Case Results

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Murder

People v. an Individual
[SWF1900099]
Accessory after the fact to murder
DISMISSED 1 week before trial. 

People v. an Individual
[SCD267616]
First & Second Degree Murder
NOT GUILTY

Client charged with attempted first degree murder.
DISMISSED at Preliminary Hearing

People v. an Individual
[CD284273]
Client was charged with attempted murder, elder abuse, and assault with great bodily injury after client suffered a psychotic break in the home he shared with his elderly mother. During the episode, our client got into a fight with his mother and allegedly choked her. He then grabbed a knife and proceeded to cut both of his wrists, his neck, and stabbed himself in the torso and liver. He survived the grievous self-inflicted injuries.

The court granted 2 years of MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION.  The case will be DISMISSED upon successful completion.

First degree murder with a gun

ACQUITTED of at Jury Trial of 1st & 2nd Degree Murder

Federal Drug Trafficking

United States v. an Individual
[possession of methamphetamine]
Client was arrested by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers for possession of methamphetamine.
NO CHARGES FILED

United States v. an Individual
[19-MJ-03140-MSB]
Possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance (over 5 kilograms of cocaine) while on board a vessel on the high seas.
DISMISSED

United States v. an Individual
[19-MJ-01543-WVG]
Importing 19.22 kilograms (42.28 pounds) of methamphetamine from Mexico into the U.S. 
DISMISSED

United States v. an Individual
[20-CR-0564-CAB]
Client was arrested at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry with 42.76 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in his Mercedes Benz E350.

Client faced a 10-year-minimum-mandatory sentence on federal drug trafficking charges.  Case resolved for a false statement.  Client received a sentence
TIME SERVED (24 days actual)

United States v. an Individual
[20cr00867-CAB]
Client charged in a 10-defendant, 14-count wire-tap indictment. Client was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute those drugs. Client received a sentence of TIME-SERVED (totaling 14-days custody before posting bond) after pleading guilty to a “phone count.”

United States v. an Individual
[Prefiling 2021/No Case No.]
Client was under investigation by the DEA for conspiracy to manufacture/distribute/transport large quantities of marijuana. Client ultimately received an agreement from the federal prosecutor that there would be NO CHARGES FILED.

United States v. an Individual
[20cr02754-CAB]
Client charged with importing 7.90 kilograms of methamphetamine in her car from Mexico through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Client received a TIME-SERVED sentence (6-days custody) after pleading guilty to a FALSE STATEMENT.

United States v. an Individual
[19-cr-04243-JLS]
Client was arrested for the importation of 27.14 kilograms of methamphetamine while driving her daughter and granddaughter across the US Mexico border.
DISMISSED

United States v. an Individual
[19-CR-02264-AJB]
Importing 18.84 kilograms (41.53 pounds) of methamphetamine from Mexico into the U.S  Drug charges DISMISSED and client received a time-served sentence for bulk-cash smuggling.

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-02828-LAB]
Importing 1.88 kilograms (4.14 pounds) of methamphetamine concealed on her body. 5-YEARS PROBATION

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-02089-AJB]
Importing 1.34 kilograms (2.95 pounds) of heroin and 26.06 kilograms (57.45 pounds) of cocaine from Mexico into the U.S & aiding and abetting. DISMISSED

United States v. an Individual
[21cr02656-CAB]
Client charged with importing 24.56 (54.15 pounds) kilograms of methamphetamine in her car from Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Case DISMISSED on the strength of the defense evidence and pre-trial investigation.

United States v. an Individual
[19cr05248-CAB]
Client charged in a 5-defendant, 3-count indictment, alleging conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine, importation of heroin and cocaine, and aiding and abetting. Client received a TIME-SERVED sentence after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the unlawful importation of merchandise under 18 U.S.C. §§ 545 and 2.

