CASE RESULTS

DOMESTIC ASSAULT DISMISSED AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. M.V.  December 2020: Our client was charged with domestic assault against her husband. The prosecutor wouldn't make any offers so we took the case to trial. The judge dismissed the case after the "victim" was cross-examined and it became clear that the evidence was insufficient to support a battery conviction.  

POSSESSION OF COCAINE DROPPED PRIOR TO HEARING

Commonwealth v. H.V.  December 2020: Three people including our client were charged after cocaine was found in a car. The two co-defendants both pled guilty. We knew that there was a good suppression issue and chose to fight. The prosecutor conceded it was a strong issue and dropped the charge right before we got in front of the judge.  

FELONY DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY DISMISSED AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

Commonwealth v. M.C.  November 2020: Our client was one of the Portsmouth 19 who was charged after protesting the confederate monuments. It was a politically motivated and ridiculous charge from the start and our client should never have been forced to go through this. The prosecution did the right thing and dismissed the baseless charge without a hearing.  

DOMESTIC ASSAULT DROPPED PRIOR TO HEARING

Commonwealth v. K.F. 

November 2020: Our client was on vacation in Virginia Beach when an innocent night of fun turned ugly. It was clear based on the evidence that there were significant doubts about who was the aggressor. We were working with an experienced prosecutor who did the right thing and dropped the charge.   

TWO COUNTS BRANDISHING FIREARM &TRESPASSING DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. R.A. & S.A.

October 2020: We represented two clients who were unfairly charged after a vengeful ex-employer complained about them lawfully open carrying firearms. It was a difficult trial that required arguing some very technical  points regarding the intent required for trespassing and brandishing. In the end, we were thrilled when the judge dismissed all charges.    

DOMESTIC ASSAULT DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL. NAVY CAREER PROTECTED.

Commonwealth v. J.W.

October 2020: This was a high stakes situation because our client's military career was at risk.  After reviewing the  evidence, we knew that there was nothing to support a criminal charge. We were working with a highly professional prosecutor who listened to our arguments and agreed to drop the charge.  

BREAKING & ENTERING AND ASSAULT DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.D.

September 2020: Our client was invited over to his ex-girlfriend's house, and things turned ugly. She initially claimed that an assault occurred. At preliminary hearing and trial, we proved that her story had changed multiple times and that our client had permission to enter the house. In the end, all charges were dismissed and our client walked away vindicated.  

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. T.M.

September 2020: Our client was arrested after she was accused of assisting to destroy information pertaining to a gun / homicide investigation. We listened to a mountain of jail recordings. Based on what we heard, we knew the prosecution would have a hard time proving that she directly hindered the investigation. We had to reject multiple plea offers. In the end, the prosecution tapped out and dropped the charge completely.  

ASSAULT & BATTERY DISMISSED. MILITARY CAREER PROTECTED.

Commonwealth v. D.C.

September 2020: This was a high stakes situation because our client's military career was at risk.  After reviewing the  evidence, we knew that there was nothing to support a criminal charge. We were working with a highly professional prosecutor who listened to our arguments and agreed to drop the charge.  

MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND ASSAULT & BATTERY DROPPED

Commonwealth v. N.H.

August 2020: Our client was unfairly charged after he defended his wife from a drunken guest at a house party. We felt confident that we had a strong defense so we rejected two separate plea offers that would have involved guilty pleas to lesser charges. The prosecution ultimately folded their cards when it was clear we weren't going to plead guilty to anything.   

3 COUNTS STALKING, 4 COUNTS VIOLATING ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. S.F.  

July 2020: Our client was initially charged with stalking and held on no bond. We quickly got him released, but more charges were filed the next day. Once again, we fought to get him out of jail. After lengthy court proceedings, we established that our client was the true victim of frivolous accusations and all charges were dropped.   

BREAKING & ENTERING AND GRAND LARCENY DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. D.W.

July 2020: This was a classic scenario of our client being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  We worked with our client and his family to navigate a way through the system that resulted in all charges being dismissed with our client's bright future still intact.  

DUI & REFUSAL BOTH DROPPED TO ONE COUNT OF RECKLESS DRIVING

Commonwealth v. J.B.

July 2020: We closely reviewed over an hour of bodycam footage that showed our client doing exceptionally well on field sobriety tests and being polite and courteous with the officers. We were prepared to go to trial. After a negotiation with the prosecution, our client agreed to plead guilty to a reckless driving with a sentence that guaranteed 1. No DUI, 2. No Jail Time, 3. Our Client Being Able To Drive, and 4. No Interlock Device, It was a grand slam for our client.   

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. A.D.

June 2020: We were excited to finally be back in court fighting for clients after the lengthy court closures due to COVID. In this case, our client was wrongfully charged after an argument with her boyfriend. We documented that his story had changed significantly from what he originally told the police and passed the info along to the prosecution. We were working with an experienced prosecutor who quickly agreed that charge should be dropped.  

MALICIOUS WOUNDING REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR. 

Commonwealth v. G.D.

February 2020: Our client was accused of stomping on a man during a melee at a bar. It was a complicated case to put together and required going out to the scene several times to take photos and interview witnesses. We knew based on the evidence and interviews that there was no evidence to support that our client had done anything other than try to break up a fight. After a hard fought trial, our client got out of the felony. 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.S.

February 2020: This was an unusual situation because we were hired by the alleged victim of a domestic assault. He did not want to testify for fear that it could potentially incriminate him and jeopardize his military career. The judge agreed with our argument that he could not be compelled to testify under the 5th Amendment even with a prosecution offer of immunity. 

ASSAULT AND BATTERY AND DISTURBING THE PEACE DISMISSED 

Commonwealth v. J.W.

February 2020: This case was yet another example of how the civilian initiated warrant system in Virginia is ripe for abuse. Our client, a business owner with no prior record, was arrested at his business in front of his customers based on nothing more than a frivolous complaint made by an ex-roommate. It was an incredibly unfair and humiliating experience. We were proud to help him get the charges dismissed and we're now working on expunging any record of his arrest.  

ASSAULT AND BATTERY DISMISSED AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.J.

February 2020: This case proved yet again that you've never seen it all as a criminal defense attorney. Our client was accused of throwing cayenne pepper into someone's eyes during an altercation. We knew that the story on the other side didn't add up. Our client pled not guilty and on cross-examination we demonstrated the inconsistencies in the complaining party's testimony. The judge agreed that there was reasonable doubt and dismissed the charge. 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT DISMISSED AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.W.

January 2020: Our client was charged after an incident at a family reunion got out of hand. We felt confident that the evidence would show that our client was the real victim. The prosecutor insisted on trying the case after we rejected a plea agreement. It was worth it because the charge was dismissed and our client walked away with his clean record intact. 

DUI WITH CHILD, REFUSAL BOTH DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.C.

January 2020: This was a tricky case because it involved surveillance footage, restaurant receipts, and a 911 recording. We knew that it would be difficult for the prosecution to get all the witnesses it needed to put together the case. We had to reject an offer and get through two continuances, but it was worth it in the end when all charges were dropped.  

ILLEGAL MASSAGE AND MASSAGE WITHOUT A LICENSE DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL AND APPEAL

Commonwealth v. X.Y.

January 2020: Our client was charged after a sting operation at a massage parlor turned up some less than savory behavior.  We fought to get one charge dismissed after trial in lower court. We appealed the remaining charge and came prepared with case law showing that an element of the remaining charge could not be proven. We were fortunate to have a reasonable prosecutor who looked at the law and agreed that the remaining charge should be dismissed. 

ROBBERY, CONSPIRACY CHARGES DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. W.N.

January 2020: Our client was accused on nothing more than the word of a jailhouse informant. We built a strong defense to prove that our client was nowhere near the crime scene when it occurred. The prosecution didn't give up easily and our client was dragged through a preliminary hearing, a direct indictment, and even the threat of federal indictment. After all that trouble, the prosecution acknowledged in the end that the case was too weak to prosecute and all charges were dropped. 

CONTEMPT OF COURT DISMISSED AFTER HEARING

Commonwealth v. N.P.

January 2020: Our client was thrown in jail after he lost his cool and told a judge that he was rude following a hearing. He hired us to handle his appeal. We convinced a judge in higher court that although our client should have kept his mouth shut, he did not disrupt the court process and the charge was dismissed. 

STRANGULATION, DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, ANIMAL CRUELTY ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. J.D.

January 2020: Our client landed in jail after the police responded out to a domestic call. He was in a terrible position because he was also on felony probation with years hanging over his head. First we got him out on bond over the prosecution's objection. Then we got to work proving that the case against him was bogus. In the end, the prosecution was forced to concede that they couldn't prove their case and all charges were dropped.  

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. A.V.

December 2019: This was an interesting case and probably one of our last simple possession of marijuana cases before the General Assembly decriminalizes possession of small amounts. Our client was vacationing in Virginia and had marijuana on him that had been prescribed in Michigan. We did our research and showed the judge the legal authority that our client could not be prosecuted for lawfully obtained marijuana. Our client walked away with his clean record intact. 

RAPE CHARGES DROPPED AFTER EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION

Commonwealth v. K.H.

December 2019: This was a very difficult case. Our client was accused of sexual misconduct from years in the past. Based on the charges, he was facing up to life in prison. We were confident based on our assessment of the evidence that our client was innocent. Part of our investigation included recording telephone conversations that proved crucial in confirming that the accusations were frivolous. We worked with an experienced prosecutor who knew that the case was crumbling and all charges were dropped.  

FELONY STRANGULATION, DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, TWO COUNTS VIOLATING A PROTECTIVE ORDER ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. H.O.

December 2019: Our client's Navy career and freedom were in severe jeopardy after his soon to be ex-wife made serious accusations against him. We dug into the complaining witness's credibility and found that there were numerous witnesses who would testify that she had a history of making false accusations. After sharing all of our information with the prosecution, they did the right thing and agreed to drop all charges. 

TWO COUNTS ASSAULT AND BATTERY DISMISSED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. L.M.

November 2019: A neighborhood get together at a bar turned ugly and our client ended up facing two criminal charges. We tried to work with the people on the other side, but they insisted that they wanted to prosecute the case and put our client in jail. We dug in our heels and prepared to go to trial. When we showed up for court, the police officer had failed to properly issue subpoenas and asked for a continuance. The judge agreed with our argument that there was no good cause for a continuance and dismissed all charges.  

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PARAPHERNALIA

Commonwealth v. T.B.

November 2019: Our client faced a felony carrying up to 40 years in prison and to make matter worse he was already on felony probation. We were able to successfully work with the prosecutor to persuade him that the evidence didn't support the felony. Although we didn't have an agreement on sentencing, we were thrilled when we convinced the judge that no jail time was warranted. The cherry on top was that our client's probation officer didn't violate him. He walked away without serving a single day in jail.  

NOT GUILTY DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE 3RD OFFENSE AFTER TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. J.F.

November 2019: Our client faced 10 days of mandatory jail time after the officer discovered that he had two prior offenses for driving while suspended. We went through the DMV transcript with a fine toothed comb and discovered that our client had not been properly notified of his suspension. The judge dismissed the charge and instead found him guilty of driving without a license with a $100 fine.Our client walked out of court to go home to his newborn baby instead of spending the next 10 days in jail.  

NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. T.A.

November 2020: A simple traffic stop turned into a criminal charge after the police searched the car and found a large bag of marijuana inside a bag. Fortunately for our client, we were able to exploit a technical defense because the police officer failed to provide him with a form advising him of his right to a full chemical analysis. The judge followed the law and dismissed the charge. 

NOT GUILTY DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. G.S.

October 2019: Our client was in a difficult position because of a prior domestic assault and battery charge on her record. We fought the charge and convinced the judge that there was reasonable doubt as to whether our client had an intent to harm when the alleged assault occurred. The charge was dismissed and our client was able to move on with her life. 

INDECENT EXPOSURE DISMISSED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.C.

October 2019: We came to court with four different cases demonstrating that indecent exposure requires proof of not only nudity but also a sexual intent. The police officer opposing us was extremely professional and discussed the situation with us prior to trial. After we showed him the case law, he agreed that the evidence did not support the charge and agreed to dismiss the charge. 

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA AMENDED TO SIMPLE POSSESSION

Commonwealth v. A.D.

September 2019: Our client was in serious hot water after a pound of marijuana was found in his trunk during a traffic stop. We went through several hours of bodycam footage and discovered our client had been placed in handcuffs prior to administration of the Miranda warnings which put us in a strong position to argue that all of his statements were inadmissible. In exchange for not litigating the suppression issue, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. It was a great result for our client. 

UNDERAGE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, REFUSAL TO PRESENT ID, PUBLIC INTOXICATION ALL DISMISSED 

Commonwealth v. M.C.

September 2019: Our client had a bad night at the oceanfront and ended up in jail after an encounter with the police. It was a high stakes situation because he was in the Navy and facing other possible punishments. We put together a plan that enabled all charges to be dismissed upon the completion of an alcohol program. our client walked away with a clean record and no additional consequences through the Navy. 

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE HEROIN REDUCED TO SIMPLE POSSESSION WITH TIME SERVED 

Commonwealth v. M.M. September 2019: This was an incredibly complicated case. We consulted three expert witnesses in addictionology who specialized in treating heroin addicts. We also subpoenaed a deputy at the jail who had seen our client when he was arrested and recognized that he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms. The prosecution finally caved and agreed to reduce the charge to simple possession with no additional time to serve.  

TWO COUNTS ​​​​​​FELONY FALSE STATEMENT ON GUN PURCHASE FORM REDUCED TO ONE MISDEMEANOR

Commonwealth v. D.M.

July 2019: We secured documents showing that our client had successfully petitioned a circuit court to have his gun rights restored. What our client didn't realize is that the gun rights restoration didn't solve all his problems. In the end, the prosecution knew that it was going to be difficult to prove that our client had knowingly and intentionally made a false statement. Instead of a felony, our client walked away with a misdemeanor and a few weekends. 

NOT GUILTY ASSAULT AND BATTERY AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. C.W.

June 2019: Our client was charged after a co-worker claimed that he was struck during an altercation at work. We interviewed and subpoenaed an independent witness who confirmed that the co-worker was the aggressor and instigated the situation. After hearing the testimony, the judge agreed that there was reasonable doubt and the charge was dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE DUI RELATED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. B.L.

June 2019: The initial charge was under 46.2-391 which requires proof of a suspension for DUI second offense. Our client only had a prior DUI first offense.  The officer realized his mistake and amended the charge over our objection to a violation of 18.2-272 which covers suspensions for DUI first offenses. In the end, we still won because we successfully argued that the DMV abstract failed to prove that our client was still suspended for the DUI first offense.  

FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DROPPED

Commonwealth v. J.F.

June 2019: Our client was facing a felony conviction and jail time after heroin was recovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop. We argued that there were several people in the car with drug histories, there was no proof of how long our client had been in the car, there was no evidence that our client had recently used, and the drugs were not readily visible. We were thrilled when the prosecutor tapped out allowing our client to walk away with a clean record. 

NOT GUILTY FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. G.B.

May 2019: Our client was facing a felony conviction and possible prison time after a bag with meth residue was found in a van he was driving. We successfully argued that although he admitted prior drug use, there was no proof that he was aware of the presence of the bag as required in a constructive possession case. The judge agreed with our analysis, and our client walked out of the courtroom with his charge totally dismissed.  

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION BOTH DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. P.M.

May 2019: Our client was a passenger in a car pulled for a DUI investigation. He had a big problem on his hands after the police accused  him of interfering with their investigation. We came prepared with a mountain of case law showing that failing to fully comply with an officer is not enough to prove obstruction of justice. After discussing the situation with the officer before court, we came to an agreement that both charges would be dismissed. 

FELONY PANDERING DROPPED BEFORE HEARING, MISDEMEANORS FOR AIDING PROSTITUTION AND MAINTAINING BAWDY HOUSE BOTH DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. K.R.

May 2019: Our client was arrested at a hotel in Virginia Beach and accused of running a prostitution ring. We successfully argued that no evidence proved that any prostitution occurred in the city of Virginia Beach and all charges were dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY STALKING, DOMESTIC ASSAULT, AND TRESPASSING AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. H.C.

April 2019: Our client's ex-boyfriend made a series of false allegations after she broke things off with him. Through a tough cross-examination, we were able to show numerous inconsistencies with his version of events. The judge agreed that his testimony was not credible and dismissed all charges. 

​POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON, POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH DRUGS, CONCEALED WEAPON, AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I OR II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. A.S.

April 2019: Our client was charged with numerous felonies carrying mandatory minimum prison time after a gun and drugs were recovered during a traffic stop. We were fortunate to work with an experienced prosecutor who agreed with our analysis that the evidence didn't prove that our client knew any of the illegal items were in the car. 

ASSAULT AND BATTERY DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. N.H.

April 2019: After a hard fought trial, the judge found the evidence was sufficient to support a conviction but agreed to continue the case for 3 months. After the end of the 3 month period, the charge was dismissed, and our client walked away with a completely clean record. 

NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.W.

