OC Weekly Best Lawyer 2019

OC Weekly recognizes and endorses Correen Ferrentino as Best Lawyer 2019. Here's what they have to say about us: "Correen Ferrentino is among the most competent private attorneys in the area. Ferrentino excels at plotting wise trial strategies, writing groundbreaking...

Correen Ferrentino Achieves Best Lawyers 2020 by 100% Peer Review

It is with great honor that Ferrentino & Associates announces the inclusion of attorney Correen Ferrentino in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers of America for exceptional work in Criminal Defense.  This selection by our peers is incredibly meaningful, as it...

Federal Court Tulsa, Oklahoma

Defense Against Insurance Fraud Charges We have taken on a federal case in Oklahoma where 3 physicians and 5 marketers are facing insurance fraud charges. Our client, one of the physicians, is charged with violating anti-kickback laws as well as other criminals...

Dismissal of DUID Charges in Harbor Court, Orange County

Optimized Criminal Defense Most people are familiar with DUIs involving alcohol consumption, however many do not know that they can also be arrested and charged for a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) even with drugs that have been prescribed by their...

OC Weekly Best Lawyer 2019

OC Weekly recognizes and endorses Correen Ferrentino as Best Lawyer 2019.

Here’s what they have to say about us:

“Correen Ferrentino is among the most competent private attorneys in the area. Ferrentino excels at plotting wise trial strategies, writing groundbreaking motions and swaying juries…”

“In People v. James Toledano, Ferrentino convinced the California Court of Appeal to abandon its prior support of an extortion conviction and call for a new trial, a feat rarely seen in the state.”

“Few, if any of her colleagues, have accomplished more this year alone…”

If you or a loved one is in need of legal counsel, get help from an experienced professional.  Call Ferrentino & Associates to build your defense (714) 973-2024

 

Correen Ferrentino Achieves Best Lawyers 2020 by 100% Peer Review

It is with great honor that Ferrentino & Associates announces the inclusion of attorney Correen Ferrentino in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers of America for exceptional work in Criminal Defense.  This selection by our peers is incredibly meaningful, as it illustrates both the firm’s relevance in Criminal Defense, as well as our recognition nationwide.  Best Lawyers is the longest standing and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. The list of Best Lawyer’s outstanding lawyers is produced through extensive and exhaustive peer review surveys with tens of thousands of leading lawyers who confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  To continue to receive recognition, lawyers must maintain votes in following polls for each edition. There is in no way the ability to pay a fee to participate or be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Of the total 8.3 million reviewed, less than 1% garnered of lawyers garnered enough votes to qualify and be included in the 26th edition of Best Lawyers.

To receive this endorsement among millions and millions of other lawyers whom had been considered is a fantastic milestone for our firm.

Our official Best Lawyers 2020 badge is coming soon!

Juvenile Client, Convicted of murder facing 40 years to life, Released after 2 years in juvenile facility

Our client was convicted of Murder, who was unarmed in the ninth car in a drive by shooting when he was 17 was tried as an adult and facing 40-year to life. This week he has gotten his life back and was ordered released from custody after attorney Correen Ferrentino successfully argued at his previous hearing that his case should remain in juvenile court and he should be sentenced to 2 years in a juvenile facility. The client preformed exceptionally well in custody and earned a certificate as a firefighter. He hopes to go on to become an architect. We not only celebrate our client’s release but his willingness to avail himself of this second chance.

If you need legal help, contact us today (714)973-2420

Federal Court Tulsa, Oklahoma

Defense Against Insurance Fraud Charges

We have taken on a federal case in Oklahoma where 3 physicians and 5 marketers are facing insurance fraud charges. Our client, one of the physicians, is charged with violating anti-kickback laws as well as other criminals offenses.

Keith A. Ward, who represents Parks, has stated that the prosecution is “illogical” in that the “government only got this matter partially correct. It is correct that a conspiracy existed. But, the object of the conspiracy was to comply with the law, not violate it.”.  He further explained that “every bit of the government’s evidence will demonstrate a commitment by the defendants to operate within the law.”

We look forward to defending his medical practice and building a solid defense.

If you are facing business or insurance fraud charges, call or message us today to start building your defense.

