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Attorney Mark S. DevoreMark S. Devore has practiced criminal law exclusively since graduating from law school in 1992. After two years representing Florida police agencies on matters related to criminal asset forfeiture, he returned to California, where he served nearly four years in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office representing individuals charged with serious crimes in jury trials at all six county branch courts. He opened his sole practice in 1998, concentrating on criminal trials and appeals. Widely-recognized for his knowledge, skill, and integrity, Mr. Devore has been highly praised by judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys throughout the nation.

Mr. Devore has been appointed by the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside County Appellate Divisions to represent indigent defendants on appeal. In addition to multiple state and federal jurisdictions, he is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has successfully handled criminal trials and appeals before courts in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Ventura counties, as well as throughout Florida. He is also well-known for his cross-over knowledge between immigration law and criminal law, often being retained by non-citizens facing deportation on account of past criminal convictions. Since 2001, Mr. Devore has served as a temporary Superior Court judge in several Orange County courts, presiding over traffic and small claims cases.

Practice Areas:

  • Trials - Felonies, Misdemeanors, DUI/DMV
  • Writs and Appeals
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Admitted:
1992, Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1994, California, Colorado, District of Columbia; 1998, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2006, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education:
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, J.D. 1992.
Dean’s Honors List
Academic Scholarship Recipient
University of California, Los Angeles, California B.A.1989.
Dean’s Honors List
Political Science Honor Society
National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia 1993
Certificate in Trial Advocacy

Memberships:
Member: California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Board of Governors 2001-2006); Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association; California Appellate Defense Counsel; Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section.

 













People v. LW (LAX Court) - Client charged with DUI. Breath test .08. Charges reduced to traffic infraction and case dismissed with traffic school.
People v. S. G. (Riverside) - Appellate Division unanimously reverses client’s misdemeanor trespass conviction due to error in jury instructions.
People v. J.V. (Santa Ana) - Appellate Division unanimously reverses client's trespass conviction, ruling that 1) trial court committed multiple errors relating to jury instructions; and 2) even if jury had been correctly instructed, no reasonable jury could have found client guilty. CASE DISMISSED.
People v. S.D. (Santa Ana) - Appellate Division reverses client's jail sentence and five misdemeanor convictions relating to impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest. Appellate Division rules that trial court violated client's constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury.
People v. J.Z. (Santa Ana) - Court of Appeal reverses client's 4-year sentence and conviction for felony residential burglary involving $30,000 worth of jewelry due to faulty jury instructions.
People v. D.M. – (Santa Ana) - Superior Court dismisses multi-count rape indictment based on District Attorney’s withholding evidence from the Grand Jury.
People v. E.R. (Santa Ana) - Client charged with posessing heroin for sale after police searched her house pursuant to a search warrant. Motion to Dislcose Confidential Informant granted
CASE DISMISSED
People v. T.T. (Newport Beach) - Client charged with possession of burglary tools after probation search yielded master keys and keymaking equipment. Client confessed to making keys and attempting to break into storage units. Confession supressed for Miranda violation.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. C.H. (Santa Ana) - Client stopped for traffic violation, charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale. Motion to suppress granted.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. V.L - (Santa Ana) - Client charged with vandalism for slashing ex-wife's boyfriend's car tires. Client confessed to crime on video. Confession suppressed as being unlawfully obtained.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. S.N. (LAX Court) - Client charged with DUI after .09 breath test. Charges reduced to aiding and abetting a speed contest.
People v. T.I. - (Laguna Niguel) - Client charged with DUI, refusing blood alcohol test, and hit and run.
Case reduced to wet reckless.
People v. C.S. (San Diego) - Court of Appeal reverses client's 10-year sentence and convictions for possession of drugs and stolen credit cards due to unlawful search and seizure

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