December 28th, 2010
I had nine jury trials this year, and all but three of them were in felony cases.
I had three “Not Guilty” verdicts:
I had two felony trials that resulted in guilty verdicts but yielded substantially better punishment than the district attorney offered before trial. One case involved a client accused of shooting at his girlfriend and her friends, and the other involved a young man who drove drunk and had a single car accident that ejected his friend from the car and almost killed him.
I tried two misdemeanor DWI cases both involving “good videos” but really high breath tests. In both cases, I was able to negotiate a post-verdict agreement on punishment that was the same or similar to that offered before trial, effectively giving my clients a “free shot” at an acquittal.
Finally, I had two felony trials involving clients who rejected plea offers of 4 and 10 years and who ended up with 7 and 12 years, respectively. Which probably isn’t too bad since they were both facing the potential of life in prison.
Happy New Year!
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