Marc Pelta is a former Deputy District Attorney from Del Norte County where he prosecuted at hearings, jury and bench trials in adult and juvenile cases. Marc brings his vast wealth of experience and knowledge as a former prosecutor to apply it for the benefit of our clients. Marc's experience as a prosecutor includes Pelican Bay State Prison, DUI drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, marijuana cultivation and sales, child support, narcotics possession and/or transportation for sale, child support and welfare fraud. Marc has extensive training both from prosecution agencies and from the California Public Defenders Association that is an asset for our clients here at Pelta Law.
Marc Pelta was born in Manhattan, New York in 1972 and attended schools in Los Angeles, California before before graduating from San Francisco State University in 1997 with a B.A. in History (Honors Program) and Political Science. He obtained his J.D. in law from the City University of New York School of Law in 2002. CUNY Law has the highest ranking criminal defense clinic in the country.
While still a college student, Marc volunteered in the District Office for Congressman Tom Lantos in San Mateo because of his passion for human rights and interest in world affairs. He served as an advocate for the indigent at the Homeless Advocacy Project of San Francisco and then in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. He assisted the Chief of the Criminal Division with legal memoranda and other administrative tasks. He gained an appreciation for helping people from all walks of life while served as a lifeguard in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas.
As a law student, Marc first practiced law in the prestigious United States Attorney's Office's Summer Intern Program in Brooklyn New York, where under the supervision of experienced federal prosecutors, he arraigned defendants in criminal cases and assisted prosecutors at all phases of the pre-trial and trial process from providing legal research to prosecutors presenting cases in secret to federal grand juries to interviewing cooperating witnesses to preparing exhibits for trial. Marc then served in the Queens County District Attorney's Office, first in the Misdemeanor Trial Bureau and then in the Appeals Bureau.
Marc served as a Bar-certified law student with the Los Angeles County DA's Office. He first served in the central Preliminary Hearings Unit trying felony cases and then in the Juvenile Division trying felony and misdemeanor cases at trials and hearings, which was rare for law students to do.
Next, Marc served in the San Francisco DA's Office as a Bar-certified intern in the Preliminary Hearings and Narcotics Units assisting prosecutors who were fighting cases involving felony charges. Marc fought for the DA in felony cases at hearings to dismiss charges and suppress evidence.
Marc then served as a Civil Rights Extern in the New York Attorney General's Office because of his passion for ensuring people's rights are respected even by law enforcement. He assisted with cases involved in federal court involving law enforcement agencies who were accused of violating people's civil rights. He was assisting State attorneys who were prosecuting these police departments for violating people's civil rights.
Marc served as in intern in the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The CFTC is similar to the Securities and Exchange Commission except it investigates federal crimes involving commodities and futures. Marc assisted prosecutors and the FBI who were investigating and prosecuting Enron, Dynegy and Global Crossing. All of these cases are well known in the news on-line.
Marc is a member of both the State Bar of California and the California Public Defenders' Association, which is the main source of ongoing required professional training for defense counsel in the State.