Case Results

October 2011 – Multiple Felonies Dismissed

Client was accused of committing a series of crimes encompassing (4) felonies and (2) misdemeanors in Placer County. One of the felonies was a strike offense. Client was accused of committing the crimes in relation to a domestic violence dispute. Client denied all felony charges. It was imperative to Client that he did not sustain any felony convictions due to his immigration status. Client hired the law firm of Bonilla and Cintean LLP. Upon hiring Bonilla and Cintean LLP., Mr. Bonilla quickly and aggressively investigated the alleged charges and discovered an eyewitness and that gave a different rendition of the facts than what the government asserted was true. Mr. Bonilla also provided the Placer County District Attorney’s Office with information about the victim that was exculpatory for the Client. After a few weeks of negotiating the case the parties reached an agreement where all felony charges were dismissed and the Client was only required to plea to one misdemeanor vandalism charge for 10 days work project with anger management classes. Client and his immigration attorney were happy with the result.

October 2011 – Felony Attempted Robbery Dismissed

The client was arrested together with four other friends and family members for the alleged attempted robbery of a parking lot attendant. Client maintained his innocence from the very beginning. Attorney Alin Cintean thoroughly investigated the case and pushed the case to trial. On the first day of trial the District Attorney dismissed the case for the insufficiency of the evidence. Client was immediately released and the parking lot management may now be facing legal action.

October 2011 – Felony Strike Case Settled – Lengthy Sentence Avoided

Client was charged with shouting out death threats while pointing a gun. Client had a previous strike conviction, deemed by the court to be a violent offense. Client was facing approximately 17 years in prison if convicted. The District Attorney wanted the Client to plead guilty to the offense for an early resolution offer of 8-10 years in prison and admit to a second strike. Client refused and asked Sacramento County Defense Attorney David Bonilla of Bonilla & Cintean LLP. to take his case to trial. Mr. Bonilla vigorously fought for his client during a lengthy jury trial that resulted in a hung jury. The prosecution chose to continue to try to prosecute the Client and the Client again called up Mr. Bonilla to try his case before a second jury. Just before the Jury trial was to begin Mr. Bonilla negotiated a new offer involving no new strikes that would require the client to serve three weeks of custody time. Client accepted the new plea bargain.

September 2011 – Client Released from Federal Facility

Client was ordered to do Sheriff’s Work Project for a 2nd DUI offense. Client left California to handle important family matters on the East Coast and did not finish work project. Client got arrested in Pennsylvania on a large federal drug case and could not come back to California and also could not bail due to the Sacramento County warrant for not finishing work project. Client hired Mr. Bonilla while sitting in an Ohio federal correctional facility after hearing of him. Within days of being hired Mr. Bonilla went to Sacramento County Superior Court for Client and got his Bench warrant recalled so the Client could bail out of the federal detention facility.

September 2011: Largest Northern California Identity Theft Case Settled

The Attorneys at Bonilla & Cintean, LLP. announced a settlement of the largest identity theft case ever investigated in Northern California. Given the number of charges involved and the complexity of the case client was facing a potential life sentence. Attorney Alin Cintean negotiated a favorable resolution. Client will serve less than six years of actual confinement.

August 2011: Another Felony Case Dismissed

Multiple felony strike charges dismissed! Client was charged with Robbery, Burglary, and Assault with a deadly weapon on two named victims in a hotel room. Defense attorney David W. Bonilla of Bonilla & Cintean, LLP always maintained that the client was innocent of the charges and did not do the acts the accusers were claiming. Client did have a criminal record so the police and District Attorney would not believe him. Client asked Mr. Bonilla to take his case to trial before a jury so he could be vindicated. Mr. Bonilla aggressively investigated the case and followed up on all of the client’s assertions of what happened the night in question. Mr. Bonilla’s private investigator discovered evidence that the claimed accusers had actually told many important untruths about the events on the night in question. Part of the defense investigation was turned over by Mr. Bonilla to the District Attorney as the trial grew near. Just before a jury was to be picked on the case, the District Attorney decided to dismiss all charges against the client after realizing it lacked solid evidence. Client released from custody the same day.

