Results

Criminal Trial Case Results:

Client charged with domestic violence – facing one year in jail or three years of probation with domestic violence classes.  At jury trial, client was acquitted by the judge who never allowed the case to be submitted to the jury.

Client charged with domestic violence, simple battery, and vandalism – facing up to a year in jail.  This case went to jury trial twice.  The first time around, a mistrial was granted based on inadmissible evidence being introduced by the prosecution.  We did not give up and tried the case a second time.  When it came to light that video evidence had not been turned over to the defense in a timely fashion, the case was dismissed in the interest of justice by the Judge.

Client charged with battery on a correctional officer and resisting an officer –  Battery charge dismissed halfway through trial, and the jury hung on the resisting charge.  All charges were dismissed.

Client charged with DUI – after his vehicle was found crashed on the side of the road, acquitted of all charges at jury trial.

Client charged with domestic violence – all charges dismissed after jury was selected and seated, due to lack of provability of the case.

Client convicted of DUI at jury trial – but case later overturned on appeal based on arguments made by our counsel during the trial that the blood test was inadmissible and that there was no time of driving established by the evidence.  Client now free of all charges.

Client charged with felony possession of a baton and misdemeanor possession of a concealed handgun – facing a three year prison term.  Acquitted of the felony charge at jury trial, and granted informal probation for the misdemeanor charge with no jail time to serve.

Client charged with possession for sales of marijuana and offering to sell marijuana, felonies, and possession of ammunition as a felon, a misdemeanor – He faced up to a four year prison term if convicted.  Client posted an ad on Craigslist offering to sell marijuana to “Prop 215 patients.”  This ad caused him to be the target of an undercover sting operation by the Santa Rosa police department.  At jury trial, a medical marijuana collective defense was presented.  The client had a valid medical marijuana recommendation, and testified that he only provided marijuana from his grow to others who verified to him that they also had a valid medical marijuana card.  He testified that he did not make a profit and simply wanted to help other patients access medical marijuana.  The jury hung, and a mistrial was granted.  At the second trial, the jury acquitted of the ammunition charge and hung on the marijuana charges.  When the time came to try the case a third time, all charges were dismissed.

Client housed at Napa State Hospital – after being found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity 17 years prior.  State must renew the petition to extend clients’ mandatory commitments to a hospital every two years, demonstrating that they currently present a danger to society.  Jury found, after hearing evidence that client had not behaved in a dangerous way throughout his commitment, that it was not true that he remained a danger, allowing him to return home to his family.

Client charged with assault charges and gang enhancements – facing 31 years in prison.  Jury hung on all counts, with 10 votes for Not Guilty and only 2 for Guilty.  On the eve of the second trial, client was offered misdemeanor charges, with no jail time, and is now a free man.

Other Successes:

Client accused of possessing 7-pounds of methamphetamine with intent to sell, trafficking methamphetamine for sales, and use/control of a secret compartment in a vehicle – All charges dismissed before hearing on motion to dismiss, motion to disclose confidential informant, and motion to suppress evidence.

Client accused of possessing 2-pounds of marijuana for sale – Case dismissed on eve of trial.

Client accused of possessing marijuana – Case dismissed after filing, and before hearing on a motion to suppress evidence

DUI case –  All charges dismissed after successful argument that the officers did not have a legal basis to stop client.

Client facing third strike and possible life sentence –  All charges dismissed on day of trial readiness conference.

Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor resolution for client facing felony strike charge of criminal threats, with a prior strike conviction and looking at a potential seven year prison sentence.  Client was released on informal probation on the day of his plea.

Client accused of possession of narcotics for sale was convicted at jury trial – Prior to trial, the only offer extended to client was straight prison time.  After trial, successfully argued to the court that client should be granted probation with the opportunity to go to residential treatment and have another shot at turning his life around.  At the time of this writing, client is still sober and in good standing with his program, going on nine months.

Client charged with felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and misdemeanor narcotics charges –  At preliminary hearing, all felony charges dismissed based on medical marijuana defense.  Client participated in diversion to have the misdemeanor charges dismissed as well, and was able to maintain her clean record.

Client charged with theft and elder fraud – all charges dismissed after thorough defense investigation.

Client facing potential prison time for felony hit and run of a person – ultimately convicted only of misdemeanor hit and run, received no jail time after payment of restitution and court probation.

Client with two prior strikes on his record charged with felony cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales – ultimately released with plea to a misdemeanor for no further jail and no probation.