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Mary Bernal

Criminal defense Attorney at Rancho Cucamonga, CA

5.0   26 reviews

also known as True Vine Justice

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mary

Learn Mary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Practice of Criminal Defense in all areas of Criminal Law

  2. Mediation

I’ve have personally been an Attorney for over 22 years. I’ve worked for the court system, the private sector, and governmental agencies, which included the Counties of Los Angeles and Riverside. I began my career in Civil Litigation advocating for the Civil Rights of my clients and transitioned into the Criminal Justice System. After working in governmental agencies I then moved into the private sector and have now been in private practice for over 18 years.  My team and I are knowledgeable, we care about our clients and are experienced, we each bring the gifts and talents that were given to us to help our clients.

Our Approach

Personal care is taken on every case. Clients are important to us and they deserve the best care and representation possible. We strive to perform with integrity, honesty and diligence in every case that comes before us, our clients are important and we handle every case as if it is our own personal case because we understand how stressful litigation can be. 

A Team in Your Corner

We have successfully handled thousands of cases, and are known within the legal community both for our litigation experience, ethical reputation and because we fight on behalf of our clients and we genuinely care. This has earned us the respect of both colleagues and judges alike, which we are very grateful for.

Legacy of Success

The greatest satisfaction is to see a client's life changed for the better and their case resolved in a manner that brings them both satisfaction and closure to the process. We care and will stand by your side every step of the way.

Consultations are free, and if for some reason we cannot help you or you don't need to hire an attorney, you will truthfully receive the guidance you need and will be pointed in the right direction. 


