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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

Under Prop. 47, assisting former felons to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors

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

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.