Drugs

Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Case Reduced and Client Admitted into Diversion Program

Police were called when unknown individuals entered the client’s home to steal drugs and assault him badly. By showing the client’s lack of criminal record and former military service, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to possession and admit the client into a diversion program.

Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Case Dismissed and Expunged

By demonstrating the client’s fiancé was the actual dealer, the charge was reduced to possession of a controlled substance. The prosecutor agreed to allow the client into a diversion program. The case was dismissed and expunged.

Possession of Marijuana – Case Dismissed

This teen-aged client had no record and plans to enter the military in about a month. We negotiated an immediate dismissal to allow for his joining the military.

Felony Possession of Marijuana – Case Dismissed

We negotiated up-front drug testing and community service for a Class C ticket.

Possession of Marijuana (on school property) – Case Dismissed and Expunged

We obtained a memo agreement and filed paperwork for a high school-aged client to have all record of the arrest removed prior to college.

Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Case Dismissed and Expunged

This client was holding a backpack for friend who was a drug dealer. We verified the client was not the drug dealer and demonstrated that he used only marijuana. The case was indicted as a possession of a controlled substance case, and the client was allowed into diversion program. The case was dismissed and expunged.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Case Not Filed by Police Department

We intervened for this client with police by giving further explanation of events that led to arrest and proof of clean drug tests. Police did not file the case with the DA’s office.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Case Dismissed and Expunged

We helped this client get admitted into a diversion program. Successful completion of the program allows the client to have this case removed from all databases, both public and law enforcement.

Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Case Reduced 

We showed that a link to this client in the criminal transaction was slim to none. Punishment range of 25 years-to-life was reduced to 180 days in jail.

Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Case Reduced and Client Admitted into Diversion Program

This client was a high school student at the time of his arrest. He was charged with a first-degree drug charge and had minimal family support. We assisted him in getting admitted to a diversion program. By continuing to support this client while in the program, we were able to monitor his progress and hurdles. The client graduated high school while in the program and then graduated from the program. We were able to attend the graduation and are currently working to get his record expunged.  

Family Violence

Assault Family Violence Impeding – Case Dismissed and Expunged

A decorated veteran and successful businessman was accused of a crime by his wife who was a medical doctor, shortly before she filed for divorce. We successfully challenged the case through the grand jury with polygraph results, an illustration of her financial motivation to make the accusation, and his exemplary past relationships and military record. The case was initially reduced to a misdemeanor by the grand jury and later dismissed and expunged while the complainant continued to press for full prosecution.

Assault Family Violence Impeding – Marriage Reconciled, Case Dismissed and Expunged

A highly successful businessman was accused of a crime against his wife. She initially filed for divorce. Through extensive work with client’s divorce attorney, we were able to help the client address his issue with alcohol and begin intensive marital counseling. The marriage was eventually reconciled and the case dismissed and expunged.

Violation of a Protective Order – Case Dismissed and Scheduled for Expunction

A business executive with a significant addiction issue showed up at his former home in violation of a protective order while highly inebriated. We were able to negotiate a conditional dismissal based on proven sobriety and an anger management course. The case was dismissed and is set for expunction.

Assault Family Violence Impeding – Relationship Reconciled, Case Dismissed 

A young professional was involved in heated argument with his spouse when she called the police. She submitted an affidavit requesting charges be dropped, and he attended an anger management class. The felony charge was dismissed, and the couple reunited. We will pursue a petition for nondisclosure later this year.  

Assault Injury to a Child/Elderly – Felony Reduced to a Ticket with Deferred Probation

A young man was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. She filed an affidavit to drop charges and we worked with an immigration attorney to assess his best outcome. The felony was reduced to a ticket, and the client received deferred probation.    

Kidnapping – Counseling and case was reduced to a misdemeanor with deferred probation 

A young couple was in an altercation in a parking lot. The male was immediately placed in multiple counseling programs. By showing he was proactive in addressing his issues, the case was reduced to a misdemeanor, allowing him to retain professional licenses.    

Alcohol 

DWI – Case Not Filed By Police Department

This client was pulled over after an altercation with another driver. Police investigated and arrested the client for DWI. The government lacked sufficient evidence that the client was intoxicated. The case was never filed by the police department.

DWI – Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

This client was arrested for DWI, and test results came back showing both alcohol and methamphetamine in the client’s system. Based on low alcohol test results and showing that methamphetamine found in system could have been inactive at the time of driving, the DA’s office agreed to offer an obstruction of a highway.

DWI – Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

This client was arrested for DWI. Blood test results showed both alcohol and marijuana in his system. We demonstrated that blood results conflicted with the officer’s findings at the scene and showed that the alcohol result would have been very near the legal limit when the defendant was driving. The DA’s office offered an obstruction of a highway instead of the DWI charge.

DWI – Time served despite scientific findings showing a blood alcohol content of above 0.15

This client was charged with a DWI, showing blood alcohol content of greater than 0.15. We got the case reduced to a class B misdemeanor DWI with time served. This result prevented our client from having to serve additional jail time or up to two years of probation.

Felony DWI 3rd – Case Reduced to Misdemeanor DWI

This client was arrested for a DWI for the third time. Scientific blood results showed that our client’s alcohol level was above the legal limit. We were able to negotiate a settlement that allowed our client to plea to a misdemeanor DWI charge, avoiding a felony conviction.

Felony DWI 3rd – Probation Possession of a Controlled Substance – Dismissed 

This client was struggling with addiction issues. We were able to get him out of jail and into a rehabilitation program where we tracked progress to later apply to probation requirements. We obtained a probation on the DWI charge and a dismissal on the possession charge. We continue to work with this client to adjust the requirements on his probation and support him in his employment and recovery journey.  

Minor in Possession – Case Dismissed and Expunged

Client was driving a car with multiple teenage occupants. A bottle of alcohol was found in the vehicle that the client said was left in the car a few days earlier by his parents. Although technically in possession of the alcohol, we were able to negotiate a dismissal allowing for an immediate expunction of the charge.

Public Intoxication – Case Dismissed and Expunged

Client was found in his car parked in a parking lot. When officers contacted him, he threw up and was charged with public intoxication. We were able to demonstrate that police officers failed to take the necessary steps to show that his sickness was caused by intoxication and not another issue. Case was eventually dismissed and immediately expunged.

Minor in Possession – Case Dismissed

This client was cited with other teenagers at an outdoor party for having alcohol. The officer had photos of the client with a bottle in her hands and client admitted to having the alcohol. We were able to negotiate a dismissal of the charge and the case is eligible for expunction.

Violence and Self-defense 

Injury to an Elderly Individual – No-Billed by Grand Jury

A female professional, this client had rented a room to an elderly man. During an argument, he grabbed the client, and she slapped him to break free. Police came to the scene, investigated, and arrested our client, charging her with a felony. We were able to get pictures of the injuries sustained by our client and additional evidence to present to the grand jury, establishing self-defense. Grand jury no-billed the case, barring further prosecution.

Aggravated Assault/Murder* by a Police Officer – Not Guilty Returned by Jury at Trial

This client was a police officer who responded to a suspicious person call about two people in an automobile. Despite the officer’s repeated commands, the two people in the car refused to exit the vehicle or show their hands. Our client saw the vehicle reverse in the direction of other officers and shot to defend his fellow officers. This case went to jury trial where we cross- examined the government’s witnesses and provided our own. We were able to show that the officer’s conduct was justified under the law. Our client was acquitted of all charges and went home to his family.  

*Case was filed as an aggravated assault by a police officer because it is easier for the prosecution to prove than murder, and it carries the same punishment range.

Assault of a Peace Officer – Felony Reduced to a Ticket with Deferred Probation 

A young professional with no criminal history was involved in a dispute at a bar. A police officer tried to break up the fight and claimed she hit him in the face. We used photographs and witnesses from that night to show that our client was not the one who started the fight and has no history of misbehaving. Her intentions for all action were to get away from the crowd, not to assault an officer. Case was reduced to a ticket for Disorderly Conduct.

Aggravated Robbery – Dismissed

This client was a young man with no prior criminal history. He was accused of robbing three men at knife point. Later that night, police arrested him wearing similar clothes to the alleged robber, near the location of the incident. Based on weaknesses of the case and our client’s hard work at improving himself even after the charges, we negotiated a dismissal of the charges.

Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (with eyewitness identification) – Case Dismissed

We used phone records and another robbery with the same MO to show that client was not guilty. The DA dismissed the case.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – No-Billed by the Grand Jury

This client was a very successful professional who was leaving a party when a security guard tried to stop him in the dark. Our client hit the security guard with his vehicle, and police filed an aggravated assault charge against him. After working with the complaining witness to take care of his injuries, the complaining witness requested that the Grand Jury no-bill the case. Case was no-billed and expunction is pending.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – No-billed by the Grand Jury

We lowered this client’s bond, then presented a letter with his defense to the Grand Jury. These efforts resulted in a “no bill,” which means the Grand Jury did not proceed with the case.

