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Marcus Edward DeBose

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marcus

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Criminal Defense Attorney Marcus E. DeBose speaks both English and Spanish fluently. He is experienced in felony litigation and jury trials in San Diego. A San Diego attorney since 2001, Mr. DeBose is an admitted member of State Bar of California. Marcus worked for some of San Diego’s largest criminal defense firms. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where he was a member of the prestigious Appellate Moot Court Board. Mr. DeBose believes in seeing the good in every individual client. Marcus always engages in extensive intake interviews with his clients, learning their life stories and understanding each client’s individualized life perspective during a free consultation before developing the strongest possible defense. Marcus had litigated hundreds of felony cases. He has achieved success in multiple jury trials including “Not Guilty” verdicts in felony armed robbery and elder abuse trials. His litigation successes also include 5 out of 5 “Not Guilty” Verdicts in domestic violence trials.

Interests and Activities: A graduate of the University of Virginia and a former soccer player at the University of Valencia in Spain, Marcus is not only fluent in Spanish but also brings a wealth of international life perspective to each of his cases. He also assists the San Diego Superior Court with the “every 15 minutes Program,” alerting teenage drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Photos and videos

Marcus worked as a partner at The Ertz Law Group from 2009-2016. This video shares the experience of one of his satisfied clients.

Location

TEGNELIA & DEBOSE, APC
2820 Camino Del Río, S.
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Jordan Sylvia | March 12, 2024
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An Extraordinary Human, Magnificent Attorney.
Firstly, I would like the acknowledge the fact that Marcus Debose is truly a remarkable person. He has helped my family and I, many times, throughout our lives. It is a rare occurrence in today's society -- Being able to trust someone, especially an Attorney , for generations in my family... That is a beautiful thing to experience. With Marcus and his wonderful assistant; I was able to continue the beautiful life that I have created, without any unnecessary stress from the legal system. We need more Counsels in this world that are as caring, wise, and respectable as Marcus. Did I mention dependable? Thank you for all that you do, Marcus! I am eternally grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2023
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Brilliant
I don't know how to even begin to express my gratitude for Marcus. He was somehow able to reach agreements to have serious charges, even a felony, dismissed. Marcus is knowledgeable, experienced, fast on his feet, intelligent, and a brilliant strategist. His sense of humor, positive can-do attitude, and willingness to go above and beyond is inspiring and encouraging. This is definitely someone you want in your corner when times are tough.
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Posted by Rod | July 29, 2022
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Recommended by a retired officer
I have been very lucky all my life. In after covid my luck ran out. I received 2 DUI's in one year. A friend heard about Marcus thru a retired cop that we rode motorcycles with. I am not religious, but after my 2nd arrest i started praying alot. Out of the blue, a friend recommended Marcus to me and i contacted him immediately. From day one i knew Marcus was the stuff from his confident attitude and how he carried himself. He devised a plan for my issues and we went for it. I have not stepped one foot into a courthouse thru either cases. I recieve no jail time. Every question was anwsered within a day or two. I know Marcus is very busy and i had no issue waiting to get a response because i knew i would hear from him shortly, and always did. If anything ever happens in the future Marcus is the Man. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Cynthia | July 10, 2022
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Awesome Man
Marcus is a very down to earth, straight forward, generous, empathetic and compassionate man. I was referred to him by a good friend who highly recommended him. I texted him and he got back to me within an hr. He took time on a saturday in between being a devoted parent to get back to me and helped my husband and i through a trying time. It wasn't about the money. He gave us the insight and knowledge of the situation and led us to an understanding of what was at stake without asking for anything. If there ever be a time we need another lawyer Marcus will be the one we hire without a doubt. Thank you Marcus for easing my mind and your honesty!!
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Posted by Joshua | July 7, 2022
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Fantastic Service, Rapid Action, and Compassion
Marcus helped our family when my brother was involved in a situation with law enforcement. Marcus was communicative with us throughout the process, and went above and beyond to help bridge the gap with my brother while in holding. Marcus telephoned us all throughout. We knew updated information about his case. Marcus is a true professional and treated us fairly, which is a lot to ask for on a short timeframe. If this could help you decide to pick an attorney for your situation, I would say to hire Marcus for your case.
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Posted by Stephanie | December 7, 2021
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Extremely helpful and thorough!
We are going through a unique situation and feeling pretty helpless. Marcus took the time, while amazingly juggling parenthood, and read my statement, asked me a lot of questions and gave me real expectations and guidance. I feel a thousand times better after speaking with him and confident that things will be ok regardless of how they work out. Thank you Marcus!
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Posted by Luis | October 13, 2021
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BEST DUI Legal Representative
