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.

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 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 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.

Indio DUI Criminal Case Number INM192665

DUI reduced to an "exhibition of speed."

Riverside Criminal Case Number INF 055020

Gang related attempted murder. The co-defendant was convicted by the jury and is facing hundreds of years to life in prison. Attorney Cantrell's client was NOT CONVICTED at the same trial. After the trial, the case settled for less time than the client offered before the trial.

Client "AJ" Riverside Criminal County 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 "AJ." Attorney Mark Cantrell took the case to trial and the case was dismissed by the Judge.


INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE - CHARGES DROPPED

A recent case illustrates why it is so important that you have a trial attorney by your side.

Our client had some mental problems and did something that we all would agree was absolutely wrong. He drove up to women and asked innocent questions, such as for directions, and while he was doing this, he was masturbating. He filmed himself on his cell phone while doing this.

He was arrested and charged with Penal Code 314, indecent exposure. Because of the cell phone video evidence, the client believed he had no chance and his life was over and he would become a registered sex offender. However, Attorney Mark Cantrell looked at the case from the point of view of taking this case to a jury trial. He pointed out to the DA the exact definition of the law as contained in the instructions the Judge would give to the jury:

Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions ("CALCRIM") 1160 - Indecent Exposure. "To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must prove that: 1. The defendant willfully exposed his genitals in the presence of another person or persons who might be offended or annoyed by the defendant's actions; and 2. When the defendant exposed himself, he acted lewdly by intending to direct public attention to his genitals for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying himself or another person, or sexually offending another person.” (Emphasis added.)

Attorney Cantrell pointed out that the defendant did not intend to direct attention to his genitals – in fact the video clearly showed he was hiding his private parts from the other person’s view at all times.

The indecent exposure charge was dropped, saving a young man’s life, and he was able to get the counseling he needed.