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Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher
Mark Gallagher

1440 North Harbor Blvd, Suite 515
Fullerton CA 92835
(800) 542-5384

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The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher

Please Call : 800-542-5384


A Southern California Law Firm

specializing in Criminal & Juvenile Law

Mark A. Gallagher is a highly experienced attorney who has successfully handled thousands of cases. Mr. Gallagher and his associates have appeared in virtually every courthouse in Southern California. The Southern California criminal justice system is highly complex and at times even finding the right courthouse is a daunting task. Wherever your legal matter is pending, we have the experience and skills to get you results.

We know what it feels like to have a loved one in jail. If you have a family member or friend held in any of the Southern California jails, we can assist with their immediate release. Call us before contacting a bondsman. Not only will we get you out of jail, but we will defend your case as well. Mr. Gallagher can often negotiate a lower bail amount and sometimes arrange for a release on your own recognizance. If a bond is required, Mr. Gallagher can help you easily obtain a bond with the best possible terms.

Avoiding jail is a goal of almost every client. Due to family and work commitments a jail sentence can often involve losing more than just the time served. Alternative sentencing is not available in every case and every case is different, but our office strives to find an alternative to jail whenever possible. If you want to find out if we can help you find an alternative to jail, call now and ask to speak directly with Mr. Gallagher.

Our office is currently accepting cases in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and San Diego County. If you are facing a criminal charge, don't face the system without an experienced lawyer on your side. If you have ever been to court before, you know that it feels like the entire system is working against you. Call now to get The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher on your side.

Please Call : 800-542-5384

About Attorney Mark A. Gallagher

BACKGROUND

I have been practicing law for 8 years in Southern California. I have always rooted for the underdog and I have always wanted to help others. In the world of criminal law, this makes me a defense attorney. If you have ever been to court or if you or a loved one has been arrested, you know that it feels as if the entire system is working against you. My goal is to be the one person who is on your side. I have developed strong relationships with the judges and prosecutors in Southern California that allow me to get results for my clients. I know when the time is right to take a deal and when a case should go to trial.

Many lawyers in Southern California call me for advice on criminal and juvenile law matters every day. Why hire someone else and have them seek my help when you can put me to work directly for you? I know my way around the system and I have the skills to make sure that your case does not become another statistic. You will receive personal service from beginning to end and I will take the time to get you the best possible result.

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Mark A. Gallagher

About Attorney 

BACKGROUND

I have been practicing law for 8 years in Southern California. I have always rooted for the underdog and I have always wanted to help others. In the world of criminal law, this makes me a defense attorney. If you have ever been to court or if you or a loved one has been arrested, you know that it feels as if the entire system is working against you. My goal is to be the one person who is on your side. I have developed strong relationships with the judges and prosecutors in Southern California that allow me to get results for my clients. I know when the time is right to take a deal and when a case should go to trial.

Many lawyers in Southern California call me for advice on criminal and juvenile law matters every day. Why hire someone else and have them seek my help when you can put me to work directly for you? I know my way around the system and I have the skills to make sure that your case does not become another statistic. You will receive personal service from beginning to end and I will take the time to get you the best possible result.

EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Criminal Defense

A Southern California Law Firm
specializing in Criminal & Juvenile Law

CRIMINAL LAW SERVICES
The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher can make the difference between jail and freedom in your criminal law case.   When you have been charged with a crime, you need someone who is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting your case.

We have experience dealing with virtually every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to murder.  Mr. Gallagher and his team have appeared in almost every criminal court in Southern California and no case is too small or too big for our office.   Every client will be treated with respect and given professional and effective legal representation.  Call us now to speak with an attorney immediately.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY

These charges are often seen together and the penalty can range from as little as a fine and probation, to as much as multiple years in prison.  If you have been in any kind of altercation and the police are involved, you need a lawyer now.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON  

Under California Penal Code Section 245, this crime can range from a misdemeanor with a county jail maximum, all the way to a violent felony carrying multiple years in prison and a "strike" prior.  If you are charged with this crime the details of your plea agreement or conviction are critical to determining your future.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Under the California Penal Code, any incident involving your "significant other" can be subject to the special rules and penalties of domestic violence law.  Even if no one was injured you can face penalties that include jail, the loss of your driver's license, and mandatory completion of a 52 week program.  These cases often involve restraining orders and other restrictions which will impact every aspect of your daily life.   You need a qualified and experienced attorney to help get you through this without additional penalties.

DRUG CHARGES

Drug charges include possession, sales, cultivation, trafficking, manufacturing and prescription fraud. California law provides many opportunities for treatment of drug offenders.   The law also provides severe penalties of incarceration for those who fail to comply with court ordered rehab.   You need a lawyer with the skills and knowledge to not only help get you into a rehab program but the experience to make sure you make it through to the other side.  If you have questions about Prop 36, PC1000, Drug Court, or any other type of drug case, call The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher now to get the answers.