United States v. an Individual
[21-cr-2139-BAS]
Client (a legal permanent resident) charged with importing 24.98 kilograms of methamphetamine in her car from Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Case resolved for a MISDEMEANOR accessory after the fact to a 1325. If convicted of the drug trafficking charges, client would have lost her green card and been deported to Mexico. The misdemeanor carried a 90-day statutory maximum. Client received a sentence of TIME SERVED, NO FINE, and NO PROBATION.

United States v. an Individual
[22-cr-1067-GPC]
Client charged with importing 90 packages of narcotics, including 33.5 kilograms (73.85 pounds) of methamphetamine, 11.06 kilos (24.38 pounds) of heroin, and 2.24 kilos (4.93 pounds) of fentanyl. Case DISMISSED after filing pre-trial motions to dismiss with no time waiver.

Alien Smuggling

United States v. an Individual
[20-CR-0156-BAS-MSB]
Transporting 7 illegal immigrants.
TIME SERVED federal MISDEMEANOR.

United States v. an Individual
[20-CR-0465-WQH-AGS]
Transporting 2 Chinese illegal immigrants from Mexico in the U.S.
TIME SERVED federal MISDEMEANOR

United States v. an Individual
[19-CR-01436-JLS]
Bringing illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States.
DISMISSED upon successful completion of diversion.

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-02537-JMA]
Bringing in illegal aliens without presentation and for financial gain.
DISMISSED.

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-03401-AJB]
Client arrested at the Campo Border Patrol Checkpoint for transportation of illegal aliens. TIME SERVED in custody.

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-03401-AJB]
Client arrested at the Campo Border Patrol Checkpoint for transportation of illegal aliens. TIME SERVED in custody.

United States v. an Individual
[08cr0894-WQH]
Smuggling an alien under the backseat of the vehicle.
TIME-SERVED plea

United States v. an Individual
[09-CR-0330-WQH]
Smuggling Illegal Aliens
NOT GUILTY

United States v. an Individual
[18-CR-04528-AJB]
Client charged with bringing in illegal aliens and aiding and abetting as a foot guide. TIME SERVED at sentencing.

United States v. an Individual
[17-CR-0437-WVG]
Client charged with bringing in six (6) illegal aliens without presentation from Mexico to the U.S.  TIME SERVED

United States v. an Individual
[17-CR-01140-CAB]
Client was arrested at the Ocotillo Border Patrol Checkpoint with three illegal aliens concealed in his car.  DISMISSED.

United States v. an Individual
[17-CR-01215-BEN]
Attempting to bring in one illegal alien concealed inside his vehicle from Mexico to the U.S.  DIVERSION

United States v. an Individual
[09cr3330-WQH]
Smuggling two aliens concealed behind the front seat in the vehicle
ACQUITTED 

United States v. an Individual
[21cr0665-TWR]
Client charged with transporting multiple undocumented individuals in the back seat of the vehicle he was driving. Client received a TIME-SERVED sentence (63 days). 

State Court Drug Cases

People v. an Individual
[JCF002828]
Transportation & possession of controlled substances for sale.
DISMISSED

People v. an Individual
[no case filed]
Client was arrested for illegally transporting illegal aliens and aiding and abetting.  Government agreed to NO CHARGES FILED against Client due to early intervention by defense team and negotiations.

People v. an Individual
[SCS223261]
Felony drug possession in 2008.
REDUCED felony to a misdemeanor pursuant to Prop 47.

Sexual Assault

People v. an Individual
Client, a college student at SDSU, was being investigated for various allegations of sexual assault, rape, oral copulation, and use of an intoxicating substance in furtherance of the sexual assault. Investigation was closed and no charges filed due to defense investigation, evidence, and case work-up.
NO CHARGES FILED

People v. an Individual
[21120354]
Client, a juvenile, was under investigation for sexual assault pursuant to CA PC 243.4.  Sheriff agreed to DROP CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION and NO CHARGES FILED due to early intervention by defense team and defense investigation and work up.

