DUI CASE - Verdict of NOT GUILTY on all counts. The jury acquitted despite .22% blood alcohol content.
People v. R.V. (2018)
Client was found passed out in driver's seat in a ditch on side of the road, keys in ignition, admitted driving to location, and had a blood alcohol content of .22%. Result: No conviction, no jail, no fines, no criminal record, no immigration consequences.
SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER WITH .15% BLOOD ALCOHOL CAUSING 5-CAR COLLISION AND $50,000 OF DAMAGE RECEIVES "WET RECKLESS" AND NO JAIL
People v. V.G. (2018)
DUI suspect found in car flipped on its side after crashing into 5 parked cars. Several witnesses arrived within minutes to find my client in the car. When questioned by authorities, my client admitted to driving. Nevertheless, I argued the DA couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that my client drove.
Result: The DUI charges and special enhancements were dismissed; the case resolved for a "wet reckless." No jail.
DUI SUSPECT'S CASE DISMISSED - CLIENT RECEIVES INFRACTION ONLY FOR BROKEN TAILLIGHT
PETTY THEFT SUSPECT PROVEN INNOCENT AT HEARING - CASE DISMISSED
Client was charged with theft offenses after a family member assumed his identity while committing offenses and ultimately getting caught by authorities. I demanded an "identity hearing" in which we proved my client's innocence based on fingerprint analysis. Result: Case dismissed, no jail, no fines, no criminal record, no immigration consequences.
JURY RETURNS VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY IN INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE - CLIENT AVOIDS LIFETIME SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
People v. R.R. (2018)
Client was accused of masturbating to a female guard at the local jail in violation of Penal Code Section 314. The circumstances suggested my client knew exactly when this guard would be arriving at his cell. Video surveillance showed about 10 seconds of time my client had to cover up, but did not. Also, the jury heard about a prior conviction for very similar conduct. However, in short, I argued that although he was caught in the act, the DA failed to prove his specific (criminal) intent. Result: No conviction, no jail, no fines, and no requirement to register as a sex offender for life.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISMISSES INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE FOR INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE
Client was accused of exposing his private parts to a woman in public. He vehemently denied the conduct. If convicted, client faced lifetime sex offender registration. After negotiations before trial, the DA agreed with my argument that its one witness's account was not strong enough to convict at trial. Consequently, the case was dismissed.
JURY TRIAL - CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY
People v. R.R., Mar. 2018
Indecent Exposure (Penal Code Section 314). If convicted, client would have faced lifetime sex offender registration.
Not guilty verdict. Because he was acquitted, client not required to register as a sex offender for life.
.15 DUI WITH 5-CAR COLLISION REDUCED TO WET RECKLESS
People v. V.G., Mar. 2018
Drunk driving (Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) and 23152(b)) + special allegation (penalty enhancement) for having a blood alcohol content over .15 percent (Vehicle Code Section 23578)
DUI charges and special allegation dismissed; case reduced to "wet reckless." No jail despite hitting 5 cars and causing over 50K in damages.