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BACL is pleased to announce the opening of a new office branch located in Dublin, CA in addition to its existing San Francisco location. With the expansion of Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC, our team of dedicated staff and attorneys can better serve the needs of our Bay Area clients.

Associate Michael J. Pellegrini, Esq. received a favorable outcome in a case involving multiple felony charges, including sex offenses and forcible rape, from a 30 year exposure to 4 and a half months and non 290 registration

Senior associate Cherie R. Wallace, Esq. is in the midst of trial preparation in a serious felony sex case in Contra Costa County.

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.

Criminal Law News

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.

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

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.

Cases and Results

Client charged with first-degree murder with special circumstances—a charge that, if convicted, would have resulted in a mandatory life-without-parole sentence was DISMISSED of ALL CHARGES (Alameda County, Rene C. Davidson Courthouse)

Firm owner David J. Cohen and attorney Jason T. Campbell recently had the tremendous satisfaction of seeing one of our clients released from custody with a complete DISMISSAL of all charges after spending approximately 20 months in county jail facing a wrongful charge of first-degree murder with special circumstances.

Defendant in serious felony trial for sex charges involving a minor facing 20 year maximum sentence found NOT GUILTY on all counts (Alameda County, Hayward Hall of Justice)

Experienced criminal trial attorney and owner David J. Cohen, Esq and his senior associate Cherie R. Wallace successfully represented a defendant facing serious felony sex charges involving a minor in Alameda County who was faced with a sentence of two decades. After 2 years of strategic and persistent litigation by the criminal attorneys at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, Not Guilty verdicts on all counts.

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.