My client was charged with first-degree assault. The victim claimed that my client stabbed and slashed her with a knife. Obviously the charges are serious. First-degree assault is a felony punishable with up to 25 years in prison in the state of Maryland.
After I interviewed my client I began my investigation. The incident was to have occurred at a hotel. I called the hotel to speak with the clerk that was on duty. Had there been a stabbing this clerk clearly would've noticed such a horrific event. I never received evidence from the clerk that this actually occurred.
Further, I checked on the criminal records of the victim. She was a convicted drug dealer.
My client was not at the hotel. I tried to find alibi witnesses for her.
Putting all of this together I was ready for trial. On the date of the trial the prosecution dropped the case.
Finally, because these charges are so serious and are a matter of public record I advise my client how to get this matter expunged from her record.