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Mark Raymond McDonald

Criminal defense Attorney at San Bernardino, CA

5.0   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense comprises all areas criminal trouble, from capital murder to DUI. Administrative issues, such as professional licenses (nurse, doctor, lawyer, teacher, driver, pilot) also come under the umbrella of criminal defense. Finally, criminal writs and appeals also fall under the category "criminal defense." I represent clients in all of these areas of criminal defense, and everything in between. Call or email me and arrange a free consultation where I will evaluate your case.

    35 years, 7,703 cases

  2. Expungement

    35 years, 235 cases

Mark Raymond McDonald has defended individuals and businesses in all varieties of criminal matters for 28 years.  His practice focuses on California state courts.  He was a Riverside County prosecutor for 7 years before opening his current office in 1996.  Mr. Mcdonald enjoys great success in the courtroom and devotes everything to his clients' success in the outcome of their cases.  Mr. McDonald maintains his office in San Bernardino. Consult with Mr. McDonald and learn about your options today. 

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Mark Raymond McDonald, Esq., A Law Corporation
225 W Hospitality Lane
Suite 318
San Bernardino, CA, 92408

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Posted by Ford | March 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mark recently represented me with my criminal issue (DISMISSED), and now has been re-hired in assisting me in sealing my record. Mark and his secretary’s are extremely friendly, which helps tremendously when your under extreme stressful situations. Mark is efficient, professional, and personable. Mark and his staff were helpful to all my questions and concerns during the entire process and I would highly recommend Mark Raymond McDonald. Did I mention very great prices! Remember your background is an investment don’t hesitate to make the move Mark will help you! Thanks Mark!
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Posted by rumen | November 21, 2017
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Top notch
i have 3 felony charge against me and he got it all dismissed. very easy to talk to and very helpful..he made life so much easier for me i highly recommend Mr. mcdonald
Posted by Zach | September 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney.
Mr.McDonald and his team were professional from the very beginning in dealing with my case. Before actually visiting him, his team directed me and helped me to do everything i needed to be prepared. When i came in, i sat and spoke with Mr.McDonald and i was immediately confident that my case was in good hands. Within no time i had my court date set, and his team did an excellent job of communicating with me about all of the details. Mr. McDonald was well prepared, confident, and everything ended up being a 100% success. I'm glad i went to the law offices of Mark R. McDonald, and would recommend him to anyone seeking a defense attorney.
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Posted by Katie | August 10, 2016
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Making difficult times easier
Mark and his office helped me with a traffic citation that turned into a warrant when I moved out of state and forgot to pay it. In the midst of a very difficult time of moving across the country and going through a divorce, Mark made taking care of this legal matter hassle-free. His office was so nice in making this truly one less thing that I had to lose sleep over. I appreciate his and all of his coworkers help immensely. Though I wish the circumstance of needing a criminal defense lawyer on no one, if you find yourself in need, this is the guy to hire.
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Posted by Rebecca Dunbar | August 3, 2016
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Thank You Mark!
Great out come Mark handled my case with expertise! He kept me informed he went over everything with me got my charges reduced couldn't have ask for a better outcome! Would refer him to anyone who needs an attorney! Affordable as well!
Posted by Alex | February 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
federal medicare fraud
mr McDonald represented me in federal court for a big medicare billing fraud case. I was looking at ten years in prison because so much money was involved and I had lied to the FBI. Mr McDonald worked very hard to get me a great outcome. Instead of prison, I got probation and house arrest for a year. I never believed it was possible to avoid prison. Mr. McDonald was great with the federal prosecutor and his ability and determination was what mattered in the end. Mr. McDonald was also caring and patient with me through the whole long process. I cant thank him enough for all he did for me and my family.
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Posted by Cecilia | January 10, 2016
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Finally can sleep at night
I hired mr mcdonald to represent my son after he was caught selling pills at his high school. They wanted to expel him and the court wanted him to plead guilty to a felony. All I could see was his future going away. I couldn't sleep. Mr mcdonald represented my son at the expulsion hearing and at court. He succeeded in letting my son graduate with the rest of his class and he got the juvenile court to agree to a misdemeanor which will be dismissed after one year. We are just so grateful for mr mcdonalds skill and caring as he worked through the hurdles in my sons case. Hire him!
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Posted by David | May 28, 2015
A Miracle!
My nightmare began when I was formally charged with 3 felony counts of grand theft, one count of conspiracy, and a bail amount of 1.5 million dollars!! Jail time was definitely coming my way. But with the hard work and dedication of Mark McDonald and his team, a miracle had occurred. To begin with Mark was able to reduce my bail from 1.5 million to only 50,000 which allowed me to bail out. When it was all said and done, I was convicted of one count of grand theft, with a penalty of 90 days of work release and 3 years probation. My family and I cannot thank you enough. I truly appreciate what Mark and his staff has done. Thank you very much.....
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Posted by mackinley | April 19, 2015