Finding out about Mr. DeBose through a close family friend. I met with Mr DeBose informed him about my situation. Facing Felony DUI charges. Being honest and truthful about anything and everything about the case. Incomes. Work. Help build a relationship. A bond that a client can only dream for. Keeping constant communication with my attorney. He help me when there were hard times. Feeling the world on my shoulders. I could call them for support. Mr.DeBose and his team are amazing. My case turned out amazing and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
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Redemption Rockstar
I met Marcus Debose as a guest at my wedding in 2008. He had previously won a case for my wife and made quite a positive impression on her. Last year, I decided to get an expungement on an old felony DV case. I chose Marcus Debose to represent me and man, am I glad I did! Even with the outbreak and closesures that came with Covid-19, he always remained in touch with me every step of the way. My life had changed dramatically over the years and the man in the court's records, looked nothing like the man I am today. Marcus sat down with us and put a presentation together that more accurately described me now. He put such energy and enthusiasm into his work and was honest about what may and may not happen. In the end, he not only got my record expunged, he got my charges reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed. I am free to live my new redemptive life and protect my family. I am so grateful to him for a second chance.
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Posted by Ron | July 17, 2021
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Amazing Attorney and Person
I just wanted to say that Marcus Debose from day 1 is all business. I was facing 3 charges which if went through would ruined my life and marriage. As soon as someone from the ADA office called me, I looked for an attorney and found Marcus. I called his office and Marcus answered his phone right away and cleared his calendar so that I could meet him the same day i called his office. After feeling comfortable I could tell by his confidence I do not have to search anymore. I was worried about going to jail or prison. I will never forget that phone call while I was in the market and said the DA is charging with 3 felony counts of fraud. I am a decorated military disabled Veteran honorably discharged after 22 years of service. I have never in my life been in trouble with the law. I hired Mr. Debose right away after my first and only consultation with him. I felt he was a great fit. Very confident .. after 2 years of hurry up and wait game due to covid-19, I was a free man. There are no words of how I felt after leaving the last time with my amazing attorney. I recommend Marcus E Debose to anyone who is is need of a great and understanding and to the point attorney. He answered phone calls right away and text as well the communication path between Mr. Debose and myself made this ordeal very smooth, thanks Marcus Debose you are an amazing intelligent and confident attorney.
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Posted by Ron | July 16, 2021
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Absolutely an Amazing Attorney & Person
Without Marcus in my corner from day one my life would of been ruined both professional and family...I made a mistake and went through hell and back. Marcus was there every step...I didn't even know I was charged until I got a phone call from an ADA... googled criminal defense and sure enough Mr Debose name came up first. I set an appointment with him same day I called his office and met with Mr. Debose that afternoon. This was December 2019.. I was looking at 3 felonies...facing a large fine and possibly 10 years behind bars, well almost 2 years later it's finally done!! I am a free man never once was in Jail or even prison.. Mr Debose always told me Mr Smith your not going to prison or even jail....each time I met with or even spoke to him I always asked him that same question. He had the same answer I was a decorated retired service member honorably discharged which Marcus had the most respect for. I truly admired him for that!! I had a bad case of PTSD man it was taking over my life but Marcus was always there saying I Got this ..bottom line it doesn't matter what you did or he bad of trouble your in Please seek Marcus Debose he is an amazing attorney and gets the job done. God bless uou Marcus and thank you..
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Posted by Ingrid | June 9, 2021
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Impeccable Counsel
Retaining Marcus to represent me in my criminal case was the best decision I've ever made. He is super responsive and incredibly knowledgeable; he knows the law inside and out. Marcus is realistic but reassuring. He walked me through every step of the process and treated me as if I were a member of his family. Marcus helped me to achieve the best possible outcome: my freedom! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Alexander | May 21, 2021
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San Diego’s Best
I had a great experience with Mr. Marcus DeBose He helped me understand my case better. I met with him during my case multiple times, and every time he greeted me with positive attitude. He is the most professional lawyer I’ve had protect me and I strongly recommend.
Posted by Sher | December 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I am very pleased
I found Marcus from a online search. I am in Houston so I did not know what to expect. Marcus mare me feel comfortable and I trusted him from our 1st conversation. He took care of my legal issue and made sure he informed me of every step along the way. What a success! I did not know what to expect and he exceeded my expectations by far! Even after I reached out to him 3 years later Marcus still took care of me the same professional manner as before.If you want an attorney who takes care of business you found him!
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Posted by Veronica | June 19, 2019
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Freedom Gained
