In a recent murder case involving a stabbing, my client was one
of five defendants charged. Three defendants were found guilty at
trial and received sentences of 30, 27 and 25 years each in prison.
The fourth defendant, a juvenile, who had been charged as an adult,
had his case reduced and he testified against one of the other
defendants. My client, who had been 17 at the time of the incident,
therefore an adult, had very minimal
involvement. Negotiations with
the State resulted in a reduced case of
Aggravated Battery. The murder charge was dismissed. My client did
not testify against any of his co-defendants. He received a 5-year
prison sentence and with time served he is now back in school.
I recently defended a client who was charged with a DUI and
Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. The client was found
not guilty at trial because he was outside of his car when the
police arrived and they could not prove that he was the driver of
One of my client's was pulled over by the police and they found
a significant amount of cocaine in the trunk of his car. I filed a
motion to suppress the drugs. We won the motion because the police
didn't have enough probable cause to stop the car. The police said
they were looking for a male, white, burglar in the area. The
neighborhood in question was upscale, populated by mostly white
residents. On the stand the police officer admitted that he just
stopped the next car that passed by.
A male client was charged with two counts of Domestic Battery by
a female roommate. She alleged that he struck her in the face on
one occasion and that he touched her in a sexually inappropriate
nature a few days later. Yet, on cross-examination she admitted
that she did not contact the police until a week after the second
incident and two days after she had paid the next months rent. My
client's son then testified that she had told him that she found
out she was pregnant and wanted to move back with her boyfriend.
The Judge found that she just wanted her rent money back and he
found my client not guilty.
Having been both a prosecutor and
a criminal defense attorney, I recognize that it takes good
attorneys on both sides to make the justice system work. In today's
world, everyone is overly focused on prosecuting crime and getting
retribution. People are afraid. But fear impedes the process of
justice and people forget that an accusation is only an accusation.
If you are the accused, you become acutely aware of the need for
someone to speak up for you. Without a true advocate, it's a
one-sided war. Let me use my experience and knowledge to be
that advocate for you.
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