Simply the best
i was accused of groping a girl in a nightclub and did not do it. They wanted me to plead guilty and be a sex offender. The girl pointed me out in a packed club and I got arrested. Mr mcdonald went to bat for me and fought for a year to get the club surveillance video from the da. We reviewed hours of video because the times in the police report were all off. We finally found me standing with my friends at the club and zoomed in. At no time did I ever turn away from my group of friends and I had a beer in the hand she said I used. When the da wanted to show the video to the girl the girl no longer would cooperate. Case dismissed
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Posted by Casey | August 24, 2014
Exceptional in every way.
I retained the services of Mr. McDonald when I was wrongfully arrested for a serious felony. I was immediately relieved after speaking with him, as he assured me he could take care of it. I was impressed with his confidence, as well as his "take care of business" attitude. He listened to me, understood the situation, explained my options, and told me exactly how he would proceed. I couldn't be happier with the results. He accomplished exactly what he set out to do, and very quickly. Within 3 weeks of my incident, the situation was resolved with no charges filed against me. Mr. McDonald, and his staff, are exceptional in their handling of these matters. They handled it quickly, favorably, kept me informed every step of the way, and for a quite reasonable fee. (he saved me thousands in costs) I would definitely recommend Mr McDonald.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2014
Mark Raymond McDonald: Highly Recommended!
I'm posting this review to express my profound satisfaction with Mark Raymond McDonald and his support staff. My situation definitely required Mark to do a bit of wrangling on my behalf, but he was able to get my case completely DISMISSED! If you're ever in the unfortunate situation of needing a criminal defense attorney, you will be in safe hands with Mark.
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Posted by Alex | June 28, 2014
Life Saver
Mr McDonald represented me on three charges of child molesting. He told me I could get life in prison. He met with the da many times and convinced her to further investigate some inconsistent stories an the possibility that the mom was creating the stories for the kids. A miracle occurred. The da turned on the victim family, and mom refused to allow the kids be interviewed further. The ethical da dismissed the case completely and apologized to my wife that I had to spend 7 months in jail over a completely complete lies fighting my case. My bail was 1 million . This guy is a miracle worker who literally saved my life
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Posted by William | November 4, 2013
Great staff and competent
Although my experience was relatively a minor rollup up of a previous matter, Mark provided excellent results. His staff took every one of my calls, and even after the matter was settled and paid, they answered a followup question months after.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2013
Working with Mr. Mark McDonald and his staff.
Mark is an excellent Attorney. He and his staff were the best from the minute I walked into their office and continued to be the best throughout my case. They are honest and treated me with respect and dignity and made my experience so much easier. I would recommend Mr. MCDonald to anybody without a doubt. I don't have a negative thing to say, they were great.
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Posted by Jerry | October 19, 2013
Smart Guy - highly recommend.
He keep us informed of the process every step of the way. He not only knows the law, he has a practical way of viewing things also. His staff was kind and supportive. In addition, Mark keep us from making a serious mistake that saved us THOUSANDS of dollars. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Bryn | October 16, 2013
A lawyer who goes above and beyond- Mark & Denise are the best!
Upon first contacting Noelia (back in 2010), I was very pleased with how helpful Noelia, Denise and Mark...were to me in taking my DUI case. They were very honest, respectable and supporting through the whole incident. Even when they aren't in the office, they answer cell phone calls and email on their personal time...which I think is amazing. I moved out of state and had to contact them for help regarding my DUI and they were able to take care of everything for a very reasonable price. Since then, I have used their services for a few misc things and I wouldn't ever go to anyone else. They are simply the best.
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Posted by Daisy | October 16, 2013
Would definitely hire again
It was a pleasure to work with Mr.Mcdonald and his staff. I kept constant communication with his paralegal Denise and she was amazing. Kept me informed of everything and made sure i was at ease. I would highly recommend Mark Mcdonald to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2013
DUI - Mr. McDonald Saved Me
I was arrested on a first time DUI offense and because of the kind of professional position I am in I could not afford this conviction on my record. Mark advised me to take the case to trial and I was acquitted. Any other result would have been devastating to me personally and professionally. I can't thank Mark enough for his expertise and guidance.
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Posted by paul s. | October 15, 2013
great attorney
I had an unfortunate thing happen to me in san Bernardino. After receiving a misdemeanor I hired mark to handle my case. He was compassionate and professional. He represented me in a honorable way. I didnt even have to show up to court which was a relief because I have no more desires to ever visit san bernardino again after what happened to me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Attorney Mark McDonald
Attorney Mark McDonald was extremely professional and handled my case very well. He kept me informed of all court dates and proceedings throughout my case. He was able to negotiate a positive out come for me. I would highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald
  • 1996 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Chapman University School Of Law, Orange, Ca
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Riverside County D.A's Office
  • 1990 - 1996


