Attorney Cantrell just completed a murder trial in Riverside,
Case Number RIF 154612. Client was facing 50 years to
life in prison. The jury found the client NOT GUILTY on the
murder charges. Further details may be found on the Court
It may not take a rocket scientist to be a lawyer, but Mark
Cantrell has been both. Before he started his career as a Riverside
criminal defense trial lawyer in 1994, he was a scientist working
on classified military missile programs at the former Norton
Air Force Base. He is well known in the Riverside criminal defense
community as being one of the best trial attorneys for high
Visitors to his office are invited to
read copies of newspaper
about him. He is admitted to practice in all California
state and federal courts. Mr. Cantrell handles a wide range
of cases but family law, DUI defense and criminal defense are
his favorite areas of practice because the client can often
be helped by a qualified attorney.
I am well known in the Riverside criminal defense and
the Riverside DUI defense community as a trial attorney with
many successful cases
to my credit. When you visit my office,
I will be proud to show you
about my cases - not paid advertisements.
Bad things can happen to good people. A divorce will
never be painless but a good attorney can help you get through
the crisis. My goals are to achieve a fair division of
property and a good plan for raising the children. I will
never tolerate pointless bickering that delays the case and
increases fees so that only the attorneys benefit. My
staff will draft the paperwork quickly and correctly so that
we are ready to resolve the case as quickly as possible.
Criminal and DUI
Your FREEDOM is at stake. You need an experienced Riverside
criminal defense and Riverside DUI defense lawyer by your side
so you know that everything possible is being done to fight your
case. If we decide that your case should be resolved by a plea
bargain, I will do all I can to obtain the best possible result.
Each case is different, but you can always expect a vigorous
defense and trial preparation when you have me by your side. In
DUI cases there will be:
(1) a careful analysis of the police reports to uncover weaknesses
or mistakes made by the officer in the field sobriety and
(2) a review by scientific experts of the breath or blood test
(3) independent testing of the blood samples.
In all criminal cases, our trial preparation includes an independent
investigation by licensed private investigators who will interview
your witnesses and develop any possible defenses to challenge
the police version of the events.
Do not be fooled by attorneys advertising extremely low fees.
Their low fees are telling you that they are not worth much.
RECENT SUCCESS STORIES
It is extremely important that you retain an attorney who is not
afraid to go trial and fight for you. Most attorneys never do
trials despite all their tough talk in their advertisements.
There can never be any guarantees of a particular result. However,
when choosing a lawyer, it makes sense to go with an attorney
with a proven track record of success.
Here are a few recent cases. We have omitted the clients’ name
for privacy but you can go to the court website for the complete
Riverside Criminal Case Number RIF 089999. Murder case. The
other defendant was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life
in prison. Attorney Cantrell’s client was found NOT GUILTY by
the jury and went home that day.
San Bernardino Criminal Case Number FSB702104. Murder charge DISMISSED.
San Bernardino Criminal Case Number FSB 055230. Attempted Murder.
Attorney Cantrell took the case to jury trial. The client was
NOT CONVICTED and the case was dismissed.
Riverside Criminal Case Number SWF025444. This client was falsely
accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable: rape of a child.
You can imagine the nightmare experienced by the accused. Attorney
Cantrell took the case to trial and the case was dismissed by
Riverside Criminal Case Number INF 055020: Gang related attempted
murder. The other defendant was convicted by the jury and is facing
life in prison. Attorney Cantrell’s client was NOT CONVICTED at
the same trial. After the trial, the case settled for less than
the client offered before the trial.
San Bernardino Criminal Case Number TWV701979. Attorney Cantrell
set the matter for trial and the DA reduced the case to two moving
violations as infractions.
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number INM192665: DUI reduced to an
“exhibition of speed.”
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number INM187204. This case was a
real problem for the client due to the extremely high blood alcohol
level of .28 which is more that 3 times the legal limit. The DA
was trying to really hammer the client. Attorney Mark Cantrell
brought a motion to challenge the legality of the traffic stop
and to suppress the evidence. The motion was granted and the DA
was forced to dismiss the entire case.
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number INM189120. The defendant was
stopped due to "chirping tires" and arrested for DUI. Attorney
Mark Cantrell brought a motion to challenge the legality of the
stop and to suppress the evidence. The motion was granted and
the DA was forced to dismiss the entire case.
San Bernardino DUI Criminal Case Number TWV803095: This was a
DUI case where the blood test came back at .14, almost twice the
legal limit. Attorney Mark Cantrell brought a motion to suppress
the blood test results and the motion was granted over the strenuous
objections of the District Attorney. The case was then dismissed.
San Bernardino DUI Criminal Case Number TSB 901673. Attorney Mark
Cantrell was able to convince the District Attorney that the "rising
blood alcohol defense" was present. The DUI was dismissed and
the case settled for a ticket for speeding and no turn signal.
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number RIF 143505. “MP” was facing
state prison for a felony DUI. The District Attorney was not willing
to negotiate and was demanding state prison. “MP” knew that he
had made a bad choice but he had a family to support. Attorney
Mark Cantrell is never afraid to go straight to the Judge and
ask for a better deal. “MP” now has a new lease on life and will
not be going to prison. Instead, he will only do 30 days in jail
and community service.
Orange County DUI Criminal Case Number 08CF2126: “AP” was facing
state prison for a felony DUI. Attorney Cantrell successfully
challenged the validity of one of his prior convictions and the
case was dropped to a misdemeanor. Attorney Cantrell then asked
the Judge to place him in “Veteran’s Court” which is a special
program designed for treatment – not punishment. “AP” will now
get the help he needs and NO jail time.
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number INM 187708: Second DUI with
blood alcohol of 0.25%, which is more than 3 times the legal limit.
DA wanted him to admit the high blood alcohol allegation, admit
the prior, 5 years probation with the 18 month school, two year
license suspension and 30 days jail. Attorney Cantrell successfully
challenged the prior conviction and the District Attorney was
forced to accept what the client wanted, which was a first time
DUI, the 3 month school, 3 years probation and 18 days house arrest.
Riverside DUI Criminal Case Number SWM075149: This client was
on probation for a DUI when he picked up another DUI. The
DA wanted a second offense DUI with the usual 18 month school,
interlock device, and 30 days jail. Attorney Cantrell announced
ready for trial. On the first day of trial the client received
what we wanted: “wet reckless,” reinstate probation, and
5 days house arrest. The DUI counts were dismissed.
San Bernardino Criminal Case Number MWV 800334: Client charged
with soliciting prostitution. On the second day of trial the DA
agreed to let him plead to obstructing a sidewalk.
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for additional examples.