Assault & Battery

People v. an Individual
[CD276607]
Client, a navy seal, was arrested for felony assault causing great bodily injury for head-stomping victim in the Gas Lamp District. Client was charged with assault with force likely (no GBI). At the time of the guilty plea (and before the preliminary hearing), the Court reduced the felony per PC 17(b) to a misdemeanor over the People’s objection. 8 months later at sentencing, the Court agreed to
EXPUNGED & DISMISSED

People v. an Individual
[Petition No. H6690 – Juvenile]
Juvenile client charged with assault with a firearm after accidentally shooting his best friend with a ghost gun. Client was charged with a felony strike under PC § 245(a)(2) with § 1192.7(c)(9) and § 12022.5(a)(1) allegations. After extensive pre-trial investigation, negotiations, and litigation, the case resolved for a non-strike 245(a)(4) 4 days before trial. Client received PROBATION, no custody, and his record will be sealed and destroyed after 1 year with full compliance.

People v. an Individual
[SCD286847]

Client was charged with PC 245(a)(4) for allegations of punching and head stomping the victim in a bar fight. Client recieved 1-year formal PROBATION, no custody, with no opposition to a misdemeanor reduction and expungement upon successful completion.

People v. an Individual
[CD291041]
Client charged with PC § 245(a)(1), § 245(a)(2), and § 245(a)(4) for allegedly racking and “dry firing” a gun multiple times at his Uber driver’s vehicle and person before pistol-whipping the Uber driver. Client struck the Uber driver multiple times in the face with a gun, causing significant laceration and bruising. Case originally resolved for a non-strike felony with alternatives to custody (6-months CPAC). Additional litigation and negotiations resulted in a felony-strike allegation to avoid custody after CPAC denial. Ultimately, client received PROBATION, 6-months SCRAM/home detention with alcohol monitoring, 8-hours of anger management and community service hours. In all, Client served less than 1 day in custody.

Arson

People v. an Individual
[CD277623]
Arson charges for allegedly setting fire to building causing in excess of $350,000 in damage.
DISMISSED

Firearms Offenses

People v. an Individual
[CD291041]
Client charged with PC § 245(a)(1), § 245(a)(2), and § 245(a)(4) for allegedly racking and “dry firing” a gun multiple times at his Uber driver’s vehicle and person before pistol-whipping the Uber driver. Client struck the Uber driver multiple times in the face with a gun, causing significant laceration and bruising. Case originally resolved for a non-strike felony with alternatives to custody (6-months CPAC). Additional litigation and negotiations resulted in a felony-strike allegation to avoid custody after CPAC denial. Ultimately, client received PROBATION, 6-months SCRAM/home detention with alcohol monitoring, 8-hours of anger management and community service hours. In all, Client served less than 1 day in custody.

People v. an individual
[CS319771]
Client charged with criminal storage of a firearm, receiving a firearm while under a restraining order, and child abuse after Client’s juvenile son accidentally shot his best friend with Client’s ghost gun. Client received a sentence of PROBATION, credit for time served (1-day custody).

People v. an Individual
[Petition No. H6690 – Juvenile]
Juvenile client charged with assault with a firearm after accidentally shooting his best friend with a ghost gun. Client was charged with a felony strike under PC § 245(a)(2) with § 1192.7(c)(9) and § 12022.5(a)(1) allegations. After extensive pre-trial investigation, negotiations, and litigation, the case resolved for a non-strike 245(a)(4) 4 days before trial. Client received PROBATION, no custody, and his record will be sealed and destroyed after 1 year with full compliance.

People v. an Individual
[CD273868]
Client was arrested on two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and one count of carrying a loaded firearm registered to another.
5-YEARS PROBATION.

People v. an Individual
[SCN430171]
Client, a documented member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, was charged in 3 counts for being a felon in possession of various firearms, and 1 count of possession of an illegal assault rifle (AR-15). Client received a sentence of TIME SERVED (1 day in custody) and PROBATION.

Domestic Violence

People v. an Individual
[M257210DV]
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
Client arrested for felony assault on his girlfriend for choking her and use of a knife. PROBATION 

People v. an Individual
Willfully inflicting corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a victim.  No charges filed resulting from defense intervention and strength of defense investigation.
NO CHARGES FILED 

People v. an Individual
[C406360]
Client arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including: corporal injury to a spouse; battery of a current or former significant other; and two counts of cruelty to a child by endangering their health. Case DISMISSED before trial.

People v. a Minor
[JCM240299]
Juvenile client was arrested for felony assault on his girlfriend, choking her unconscious, and threatening her with a knife.
DISMISSED

People v. an individual Client, a firefighter, was alleged to have choked his wife and threatened her with a knife. He was arrested under Penal Code § 273.5, felony spousal abuse with serious injury. No charges were filed. NO CHARGES FILED

People v. an Individual
[Booking No. 21122882]
Client charged with domestic battery per PC § 243(e)(1).
NO CHARGES FILED

DUI

People v. a Minor
[Petition No. JCM242307]
Felony DUI causing an accident with serious bodily injury.
DEFERRED ENTRY OF JUDGMENT. DISMISSED

People v. a Minor
[Petition No. JCM242307A]
Misdemeanor hit-and-run.
DISMISSED

People v. an Individual
Client was being investigated for felony hit-and-run charges.
NO CHARGES FILED

People v. an Individual
[M260576 ]
DUI with accident/injury, and child endangerment.
PROBATION

Mental Health Diversion

People v. an Individual
[CD284273]
Client was charged with attempted murder, elder abuse, and assault with great bodily injury after client suffered a psychotic break in the home he shared with his elderly mother. During the episode, our client got into a fight with his mother and allegedly choked her. He then grabbed a knife and proceeded to cut both of his wrists, his neck, and stabbed himself in the torso and liver. He survived the grievous self-inflicted injuries.

The court granted 2 years of MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION.  The case will be DISMISSED upon successful completion.

Miscellaneous

RESISTING ARREST
People v. an individual
Client arrested for resisting arrest by a peace officer. 
NO CHARGES FILED

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT
People v. an individual
Client, an impaneled juror in a civil case, was ordered to appear for criminal contempt charges before the Court for failing to appear at the trial.
DISMISSED by the Court before filing on the strength of defense evidence.

CHILD ABUSE/ENDANGERMENT INVOLVING FIREARMS
People v. an individual
[CS319771]
Client charged with criminal storage of a firearm, receiving a firearm while under a restraining order, and child abuse after Client’s juvenile son accidentally shot his best friend with Client’s ghost gun. Client received a sentence of PROBATION, credit for time served (1-day custody).

BURGLARY
People v. an individual
[17030035940] [burglary]
Client was arrested for burglary (PC § 459) of her boyfriend’s apartment.
NO CHARGES FILED

HIT AND RUN
People v. an individual
[21133915] 
Client, a juvenile, was under investigation for a hit & run collision causing property damage per VC 22655(a).  Sheriff agreed to DROP CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION and NO CHARGES FILED due to early intervention by the defense team and civil compromise.

HIT AND RUN
People v. an individual
[21202894]
Client was under investigation for felony hit & run involving a collision and property damage per VC 20001 to 5 parked vehicles and a truck.  SDPD agreed to DROP CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION and NO CHARGES FILED due to early intervention by defense team, defense work up, and civil compromise.

CRIMINAL THREATS/STALKING
People v. an individual
[21CR01929 Santa Cruz, CA Superior Court]
Client charged with 2 felony strikes for making criminal threats and 1 count of misdemeanor stalking. Client received negotiated sentence of 1 felony stalking (non-strike) count and PROBATION (zero-days custody), with 6-months house arrest.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT
People v. an individual
[2121024]
Client was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct in Pacific Beach.
DISMISSED

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