Monday, April 15, 2013
Persistence Pays off
I have a client charged with assault among other things in the District Court. On the trial date he was locked up and I had received the case one day earlier. I did not want to postpone the case because he was locked up on this case. I had as much information as I needed for the trial. The odds weren't good but he was on probation in another matter so the guilty plea was out of the question. At the trial the victim testified that my client had assaulted her. An independent witness was extremely unhelpful to my client. She was close enough to see what was going on, have good vision, had no interest in the outcome of the case. At the end of the case my client was convicted. The judge gave a surprisingly high sentence for the activity involved. There were no weapons. Nobody needed medical attention. It was more of a fracas. Despite the fairly small nature of the assault the judge sentenced by clients to 10 years in prison with all but two years suspended.
We appealed the case requesting a jury trial. Between the time of the conviction in District Court and the time that the case came to trial in the Circuit Court the victim apparently became homeless and lost interest in pursuing the case. All charges were dropped. Instead of a 10 year sentence was all but two years suspended, my client had the charges dropped against him.
If you need a lawyer who is persistent and always tries to get the best result for you, please call me.