TERRORISTIC THREATS: Charges Dismissed
After our client quit his job, his former employer refused to pay him his last paycheck. He went to pick up his check and while there, the State alleged that he became angry and assaulted the security guard and threatened to kill him. Our client, who was not a US citizen, was attempting to get his commercial drivers’ license. A felony conviction would have jeopardized both his immigration status and his career pursuits. We were able to find a witness who would have testified that the business actually locked our client in the office and refused to let him leave, that the security guard was actually a friend of the arresting officer, and that, in fact, the business never paid him. The State agreed to dismiss all charges and his immigration status was not affected.
BURGLARY CHARGES: Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with burglary, which arose from a break-in at the Johns Creek home where the homeowner came in and startled the burglar. The homeowner eventually picked our client out of a photographic lineup. However, due to our extensive investigation, we learned that the police had previously showed photographic lineups to the homeowner that contained our client’s picture and the homeowner failed to point out our client. In response to this, the police THREW THOSE LINEUPS IN THE TRASH. We filed a motion to suppress the unlawful photographic identification of our client and a motion to dismiss the charges due to the State’s failure to preserve evidence favorable to our client. We also investigated and provided the State with a strong alibi, including cell phone records and documents from a rental car agency, showing that our client was renting a car across town at the exact time of the burglary. The prosecutor dismissed all charges at motions hearing. Instead of facing a trial and a potential sentence of twenty years in jail, our client walked out of the courtroom with his family.
HIJACKING & FALSE IMPRISONMENT: All Charges Reduced
Our client was charged with over thirty counts of false imprisonment and hijacking a school bus. He had been incarcerated over eighteen months by the time we came into the case. Facing a minimum of ten years imprisonment on the hijacking charge alone, we were able to convince the state through medical records, eyewitness testimony from persons that had observed our client of the day of question, and a thorough social history and mitigation package, that our client had unknowingly ingested an unknown drug that caused him to react completely out of character. The State, convinced by our mitigation package and evidence, agreed to dismiss the hijacking charge and recommended a sentence of thirty additional days of incarceration followed by probation, which our client accepted.
RECKLESS DRIVING: Charges reduced and no points assessed on driving history
Our client was charged with reckless driving, along with five other serious traffic offenses, arising from a car accident. Our client was cited as the at fault driver for causing a car accident involving multiple vehicles. Facing a mandatory license suspension, due to the serious nature of this case and multiple traffic offenses on his driving history, he found our firm to represent him. Through extensive preparation prior to his first court date, we were able to convince the prosecutor to drop all but one charge and allow our client to plead nolo contendere. Instead of six additional charges on his driver’s history and a suspended license, our client walked out of court after paying a $600 fine with no additional points assessed against him.
ARMED ROBBERY: Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with armed robbery and facing a life sentence. The State filed a motion that would have allowed them to present evidence of our client’s extensive criminal history. We were able to persuade the Court to deny the State’s motion. We then won our own motion to keep out a pretrial identification of our client by the victim. During our investigation we obtained records proving the victim had very poor eyesight, and was not wearing her prescribed eyeglasses at the time of the incident. After rejecting an offer that included significant prison time, we moved forward and chose a jury. Immediately before opening statements, the State dismissed all charges. Instead of serving a life in prison sentence, all charges were dismissed.
AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION: Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with aggravated child molestation and facing a minimum sentence of twenty-five years in prison. Through a thorough investigation we were able to uncover records which allowed us to piece together the alleged victim’s motivations to fabricate false allegations. We then challenged the forensic interview and were able to convince the court to keep the alleged victim’s statement out of evidence. The day of trial, with jurors in the hallway, the State dismissed all charges and our client was able go home with his family.
CHILD MOLESTATION: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with child molestation, with accusations that he groped his roommate’s child at a birthday party. We hired an expert, who reviewed the alleged victim’s statement and concluded that there were several troubling issues, including evidence that indicated that the child may have been coached. We offered evidence that there had been an underlying ongoing dispute between the parent of the alleged victim and our client as motive for the accusations and found several witnesses prepared to testify to our client’s good character. Faced with the evidence we were prepared to present at trial, the State dismissed all charges the week we were scheduled to go to trial. Instead of facing a conviction and being a registered sex offender, our client went home to his family.
ARMED ROBBERY TRIAL: Mistrial Granted
Our client was charged with Armed Robbery and firearm charges. He was facing a potential life sentence. We learned midway through trial that the State had failed to provide over 40 pages of information from investigating officer’s file. Despite the fact that the trial was almost completed, we were able to convince the court to declare a mistrial due to the State’s failure to follow the law and provide all information to the defense before the trial began.
MURDER: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged, along with two others, with murder and was facing a mandatory life sentence. Our investigation was able to tie the other two co-defendant’s together through phone and other records from both before and after the murder, while simultaneously proving that our client had never been in contact with either co-defendant. Based on this information, we were able to convince the Court and the State to sever our client’s case from his co-defendants’ cases, and try the other two co-defendants first. After that first trial, we were able to then learn the State’s theory of the case and convince the State that our client was not involved in the murder. The day we were to begin jury selection, the State agree to dismiss all charges. Instead of facing a mandatory life sentence, our client was able to go home to his family.
RAPE: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with multiple offenses, including rape, and facing a minimum twenty-five years in prison. Our thorough investigation of the victim uncovered several inconsistent statements made to other agencies, school officials, friends, and family members, including multiple recantations, and even false accusations of similar conduct against at least two other parties. We were able to prove that the alleged victim had a habit of making false allegations of misconduct against people and we provided that information to the State. One week before trial, all charges were dismissed and our client went home with his family.
MURDER: No Probable Cause, Charges Dismissed and Not Refiled
Our client was charged with the murder of a co-worker. After his arrest, we were able to establish at his preliminary hearing that the State could not prove that our client had been anywhere near the scene of the murder at the time of death determined by the medical examiner through the victim’s autopsy. We were able to lock the lead Detective into testimony showing that there was limited information connecting our client to the murder. The Court found no probable cause on any of the charges and our client was released. Facing a life sentence, all of our client’s charges were dismissed and never refiled, and our client went home to his family.
CHILD MOLESTATION: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with molesting two children. Facing up to forty years in prison, we vigorously investigated the case and were able to uncover multiple inconsistent statements by the alleged victims, including recantations. We were also able to show a bias of the Mother of the alleged victim against our client and found an expert witness who would have testified that the alleged victims appeared to have been coached by someone. Upon presenting our evidence to the State, the State declined to go forward and all charges were dismissed. Instead of facing a prison sentence, our client went home with his family.
ARMED ROBBERY: Charges Reduced
In a high-profile case, our client was charged with two separate armed robberies and suspected in at least seven others for targeting and robbing undocumented individuals at gunpoint. Our client was facing multiple life sentences. Our investigation revealed that the line-up in which our client was identified was unconstitutionally suggestive. Through our detailed review of the discovery, we were able to point out significant factual inconsistencies, which weakened the State’s case. Our client accepted a six-month sentence commuted to the time he had already served followed by probation with an agreement not to prosecute him on any of the armed robberies for which he was being investigated. Facing multiple life sentences, our client accepted the State’s greatly reduced offer and went home to his family.
ATTEMPT TO COMMIT RAPE: Charges Reduced
The State accused our client of breaking into an apartment and attempting to rape his ex-girlfriend. We thoroughly investigated the case and through emails, text messages, and phone records, and medical records, we were able to show that the alleged victim had engaged in a campaign to manipulate our client into staying with her. We provided significant mitigation evidence and convinced the State to let our client accept a plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and dismiss all other charges. Facing a thirty-year sentence, our client was released and went home to his family.
ARMED ROBBERY: Charges Reduced
Our client was charged, along with several others, with armed robbery in a high-profile case concerning the robbery of tourists in Buckhead. Our client was facing a minimum ten-years in prison. Through our investigation we were able to piece together the different relationships between each of the four co-defendants to show that our client had only recently met them and had no prior relationship. This allowed us to craft a defense that our client may have been with the person that committed the robbery, but did not participate in any meaningful way. The State filed a motion to introduce a similar transaction in order to present evidence to the jury that our client had been involved in a similar type of case. We were able to convince the court to deny the state’s motion to introduce the similar transaction, and on the day we were to begin trial, the State offered the client a probated sentence under the First Offender’s Act. Instead of facing a minimum ten-year sentence, our client went home to his family.
TERRORISTIC THREATS: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with terroristic threats for threatening to shoot a bus driver. Our investigation revealed that the police failed to ever have the alleged victim identify the person who made the threats. We found several witnesses who testified that the bus driver had refused to let persons off the bus at their scheduled stops because she was running late, which caused several passengers to begin yelling in protest. We subpoenaed and reviewed a videotape of the incident, which corroborated our client’s statement, that there were several people visibly upset at the bus driver. We filed motions before trial asking the court to prevent any identification of our client during trial, which was granted. The State then dismissed all charges against our client. Rather than being labeled a convicted felon, our client left court with his family with no criminal record.
LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF ATLANTA: Obtained all information
In the course of defending a client against a trafficking in narcotics charge, we sent an open records request to the City of Atlanta to obtain their secret schedule for the payment of confidential informants in drug busts. The police department denied that the information existed and refused to honor our request. After serving demand letters on the chief of police and the City of Atlanta, we filed a lawsuit to demand that the police department acknowledge the existence of the information and turn it over to us. After demanding mediation, the city of Atlanta ultimately admitted that the payment schedule existed and provided us with a copy, so that we could defend our client against the charges in her case.
AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES: Charges Reduced
Our client was charged with Aggravated Child Molestation, arising from a consensual encounter with an underage individual. He was facing a mandatory 25 years in prison with no parole. Despite overwhelming evidence and a confession from our client, we compiled a compelling mitigation package and presented it to the prosecutor, showing that our client had no criminal history, a strong work history, significant family connections and an extensive counseling program in place. We were able to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges on a non-negotiated guilty plea. After presenting strong sentencing arguments, the court granted first offender status and sentenced our client to probation over State’s objection. Instead of spending 25 years in prison with no hope of parole, our client left the courtroom with his family and will have a clear record at the end of his probation sentence.
MURDER TRIAL: Acquitted
Our client was charged with shooting a young man to death on Halloween for throwing eggs at a car. The case received considerable pre-trial media attention. We presented credible alibi defense for our client and also convinced the judge to admit evidence of a long-standing dispute between our client’s family members and the “eyewitnesses” who testified at trial that he was the shooter. After hearing evidence during a week-long trial, the jury acquitted our client of all charges in less than two hours. Instead of a serving a mandatory life sentence, our client was released from jail and went home to his family.
TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE: Charges Reduced
Our client was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine. He was facing a minimum ten-year sentence. We put together a social history, financial records, a drug and alcohol evaluation, along with a mitigation package, and we were able to convince the State that our client was a not a drug trafficker but simply someone who had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The State agreed with our presentation and reduced the charge of trafficking to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Instead of a minimum ten-year sentence in prison, our client received twelve-months misdemeanor probation along with a placement in the drug rehabilitation facility that he requested.
AGGRAVATED BATTERY: Charges Dismissed
Our client had been a doorman at a bar in Atlanta when he became involved in an altercation with a patron. The patron accused our client of using excessive force. The State waited two years and indicted the case the day before the statute of limitations expired. It was at this point that our client came to us. We immediately began to investigate the case and were able to show that much of the evidence in the case had been destroyed, and that key witnesses to the defense had moved and were unable to be found which we attributed to the State’s delay to indict. We filed a motion to dismiss all charges based on the State’s not having indicted the case timely. The Court agreed, granted our motion, and dismissed all charges.
