(California Penal Code Section 422, 667 AND 1192.7)



I was charged with assault with a deadly weapon (Penal Code Section 245(a)(1),  Criminal Threats (Penal Code Section 422(a) and Brandishing a Weapon (Penal Code Section 417(a)(1). I was looking at up to 8 years in custody for these offenses.

I hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent in this matter because of his familiarity with the Orange County Courts and the good results he has gotten in previous cases on similar charges. Mr. Bruzzo spoke with the District Attorney and the Judge on my case.

In the end he got the Criminal Threats REDUCED to a misdemeanor and then he got me sentenced [under the rules] of Veteran’s Court on the case. This means I do NO JAIL while I attend a program at county expense. Also, when I successfully complete the program ALL THE CHARGES will be DISMISSED and MY RECORD SEALED.

Mr. Bruzzo was able to get this deal despite considerable evidence against me. I am very happy with this result and I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any similar case or assault with a deadly weapon case.


I was arrested and charged with criminal threats also known as terrorist threats under California Penal Code Section 422, a felony. I denied this allegation from the beginning. After going through one private attorney and the public defender I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me. Mr. Bruzzo went to work to subpoena various documents which pointed toward my being innocent of the crime.  Mr. Bruzzo then negotiated with the District Attorney in an attempt to dismiss the case and showed them the evidence which pointed toward my innocence. Despite the fact Mr. Bruzzo was clearly very familiar with the District Attorneys and the courts he was unable to get the case dismissed. Part of the problem I was told is that I had a prior strike conviction for kidnapping as well as other felonies on my record. When the District Attorney refused to dismiss the case Mr. Bruzzo set it for trial. Because of my prior convictions it was too risky for me to testify and so I had to remain silent during the trial and not testify. This made my defense more difficult; however, Mr. Bruzzo proved to be a very able trial attorney as he pointed out the serious problems with the testimony of the “victim” and otherwise showed how poor the District Attorney’s case was with other witnesses and documentary evidence in support. Finally, the case went to the jury; in the end they came back NOT GUILTY. I walked out of the court room a free man. As such I would highly recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal matter.


The Client was charged with felony criminal terrorist threats (Penal Code Section 422) out of Orange County Superior Court. This charge carried a maximum of 3 years in state prison; however, the client also had a prior strike offense of residential burglary which doubled his exposure to 6 years. In addition the client had been to state prison on three prior occasions the last one being 5 years in duration. Each state prison prior increased the sentence by one year. As a result the client was looking at a 9-year total sentence. In the very first negotiation session with the District Attorney and the Judge he was able to convince the Judge to reduce the felony terrorist threat to a misdemeanor. By doing this Mr. Bruzzo removed the effect of the prior strike offense and the prison enhancement. In the end the client was sentenced to 20 DAYS, CREDIT TIME SERVED AND RELEASED. Mr. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the court and the personnel who work there made a huge difference in the client’s case.

I was charged with Penal Code Section 245(b) (Assault with a semiautomatic firearm), Penal Code 422 Section (Terrorist Threats) and Penal Code Section 12031(a)(1) and (a)(2)(B) (Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public); I faced a maximum of 15 years in prison for these offenses. However, I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me as he is familiar with the Orange County courts. Mr. Bruzzo conducted an investigation into this matter and then negotiated with the District Attorney. In the end Mr. Bruzzo got the Penal Code Sections 245(b) and 422 DISMISSED by the District Attorney; this was very fortunate because I would have had a strike on my record but for the dismissal of the Terrorist Threats charge. I had to plea guilty to carrying a loaded weapon because I had confessed it to a police officer. For this conviction I was sentenced to 6 months of jail; however, Mr. Bruzzo requested a stay on the jail sentence which gave me time to apply for HOME CONFINEMENT. Although it is very rare for someone with my charges to qualify for home confinement Mr. Bruzzo spoke personally with the people in charge of the home confinement program. In the end they gave me 6-months of home confinement instead of jail.  I truly believe that Mr. Bruzzo’s knowledge of the law, the District Attorney and the court in general was critical to the positive outcome of my case. I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal matter.

Date: 9/21/04

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Criminal Threats

William W. Bruzzo
335 Centennial Way
Tustin, CA 92780
714 547-4636


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