GANG CHARGES

Gang charges or enhancements are some of the most serious charges you can face in a California courtroom.   As defined under California Penal Code Section 186.22, gang membership itself is not a crime.   However, active participation in a criminal street gang, and/or committing a felony at the direction of, in furtherarnce of, or for the benefit of a criminal street gang IS a crime.  In fact these crimes are classified as "strikes" in California, and subject to the three strike sentencing scheme which provides for a life sentence after two serious or violent prior felonies.    

Gang crimes are agressively prosecuted in California by specifically funded units within the District Attorneys office.  The Deputy District Attorneys assigned to these units are chosen within the department based on their skill and trial experience.   Being a member of this team is an elite position within the District Attorney's office, reserved for the best of the best.   Gang cops are also specially funded, trained, and selected.   If you are facing any type of gang charge, do NOT face the system alone, the consequences could be permanent.     

SEX CHARGES 

Sex cases include prostitution, internet crimes, child molest, rape, statutory rape, pimping, prowling, indecent exposure and lewd conduct.  Any time you are facing a sex charge the most important question is whether or not you will be required to register under Penal Code Section 290.   Registration as a sex offender is a LIFETIME penalty that includes public disclosure via Megan's Law.  

When you are facing charges for a sex offense, Courts will routinely request an investigation by the probation department to determine if you are suitable for treatment and probation.    Many sex crimes also require an evaluation performed by a psychiatrist pursuant to Penal code Section 288.1 before probation becomes a sentencing option.  

Navigating the maze of doctors, probation, police, and the court system requires skill and experience.  Do not attempt to represent yourself or wait and see what happens.   If you are facing a sex case, please call The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher immediately or call another lawyer, you need one.

THEFT CRIMES

From petty theft, to grand theft, from auto theft to robbery, Mr. Gallagher has successfully represented clients charged with all levels of theft crimes.  In a theft prosecution, the specific dollar amount or the method of theft can make a tremendous difference in the level of punishment.    

PROBATION VIOLATIONS

Probation violations can be based on any violation of the terms and conditions of your probation order.  Often times, law abiding citizens face probation violations for problems such as failure to pay fines or complete programs.   Health problems, transportation issues, and work commitments can trigger scheduling issues that make complying with a court order impossible.  If you are in violation or if a warrant has already been issued for your arrest, you need a lawyer immediately.   On most misdemeanor cases a qualified lawyer can have the warrant recalled and get an extension, reinstatement or modification to your probation. 

If you are facing a felony probation violation you likely are in custody or probation has issued a no bail warrant.  In this circumstance you need a good attorney to minimize the amount of custody time you will face.  Even on a felony probation violation, you are entitled to a hearing to determine whether or not you are in violation and whether or not you willfully violated the orders of probation.   With the potential for years in prison hanging over your head, knowing when to admit a violation and when to fight requires the assistance of experienced counsel. 

PROBATION MODIFICATIONS

Many people think that it's ok to take a plea if all they have to complete is a little community service or an anger management class.    These people will often be heard saying things like, "I was facing two years, and all I got was probation!"  These are the same people that will be sitting in a jail cell in a few months claiming that their lawyer made them plead guilty.

While there are certainly times when it is a good idea to take a deal, it is critical to understand how probation operates.  If you were facing two years and you got probation, you didn't get probation instead of the two years, you got probation with two years hanging over your head!

The reason for this is that every probationary sentence includes either jail time or prison time hanging over you.  If you comply with probation, you never see the time.  But if you are found in violation, all or part of the sentence hanging over you can be imposed at the discretion of the sentencing judge.

Any time that you are on probation you face the risk of jail time.  People on probation also have limited rights.   Most grants of probation include a "search and seizure" clause, a "no weapons" clause and other similar restrictions.   If you are on felony probation, the situation is even worse.   Felony probationers face the potential for a prison term, and felony probationers are routinely held without bail (meaning you are stuck in jail) when a violation is pending.

Who wants jail or prison time hanging over their head?   Probation can often be ended early upon application of the probationer.  If you have completed all of your probation requirements, contact us today to see if we can get you off probation early.  Once you are off probation, the risk of seeing that sentence is gone.

There are also situations where a person wants to comply with probation but they simply can't.   Maybe you have had financial problems or medical problems.  Maybe your life has simply changed since you were placed on probation.   Maybe you are now married to a person the court ordered you to stay away from....maybe you have children with that person.  If there has been a change, it is essential to request a modification to your probation terms before you are find in violation and sent to jail.  If you need an extension or any other modification to your probation terms, contact our office today.

EXPUNGEMENTS

The term "expungement" is commonly used to refer to cleaning up your record.   This term is actually misused because expungement implies that your record is erased when the motion is granted.  Under California law it doesn’t work that way.

