Recent Wins

Recent Victories

NO CHARGES FILED after arrest by CHP for VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER! Our early intervention in this case and defense investigation helped convince the DA decide not to file criminal charges! Placer County Superior Court -CHP report # 2013030012 (2013)

MISDEMEANOR with electronic home monitoring INSTEAD OF LIFE IN PRISON where client charged with multiple strikes! (assault with intent to commit rape, residential burglary with intent to commit rape, false imprisonment, and a prior strike) Our pre-trial motions and defense investigation turned this case drastically around. The prosecution’s original offer of life in prison finally gave way to a plea bargain for a low level misdemeanor – and house arrest. We also got the Court’s protective order set aside within a few days of it being issued. Glenn County Superior Court #12NCR09190. (April 2013)

PROBATION & HOUSE ARREST where our client was accused of ARMED ROBBERY and attempted burglary! Our thorough development of mitigation evidence, including forensic psychological evaluation, as well as development of an extensive support plan for the client turned this certain prison case into a happy result for our client – who was able to keep his job and family intact. Sacramento County Superior Court #12F03329. (August 2012)

NO CHARGES FILED! Juvenile wrongly accused of December, 2011 ARSON in Marysville, CA. Polygraph expert retained by defense and development of defense alibi evidence helped convince the prosecution they had the wrong guy. (June 2012)

FELONY MORTGAGE FRAUD reduced to MISDEMEANOR DISTURBING THE PEACE! Extensive defense investigation – including use of a handwriting expert – and persistence turned this certain prison case into a plea bargain for the lowest level misdemeanor. Our client was able to keep his job and avoid jail. Stanislaus County Superior Court #1400359 (April 2013)

PROBATION & HOME MONITORING where our client was accused of ROBBERY WITH A GUN! Extensive defensive investigation and persistence (it took three years to get there) forced a better plea deal – turning an offer of 12 years prison into a resolution of the case for probation. Our client was soon back to work on electronic monitoring. Sacramento County Superior Court # 09F06016. (April 2012)

NO CHARGES FILED! INTERNET SWEEPSTAKES CAFÉ raided in Oxnard, California. Presentation of defense forensics to the prosecution convinces them not to file charges. Oxnard Police Citation 12-08909. (March 2013)

BOATING UNDER INFLUENCE reduced to "DRY RECKLESS"! Prosecution witnesses wilted during cross-examination at hearing on defense Motion to Suppress, forcing a favorable plea deal. Sacramento County Municipal Court #10M04194 (September 2012)

MISDEMEANOR & HOUSE ARREST on charges of FELONY IDENTITY THEFT and CREDIT CARD FRAUD! Defense mitigation evidence helped negotiate these serious felonies down to a result that kept our client in school and employed. Placer County Superior Court #62-117025 (March 2013)

MISDEMEANOR & HOUSE ARREST on FELONY SMUGGLING CONTRABAND INTO PRISON! Protracted negotiations were aided by extensive mitigation evidence developed by the defense, which finally yielded a result that kept our client working and out of jail. Sacramento County Superior Court #11F08353 (July 2012)

NO SEX REGISTRATION for POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN! Defense motions, use of defense expert witnesses, and three years of hard work paid off – keeping our client out of jail and from having to register as a sex offender. Sacramento County Superior Court #09F08569 (February 2012)

MISDEMEANOR and 30 days of work project for possession of almost 2 pounds of marijuana – without a doctor’s recommendation! (originally arrested for FELONY possession for sale of marijuana and FELONY transportation of controlled substances) Sacramento County Superior Court # 12F05440 (March 2012)

DISMISSAL of all FELONY DRUG charges! El Dorado County Superior Court #P12CRF0024 ( October 2012)

DISMISSAL of CONTEMPT FOR FAILURE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT! Defense Motion to Dismiss prevails – all charges dismissed! El Dorado County Superior Court PFL 20100840. (June 2012)

CHARGES DISMISSED! (POSSESSION FOR SALE of MARIJUANA) Humboldt County Superior Court #CR1101389. (June 2012)

CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION GRANTED on ASSAULT W/ DEADLY WEAPON! Sacramento County Superior Court #11F01088 (May 2012)

CINDY SHEEHAN ACQUITTED!  Found not guilty after trial in Solano County on trumped up charges meant to silence legitimate political protest. (Fairfield)

HOUSE ARREST FOR ARMED ROBBERY!  Extensive defense mitigation, including expert psychological evidence, utilized to keep our client out of prison, and out of jail for armed robbery in Sacramento! (People v. Cooper)

ASSET FORFEITURE VICTORY!  Clients money seized after a narcotics arrest in Sacramento returned after our attorneys convincingly prove the forfeiture was wrong!  (People v. Vallejo)

NOT GUILTY by jury of all charges (assault causing serious bodily injury) People v. Garcia

NOT GUILTY by jury of kidnapping, robbery, assault w/ a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, domestic violence, amongst others, in "Three Strikes" trial where client was looking at 275 years to life in prison. Convicted of only two misdemeanors and given credit for time served and released from custody. People v. Jackson

NOT GUILTY by jury of all charges (assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and enhancement of causing great bodily injury) People v. Lockling

NOT GUILTY by jury of all charges (assault with a deadly weapon/knife and causing great bodily injury enhancement) People v. Harris

NOT GUILTY by jury of serious charges of pimping a minor and lewd acts with a minor. Convicted of only a lesser offense, received probation and avoided registration as a sex offender. People v. Rivera

HUNG JURY on charges of assault on police officer and prior "strike." People v. Hendrix

NOT GUILTY by jury of all charges (possession of weapon by inmate) People v Soliai

Recent Dismissals

ALL CHARGES DISMISSED! Possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia charges dismissed. People v. Lindae (Yolo County)

ALL CHARGES DISMISSED! Domestic violence and brandishing a firearm charges in Yolo County dismissed after defense investigation guts the D.A.'s case. (People v. Ghaffar) .

Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed! Our attorneys gather the information necessary to convince the prosecution their case has no legs. People v. Bouchez (Sacramento County)

SACRAMENTO CRIMINAL CASE AND CHARGES DISMISSED!!! People V. Omar, Sacramento Superior Court Case Felony domestic violence and making terrorist threats, Dismissed!!!! Hard work by the office got these charges, where client was facing 12 years, dismissed!!

SACRAMENTO CRIMINAL CASE reduced charges to house arrest!!! People v. Sebastien, Sacramento Superior Court Case No. Client facing counts of serious sexual misconduct; many years in prison. Lots of hard work got case reduced to a few months house arrest!!!

June 11, 2010: DISMISSED!!! Assault, reckless driving. People v. Vincent, Sac Superior Court Case 09M04784. Victim made up the story of Mark's client engaged in "road rage" and trying to kill the victim with his car, physically assaulting the victim and then driving away almost hitting small children playing in the street. Mark and Joe Patterson with Nighthawk Investigations pounded the pavement, knocked on doors and found out the true story of police complicity in a "big lie." Bad police investigation in police reports almost cost this client a serious conviction and prison time. DISMISSED!

May 12, 2010: FEDERAL CIVIL CASE DISMISSED!!! Engel v. Loustaunau, 09 CV-3177 LKK; complaint for damages for assault and slander against Mark's civil client dismissed by federal judge after evidentiary put on by Mark showing client could not be brought to trial for this claim. Complete dismissal!!

GIANT WHITE COLLAR FRAUD VICTORY!!!!! People v. Thomas, Sac Superior Court Case No. 04F07002, DISMISSED! In a high profile raid with television news cameras and press conferences, in 2004 the Department of Insurance raided chiropractor offices, taking all computers and seizing all files. Charges filed and office manager arrested at home. After 4 different lawyers, preliminary exams, appeals, and the matter finally being set for trial, 4 years later Ms. Thomas hired Mark this February. In April, the District Attorney dismissed all charges. Free to go!!!

Felony Charges Dismissed - Four felony criminal charges and one misdemeanor for drug trafficking dismissed following investigation. People v. Bali, Sac Superior Court Case No. 07F11879

Bank Robbery Charges Dismissed - People v. Mondragon No 08 F 09411. Sacramento Superior Court. October 1, 2009. Check it out on the court website!. Client charged with bank robbery and also with receiving stolen property, a gun found in his house. After extensive investigation by the Law Offices of Mark Reichel, the case was dismissed. No "plea to misdemeanor."

Felony Grand Theft Charges Dismissed - August 20, 2009: People v. Reyes, Sacramento Superior Court 08F10261, P.C. 487 Grand Theft . Our lawyers successfully persuade the police and the DA that their client was innocent. The Deputy District Attorney took a closer look at the case and after all offers were taken off the table, the case was dismissed.

Not Guilty of Lewd Conduct With a Minor Under Age of 14 - August 6, 2009, Sacramento Superior Court: People v. Marin, 08M09255, Lewd Conduct With a Minor Under Age of 14. Client charged with crime he did not commit, but the district attorney went to trial. If convicted, client faced lifetime registration as a sex offender under Penal Code Section 290. Would lose his job, never be employed again, and not be able to go to his children's baseball and soccer games or school events. Client turned down offer of misdemeanor 415 p.c. disturbing the peace and no jail time. After a 4 day jury trial, the client was acquitted and found not guilty. As a result, the client was able to keep his job and his normal life. Click here to see the verdict

Felony Charges Dismissed - July 25, 2009: Felony charges dismissed and reduced to a single day " time served" for disturbing the peace with no probation term and no fine. People v. Fitzpatrick, Sac Superior Court case No. F 07- 015

Felony Assault Charges Dismissed - January 12, 2009: People v. To, Sacramento Superior Court Case No Felony 08F07311. Felony assault charges dismissed prior to any preliminary examination. Staff investigator Bob Storey found a key witness to the alleged assault who law enforcement had not interviewed. A report which was given to the District Attorney's office which proved our client's story and proved that the alleged victim and the other eye witness had given the wrong story to the police.

Terrorist Threats Case Dismissed - People v. Venegas, Sacramento County Superior Court. P.C. 422 terrorist threats; case dismissed following motions by Mark to dismiss the charges following prosecution delay;' pausecontent[13]='

Federal Criminal Case Dismissed - USA v. Hodges, Eastern District Sacramento Federal Case. Money Laundering charges dismissed. 20 counts of money laundering, both 18 U.S.C. 1957 and 18 U.S.C. 1956, dismissed by the court over the objections of the prosecutor. Our motion showed the law required "money laundering" to be an attempt to hide the "profits" of a criminal enterprise, not simply "money" involved in an alleged crime. Tore out the heart of prosecution\'s case in this extremely large white collar fraud case.


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