CASE RESULTS

The best part of being an Attorney is getting positive results for your clients.  The following case results are a sample of what I have been able to accomplish for my clients.

Note: Every case is different even if you are similarly charged; so, any result below cannot be guaranteed as to your case.

DUI

My client was stopped after leaving a local casino for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. My client failed Field Sobriety Tests, the Portable Breath Test, and made incriminating statements about drinking alcohol. Also, the official breath test at the station showed a BAC more than double the legal limit. After investigating the case, tough negotiations with the prosecutor produced an offer to amend the charge to Reckless Driving, which my client accepted. A positive result given the particular facts of the case, and the difference between a DUI conviction versus Reckless Driving. 

DUI

My client was stopped for speeding and swerving within his lane of travel on I-90. As he spoke to the Trooper, my client made admissions against his interests about drinking alcohol and agreed to perform Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. My client also took a Portable Breath Test, which registered more than double the legal limit. After being arrested, my client failed the official Breath Test at the police station by a wide margin. Although a difficult case from a defense perspective, my investigation into the Breath Test Machine’s maintenance logs revealed persistent errors with this particular machine before and after my client provided his breath samples. I used the documented problems with the Breath Test Machine to negotiate an amended charge of Reckless Driving with the Prosecutor, which my client accepted. A positive result given the severe negative consequences of a DUI conviction, and the fact that the Trooper’s dashcam video clearly showed my client speeding and swerving within his lane of travel.

ASSAULT 4 DV & ASSAULT 4

My client was arrested for an alleged domestic violence assault against his sister and her mother-in-law at the sister’s wedding reception. After a preliminary investigation my client rejected the initial plea offer, and we set the case for trial. I filed motions with the court and prepared the case for trial by interviewing the arresting officer and other prosecution witnesses along with the main defense witness. Days before the start of trial it became apparent that some of the prosecution witnesses were not going to respond to their subpoenas. At the appropriate hearing, I motioned the court to dismiss both charges with prejudice and the judge agreed. A great result for my client! 

DUI

My client was stopped for speeding and swerving within his lane of travel shortly after leaving a bar. He wisely refused to perform Field Sobriety Tests; however, he made statements to the officer against his interests and was arrested. He failed the Breath Tests at the police station by a wide margin. After investigating the case, negotiations with the prosecutor produced an offer to amend the DUI charge to Negligent Driving First Degree, a simple misdemeanor without mandatory penalties, which my client accepted. A positive result given the extreme difference between the two charges. 

DUI

My client was stopped for speeding shortly after leaving a bar with a friend. He performed poorly on the Field Sobriety Tests and prior to being arrested the officer noted other signs of intoxication. At the police station, my client failed the Breath Test and made incriminating statements. Negotiations with the prosecutor produced an offer to amend the DUI charge to Reckless Driving, which my client accepted after weighing his options. A positive result given the facts of the case.

DUI & Hit and Run Unattended

My client was stopped after leaving the scene of a vehicle collision on a residential street. My client had attended a Seahawks game earlier in the day and admitted to drinking at the game. The arresting officer also made some alcohol related observations of my client. The accident was witnessed by two witnesses. I interviewed both witnesses and found them to be strong witnesses for the prosecution. My client refused to perform Field Sobriety Tests, the Portable Breath Test, and the Breath Test at the police station. Although my client denied the prosecutor a lot of evidence by these refusals, the circumstances surrounding the accident were very problematic for the defense. Negotiations with the prosecutor resulted in an offer to amend the DUI charge to Reckless Driving, which my client accepted along with a guilty plea to the Hit and Run charge (a simple misdemeanor). A positive result given the negative ramifications of a DUI conviction, and the complications resulting from the auto accident. 

DUI

My client and her passenger were stopped for speeding and improper lane changes after a witness called 911 with concerns over my client’s ability to safely drive. My client spent the day at a wine tasting. After being stopped, my client made damaging statements to the officer, failed her Field Sobriety Tests, and failed her breath tests (Portable Breath Test and Station Breath tests). I interviewed the arresting officer and reviewed police station video that revealed improper breath test procedures. I was successful challenging the initial DUI 90 day license suspension by the Department of Licensing based on the video evidence. Although the breath tests results would likely have been suppressed at trial, other aspects of the prosecutor’s case against my client were strong. Negotiations with the prosecutor produced an offer to amend the DUI charge to Reckless Driving, which my client accepted. A positive result given the negative ramifications of a DUI conviction.     

DUI

My client was observed driving erratically by another driver who called 911. The driver followed my client to her home and waited for the police to arrive. The police approached my client in her home, and she agreed to perform Field Sobriety Tests, which she failed and she also made some harmful statements concerning her drinking. She was then arrested and taken to the police station.  At the police station, she refused to take the Breath Test (I successfully argued to the Department of Licensing not to revoke her license for a year, which is the penalty she was facing for her refusal of the Breath Test).  After extensive investigation, interviewing the three officers at the scene, and negotiations with the prosecutor, my client chose to take advantage of an amended charge to Negligent Driving First Degree. We had a strong case for trial; however, my client had two other outstanding but unrelated charges that were part of the negotiations–a positive result given the circumstances.

ASSAULT 4

My client was arrested for allegedly assaulting someone she barely knew over her ex-boyfriend. However, my client wasn’t at the scene when police arrived and had a good alibi for her whereabouts. After further investigation on my part, I advised the case be set for trial, and my client agreed.  Shortly before the trial was set to begin, the Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charge over witness issues. A great result for my client.