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True Vine Justice
9431 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730
True Vine Justice
6864 Indiana Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506
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Posted by VANESSA | April 24, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Mary is an Angel from above
My experience was so amazing. Mary Bernal is the absolute best, she's an Angel sent from heaven. Mary is a very kind , caring, loving, compassionate woman. She definitely takes pride in helping her clients. Mary took good care of me. My case got dismissed today. It didn't feel like she was my attorney it felt like I had my sister representing me. From the moment I hired Mary I knew I was in good hands. From our first meeting she took the time to hear me out, she answered all of my questions, she always answered my phone calls and text messages, she always showed up to all of my hearings. If I can give Mary more than 5 stars I definitely would. At my hearing today Mary held my hand she made me feel safe and loved. I love Mary I'm very blessed to have found Her. I would recommend her to everyone I know. Mary prayed with me the first time we met. From that moment I felt that I was in the right hands. God bless you Mary. You are truly a blessing I will always keep you in my heart and prayers. You do
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2023
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Great Service
Blessed and grateful to have found Attorney Mary and Nancy. They’re service is affordable and they’re also very responsive as to every update happening in my case. Nancy is super punctual and she always remained to stay on top of everything. Would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of help and justice.
Posted by Luis | July 5, 2023
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Excellent job!! Though our the process I honestly felt like I was dealing with a family member who genuinely cared for my case not someone performing a task. She went above and beyond and helped me go though a difficult time in my life. When I had little hope for my case. She was honest and caring. She gave me hope! I am very grateful for her. She’s truly a blessing I would highly recommend to anybody
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Posted by Veronica Beltran | March 28, 2022
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I had been in county faghting a complicated case criminal at that I had a couple lawyers and not one was able to get me home but when Mary bernal took my case she not only made me feel positive about everything she got me out and fast I mean this women is a blessing thank you Lord and I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMEND HER
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
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Attorney Bernal and her Assistant Nancy did everything in their power to help me resolve my case. God bless them as well as the entire law firm.
Posted by Kevin | September 20, 2021
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Good lawyer
Very professional. She cares about her customers. I truly recommend her. The odds were against me in my case and with Mary’s help I was released the day of my court and I thank Mary :)
Posted by Jeffrey | June 24, 2021
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Very helpful
Mary was right up front, always honest, and does exactly what she said she would do.
Posted by Marycarmen | May 5, 2021
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Exceptional Attorney!
I highly suggest True Vine Justice to anyone requiring employment help. Ms. Bernal, the attorney, helped me with an employment circumstance and got it resolved, in no small part to the firm's counsel and sound discernment. I found the firm efficient, and I would not hesitate to contact the firm regarding assistance in an employment situation.
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Posted by RC | August 3, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney
Mary Bernal is an outstanding attorney AND she is a practicing Christian. I cannot say enough good things about this attorney. I trusted her to represent my son on a process that lasted over a year. She is honest, forthright, and will be aggressive. She represented my son as though he were her own son. We were truly blessed to find her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
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Great Attorney!
If you are looking for an attorney that is assertive, attentive, caring, knowledgeable, professional and productive look no further. I can't say good enough things about attorney Mary Bernal. She made sure I understood the information she would relate to me, and if I didn't understand something she would take the time to re-explain it. Mary Bernal is so easy to talk to. Overall, I am really pleased to have come across her. Till this day I believe God sent her to us. I would definitely recommend and hire her again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2016
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Ms. Bernal was very attentive and assertive in representing our family member. It was a comfort to know that she is a Christian and was praying along side of us. Ms. Bernal assisted us with a juvenile case, and was successful with getting charges dropped. All along she was thorough with all documents and made sure to explain all the legal formalities for our understanding. We strongly recommend Ms. Bernal for your legal representative.
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Posted by Frank | November 2, 2016
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Excellent Attorney!
My wife had little chance of over turning her case and ms bernal did it! The case was overturned she's very good at what she does i highly recommend her to anyone with a complicated case, excellent job mary!
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
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Highly Recommended
I can't say enough about Attorney Mary Bernal. This was my first time dealing with the legal system. Right from the start, Attorney Bernal walked me through exactly what kind of consequences I was facing with my charge and what her plan of action would be.  It was a very informative conversation we had for about 60 minutes including her praying. From that point forward the majority of my worries were lifted.  I would highly recommend Attorney Mary Bernal. She is a true professional and knows her way around the court system.
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Posted by Theresa | October 27, 2015
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Satisfied customer!
Mary Bernal represented my grandson in a law suit. I know for a fact that if I I had not had her, things would have been so much worse. She worked diligently to get all the info needed to represent him. I would recommend her law firm to anyone!
Posted by Jerry | October 21, 2014
Amazing, knowledgeable and caring team
