CASE DISMISSED against our Client who was working as a property caretaker and encountered a juvenile that was removing items from inside a residence. Client confronted the juvenile and the confrontation became physical; the juvenile suffered a broken nose. Client was charged with 2 felony counts – Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury. Client’s exposure was 4 years state prison or a fine of $10,000 - or both. My investigation convinced the district attorney that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
CASE DISMISSED against our Client who was charged with 2 misdemeanor Vehicle Code violations stemming from one DUI-related event. Client attended a party and consumed an alcoholic beverage. After a misunderstanding, Client was dragged by his feet on concrete and beaten by 4 to 5 other attendees. He ran to his car, drove a short distance to safety, and called 911 to report the battery. Police arrived and during questioning arrested Client for DUI. Client's exposure was 6 months in jail or a $2,000 fine - or both. My witness interview reports helped convince the district attorney that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
NOT GUILTY on all counts. Our Client - a university grad student in her late 20s - was accused of battering a female in her early 60s in a parking lot brawl. The Client's exposure was 6 months in jail or a $2,000 fine - or both. My numerous photographs, diagrams, and hour-long courtroom testimony helped convince the jury that the elderly female was the aggressor - the district attorney portrayed her as the "poor old lady." The jury deliberated 30 minutes and delivered a not guilty verdict.
CASE DISMISSED against a Nevada County man charged with murder. Since his arrest in May 2018, the Client - who had 25 years to life in prison hanging over his head - maintained his innocence. He was alleged to have been in possession of the victim's car and credit cards around the time of his arrest. In August 2018, a witness interview I conducted clearly pointed to a different suspect. It appeared the district attorney ignored that interview until October 2019 when a witness came forward and provided a statement that supported my August 2018 interview. After reviewing the statements, the district attorney did not feel that the case could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and the case was dismissed.
NOT GUILTY verdict on all charges. My courtroom testimony helped convince the jury that the evidence presented by the district attorney did not support allegations that included lewd conduct. The jury's acquittal might have been influenced by the young prosecutor's personal attacks on me - a seasoned defense investigator and retired deputy sheriff. As Michael Mortimer, a San Francisco federal trial lawyer and published author once wrote in an article intended for other attorneys, "Putting on an act in the courtroom may not be as entertaining as you think."
NOT GUILTY on all charges, including murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Our Client was charged along with a prominent criminal defense lawyer, three CHP Officers, and his own brother. After fighting through the third-longest criminal trial in California history, the jury came back with acquittals on all charges for all defendants.
CASE DISMISSED against our Client who was charged with murder and robbery in connection with a marijuana grow. Enhancements included great bodily injury and the use of a gun. Two co-defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms after reaching plea agreements with the district attorney that included testifying against the Client. A Superior Court judge ruled that Nevada County authorities “repeatedly violated” constitutional principles by ignoring or bypassing the Client's rights.
NOT GUILTY verdict on all charges for murder conspiracy with gang enhancements. Our Client was released from custody on the day of the verdict; he was facing 35 years to life in prison. The prosecution used wiretap phone calls, informant testimony, gang expert opinions, and rap videos in an attempt to prove a conspiracy that our Client was trying to kill alleged gang rivals.
NOT GUILTY on all charges for our Client - a member of the Vallejo Chapter of the Hells Angels. The Client was charged with felony assault with great bodily injury. The alleged victim was a police officer’s son, who bumped into the Client’s female friend. When the Client asked him to apologize, the cop’s son refused and a brawl ensued. The jury acquitted based on self-defense.
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