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Antonio J. Bestard
Attorney At Law
Southern California criminal defense attorney Antonio J. Bestard is justifiably proud of his consistent record of successful results for clients throughout California charged with a serious felony crime. Antonio J. Bestard is a thorough investigator, skilled negotiator and tenacious litigator offering creative and unique legal solutions based on a comprehensive knowledge of California and Federal law. He has been consistently recognized by his legal peers and earned the grudging respect of his legal adversaries after winning the complex, high-profile cases usually avoided by less savvy attorneys.
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The following is a brief overview of some of Antonio J. Bestard's legal success stories over the past twenty years, including multiple cases in which he was able to see a client acquitted or a verdict overturned after his thorough investigation and preparation located a legal technicality or loophole.
MURDER - After a client’s actions resulted in a murder charge, Antonio J. Bestard was able to identify a legal technicality that resulted in a dismissal on all charges.
THREE STRIKES - Antonio J. Bestard has convinced the court numerous times to dismiss an individual strike in order to obtain a favorable result for his client. He has also identified alternatives, like drug counseling, to assist clients in avoiding strikes on their records. Recently, Antonio J. Bestard convinced a court to strike four strikes on a case, after the district attorney’s only offer was a life sentence on the case. Because of Antonio J. Bestard s ability to persuade the court to show mercy, in one of the most punishing and notorious counties on the three strike issue, the client was able to avoid a life sentence, and could look forward to a day when the prison gates would open to his freedom.
SEARCH EVIDENCE - Antonio J. Bestard was able to suppress evidence found in a car by the police, leaving the prosecution with no evidence and no choice but to drop all charges against his client.
DISMISSAL - Antonio J. Bestard represented a client facing two murder charges, a potential death penalty case. At the preliminary hearing he was able to convince the court to dismiss the murder charges.
DUI/DMV - Representing a client charged with a DUI and a blood alcohol level of .30+, Antonio J. Bestard was able to save the client’s driving license by winning a hearing with the DMV.
DUI - Representing a client charged with a second felony DUI, Antonio J. Bestard was able to arrange for home arrest, thus saving his client’s job.
DUI ACCIDENT - While representing a client charged with felony DUI and a resultant motor vehicle accident, Antonio J. Bestard was able to utilize effective legal research and challenge a particular point of law the prosecutor believed applied to the case. This resulted in a favorable outcome for his client, even though the accident involved a CHP officer.
DUI / DMV/WRIT - After the DMV ruled against a client in a DMV hearing, Antonio J. Bestard challenged the ruling in the Superior Court by filing a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus. After a hearing in the Superior Court, and over the objections of the DMV, Antonio J. Bestard was able to convince the court that the DMV was wrong and had the court reverse the decision of the DMV suspending the client’s license.
MURDER TRIAL - A client was charged with running down the street and killing a neighbor in cold blood in front of many witnesses. Attorney was able to convince a jury that the client was not guilty of murder but of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, thus the client was able to avoid a life sentence, and could look forward to a day when he would be free.
TRIAL WIN - A client was charged with burglarizing a house. The owner of the house came home in the course of the burglary and chased the burglar out of the house. The homeowner identified the client as being the burglar. After a tough fought trial, Attorney was able to convince the jury that the client was not guilty, whereupon the client walked out of the courtroom into the loving arms of his mother.
Glendora - Azusa - San Dimas - La Verne - Claremont - Montclair - Covina West Covina - Walnut Ca - Chino Hills - Hacienda Heights - Upland - Eastvale - Brea Corona - Fulerton - La Habra - All of Los Angeles County - Riversdie County - Orange County
People vs A. Lopez KA - 112437 NOT GUILTY PC 288a(f) 10/28/2016
Reyes vs Chavez KQ - 021740 Restraining Order Denied 03/13/2017
KA - 079315 PC 187(A) Jury Verdict*
KA - 101342 PC 187(A) Jury Verdict*
KA - 112437 PC 288A(F) Jury Verdict**
GA - 086514 PC 211 Jury Verdict
KA - 083187 PC 187(a) Jury Verdict*
BA - 329116 PC 187(a) Jury Verdict*
KA - 060321 PC 664/187(a) Jury Verdict
BA - 426228 PC 288 Jury Verdict
KA - 065209 VC 10851(a) Grand Theft Auto, PC 496 Felony Receiving Stolen Property Guilty Verdict & Hung Jury (Dismissed) **
KA - 101863 PC 211 Jury Verdict
GA - 090436 VC 0851(a) Jury Verdict
BA - 432216 PC 211 Jury Verdict
KA - 106861 PC 459 Jury Verdict
KA - 109983 PC 207 Jury Verdict
KA - 102082 PC 664/187(a) Jury Verdict
BA - 282606 PC 187(a) Special Circumstance Jury Verdict*
KA - 031387 PC 187(a) Special Circumstance Jury Verdict*
KA - 094070 PC 459 Jury Verdict
KA - 065472 Murder PC 187(a), Attempted Murder 2 cts. 664/187, Attempted Murder 2 cts. 245(a) Jury Verdict **
* - Convicted of a lesser crime or penalty.
** - Not Guilty
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The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
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