March 2019: The police stopped our client as he was pulling out of a driveway and discovered a bag of marijuana. We successfully argued that the police violated our client's 4th Amendment rights by detaining him without any reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The marijuana evidence was suppressed and our client walked away with a clean record. 

NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON AFTER JURY TRIAL.

Commonwealth v. W.T. February 2019: Our client was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors after an incident in his backyard led to the discovery of a gun. It looked like a long shot because two police officers testified that they had wrestled the gun out of our client's hand. We successfully argued that forensics evidence didn't back up the officers' version of events and the jury found our client not guilty. Both misdemeanors were also dropped prior to trial.  

​​​​NOT GUILTY BRANDISHING A FIREARM AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. D.B.

January 2019: Our client was charged after his girlfriend's vengeful ex claimed that he brandished a weapon. We demonstrated that he was acting in self defense and that the weapon did not meet the required definition under the law. The charge was dismissed and our client kept his record clean. 

​​​NOT GUILTY PROFANE LANGUAGE OVER PUBLIC AIRWAY AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. H.C.   January 2019: Our client was charged after sending an angry text message with colorful language. We brought a mountain of case law proving that her statements were protected speech under the First Amendment. The judge agreed that while her language was offensive, it was Constitutionally protected and the charge was dismissed. 

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA DROPPED

Commonwealth v. D.G.

January 2019: Our client was charged after almost two ounces of marijuana was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop. Our client was smart enough to exercise his right to remain silent and called us. We rejected a plea offer that would have included jail time and scheduled the case for a hearing. On the day of court, the prosecution conceded that they could not prove constructive possession of the marijuana, and the charge was dropped. 

MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND FELONY DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY DROPPED

Commonwealth v. M.W.

January 2019: An innocent night out on the town turned into a nightmare after our client was charged with throwing a bottle at his ex-girlfriend. After closely examining surveillance footage, we were convinced that our client was innocent and came to court prepared to fight. After discussing the case with the prosecution, we were thrilled when both felony charges were dropped. 

NOT GUILTY BREAKING AND ENTERING, FELONY CONSPIRACY, PETIT LARCENY AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. G.C.

January 2019: Our client sat in jail for almost 5 months before he called us. We reviewed bodycam footage and quickly determined that he had a valid defense to both felony charges. After a hard fought trial, the judge agreed with our analysis and dismissed all charges other than a misdemeanor trespassing. Instead of years in prison, our client walked out of jail the same day. 

MAINTAINING A DISORDERLY HOUSE DROPPED

Commonwealth v. R.N.

January 2019: An innocent college party resulted in our client being charged with a class 1 misdemeanor when the police responded to a noise complaint. The city attorney tried to steamroll her into accepting a guilty plea before we got involved. We stood our ground, rejected the offer, and prepared for trial. The city attorney tapped out at the moment of truth, and our client walked out with a totally clean record, no fees, and no courts costs. 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED

Commonwealth v. J.C.

December 2018: Our client's career was put in jeopardy due to a frivolous claim that she assaulted her ex-boyfriend. We pulled court records proving that he had a history of assaultive behavior and were prepared to go to trial to prove our client's innocence. On the day of trial, the prosecution requested a continuance. We objected that there was no good cause. The judge agreed with us and the charge was dropped. 

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE DISMISSED, RECKLESS DRIVING REDUCED TO SPEEDING

Commonwealth v. A.R.

December 2018: A simple traffic stop turned into a much bigger problem when the officer found marijuana and testified that our client was uncooperative during the arrest. We took all of the charges to trial. We used case law to successfully argue that the lack of cooperation did not rise to the level of criminal obstruction. We beat the marijuana charge on a technical argument. The cherry on top was that the reckless driving was reduced to regular speeding with a small fine. 

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. C.J.

November 2018: Our client faced a mandatory minimum 2 years in prison after a gun was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop. After the preliminary hearing, we were confident that the prosecution couldn't prove our client had placed the gun in the car or ever exercised "dominion and control" over it. We scheduled the case for a trial and waited for forensics that would clear our client. After the forensics failed to materialize, the prosecution dropped the charge without a trial. 

​NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AFTER TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. A.M.

November 2018: This was a high stakes trial with our client facing 5 years mandatory minimum prison time. We successfully argued that although our client acknowledged knowing a gun was in a car, he never exercised dominion and control over the gun as required in a constructive possession case. After a hard fought motion to suppress and trial, we eventually prevailed and our client was found not guilty of both firearms charges. 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. R.Z.

November 2018: Our client was caught in a nightmare after being unjustly accused of domestic assault. To make matters worse, he was suspended from work and his case wasn't scheduled for trial for more than 3 months! We talked to the prosecutor and showed the charge wasn't justified. We were able to get the case on the docket immediately and the charge was promptly dropped. 

FELONY DRIVING ON SUSPENDED DUI RELATED REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR 

Commonwealth v. C.P.

November 2018: Our client had big problems after being pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road less than one year after a felony DUI. He was facing a mandatory minimum one year in prison. We successfully argued that his driving did not meet the legal standard for endangerment to life, limb, or property and the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor with time served. 

NOT GUILTY OF DUI WITH CHILD IN CAR AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. E.W.

November 2018: A routine traffic stop after 4th of July fireworks turned into a huge problem when the police found an open container of beer in our client's car. He was facing mandatory minimum jail time before he gave us a call. Through a tough cross-examination, we successfully demonstrated that his performance on the field sobriety tests was not consistent with impairment. He walked out of the courtroom with no criminal conviction and no jail time. 

FELONY CHILD NEGLECT DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. L.B.

November 2018: An innocent night at a hotel turned into our client's worst nightmare after her child got out of the room and was found alone in the lobby. The police responded and charged  her with felony child neglect. The charge was completely unjustified as what occurred could have happened to any parent. We were fortunate to work with a reasonable and fair prosecutor and the charge was quickly dropped.  