I had neglected to take care of a serious legal matter for several years. Finally one day the law caught up to me. My sister hired Marcus while I was in jail waiting for my turn in front of the judge. Marcus took great care of my case by managing to have my felony charge reduced down to a misdemeanor and also expunged that conviction. I am extremely grateful for the professional and attentive manner in which Marcus negotiated my case. I hope never to need legal services again, but I know where to turn if a need should ever arise in the future.
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Posted by Ahmad | October 18, 2018
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Success
I was caught with a lot of pills. Got charged with importation and sales felonies. Mr DeBose being a fantastic attorney saved my life and managed to get me drug court with is an 18 months program after graduating it my case will be dismissed entirely. It’s like a dream come true when it felt like a nightmare
Posted by Rick | March 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliance meets grace
Words can’t express how grateful I am for this man’s patience and tenacity. He helped me through an extremely dark cloud in my life and he did it with gunuine care, extensive knowledge of the law, and an unbelievable sense of humor...thank you Marcus on behalf of myself and my family, for everything...may perfect waves come your way soon:)
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Posted by Paul | February 23, 2018
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Amazed before we were half way through
I was definitely looking at some jail time. I don't know how he did it. Marcus's knowledge of the law well exceeded my expectations. I had 5 misdemeanors and did not got to jail. Marcus was always available. His interest in my freedom was his number one priority. Words cannot express my deep respect and trust I have for him as my attorney. You be the judge. Additionally he is a funny guy.
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Posted by Richard | December 12, 2017
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Kick ass
Was going through a rough patch and didn’t know what to do. Went online and searched for best lawyers in San Diego and was gladly met with a knowledge of not only law but with communicating in a way that even I could understand clearly. Just beat the case and couldn’t have been happier with the results not only with being innocent but having him prove for me in a court in a fancy suite thank you email my lawyer.com!
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Posted by Kevin | August 25, 2017
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Quality Representation Matters.
I needed a lawyer to represent me in a matter even though I attended a law clinic and did my own research. I found Marcus DeBose at EmailMyLawyer.com through Yelp. We quickly set up a consultation where he answered all my questions. Marcus was accessible by phone, text, and email. I could easily upload documents using their online server. Marcus clearly presented my case in court to which there was no recourse from the DA. I thought that Marcus did a fantastic job and am very pleased with the firm. I would recommend Email My Lawyer to my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
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In Good Hands
"I began searching the internet for a lawyer to represent a family member in a post DUI conviction probation matter in San Diego. Being new to town, we had no referrals. It is frightening to entrust a stranger with your legal matters; matters that impact your quality of life. Before hiring Mr. DeBose, he consulted with me for 45 minutes, educating me and offering insight about the judicial process in San Diego. My family member hired him. Mr. DeBose made sure that he was over-prepared with every letter, document, and other pertinent supporting information to argue for the best possible result in court. He has knowledge of the judges and their past rulings and philosophies about this issue. He explained the process and was honest about possible outcomes. He is a good communicator and a good advocate. He always returned calls and texts promptly and thoughtfully. We did get the best possible result, but either way, he went to court well prepared and we knew he gave us his best shot and that our family member, his client was important to him. I highly recommend working with Mr. DeBose. You will be in good hands if you do."
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tegnelia & DeBose
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner, Marketing Director, Senior Felony Litigator
  • The Ertz Law Group
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Trial Attorney
  • Pacific Law Center, San Diego, Ca
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Solare & Associates
  • 2001 - 2005
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony DUI
  • All charges reduced to misdemeanors, probation. Client permitted to remain in Navy, GI Benefits maintained.

Associations

  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • California Association of Public Retirement Systems
  • Felony Forfeiture
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Marcus
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcus is a very skilled and aggressive advocate for his clients and I have absolutely no reservations recommending him to anyone in need of a very fair and competent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marcus for years and I refer to him anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney. I consistently hear from those I referred that Marcus did a great job for them. If Marcus can't help you, he probably knows someone who can, so he is a great first point of contact."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marcus for many years and he is one of the most thoroughly prepared, and thus effective, advocates in town. I would highly recommend Mr. Debose to anyone charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marcus E. DeBose has been my business partner since April 1, 2009. He is a fantastic lawyer and has been an incredible mentor. His desire to help others is unmatched and his passion for the law is inspiring. I 100% endorse Marcus for any criminal matter you may have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Marcus Edward DeBose
Marcus Edward DeBose
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation