Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Case Results

Felony Possession/Transportation of Ecstasy: Orange County, CA
Client and passenger were stopped by police for a broken tail light. The officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car and exited the driver, my client, from the vehicle.

As the officer was dealing with my client, the passenger, who had a large quantity of ecstasy pills in his backpack, stashed those pills behind the seat of my client's car. With nothing to hide and no knowledge of the pills, my client consented to a search of the car by police and the ecstasy was discovered.

The passenger told police that he knew nothing of the pills. My client was arrested and released. Nearly a year later, my client received a notice in the mail saying that he was facing multiple felony charges. He contacted me wondering whether he needed a lawyer.

I performed a thorough investigation, I discovered that six weeks after the initial traffic stop, the passenger was arrested for selling the identical pills to an undercover officer at a rave in another county.

After persistent negotiation, along with subpoenaed police records from the other county and a lot of legwork, all of the felony charges were dismissed.

Now, after the client jumps a few more hoops, the entire case will be dismissed and the arrest record destroyed.

Attempted Murder: San Joaquin County, CA
Client, on felony probation for burglary, was arrested & accused of shooting into an occupied dwelling and held without bail.

We swiftly employed the services of a private investigator to speak with witnesses. The private investigator quickly procured a video-recorded sworn statement from the witness/victim who confirmed that my client was not involved.

When that fact was brought to the attention of law enforcement, they responded by filing a probation violation "in lieu of" attempted murder prosecution in an effort to avoid a trial by jury and the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard.

After additional negotiation and examination of evidence, my client was sentenced to 180 days in local jail for possessing ammunition in violation of his felony probation. He will be home in less than 3 months.

Misdemeanor Shoplifting: Los Angeles County, CA
Client, just 22 years old and an honors student & scholarship athlete at a local university, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice and an eye toward a future in law enforcement when she allegedly stole some jewelry from a local department store.

When she called me, her entire future was on the line; a conviction would surely destroy all hopes of the career she worked so hard to pursue.

After comprehensive investigation into both the incident and the client's background, the case was resolved and the criminal charges were dismissed.

Misdemeanor Obstructing Police Officer: Orange County, CA
Client, an off-duty paramedic, was out for an evening in Newport Beach with her husband and brother-in-law. The brother-in-law was involved in an altercation inside a bar and the police were called.

The brother-in-law and husband were detained by police for questioning while my client waited patiently several feet away.

Sometime later, an additional officer arrived and directed my client to move along. She explained that she was with her husband and they were far from their home, but the officer did not care and told her to leave the area. She again explained that she had nowhere to go and no way to get there without her husband. The officer became aggressive and abusive telling to leave lest she be arrested. When she asked him where she was supposed to go, he arrested her and took her to jail.

I took the case and worked closely on a resolution with the DA. I collected and presented evidence of my client's character, professionalism, and ongoing career-oriented education to show that this was most likely a case of a police officer abusing his authority.

We jumped through a few hoops, however at the end, the case was completely dismissed.

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