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.S.

October 2018: Our client was charged after her ex called the police following an argument. We were able to gather evidence demonstrating that her ex had a history of drunken and disorderly behavior. That helped convince the prosecutor that the case should not be prosecuted and the charge was dropped. 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED

Commonwealth v. D.W.

September 2018: This was a high stakes case. Our client's Navy career was put in jeopardy after false accusations were made against him. It took two separate court dates, but we successfully managed to have both charges dropped.  We and our client walked out of the courtroom with big smiles that day. 

FELONY STRANGULATION, DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, DESTROYING A PHONE LINE ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. D.B.

August 2018: When our client's family first called us, he was in jail on no bond.  Within 48 hours, we got him out of jail and back to his family and job. With our guidance, all charges were dropped and the worst chapter in his life is behind him. 

UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION OF AN IMAGE DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.S.

July 2018: Our client was charged under the so called "revenge pornography" law.  Our client had a different attorney in lower court and was convicted and received jail time.  We were hired to handle the appeal and filed motions arguing that the law is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.  After two different court dates worth of argument and legal briefs, the case was ultimately dismissed after we convinced the judge that the court did not have proper venue to hear the case. 

HIT AND RUN CHARGE DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT

Commonwealth v. A.M.

June 2018: Our client had a different attorney in lower court and was convicted. We were hired to handle the appeal and immediately got to work investigating the case.  We discovered that the location of the damage and the relative size of the vehicles supported our client's story that he didn't realize that contact was made.  After presenting the evidence to the prosecutor, the case was dropped and our client walked away with a clean record. 

FELONY STRANGULATION AND MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY DROPPED

Commonwealth v. L.O.

May 2018: Some domestic cases are dropped with little opposition from the prosecution. This was not one of those cases. We put in extensive work including interviewing witnesses, meeting with the complaining witness multiple times, and helping to negotiate a protective order. Along the way, we rejected multiple plea agreements. The hard work paid off with all charges dropped and our client keeping his job. 

CONCEALED WEAPON DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. K.H.

April 2018: Our client was charged after the police discovered a gun in his jacket during a traffic stop.  With our guidance, our client obtained his concealed carry permit prior to the court date and we convinced the judge to dismiss the charge. 

CONCEALED WEAPON DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. B.L.

April 2018: A routine traffic stop turned into a big problem for our client when the state trooper discovered that his license was suspended for a DUI.  Our client received 30 days to serve in lower court, and we appealed.  In higher court we successfully argued that the evidence didn't prove that our client had notice of the suspension.  The charge was dismissed, and he walked away with no jail time and no fine. 

TWO COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. K.W.

February 2019: Animal control officers charged our client after his dogs were found dehydrated in his home. We successfully argued that he had no intention of leaving the animals unattended and the charges were dismissed.   

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY VIOLENT FELON, POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH DRUGS, AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I OR II DROPPED

Commonwealth v. C.J.

February 2018: Our client was charged after a gun and molly were found in the vehicle he was driving.  The case was drawn out for almost a year, but we were thrilled when our persistence paid off and the prosecution conceded that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client had placed the items in the car or knew they were present. 

TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DROPPED

Commonwealth v. S.H.

January 2018: Our client was charged with two felonies carrying a combined mandatory minimum of 1 year behind bars.  Needless to say, it was an extremely stressful situation for our client.  We spent hours viewing video security footage and identified key portions that contradicted the official version of events. Prior to a jury trial, the prosecutors did the right thing and agreed to drop the charges.  We were beyond thrilled for our client. 

NOT GUILTY OF OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSES AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.S.

January 2018: Our client was charged after pawning what turned out to be stolen property.  It was a high stakes case because a conviction would have led to a violation of our client's probation. We convinced the Court that there was reasonable doubt that our client knew the property was stolen and the charge was dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. B.H.

December 2017: Our client was a passenger in a car where cocaine was found. The police testified that he was highly nervous and admitted to cocaine use the previous day. We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that our client placed the cocaine in the car or knew it was there. Our client avoided possible prison time and a lifetime of being a convicted felon. 

FELONY HIT AND RUN AND POSSESSION OF METH PRECURSORS DROPPED. NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF METH AND POSSESSION OF LSD AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.J.

November 2017: Drugs were found in a car driven by our client after an accident. We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that our client was aware the drugs were in the car and all felony charges were dismissed. He walked away a free and happy man. 

RAPE CHARGES DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT

Commonwealth v. S.Y.

October 2017: Our client was thrown in jail and faced the possibility of life in prison. Needless to say, he was terrified. We worked tirelessly to uncover evidence that was never reviewed by the police. In the end, we were successful in proving that our client was the victim of a terrible false accusation. We were incredibly excited when his charge was dropped. . 

NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON AND FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. D.F.

July 2017: Our client innocently tried to purchase a gun and ended up charged with two felonies.  We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution could not prove that he had previously been convicted of a felony and both charges were dismissed. 

POSSESSION OF HEROIN DROPPED, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. M.J.

July 2017: Heroin and marijuana were discovered in a car that our client was driving. We successfully argued that the prosecution couldn't prove that our client knew any drugs were in the car.  The marijuana charge was dismissed after trial and the possession of heroin was dropped before trial in higher court. 

FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. A.A.

July 2017: Our client was accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from her employer.  We investigated the case and discovered that the employer made an insurance claim on the supposed theft that paid out $25,000.  We did more digging and discovered that the employer had a felony fraud record under a different name!  In the end, the prosecutor agreed that this was likely insurance fraud with our client being falsely accused to cover up the crime. 

NOT GUILTY OF ROBBERY, USE OF A FIREARM, AND FELONY THEFT AFTER JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.M.