August, 2011: Felony Dismissal After Prosecution

The Law Offices of Bonilla & Cintean, LLP. announced today that the Sacramento County Superior Court entered a dismissal in Felony case number 11F03610, for defendant Willie A. Jennings, after the prosecution failed to show good case for a continuance.

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August 2011

Client was ordered to do three consecutive weekends in the Sacramento County Jail. When Client tried to turn himself in he was turned away by jail staff on two different occasions due to confusing housing policies they had put into place. Client decided to try to do his outstanding home detention time and deal with the jail time once that was complete. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department noticed Client did not finish his mandatory jail time and issued a warrant for his arrest and client was taken into custody and placed in jail for the balance of his home detention sentence. Client searched for a Sacramento defense attorney and hired the Law Firm of Bonillaand Cintean to correct the situation. Mr. Bonilla immediately filed a motion with the Sacramento County Superior Court explaining why the warrant should never have been issued and the Client should quickly be released on home detention. The Court read Mr. Bonilla's motion and agreed with it. The judge ordered the Client released from jail custody immediately, allowing him to serve the remainder of the sentence on home detention.

July 2011

Client was charged with felony assault, a strike under California’s three strike’s law . The incident was captured on video and looked damaging to the client’s case. Mr. Cintean worked with one of our best in-office investigators who was able to interview several people to obtain the untold background story. With the help of the investigator Mr. Cintean was able to show that the client only acted in self defense and in defense of others. He was not guilty of a felony or a misdemeanor offense. The DA pushed the case all the way to trial but on the day before trial decided to dismiss all charges.

July 2011

Client was charged with a DUI after the police found him next to the car at the scene of an accident. Client failed sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Mr. Bonilla prepared this case for a jury trial covering every detail. At trial Mr. Bonilla was able to present testimony from the real driver who left the scene. After a weeklong trial client was found not guilty.

July 2011

Client was charged with three separate counts of robbery . If convicted she would have been eligible to receive a sentence of 25-life upon another felony conviction. From the moment Mr. Bonilla started working on the case he knew that the DA could not prove the charges it brought. Mr. Bonilla explained this initially to the DA they did not want to reduce the charges. Mr. Bonilla started working on the case and conducted defense investigation. Following his investigation and at the next court appearance the DA agreed with Mr. Bonilla’s assessment of the case. Client pled to one misdemeanor count of petty theft and is able to serve her minimum sentence at home on ankle bracelet.

July 2011

Client was charged with arson, a strike offense. The client was first represented by the public defender’s office. The DA insisted on a strike conviction. Mr. Cintean took over the case, subpoenaed the client’s medical records and was able to present the DA with mitigating circumstances. A non-strike offer was negotiated and client will only spend one more week in jail.

June 2010

Client was charged in 2008 with driving on a suspended license, a misdemeanor. Client did not receive notice of the suspension and did not actually know his license had been suspended. Client moved out of state before the traffic charge was taken care of. A warrant was issued for the client and a hold was placed on his driver’s license. Client contacted attorney Alin Cintean from out of state. Mr. Cintean was able to appear in court for the client, have the judge recall the warrant, have the charge reduced to an infraction and have the fines reduced to a minimum. Client is now able to obtain his out of state driver’s license.

June 2011

Client was on probation and charged in a new case with vehicle theft . He was initially offered a term in state prison. Our attorneys recognized that client had a drug addiction that was destroying his life and were able to help client enter the drug court program. Pending successful completion of the drug court program, the client will not have to spend another day in jail and will be able to obtain the much needed addiction help.

June 2011

Client was charged with assault likely to produce great bodily injury and mayhem , a serious and violent felony. The initial offer was prison. The attorneys thoroughly investigated the case and were able to determine that the facts required for the mayhem charge were not present. The police had exaggerated much of the event in the written reports and the victim did not even desire prosecution. The district attorneys’ office was persuaded to offer a reduced charge that carried a much lower sentence. Client will not have a strike on her record and will be able to complete the remainder of her sentence on ankle monitor at home.

