Mark A. Broughton

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Fresno, California

Mark A. Broughton, PC
Mark A. Broughton
Mark A. Broughton, PC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in California since: 1978

Education: Western State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023
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Mark A. Broughton, PC

2300 Tulare Street
Suite 215
Fresno, CA 93721 Visit website


The founder of his eponymous professional corporation, Mark A. Broughton focuses his practice on criminal law. From the firm's office in Fresno, California, he provides defense representation to clients in the greater metropolitan area and throughout the northern part of the state. Admitted to practice in California since 1978. Mr. Broughton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and he has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Broughton's client base comprises people who have been charged by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that he has handled have included driving under the influence of alcohol, fraud and other white collar crimes, gang activities, vehicular manslaughter, weapons violations, drug possession and trafficking, domestic violence, assault, tax evasion, robbery, and murder. Qualified as a death penalty lawyer under the California Rules of Court, Mr. Broughton has been able to obtain positive results for his clients through dismissals, acquittals and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. His colleagues have taken note of his successful track record, and they have awarded him a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Majoring in sociology and music as an undergraduate, Mr. Broughton attended the University of California, San Diego, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He then pursued his legal education at Western State College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Mr. Broughton has served as a judge pro tem on the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, and his professional memberships have included the Fresno County Bar Association.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 40% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1978, California

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Educational Background:
  • University of California-La Jolla, B.A. in Sociology
  • Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctor
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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. Yeng Yang - Client charged with provocative murder and attempted murder with gang enhancements - Case dismissed at trial.
  • People v. Debra Bacud - Client charged with double murder with special circumstances. Not Guilty Verdict all counts
  • 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 Dawn Withlow - Client charged with 32 counts of sexual assault, rape, oral copulation, and other sexual charges - Not Guilty Verdict all charges
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Judge Pro-Tem, Fresno Superior Court
  • Assistant Coach, Clovis North High School Mock Trial Team, 2010
  • California High School Mock Trial Program - Attorney Scorer
  • Board of Directors, Fresno 1040 Home
  • California High School Mock Trial Program - Attorney/Coach
  • Leadership Fresno, Class 27, Sponsored by Fresno Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Veteran's Stand Down - Veteran's Administration
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Closing Arguments, Presenter, Trial Practice, San Joaquin College Of Law, 2010
  • Nuts & Bolts of Felony Sentencing, Presenter, Felony Sentencing, MCLE, 2010
  • Trial Preparation, Presenter, Got MCLE?, San Joaquin College of Law, 2010
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Criminal Trial Practice- Voir Dire Opening, San Joaquin College of Law
  • Felony Sentencing Statement, Closing Argument, MCLE
  • Homicide Strategies: Leading Lawyers On Understanding Homicide Cases and Developing Effective Defense Techniques, chapter " Understating And Addressing The Challenges In Homicide And Murder Cases, Author, 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
  • Author, Utilizing Forensic Science In Criminal Cases, chapter "Key Forensic Strategies For Criminal Defense Lawyers, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore "Inside The Minds" series, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Criminal Law Section, Fresno County Bar Association, 2014
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Trustee, State Bar of California, California Supreme Court Appointee, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
  • AV®Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Law QA Verified
  • Rated 10/10 by Avvo
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

Phone: 559-691-6222


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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Top 100: Northern California Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018

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