June 2017: The stakes were high with our client facing state sentencing guidelines recommending a punishment of more than 9 years in prison.  We were humbled that our client placed his faith in us and exercised his right to a jury trial.  It was a big risk but it paid off.  After a hard fought trial, we were thrilled when the jury returned not guilty verdicts to all felony charges and instead convicted him of only one misdemeanor. 

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON DROPPED PRIOR TO TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.C.

June 2017: Our client was charged after a gun was found in a vehicle he was driving.  We requested forensic analysis that ultimately did not link our client to the gun and the charge was dropped. 

POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON DROPPED

Commonwealth v. S.C.

May 2017: Our client was one of several young men in a car during a traffic stop.  The police found two guns under one of the seats and charged our client who was the closest to the gun.  DNA analysis failed to prove any link between our client and the gun and the charge was dropped. 

POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A FELON DROPPED

Commonwealth v. D.J.

May 2017: Our client was charged after police found a box of bullets in his glove compartment during a traffic stop.  The prosecution agreed that the evidence could not prove that our client placed the box in the car or knew that it was there. 

GRAND LARCENY, CREDIT CARD THEFT, TWO COUNTS CREDIT CARD FRAUD ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. B.C.

April 2017: Our client was accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase items at a motorcycle shop.  The clerk claimed that she could identify our client.  We conducted a lineup after the preliminary hearing and she selected somebody other than our client.  With the identification crumbling, the prosecution agreed to drop all charges. 

DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN AND COCAINE DROPPED

Commonwealth v. C.B.

February 2017: Our client was charged after several bags of heroin and cocaine were recovered from a vehicle he was driving.  He was smart enough to ask for an attorney immediately.  The prosecution could not prove that he even knew the drugs were in the car let alone that he was distributing them.  Both charges were dropped. 

MURDER CHARGES DROPPED

Commonwealth v. K.C.

December 2016: Our client was charged with murder after a shooting outside of a bar.  Two witnesses identified him as the shooter.  It did not look good for him. Fortunately for him, we have extensive experience with eyewitness misidentification.  We worked with an eyewitness testimony expert and used video enhancement to successfully prove that our client was not the shooter.  All charges were dropped without a trial and our client walked away a free and happy man. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AND CONSPIRACY AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. O.C.

September 2016: Our client was charged with two felonies carrying a combined mandatory minimum of 1 year behind bars.  Needless to say, it was an extremely stressful situation for our client.  We spent hours viewing video security footage and identified key portions that contradicted the official version of events. Prior to a jury trial, the prosecutors did the right thing and agreed to drop the charges.  We were beyond thrilled for our client. 

NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY FELON AND FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. D.R. September 2016: Our client was charged with attempted possession of a firearm by a felon and false statements on the state firearms form.  We took the case to trial and successfully argued that the court records were ambiguous and did not clearly prove that he had been previously convicted of a felony. Both charges were dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSES AFTER TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. P.P.

June 2016: Our client was charged with felony obtaining money by false pretenses.  He deposited a fake check for over five thousand dollars into his bank account. The bank erroneously honored the check and gave our client five thousand dollars in cash. We took the case to trial and successfully argued that our client was the true victim of receiving a check that he didn't realize was fake.  The charge was dismissed and our client avoided a felony conviction and possible jail time. 

POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A VIOLENT FELON DROPPED

Commonwealth v. K.J.

January 2016: The police recovered a firearm under our client's seat during a traffic stop and he was wearing a holster. Needless to say, it didn't look good. On our motion, the firearm was sent for DNA testing. When DNA was recovered on the gun that didn't match our client, the prosecution had to concede that they couldn't prove that our client had handled the gun. The charge was dismissed and instead of spending the next 5 years in prison, our client is working and supporting his family. 

RAPE AND OBJECT SEXUAL PENETRATION CHARGES DROPPED

Commonwealth v. D.C.

December 2015: We worked with a sexual assault nurse examiner who was able to demonstrate that the accuser's injuries were completely consistent with consensual intercourse. When our client refused to plead guilty, the prosecution used all of their power and leverage and indicted on more charges. With our help, our client stood his ground. We set the case for a jury trial. In the end the prosecution dropped all charges without a trial, and our client avoided the possibility of life in prison. 

ROBBERY, ABDUCTION, BURGLARY, USE OF A FIREARM CHARGES ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. B.S.

November 2015: Our client was accused of a violent gunpoint home invasion. There was a laundry list of serious charges including abduction, robbery, and multiple counts of use of a firearm. We became aware that a photo lineup had never been conducted with the victim. After the victim refused to participate in a photo lineup with us, we asked the court to order a photo lineup. The prosecution ultimately acknowledged that the victim could not identify our client and all of the charges were dropped. 

FELONY DUI AND REFUSAL DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. A.L.

September 2015: We successfully argued there was no reasonable basis for the officer to stop our client and the case was dismissed. 

TWO MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES ALL DROPPED

Commonwealth v. C.O.

September 2015: Our client was charged with stabbing two people and assaulting a third person during an altercation outside an oceanfront bar.  We were confident that we could prove that our client acted in self-defense and scheduled the case for a jury trial.  The prosecution offered multiple plea offers but we stood firm.  Before the scheduled trial date, the prosecution dropped all of the charges and our client avoided felonies and serious jail time. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY STRANGULATION AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. K.B.

July 2015: Our client was charged with a felony assault on his ex-girlfriend. The prosecution insisted on a felony conviction. We took the case to trial. We subpoenaed an EMT who had treated her on the night of the supposed strangling and noted that she was highly intoxicated and had no visible injuries. The judge dismissed the charge based on our argument that her lack of injuries was completely inconsistent with the assault she described, and our client walked out of jail on the same day. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER BENCH TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. R.S.

July 2015: Our client was accused of stealing expensive electronic equipment from a neighbor.  We tracked down a police officer who was able to testify that the neighbor had made prior false accusations against our client. After hearing the officer's testimony, the court quickly dismissed the charge and our client walked away a free man. 

