Mark A. Broughton

Mark A. Broughton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno, CA

Mark A. Broughton, PC
 | 2300 Tulare Street, Suite 215
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-691-6222
Fax: 559-691-6221
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mark A. Broughton has opened his practice handling exclusively criminal defense cases. He represents clients throughout California who have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors ranging from driving under the influence to white collar crimes, gang-related matters, drug offenses to murder. Throughout his career, Mr. Broughton has handled dozens of murder and manslaughter cases and currently serves on the special circumstances panel of attorneys appointed by the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, to provide representation to indigent clients in homicide cases.

Mr. Broughton attended Western State University College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Admitted to practice in California, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of California and has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Listed as a Top 100 Lawyers by SuperLawyers, Mr. Broughton has an AV-Preeminent*  rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has received a 10.0 "Superb" rating from Avvo.

Mr. Broughton spent nearly 15 years as Chief Defense Attorney for a criminal defense firm providing representation for indigent defendants by appointment of the Superior Court. His work with the Northern California Innocence Project helped attain a reversal of a double murder conviction of a 17-year-old wrongfully convicted young man. Often asked to share his experiences before groups of fellow professionals, Mr. Broughton also helps to mentor law students by leading classes on criminal trial practice and preparation at San Joaquin College of Law. Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Fresno County Bar Association, he has also given back to his community through his active involvement with Leadership Fresno, a program sponsored by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Mock Trial programs at both the High School and College levels, judging Moot Court competitions among law schools, and other volunteer events. Appointed by the California Supreme Court in 2016, he volunteers many hours to the State Bar of California as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

About Mark Broughton

Admitted: 1978, California

Honors and Awards:

  • Trustee, State Bar of California, California Supreme Court Appointee, 2016
  • LawQA Verified
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Rated 10/10 by Avvo
  • AV®Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Criminal Law Section, Fresno County Bar Association, 2014
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Leadership Fresno, Class 27, Sponsored by Fresno Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Assistant Coach, Clovis North High School Mock Trial Team, 2010
  • Board of Directors, Fresno 1040 Home
  • Judge Pro-Tem, Fresno Superior Court
  • California High School Mock Trial Program - Attorney Scorer
  • California High School Mock Trial Program - Attorney/Coach
  • Veteran's Stand Down - Veteran's Administration

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Utilizing Forensic Science In Criminal Cases, chapter "Key Forensic Strategies For Criminal Defense Lawyers, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore "Inside The Minds" series, 2015
  • Author, Homicide Strategies: Leading Lawyers On Understanding Himicide Cases and Developing Effective Defense Techniques, chapter "Understating And Addressing The Challenges In Homicide And Murder Cases , Thompson Reuters/Aspatore "Inside The Minds" series, 2014
  • Author, Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, chapter "Turning Over Every Stone", Thompson Reuters/Aspatore "Inside The Minds" series, 2011
  • Trial Preparation, Presenter, Got MCLE?, San Joaquin College of Law, 2010
  • Nuts & Bolts of Felony Sentencing, Presenter, Felony Sentencing, MCLE, 2010
  • Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Closing Arguments, Presenter, Trial Practice, San Joaquin College Of Law, 2010
  • Felony Sentencing Statement, Closing Argument, MCLE
  • Criminal Trial Practice- Voir Dire Opening, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, San Joaquin College of Law

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • People v. Yeng Yang - Client charged with provocative murder and attempted murder with gang enhancements - Case dismissed at trial.
  • People v Dawn Withlow - Client charged with 32 counts of sexual assault, rape, oral copulation, and other sexual charges - Not Guilty Verdict all charges
  • People v. Michael Turner - Client charged with murder of cab driver - Not Guilty Verdict
  • People v. Daniel Villalon - Client charged with stabbing murder after a ber fight - Not Guilty Verdict
  • People v. Armando Ortiz - 17 year old had been wrongfully convicted of double murder with special circumstances. Reversed on habeas; case dismissed on eve of retrial.
  • People v. Debra Bacud - Client charged with double murder with special circumstances. Not Guilty Verdict all counts

Educational Background:

  • Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of California-La Jolla, B.A. in Sociology

Industry Groups

  • Chairman Criminal Law Section; Specialist In Criminal Law Certified By The State Bar Of California
  • State Bar Of California Board Of Trustees;Fresno County Bar Association
  • Trustee
Office Location for Mark A. Broughton

2300 Tulare Street
Suite 215
Fresno, CA 93721


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Last Updated: 3/2/2018

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