Five Counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Cases Dismissed

We enhanced the surveillance video to show the 19-year-old client was not carrying a gun in the incident. The DA dismissed the cases.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Case No-Billed

We used Facebook Live video of the alleged victim to show that the client acted in self- defense. The Grand Jury decided not to proceed with the case.

Murder and Manslaughter

Murder – Case Dismissed

This client was indicted for murdering a man who had raped a female friend. We reexamined the testimony of the witnesses and found that his alleged actions could not cause the injuries indicated in the autopsy results. We developed evidence that the deceased may have been assaulted by someone else prior to contact with our client. The case was eventually dismissed, and our client cleared of all charges.

Manslaughter – Case No-Billed

This client was driving at a high rate of speed (according to the police report) in a construction zone when he hit and killed a jogger. We were able to establish that the client’s speed could not be scientifically verified and was exaggerated by police reports. We also showed that the jogger had unlawfully entered the roadway in the dark, leaving no opportunity for our client to avoid the accident. The case was presented to the Grand Jury and no-billed.

Manslaughter – Case Reduced and Sentenced to Probation

This client was a bartender who overserved an intoxicated person, and that person later died in his home. The DA’s office accepted the case as a misdemeanor for serving an intoxicated person an alcoholic beverage. The client was eventually sentenced to probation.

Manslaughter – Case Reduced

This client had a previous criminal record that would not allow him to possess a gun. He had been threatened earlier in the night and believed someone might be trying to assault him at home. He shot at a person he believed to be an attacker and accidentally killed a fellow housemate. Documented for the prosecutor the credible threats that client had received and negotiated a reduction to probation on a criminally negligent homicide charge.

Murder*/Aggravated Assault by a Police Officer – Not Guilty Returned by Jury at Trial

This client was a police officer who responded to a suspicious person call about two people in an automobile. Despite the officer’s repeated commands, the two people in the car refused to exit the vehicle or show their hands. Our client saw the vehicle reverse in the direction of other officers and shot to defend his fellow officers. This case went to jury trial where we cross examined the government’s witnesses and provided our own. We were able to show that the officer’s conduct was justified under the law. Our client was acquitted of all charges and went home to his family.  

*Case was filed as an aggravated assault by a police officer because it is easier for the prosecution to prove than murder, and it carries the same punishment range.

Sex

Sexual Assault – Case Not Filed by Police Department

A young professional, our client was accused of sexually assaulting a girlfriend. We were able to use video evidence as well as inconsistencies in the accuser’s claims to give context to the investigating officer and prevent the case from being filed with the DA’s office.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – Case Reduced and Client Received Deferred Probation

Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a young cousin over the course of more than a year. That charge carries a 25 years-to-life sentence upon conviction. This client was a young man at the time of the offense and had been charged with a similar offense when he was a juvenile but never treated for his issues. We were able to establish that our client was a former victim himself and still a teenager when the most recent offense occurred. The case turned on our ability to document that the accused was a victim himself and demonstrate through expert reports that he could be safely counseled rather than being incarcerated more years than he had lived up to that point. The client received deferred probation with intensive treatment and supervision.

Theft

Forgery of a Financial Instrument – Case Dismissed

This client was a female business owner accused of stealing from banks by forgery. We were able to demonstrate the client’s substantial efforts toward rehabilitation and provide restitution for losses. Case was dismissed.

Felony Theft Enhanced – Case Dismissed

This female client was accused of a series of retail thefts by fraud. We demonstrated the cases were not what they appeared and involved employee misconduct. Case was dismissed.

Felony Theft by Check Enhanced – Case Dismissed with Restitution

This client was a salesman whose ex-wife had emptied his account without his knowledge. He wrote multiple checks that bounced and this case ensued. The client had a record from many years before that made negotiations more difficult. The case was eventually dismissed with restitution.

Fraudulent Tampering with a Government Record – Case Dismissed

This client was accused of selling a car with a fake title. We were able to demonstrate that the client believed that the title was valid, and his employers were the ones committing fraud. Case was dismissed.

Unlawful Political Contribution – Case Rejected Without Indictment

A high-level executive at a major local company, this client was under investigation for an unlawful political contribution. The issue centered around whether a contribution to a political committee constituted a political contribution if the funds could be shown to have eventually landed in a specific political campaign. We were able to demonstrate that the funds could not be accurately tracked and that a contribution to a political committee could not be treated as a contribution to a specific political campaign. The case was eventually rejected without indictment nor presentation to a Grand Jury.

