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Brandishing a Weapon

I was charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon [Penal Code Section 245(a)(1)], Felony Criminal Threats [Penal Code Section 422(a)], Misdemeanor Brandishing a deadly weapon [Penal Code Section 417(a)(1) and  Misdemeanor Carrying a Switch-Blade Knife on Person [Penal Code Section 21510(b)].

I was looking at up to 6 years in prison for these offenses.

A 12-year-old neighbor boy was bullying my 8-year-old daughter almost weekly . My 8-year-old suffered horribly and was afraid to go outside.

I went to the parents of the boy almost weekly to complain. Although they were sympathetic to me they explained, sometimes tearfully, that they could do nothing with their son.  Finally after 15 months of this conduct I exercised bad judgement and threatened the boy with a knife to get him to stop bullying my child. I had no intention of hurting the boy, yet the damage was done and I was arrested and charged with felonies.

We hired Will Bruzzo to represent me. Mr. Bruzzo went to battle with the District Attorney’s office who very hostile to my case [I had no record].  However he persuaded the Judge to reduce my felonies to misdemeanors [over the District Attorney’s objection]. Then he persuaded another Judge [over the District Attorney’s objection] to offer me Court Diversion [Penal Code Section 1001.95] and eventually DISMISS the case. .

I am very happy with this result and I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threats, brandishing a deadly weapon and  Carrying a Switch-Blade Knife on Person case.

Date:  05/21/2024                                                                        DP

My father and I had an argument with neighbors who we have had problems with for many years; they claimed that my father had shown them a gun in a threatening manner [Unlawfully drawing and exhibiting a deadly weapon, Penal Code Section 417(a)(1)]; this charge carries a minimum of 30 days jail. My father was arrested and charged with the offense. Mr. Will Bruzzo was recommended to us by another criminal defense attorney who thought Mr. Bruzzo would be a better fit for us and the crime. Mr. Bruzzo appeared many times in court and negotiated hard with the prosecutor. Part of the evidence was that video showed my father with a weapon; however, the video was unclear at best; finally Mr. Bruzzo set the matter for trial. A few days after the trial was supposed to begin the Prosecutor DISMISSED the case. We are very happy with this result and we would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Unlawfully Exhibiting/Drawing a Weapon, Penal Code Section 417(a)(1), or similar criminal matter. Date: 1-29-16


I was charged in Orange County with four misdemeanor counts: A violation of Penal Code Section 417(a)(2)(A) [Brandishing a Firearm Capable of Being Concealed on the Person in Public]; Penal Code Section 242 [Battery on another Person]; Penal Code Section 25400(a)(1)/(c)(7) [Concealed Firearm in Vehicle]; and Penal Code Section 25850(a)/(c)(7) [Carrying a loaded firearm on person or in vehicle]. I was alleged to have pointed my gun at a person and gotten into a physical altercation with him when I was trying to protect a family member. While I did have numerous weapons on me at the time of the incident, the allegations that I had pointed it at the person or gotten into a physical altercation were false. I initially hired a Los Angeles attorney who was recommended by a friend. The serious problem I faced in this matter was that Brandishing a Firearm [Penal Code Section 417(a) (2) (A)] requires a minimum of 30 days in jail. Because I had numerous but legally owned firearms on me at the time of the incident the Orange County District Attorney was going to require me to do 90 days in jail. Obviously this was very upsetting because I have never been in trouble in my life and I was just trying to protect a family member and although I might have overreacted I thought this offer was unjust; in addition, it would have probably costs me my job. I then found Orange County Attorney Mr. Will Bruzzo on the internet. Mr. Bruzzo thought the sentence proposed by the District Attorney appeared inappropriate. He then told me that every criminal defendant should hire the “local guy” to appear in the local court. Otherwise, you have an individual who is unfamiliar with the courts, the District Attorney and the Judge and is thus much less effective for the client. I hired Mr. Bruzzo. He made two appearances and was able to persuade the District Attorney to DISMISS the brandishing charge AND DISMISS the Battery Charge... Date: 4-28-14


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. Date: 9-25-13


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