LAW OFFICE OF MARK CANTRELL
RECENTLY IN THE NEWS
Attorney Cantrell was recently
in the news. The client was
facing life in prison but Attorney
Cantrell and the other defense
attorneys were able to get the
case dismissed. The newspaper
article can be
RECENT MURDER TRIAL SUCCESS
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
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 profile cases.
Visitors to his office are invited to
copies of newspaper articles
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
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 results; and
(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.
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 public history.
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.
Bernardino Criminal Case Number FSB702104. Murder
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 the Judge.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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