State of Missouri v. E.S. (2019) — Client charged with 1st degree forcible rape and 1st degree forcible sodomy. Facing potential life imprisonment. There were some bad facts in this matter against client. After deposition of the complaining witness the State offered a misdemeanor assault with SIS probation the following day. No conviction and no sex offense.
State of Missouri v. O.M.M. (2019) — Client charged with delivery of a controlled substance for being caught with 22 pounds of marijuana. Case dismissed after a successful motion to suppress for an illegal search of Defendant’s vehicle. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
State of Missouri v. R.H. (2018) — Client charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and speeding. Case dismissed after court sustained our motion to suppress for an illegal search of the vehicle. Know your rights and NEVER talk to the police.
State of Missouri v. B.S. (2018) — Client charged with class B felony of Domestic Assault in the first degree. Faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in DOC. Case was resolved as a misdemeanor with six days jail and credit for time served.
State of Missouri v. K.G. (2018) — Two counts of Robbery in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action. Defendant was facing life in prison. Defendant confessed upon his arrest. Negotiated an amendment to second-degree robbery and dismissal of ACA. Sentenced to 120 days shock incarceration program with probation!
State of Missouri v. A.M. (2018) — Class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Dismissed by State following the filing of a motion to suppress for a warrantless search of his residence. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!
State of Missouri v. D.T. (2017) — Class B felony Distribution of a Controlled Substances charge. Client was stopped for apparent traffic violation. Twenty pounds of marijuana found in the vehicle. Motion to suppress for an illegal stop and search was filed and sustained. Case dismissed.
State of Missouri v. L.M. (2017) — Class B felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance case was dismissed by the State shortly before trial due to lack of evidence made evident by counsel.
State of Missouri v. T.B. (2017) — Successfully argued for probation on a second-degree rape case after a joint recommendation from the State and Defendant. An excellent result on a difficult set of facts.
State of Missouri v. C.F. (2016) — Class A Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute negotiated to a class C Felony with a Suspended Imposition of Sentence keeping a clean criminal record for this client.
State of Missouri v. J. R. (2016) — Felony drug possession dismissed due to substance not falling under felony controlled substances list.
State of Missouri v. D.D. (2016) — Original charges were two counts of a class A felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute near a school. After negotiations with the Prosecuting Attorney, we were able to plead to one count of a class C felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and offer a joint recommendation for probation to the Judge.
In the Interest of …. (2015) Juvenile matter involving statutory sodomy allegation. After an adjudication against the juvenile by the Commissioner, a motion was filed to modify the charge so that the juvenile would not have to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life. After a hearing, the Court was in agreement, and in fact, was not aware that this charge would carry that punishment. It appears this case may change the way juveniles are charged in sex cases and may also change the way the juvenile sex offender statute is written. The case was amended to a misdemeanor offense and probation was granted.
State of Missouri v. B.H. (2015) — Original charge was class C felony possession of a controlled substance. State alleged that a particular substance was one that required a felony allegation under the Missouri schedule of controlled substances. After a preliminary hearing on the issue, the Court agreed with our argument and the felony was subsequently dismissed.
State of Missouri v. C.M. (2015) — Statutory Sodomy charge. Case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing stage for failure to prove probable cause. If convicted, this client faced potential life imprisonment.
State of Missouri v. M.B. (2015) — Possession of a controlled substance. My client was pulled over for speeding. After denying the officer’s request to search his vehicle based on him looking “overly nervous,” the officer detained my client further to allow a K-9 to come on to the scene to do a sniff of the vehicle. After the dog alerted, marijuana was found in the vehicle. A motion to suppress was filed based on a violation of my client’s Fourth Amendment rights, and the said motion was sustained and the case subsequently dismissed. Just another example that it is imperative to know your rights!
State of Missouri v. T.B. (2015) — Distribution of Drugs (class B Felony) and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. We successfully negotiated an amendment to a class C felony possession with an SIS probation (meaning his criminal record would be kept clean) and dismissal of both endangering counts. This client faced a potential 29 years in prison as originally charged.
State of Missouri v. B.S. (2014) — Forcible rape, forcible sodomy and tampering with a witness in the first degree. Jury trial on Dec. 3 and 4, 2014, B.S. was found NOT GUILTY on all counts. The jury did find B.S. guilty of a lesser-included offense. B.S. faced life imprisonment if convicted of two of the three counts he faced. He was acquitted of those charges. At the sentencing phase on the finding of guilt, we successfully argued for probation, which was granted.
State of Missouri v. J.C. (2014) — Forcible rape and forcible sodomy charges filed in June of 2013. After several months of investigation and negotiating with the State, the case was formally dismissed in favor of my client. My client faced life imprisonment if convicted of these charges.
State of Missouri vs. S.B.D. (2013) — Statutory Sodomy charge dismissed after deposition of witnesses.
This statutory sodomy charge had been set for a jury trial for several months. My client had been incarcerated for over half a year awaiting his trial.
Depositions were scheduled with the alleged child victim and her mother who claimed my client had sodomized the young girl at his house. My client always maintained he did nothing. He was from El Salvador and barely spoke any English so I usually had an interpreter with me.
At deposition, I found the little girl and the mother to be in a lie about the entire incident through a very thorough examination. The prosecuting attorney dismissed the case the following day. If convicted of that charge my client would’ve faced life in prison.
State of Missouri vs. K.J. (2013) — Felony possession of a controlled substance dismissed prior to motion to suppress evidence.
This felony possession case had to do with officers from a small county following my client around town on suspicion of drug activity. After pulling her over, stopping the vehicle and searching without probable cause they found drugs in the car. There were four occupants inside. The officers sent two of the occupants walking home down a highway in the middle of the night because they were intent on accusing my client.
Upon filing a motion to suppress and showing up at that court date, the prosecutor dismissed the case without the hearing. My client would have faced up to seven years in prison if convicted and been a felon for the rest of her life.
State of Missouri v. C.D. (2013) — This was a first-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child case, which is a class C felony. A conviction carries severe consequences not only on the criminal side, but a parent can also lose all parental rights in certain scenarios.
Sometimes a jury trial isn’t about a straight not guilty verdict. For example, in this matter I submitted a jury instruction for the lesser-included offense of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the second degree, which is a misdemeanor and carries much less severe penalties.
After a jury trial, the jury took over two hours in their deliberations and came back with a not guilty to the felony but a guilty to the misdemeanor charge. My client was able to maintain a criminal record free of any felonies and was also able to maintain her rights as a mother. It was a satisfying result and a victory for my client.
State of Missouri v. R.H. (2012) — This was a first-degree murder case with an armed criminal action. There was no question as to guilt. However, I was able to negotiate a plea for my client to have the first degree amended to second degree, allowing him the possibility of parole after a significant portion of his sentence is served.