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David J Cohen
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"Mr Cohen, hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. I wanted to sincerely thank you for everything you did for my uncle. It was truly a blessing to have you represent him. He got his class A license again and is back to working as a truck driver. May god keep blessing you and Cherie. This would not have happened without you two. Thank you." Ana C.


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Bay Area Criminal Lawyers Blog

  • BACL Won a Major Victory in United States v. Liu

    Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC won a major victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of United States v. Liu. In a unanimous 32-page decision authored by Judge Jacqueline Nguyen

  • Ninth Circuit Reversed Conviction in Aguilar v Woodford

    The Ninth Circuit reversed a state court conviction where a prosecutor failed to disclose exculpatory evidence, and the court held that the California Court of Appeal's decision to the contrary was an unreasonable application of Brady v. Maryland. Aguilar v. Woodford, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15395

  • BACL Working on High Profile Kidnapping Case

    Bay Area Criminal Lawyers announced that they are working on a two-day Preliminary Hearing for a case involving a high profile possible Life sentence of a Kidnapping/Armed Robbery case.

  • BACL was retained to file State and Federal Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus in a case in which the client was sentenced to 59 years to life at 85%.
  • BACL was retained in a Federal Vandalism case taking place on federal Land
  • BACL was retained in a Federal Child Pornography case
  • BACL was retained in a DUI Case in Marin County
  • BACL announced that Jason T. Campbell, Esq. is rejoining the firm as a Contract Attorney
  • BACL are currently seeking subtenant Firm(s) to rent space in our offices. Suites include furnished window office, free WiFi and more! (See Full Details)
  • BACL announced that they are working on a two-day Preliminary Hearing for a case involving a high profile possible Life sentence of a Kidnapping/Armed Robbery case
  • BACL are currently working on a Complex 995 motion filed in a Large White Collar Fraud/Tax case
  • BACL succeeded in convincing the Court to order the Attorney General to respond to our motion to reinstate the Appellate Rights of Client Who is Facing a 25 Year Sentence
  • BACL filed a Motion for a New Trial in a Federal Receiving Stolen Property Case
  • A surrender date in a DUI case in Trinity County was successfully postponed after BACL was retained to investigate issues surrounding an earlier unrepresented plea
  • BACL filed a motion to Set Aside/Expunge a conviction
  • BACL was arraigned in a 54-count Federal Tax and Structuring case. Client was released on recognizance.
  • Bay Area Criminal Lawyers are working on an Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Abuse trial, set to commence in Contra Costa County
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Drug-sniffing Dog on Porch Constitues 'Search'

The Supreme Court held that the use of a drug-sniffing dog on defendant/home-owner's porch to determine the contents inside the home constitutes a 'search' within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Florida v. Jardines, 133 S. Ct. 1409

Fact That Increases Penalty For Crime is 'Element' for Jury

Overruling one of its prior decisions, the Supreme Court held that, "Any fact that, by law, increases the penalty for a crime is an 'element' that must be submitted to the jury and found beyond a reasonable doubt," including facts that increase the mandatory minimum sentence for a defendant.

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Release Motion Granted After 9 Year Confinement

Motion for release of individual confined for almost nine years at the Napa State Hospital after jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity was granted two months after Bay Area Criminal Lawyers was hired to handle the case and fix the interminable and ongoing confinement issue. The prosecution's motion for continuing indefinite confinement was dismissed and denied.

Prison Gang Member Denied Time Credits

Our client was validated as a gang member in a high security California prison, denied good time/work time credits, and locked down in administrative segregation 23.5 hours a day.His release date was decreed by the CDCR to be five years later than initially calculated. BACL's motion for post-conviction relief succeeded in all respects. The client was released into the general population with good time/work time credits restored and his original release date five years earlier.

Sex and Molestation Charges Dismissed and Client Released

Trial in 45 year serious sex and molestation case in San Mateo County initially resulted in 38 month no contest plea after defense motions to suppress were granted; and later resulted in all sexually related charges and lifetime registration being dismissed and immediate release of client after motion to vacate the plea due to prosecutorial misconduct in withholding favorable information at the trial was GRANTED.

