A small sample of cases:
Client was charged with possessing a loaded firearm and assaulting someone with it. The case was dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing.
Client was arrested for breaking into a home where she was found inside by the police and arrested for Burglary. Client was only convicted of "misdemeanor tresspassing" and received NO jail time.
What became known as the "Power Ranger Murder" case, client was charged with stabbing an individual to death during an altercation. The district attorney wanted 40 years to life. Following a muliti-day preliminary hearing, the district attorney changed their position. Client entered a plea to "manslaughter" and received a 6-year sentence.
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON ON A POLICE OFFICER
Client was shot by police officers. The officers then fabricated a story to cover-up the bad shooting. Client was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Following a jury trial, client was "acquitted" (found "not guilty"). A subsequent civil lawsuit followed against the officers and the City. The case settled for a substantial sum of money. Representation included trial strategy, drafting motions, criminal and civil discovery, preparing direct and cross examination, and drafting a lawsuit against the City.
FELONY CONSPIRACY AND EMBEZZLEMENT
Client was charged with multiple felonies, including conspiracy and embezzlement. The district attorney wanted 18 years in jail and $600,000 in restitution. After a 2 1/2 year court battle, including multiple successful defense motions, and a multi-week preliminary hearing, which the Court described as "among the most complicated, if not the most complicated case I've ever heard in 37 years" - the client received NO jail, NO restitution, and was convicted of only one count of "misappropriation of funds". Client only received 36 months probation. At sentencing, the judge stated to Mr. Bell's client in open court - "your attorney did a remarkably good job".
FELONY POSSESSION AND SALE OF DRUGS
Client was arrested for possession of over 50 lbs of drugs in his home which was raided by LAPD. He was charged with multiple felonies. Client was only convicted of violating Section 415 of the Penal Code, "Disturbing the peace". The conviction was an "infraction" resulting in no jail time.
FELONY - MULTIPLE SEX CRIMES
Client was charged with multiple sex crimes. After several months in court, which included hearings and defense motions, the case was dismissed by the court over objections by the district attorney.
FELONY DRUNK DRIVING CAUSING INJURY
Client was charged with felony drunk driving following a traffic accident on the freeway. She was convicted of only "misdemeanor" 647(f) pc, "Drunk in Public" and received no jail time.
MARIJUANA DISPENSARY CRIME
Client was charged with 8 criminal counts related to the operation of a marijuana dispensary. He was convicted of only ONE count, an "infraction", resulting in no jail time and a small fine.
FELONY POSSESSION, SALES OF DRUGS
Client was in a vehicle that was stopped by the police. During a search of the vehicle, drugs were found. Client was charged with multiple felonies, including sales, possession and transportation of drugs. Following defense motions, including a Motion to Suppress Evidence and a Motion to Dismiss, the Court dismissed the case.
FELONY ARSON - INSURANCE FRAUD
Client was a 13 year firefighter from a major fire department. He was accused of intentionally starting a fire and making a false insurance claim. He was charged with multiple felonies and suspended from his job. Mr. Bell successfully had all felonies dismissed with one conviction for a minor misdemeanor. Despite this, the City moved forward attempting to terminate his employment. The client had retained separate attorneys to contest his termination. However, the client lost faith in his lawyers and asked Mr. Bell to take over. Mr. Bell handled the employment case and won. The client was reinstated to his job as a firefighter and received full back-pay for the entire time he was suspended.