RECENT CASE RESULTS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTROOMS
JURY ACQUITTAL: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client faced four charges of assault and domestic violence, including up to three years in jail. After a two week trial, the jury reached a Not Guilty verdict within 10 minutes of beginning deliberations. The Judge ordered the police to seal and destroy all of its police reports of the incident pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.8.
TWO GANG-RELATED MURDER CHARGES DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client was a driver in two separate gang-related homicides and was facing life without parole if convicted. After getting one of the murder charges dismissed at the preliminary hearing, our firm secured a case settlement to a plea of voluntary manslaughter on the second homicide. Client served all of the custody time in County Jail.
EVADING THE POLICE FELONY CHARGE - PRISON CASE REDUCED TO PROBATION, VAN NUYS COURT
Client was charged with evading the police while DUI. Our firm secured the dismissal of the case after the preliminary hearing. The prosecution then re-filed the charges seeking a prison commitment. After case settlement discussions, the client received probation with no jail time.
CLIENT CHARGED WITH MURDER FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY BY JURY, VAN NUYS COURT
Client was facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted by a jury of first degree murder. Jury unanimously found Client was insane at the time. Client will be housed in a mental institution until he regains sanity.
CLIENT FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF OVER 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON, RECEIVES PROBATION WITH HOME CONFINEMENT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA COURT
Federal agents investigated client for many years as to tax evasion, fraud, securities violation, and theft. Client received no jail time after case resolution.
ATTORNEY FACING NUMEROUS FRAUD CHARGES AFTER UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION, L.A. DOWNTOWN COURT
Plea settlement resulted in no jail time for lawyer in addition to a reduction of the felony charges to less serious one. Resolution enabled the lawyer to avoid automatic disbarment.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - VAN NUYS COURT
Previously convicted of domestic violence in another jurisdiction, our client was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. Prosecutors filed criminal threats charges against our client. After we announced preparedness for trial and reviewed the problems of proof with the prosecution, the case was dismissed.
CLIENT ON PROBATION FOR THEFT CHARGE, ARRESTED FOR FELONY BURGLARY, GLENDALE COURT
Client was released to a drug program. We were able to convince the court to place Client on probation with regards to the second case as well. Moreover, probation was reinstated on the first case.
CHILD ABUSE AND ABDUCTION CHARGES DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client was charged with abducting own children overseas which caused an arrest warrant to be issued in 1993. The warrant was recently recalled and the case was dropped after we conducted an investigation and presented exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor's office.
PROBATION FOR CLIENT FACING OVER 15 YEARS IN PRISON IN DRUG CASES - LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN COURT
While on probation for a drug case in Riverside, Client was arrested on a new case in Los Angeles. Client was facing multiple felony counts including possession for sale of drugs, transportation of drugs, and possession of sawed-off shotgun. Client received probation in the L.A. Case and was reinstated on her Riverside case, doing only four months in custody.
CLIENT FACING 25-LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER CONSPIRACY, WHILE ON PROBATION FOR FELONY
Case resolution resulted in the murder charge being dismissed at sentencing. Client was sentenced to serve 30 months actual time in prison, on an assault charge, concurrent with the probation violation.
CLIENT CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE - BURBANK COURT
Despite strong evidence for the prosecution, case resolution involved no jail time and no sex offender registration.
CLIENT RECEIVES DRUG PROGRAM IN THREE STRIKES CASE- VAN NUYS COURT
We were able to get client released on his own recognizance after drug arrest and convinced the judge and prosecutor to dismiss the prior strike convictions. Client was allowed to complete a Deferred Entry of Judgment program. Upon successful completion, the case will be dismissed.
THEFT & ELDER ABUSE CHARGES: PROBATION WITH NO JAIL TIME - PASADENA COURT
Our client was accused of violating a position of trust with an elderly victim and faced over 5 years in prison. We obtained community service for our client after successful plea negotiations.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - GLENDALE COURT
Despite the detective being adamant about the prosecution moving ahead to trial, the case was dismissed after we presented exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor by conducting an extensive defense investigation. Prosecutor felt the case had reasonable doubt after reading our investigative reports.
BATTERY ON A MINOR: CASE DISMISSED - NEWHALL COURT
Client was charged with battery, an offense carrying a sentence of up to 1 year in the county jail. After plea negotiations and attendance at counseling classes, all charges were dismissed. Client left court with a clean record.
ACCOUNTANT CHARGED WITH THEFT, REDUCED TO INFRACTION - LAX COURT
A Certified Public Accountant was charged with a misdemeanor theft. We resolved the case for informal diversion and obtained a reduction of the charge to an infraction in order to avoid any negative impact on the client’s professional license.
PROSTITUTION STING ARREST, NO CHARGES FILED - LAX COURT
Client was arrested by vice in a sting at Airport Hotel for prostitution. We were able to get the case set for informal City Attorney Hearing and subsequently rejected for prosecution.
CARJACKING-ROBBERY CHARGES DISMISSED, D.A. WITHDRAWS PETITION TO PROSECUTE CLIENT AS ADULT - SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT
Due to a serious prior juvenile record, including several commitments to camp placement, DA sought to prosecute our 17-year old client in adult court where he would be facing over 10 years in prison. We convinced the DA this was a case of mistaken identity, causing these strike offenses to all be dismissed.
FELONY DUI CHARGES AGAINST REGISTERED NURSE DISMISSED, LAX COURT
A registered nurse was charged at LAX Superior court with Felony DUI causing injuries. The DA's initial offer was to plead guilty to the felony (which would have resulted in the loss of her nursing license) and serve 180 days in jail! Our firm conducted the preliminary hearing severely weakening the prosecution's case. After further negotiations in the trial court, we convinced the prosecution to dismiss the felony charge and reduce it to misdemeanor driving with more than .08% blood alcohol level.
CLIENT FACING LIFE SENTENCE FOR CHILD MOLESTATION RECEIVES 3 YEARS IN PRISON - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client had confessed to molesting his girlfriend's daughter. We presented psychiatric evaluations to the prosecutor along with other exculpatory evidence. After extensive settlement negotiations, Client pled out to the lowest state prison term possible. All charges that would have sent him to prison for life were dismissed by the prosecution.
ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM, AND FELONY THREATS CHARGES WILL BE DISMISSED AFTER CLIENT COMPLETES THERAPY PROGRAM - VAN NUYS COURT
A licensed pharmacist was charged with threatening to kill a friend at gunpoint. After we conducted a preliminary hearing and cross-examined the prosecution's witnesses, all felony charges were dismissed. Client will also have the misdemeanor weapons charge dismissed, without suffering a conviction, upon completion of therapy sessions.
NO JAIL IN FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY CASE - L.A. DOWNTOWN COURT
A client working as a nurse was accused of touching a patient inappropriately and there were prior allegations from other patients. Case resolution included no jail as part of a misdemeanor plea.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client was arrested and charged for assaulting a neighbor. After the case was set for trial, we located a new witness who provided exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor. The case was continued, set for an informal city attorney hearing, and all charges were dismissed.
ASSAULT WITH FIREARM CHARGES DROPPED FOLLOWING OUR FIRM'S PREFILING INTERVENTION WITH LAPD AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY: HOLLYWOOD COURT
We presented exculpatory and mitigating evidence to law enforcement and the prosecution immediately after our client's arrest. No criminal charges were filed.
CLIENT ON PROBATION, FACES NEW THEFT CHARGES: NO JAIL - GLENDALE COURT
After numerous incidents of theft, we found a treatment program for our client related to kleptomania. By showing successful treatment results to the prosecutors, we obtained community service for our client on the new case and no jail for the probation violation.
FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST, DIVERTED TO OFFICE HEARING - ALL CHARGED DROPPED: VAN NUYS COURT
In Van Nuys our client was arrested for domestic violence charges and for setting her boyfriend’s clothes on fire. The case was set for hearing, and at the hearing, all charges were dropped.
PREFILING INTERVENTION LAPD SEX CRIME INVESTIGATION: DA REJECTS CASE, AND CRIMINAL CHARGES NOT FILED
Client was accused by a female relative of sexual abuse, and then she filed a police report. After extensive dialogue with the LAPD and the prosecutor's office, including a discussion of all the evidence and our client's clean record, we convinced the government to not arrest our client on serious felony charges. No charges were ever filed.
DUI AND DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER PRESENTION OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA EVIDENCE - VAN NUYS COURT
After client was arrested and criminally charged, we determined that he was a patient with proper medicinal recommendations pursuant to Proposition 215 and AB 240. LAPD had followed our client from a medicinal marijuana dispensary prior to arresting him. Both criminal charges were dismissed on the eve of trial. Client only pled to a speeding infraction, as part of the disposition.
CHILD ABUSE CHARGED DISMISSED - BURBANK COURT
Client arrested for inflicting injury to his child. All charges were dismissed before trial after we presented defense evidence to the prosecutor.
DUI CHARGES DISMISSED - L.A. DOWNTOWN COURTS
Client charged with DUI and hit and run. After extensive negotiations with the city attorney's office, both charges were dismissed. Client admitted to the low grade misdemeanor charge of drunk in public and probation was imposed.
DENTIST CHARGED WITH DUI AND DRUG POSSESSION, NO JAIL AND FELONY TO BE DISMISSED - LAX COURT
Client was charged with DUI, refusing to cooperate with the police for blood testing, and felony possession of a controlled substance. Our firm convinced the DA to strike the refusal allegation on the DUI and to allow the client to participate in a drug-counseling program. Upon successful completion, this felony drug offense will be dismissed.
FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES: PROBATION WITH NO JAIL- VAN NUYS COURT
Our client was a business manager for a local company and was accused of conspiring with his employees to steal over $50,000 in a multiple-count felony complaint. We negotiated a plea where all the conspiracy charges were dismissed and the client received only probation with community service.
DUI CHARGES DISMISSED - TORRANCE COURT
Client was arrested for DUI after a breath-alcohol test revealed .14/.14 results. After plea negotiations and success at the DMV hearing allowing the client to keep his driver's license without a suspension, the prosecution dismissed the DUI charges. Client pled to a non-alcohol related driving charge and paid a fine.
EXTORTION CHARGE DISMISSED - DOWNEY JUVENILE COURT
Client charged and detained in custody for attempted extortion felony. The felony was dismissed after we negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor. Client received informal probation, with the understanding that she will not have any conviction on her record once she successfully completes the term of probation. The entire record of the case will then be sealed.
LEWD CONDUCT CHARGES DISMISSED, RANCHO CUCAMONGA COURT
Case dismissed prior to trial due to law enforcement’s violation of the Statute of Limitations. Our firm filed a Motion to Dismiss, which was granted over the prosecutions objection.
NO JAIL IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE - LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
Client charged with numerous counts of possession of child pornography carrying jail time and sex offender registration consequences. Through successful negotiation and courtroom advocacy, we reached a settlement requiring no jail time, instead counseling, and no 290 registration.
CLIENT CAN APPLY FOR TEACHING CREDENTIAL PETITION FOR FACTUAL INNOCENCE IS GRANTED - LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
Petition for factual innocence was granted over the prosecutor's objection on behalf of a client who was attempting to clear her arrest record and apply for a teaching credential. Court granted our motion to seal and destroy record of arrest pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.8.
MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICERS DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Clients charged with assault and battery on two police officers and resisting arrest. After extensive negotiations with the Prosecutors office and developing evidentiary problems in the case through an extensive defense investigation, all assault charges were dismissed. One client received a conviction for a public disturbance infraction. The other client obtained a reduced misdemeanor. There was no jail time for the clients, despite a two year maximum when the case started.
CLIENT WAS CHARGED WITH NUMEROUS FELONIES FOR DISCHARGING A FIREARM DURING CONFRONTATION WITH FAMILY MEMBERS - PASADENA COURT
Client received no jail time despite the fact that client was facing over 10 years in prison. Instead client received probation with community service!
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - BURBANK COURT
All charges were dismissed before trial after extensive discussions with the prosecution about the problems of proof in the case. Client had been facing up to a year in jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
RAPE CHARGES DISMISSED - MALIBU COURT
Client charged with statutory rape after having a sexual relationship with an underage victim. After negotiation, including the review of all evidence and our client's background, the sex crime allegations were dismissed by the prosecution. Per plea deal, Client received community service with no jail time.
WEAPON POSSESSION ON CAMPUS CHARGES DISMISSED - SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT
Client was a high school student arrested for possession of a dirk/dagger at school because a retractable knife was found in his vehicle by a school official. After we negotiated with the district attorney's office, no charges were filed.
MISDEMEANOR HIT AND RUN CHARGES DISMISSED - VAN NUYS COURT
We obtained a civil compromise causing all criminal charges stemming from the hit and run to be dismissed. Client left the courtroom with a clean record.
FELONY BURGLARY, WHILE ON PROBATION, NO JAIL TIME - GLENDALE COURT
In Van Nuys, client was arrested for felony commercial burglary and Grand Theft. The client had been put on probation for the same offense in Glendale 8 months prior with the same co-defendant. On the new case, after early disposition conferences, an offer of 16 months in State Prison was changed to 2 years special sentencing with 3 years formal probation and 300 hours of community service. The probation violation was revoked and reinstated.
FELONY POSSESSION OF FIREARM ARREST, REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE - VAN NUYS COURT
Client was arrested for trying to buy a gun when prohibited to do so due to a prior conviction. The "conviction" was in juvenile court, however, and we demonstrated that the prior did not qualify as a conviction, but rather a "juvenile sustained petition." Prosecution agreed and reduced the charge to disturbing the peace.
DMV HEARING VICTORY - .22/.23 DUI - NO LICENSE SUSPENSION
Client had reading of .22/.23 with a traffic accident. Through objections we were able to keep the reckless element out! Furthermore, the Administrative Per Se Hearing was set aside!
DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE WITH PRIORS FOR DUI, 180 DAYS COUNTY JAIL CASE, REDUCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE - VAN NUYS COURT
Client was arrested for driving on a suspended license due to a DUI charge. The original offer was 180 days in County Jail, and the final disposition was driving without a valid driver’s license in California with community service as the punishment.
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