Psychiatrist Avoids Issues from Previous Conviction

Psychiatrist who was facing loss of his practice and livelihood avoided any issues, and was able to avoid custody after BACL was hired to fix and have withdrawn a previously imposed jail sentence, and a previously sustained conviction that may have seriously affected his license.

Bail Granted in Federal Copyright Violations Case

Individual who was represented by an appointed lawyer at his trial for federal copyright violations was convicted on all counts and sentenced to an extended term in federal prison with an imminent surrender date. BACL was hired. The surrender date was vacated, and the client, after extensive motions and an ongoing hearing, was granted bail during the pendency of his appeal. BACL is currently handling the appeal, with the opening brief filed subject to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on an application to file a brief significantly longer than ordinarily permitted by the rules of the federal court of appeals.

Improper Sexual Assault Charged Dismised

Employed family man was charged with improper sexual assault in San Francisco. The initial charges were dismissed, and the client served no time in jail and was not required to register as a sex offender.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence Avoided in Weapons and Narcotics Case

Client in federal court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco was facing weapons and narcotics charges involving a minimum mandatory federal sentence of five years in federal prison. After BACL got involved in the case, the client received a sentence of five months jail and five months home detention, and the weapons charges and minimum mandatory charges were dismissed.

Sonoma County Three Strikes Case Acquittal

Acquittal in three strikes case in Sonoma County in which client was facing charges for assault on a police officer and an attempt to grab that same officer's firearm.

Domestic Violence and Assault Charges Dismissed

Misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges dismissed in their entirety in Alameda County after BACL prepared for trial, investigated the case, and announced ready at trial call with evidence to defeat the charges.

House of Prostitution Charges Dismissed

Charges relating to illegal operation of a house of prostitution in Stanislaus County dismissed in their entirety after BACL was hired, looked into the matter, and spoke to the District Attorney and City Attorney.

Law Enforcement Officer Restraining Order Dismissed

Restraining Order request and temporary restraining order against a federal law enforcement officer dismissed in their entirety after a hearing within 45 days of BACL being hired in a matter that had been ongoing for several years.

Alameda County Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed

Domestic violence charges involving injury dismissed in Alameda County when BACL prepared for and declared ready for trial after a complete investigation with witnesses ready. Client served several weekends in jail on lesser charge permitting him to continue his job without interruption.

  • Burglary case in Santa Clara County
  • Large federal/state marijuana grow matter in Butte County
  • Multiple DUI case in Sacramento County
  • Marijuana/Gun matter in Sonoma County
  • Sexual Assault case in Sonoma County
  • Rape case in San Mateo County
  • Shoplifting case in San Mateo County
  • Federal wire fraud case involving scheme to illegally sell i-phones in United States District Court in San Francisco
  • Numerous DUI cases in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties
  • Child Molest and Rape Matter in Contra Costa County
  • Marijuana and Money Laundering case in Mendocino County
  • Attempted Murder, Shooting Matter in Contra Costa County
  • White Collar Document Fraud in San Francisco County
  • Dog Mauling Involuntary Manslaughter Case in Contra Costa County
  • Weapons and Marijuana Case in San Mateo County
  • DUI Appeal in San Mateo County
  • Major Federal Appeal of Criminal Copyright Conviction in United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Representing Two Witnesses in Ongoing Homicide Trials
  • Post-Conviction Relief Matter involving improper Gang Segregation and Deprivation of Credits in State Prison
  • Post-Conviction Relief Matter in Federal Court attacking ineffective assistance of counsel in murder conviction of 16 year old girl
  • Sexual Batter Misdemeanor in Contra Costa County
  • Federal child pornography investigation in federal court in San Francisco
  • Major methamphetamine conspiracy in federal court in Sacramento
  • Insurance fraud investigation by the California Department of Insurance
  • Major crack cocaine wiretap case in federal court in San Francisco
  • Major gang, wiretap, weapons and methamphetamine case in federal court in Fresno
  • Identity theft conspiracy in federal court in Fresno
  • Prison weapons case in federal court in Fresno
  • Vehicular manslaughter case in Solano County
  • Child pornography distribution and possession case in federal court in Oakland
  • Federal Habeas post-conviction relief case involving murder, drug conspiracy and weapons in federal court in Brooklyn, New York
  • Juvenile vandalism case in Alameda County
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