A partial list of specific case names, court locations, court case numbers, criminal charges, penalty exposure and the case disposition (what exactly happened in that case) have been provided below. See for yourself and make up your own mind. When you shop for your attorney, do your homework. Before hiring him/her ask to see their track record in writing and then go to the court and check them out!
People v. Richard Naudin
Case No. DMF 0906774 Merced County, Main Courthouse
Charges: Ct. 1 – First Degree Murder, with Criminal Street Gang (Mongol MC), prior prison term, and weapon (15 in Boone Knife used by another) enhancements.
Exposure: 27 years to Life in State Prison
RESULTS: After thorough investigation and preparation, at Preliminary Hearing, negotiated plea to3 years State Prison sentence. Pled to 192 PC – Voluntary Manslaughter, with dismissal of all enhancements.
People v. Ahmed Garcia
Case No. DA 262867 Riverside County, Indio Courthouse
Ct. 1 – Lewd act on child under 14 years;
Ct. 2 – Child molestation.
Exposure: 8 years in State Prison and mandatory life-time sex registration.
RESULTS:After thorough preparation before preliminary hearing, negotiated plea to 242 PC – simple battery. “Terminal disposition” – no fine, no time in jail, no sex registration, no probation.
People v. Ever Cordova
Case No. BA 330 232 Norwalk Courthouse
Ct. 1 – Criminal Threats with criminal street gang enhancement (Mara Salvatrucha);
Ct. 2 – Criminal Threats with criminal street gang enhancements (Mara Salvatrucha).
Exposure: 10 years, 4 months with Deportation to El Salvador. This case arises out of an attempted murder investigation where LAPD investigating officers believed that my client was the shot caller for the murder. LAPD arrested my client with the stated purpose to squeeze him to give up the shooter or they would seek state prison time and make sure my client would be deported to El Salvador.
RESULTS:All charges dismissedafter a preliminary hearing and granting of extensive 995 written motion to dismiss for insufficient evidence.
People v. Abner Cordova
Case No. BA 263 036
Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Murder 1st degree with firearm and criminal street gang activity enhancements (Mara Salvatrucha);
Ct. 2 – Attempted Murder 1st degree with firearm and criminal street gang activity enhancements (Mara Salvatrucha);
Ct. 3 – Assault with a firearm with firearm enhancement;Ct. 4 – Assault and battery with criminal street gang activity enhancement (Mara Salvatrucha).
Exposure: 107 years in State Prison.
RESULTS:After thorough preparation and exhaustive investigation, All criminal charges dismissed.
People v. Paul Victor Diaz, Jr.
Case No.BA 241 879
Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Murder 1st degree with personal use of firearm.
Exposure: 2 Life Terms in State Prison.
RESULTS:7 week jury trial – “DEFENSE VERDICT” ON ALL CHARGES. Paul is now walking the streets a free man.
People v. Farooq Mohammed Karim
Case No. CRF0310670
Tulare County Superior Court
Charges:222 counts alleging various white collar crimes conspiracy to commit theft-related offenses. Special allegations of aggravated white collar crimes; excessive loss over $1 million.
Exposure: 47 yrs State Prison.
RESULTS:Following a 7 week preliminary hearing – ALL charges were dismissed with judicial factual findings preventing the DDA from refilling the same criminal charges in the future.
People v. Jorge Castro
Case No. BA 245 63 – 04 Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Robbery with criminal street gang enhancement (and STRIKE PRIOR);
Ct. 2 – Assault by means likely to produce Great Bodily Injury with criminal street gang enhancement (and STRIKE PRIOR).
Exposure: 22 years in State Prison.
RESULTS:3 week jury trial – “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT on all charges.
People v. Adriel McFarlane
Case No. BA 234 59 – 3 Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Murder 1st degree with firearm and gang activity enhancements;
Ct. 2 – Attempted Murder 1st degree with firearm and gang activity enhancements.
Exposure: 4 Life Terms in State Prison.
RESULTS: After thorough preparation and exhaustive investigation, All criminal charges dismissed.
Exposure: 35 years State Prison, Life Time Sex Registration Requirement.
RESULTS: Substituted in place of public defender on day of jury trial, obtained continuance and after 2 month of thorough preparation and exhaustive investigation, ALL criminal charges dismissed.
People v. Lori Marchand
Case No. 2WL01967
Los Angeles Airport Courthouse
Charges: 7 Counts of Disobeying at Court Order-Domestic Violence.
Exposure: 7 years Jail.
RESULTS: Client previously retained a Century City Criminal Attorney who advised her to plead guilty. Client fired attorney and retained our office on advice of a private investigator that our firm used in the past on a murder case. After carefully preparing the case and a thorough investigation including tracking down critical witness in London, England, ALL criminal charges dismissed.
People v. Ruben Martinez, M.D.
Case No. 2JM06169
West Covina Courthouse
Ct. 1 – Driving under the influence of alcohol; Ct. 2 – Driving with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08%; Ct. 3 – Hit and Run.
Exposure: Jail sentence but more importantly, possibility of losing medical license.
RESULTS: All criminal charges dismissed.
People v. Earl J. Daniel
Case No. 2AL04656
Charges: Cruelty to child with injury.
Exposure: 6 months County Jail.
