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Misdemeanor Results

Client: Working Professional

Original Charge: PC §476 & §484(a) – Possession of Counterfeit Money & Theft

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 Year in County jail

Outcome: CASE DISMISSED

Defendant met up with some friends for happy hour after work. When he arrived, a long-time friend and others, whom he did not know, were there already having fun.

When our defendant sat down, he noticed a large sum of cash sitting on the table. He was told by his long-time friend that “it was the holidays” the night’s reverie was his gift. And so it was. Drinks and food and laughter for hours.

Sometime later, one of the servers came to believe that a couple of the twenty-dollar bills were suspicious and possibly counterfeit; she confronted our defendant, having no reason to believe there was a problem; certainly the bills could not be fake. While the server consulted the manager, he continued to enjoy the happy hour.

Our defendant was surprised when police arrived and arrested him along with his friends.

The final report indicated that the friend told police that he, not defendant, had purchased the bills and brought them to the club. Unaware of the admission by his friend, our defendant maintained his innocence throughout.

Despite not knowing or having any reason to know that the bills were counterfeit, the prosecutor filed a criminal case against him and the matter progressed all the way to trial.

On the day of trial, the hyper-aggressive prosecutor threatened to elevate the charges from misdemeanor to felony if he did not accept a criminal plea. Nevertheless, our defendant stood his ground and maintained his innocence and did not give in to the threats. We announced ready for trial.

Before the jury was selected, the prosecutor conceded the lack of evidence and dismissed the case.

Client: Working Professional

Original Charge: VC §23152 – DUI

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 6 Months in County jail

Outcome: CASE DISMISSED

After a dinner and a night out with friends, our defendant was stopped at a DUI checkpoint.

Upon police questioning, he told an officer that he had consumed one drink with dinner several hours before. The officer directed our defendant to a secondary investigation for optional so-called “field sobriety tests.”

The arrest report said the officer observed bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, difficulty maintaining his balance, and horizontal gaze nystagmus. He was sent to a third area for a blood test to determine his alcohol level.

Before any chemical results were known, he was placed under arrest and subsequently booked for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. His driver license was taken from him and a temporary license good for only 30 days was issued.

When this firm was retained, our first move was to investigate the actual blood alcohol level. We determined that the chemical blood alcohol tests results showed a BAC far lower than 0.08%. We further concluded that, based on the results, it was unlikely to the point of fraudulent, that his speech was slurred or his eyes bloodshot, nor was it likely he was having any difficulty maintaining his balance.

Upon showing both the DMV and prosecutors how irresponsibly the police behaved, both the DMV case and Criminal case were dismissed.

Client: Student

Original Charge: B&P Code §25662(a) & PC §148(a)(1) – Minor in Possession of Alcohol & Resisting Arrest

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 year in County jail

Outcome: CASE DISMISSED

Plain-clothed law enforcement agents allegedly saw our defendant, who was a teenager at the time, loitering in front of a liquor store and drinking from a bottle concealed a paper bag. It was an area of town known to be dangerous.

The two cops, who did not identify themselves and dressed in plain clothes, began moving aggressively toward the boy. He understandably feared for his safety and ran from the unknown and unidentified pair running toward him.

Eventually, one of the two identified himself as a police officer. The defendant immediately dropped the bag, stopped, and acquiesced immediately.

In Superior Court, the boy was charged with two criminal counts and faced juvenile detention.

We carefully reviewed all of the evidence and spent a significant amount of time working with the prosecutor. Ultimately, the case was Dismissed.

Client: Firefighter/Paramedic

Original Charge: PC §273 – Domestic Violence

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 year in County jail

Outcome: CASE DISMISSED

Neighbours called police claiming to have heard some sort of loud disturbance. Our defendant and his wife both spoke with police. Our defendant was arrested because, according to police, there was a disturbance involving alcohol, yet they booked him and he was charged criminally for spousal battery/domestic violence.

We did our own investigation into the events of that night – and the weeks leading up to it. We also secured a number of character references and had our defendant and his wife attend counseling.

Thanks to a very reasonable deputy DA, who understood all the we had done, the criminal case was dismissed.

Client: Working Professional

Original Charge: PC §273 – Domestic Violence

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 year in County jail

Outcome: CASE DISMISSED

We received a call from a computer engineer who had been arrested after his wife told police that he tried to strangle her.

Reviewing the reports, it was immediately obvious that the various versions of events did not make sense. Through our own extensive investigation, we learned that the wife suffered from a psychiatric condition that was not yet diagnosed. It became clear that she was not truthful with police.

We presented the new information to the district attorney who dropped all charges. Case Dismissed.

Client: Working Professional

Original Charge: VC §23152 – DUI

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 6 Months in County jail

Outcome: Charges Reduced. No DUI. No Jail. No License Suspension.

