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Track Record of Success - Newport Beach Criminal Attorney

Have you been arrested for a crime in the Newport Beach area? The criminal justice system can be terrifying and unpredictable, and the law has harsh penalties for convicted persons. That is why you need a hard-hitting Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights against the prosecution. Our lead attorney, Frances Prizzia, utilizes a "hands on" approach and she will work tirelessly to have your charges reduced or dismissed entirely. Our mission is to have all charges dismissed and to obtain the not guilty verdict whenever possible. Our legal team will vigorously defend your best interests and ensure that your objectives are being met. Attorney Prizzia is personally invested in the success of every case and she will do everything in her power to help you obtain the most favorable outcome. Our Newport Beach firm has a history of case victories, read through our recent case results to learn more about our successful track record.


Recent Jury Trials

DUI with injuries. Client was charged with "DUI with Injuries" following an accident. Factors in this case were tough given a prior DUI and a reported BAC of .16 in this most recent event. Had this resulted in conviction, the client could have severed upwards of 17 years in prison and received 2 strikes on their record. The case went to trial and resulted in a mistrial, the jury voted 8 to 4 for not guilty and then after further deliberation, voted 9 to 3 for not guilty, resulting in a mistrial. Thereafter, rather than go back to trial, the prosecution negotiated and the case was dropped to a misdemeanor DUI.

Not Guilty verdict in DUI 0.25 Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) case in which her client was caught and admitting to driving the vehicle. Ms. Prizzia used the bad facts to her advantage and argued the necessity defense that the client was justified in driving the vehicle due to the fact that she believed her life was in danger.

Not Guilty verdict after only 30 minutes of jury deliberation in a vandalism case, in which her client was accused of vandalizing his neighbor's car. An aggressive and effective cross examination revealed the alleged victim's motive and bias against her client.

DMV hearing win on a 0.20 blood alcohol level in a DUI case! Based on Ms. Prizzia's careful cross examination of the investigating officer, the DMV agreed there was insufficient evidence and refused to suspend the client's driver's license.

Not Guilty verdict in an assault and battery case even after eyewitness testimony! Client charged with assault and battery after allegedly throwing a bottle at a table full of females celebrating a bachelorette party. Through Ms. Prizzia's aggressive cross examination of the eyewitness testimony, the jury (who hated the client) agreed that although the bouncer's testimony was damaging to defense case, it was not enough to prove that the client actually did it.

Not Guilty in 20 minutes on a 4 counts of forgery on 2 different victims, even with a client's own confession! Client worked at LA Fitness and allegedly signed people up for memberships by forging their signatures on an application contract with LA Fitness and charging their cards without authorization. Client even admitted to forging one of the victim's signatures and charging her account at least three times. Through thorough investigation and aggressive cross examination of the two victims, Ms. Prizzia convinced the judge to have her motion to dismiss granted on two of the forgery counts. The remaining counts went to the jury, and the client was acquitted of all charges.

Not Guilty verdict on DUI with injuries, where client had a strike prior and was on felony probation! Client was found at a scene of a collision (he had allegedly rear ended an elderly couple so bad that one had to be taken to the hospital), completely intoxicated on a cocktail of drugs, and made incriminating statements, such as "I was not the passenger . . . I came out of this door" (pointing to the driver's door). The driver of the vehicle he allegedly crashed in to stated that client had been tailgating him for several city blocks and was the only driver in the vehicle. The client was the only one found at the scene, nevertheless the client's defense was that he was the passenger, his friend was driving and fled the scene on foot when the collision occurred. The real driver was tracked down by defense investigator but pled the 5th on the stand. Ms. Prizzia's cross examination revealed holes and discrepancies in the eyewitnesses' statements that supported her in her closing arguments that the client was not the driver. The jury agreed and came back with a not guilty verdict stating that there just wasn't enough evidence to put the client in the driver's seat.

People v. Gustavo C. This client was on probation for a violation of Health & Safety Code section 11352(a). Gustavo C. was facing a new charge and three years of state prison. Ms. Prizzia obtained a dismissal of the alleged violation of probation, and had probation terminated.

Dispositions at Trial:

It is often difficult to get a good disposition because prosecutors are focused on getting the most jail time and punishment against the client. However, having an aggressive attorney on your side who is not afraid to go to trial (and wins the trials) is extremely beneficial. The attorney's trial statistics as well as their willingness to enter into trial is what the prosecutors take into account when making offers on the case and "cutting a deal." Here are some examples of Ms. Prizzia's negotiated dispositions after answering ready for jury trial.

People v. Eloy A.
Attempted Petty Theft - Dismissed
Grand Theft - Dismissed
*Pled down to Petty Theft of Lost Property and Driving without a license (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Erick S.
2 Counts of Assault - Dismissed
2 Counts of Battery - Dismissed
Resisting Arrest - Dismissed
*Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Brian O.
Brandishing a Weapon (Carrying a mandatory minimum jail time of 30 days) - Dismissed
Criminal Threats (Potential Strike) - Dismissed
*Pled down to Simple Battery (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Eun 0.
Battery Against a Cohabitant - Dismissed
*Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Matthew R.
Battery - Dismissed
Public Intoxication - Dismissed
*Pled down to a Trespass (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Anna R.
Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant - Dismissed

People v. George S.
Disobeying a Domestic Relations Restraining Order - Dismissed


People v. Richard R.
Battery Against a Cohabitant - Dismissed
Damaging/ Prohibiting the Use of a Wireless Communication Device (Obstructing Person from Calling for Help) - Dismissed
*Pled down to Disturbing the Peace (NO JAIL TIME)

People v. Paul G.
Assault on a Peace Officer - Dismissed
Battery on a Peace Officer - Dismissed
*Pled down to a Trespass, Disturbing the Peace, and Simple Battery (NO JAIL TIME)

More Dismissals (Before Trial)

Courts and prosecutors are often reluctant to dismiss cases, sometimes for fear of appearing "soft on crime." However, with thorough investigation and careful trial strategy, an aggressive defense attorney is sometimes able to persuade the government that in the interest of justice, the case should be dismissed.

Sampling of dismissals obtained by Frances in Orange County

People v. John W.
Domestic Violence case (Violating a Restraining Order) - DISMISSED

People v. Anna Marie R.
Domestic Violence case - DISMISSED

People v. Richard T.
Petty Theft/Shoplifting - DISMISSED

People v. Christopher B.
Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription - DISMISSED
No Evidence of Current Vehicle Registration

People v. Justin L.
Grand Theft - DISMISSED

People v. Rok K.
Disturbing the Peace/Challenge to Fight - DISMISSED

People v. Brandon M.
Public Intoxication - DISMISSED

People v. Marie W.
Unauthorized Possession of a Hypodermic Needle - DISMISSED
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - DISMISSED

People v. Ronald V.
Driving on a Suspended License (DUI)(Vehicle Code 14601.2) - Dismissed
Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility - Dismissed
Defective Windshield and Rear Window - Dismissed
Failure To Appear - Dismissed

People v. Rene P.
Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription - Dismissed

People v. Sean M.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance (which carries a mandatory 90 days jail time upon conviction!) - DISMISSED

More Dismissals:

Case No. 07SM4028
Impersonating a Peace Officer - DISMISSED

Case No. 07HM07428
Possession of Marijuana (over 28.5 grams) - DISMISSED

  • Track Record
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    As one of Orange County's premier criminal firms, we've successfully handled hundreds of cases.

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Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
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