ASSAULT 4 DV

My client was arrested and charged with assaulting his niece after an argument. The Prosecutor wanted my client to plead guilty as charged. After investigating the facts of the case, I advised my client to set the case for trial because he had a strong case for self-defense, and he agreed. A few days before trial, the Prosecutor dismissed the charge over witness issues. A great result for my client. 

DV PROPERTY DESTRUCTION & RESISTING ARREST

My client had recently broke up with his girlfriend, and she called 911 around 5am stating my client had damaged property in her apartment and fled the scene on foot. Police arrested my client near the scene when he allegedly tried to exit the rear of the patrol vehicle without permission. As an initial plea offer, the prosecutor wanted my client to plead guilty to the DV Property Destruction and he would dismiss the Resisting Arrest charge.  After investigation and interviews with both arresting officers, I advised and my client agreed to take the case to trial. However, negotiations with the prosecutor continued, and the DV Property Destruction charge was dismissed on condition my client accept responsibility for Resisting Arrest, which he agreed to do. A very positive result given Resisting Arrest is a simple Misdemeanor: a maximum of 90 days in jail, $1,000, and 1 year of probation; my client received no jail time and a small fine from the judge. Conversely, DV Property Destruction is a Gross Misdemeanor: a maximum of 364 days in jail, $5,000 fine, up to 5 years of probation, and loss of gun possession rights.

RECKLESS DRIVING

My client was charged with Reckless Driving (a Gross Misdemeanor) after a State Trooper observed him speeding and making sweeping lane changes on I-5. The Prosecutor’s initial position was for my cliend to plead guilty as charged. However, through my legal efforts and a little luck (every attorney needs a little luck at some point) the Prosecutor agreed to amend the charge to Negligent Driving 2, which is only an infraction.  A very positive result considering the facts of the case.

ASSAULT 4 DV

My client was charged with assaulting his sister at a family gathering. The Prosecutor was not willing to dismiss the case, and my client was not willing to enter into a negotiated deal, so we went to trial.  I filed and argued numerous, successful pre-trial motions; the trial lasted 3 days, numerous witnesses testified, and the jury returned a verdict of NOT guilty in less than 1 hour.

DUI

My client was stopped for speeding after leaving one Christmas Party to go to another party, which was disclosed to the arresting officer. My client failed the Field Sobriety Tests and took the Breathalyzer Test. A further complication in his case was a prior DUI conviction. The Prosecutor’s initial position was for my client to plead guilty as charged. The case was set for trial. I did an extensive investigation and filed motions with the court to dismiss certain evidence. The day of the motions’ hearing the Prosecutor offered to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving and my client chose to accept said offer rather than risk trial. Given the all facts, a positive result for my client.  

DV PROPERTY DESTRUCTION

My client was arrested after his fiance called 911 and reported that he punched and broke a window in their home during an argument. When the police arrived at his home,  he did not make any damaging statements before or after being arrested. I investigated the case, and negotiations with the prosecutor produced a reasonable offer; however,  my client and I agreed that setting the case for trial was the best course of action given the strength of our defense. The case was dismissed with prejudice by the judge after a material witness failed to appear on the day of trial. A great result for my client.

DRUG DUI

My client was charged with a Drug DUI after driving home from a baseball game. After extensive investigation of the relevant facts on my part, and negotiations with the Prosecutor, the DUI was amended down to Reckless Driving—a positive result given the specifics of the case.

OBSTRUCTING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

My client was charged with Obstructing after being stopped in a vehicle with her boyfriend (the driver). The arresting Trooper alleged she switched seats with her boyfriend as he pulled behind their vehicle to avoid a DUI. The windows of their vehicle were not tinted. The prosecutor threatened an additional charge of Physical Control (similar to a DUI). My client accepted a negotiated deal where she did Not plead guilty; however, she did have to follow certain conditions before the charge would be dismissed after two years—a positive result.

ASSAULT 4 & PROPERTY DESTRUCTION

My client was charged with assaulting a cab driver and damaging some taxi equipment while being driven home after a night of drinking. I investigated the facts of the case extensively, and negotiated with both the cab driver (I met with him on Thanksgiving Day) and the Prosecutor.  My client accepted a negotiated deal where she did Not plead guilty; however, she did have to follow certain conditions before the charges would be dismissed after a year—a positive result.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF 3

My client and the driver and passenger of another vehicle got into a physical fight over alleged aggressive driving by my client; the other vehicle’s windshield was damaged resulting in the Malicious Mischief charge. After a comprehensive investigation of the facts and negotiations with the other driver and the Prosecutor, my client chose to accept a negotiated deal instead of risk a trial. Although my client had a very good case for trial, juries are unpredictable and he decided to take a safer route in getting the charge eventually dismissed.

DUI

My client was stopped for speeding along with three intoxicated passengers after a night at the bar and was arrested for DUI after failing Field Sobriety Tests. My client also failed the Breathalyzer Test administered at the station. After extensive investigation of the relevant facts and interviewing the arresting officer, my client chose to take advantage of an amended charge to Negligent Driving First Degree–a positive result given the specifics of the case. 

THEFT 3

My client was arrested for allegedly stealing items from QFC. I contacted QFC and negotiated a settlement with the company as authorized by law. I presented the results of my negotiations to the Judge, and the case against my client was completely dismissed–a positive result.

Note: Every case is different even if you are similarly charged; so, any result above cannot be guaranteed as to your case.