Our defendant was arrested and booked by police on suspicion of driving under the influence. His car had collided on the freeway with a slow-moving box truck.

Alcohol testing showed that his BAC level was above the legal limit…at the time of testing.

Our own investigation showed certain important inconsistencies in the way police handled the DUI investigation, which created critical weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

After weeks of negotiations with the prosecutor, the originally charged DUI was reduced to what is commonly known as a “wet reckless.”

Client: Student/Entry-Level Worker

Original Charge: PC §484 – Petty Theft

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 Year in County jail

Outcome: Criminal Case Dismissed.

Our defendant allegedly tried to walk out of a warehouse store with $70 worth of merchandise for which he had not paid. He was stopped and cited for petty theft as a misdemeanor and criminal charges were filed in Superior Court.

After considerable discussions with prosecutors and presentation of various mitigating circumstances, the criminal case was dismissed in favor of a small fine.

Client: Firefighter/Paramedic

Original Charge: PC §647(f) – Drunk in Public

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 6 Months in County jail

Outcome: Criminal Case Dismissed.

Our defendant, acting as a Good Samaritan, assisted a very-intoxicated friend from a bar to the vehicle owned by another of the friends that was with them that night. A passer-by believed the two men were up to no good with the nearly passed out female and called police.

When police arrived, rather than helping the intoxicated girl, they arrested our defendant for being drunk in public, even without any objective signs of intoxication.

The District Attorney actually filed formal criminal charges against our defendant because, as she said, he has a prior DUI and has not learned his lesson.

Naturally we set the matter for jury trial. The prosecutor made several attempts to end the case with alternative misdemeanor conviction option, we said NO!

When there was no doubt that we were ready to fight and that we would win, the prosecutor completely dismissed all criminal charges.

Client: Student

Original Charge: VC §23152 & B&P §25662 – DUI & Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 6 Months in County jail

Outcome: Criminal Case Dismissed.

Our defendant, a teenager, was allegedly speeding and was stopped by police.

One officer claims to have seen an unopened beer can in the center console and subsequently accused him of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The child was arrested and charged in criminal court, even though the police failed to perform any chemical blood/alcohol test.

With substantive evidence to present at trial, we were able to show the prosecutor the inherent weaknesses of their case.

Our defendant did pay a small fine for having the beer in the car, but the criminal case against him was dismissed.

Client: Paramedic

Original Charge: PC §148 – Obstructing or Delaying a Police Officer

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 Year in County jail

Outcome: Criminal Case Dismissed.

Our defendant, an off-duty paramedic, was enjoying a fun night out with her husband, his brother, and some friends.

Later in the evening, the brother-in-law became involved in some sort of altercation inside the bar, someone called the police.

Police detained both the husband and his brother, while our defendant waited on the side, several feet away until another officer arrived and told our defendant to leave the scene altogether.

She tried to explain to the new officer that she was there with her husband; she explained that lived far from where they were and she had nowhere to go and no way to get there – her husband, her ride, was being detained by police.

The cop said he did not care and commanded her to leave the area immediately. She tried once more to explain that she could not go or get anywhere without her husband.

Then the aggressive officer became abusive, shouting at her to leave or else SHE would be arrested. She asked him, based on the circumstances, where she was supposed to go, at which time he handcuffed her and took her into custody and she went to jail.

The story was as infuriating to me as it was to her…and as it is to you reading it now.

We went to work quickly and worked closely with prosecutors on a resolution that made more sense than the arrest.

With evidence of our defendant’s upstanding character, history of professionalism, and continuing career-oriented education, we were able to help the prosecutor see that this was nothing more than a case of an over-aggressive police officer abusing power.

When all was said and done, the criminal case was completely dismissed.

Client: Student/Entry-Level Worker

Original Charge: PC §484 – Petty Theft

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 1 Year in County jail

Outcome: Criminal Case Dismissed.

Our defendant was seen on security surveillance video hiding DVDs in his pants and leaving the store.

He confessed to both the store security officers and the Police. Unfortunately, he had a record of similar acts.

He was formally charged in criminal court with the misdemeanor and faced a stiffer penalty because of his prior arrests.

We spent a considerable amount of time working with prosecutors and were eventually able to have the criminal misdemeanor charges dismissed in favor of a civil infraction for which he paid a fine.

Client: Construction Worker

Original Charge: VC §14601 – Driving with a Suspended Driver License, with priors

Original Charge Level: Misdemeanor

Maximum Exposure: Up to 6 Months in County jail

Outcome: Probation Only. No Jail.

Our defendant was stopped by police, arrested and charged in criminal court with three separate counts, including driving after the DMV had suspended his license. To make matters worse, the suspension came after a DUI, which carries a mandatory jail sentence.

It took a lot of time and close work with the City Attorney, however we are able to have two of the three criminal charges dismissed and the defendant was sentenced to informal probation only.

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