RESULTS: Criminal charge dismissed.
People v. Orlando Duran
Case No. BA 216 77
Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Robbery with use and armed with firearm; Ct. 2 – Robbery with use and armed with firearm; Ct. 3 – Carjacking with use of firearm.
Exposure: 27 year, 8 months State Prison.
RESULTS: DA offered 10 years state prison on first day of jury trial. 1st jury trial ended in hung jury; thereafter the DA dismissed ALL charges.
People v. Donovan Byers
Case No. 017713 Santa Barbara Courthouse
Charge: Indecent Exposure.
Exposure: 6 months Jail and Life Time Sex Registration requirement.
RESULTS: After thoroughly preparing case, careful investigation, presented results and taped interviews of alleged victim and witnesses to DA. After independently confirming the results of our team’s effort DA dismissed charge.
People v. Daniel Egeonuigwe
Case No. 9LC00473
Charge: Corporal injury to spouse.
Exposure: 1 year Jail; more importantly, defendant was and is a Federal Correctional Counselor with a PhD in psychology who must be allowed to carry a firearm in the course of his employment. Conviction would have prohibited him from carrying a firearm in law enforcement, which would have resulted in the loss of a then nine (9) year job with the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.
RESULTS: Jury Trial – “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT.
People v. Jose Oscar Duran
Case No. FVA 015 498
Ct. 1 – Possession to sell tar heroin; Ct. 2 – Conspiracy to distribute tar heroin.
Exposure: 12 years, 8 months State Prison, Deported – Life time ban from US.
RESULTS: All charges dismissed.
People v. E. Paulsen (A minor)
Case No. KJ23897
Ct. 1 – Receiving stolen property; Ct. 2 – Possession of a firearm by juvenile; Ct. 3 – Possession of a gun on school grounds.
Exposure: 6 years, 4 months CYA (California Youth Authority).
RESULTS: Case diverted with dismissal of all charges in 6 months.
People v. Isaac Arredondo
Case No. VA 072 822
Charges: Ct. 1 – Lewd Act with child under the age of 14 years old.
Exposure: 8 years State Prison, Life Time Sex Registration Requirement.
RESULTS: Charge dismissed.
People v. Robert Tony Paul ESTRADA, Jr.
Case No. GA 086 962 Alhambra Courthouse
Ct. 1 – Assault By Means Likely To Produce Great Bodily Injury – Victim 1 Ct. 2 – Battery With Serious Bodily Injury – Victim 2 Ct. 3 – Assault By Means Likely To Produce Great Bodily Injury – Victim 2
All Counts with (1st) Enhancement – Personal Infliction of Great Bodily Injury and (2nd) Enhancement – Strike Prior – Robbery
Exposure: 27 years, 2 months State Prison
RESULTS: DA offered 10 years State Prison which four (4) previous court- appointed attorneys all urged client to accept. After two (2) week Jury Trial, found “NOT GUILTY” VERDICTon all three counts
People v. Manuel ORTIZ
Case No. 5EA02717 East Los Angeles Courthouse
Ct 1 – Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and allegation that defendant WILLFULLY REFUSED to submit to blood alcohol test
With Prior Conviction of DUI
Exposure: 1 year county jail and California Driver’s License Suspension for 2 years because of REFUSAL and prior conviction.
RESULTS: DA offered wet reckless and dismiss the “refusal” allegation. However court disposition would not be binding on then pending DMV hearing. Client was three years away from retirement. Existing job required Class “A” driver’s license. If convicted and/or DMV suspended license would have lost job, lost retirement pension. According to client would have lost home, lost marriage. Jury Trial –All charged dismissed. DMV Hearing: Following a two hour hearing, Hearing Officer granted “Set Aside of California Driver’s License Suspension”, meaning client kept his Class “A” driver’s license, his job, his pension, his home and his marriage.
People v. Daniel ERICKSON
Case No. 2VY04791 Van Nuys Courthouse
Ct. 1 – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) after suffering four (4) prior convictions for DUI
Exposure: 3 years State Prison
RESULTS: Faced felony charge because of the four (4) prior DUI convictions. Extensive written MOTION GRANTED dismissing all four (4) prior convictions on grounds Constitutionally Invalid. Client sentenced to first time DUI standard disposition with no jail time.
People v Miguel RODAS-SANTOS
Case No. BA 435 024 Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court Building (CCB)
Ct. 1 – Lewd act with a child under the age of 14 years old Ct. 2 – Lewd act with a child under the age of 14 years old
Exposure: 10 years State Prison and life-time Sex Registration
RESULTS: After thoroughly preparing case and detailed defense investigative work, DA reduced charge to misdemeanor battery charge with no sex registration requirement.
People v. Natalie CARRERA
Case No. 2BF04623 Bellflower Courthouse
Charges: Assault with a deadly weapon.
Exposure: 1 year in county jail
RESULTS: Jury Trial “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT
People v. Monica BECERRA
Case No. 3JB02864 West Covina Courthouse
Charges: Hit and Run, causing injury to a child
Exposure: 1 year in county jail. Client was prohibited from enrolling in college courses to obtain her teaching credential pending outcome of trial.
RESULTS: Jury Trial – “DISMISSAL” of charges. Client went on to obtain her teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona and is now a teacher.