ARMED ROBBERY: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault for allegedly robbing, and then shooting an individual at an apartment complex. As a result, he was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison. We were able to reconstruct the incident, finding several witnesses that were never interviewed by police, who all gave statements pointing to the victim as the instigator of the altercation and that it was the victim who actually shot at our client first. Faced with this newly-discovered evidence and potential testimony, the State dismissed all charges and our client went home to his family.
MURDER CASE: Charges Dismissed
Our client was wrongfully charged with a murder and was unable to make the bond that the judge set. We filed a speedy trial demand. At a motions hearing, we presented evidence to the court that the sole eyewitness to the murder merely “guessed” at the identity of the shooter when choosing our client from the photo lineup that the police presented. We also presented the prosecutor with cell phone records showing that our client was across town using his cell phone at the time of the murder. After motions and the presentation of credible alibi evidence, the prosecutor dismissed all charges the week before trial. Instead of serving life in prison for a murder that he did not commit, our client was released from jail.
ARMED ROBBERY: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with armed robbery. Due to his past criminal history, he was facing a life sentence. After our investigation, we learned the alleged victim was visiting from out of town and had been trying to purchase drugs. We discovered the hotel where the alleged victim had been staying and obtained video surveillance of the victim, immediately after the alleged robbery. The video showed the alleged victim acting in a manner not befitting someone who had just suffered a traumatic event. After rejecting the State’s offer to serve considerable time in prison, the case was dismissed immediately before jury selection. Instead of serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit, all of our clients’ charges were dismissed.
MURDER TRIAL: Acquitted
Our client was charged with beating the alleged victim to death by means of asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. We vigorously cross examined the State’s medical examiner. We also presented testimony from an independent medical examiner that we hired, challenging the State’s finding of homicide, and asserting that the victim died of natural causes. After considering charges in the indictment and lesser included offenses of involuntary manslaughter, the jury acquitted our client of all charges. Instead of a serving a mandatory life sentence, our client was released from jail and went home to his family.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT & AGGRAVATED BATTERY: Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with stabbing boyfriend. After presenting evidence of the accuser’s violent nature to prosecutor, witness statements of prior acts of violence from the accuser towards the client, and a found 911 call showing that OUR client called for assistance and told the 911 operator that accuser was beating her immediately prior to stabbing, prosecutor dismissed all charges immediately prior to jury selection. Instead of serving over twenty years in prison for merely defending herself, our client left the courtroom with her family as a free woman.
TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE: All Charges Dismissed
The police received a tip and executed a search warrant on a residential house. Our client’s wallet and personal papers were found in the house along with a trafficking amount of cocaine. He was charged with trafficking and, due to a prior criminal history, facing a life sentence. After a thorough investigation, we were able to present to the State witness statements, financial records, medical records, and cell phone records which all proved that our client hadn’t been in the area for weeks. Through talking with witnesses who lived near the home where the drugs were found, we were able to obtain a description of the guilty individual (and their vehicle) who had been using the residence for approximately four weeks prior to the search. The State dismissed all charges. Instead of facing a life sentence, all charges were dismissed and our client went home with his family.
ARMED ROBBERY: Dismissed
Due to his criminal history, our client was facing a potential sentence of life without parole. We filed a motion to suppress all evidence regarding the alleged robbery that was seized from the client. We persuaded the judge that the arresting officer didn’t have sufficient evidence to stop, detain, and search our client (at gunpoint, no less) at the time of his arrest. All evidence seized during the arrest was suppressed and State dismissed all charges. Instead of serving a sentence of life without parole, our client went home.
TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS: All Charges Dismissed
Our client was charged with trafficking in persons. Our independent investigation of the relationship between our client and the alleged victim and by tracking down all information concerning our clients’ whereabouts on the day of question, we proved that the alleged victim had a bias against our client and was being untruthful. By the time we put together all the records we had collected, we were able to show that he had been in another location altogether and physically incapable of committing the acts that were alleged. Instead of facing a lengthy prison sentence, our client went home with his family and all charges were dismissed.