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle – Case Dismissed

We used side-by-side imagery from the body camera and still photos to show the client was misidentified. Case was dismissed.

Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle – Case Pled to a Misdemeanor Reduction

This client was a critical employee for an organization that trains elite fighting forces for the U.S. military. Prior to our involvement, the client pled guilty to the felony offense of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. A felony conviction would not allow the client to continue to train military personnel because of the firearms used. We worked directly with the district attorney and district judge in that county to overturn the conviction with a motion for new trial. We eventually pled the case to a misdemeanor reduction, so the client could continue to do his critical training work.

Burglary of a Habitation – Case Reduced to Lesser Charge

While on probation for Burglary of a Habitation, this client was charged with another offense with a punishment range of 15 years-to-life. Pled the case to a lesser-included charge for seven years.

Burglary of a Habitation (Mental Health) – Relationship Reconciled, Case Dismissed 

This client was a professional until she had a severe mental health breakdown, resulting in this case. We were able to have her sent to a facility to balance her medication and then placed her on a conditional dismissal program with the mental health division in the DA’s office. We worked closely with family members to coordinate mental health treatment and court visits. All cases were dismissed.  

Misdemeanors

DWI – Case Not Filed By Police Department

This client pulled over after altercation with another driver. Police investigated and arrested the client for DWI. Government lacked proof that client was intoxicated. Case was never submitted to the police department.

DWI – Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

This client was arrested for DWI, and test results showed both alcohol and methamphetamine in the client’s system. Based on low alcohol test results and showing that methamphetamine in our client’s system could have been inactive at the time of driving, the DA’s office agreed to offer an obstruction of a highway.

DWI – Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

This client was arrested for DWI. Blood test results showed both alcohol and marijuana in his system. We demonstrated that blood results conflicted with the officer’s findings at the scene and showed that the alcohol result would have been very near the legal limit when the defendant was driving. The DA’s office offered an obstruction of a highway instead of DWI charge.

DWI – Time Served Despite Scientific Findings Showing a Blood Alcohol Content of Above 0.15

This client was highly intoxicated at the time of driving. We were able to negotiate a settlement for time served on the case without a finding that the blood alcohol level was 0.15 or higher when driving. This result prevented our client from having to serve additional jail time or up to two years of probation.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol – Case Dismissed and Expunged

This client was driving a car with multiple teenage occupants. A bottle of alcohol was found in the vehicle that the client admitted was one left in the car a few days earlier by his parents. Although technically in possession of the alcohol, we were able to negotiate a dismissal allowing for an immediate expunction of the charge.

Public Intoxication – Case Dismissed and Expunged

This client was found in his car parked in a parking lot. When officers contacted him, he threw up and was charged with public intoxication. We were able to demonstrate that police officers failed to take the necessary steps to show his sickness was caused by intoxication and not another issue. Case was eventually dismissed and immediately expunged.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol – Case Dismissed

This client was cited with other teenagers at an outdoor party for having alcohol. The officer had photos of our client with a bottle in her hands, and she admitted to having the alcohol. We were able to negotiate a dismissal of the charge, and the case is eligible for expunction.

Possession of Marijuana – Case Not Filed by Police

This teen-aged client with no record had plans to enter the military in about a month. We negotiated an immediate dismissal to allow for his joining the military.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Case Not Filed by Police

We intervened for client with police by giving further explanation of events that led to arrest and proof of clean drug tests. Police did not file case with the DA’s office.

Violation of a Protective Order – Case Dismissed

A business executive with a significant addiction issue showed up at his former home while highly inebriated and in violation of a protective order. We were able to negotiate a conditional dismissal based on proven sobriety and an anger management course. The case was dismissed and is eligible for expunction.

Resisting Arrest – Rejected by DA’s Office

A professional female resisted police officers when they tried to arrest her in the middle of the night because of a traffic offense. We were able to show that police made the arrest as a pretext to searching her car – which they had no lawful right to search. The DA’s office agreed to reject the case.

Unlawful Carrying of Weapons – Case Dismissed

This client had a gun and marijuana at the same time, resulting in the charge. We had the client complete a gun safety course and got the case dismissed.

Possession of Marijuana – Case dismissed

This client was a middle-aged man with no criminal record. We provided negative drug test results, and the case was dismissed.

Unlawful Carrying of Weapons – Case Dismissed

This client accidentally took a gun through airport security. We were able to show that she was licensed to carry with no previous infractions. We negotiated gun safety classes and community service. The case was dismissed and the gun returned.