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First Degree Murder - CASE DISMISSED

Client was charged with first degree murder. He, along with 2 co-defendants, was accused of killing the victim while at a house party. Specifically, the prosecution alleged that the defendants were involved in a fight with the victim. During the fight, the defendants allegedly kicked and stomped the victim to death. Upon extensive negotiation with the prosecution and upon thorough defense investigation, the DA DISMISSED ALL CHARGES against my client. Through investigation, it was shown that Client was not a participant of the fight and that he was not involved in the murder of the victim. Case was dismissed with prejudice before the preliminary hearing.

First Degree Murder- VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.

Client was charged with first degree murder after she was arrested for stabbing the father of her child during an altercation involving his alleged infidelity. Client served our country as a member of the military for nearly ten years. This was another high-profile case that garnered widespread media attention. Client was facing 25 years to life if convicted. After a rigorous preliminary hearing involving the cross-examination of several prosecution witnesses, Client was faced with the option of going forward to jury trial or resolving the case via plea bargain. After extensive defense investigation and our negotiations with the prosecution, Client accepted a plea bargain of voluntary manslaughter. Upon initially facing 25 years to life in prison, Client was sentenced to 7 years.

Hit and Run involving Death

Client was charged with hit and run involving the death of another. Client, a college student, was driving down a windy road in Del Mar when he struck a man who was riding his bicycle in the middle of the night. This was a case which garnered extensive media attention. The government alleged that Client struck the man and fled the scene without providing assistance. Client was interviewed and investigated within the days following the incident before he was arrested. After hiring a renowned accident reconstruction expert and thorough defense investigation, there were some significant issues in the government’s case. Although he faced many years in prison, Client was ultimately sentenced to 2 years.

Felony Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury WITH STRIKE Enhancement Alleged - CASE DISMISSED

Client was a Marine who was charged with committing an assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. In addition, the prosecution had alleged that great bodily injury had been inflicted upon the victim. Client and his co-defendant were in the Gaslamp area of San Diego on a weekend night. Prosecution alleged that Client and his co-defendant had beaten up the victim by shoving him around and punching him in the face. A witness alleged that both Client and co-defendant had "jumped" the victim and that they were repeatedly throwing punches at the victim. Victim fell down and he sustained multiple injuries to his face and head. Despite some witness accounts, there were several other witnesses who indicated that Client was not in fact involved in the altercation and that he was trying to break up the fight between the victim and co-defendant. After defense investigation and negotiation with the prosecution, the case was dismissed against Client.

Felony Criminal Threats and Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Case REDUCED to MISDEMEANOR; NO JAIL TIME

Client was charged with felony criminal threats and felony assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury. Client, along with his father, were charged with threatening to kill their neighbor and assaulting a former neighbor. Prosecution alleged that Client and his father ganged up on the former neighbor and that they beat him up for no reason. After preliminary hearing, the felony criminal threat, which is a strike offense, was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence. After negotiations, Client was granted a misdemeanor on the assault charge and he served no jail time.

Felony Assault - CASE DISMISSED

Client was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence offenses, and making criminal threats, which is a strike. Client was a licensed attorney; any conviction could affect his future ability to practice law. After defense investigation, I met with the deputy district attorney to discuss the case. After extensive discussions, the prosecution agreed to dismiss all charges. Entire case dismissed.

Possession of Controlled Substances - CASE DISMISSED

Client was arrested for possession of controlled substances and being under the influence of a controlled substance. After providing consent to search the vehicle, officers found methamphetamine, heroin, and numerous prescription pills. Officers also located foil paper with residue indicating recent use of the controlled substances. After extensive negotiation with the prosecution, Client did NOT even have to enroll in PC 1000 or Prop 36. Case was dismissed.

Possession of Controlled Substances - CASE DISMISSED

Client was talking to his girlfriend in his vehicle, which was parked legally on the street. A police officer approached him and blocked his vehicle from leaving. The police officer asked him what he was doing and asked Client if he had anything illegal in his car. Officer proceeded to search Client's person and vehicle. Controlled substances and marijuana were found in the vehicle. After litigating a motion to suppress the evidence based upon an illegal detention, the court granted our motion. Case dismissed.

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