FALSE STATEMENT ON CONSENT FORM DROPPED AFTER HEARING

Commonwealth v. J.C.

August 2015: Our client was accused of failing to disclose a domestic assault and battery conviction when he attempted to purchase a gun.  We successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove his prior conviction and the felony was dismissed. 

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE DISMISSED AFTER HEARING

Commonwealth v. V.H.

June 2015: Our client was charged with distributing cocaine after several baggies of crack were found in the car he was driving.  We successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove that our client was aware of the drugs and the case was dismissed. 

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE DISMISSED AFTER HEARING

Commonwealth v. T.W.

June 2015: Our client was charged with distributing cocaine after several baggies of cocaine were found during a traffic stop. We successfully argued that the evidence failed to prove that he knew the cocaine was in the car or that the amount was consistent with distribution. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. C.W.

June 2015: Our client was accused of felony theft of lighting equipment outside of a business.  The stakes were high because the outcome had major implications on his pending contested custody case.  During our preparation for trial, we took photos of the business and established that they regularly left lighting equipment in the area of their dumpsters.  At trial we successfully argued that our client reasonably believed that the lighting equipment was abandoned property and the charge was dismissed. 

FELONY DUI REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR WITH TIME SERVED

Commonwealth v. R.R.

March 2015: Our client sat in jail for over a month after being told by another lawyer that it was impossible to get bond in felony DUI cases.  We helped to get him into treatment and out on bond.  When the prosecution made no offer, we took the case to trial and successfully argued that one of the two prior convictions was inadmissible.  Our client avoided a felony that would have resulted in the loss of his job and didn't do a single additional day in jail. 

TWO ROBBERY COUNTS REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS AFTER TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. D.D.

December 2014: Our client was charged with two counts of robbery and use of a firearm.  The victims were robbed at gunpoint outside a mall and our client was accused of being the getaway driver.  We took the case to trial and successfully argued that our client didn't know in advance that the co-defendant was going to commit a robbery and panicked when he saw what was happening.  Both robberies were reduced to misdemeanors and our client was released from jail. 

TWO COUNTS BURGLARY BOTH REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. V.S.

November 2014: Our client was accused of breaking into a house and stealing money and food.  We successfully argued that our client had been in the house previously and entered the house with the intent to seek shelter rather than the intent to steal.  Our client avoided a felony record and a lengthy jail sentence. 

NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF COCAINE AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. T.A.

October 2014: Our client was charged with possession after a bag of cocaine was found during a traffic stop.  We successfully argued at trial that the prosecution couldn't prove that he was aware that the bag was in the car and the charge was dismissed. 

FELONY DUI REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR WITH TIM SERVED

Commonwealth v. J.H.

October 2014: Our client was charged with felony DUI and faced mandatory minimum prison time because it was his fourth DUI.  We successfully argued that two Tennessee convictions could not be as enhancement because that law was not substantially to Virginia's DUI law. Our client was released that day. 

FOUR COUNTS MALICIOUS WOUNDING & USE OF FIREARM ALL DROPPED FOLLOWING JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. R.B.

September 2014: Our client was accused of a drive by shooting in which four different people were shot and seriously injured.  We took the case to a jury trial.  We argued that the only witness who identified our client had a history of bad blood with our client's family and could not be trusted. After hearing all the evidence, the jury could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.  The prosecution dropped all charges before a second scheduled trial and our client was released. 

TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT LAW ENFORCEMENT REDUCED AFTER TRIAL. CLIENT AVOIDS DEPORTATION

Commonwealth v. .A.L August 2014: Our client was desperate.  He had been in the U.S. for over a decade and had a wife and children who were American citizens.  Despite our best efforts, the prosecution refused to work with us to reduce the charges.  We took the case to trial and after fighting tirelessly we were able to convince the judge to find him guilty of disorderly conduct and to give him a sentence that would not effect his immigration status. 

MALICIOUS WOUNDING CHARGE DROPPED PRIOR TO JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. N.B.

November 2014: Our client was a former police officer whose ex-girlfriend accused him of deliberately throwing boiling water on her. We were able to demonstrate through medical records that she was highly intoxicated and that the injuries she suffered were likely the result of her own drunken negligence.  Multiple witnesses confirmed that our client was sober, calm, and cooperative.  We had to refuse multiple plea offers and the prosecution eventually conceded and dropped all charges. 

NOT GUILTY FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY FALSIFYING A PUBLIC DOCUMENT AFTER TRIAL

Commonwealth v. J.J.

June 2014: Our client was charged with 4 felonies after he signed a false name to four different traffic summons.  We refused an offer for misdemeanors that would have included weekends in jail and took the case to trial.  We successfully argued that there was no genuine intent to commit fraud and that our client was simply expressing his displeasure with the traffic stop. 

FELONY ELUDING REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR AFTER TRIAL.OUR CLIENT STAYS IN THE NAVY

Commonwealth v. C.M.

June 2014: Our client made the worst mistake of his life and led the police on a high speed chase. He was a young sailor in the Navy with a bright future. He was facing prison time and a bad conduct discharge from the Navy.  The prosecution refused to make any offer to reduce the charges.  We took the case to trial and convinced the judge to find him guilty of a misdemeanor offense.  Our client avoided a felony and stayed in the Navy. 

MURDER CHARGES REDUCED TO MANSLAUGHTER AFTER 3 DAY JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. T.H.

April 2014: Our client was accused of stabbing a man to death during a fight outside a restaurant.  Video surveillance showed that it was our client who had been attacked first.  We took the case to a jury trial and argued that our client had lawfully defended himself. After three days of fighting for our client, the jury found him not guilty of murder and instead convicted him of manslaughter. 

NOT GUILTY OF RAPE AFTER JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. G.E.