My attorney and her staff were able to keep me from any jail time and drop my case from a felony to ultimately a dismissal. They are very resourceful, dedicated with lots of experience.
Posted by Kevin | April 10, 2014
Personal, Caring, and Professional. Highly recommend!!
Mary Bernal is an outstanding attorney and person. She handled my back-to-back cases of DUI's with the utmost concern and care. Her office staff is knowledgable and easy to get into contact with. Mary stayed on top of all my court dates, paperwork, and legal counseling. When all of my penalties were assigned, she took time to explain what was going to happen before and after. Mary showed the same concern a friend would, but the professional service of an extremely experienced attorney. Thanks Mary.
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Posted by Linda | March 24, 2013
Linda - current client
We retained Mary for our nephew in February of 2012. She has been a Godsend for our family. We have yet to go to trial but everything that she has explained to us along the way has occurred exactly the way she said it would. When this incident occurred we had no idea what to do, where to go. We never imagined we would be in this position. This case has two female defendants and four brothers involved - we could only afford one attorney for my nephew with the most serious charge. Mary stepped in and worked with the other attorneys and made sure the deals they received were fair. She helped one of the other defendant's family by putting them in contact with a bail bondsman that gave them a large discount because of her. Her paralegal Maricela was fabulous! She is always helpful and willing to answer any and all questions. She always exhibits a high level of professionalism as well. Mary's colleague, Jahzeel, on occasion has stood in for Mary during our continuances at court and she is also very knowledgeable and professional. She updates us as to what we can expect in the hearings. Believe me when I say this law office is equipped with the best support staff and attorneys your money can buy. I read some of the reviews stating the attorney was all about money - I certainly hope they realize when it comes to your defense, you are getting what you pay for. When it is all or nothing, you definitely do not want to bargain shop for your future! This office is a Christian faith based practice and to know she is doing God's work reassures me she was put into our path for a reason! I am glad we did not go with the other attorneys we met with. I have faith in her and her practice - I know the outcome will be in our favor because she has God's favor. I tell everyone I come in contact with about her and I keep her cards in my purse - I would hope that my friends and family wouldn't need to call but if they do I want them to have the best! We will forever be grateful and indebted to her and her practice.
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Posted by Dee | March 14, 2013
Best law firm
I was recommended to Mary for my son. My son is a good kid who made a bad choice and got in trouble (misdemeanors). Mary and her assistant (Maricela) were fantastic and explained everything to us step-by-step. Mary was trying to get him into a fairly new program called deferred entry of judement, even though Mary was told that my son did not qualify for it. Mary's office fought and even called supervisors at the district attorneys to get my son this program. Their hard work paid off, they dropped 1 charge and after completing one 6hr. class the remaining charge would be dismissed. Words can not express how greatful our family is to them. Thank you
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Posted by Rick | March 1, 2013
Stellar! A godsend
Our son’s drug problems threw us into the frying pan of a complicated legal system we knew nothing about. Feeling like fish out of water, we found the task of finding a competent and caring attorney to handle his impending charges to be extremely difficult. After hiring one criminal defense attorney and paying him thousands of dollars, we felt ignored and stiffed. In our guts we knew we had hired the wrong attorney. At court, the attorney was MIA on two of three dates and instead sent a frazzled staff member. Eventually he was fired due to incompetence. In our search for another attorney, we interviewed four potential candidates. The decision was easy after speaking with Mary Bernal, and she was hired within a day of our interview. We chose Mary because she seemed to truly care about the outcome of our son’s case and was willing to represent him aggressively. She was upfront about her fees, what our son was facing in the criminal justice system, what could happen, and what she would do to avert the worst possible outcomes. Mary attended all but one court appearance, but sent a competent substitute in her place. In the end, Mary represented our son like a bulldog protecting its owner. She fought to get his charges reduced; she inspired the court to see him as the bright and remorseful young man he is who made unfortunate choices in his youth. Had we ignored our gut, it’s not inconceivable that our son could be in prison today. Luckily this is not the case. Mary gave us our son back and helped pave the path that he needed to stay on the sober track and out of the legal system.
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Posted by Priscilla | February 12, 2013
Mary Bernal SAVED my life!!!
I honestly dont know what I would have done without Mary. I had a very difficult case on my hands and would have probably stuck with a felony on my record but had dropped to a "disturbing the peace" with a small fine. Mary is a very loving & caring attorney. Anything I needed or had questions for she was very responsive & helpful. She kept me at ease when times got hard. I just currently finished a year and half of my probabtion period and was able to get my record expunged all with the help of Mary Bernal I have my life back and Im able to pursue my career in child development and finally find a job! I would recommend Mary to anyone because she actually cares what happens to you and isnt all about the money. Money was never an issue I knew what I was dealing with before going to Mary. I know Mary is a sincere & understanding person & I want to thank her a million times for helping me out and getting me on the right path.
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Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney/Writer
  • True Vine
  • 2004 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • N/A


  • Pacific Justice Institute
  • Attorney Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Congressional Award
  • State of California
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Skin Perfect's Annual Seminar
  • Practicing medicine without a license and its criminal ramifications
  • 2019

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mary is the best lawyer I know. She is aggressive and an expert. I fully trust her. Her paralegal Maricela is awesome too ."
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Rancho Cucamonga Criminal defense Lawyer Mary Bernal
Mary Bernal
Criminal defense Attorney
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Licensed for 22 years