Criminal Defense

Dedicated Fresno attorney defends individuals facing the criminal justice system

There is nothing easy about being charged with a crime, but fear and frustration can be significantly reduced when you work with a specialized lawyer. At the Law Office of David R. Mugridge in Fresno, I have spent decades protecting the rights of individuals accused of crimes in Central California as a criminal law specialist certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. I am ready to stand by your side, too.

Experienced Central California lawyer handles violent crime cases

When the possibility of jail or prison time exists, the defense you present is of the utmost importance. I will work diligently to resolve your case in a way that allows you to move forward with your life, whether that includes arguing to have your charges dropped, negotiating a fair plea deal or seeking exoneration. I am skilled in handling the most difficult cases, including those involving:

  • Domestic violence and assault — Domestic violence and assault and battery can be tried as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. Being convicted of these crimes can result in a restraining order, fines, incarceration and restriction of rights.
  • Murder and the death penalty — More than 700 people are on death row in California, where prosecutors can seek capital punishment for defendants convicted of homicide or treason. My criminal law specialization qualifies me to take on death penalty cases.

I also handle parole and probation matters for violent crimes and work with juvenile offenders.

Skilled attorney provides representation for drug and alcohol violations

Being charged with criminal drug or alcohol use can cause lasting consequences. It is not advisable to accept a plea deal or enter a plea without a lawyer’s counsel, as there are options that can be pursued to have cases dismissed or charges reduced. I am experienced in cases involving:

  • DUI — Strict penalties exist for impaired drivers in California, especially repeat offenders. I will examine whether police followed proper protocol during the stop and arrest and whether any mitigating circumstances may have resulted in a false positive blood-alcohol test.
  • Drug crimes — In California, nonviolent drug offenses can be tried in special drug courts designed to minimize incarceration and increase rehabilitation. will work to find the most favorable resolution to your case.

I often help my clients avoid criminal trials so they can resolve their troubles with less financial and emotional strain.

Practiced lawyer offers strategic legal defense for white collar crimes

California can charge individuals with tax evasion, insurance fraud, securities and commodities fraud, intellectual property theft, money laundering, and more. After taking a close look at your actions, I can present a thorough argument on your behalf. I will work to have your charges dismissed or to attain a deal or sentence that is on par with the particularities of your case.