”? Read on about no APS in a San Diego DUI case.

Restricted License after Conviction for California Vehicle Code 23152 following San Diego DUI arrest

The license suspension by the DMV (and the criminal courts) is one of the San Diego DUI consequences that concern most clients. People charged with a San Diego DUI still have to go to work, take kids to school, and live life.

Steps to get off Probation and expunge your case after a San Diego DUI

Getting a San Diego DUI off their record is one of the most common questions I receive. Most of my San Diego DUI clients have never have been in trouble before. Getting off probation and ultimately getting the San Diego DUI expunged is one of the most important aspects of the case.

The "Driving" element in a San Diego DUI and DMV hearing (APS)

This article focuses more from the aspect of how can you refute this issue with a DMV hearing officer. You still may win in court with a San Diego DUI, but DMV will still suspend your license.Was someone Impaired &/or .08% and DRIVING? A San Diego driving DUI is one of the best defenses. Read on…

A focus on the 15 Minute Breath test Observation in a San Diego DUI

One area that officers commonly overlook is the 15 minute observation period before the test. An important fact in a San Diego DUI breath test case is what about those 15 minutes. Make sure it is thoroughly examined. Read on…

Know your rights part 4 - Roadblocks and Checkpoints and San Diego DUI Investigations

This is part four in a series of aids in knowing your rights. Roadblocks and Checkpoints- In a San Diego DUI or San Diego criminal defense case it is important to know your rights at a checkpoint. They happen frequently in San Diego, especially if you are in an area they suspect has more DUI drivers such as Pacific Beach or Gaslamp district.

Know your rights part 3 MIranda Rights and San Diego DUI Investigations

Miranda and police questioning- In a San Diego DUI or San Diego criminal defense case it is important to always get a sense of where you are in the course of an investigation. I know people come into my office saying the police never read them their Miranda Rights.

A San Diego DUI Focus- Arrests- Ohio Driver arrested for having empty compartment

Since leaving the prosecution side, I have seen more of the human element in criminal law. I dealt with victims and their families, witnesses, and officers. However, helping an individual navigate through a tough and unforgiving process that is our criminal system

Breath or Blood test? Which is better in a San Diego DUI case…..?

I have handled thousands of San Diego DUI cases in my 10 years as a criminal attorney. I have always been of the opinion that if you are being investigated for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol by a police officer for a possible San Diego DUI, NEVER, EVER blow into a breath testing device, and ALWAYS request a blood test. I know at the time it seems less intrusive to someone being investigated for a San Diego DUI; however, do not place yourself in a position to be wrongly accused of a crime. NEVER blow into a breath device.

Latest, Proven Results

Area of Practice: DUI Defendant charged with a DUI with a prior blood alcohol level of .14%.
January 2015
Outcome of Case:
No jail time or picking up trash.

Area of Practice: Minor in Possession of Alcohol with one year mandatory license suspension.
January 2015
Outcome of Case:
An infraction (ticket) with no drivers license issues.

Area of Practice: DUI Defense- 1st time DUI
January 2015
Outcome of Case:
"Wet Reckless" with no trash pickup or jail time.

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