Orange County Criminal Law

Testimonials of clients of Orange County Criminal Attorney Will Bruzzo who were charged with robbery.

I experienced some mental health issues later in life and ended up committing a crime and needing the services of Attorney Will Bruzzo. During a psychotic episode I committed a theft in the presence of a store manager and allegedly used force to try and take the item. I was charged with Penal Code Section 211 (Robbery) which is a strike offense and carries up to 5 years in prison.

My family was referred to Mr. Bruzzo by another lawyer and he began representing me by appearing in court with me. I was still in a psychotic state at the time and Mr. Bruzzo worked with my family to lower my bail and get me out of jail and into treatment so I could be stabilized.

After leaving jail I was admitted into a facility and stabilized with medications and therapy. I recovered quickly. Mr. Bruzzo advised me and my family of a fairly new program in California called Mental Health Diversion [Penal Code Section 1001.36].  This program permits an individual to pause the criminal proceedings while undergoing a structured plan of mental health treatment which has been approved by the Judge. Once the approved mental health plan is completed the charges against the Defendant are Dismissed.  Mr. Bruzzo felt I was a good candidate for that program because of my lack of a record, high education level and some of the mitigating facts of my crime. Mr. Bruzzo told me he had gotten other clients into the same program.

I was evaluated by a court approved psychologist who was chosen by Mr. Bruzzo. She found me a good candidate for Mental Health Diversion and her report indicating such was submitted to the Court along with a Petition requesting Mental Health Diversion drafted by Mr. Bruzzo.

In the end the court GRANTED my request to stop the criminal proceedings and permit me to complete a program we submitted to the court.
Once I complete the program all the CHARGES WILL BE DISMISSED and I will even be able to get my ARREST SEALED. I will not be sentenced to any jail time and I will never plead guilty to the offense.
I am very happy with this result and I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Penal Code Section 211 (Robbery) and/or Mental Health Diversion [Penal Code Section 1001.36] matter.

Date 5-29-20

I was charged with Robbery, Penal Code Section 211/212.5(c) for alleging taking a phone from someone.
I was facing up to 5 years in prison for this offense.  I hired attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me. Mr. Bruzzo argued with the District Attorney that the facts of the case did not amount to a robbery. When the District Attorney did not listen, Mr. Bruzzo set the matter for a Preliminary Hearing.
After the Police Officers testified at the hearing and Mr. Bruzzo cross-examined them, he argued that the case should be dismissed because I did not have the intent to rob the victim.
The Judge agreed with Mr. Bruzzo and case was DISMISSED!
This is my second time hiring Mr. Bruzzo and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any Penal Code Section 211/212.5(c) case.

Date 7-25-19


I took items from a store without paying for them. The Loss Prevention people at the store confronted me at the exit of the store. They claimed that I fought with them and did not abandon the stolen property.
As a result I was charged with two counts of felony Robbery (Penal Code Section 211), one for each Loss Prevention Officer I allegedly fought with. I was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance (Health and Safety Code Section 11550) and False Identifying Information to a Peace Officer (Penal Code Section 148.9) and keeping lost property without permission (Penal Code Section 485). I was looking at a maximum of about 7 years in prison for these offenses.
I hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me. Mr. Bruzzo was recommend by another lawyer who is also a friend. Mr. Bruzzo demanded certain items from the prosecution to include a video tape of the alleged struggle between me and the loss prevention people. When the Prosecution said the video was “lost”, Mr. Bruzzo threatened to file a special motion to dismiss the matter.
In the end, the Robbery Charges [Penal Code Section 211], the Under the Influence Charge [Health and Safety Code Section 11550], the False Identification to a Peace Officer [Penal Code Section 148.9]  were  all DISMISSED.
I pled guilty to misdemeanor Petty Theft, Misdemeanor Battery Charges and Misdemeanor Keeping Lost property, with credit for time served [8 days].
I am very happy with this result and grateful.

Date 2-23-16


I was charged with Penal Code Section 211 [robbery], a felony. [Robbery in this case was taking items from a store without paying for them by force or fear; this carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison]  Mr. Bruzzo got this charge dismissed and instead I pleaded to a misdemeanor disturbing the peaces [Penal Code Section 415] and an infraction [Penal Code Section 490.1]. I was given no probation and no jail time. Mr. Bruzzo’s vast experience got me a favorable result in my case.


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Please contact Mr. Bruzzo on any criminal matter at (714) 547-4636.

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