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    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.

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    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.

General Criminal Defense Archives

San Diego Residents call for 'community policing' to fight racial bias with San Diego Police SDPD

There will always be tension between the police and its citizens. Some people who are investigated and accused handle it well while others are combative, defensive, etc. Police are there to ferret out crime. Like anyone else they get it wrong. The question is what clues are they picking when patrolling and ferreting out possible crime.

Why Police Lie Under Oath

Funding is an issue in any organization and law enforcement is no different. A large part of obtaining these grants is to bring up your arrest numbers. Most "Vertical Prosecutor" positions (Vertical meaning a special prosecutor handles it from beginning to end) are funded by grants. This means that certain numbers must be met. If a case is close there is no doubt that the funding aspect is not a consideration.

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.

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

Punished for Life A focus on San Diego Expungements

As a Former Prosecutor it was a joy to tell the judge we had no opposition to an expungement. This meant the individual had done what society has asked them and to move on with their life. As an attorney who works on San Diego Expungements the joy is doubled. I will say that there is a lot of barriers set up for these people.

Not guilty verdict for San Diego chalk protester

“Your scientist were so preoccupied as to whether they could, they did not stop to think whether they should”.

-Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from Jurassic Park. It can be seen here.
I spent almost 10 years as a prosecutor. During that time I have issued thousands of cases. This quote always stood out with me because sometimes the facts could technically be argued a crime, but the totality of the facts really did not warrant issuing charges.

The case below is a perfect example of why a prosecutor needs to think before issuing. Obviously, the community spoke by rendering a not guilty verdict. The prosecution wields so much power and is trusted by the community to be guardians of justice. It is not a law school test, trying to find every crime that can technically be alleged. We are talking about the government and individual’s rights and their quality of life.

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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