March 2014: Our client was charged with rape based on the claim of a co-worker.  We worked with our own sexual assault nurse examiner to prove that there was no physical evidence su[pporting the accusation. The prosecution was not willing to give up easily. We took the case to a jury trial. After two days of fighting for our client, the jury deliberated for less than thirty minutes before returning a not guilty verdict.  Our client walked away a free man instead of facing 5 to life in prison. 

ATTEMPT MURDER, ROBBERY, AND USE OF  FIREARM CHARGES DROPPED

Commonwealth v. G.D.

February 2014: Our client was accused of shooting and robbing a man at a rap concert. The victim identified our client as the man who shot him.  We conducted our own photo lineup with the victim who could not pick out our client.  The victim subsequently admitted to the prosecution that he could not be sure that the assailant was our client and all charges were dropped.  Instead of the possibility of life in prison, our client walked out of jail on the same day. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY LARCENY AFTER BENCH TRIAL

Commonwealth v. S.W.

November 2013: Our client was charged with felony theft from a department store.  The store's loss prevention officer claimed that he could identify our client as the woman who had exited the store with over $500 worth of merchandise.  We conducted our own photo lineup with the loss prevention officer who selected a woman who was not our client. We took the case to trial, presented the evidence of the false identification, and the charge was dismissed. 

8 FELONY DRUG AND GUN CHARGES ALL DISMISSED AFTER SUCCESSFUL MOTIONS AND TRIAL

Commonwealth v. L.P.

October 2013: Our client was charged with distribution of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a felon, and six counts of possession of ammunition by a felon.  We argued successfully in pre-trial motions that all of the ammunition charges violated our clients double jeopardy rights.  At trial we successfully argued that the prosecution could not prove that our client knew that the narcotics and firearm were in his car.  He walked away a happy man with all charges dismissed. 

NOT GUILTY OF FELONY DUI AFTER BENCH TRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT

Commonwealth v. S.B.

June 2013: Our client was charged with a DUI felony and faced mandatory minimum jail time.  We took the case to trial and successfully demonstrated that the state trooper had administered the sobriety tests improperly. Following a hard fought trial, the felony DUI was dismissed.  Our client avoided a felony, mandatory jail time, probation, and the indefinite suspension of his license. 

MURDER CHARGES REDUCED TO MANSLAUGHTER AFTER 4 DAY JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. E.D.

April 2013: Our client was charged with murder after an altercation outside a bar turned deadly.  We were convinced that our client had acted in self-defense.  We took the case to a jury trial.  After four days of a hard fought trial, our client was found not guilty of murder and was instead convicted of manslaughter. Instead of of the possibility of forty five years in prison, he is coming home soon. 

NOT GUILTY OF ROBBERY AFTER TRIAL, GRAND LARCENY AUTO DROPPED

Commonwealth v. S.K.

September 2012: Our client was charged with stealing a car and committing a strong arm robbery.  Two different witnesses including a police officer identified him.  We didn't give up.  We took the case to trial and convinced the judge that the identifications were unreliable because no lineups were ever conducted and no forensics linked our client to the scene.  All of the felonies were dismissed and our client walked away with no jail time. 

ROBBERY AND USE OF A FIREARM CHARGES DROPPED

Commonwealth v. S.L.

March 2011: Our client seemed doomed.  He was charged with a gunpoint robbery.  The prosecution had a DNA match from a hat that been ripped off the head of the perpetrator.  We didn't give up. We worked with our own DNA expert and sent the hat back for a second analysis comparing the DNA recovered from the hat to a a different man who we believed was the true perpetrator.  It turned out that the other man's DNA was also in the hat.  The prosecution promptly dropped all charges and our client walked out of jail that day. 

NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON AFTER JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. D.S.

February 2011: This situation was incredibly unfair because our client had been told that his juvenile convictions would not effect his gun rights.  We took the case to a jury trial.  We subpoenaed a former juvenile probation officer who acknowledged that many people including our client may have been misinformed of their gun rights.  The jury found our client not guilty and he avoided spending the next two to five years of his life in prison. 

MURDER CHARGES REDUCED TO MANSLAUGHTER

Commonwealth v. J.M.

January 2011: This was a brutal case.  Our client was charged with murder under the theory that he beat an infant to death.  We worked extensively with a pediatric forensic pathologist who helped us to establish that the infant had serious preexisting medical issues that likely played a role in his death.  We fought relentlessly and the result was our client being convicted of a reduced charge and avoiding the possibility of life in prison. 

ROBBERY AND ABDUCTION CHARGES REDUCED TO LESSER CHARGES WITH NO JAIL TIME AFTER JURY TRIAL 

Commonwealth v. T.W.

September 2010: We were confident that our client had been misidentified from a photo lineup. We took the case to a jury trial. We demonstrated that the victim had failed to describe several unique characteristics of our client in her initial description to police.  At the end of trial the jury was deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.  When the prosecution offered to reduce the charge with no jail time, it was too good to refuse.  Our client was thrilled. 

NOT GUILTY OF BURGLARY AND MALICIOUS WOUNDING AFTER JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. D.C.

September 2009: Our client was charged with breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and beating her to the point where she required hospitalization. We took the case to a jury trial. We subpoenaed her medical records and demonstrated that her injuries were completely inconsistent with the attack she described. The jury found our client not guilty and he walked away a free man. 

ROBBERY, USE OF A FIREARM, AND WEARING A MASK CHARGES ALL DROPPED AFTER JURY TRIAL

Commonwealth v. A.D. October 2008: Our client was charged with robbing a convenience store at gunpoint. We worked with an eyewitness testimony expert who was able to identify serious flaws with the identification procedure.  We took the case to a jury trial.  It was 11 to 1 for a not guilty verdict and a mistrial was declared.  Our client was released on bond that day.  He rejected numerous offers and the prosecution eventually dropped all charges before a second trial.