May 2011

Client was charged with 4 strike offenses and was told by the District Attorney’s Office he would have to go to prison as part of any resolution to his case. Client decided to let the law firm of Bonilla and Cintean fight out his case in a jury trial. After Bonilla & Cintean LLP. collaborated with a nationally renowned expert in the field of mental health defense and as jury selection was proceeding, the District Attorney extended Client a new offer to resolve his case. Client agreed to the new offer which allowed him to plead guilty to one felony count for county jail time, time served. Client was released from jail custody the same day.

May 2011

Client was charged with a DUI after being pulled over for speeding. The blood alcohol was measured at .13 percent. Our attorneys were able to negotiate the DUI down to a charge of “wet reckless.” Client did not have to spend any additional time in jail, the fines were cut in half and his driver’s license suspension was reduced.

April, 2011: Felony Domestic Violence – Credit for Time Served

Client was charged with felony domestic violence and had two suspended prison sentences pending from prior convictions. With a prior strike conviction, he was facing a long prison sentence. The attorneys prepared the case for trial and discussed it with the DA. A thorough investigation was conducted which revealed many inconsistencies. On the day of trial, client was offered and accepted a plea for time served.

April, 2011: Drug Sales – Case Dismissed

Client was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of prescription drugs for sale. After investigating the case the attorneys presented the DA with evidence of the client’s innocence. After the first DA would not dismiss the charges, the attorneys set the case for a preliminary hearing. The case was dismissed on the day set for the hearing. Client was able to maintain a clean record.

March, 2011: DUI With Injury – No Jail Time

Client was charged with DUI with injury after being involved in an accident with three minor children in her car. The attorneys were able avoid more serious charges and negotiated a misdemeanor resolution that did not involve any actual jail time. Client is able to serve her sentence on an ankle monitor and participate in an alcohol rehabilitation program.

March, 2011: Felony Vehicle Theft – Another Chance at Probation

Client was charged with felony car theft while he was on probation for receiving stolen property. The attorneys with the help of skilled investigators were able to scrutinize the case and locate favorable evidence. The case then resolved for a much more favorable plea negotiation involving probation. The client did not have to serve any actual jail time.

March, 2011: First Degree Burglary Reduced to Misdemeanor

Client was charged with 1st degree burglary and a strike after an alleged “eye-witness” claimed he saw Client carry away property from a neighbor’s house. After learning that a home burglary did take place in the area and listening to “eye-witnesses” claim that the client was involved, he was arrested by the police and the District Attorney’s Office sought prosecution. The District Attorneys Office’s first plea deal offer was asking the client to plead guilty to a felony residential burglary for a second strike conviction and then go to prison. Our criminal defense attorneys represented the client from the initial stages of the case and immediately began to aggressively investigate all the “eye-witnesses” claims. They quickly discovered several inconsistencies in the “eye-witnesses” versions of events. The attorneys also learned that the “eye-witness” had previous bias feelings towards the client unrelated to the alleged crime. Law enforcement never looked into that aspect of the identification. These facts were then presented to the District Attorney’s Office and the client was given a new plea offer which allowed him to accept a low-level, non-strike misdemeanor offense making him eligible for release from custody the following week.

March, 2011: DUI Expungement Granted

Client was charged and convicted of a DUI several years ago. He now has a job of high stature and responsibility exposing him to the public eye. The client wanted the DUI expunged from his record. He called Criminal Defense Attorneys at Bonilla & Cintean, LLP. and an expungement motion was soon after filed on his behalf. The defense attorneys were successful in having the previous conviction expunged from the client’s record.

March, 2011: Misdemeanor and Ankle Bracelet

Client was charged with felony sales of a controlled substance after an extensive inter-county undercover operation. The attorneys investigated the case and were able to negotiate a misdemeanor resolution involving a minimal sentence that client can serve at home on wearing an ankle bracelet.

February, 2011: Felony DUI Credit for Time Served

Client was charged with a fourth DUI, a felony. After investigating all prior convictions and the questionable reason for the stop in the current case, the attorneys were able to negotiate a time served offer.