(714) 973-2024

Ferrentino & Associates Files Writ for Son of Former “Real Housewives of OC” in Judge’s Ruling in Inmate Phone Scandal Case

Each and every day, we are honored to see the hard work of Ferrentino & Associates upholding principles of justice.  The notion that all are entitled to a fair trial and deemed innocent until proven guilty ought not be taken lightly.

So when I was alerted to the case of Josh Waring, son of a former #realhousewivesofoc , and the Orange County Sheriff  Departments illegal recording of his phone calls in the jail while acting as his own attorney, and providing them to the prosecution, I could not say no to the opportunity to step in to file an immediate writ (like an appeal) for dismissal of the case based on the defendant’s now compromised trial strategy.

Several news blogs, including mynewsla.com and patch.com have written articles about the case and the writ request for  dismissal which we filed.  Click the links to view the articles.

Dismissal of DUID Charges in Harbor Court, Orange County

Optimized Criminal Defense

Most people are familiar with DUIs involving alcohol consumption, however many do not know that they can also be arrested and charged for a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) even with drugs that have been prescribed by their doctor.  Clearly this sort of case can be complicated, since it involves the medical instructions from doctors and pharmacists and a ‘grey’ area of use when compared to the more objective BAC (blood alcohol content) measure during DUIs involving alcohol.  At Ferrentino & Associates, we have decades of experience building solid defense for our clients in both DUIs and DUIDs cases.

We recently secured a dismissal in a DUID case (driving under the influence of drugs) in the Harbor Justice Center. 
Our client suffered a prior traumatic brain injury and was taking prescribed medication. We demonstrated the significance of her physical condition despite the prescription medication and obtained expert opinions from a neurologist and a toxicologist, resulting in a dismissal on the day of trial. If you are facing DUID charges, call or message us today to start building your defense.
(714) 973-2024

Petition Resentencing for Felony Convictions Under Natural and Probable Causes Theory

It is essential that you file a petition for resentencing of felony murder under SB.1437 only if you believe you are eligible.

If you are petitioning and the court rules that you were the actual killer—not an accomplice—you can also be charged for perjury which will add additional time to your sentence. Those eligible for resentencing under SB 1437 are:
1. Certain accomplices to the underlying felony who were convicted of first degree felony murder
2. Accomplices convicted under natural and probable consequences doctrine
3. Those who were convicted of second degree felony murder

Restorecal.org offers a petition template free to use, as well as a more in depth guide to resentencing.

 

Contact Ferrentino & Associates today if you feel you may be eligible for felony murder resentencing under SB 1437

SB 1437 Enables Resentencing in Felony Murder and Natural and Probable Consequence Murder Convictions

After January 1, 2019, many Defendants convicted of murder in California under the felony murder rule or the natural and probable consequence theory will have the opportunity, regardless of age of their conviction, to petition the trial court to vacate their murder conviction.  This applied to many individuals serving life for in prison for a murder they did not intend. California Senate Bill 1437, effective January 1, 2018, will provide, pursuant to California Penal Code Section 1437 a means of vacating the conviction and then re-sentencing  a defendant when a complaint, information, or indictment was filed against the defendant that allowed the prosecution to proceed under a theory of first degree felony murder or murder under the natural and probable consequences doctrine.

The purpose of Senate Bill 1437 signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is to amend the century old legal status of California’s felony murder rule.  Existing law holds people liable for first degree murder under various broad-scope conditions. Some of these include felony acts, like robberies, where the individual did not have the intent to kill or aid in a killing, despite it occuring.  

The bill is meant to ensure that murder liability, or essentially being an accomplice to murder, is not imposed on someone who wasn’t the actual killer, wasn’t a major participant in the underlying felony, as well as not acting with an intent kill or reckless indifference for life.  Those persons who may have killed without these pretense or conditions, ought not be charged for murder to the same degree of which someone who willfully killed or participated in the killing in a major role. To conflate an intentional, malicious act to take life is surely different than an incidental killing.

Another important aspect of this bill is that law enforcement will have a better position to prosecute the actual killer, since any co-defendants who did not intend to kill nor had reckless indifference to human life will not fear felony first degree murder prosecution and can thereby be incentivized to talk truthfully about what took place.

