2015: SEXUAL ASSAULT NOT GUILTY JURY TRIAL
The client worked as a neighborhood maintenance man in an apartment complex.
A resident of one of the apartments accused the client of entering her
residence at night and sexually assaulting her. The prosecution claimed
that the client's post arrest statements confessed to the crimes.
The client faced more than 50 years imprisonment. Cross-examination at
trial revealed the accusing witness to be heavily intoxicated. Further
testimony showed severe inconsistencies in the governments case. The alleged
confession was subject to alternative interpretation. The client was found
not guilty of all charges
2015: MULTIPLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FELONIES DISMISSED
Police charged the client with abduction strangulation and domestic assault.
Interviews with the alleged victim revealed that she instigated confrontation
with the client. Pre-trial discovery revealed inconsistent statements
from the victim. Prior to trial the Court dismissed all charges against he client
2015: MARIJUANA CHARGES DISMISSED
Police initiated a traffic stop claiming that the client's car has
illegally tinted windows. The officer also asserted that he smelled "a
faint odor of burnt marijuana." The officer used those factors for
probable cause to search the clients vehicle. The search located marijuana
in a bag in the trunk. At trial, prosecution evidence failed to connect
the client to the items in the trunk. The court dismissed the case.
2014 NOT GUILTY - COCAINE CHARGES
The client was charged with several felonies after paramedics found drugs in the client's pants pocket during a medical emergency. Due to his previous record the client faced severe punishment if convicted. At trial, cross examination revealed: (1) a discrepancy with documents filed by a forensic detective and (2) a five hour time gap in the chain of custody of the cocaine found by police. The judge found the client not guilty.
2014 DUI DISMISSED
The client was charged with driving under the influence on New Year's
Eve 2011/2012. Her blood alcohol tested at .11 - well over the legal limit.
For legal reasons the case was continued several times and then "Nolle
prosequi'd" in traffic court. When the Commonwealth directly
indicted the case I promptly filed a motion directing the court's
attention to seldom used code section that requires the Commonwealth to
commence a misdemeanor prosecution within one year of the offense date.
I demanded the court dismiss the case. After review of the motion the
Commonwealth dismissed the charge.
2014 - MULTIPLE DRUG FELONIES DRASTICALLY REDUCED
The client was charged with 3 drug distribution felonies and faced a maximum sentence of more than 50 years. The client had a prior drug conviction. Pre-trial investigation revealed problems with witness availability for the Commonwealth. In a pre-trial plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to completely dismiss 2 felony counts. The remaining count was reduced from a felony to a drug paraphernalia charge. The client never served a day in jai. The only punishment was a $100 fine.
2014 - COCAINE POSSESSION CHARGE DISMISSED FOR ILLEGAL ARREST
The client was charged with possession of cocaine. He had been previously
convicted of two prior counts of distribution of illegal narcotics. Officers
at trial testified that at the time they approached the client they had
not observed him committing any illegal acts. At a preliminary hearing
I asked the court to determine that the seizure and subsequent collection
of evidence was in violation of the client's 4th amendment rights.
The court sustained my motion to dismissals released the client from the charge.
2013 - STALKING CASE DISMISSED
The client was charged with stalking his neighbor in violation of a protective
order. The prosecution alleged that the client was filming images of the
victim. Without presenting any evidence I argued that the court should
strike the case as a matter of law. The court held that there was no actual
contact. Court acquitted the client.
2013 - RESISTING ARREST CHARGE DISMISSED
The Client was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following
a fight outside a nightclub. The client and I collected several witnesses
and photographs of that disputed the version of events described by police
officers. Ultimately the prosecution dropped the charges.
2013 - NOT GUILTY DRUG POSSESSION VERDICT
The client was the driver of a vehicle with three occupants. Police approached
the car as it was parked in a residential area. Police found drugs in
a center console. Although one occupant made statements blaming my client,
I objected to that statement as hearsay. The court sustained my objection
and dismissed the charges against my client.