While it is not possible to erase or expunge your record, it is possible to have the conviction set aside or the plea of guilty withdrawn.   A new plea of not guilty is then entered and the case is ordered dismissed.  The procedure for accomplishing this is found in Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code.

While this will not completely erase your record, it will sure make it look better.  Once your motion is granted you will also be permitted to lawfully deny the existence of the conviction in applications for employment to private employers.   Some government jobs or state licensed positions will still require disclosure, but even in that case the motion is still a good idea.

When someone is looking at your record, what will be the last thing that they see?  If you do nothing, the bottom line says "convicted".  If you have this motion granted, the bottom line says "dismissed".   Which person would you hire?

If you need help getting an old charge dismissed or "expunged", contact our office today to see if we can help you put your past behind you.

CLEANING YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD

If you have been convicted in the past of a criminal offense, you should seek legal advice to help clean your record. The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher have been assisting many people in cleaning up their criminal record. In today’s day and age, it is important to keep your record clean. Whether it be for job opportunity or just piece of mind, it is important to make sure your “rap sheet” remains as clean as possible. Here are some tips:

1) Hire the right
criminal defense attorney in the first place. Obviously, the better the attorney you have from the beginning, the greater chance you have to keep a clean record. The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher understand how important this is and have been helping clients in maintaining a clean record.

2) If you have already been convicted, seek consultation with our firm. We can assess whether the case can be reduced to a misdemeanor under 17(b) of the California Penal Code, or expunge the record under 1203.4 of the California Penal Code, or perhaps seek a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a Governor’s Pardon.

3) Even if you were merely arrested, but never charged, you still have that arrest on your record. The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher can assist you in removing the arrest from your record completely where the record of arrest itself is purged under 851.8 of the California Penal Code.

Whatever the situation, you need to maintain a clean record. This is especially true with young clients who have a bright future ahead of them and are still seeking a good career. Criminal convictions can cause many doors of opportunity to close. With many employers doing background checks these days, cleaning up your record is vital to keep doors of opportunity open. You can contact my law firm at anytime to discuss you particular situation and how we can best help you.

Firm Overview

A Southern California Law Firm
specializing in Criminal & Juvenile Law

Mark A. Gallagher is a highly experienced attorney who has successfully handled thousands of cases. Mr. Gallagher and his associates have appeared in virtually every courthouse in Southern California. The Southern California criminal justice system is highly complex and at times even finding the right courthouse is a daunting task. Wherever your legal matter is pending, we have the experience and skills to get you results.

We know what it feels like to have a loved one in jail. If you have a family member or friend held in any of the Southern California jails, we can assist with their immediate release. Call us before contacting a bondsman. Not only will we get you out of jail, but we will defend your case as well. Mr. Gallagher can often negotiate a lower bail amount and sometimes arrange for a release on your own recognizance. If a bond is required, Mr. Gallagher can help you easily obtain a bond with the best possible terms.

Avoiding jail is a goal of almost every client. Due to family and work commitments a jail sentence can often involve losing more than just the time served. Alternative sentencing is not available in every case and every case is different, but our office strives to find an alternative to jail whenever possible. If you want to find out if we can help you find an alternative to jail, call now and ask to speak directly with Mr. Gallagher.

Our office is currently accepting cases in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and San Diego County. If you are facing a criminal charge, don't face the system without an experienced lawyer on your side. If you have ever been to court before, you know that it feels like the entire system is working against you. Call now to get The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher on your side.

Testimonials

A Southern California Law Firm
specializing in Criminal & Juvenile Law


Testimonials
"Our son was facing life in prison on an attempted murder charge with gang enhancements.   The public defender told us the best deal we could get was 25 years and called my son an idiot for turning it down.  We hired Mr. Gallagher's office and our son will be paroled before his 30th birthday."

Linda B., mother of client Jesse B.

"I got a pulled over on my way back to San Diego one night.   I hired Mr. Gallagher's office so I could avoid making the trip back to Orange County to deal with the case.    I knew he would save me time and money but to my surprise the next call I received was to tell me the case had been dismissed entirely.  It was like it never happened.  No points, no fines, no school.  Needless to say, next time I need a lawyer my first call will be to the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher."

Client Chris E. 

"Mr. Gallagher helped get our family through a difficult time.   When I first heard that my son was arrested for a felony, we had no idea what to expect.   Mark answered our questions and guided us through the process step by step.  Any time we had an issue he was available and ready to help.   I am proud to say that today, my son's case is dismissed entirely and the whole proceeding is over.  I highly recommend the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher to anyone facing a criminal charge."

Dr. Solar B., father of client Shane B.

"I will never forget what you told me that first day in court.   You told me it would be a circus in there and you could not have been more right.   The system is a mess, but I always felt like everything would be OK having you on my side."

Client Carter H


Fullerton CA Criminal Defense Attorney

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