If you or a loved one has been charged and convicted of murder where the prosecution relied on the felony murder rule or the natural and probable consequence theory, give us a call today at (714) 973-2024 to discuss the case and the opportunities for reversing the conviction.

 

National Exonerations: Ferrentino’s Successful Appeal Releases Martinez After 9 years in Prison

Update: Martinez Rodriguez is added to the National Registry of Exonerations After Successful Retrial by Ferrentino

In late February 2018, Rodrigo Martinez was added to the National Registry of Exonerations. After he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 year to life, Ferrentino, along with his appellate attorney, worked to reverse his conviction, and at re-trial Ferrentino obtained an acquittal on all charges. Martinez was freed 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 9 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯 .

Speak with Ferrentino & Associates today to find out how we can help you.

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The Case of Rodrigo Martinez

In September 2005, Rodrigo Martinez of Garden Grove, California, was carrying his girlfriend’s 7-month-old daughter, Diana. He tripped, fell, and twisted his ankle while holding her, but Diana did not appear injured from the fall. The landlady saw Martinez after he had fallen and noticed that he was holding the baby tightly. She reported that the baby did not appear abnormal and was not crying.

Several days later, Martinez woke the landlady and her husband, to tell them that Diana was sick. They called the paramedics and Martinez left to go pick up Diana’s mother, his girlfriend Alma, from work. The two then went to the hospital. The next morning at the hospital Diana died.

After visiting the hospital to see Rodrigo and Alma, the landlord drove Martinez home to “get rid of” something, later reporting that he saw Martinez toss a gun from the car as they were driving back to the hospital. Gutierrez later found the gun and turned it in to law enforcement.

The doctor who performed Diana’s autopsy, Dr. Anthony Juguilon, reported Diana died as a result of blunt trauma and a forceful blow to the head. He testified Diana had a rib fracture and various other brain injuries, some recent and others weeks old at the point of death. Upon hearing that Martinez had tried to get rid of a gun, Dr. Juguilon said Diana’s injuries could have easily been the result of blunt force involving a gun.

Police interviewed Martinez again, and he changed his story several times over the course of the investigation regarding the cause of Diana’s death, leading to an appearance of guilt.

Martinez’ family members, who were out of the country at the time all this was occurring, hired an attorney they had never met  to represent him at trial. The attorney failed to present any of the expert medical evidence regarding Diana’s actual cause of death and time of injury and Martinez was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Attorney Ferrentino Obtains Exoneration for Rodrigo Martinez

Martinez’s attorney failed to effectively make Martinez’ case, and as a result Martinez was sent to prison.. Martinez appealed his case, this time represented by Attorney Marleigh Kopas, who found Doctor’s reports in the trial attorney’s file which concluded that Diana’s head injured had happened at least 7-10 days before she died, putting Martinez’ guilt in question.

Attorney Correen Ferrentino represented Martinez at his evidentiary hearing in the habeas corpus proceeding and brought in an expert witness to testify that Diana’s injuries were inflicted 7-10 days before her death and that there was no real evidence that she had been hit with a pistol, leading the court to conclude that Martinez’s attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel and he was denied a fair trial.  After a 12-day hearing, Martinez’ conviction was vacated.

Attorney Ferrentino Represents Martinez at Re-Trial and Secured his Acquittal after Jury Trial, Exonerating him after 9 Years in Prison

But the prosecution retried Martinez for murder.  Ferrentino represented Martinez at re-trial and presented multiple forensic experts regarding the time and cause of Diana’s fatal injury.  She also presented character evidence about how careful and caring Martinez was with Diana. After three weeks of trial, the jury unanimously voted Not Guilty and Martinez was released from custody after 9 years in prison.  He is now married with a child of his own and visits Ferrentino & Associates when in town.

Rodrigo Martinez is now a free man and you can learn more about his case by checking out The National Registry of Exonerations.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern California

Attorney Ferrentino and our entire team at Ferrentino & Associates are proud to have served Martinez and help him regain his freedom. We are also proud to serve many others like him and we will continue to use our time, talents, and collective experience to help wrongly convicted persons achieve justice. If you or someone you loved has been unfairly tried or unfairly convicted of a crime and subsequently punished, we can help.

Call (714) 973-2024 today or  contact us online to schedule your free case review with a member of our legal team today.