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Biane et al (2017)
  • Not Guilty
  • People v Romero (2013)
  • Probation
  • People v Watanabe
  • NA Classes
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  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 C.L.A.Y. Award for California Attorney of the Year
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 1994
  • Prosecutor of the year
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 1993
  • Stauffer Research Fellowship
  • Traynor Society
  • 1991
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  • 97 Cal App. 4th 785, 118 Cal. Rptr. 2d 668
  • People v Cuccia
  • 2002
  • 63 Cal. App. 4th 462, 73 Cal. Rptr. 2d 650
  • In re Michael I, on Habeas Corpus, 63 Cal. App. 4th 462, 73 Cal. Rptr. 2d 650
  • 1998
  • 24 Loyola Law Review 365
  • "Literary Rights Fee Agreements: Letting the Rabbit Guard thr Carrot Patch of Sixth Amendment Rights and Attorney Ethics"
  • 1991
  • 20 Pacific Law Journal, 1285
  • "Prejudicial Joinder Under California Penal Code Section 954: Judicial Economy at a Premium"
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chapman University
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • 1996
  • White Collar Crimes Seminar
  • Bribery
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
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Unknown Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a hard-fighting advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. McDonald are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a great lawyer. He has tons of experience and truly is an expert in criminal defense. He is one of the hardest workers that I know and he continuously obtains the best results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked as a law clerk for Mark in 2006 and 2007. At the time, Mark was engaged in one of the largest Capital Murder cases in California. Mark's experience and expertise in criminal defense is unsurpassable. Moreover, he was a great mentor as I was learning the trade. I highly recommend Mark to anyone needing an attorney who knows his way around courtrooms in San Bernardino, Riverside, LA, and Orange counties. He definitely gets my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark McDonald is an exceptional attorney. His conduct in the courtroom is exemplary. He is thorough, knowledgeable and fearless during trials. I've also seen him interact with his clients and he demonstrates compassion and empathy. Mark is truly an exceptional attorney and, I believe, one of the best in Southern California."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer who I have known for twenty plus years, both as a Deputy District Attorney and as a defense lawyer. Mark does excellent work in both Federal and State Court from Death Penalty Cases on down."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a well respected highly skilled lawyer. He is well liked by everyone in the court system and great advocate for his clients. His reputation is of the highest quality. I highly endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for a number of years dating back to the time I worked at the Riverside District Attorneys office. Mark is a fine lawyer who fights hard for his clients. He is a very ethical attorney and handles his cases with integrity! I recommend and endorse Mark!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is one of the most well respected criminal defense attorneys in Southern California. His trial experience alone far exceed his contemporaries. Mark combines these skills with an easy going personality and common sense approach. This is why he continues to benefit his clients and is so successful at winning cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is the type of attorney who will advocate for your rights. He is dedicated to his clients and will put his many years of experience to work in order to provide the best results. Known for his deep understanding of the California penal code and sentencing guidelines, Mark will ensure his clients are receiving a fair and accurate result according to the law. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is an excellent and experienced attorney taking on some of the most difficult and serious matters. I highly recommend his practice"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a dynamic lawyer. He has great success in the courtroom. He is very well respected by judges, prosecutor's, and fellow criminal defense attorney's."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mark for many years. We have been co-counsel, and I have a good professional relationship with him. He has an excellent knowledge of the law. He has a busy practice, with a great team working with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a strong advocate for his clients. He genuinely cares about them and works hard to help them. His experience level is immediately obvious when dealing with him. I've seen Mark in action in court, and would not hesitate to endorse him!"
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San Bernardino Criminal defense Lawyer Mark Raymond McDonald
Mark Raymond McDonald
Criminal defense Attorney
San Bernardino, CA
Licensed for 33 years